The word classic is thrown around a lot in television and movies. According to wikipedia the Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 30 and 49 years old to be a classic. Well The Carol Burnett Show ticks that box coming in at 48 years old, but there’s more to being great than just longevity.
The Carol Burnett show was conceived by Carol during her contract with CBS. The contract was for five years, one special per year, and appearances. The one caveat was that if at anytime she could “push the button” and launch a variety show. When she and her husband settled her young family in L.A. she knew this was the right time. Though the CBS executives weren’t immediately onboard the show went on, and posterity shows it was a good move.
I had never heard of a clause like this and it was interesting to hear Carol herself explain during one of the many interviews on the set. There are so many great interviews and behind the scenes clips, but more than that it’s the episodes, so many great moments.
I grew up watching this show Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicky Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner were faces that graced my television screen every week while my parents, my grandparents, my sister and I sat laughing through every episode. These shows weren’t perfect, like any show performed before a live audience there were sketches that didn’t work, one’s that ran too long, musical numbers that just seem crazy dated but the true gold is in watch these masters at their craft crack each other up. From the first episode through all 11 seasons the cast of Carol Burnett gave us a peek at how great a time a comedy troop could have making us laugh week after week.
This 5 disk set from Time-Life has the best of five seasons, episodes with guests stars that are legendary. Lucille Ball, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Mel Torme, Jim Nabors, Burt Reynolds, Don Adams, Lesley Ann Warren the list goes on and on.
I truly loved watching these episodes as well as the nearly 5 hours of interviews and special features. Click the link to go get your copy, there are three separate releases to choose from…
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes $39.99 *the one we reviewed here
Which features 15 uncut episodes as well as 5 hours of bonus materials including;
- A backstage tour of CBS Studio 33 where the show was originally taped
- 13 exclusive new interviews with stars of yesteryear and today, with Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Vikki Carr, Carol Channing, Bill Hader, Jack Jones, Jim Nabors, Queen Latifah, Gloria Loring, Don Rickles, Lesley Ann Warren and more!
- Never-Before-Seen Bloopers & Outtakes
- Newly produced featurettes
- Bonus sketches including “Morton at the Movies” and the all-time classic “The Dentist”
- The opening number from the historic Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center TV special with a new introduction by Carol
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes $99.95
Which features 21 uncut episodes plus over 11 hours of bonus material on 10 DVDs.
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes Ultimate Collection $199.00
Which features 45 episodes plus over 20 hours of bonus material on 22 DVDs, all housed in a deluxe collector’s box.