John Davidson (left), Cathy Lee Crosby (middle), and Fran Tarkenton (right); from ABC promotional photography.
|Created by||Alan Landsburg Productions|
|Presented by|| John Davidson |
Cathy Lee Crosby
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Alan Landsburg Productions|
|Original release||March 3, 1980 –|
April 30, 1984
|Related shows||Incredible Sunday|
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