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That show with the famous 'Andy Kaufman Incident' finally gets a nominal DVD release...
Shout! Factory / 1050 Minutes / 1980-1982 / Unrated / Street Date: August 6, 2013
Fridays is remembered these days as a formless SNL clone famous for its notorious Andy Kaufman moment and little else. This is a sketch series that ran in the early 1980s and birthed the nascent comedy careers of folks like Larry David and Michael Richards, but that incident – in which Kaufman stops a skit straight away, prompting other cast members to resentfully start up a bit of a scuffle – will represent its most enduring pop culture longevity.
This idea is confirmed when either newcomers or longtime viewers take the opportunity to leaf through this Best of Fridays compilation. It’s long been known that fans need to suffer through three or four bad SNL sketches to get a gem, but in Fridays’ case, that gem never arrives. Hackneyed current events send-ups, half-cooked romance lampoons, goofy one-offs – nothing here gels.
But there is a significant silver lining to this Best of Fridays release: rock and roll. It’s worth a rental on its own just to watch The Clash blast through a handful of London Calling tracks, and if you throw in a pair of appearances by The Cars, as well as some Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, you’re talking about some serious retro rock quality. It’s not enough to lift the rest of these shows above the waterline, but it establishes Fridays at the very least as a significant showcase for modern music as the Me Decade was just getting going.