TimeLife has just released another box set of Carol Burnett Show episodes and it’s one of my favorites.
Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together is a collection of 17 complete and unedited episodes featuring guest appearances by Dick Van Dyke, Sammy Davis Jr., Bernadette Peters, Roddy McDowall, and a young up and comer named Lily Tomlin.
The DVD also includes two hours of bonus material including new interviews with Carol, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and guest Steve Lawrence.
My favorite feature is “Gags and Gowns: A Tribute to Designer Bob Mackie”.
Mackie was instrumental in creating many of the characters you see on Carol’s show. Just think about Mrs. Tudball and that tight skirt – how could Carol play her any other way. He designed the matching outfits the dancers wore each week (and making dance costumes is a very special talent) as well as the elegant gowns worn by Carol and her guests. Check out the incredible liquid copper number Rita Moreno wears in this clip from the feature:
This box set includes musical performances by The Pointer Sisters, Eydie Gorme, and Petula Clark. Also, a couple of lively production numbers featuring the Ernie Flatt Dancers.
But if you’re tuning in to watch The Carol Burnett Show, what you really want to see are the sketches.
Top Five Sketches from The Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together
The Family “Charades” – When Mickey (Tim Conway) comes over for dinner, Eunice tries to get the family together to play charades. “Wait Pill the Sun? What the hell kind of dumb song is this!”
The Family “Visit to Phillip” – The family takes a trip to Hollywood to visit with Eunice’s successful screenwriter brother (Roddy McDowall) .
No-Frills Airline – Tim Conway’s in for a rough ride when he decides to go economy.
As the Stomach Turns “Marian’s Problem” – Petula Clark plays Marian’s (Carol Burnette) long lost twin sister in this always funny soap opera parody.
Stella Toddler “Grauman’s Chinese Theater” – Carol shows off her incredible slapstick abilities in this sketch about an accident-prone old woman visiting one of Hollywood’s most famous landmarks.
The best thing about The Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together, is that it’s a show the entire family can watch together. No language, no heavy innuendo, just old school music and merriment. It’s very refreshing.