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The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

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Won 8 Golden Globes. Another 31 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Herself - Hostess (279 episodes, 1967-1978)
 Various Characters / ... (278 episodes, 1967-1978)
 Various Characters / ... (255 episodes, 1967-1978)
 Announcer / ... (184 episodes, 1967-1978)
 Various Characters / ... (111 episodes, 1967-1978)
Ernie Anderson ...
 Announcer / ... (98 episodes, 1969-1978)


Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

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She sings sensationally, dances divinely, cavorts hilariously, and now she has her own comedy-variety hour. It couldn't have happened to a funnier girl. In color.


Comedy | Family






Release Date:

11 September 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carol Burnett and Friends  »

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It was revealed years later that each week's show was taped twice in front of different audiences and the best parts from each taping were edited together. See more »


Gwendolyn: For you had the perfect motive for doing away with father. I know about your gambling debts!
Reginald: Just as I know about that nasty little habit you picked up in the Orient. Eh, sister dear.
Gwendolyn: [Gasps] No, please don't! You have no idea what hell its been. Kumkwaits have become so expensive. How could I have been so stupid, stupid, stupid?!
Caruthers: [The butler, Caruthers, walks in] You called, ma'am?
Reginald: No, she didn't call Caruthers. She was discussing her kumkwaits.
Reginald: Oh. Well, I'm a leg man myself.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the charwoman (an animated caricature of Carol Burnett) is seen in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen mopping the floor. As the credits roll she suddenly turns and notices them and for the rest of the sequence she leans on her mop and watches them move from bottom to top (except for a brief pause to scratch her behind). See more »


Referenced in Bunheads: Better Luck Next Year! (2012) See more »

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Classic show, classic people, classic memories
29 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Carol Burnett Show was one of the most fabulous shows ever on TV, and certainly the best of its type, the variety show, which is gone now. Carol, her delightful ensemble cast of Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, and her many guest stars always delivered a great show.

What stands out for me is her film takeoffs, and on this board, I'm sure that's what stands out for most of us. I had the misfortune of seeing "Mildred Fierce" before I saw the real "Mildred Pierce." So I laughed all the way through Mildred Pierce. Torchy Song and her marvelous Joan Crawford - when I saw Mommie Dearest, all I could think of was Carol Burnett. Sunset Boulevard - when I saw the movie after seeing her takeoff, she was all I could think of.

But there was one movie takeoff that beat them all - Gone with the Wind. An absolute classic. If Carol Burnett had in her entire career only walked down those stairs wearing the rods still in the drapes and said, "Thank you. I saw it in the window and I just couldn't resist it," it would have been enough to make her a superstar. The skit was so brilliant that I can still remember watching it at home when friends came by to pick me up. They started watching it and laughing, too. When a commercial break came, one of my friends said, "Okay, let's go." Everyone moaned that they wanted to see the rest of it. My friend objected, saying, "It's going to be hours - they haven't burned Atlanta yet." The skit was so complete, he was sure he was watching a takeoff of the entire film.

I don't know why there isn't a place on television now for this kind of show, but I can hazard one guess. Burnett did takeoffs on the film The Heiress, Til We Meet Again, Mildred Pierce, Torch Song, Sunset Boulevard - if she was on TV today, no one would laugh because they wouldn't know what she was doing. I'm sure most people have never seen most of those films - certainly not enough to keep her on the air. It's an amazing thing to think about how the world has changed. I'm glad I was in the world before it did.

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