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Episodes can be (legally) downloaded here.
Tropes used in The Stan Freberg Show include:
- Affectionate Parody: so many of these, including the Lawrence Welk sketch ("Stop with-a the bubbles!"); "St. George and the Dragonet" parody of Dragnet; a film noir parody, which has a femme fatale and no plot, just a private eye getting knocked unconscious every two minutes; "Bang Gunley: US Marshall Fields", parody of radio westerns like Gunsmoke & Tales Of The Texas Rangers; "The Lone Analyst", a satirical parody of The Lone Ranger and the power of psychoanalysis.
- Amusing Alien: Miss Jupiter. She's only two feet tall.
- Bad Bad Acting: the "real-life" spokesperson for the Puffed Grass Parody Commercial, a monotone, robotic-sounding test pilot named Jet Crash:
"Believe you me, I couldn't break through the sound barrier every morning if I didn't start off my day with a stomach.... (long pause) ....full of Puffed Grass"
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: The abominable snowman interviews
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Miss Jupiter has "shapely wheels"
- Doom It Yourself: the build-it-yourself piano
- History Marches On: History is deconstructed humorously in the "Great Moments in History" sketches with "the real stories" behind those moments, including Washington crossing the Delaware & the ride of Paul Revere.
- No Reprise Please: In the Lawrence Welk sketch, the song "Thank You For All Those Cards and Letters..."
- Parody Commercial: "Puffed Grass" ("Bang Gunleigh, U.S. Marshal Field"); "Food" ("Gray Flannel Hat Full of Teenage Werewolves"); "Stan Freberg" (the second-to-last episode).
- Running Gag: In several "Great Moments in History" segments, some historical figure like Barbara Frichie or Paul Revere would say "First give me the money, then I'll _____ (get on the horse, stand on the burning deck, etc.)"
- Also the non-sensical soundscapes that began a number of episodes.
- "He's Swiss- that way we don't offend anyone."
- Say My Name: A Soap Within a Show parody
- Shameless Self Promoter: Freberg did an entire episode near the end (when the show itself failed to attract a sponsor) about advertising himself.
- Sketch Comedy
- Soap Within a Show: John/Marsha routine; also Say My Name.
- Translation: "Yes": Mousier Touler (and his Tuned Sheep) has a couple of "French" phrases, just a few syllables long, that are translated in English as long run-on sentences.
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