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The Carol Burnett Show - The Ultimate Collection


TITLE: THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW - THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION


Info:

Release Date: August 13, 2012 (Time-Life)
Color/1972-1978
MSRP: $199.95
Packaging: See section for full details
Number of Discs: 22
Number of Episodes: 50
Running Time: 39 hours, 19 minutes
Running Time of Features: 20 hours
Audio: English mono
Subtitles and Captioning: none
Special Features: Interviews, Episodes of The Gary Moore Show, Bonus Sketches (see section for full details)


Introduction:

Carol Burnett is back on DVD, and bigger than ever! Time-Life brings their first release of the classic comedy series, The Carol Burnett Show, to DVD in style with a 22 disc set containing 50 episodes and over 20 hours of special features! For those unfamiliar with the series, The Carol Burnett Show began in 1967 on CBS. Carol wasn't the first person to have a variety series on the air. In fact, she had plenty of company in the genre... but she was one of the first females to have her own variety series. Along with a cast including Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, and others, the series went on to air through 1978, long after the other variety series had already left the airwaves.

Many of the other variety series focused a lot on performances by special guest stars, but The Carol Burnett Show was a little different. The series used the core cast along with a guest star or two (or sometimes none at all) to create a sketch comedy series, with each sketch lasting up to 20 minutes or more at times. That isn't to say that there weren't performances by guest stars, but they never dominated the series and typically would have their performance, along with the opportunity to act in some of the sketches. Every sketch was pure comedy gold, from the movie parodies, commercial parodies, and of course, the regular characters established in the series such as Mrs. Wiggins and The Family. The series has had little (if any) airplay in reruns aside from edited half hour episodes entitled Carol Burnett and Friends, where some of the best clips were excised from episodes to create a syndication package. There were a few DVD "clubs" offering DVDs for $20, but those have since ceased operations... so now, we are left with Time-Life, which gives us fifty episodes, a majority (though not all) of which are uncut, of the series in one nice collection!


Episodes:

This is an incredibly large set with too many episodes and too many sketches to go into great detail on every single one. So, instead of talking about a lot of them, I'll just generally discuss some of my favorites, and hopefully fans will agree with that assessment. Of course, we get to see some of the famous recurring sketches, like the blonde bombshell secretary Mrs. Wiggins, the soap opera spoof As the Stomach Turns, and Vicki Lawrence playing her famous role of Mama in The Family. There are some great TV parodies included, and I'll let you decide which series these are spoofing: Chiquita and the Man, Rhonda, The Walnuts, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, and more. There are also the commercial parodies, where things aren't exactly as advertised. And who can forget the movie parodies, especially Went With the Wind, the parody of the movie Gone With the Wind? There are also plenty of musical performances in the series, include medleys and performances by stars of the day, including The Jackson Five, The Pointer Sisters, Helen Reddy, Sammy Davis Jr., and more.

Since episode numbers and airdates tend to not say much about the episodes themselves, we're giving the details of all of the sketches included in each episode, as obtained by Time-Life's official information. We've added the runtimes for each episode, and it is important to say that not every episode is uncut. In fact, there are about 10 episodes which run shorter than they actually should, a few even running around 35 minutes. Most of these are on the One More Time six-disc collection; the first two six-disc collections include unedited episodes (except for perhaps the Sammy Davis Jr. episode on the This Time Together collection). Rather than calling out all edited episodes (since we can't say for certain if they are edited or not), though, we'll just give the runtimes and let you decide for yourself. Episode details and runtimes are as follows:

Carol's Favorites - Disc 1:

Show #1007, Original Air Date: October 30, 1976 (51:00)
Guest Starring: Roddy McDowall
-Q&A
-Mrs. Wiggins: Buzz Off--Carol and Tim
-Medical Documentary--Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Roddy McDowall
-Hollywood Seven--Vicki
-The Lift--Carol and Roddy McDowall
-The Morning After--Carol, Harvey, Vicki
-Finale: Salute to Silent Movies: Without a Word, Without a Sound--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Roddy McDowall, Dancers
-Goodnights

Show #1002, Original Air Date: November 13, 1976 (51:21)
Guest Starring: Dinah Shore
-Q&A
-Business Lunch--Carol and Harvey
-50 Ways to Leave Your Lover--Dinah Shore
-The Oldest Man: The Butcher--Harvey and Tim
-Went with the Wind!--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Dinah Shore
-Finale: Basin Street: Basin Street Blues/Thatís How I Love the Blues/The Birth of the Blues/Mad about Him Blues/A Good Man Is Hard to Find/I Ainít Got Nobody/St. Louis Blues/Wang Wang Blues--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Dinah Shore, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #1121, Original Air Date: March 5, 1978 (50:26)
Guest Starring: Steve Martin, Betty White
-As the Stomach Turns: Close Encounters--Carol, Tim, Vicki, Betty White, Steve Martin
-Comedy Act for Dogs--Steve Martin
-Bird Lady: The Escape--Carol and Tim
-The Family: Ellenís Anniversary--Cast and Betty White
-The Late, Late Movie: Beach Blanket Boo-Boo--Carol, Tim, Vicki, Steve Martin, Betty White, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights Carol's Favorites - Disc 2:

Show #722, Original Air Date: March 16, 1974 (51:16)
Guest Starring: Roddy McDowell, The Jackson 5
-Q&A
-Talk and Duet Medley: Exactly Like You/Sheís Funny That Way/They Didnít Believe Me/Tea for Two/Speak Low/So in Love--Carol and Roddy McDowall
-Short Film: Roddy McDowall in the Makeup Chair for Planet of the Apes
-The Family: The Reunion--Cast and Roddy McDowall
-The Carpenters--Carol, Harvey, Lyle
-Dancing Machine--The Jackson 5
-Bus Stop--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Brief Encounter--Carol and Roddy McDowall
-Finale: Music School Medley: This Old Man/ABC--Carol, The Jackson 5, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #810, Original Air Date: November 23, 1974 (51:24)
Guest Starring: Maggie Smith
-Q&A
-Born Free--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Talk and Duet: Youíre So London--Carol and Maggie Smith
-My Buddy--Harvey and Tim
-A Visit from Karen--Carol, Harvey, Maggie Smith
-The Third Degree--Harvey and Vicki
-Finale: Charwoman Medley: Oh, to Be a Movie Star/Cuddle Up a Little Closer--Carol and Dancers
-Goodnights

Show #903, Original Air Date: October 4, 1975 (51:07)
Guest Starring: Shirley MacLaine
-Q&A
-The Family: The Flashback--Cast
-Talk and Duet: Fan Mail--Carol and Shirley MacLaine
-The Hollow Hero: Palace Guard--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Little League Mothers--Carol, Harvey, Shirley MacLaine
-200 Years Ago Today--Harvey and Tim
-Finale: Gorgeous/I Love to Dance Like They Used to Dance--Carol, Shirley MacLaine, Dancers
-Goodnights

Show #812, Original Air Date: December 14, 1974 (51:00)
Guest Starring: Ken Berry, Carl Reiner
-Razzle-Dazzle--Ken Berry, Dancers and Singers
-The Biggest Movie of the Week: Disaster í75--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Ken Berry, Carl Reiner
-Song Blackouts: Iíve Gotta Be Me/Something/Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!/A Baby Is Coming--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Ken Berry
-Bedtime Honesty II--Carol and Harvey
-Finale: Hold Me, Hamlet--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Carl Reiner, Ken Berry, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Carol's Favorites - Disc 3:

Show #921, Original Air Date: February 14, 1976 (50:52)
Guest Starring: Joanne Woodward
-Q&A
-The Family: Friend from the Past--Cast and Joanne Woodward
-The Butler and the Maid--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Wallflowers Duet: Why Canít I/Letís Be Buddies--Carol, Harvey, Joanne Woodward
-Mrs. Wiggins: The Intercom...Again--Carol and Tim
-Finale: Everything Old Is New Again--Carol, Vicki, Joanne Woodward, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #716, Original Air Date: January 19, 1974 (51:47)
Guest Starring: Carl Reiner
-Q&A
-Accident Prone--Carol, Harvey, Lyle, Carl Reiner
-Send in the Clowns--Carol and Harvey
-Funny Lady--Carol, Harvey, Carl Reiner
-Supermarket Checker--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-La Caperucita Roja: Little Red Riding Hood--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Carl Reiner, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #814, Original Air Date: January 4, 1975 (51:38)
Guest Starring: Joan Rivers, Vincent Price
-Q&A
-Alice Portnoy: The Author--Carol and Vincent Price
-Born in Brooklyn--Carol, Vicki, Joan Rivers, Dancers and Singers
-Comedy Spot--Joan Rivers
-The Ham Actor: The Understudies--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Vincent Price
-TV Blackouts: Police Lady/Chiquita and the Man/Rhonda/Tony Tallahassee & Dusk--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Vincent Price, Joan Rivers, Tony Orlando & Dawn
-The Walnuts--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Vincent Price, Joan Rivers
-Finale: Sarah and the Moose--Carol, Harvey, Vincent Price, Joan Rivers, Singers
-Goodnights

Carol's Favorites - Disc 4:

Show #611, Original Air Date: October 25, 1972 (50:22)
Guest Starring: Pearl Bailey
-Q&A
-Nora Desmond: The Commercial--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Where Is Love--Pearl Bailey
-The Oldest Man: Galley Slaves--Harvey, Tim, Lyle
-The Psychiatrist: A Good Man Is Hard to Find--Carol and Pearl Bailey
-F. Lee Bunny--Carol, Tim, Lyle
-Salute to 20th Century Fox: Do-Re-Mi/Youíve Gotta See Mama Evíry Night (Or You Canít See Mama at All)/Hound Dog/I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Lyle, Pearl Bailey, Dancers
-Finale: Alexanderís Ragtime Band--Carol, Vicki, Pearl Bailey, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #1022, Original Air Date: March 26, 1977 (51:00)
Guest Starring: Ken Berry
-Q&A
-Mrs. Wiggins: The Fire Drill--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-I Got Rhythm--Ken Berry and Dancers
-Harryís Mirage and Grill--Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Salute to MGM Musicals: Babes in Barns--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Ken Berry, Dancers
-Goodnights

Carol's Favorites - Disc 5:

Show #817, Original Air Date: February 15, 1975 (51:14)
Guest Starring: Rock Hudson, Nancy Walker
-Q&A
-Mine--Rock Hudson and Nancy Walker
-TV Commercials--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Rock Hudson, Nancy Walker
-Partners--Harvey
-The Late Late Late Show: When My Baby Laughs at Me--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Rock Hudson, Nancy Walker, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #1012, Original Air Date: December 11, 1976 (51:01)
Guest Starring: Betty White
-Q&A
-The Family: The Attic--Cast and Betty White
-Pom Pom Girls: Ready to Begin Again--Carol and Betty White
-Counterfeit Bill--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Finale: Salute to the Ziegfeld Follies--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Betty White, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Carol's Favorites - Disc 6:

Show #803, Original Air Date: September 14, 1974 (50:28)
Guest Starring: Jim Nabors
-With an A, B, C--Dancers and Singers
-Q&A
-The Family: Brotherly Love--Cast
-Toilet Tissue--Carol
-One Life--Jim Nabors
-Bedtime Honesty--Carol and Harvey
-Just a Gigolo--Carol, Harvey, Vicki
-The Gunslinger--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Jim Nabors
-Finale: Rimshot--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Jim Nabors, Dancers
-Goodnights

Show #823, Original Air Date: March 29, 1975 (51:40)
Guest Starring: Jean Stapleton, Phil Silvers
-Tacky Lady: Alice Blue Gown--Carol
-Q&A
-The Couples--Carol, Harvey, Phil Silvers, Jean Stapleton
-Losing My Mind--Jean Stapleton
-TV Commercials--Carol, Harvey, Jean Stapleton, Phil Silvers
-Saturday Night Stoop: Flings--Carol and Jean Stapleton
-The Old Folks: Anniversary Present--Carol and Harvey
-Hallway Encounter--Harvey and Jean Stapleton
-Finale: Bilkoís New Army: Anything You Can Do/Iím a Woman/Alright, Okay, You Win--Carol, Harvey, Phil Silvers, Jean Stapleton, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

This Time Together - Disc 1:

Show #612, Original Air Date: November 8, 1972 (51:09)
Guest Starring: Steve Lawrence, Lily Tomlin
-Weíre All Playing in the Same Band/I Believe in Music--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Steve Lawrence, Lily Tomlin, Dancers and Singers
-Comedy Spot: Restaurant Monologue--Lily Tomlin
-Carol and Sis: The Gay Divorcee--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lily Tomlin
-I Get Along without You Very Well/Without You--Steve Lawrence
-The Godfather--Carol, Harvey, Lyle, Steve Lawrence
-Caged Dames--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lily Tomlin, Steve Lawrence
-Charwoman: If My Friends Could See Me Now/Baby Dream Your Dream--Carol
-Goodnights

Show #914, Original Air Date: November 29, 1975 (50:26)
Guest Starring: Pointer Sisters
-Q&A
-TV Commercials--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Save the Bones for Henry Jones--Pointer Sisters
-The Noisy Speech--Harvey and Tim
-Miss Nobody--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Cinderella Gets It On--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Pointer Sisters
-Goodnights

Show #824, Original Air Date: April 5, 1975 (51:47)
Guest Stars from Family Show
-Q&A
-The Family: Hardware Store--Cast
-Mamaís Hit Parade Medley--Carol and Vicki
-Shower Blackout: When Your Lover Has Gone--Carol
-The Oldest Man: Clock Repair--Harvey and Tim
-Ainít That Nothiní--The Ernie Flatt Dancers and Singers
-Charwoman: The Two of Us/Carolís Theme--Carol
-Goodnights

This Time Together - Disc 2:

Show #1102, Original Air Date: November 11, 1977 (50:35)
Guest Starring: Dick Van Dyke
-Q&A
-A New Leash on Life--Tim, Vicki, Dick Van Dyke
-It All Depends on You--Carol and Dick Van Dyke
-The Malpractice Policy--Carol and Tim
-The Late Late Late Show: The Enchanted Hovel--Carol, Tim, Vicki, Dick Van Dyke
-Finale: The Funnies: It Was Me--Carol, Tim, Vicki, Dick Van Dyke
-Goodnights

Show #821, Original Air Date: March 15, 1975 (51:44)
Guest Starring: Roddy McDowall, Bernadette Peters
-Q&A
-The Family: Visit to Phillip--Cast and Roddy McDowall
-All That Jazz--Bernadette Peters, Singers and Dancers
-The Typists--Carol and Bernadette Peters
-The Late, Late Movie: The Lady Heir--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Roddy McDowall
-Finale: Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock Paris í90s Mini-Musical: Good Clean Fun/Dear Friend/Matchmaker, Matchmaker/Will He Like Me/Sunrise, Sunset/Days Gone By/The Very Next Man/If I Were a Rich Man/Do You Love Me/She Loves Me--Carol, Harvey, Bernadette Peters, Roddy McDowall, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #901, Original Air Date: September 20, 1975 (40:47)
Guest Starring: Sammy Davis Jr.
-Q&A
-Backstage--Carol and Sammy Davis Jr.
-Medley: Yes I Can/Too Close for Comfort/Somethingís Gotta Give/Hey There/The Birth of the Blues/Candy Man/What Kind of Fool Am I--Sammy Davis Jr.
-No-Frills Airline--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-The Deputy--Harvey, Vicki, Sammy Davis Jr.
-Finale: Salute to Harold Arlen Mini-Musical: Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe/Two Ladies in De Shade of De Banana Tree/Get Happy/Gotta Have Me Go with You/Come Rain or Come Shine/Hooray for Love/Follow the Yellow Brick Road/The Man That Got Away/Down with Love/Moaniní in the Morniní/When the Sun Comes Out/I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues/Stormy Weather/Over the Rainbow/Letís Fall in Love/Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Sammy Davis Jr., Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

This Time Together - Disc 3:

Show #704, Original Air Date: November 10, 1973 (51:07)
Guest Starring: Petula Clark
-Q&A
-The Ham Actor: Contact Lenses--Carol, Harvey, Lyle
-Silver Spoon--Petula Clark
-Airline Security--Harvey and Tim
-The Old Flame--Carol, Harvey, Vicki
-As the Stomach Turns: Marianís Problem--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Lyle, Petula Clark
-Salute to the í50s and í60s: Yesterday Once More/Born to Hand Jive/Peppermint Twist--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Petula Clark, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #1001, Original Air Date: October 16, 1976 (50:00)
Guest Starring: Madeline Kahn
-Q&A
-The Family: The Rehearsal--Cast and Madeline Kahn
-Talk and Duet: Friend--Carol and Madeline Kahn
-Mrs. Wiggins: The Vending Machine--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Thatís Entertainment, Part 86: Thatís Showbiz/Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo-Oo/Slippery When Wet--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Madeline -Kahn, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #1017, Original Air Date: January 22, 1977 (51:07)
Family Show
-Q&A
-Wrong Number--Carol and Tim
-Saturday Night--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Nadiaís Theme--The Ernie Flatt Dancers
-The Recital--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Vacuum Salesman--Tim and Vicki
-The Late Late Late Show: Torchy Song--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Dancers
-Goodnights

This Time Together - Disc 4:

Show #1106, Original Air Date: October 29, 1977 (49:51)
Guest Starring: Ken Berry, Dick Van Dyke
-Q&A
-Mrs. Wiggins: Olí Paint--Carol and Tim
-Girls/Emily--Ken Berry, Dancers and Singers
-Hand Insurance--Carol and Dick Van Dyke
-The Late Late Late Show: Stolen Serenade--Carol, Tim, Vicki, Dick Van Dyke, Ken Berry, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #706, Original Air Date: October 13, 1973 (50:48)
Guest Starring: Eydie Gorme, Paul Sand
-Q&A
-The Parolee--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Take One Step--Eydie Gorme
-Honeymoon Sweet--Carol and Paul Sand
-Royalty--Harvey, Singers and Dancers
-Salute to Movie Series: Young Dr. Kildaire/The Cisco Kid/Tarzan/The Wolfman--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Paul Sand, Eydie Gorme
-Finale: The Dead End Kids: Gee, Officer Krupke!--Carol, Harvey, Lyle, Paul Sand, Eydie Gorme
-Goodnights

Show #610, Original Air Date: November 1, 1972 (47:22)
Guest Starring: Peggy Lee, Stiller & Meara
-Q&A
-Sunday Comics: Mary Worthless--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-A Song for You--Peggy Lee
-Comedy Spot: Mr. and Mrs. Chou En-lai--Stiller & Meara
-Girl Talk--Carol and Peggy Lee
-As the Stomach Turns: Circus Soap--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller
-The Auto Accident--Carol, Harvey, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara
-Finale: Street Wedding: The Rhythm of Life--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Peggy Lee, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

This Time Together - Disc 5:

Show #710, Original Air Date: December 8, 1973 (48:22)
Guest Starring: Edward Villella, Lucette Aldous
-Airplane--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Lyle
-Itís Today--Carol
-Q&A
-The Oldest Man: The Conductor: William Tell Overture--Harvey, Tim, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
-Ballet: Corsaire--Edward Villella and Lucette Aldous
-The Ham Actor: The Drunk--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Finale: Charwoman: Swan Lake/For All We Know--Carol, Edward Villella, Lucette Aldous, Australian Ballet
-Goodnights

Show #908, Original Air Date: October 25, 1975 (50:54)
Guest Starring: Pointer Sisters
-Q&A
-The Family: Charades--Cast
-How Long (Betchaí Got a Chick on the Side)--Pointer Sisters
-Take My Drink...Please--Carol and Harvey
-Mr. C: Just in Time--Tim and Singers
-Mr. C: Make Someone Happy--Tim and Singers
-Sheepman Jack--Harvey and Pointer Sisters
-Fight to the Finish--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Finale: Get Me to the Church on Time--Carol, Vicki, Pointer Sisters, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #624, Original Air Date: March 24, 1973 (51:25)
Family Show
-Keep It in the Family--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Dancers and Singers
-Q&A--Carol, Vicki, Lyle
-Barbary and Ben--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Dueling Banjos/Arkansas Traveler--The Ernie Flatt Dancers
-The Getaway--Vicki and Lyle
-The Elbow: Dem Bones/The Elbow--Carol and Harvey
-The Old Old Movie: Rancid Harvest--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Charwoman: Without Me She Is Nothing--Carol
-Goodnights

This Time Together - Disc 6:

Show #1019, Original Air Date: March 5, 1977 (51:09)
Guest Starring: Hal Linden
-Q&A
-The Ham Actor: Astro-Bowl--Carol and Harvey
-I Wonít Last a Day without You--Hal Linden
-Talk: Carol and Hal Linden
-The Oldest Man: The Captain--Harvey and Tim
-Riverboat Mini-Musical--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Hal Linden, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #714, Original Air Date: January 5, 1974 (51:18)
Guest Starring: Steve Lawrence
-Q&A
-Monkey Man--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Maybe This Time--Steve Lawrence
-Stella Toddler: Graumanís Chinese Theater--Carol, Harvey, Lyle
-In Buddyís Eyes--Carol and Steve Lawrence
-The Ad Men--Harvey, Tim, Lyle, Steve Lawrence
-Finale: With a Pow! Pow! With a Bang! Bang! Bang!--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Lyle, Steve Lawrence, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

One More Time - Disc 1:

Show #718, Original Air Date: February 9, 1974 (51:30)
Guest Starring: Joel Grey, Vincent Price
-Q&A
-Carol and Sis: The Boyfriend--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Joel Grey
-Rhoda Dimple--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln--Vincent Price
-The Switchboard--Carol, Vicki, Lyle, Joel Grey, Vincent Price
-Spy Story--Harvey and Vincent Price
-Finale: Punch and Judy Show: Comedy Tonight/Punch and Judy--Carol, Joel Grey, Vincent Price
-Goodnights

Show #806, Original Air Date: October 12, 1974 (51:45)
Guest Starring:Telly Savalas, The Smothers Brothers
-Q&A
-Comedy Spot: The Nightingale Song--The Smothers Brothers
-The Family: Hospital Visit--Cast and Tom Smothers
-Rubber Bands and Bits of String--Telly Savalas
-The Broken Merger--Harvey and Telly Savalas
-TV Commercials--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Dick Smothers, Tom Smothers
-Poopi Le Moko--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Telly Savalas
-Goodnights

One More Time - Disc 2:

Show #909, Original Air Date: November 15, 1975 (50:56)
Guest Starring: Maggie Smith
-Q&A
-Thatís the Way the Kitchen Crumbles--Carol and Harvey
-The Cockney Lesson--Carol and Maggie Smith
-The Oldest Man: The Doctor--Harvey and Tim
-The Family: Teacherís Dilemma--Cast and Maggie Smith
-Finale: Show Biz: Thatís Show Biz/Comedy Tonight/Be a Clown/Let Me Entertain You/Thereís No Business Like Show Business--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Maggie Smith, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #911, Original Air Date: November 22, 1975 (50:13)
Guest Starring: Betty White
-Q&A
-German Car Dealers--Harvey and Tim
-By the Time I Get to Phoenix--Carol and Harvey
-The Bug--Carol and Tim
-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle)--The Ernie Flatt Dancers
-The Family: Mamaís Birthday--Cast and Betty White
-Finale: When a Band Plays/I Love a Parade/Soul Serial--Carol, Betty White, Dancers, Locke High School Marching Band
-Goodnights

Show #923, Original Air Date: March 6, 1976 (51:05)
Guest Starring: Jack Klugman
-Q&A
-The Small Office--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Where Were You--Carol and Jack Klugman
-The Clairvoyant--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Jack Klugman
-Iíll Do the Talking--Carol and Tim
-Stop Grabbing My Jewels--Tim
-Finale: The Countryís in the Very Best of Hands--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Jack Klugman, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

One More Time - Disc 3:

Show #719, Original Air Date: February 16, 1974 (38:58)
Guest Starring: Bernadette Peters
-Q&A
-As the Stomach Turns: The Exorcist--Carol, Tim, Lyle, Bernadette Peters
-Blame It on My Youth--Bernadette Peters
-The Meeting--Carol and Vicki
-Two-Man Sub--Harvey and Tim
-Gangster Movie: The Assassin--Harvey and Tim
-Goodnights

Show #809, Original Air Date: November 9, 1974 (40:56)
Guest Starring: Helen Reddy, John Byner
-Q&A
-Angie Baby--Helen Reddy
-The Family: Sorry!--Cast
-Comedy Spot--John Byner
-The Pickups--Carol, Harvey, Helen Reddy, John Byner
-Goodnights

Show #1009, Original Air Date: November 20, 1976 (51:01)
Guest Starring: Ken Berry
-Q&A
-The Oldest Man: The Hot Dog Vendor--Harvey and Tim
-Love Stolen--Ken Berry and Dancers
-Mildred Fierce--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Finale: Johnny Mercer Mini-Musical: Laura/Not Mine/Tangerine/Namely You/This Is My Night to Howl/Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home/Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Ken Berry
-Goodnights

One More Time - Disc 4:

Show #907, Original Air Date: October 11, 1975 (36:43)
Guest Starring: Bernadette Peters
-Q&A
-The Pail--Carol and Harvey
-Mr. C: White Christmas--Tim and Singers
-Heís the Wizard--Bernadette Peters, Dancers and Singers
-Stella Toddler: The Maiden and the Mugger--Carol, Harvey, Tim
-Mr. C: Once in Love with Amy--Tim and Singers
-Mr. C: Fools Rush In--Tim and Singers
-Give Him the Needle--Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Bernadette Peters
-Goodnights

Show #912, Original Air Date: December 6, 1975 (35:55)
Guest Starring: Eydie Gorme
-Q&A
-Stella Toddler: The Hospital--Carol, Harvey, Eydie Gorme
-As Time Goes By--Eydie Gorme, Peter Matz and the Orchestra
-The Man without a Green Thumb--Carol and Tim
-Kitchen Commercials--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Eydie Gorme
-The Oldest Man: The Torturer--Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Goodnights

Show #902, Original Air Date: November 1, 1975 (40:58)
Guest Starring: Roddy McDowall
-Q&A
-Laughter Is the Best Medicine--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Roddy McDowall
-Tongue Twisters/Moses Supposes--Carol and Roddy McDowall
-The Truck Drivers--Harvey, Tim, Vicki
-Assembly Line--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Roddy McDowall
-The Swinger: For Once in My Life--Tim and Vicki
-The Late, Late Movie: The Little Foxies--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Roddy McDowall
-Goodnights

One More Time - Disc 5:

Show #922, Original Air Date: February 21, 1976 (34:22)
Guest Starring: Tony Randall, Dick Van Dyke
-Q&A
-Death of Salesman--Carol, Harvey, Dick Van Dyke
-Madeira MíDear--Tony Randall
-Root of All Evil--Vicki, Dick Van Dyke, Tony Randall
-Balliní the Jack--Dick Van Dyke, Dancers and Singers
-Warning Signals--Carol and Tony Randall
-Goodnights

Show #707, Original Air Date: October 20, 1973 (47:02)
Guest Starring: Ken Berry, Jack Weston
-Q&A
-Computer Date--Carol and Jack Weston
-Itís Not Where You Start--Ken Berry, Dancers and Singers
-The Operation--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Jack Weston, Ken Berry
-Tacky Lady: The Lady Is a Tramp--Carol
-Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Finale: Elizabethan Rhythm--Carol, Vicki, Ken Berry, Dancers and Singers
-Goodnights

Show #917, Original Air Date: January 10, 1976 (44:28)
Guest Starring: Steve Lawrence
-Q&A
-Career Couple--Carol and Harvey
-In the Still of the Night--Steve Lawrence and the Orchestra
-Riddles--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Steve Lawrence
-Mrs. Wiggins: The Intercom--Carol and Tim
-Salute to Universal Studios--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Steve Lawrence
-Tribute to Glenn Miller--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Steve Lawrence, Dancers and Singers

One More Time - Disc 6:

Show #1004, Original Air Date: September 25, 1976 (43:27)
Guest Starring: Jim Nabors
-Q&A
-The Rain in Spain--Carol and Jim Nabors
-Mary Mary, Quite Contrary, Mary Mary, Quite Contrary--Carol, Harvey, Tim, Vicki, Jim Nabors
-Let Me Be There--Jim Nabors, Dancers and Singers
-Do Not Disturb--Tim
-The Family: Monopoly--Cast
-Goodnights

Show #1020, Original Air Date: February 12, 1977 (40:51)
Guest Starring: Eydie Gorme
-Q&A
-Mrs. Wiggins: The Vacation--Carol and Tim
-What I Did for Love--Eydie Gorme
-Talk--Carol and Eydie Gorme
-Kidnapping--Carol and Harvey
-The Family: The Gong Show--Cast, Chuck Barris, Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan, Allen Ludden
-Goodnights

Show #616, Original Air Date: January 20, 1973 (44:43)
Guest Starring: Ruth Buzzi, Jack Gilford
-Q&A
-Censorship--Carol, Harvey, Vicki
-Tina T--Ruth Buzzi, Dancers and Singers
-Carol and Sis: The Accident--Carol, Harvey, Vicki
-The Wedding Day: Iím Calm/More I Cannot Wish You--Carol and Jack Gilford
-The Nudge: The Pirate--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle
-Loveís the Only Game in Town--Carol
-Snow White: 15 Years Later--Carol, Harvey, Vicki, Lyle, Ruth Buzzi, Jack Gilford
-Goodnights


Packaging:

This set certainly has some complicated packaging. It all begins with the outer box, which is designed like a stage with a curtain on it. In front of the curtain is a pop-out Carol, in her Charwoman costume. Before going any further, you have to open the set properly... and it isn't very obvious. You have to pull up on the cardboard curtain on the box. Care must be taken with the pop-out Carol on the front, because it breaks off very easily. Once you get past that, you'll find a very nice collectible booklet. This booklet talks about memories of the series from the cast, and begins with an introduction by Carol. Underneath that, you'll find the individual cases for the set. There are three cases which contain six discs each for all of the episodes, and two two-disc cases for the special features which aren't on the other discs. The disc breakdown is a little odd, with discs containing anywhere from two to five episodes, as can be seen in the Episodes section. The disc artwork is very basic, with the series logo and the disc number. It is a bit confusing, because the discs themselves are numbered 1 through 22 throughout the set... but the episode booklets included in each case restarts the disc numbering for each case. Speaking of the episode booklets, each case includes a booklet which lists all of the episode information, as we described in the Episodes section, along with a brief narrative about the episode and what makes the episode so unique.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are really pretty simple. The main menu has the closing theme playing, while video clips from the episodes play on the screen (with an animated Carol in her Charwoman costume). Options from the main menu on the discs which include episodes are Play All, Episodes, and Bonus (if any on that disc). Selecting an episode takes you to a submenu where you can pick which scene to start the episode from. Chapters are placed throughout each episode. As for the discs with nothing but special features, the main menu lists all of them, with options of "more" and "back" to navigate through the list of special features.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality on this set is nothing fancy, but I don't think fans will have a huge problem with it. It looks about like any other videotaped series from the '70s would look on DVD. You'll find a few video defects here and there on some episodes, but they aren't too bad, and it seems like some restoration work was done on the episodes. The only thing that honestly doesn't look so great are the episodes of The Gary Moore Show, but I'm assuming those were likely kinescopes anyway. The audio is a dull, but sufficient mono track. What shocks me, though, is that despite all of the other excellent qualities of this set, there is not one thing on this set which is subtitled or contains closed-captions.


Special Features:

This set is LOADED with special features... but before you get too excited, it is worth mentioning that there is a great amount of repetition in these special features, particularly with the interviews. You'll find throughout the set that many of the same interviews appear in multiple places with slightly different cuts, but the exact same footage. So I think I should also give a disclaimer about the special features... given the repetition that I saw in the special features, I didn't completely watch all of them... so if I missed anything unique in any of them (or if I highlighted something that was seen fifty more times on the set), just bear that in mind! In any event, here is the extensive list of all of the special features.

Some of the episodes on the set have recent introductions which were created for the episodes featuring Carol, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. I'm not sure how recent these are, but I'm pretty sure that they were on previous releases, as some of the introductions refer to "this video," which is perhaps a VHS reference. Still, they're rather recent and give a modern day look at the episode and the experience that the cast had with the episode. Episodes containing these, with runtimes of the intros, are as follows:
Show #1002 (4:52)
Show #722 (2:55)
Show #903 (1:54)
Show #716 (2:12)
Show #1022 (4:33)
Show #817 (2:48)
Show #1012 (2:12)
Show #821 (2:34)
Show #714 (4:14)

There are plenty more special features throughout the set, including four discs of nothing but special features. First, though, we'll run through all of the special features contained on the discs which consist primarily of episodes. The following special features all appear on the first six-disc collection, Carol's Favorites (which is also being sold individually in stores in a few weeks).

"Let's Bump Up the Lights" (35:32) is a cast reunion featuring Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, and Lyle Waggoner. Here, we just have the cast talking about their experiences on the series. This is a lot like the introductions which appear on some of the episodes.

"I Want to Push That Button... - The History of The Carol Burnett Show" (19:27) features a bit more of discussion from the cast, writers, and even Carl Reiner talking about the journey of creating the series, from Carol's start to putting together the cast. Most of the things discussed in here are things that the cast already knows (such as the story behind casting Vicki Lawrence), but it is still interesting to watch.

"Bonus Sketch - The Dentist" (9:35) is a sketch from 1969 (these episodes have never appeared on DVD as full episodes) about a patient who goes to see a dentist who isn't in... and is forced to the son-in-law of the dentist, an inept recent dental school graduate who cheated his way through the dental school courses which he didn't fail and provides care by reading his textbooks along the way. Everything goes wrong with this new dentist, and it is hilarious to watch.

The Gary Moore Show episode featuring Carol Burnett in the Supergirl sketch (33:59) is, as it sounds, an episode of The Gary Moore Show (with much, but not all) of the original episode intact. Here, we get to see Carol's very first Tarzan yell on television. The quality of this is very rough, but it is great to see it here.

"Ahh Mrs. Whiggins? - As in Tudball and Wiggins" (13:51) is an interview and clips segment featuring Carol, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway talking about the iconic Mrs. Wiggins character.

"Interview with Carol Burnett" (15:37) is a segment where we get a solid 15 minutes of talk from Carol herself, without others talking on the side or any clips from episodes or anything. She talks a lot about how the series got started and her own career in this feature.

"Leading Lady - Carol Burnett as a Television Pioneer" (11:49) is a series of interviews about how Carol Burnett was a pioneer in television as a woman, featuring not only the cast, but also celebrities such as Betty White, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, and others.

"Harvey Korman and Tim Conway - Together Again" (46:19) is an interview with two of the male stars of the series as they are interviewed in Los Angeles in April 2004. It is great to see that a nice interview was done that included Korman before his death.

Finally, the Carol's Favorite set concludes with interviews with Betty White (7:23) and Carl Reiner (20:45). White talks about her own personal experiences with the show and how she came to her first appearance on the series, while Reiner talks more about Carol in a broader sense and how he first got to know Carol well before she came into fame.

Now, we head on to the second six-disc collection, This Time Together. Special features here begin with ďThis Time TogetherĒ (30:40), which is a sit-down cast reunion with Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner.

As usual, we get to hear more perspectives from the cast on, well, their time together. The set also contains interviews with Tim Conway (19:12) and frequent guest star Steve Lawrence (15:20).

"Gags and Gowns - A Tribute to Designer Bob Mackie" (19:54) is a featurette discussing the costume design for the series. Here, we get to hear from the cast, Bob Mackie himself, Rita Moreno, Betty White, Amy Poehler, and Jane Lynch on their thoughts on the designs for the series, along with clips from the episodes discussing the designs.

"Side Effects May Include... About the TV Commercials" (10:06) is another sit-down interview with Carol and the rest of the principal cast talking about the commercial parodies that were used throughout the series.

Finally, on This Time Together, we end with more interviews, from Carol (19:16) and Vicki Lawrence (15:33). Most of what you'll hear in these interviews is stuff that you probably know by now, but Vicki gives a bit more perspective on the Mama character.

The One More Time is the third six-disc-collection, and it begins with a special feature entitled, not surprisingly, "One More Time" (33:11). This is yet another interview with Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, and Lyle Waggoner, and it starts (yet again) with the story about how Vicki and Carol first met... OK, I'll admit, some of the special features are getting a little repetitive, but in any event, they made sure to be all-inclusive!

Next, we have more interviews. First up is Betty White (6:03), and while this interview was done at the same time as the one seen earlier in the set on the Carol's Favorites collection, it is different footage. Joel Grey (12:57) is an interview with the actor, who also happens to be a close friend of Carol. He talks a lot about his friendship with Carol and his thoughts on her career.

"Focus on the Family" (16:16) is not about the Christian political action group in the US (I'm sure the title was to be a pun on that), but rather, it focuses on The Family sketches on the episodes. We get a lot of clips, along with discussion from Carol and Vicki (and others including Jane Lynch and Rita Moreno), discussing the history of the sketches leading all the way up to Vicki being told that she had to do that as a series... which of course gave us Mama's Family.

"From Soap to Nuts" (20:24) is a very nice featurette where Carol and the cast talks about all of the parodies done on the series, along with clips of some of those parodies, such as The Walnuts, As the Stomach Turns, and "Norman Blear's" Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Mary Mary Quite Contrary. These were all excellent parodies, and were really among the first that we ever saw in all of TV history, even before series like SNL did this sort of thing.

The One More Time collection concludes with more interviews, from Carol Burnett (16:56) and Vicki Lawrence (11:03).

That may have sounded like a lot, but those were just the special features included on the discs which included the episodes... the remaining special features are all contained on four discs which contain nothing but special features. These begin with the episode of The Gary Moore Show from June 26, 1962 (32:03). This was the final episode of the series to feature Carol Burnett as a regular cast member.

Next, we have a pair of sketches from episodes which aired in the earlier seasons of the series (the set, in general, only contains episodes from season 6-11; these sketches are from the first five seasons). First, we have "Society Marriage" (12:13) featuring Jerry Lewis. The second one features Lucille Ball, with "The Rock Sisters" (16:47). We get some nice musical numbers from Lucy and Carol in this one.

"Bringing Up the Lights: Carol's Q&A" (21:20) is an interview featurette talking about the Q&A session which Carol had with the audience at the beginning of most episodes. We get to hear from Carol, the rest of the cast, Betty White, Amy Poehler, and Ellen DeGeneres, among others, in this featurette.

"Harvey Korman and Tim Conway - Together Again" (41:40) is a different version of the Los Angeles interview with the two stars as seen earlier in the set.

Disc 1 of the special features only discs concludes with several interviews, with Ken Berry (31:35), Lainie Kazan (11:02), Bernadette Peters (8:24), Carl Reiner (19:33), Gail Parent (16:06), Kenny Solms (14:12), and Tim Conway (18:03). My favorite of these is the Ken Berry one, where he addresses great detail of how the series Mama's Family began and how the series developed. It is particularly interesting for him to note that, despite being a frequent guest star on The Carol Burnett Show, he never once appeared in any of The Family sketches.

Disc 2 of special features begin with the season 10 guest book (6:32), which goes through the guest book from season 10 for the episodes of that season included on the set, shows the signature of the guest, and gives a brief clip of the appearance of that guest on the episode. The name is a bit misleading, because it doesn't include all of the season 10 episodes, but rather just the ones on the set.

There is a bonus sketch called "Brown Derby" (7:39) which features Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. This reminds me a little of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy went to the Brown Derby, except this sketch features Carol in a role which makes Lucy seem much less obnoxious to the celebrities.

"Laugh Tracks - A Tribute to the Writers" (19:46) is an interview with the cast and the other usual suspects (if they've been mentioned as being interviewed in this set so far, there is a good chance they're here again!) talking about the writing staff of the series.

"Starlet, Mildred, and More - A Celebration of Movie Parodies" (21:44) is a tribute to all of the great movie parodies shown in the series, including, of course, the famous Went With the Wind sketch.

"Harvey Korman Remembers" (32:46) is more of the April 2004 footage in Los Angeles where Korman was interviewed about the series and his other career highlights. The footage seen here is a bit different from the joint footage he had with Tim Conway elsewhere on this set.

Disc 2 concludes with more interviews! This time, we've got interviews with Jerry Lewis (12:18), Amy Poehler (11:27), Lyle Waggoner (9:56), Ellen DeGeneres (8:23), Jane Lynch (13:07), Kyra Thompson (10:53), Bob Mackie (19:40), and Betty White (5:16). Of course, we're probably repeating ourselves by saying this, but ironically, there is repetition in these interviews.

Disc 3 begins with another episode of The Gary Moore Show (26:32) from April 24, 1962. This episode features Carol as Cinderella.

We get more of "Harvey Korman Remembers" (36:54) here. This is even more footage of the interview from April 2004 in Los Angeles.

We get another bonus sketch from the first five seasons with "Lovely Story" (14:27), which is a parody of the film Love Story. This is regarded as one of the great sketches from the series.

"Next Stop Broadway - About Mini-Musicals" (18:47) is an interview with the cast about the musical sketches which aired at the end of many episodes.

Disc 3 concludes, of course, with more one-on-one interviews, with Amy Poehler (7:30), Kyra Thompson (9:28), Gail Parent (11:45), Kenny Solms (12:54), Lyle Waggoner (9:28), Rita Moreno (18:45), Bernadette Peters (10:04), and Tim Conway (14:39).

Finally, we reach Disc 4, which begins with "Sunnyset Boulevard" (9:20), which is a parody of Sunset Boulevard. In here, you'll see Carol in one of her most bizarre costumes of the entire series.

"Breaking Up is Hard... Not Hard to Do" (20:49) is a featurette which discusses the ensemble chemistry and famous break-ups on The Carol Burnett Show.

"We Love You Harvey" (21:33) is a tribute from the cast and others interviewed throughout the set to the late Harvey Korman. We get clips interspersed with the interviews.

Finally, after all of this, we've reached the end of special features with more one-on-one interviews. Here, we have interviews with Ken Berry (31:28), Lainie Kazan (9:18), Steve Lawrence (13:43), Jane Lynch (15:57), Vicki Lawrence (12:44), Bob Mackie (17:35), and Rita Moreno (19:56).

That is quite a list of special features! It would be hard to outdo this list, although I do kind of wish the special features weren't so repetitive.


Final Comments:

By all means, this is one of the nicest DVD sets that I've ever seen. We've got fifty great mostly uncut episodes of pure comedy gold, and perhaps the most exhaustive list of special features humanly imaginable. Considering that this set is only a small fraction of all of the episodes of the series ever created, there are so many more out there which could make nice follow-up releases for the series, although it would be hard to top what we have here. Personally, this was my first time ever seeing full episodes of the proper series, as my only exposure to the series has been through the syndicated Carol Burnett and Friends (which hasn't really been aired anywhere in a while now), so that made this set even more special for me. It is without question that my favorite sketches on the episodes are the ones featuring The Family, which of course was the beginning of the series Mama's Family (something we also need to see more of on DVD), but the parodies, commercials, and everything else that you'll find in these episodes is just great to see.

It is unfortunate that a few episodes on the set did have a few rather large edits, but overall, I don't think that any of this detracts too much from the set. I think Time-Life should have communicated more clearly with customers that about 20% of the episodes would NOT be complete episodes. Most of these were edits of musical performances, and while it would be great to see them, I personally don't think that they were quite as essential. In a series like this, it is hard to even release complete episodes just to begin with. Besides that, we do have plenty of great musical performances which are left intact, including some by The Pointer Sisters (a few years before they became icons of the '80s) and The Jackson 5, among others. Perhaps if Time-Life does consider doing future releases, they could do themed releases featuring collections of related sketches. I'd like to see, for example, a collection that contains every sketch of The Family featured throughout the series... or maybe a small collection featuring all of the commercial parodies. The ideas are endless, and even another collection of 50 episodes (even if it doesn't include the magnitude of special features seen here) would be nice. I think this set is definitely worth four and a half solid "Tarzan yells."


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 08/26/12

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