Includes 5 hours of bonus footage. The Carol Burnett Show was a sprawling, hilarious variety program which was a staple of television during the late 1960s to the 1970s and hosted a virtual A to Z of guest stars, not to mention a highly talented and memorable repertory cast of regulars. All these years later, Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes is being released as a 7-DVD set, which showcases the Queen of Television comedy. For decades in syndication, scores of audiences watched, watched, and watched again the half-hour program which siphoned down the original hour-long episodes which aired from mainly the show’s second half of its run on CBS. Entitled Carol Burnett and Friends, it was to many that Carol Burnett and her zany cast of regulars (Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway among them) performed in scores of sketches and variety numbers, many of which satirized popular culture and showcased a wide array of characterizations, ranging from the sublime to the absolute ridiculous. But now, as part of releases that started during the Summer, Time-Life — pretty much the monarch of classic television distribution for the home market — has released episodes from the first half of the program’s run. These are episodes that haven’t been seen in over 45 years, now presented in uncut, pristine quality copies, chock full of guest stars ranging from Lucille Ball (one of Burnett’s true icons and influential peers) and old school Hollywood A-listers as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Steve Lawrence, Carol Channing, and many others.
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