“THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW”— 50 Years in the Making


50 Years in the Making

Amos Lassen

I was out of the country when “The Carol Burnett shop aired on television so this special 6 disc collection is a wonderful gift for me (especially after having heard so much about the show but never having had the experience to see it). On October 3, Time Life is bringing us a wonderful 6-disc collection that has been 50 Years in the making. It includes

16 episodes of the show (12 of which are new-to-retail and 4 all-time classics), new specially-produced featurettes, a Brand-New Interview with Burnett, never-before-seen bloopers and more. Here are the very best moments of eleven years of television.

Carol Burnett and her wild and very funny cast came to television on September 11, 1967. This was a new variety series that brought together sketch comedy, singing and dancing and it stayed at the top for eleven years. No one really expected the show to run for as long as it did or to win so many awards. Some of the episodes included in this collection have not be seen since they were first aired on CBS while others are audience favorites such as “Mrs. Wiggins,” “Carol and Sis,” “The Oldest Man,” “The Family,” “As the Stomach Turns”. We also get some of the many movie and commercial spoofs. The list of guest stars reads like “Who’s Who” in show business— Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Steve Lawrence, Rock Hudson, Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth and Carl Reiner and more.

I especially love Burnett’s question-and-answer openers with the studio audiences mainly because we never knew what to expect. This is a wonderful anniversary gift from Burnett and company that will keep you laughing for hours and we need that now with what is going on in this country now. Certainly we would rather laugh than read a scary presidential tweet. The set also includes new bonus features: a new interview with Carol Burnett, specially produced featurettes: “11 Years of Laughter on The Carol Burnett Show” and “The End of 11 Years: Saying So Long” and never-before-seen bloopers. 

I understand that the release will have a set for everyone since it is being released not only as a six-disc set at $59.95 but also as a 4-disc collection ($39.95srp), available exclusively at Wal-Mart, and a DVD single ($12.95srp), available nationally at retail stores everywhere.

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