For 11 hilarious seasons, the "Carol Burnett Show" ruled as the jewel of television variety shows with its stellar ensemble cast, fabulous guest stars and sketches that left audiences in stitches each week. Now fans of this last great variety show and a new generation can enjoy these clean and uproarious sketches that are included in the "Carol Burnett & Friends" DVDs available at
Burnett had a knack for connecting with her audiences and this was demonstrated by her often taking questions from them at the start of the "Carol Burnett Show." Often, at the end of each hour, she would sing her trademark song "I've So Glad We've Had This Time Together," followed by tugging at her ear ring. The bond between her and fans extended even to those watching at home.
And that same connection can be felt for those enjoying the "Carol Burnett Show" again with this collection available from DVD-Mania. Sandwiched between the comedienne's warm opening and farewell every week were skits that were outrageously funny. The success of those sketches was due to great writing that was brought to life by a great ensemble of players that included Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner.
But perhaps the two greatest players from the "Carol Burnett Show" were Tim Conway and Harvey Korman. Conway never hesitated to deliver an over-the-top performance that often included broad physical comedy. For his part, Korman was frequently seen losing control by laughing during sketches.
It's easy to see why Korman failed to keep his composure on the "Carol Burnett Show." That's because parodies of "Gone with the Wind, "Sunset Boulevard" and various commercials were chocked full of the witticisms, twists and silliness that made it impossible for anyone to keep a straight face. Conway shined as the frustrated Mr. Tudball in a recurring sketch in which Burnett played his dim-witted secretary Mrs. Wiggins. Conway was equally funny in the role of the absent-minded dentist who inflicted more pain than healing on Korman.
One of the popular recurring sketches from the "Carol Burnett Show" was one in which Burnett played the angry sister Eunice in a family that included Korman as her stupid brother and Lawrence playing the mother from hell. Conway rounded out the skit's characters as the family's idiot friend Mickey Harper. Audiences will never forget when Eunice competed on "The Gong Show" in a sketch that featured the game show's real host Chuck Barrie and celebrity judges.
And there were always a variety of big names from entertainment that appeared on "The Carol Burnett Show," including Jim Nabors who was a guest on the show's first episode each year. Along with Nabors, celebrities included James Stewart, Betty White, Sammy Davis Jr., Cher, Wayne Rogers, Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, and a host of other big names from the movies, television and music.
The series originally aired ran on CBS from 1967 to 1978. During that time, it was a rating hit for the network, placing at No. 13 during its third season and never higher than 43 for all television programs airing in the United States at that time. The "Carol Burnett Show" won 25 Emmy Awards, 8 Golden Globe Awards, and 3 People's Choice Awards.
The "Carol Burnett & Friends DVD Collection" contains some of the most popular skits from the "Carol Burnett Show." The set includes six seasons with 151 episodes on 8 DVDs. Each DVD is of excellent video and audio quality, episodes are included in chronological order, and are commercial free and unedited. In addition, the collection comes with custom artwork. The DVDs are region free, allowing them to be played on any DVD player, DVD-Rom, Box or PS2 worldwide.
But while enjoying the "Carol Burnett Show" again on DVD is something to laugh about, the cost for these DVDs is even funnier. That's because this collection can be purchased at
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