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Sally (1983 TV series)

Also known as The Sally Jessy Raphael Show
Genre Talk show
Presented by Sally Jessy Raphael
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 19
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Original channel Syndication
Audio format Monaural Stereo
Original run October 17, 1983 (1983-10-17) – May 24, 2002 (2002-05-24)

Sally (originally titled The Sally Jessy Raphael Show) is an American syndicated tabloid talk show that was hosted by radio talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael. It originally was a half-hour local St. Louis television program, debuting October 17, 1983, and ran in syndication until May 24, 2002, with repeats running until September 6.


Sally was the first audience-participation, issue-driven talk show to have a female host, predating Oprah by 3 years.[1] The program was an iconic part of the tabloid talk show genre that pervaded daytime television throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s.[2]

When the show started out it covered topics such as people with extreme religious beliefs, but in the later shows Sally and her after specialist Pat Ferrari moved on to more personal family matters such as pregnant and/or out-of-control teens.[3] Topics of the show varied wildly, from the controversial and hard-hitting stories to more lighthearted fare such as hypnotists getting guests to do funny gags. As a result, the content ratings for Sally varied widely from TV-G to TV-14, depending on the episode.[4] Drag queens were frequently featured on the show, usually in fun, and some even dressed as Sally impersonators. The show that garnered her largest ratings was dedicated to women with large breasts.[5]

From the summer of 1987 through August of 1989, the show originated from the studios of New Haven, Connecticut's WTNH (Channel 8), where one large studio of the ABC affiliate's facility was divided to house both the talk show and WTNH's news set. In August of 1989, The Sally Show moved into the Unitel facilities in Manhattan, also home to MTV, and, later, "The Rush Limbaugh Show". In 1998 the show moved to production facilities in the Hotel Pennsylvania, also in New York City, where it remained until its cancellation in 2002. The Hotel Pennsylvania also provided facilities to The Maury Povich Show, which was owned by the same company as The Sally Show.[6]


The show was canceled due to low ratings, as well as the fading popularity of the genre as a whole, in 2002.[7] The rights to the show are retained by NBCUniversal.


The show was distributed by the following companies during the show's run:

In popular culture

The famous childrens' show, Sesame Street parodied this talk show and its host as Sally Messy Yuckyael, a Grouch character.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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