Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: And What’s More…They Like Her

How's Your Mother-in-Law?

Every week we try to kickstart things with a bit of random WTFery: something so odd that we figure if you’re beginning your week with it, things can only get more sane as you go.

This time, I don’t want to say anything. Just…just watch this. We’ll talk after.
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This is from one of four known episodes of How’s Your Mother-in-Law, from Chuck Barris, which apparently ran from December 1967 to March 1968. That’s four months, so did they just do an episode a month? Or are there only four extant episodes? Don’t know. But you thought some reality television contestants are headscratchers today…back then you could send your mother/mother-in-law (since in order to become a mother-in-law one must also be a mother to begin with) on national television to convince some single people that she was the best of the bunch.

And I can’t tell which I would rather see talk to the “Jury” more: Nipsey Russell or Richard Dawson. I mean seriously.

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  • Can I just go ahead and say that the most WTF moment of that clip- at least for me- was the appearance of Wink Freaking Martindale? I mean, I remember when I was a kid growing up in the eighties watching him host… shoot what was it? Joker’s Wild? Was that it? That was a huge shocker for me.

    So, yeah. Also, may I suggest another clip you may want to use for a MMMS? It’s a sesame street clip from the seventies, and when I was a kid, it scared the living HELL out of me.

    Yeah, they showed that on SESAME STREET.


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