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Michael Nesmith in Television Parts
Written by Jack Handy William Martin Michael Kaplan John Levenstein
Directed by Micky Dolenz William Dear Alan Myerson Michael Nesmith
Presented by Michael Nesmith
Starring Michael Nesmith Garry Shandling Jay Leno Jerry Seinfeld Whoopi Goldberg Arsenio Hall Jerry lee Lewis Roseanne Cash Jimmy Buffett
Theme music composer Michael Nesmith
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Michael Nesmith
Producer(s) Ward Sylvester
Original channel NBC
Original run 1 March 1985 – 1 July 1985
Status Ended
Preceded by PopClips, and Elephant Parts (video)

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts was a summer TV series run by NBC in 1985. It was a 30-minute comedy-variety series created by Michael Nesmith as a sort of continuation of his Grammy Award-winning video production Elephant Parts, and earlier series PopClips. The first episode was a stand-alone television special which aired on March 7, 1985. The following series premiered on June 14, 1985.[1]

The show was a mix of music videos (by both himself and others) mixed in with comedy sketches, commercial parodies, and general silliness. It was hosted by Nesmith himself, who also participated in many of the sketches. Television Parts also featured guest appearances by a number of comedians, including Martin Mull, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Martin, The Funny Boys and Garry Shandling, whose appearance on the show was the seed for It's Garry Shandling's Show.[2] Michael Nesmith produced humorous skits, songs and commercial parodies in this video. One of the show's featured pieces, "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" was later picked up by Saturday Night Live.

The show was cancelled after one short summer season that same year. It would return in 1985 as two separate home video releases on VHS and Betamax, Television Parts Home Companion and Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce. The first, Television Parts Home Companion was a 40-minute compilation of original show featuring the comedy skits and music by Michael Nesmith only. Dr. Duck's Super Secret All-Purpose Sauce was a 90-minute montage of sketch comedy with a variety of stars and music videos (none by Nesmith). The stars included Bobcat Goldthwait, Ed Begley, Jr., Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling.


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earl Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.  
  2. ^ Ricky Gervais Meets... Garry Shandling, 2006-12-26, Channel 4


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