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Real People - NBC Show Here's the intrduction from a 1980 episode of Real People--a popular NBC anthology show that ran for five years. Originally designed as a 'short-flight series' in the spring of 1979, it drew surprisingly strong ratings. Naturally NBC made it a regular prime-time show. Real People featured offbeat news stories and the exploits of eccentric folks shown to a live studio audience. The show had an overabundance of hosts. Among the regular hosts were Sarah Purcell, Byron Allen, John Barbour and Skip Stephenson. Real People finshed a strong 12th in overall TV ratings for the 1980-81 season. Its success spawned the very similar That's Incredible! on ABC. Here's a little-known fact: Richard Simmons was first widely exposed to American TV audiences on Real People.
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Added: 29th March 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2013-03-29 
I saw Skip Stephenson, the host everyone most seems to remember, do a forgettable stand-up comedy routine in Las Vegas in 1986--two years after Real People was cancelled. He died in 1992 at age 52 of a heart attack.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2013-03-29 
Real People was so indistinguishable from ABC's That's Incredible that a Mad Magazine parody combined the two shows into 'That's Real Incredible People.'
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