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J. Fred Muggs Award from TV GUIDEJ. Fred Muggs Awards - Before the TV Guide Awards, there was the J.Fred Muggs Awards,  an in-print booby prize that premiered in the 1/9/82 issue of TV Guide magazine. The J. Fred Muggs Awards honored the bleeps, blunders and monkey business seen on television. As they put it, "Here is our salute to the foot-in-the-mouth utterances and other minor disturbances of the past TV season."

Named after J. Fred Muggs the chimpanzee who shared the morning spotlight with newscaster/host Dave Garroway on NBC'S TODAY SHOW in the 1950s, the award (pictured as a "golden banana") was discontinued and replaced by the Annual Zap Awards introduced in January 6, 1990. The award (named the "Zapper" a.k.a. the "remote control"), was the video equivalent of "thumbs down."


January 7, 1989 TV Guide Magazine Cover

TRIVIA NOTE: During the 1950s, comedian Steve Allen presented the "Lousy Awards" on his comedy variety series THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW/NBC/ABC/1956-61. The Lousy Awards poked fun at lousy persons, places or things.


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