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Dick Cavett's Watergate

With the exception of the nightly network news shows, no one on television devoted more airtime to Watergate than talk show host Cavett. From 1972 to 1974, America watched the Watergate scandal unfold on “The Dick Cavett Show” as Cavett interviewed nearly every major Watergate figure — on both sides of the crisis — including John Ehrlichman, Alexander Haig, G. Gordon Liddy, Jeb Magruder and members of the Senate Watergate Committee: Senators Howard Baker, Daniel Inouye, Herman Talmadge, Lowell Weicker, and more.

Unfolding through interviews with people who were directly involved, DICK CAVETT’S WATERGATE documents the critical Watergate milestones with new insight and perspective. New interviews with Cavett offer personal insights into the key Watergate personalities and provide historical context for the featured clips. On a more intimate note, Cavett reveals his reaction on discovering he was mentioned in the White House tapes — not once, but 26 times.

The documentary, featuring interviews from “The Dick Cavett Show” library — many not seen since the 70s — and new interviews with Carl Bernstein (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist), John Dean (former White House counsel), Timothy Naftali (Watergate historian) and Bob Woodward (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist) You can watch the show on the PBS Web site.

The Dick Cavett Show

Dick Cavett hosted "The Dick Cavett Show" on multiple networks for more than 35 years while interviewing a wide range of guests, from authors and politicians to musicians, actors and other creative types. He often featured controversial people and topics which weren't the norm for the variety talk shows that were airing at the time. He won three Emmy Awards for his work and is currently is a contributing blogger to the New York Times.

Through the years, Dick Cavett has interviewed thousands of celebrities, authors, musicians, politicians and other people of note. Among his guests were those we lost in 2012 including great writers such as Gore Vidal, Ray Bradbury, Maurice Sendak, Carlos Fuentes, and Nora Ephron. We also said farewell to musicians who left an indelible mark on the soundtrack of our times—among them Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar. We lost great actors such as Jack Klugman, Ben Gazzara, and Celeste Holm, as well as TV personalities Mike Wallace and Phyllis Diller. We said goodbye to Hungarian-American psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz and the distinguished Senator from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye.

Clips from Dick Cavett Show interviews are now available for licensing. Contact our Licensing Manager for information about licensing clips from the Dick Cavett Show.

View a selection of episodes and guests here.

The Dick Cavett Show has been on various television networks over the years:

  • ABC daytime (March 4, 1968–January 24, 1969) (originally titled This Morning)
  • ABC prime time (May 26–September 19, 1969)
  • ABC late night (December 29, 1969–January 1, 1975)
  • CBS prime time (August 16–September 6, 1975)
  • PBS (October 10, 1977–October 8, 1982)
  • USA prime time (September 30, 1985–September 23, 1986)
  • ABC late night (September 23–December 30, 1986)
  • CNBC (April 17, 1989–January 26, 1996)
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image002Dick Cavett, who brought wit and wisdom to late-night television, steps into the summer spotlight at the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) in Chicago for a three-month showcase of his remarkable career.
“Dick Cavett: A Retrospective” runs from June 24 through September 27 during museum hours, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 360 N. State Street in the Polk Bros Theater.  Admission to the  museum is $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 ages 4-12. Discounts apply to groups of 20 or more.  
The retrospective includes more than 100 episodes from Cavett’s programs on ABC (1968-1975), PBS (1977-1982), and CNBC (1989-1996). Different episodes will be screened each day; a complete schedule, including featured guests, is available at

In addition, the MBC will screen special behind-the-scenes moments and clips from Cavett’s appearances on other programs, including Saturday Night Live, which he hosted twice in 1976.

Talk Show by Dick Cavett

“In his beguiling profiles of celebrities . . . Cavett proves himself a solid writer as well as a talker.”
-- Publishers Weekly

For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation's most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.

Pull up a chair and listen to Cavett's stories about one-upping Bette Davis, testifying on behalf of John Lennon, confronting Richard Nixon, scheming with John Updike, befriending William F. Buckley, and palling around with Groucho Marx. Sprinkled in are tales of his childhood in Nebraska in the 1940s and 1950s, where he honed his sense of comic timing and his love of magic.

“There’s never been a talk show to equal Dick Cavett’s.  His guest list was miraculous, the conversations dazzling, and it’s a pleasure to relive much of it in this wonderful book.”
--Woody Allen

Guests on the Dick Cavett Show