Groove Tube, The (1974)

“Coat your hands with a generous amount of Kramp Easy-Lube shortening…”

Groove Tube Poster

A series of satirical skits spoof early 1970s television shows and commercials.


Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary is overly generous in his assessment of this “sketch comedy having to do with television” as not “particularly inspired”: indeed, it’s resolutely unfunny for most of its hour-plus running time. Only a few skits are even mildly amusing (I’ve noted my favorites below); the rest are merely raunchy or lame. The least enjoyable spoof of all — an extended TV show segment about drug dealers — is, unfortunately, also the longest, and seems to go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. While The Groove Tube (which received an X rating) was likely considered risque at the time of its release, its historical notoriety has long since gone with the wind.

P.S. The Groove Tube is also of minor cinematic importance for featuring Chevy Chase in his first silver screen appearance.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • The truly disgusting cooking show spoof
    Groove Tube Cooking Show
  • The amusingly deadpan Sexual Olympics skit
    Groove Tube Sex Olympics

Must See?
No. While it has a selective cult following, The Groove Tube isn’t must-see viewing for all film fanatics.


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