With their popularity as a musical couple taking a hit, Cher and her husband, Sonny Bono, turned to television, and “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” debuted on Aug. 1, 1971, becoming an instant hit. Their 1960s love anthem “I Got You Babe” closed out the show every week, giving America the illusion that they were watching a couple for the ages. On the show, Cher proved that she wasn’t just a singer; she was also a very adept comedian who left people laughing (via My Lifetime).
At its height, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” was so popular that it was drawing in about 3 million viewers each week (via MeTV), but the show couldn’t survive the fall of Sonny and Cher’s marriage. In 1974, their variety show left the airwaves, and the superstar couple divorced. However, that wasn’t the end of Sonny and Cher’s time entertaining audiences on TV.