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One of the great lost comedy shows of the 60s and 70s finally gets a breath of life on this TV-on-DVD compilation....
Time Life / 1080 Minutes / 1967-1978 / Unrated / Street Date: September 25, 2012
The act of watching Carol's Favorites on DVD will take you back. Waaaay back. Burnett's eponymous series is one of those anomalous shows from a few decades ago that has been all but completely ignored by modern syndication culture: without a multi-disc DVD set like this one, you probably won't be able to access the series anywhere. And for that reason alone, The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites is a dusty, often inspired flash of fun.
It's unlikely that youthful viewers will find anything more than a dinosaur-fossil anthropological thrill out of these episodes, but as many other reviewers will likely note, The Carol Burnett Show on DVD is far more of a history lesson than it is a comic Rosetta Stone. One of the last remaining advents of the format is rescuing long-lost material from the archives, and in that capacity, these Carol Burnett Show discs are invaluable relics of a comedy age that has come, gone, and subsequently been forgotten.
Consistency isn't the name of the game on this edition - like any other revue series in creation, it misses as often as it connects - but Burnett's singular style and her crackerjack cast (Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner) often weave magic here: even if the show itself is steeped in a late 60s/early 70s pastiche, these guys really nail it every once in a while. It's no wonder they were so famously renowned.