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The Flip Wilson Show was the first successful network variety series starring an African American. This variety show shot in the round with musical guests–the Jackson Five, James Brown, Louis Armstrong and Lena Horne, but the real draw was Wilson’s comedy characters. Vamped out as the outrageous, miniskirted Geraldine, Wilson delivered lines that entered the nation’s vocabulary like, “The devil made me do it!” and “What you see is what you get!”