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CBS Summer Playhouse is an American anthology series that ran from June 12, 1987 to August 22, 1989 on CBS. It aired unsold television pilots during the summer season.

CBS Summer Playhouse
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Genre Anthology
Directed by Paul Bogart
James Burrows
Martha Coolidge
Joseph Sargent
Luis Valdez
Presented by Daphne Reid (1987)
Tim Reid (1987)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 46
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Original network CBS
Original release June 12, 1987 (1987-06-12) – August 22, 1989 (1989-08-22)


Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid acted as hosts during the first season, introducing each pilot. Viewers were also encouraged to call a 1-800 number at the end of each episode, to voice their preference. However, the "winning" pilot chosen by the viewers was never picked up as a series.

The series was revamped during the second and third seasons, and featured no hosts or viewer voting.

Notable pilots featured included The Saint in Manhattan (a revival of The Saint television series starring Andrew Clarke as Simon Templar), Kung Fu: The Next Generation (a new version of Kung Fu starring Brandon Lee), Puppetman (a new Muppet sitcom from Jim Henson), Slappy's (a sitcom set in a seafood restaurant, featuring comedian Seremy David) and a sitcom version of Coming to America.

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