Laugh-In (TV Series 1967–1973) Poster


User Reviews

Review this title
28 Reviews
Sort by:
A True Classic
Brian Washington14 March 2003
This show was to the 1960's what Your Show of Shows was to the 50's, Saturday Night Live was to the 70's and in Living Color was to the 90's. It was a breeding ground for some of the finest comic talent of the last nearly 40 years. The catchphrases, the schtick and, most of all, the joke wall were all vital parts of this show. And look at all the alumni. Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Lily Tomlin, Henry Gibson et. al have all gone on to bigger and better things. In fact, Goldie Hawn parlayed her Laugh-In stardom into an Oscar for the Cactus Flower. Unfortunately, the show couldn't hold onto its best talent and eventually it faded in its final couple of years. However, this show will still be remembered for being a wonderful breeding ground.
13 out of 13 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Sock it to me!
Templeton Moss19 January 2004
Thank God for the Trio cable network! They air classic "Laugh-In" episodes weekday afternoons and that's how I first came upon this hilarious gem from the golden age of television.

Headed by longtime comedy partners Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, "Laugh-In" was an hour-long barage of madcap tomfoolery. Short sketches, one-shot gags, "Quickies," as they were called, and guest appearances by everyone from Sammy Davis, Jr., to Johnny Carson to soon-to-be President Richard M. Nixon. It was the springboard for the careers of such stars as Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Henry Gibson and Ruth Buzzi.

If you have a taste for the weird and the wacky, with an undertone of political commentary (the remarkable thing was how they always presented both sides of any issue they were mocking) or just want to see classics like "The Cocktail Party" or "The Joke Wall," do yourself a favor and check out "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" for hilariosin-entartaina-wonderfulations! (Boy! Look THAT up in your Funk and Wagnall's!)
9 out of 9 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Ver-r-r-r-r-y Interesting...and FUNNY.
haildevilman28 July 2006
Sketch comedy 60's style.

This pre-dates most of the SNL and In Living Color style shows that dominated TV in the 70's, 80's & 90's.

Rowan and Martin made an excellent team. Rowan's straight delivery with a hint of exasperation mixed greatly with Martin's sarcastic, deadpan quips.

My personal favorite was Arte Johnson. Anything he did made me laugh like a banshee. And Henry Gibson's poetry was a close second. But there were no duds at all in this show.

Guest watching also made this a fun trip. The psychedelic decor dates it a little, but it doesn't hurt. A lot of the humor seemed off the cuff.

And when Goldie Hawn picked up her Oscar while on the show, the whole cast kept dropping asides about it during that week's filming. They all made several comments about it.

I saw this during it's brief Nickelodeon run in the late 80's. Bring it back.
7 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
One Ringy Dingy, Two Ringy Dingy
MIK7x316 December 2000
"Laugh-In" was a solid mix of one liners, sight gags, and other forms of sketch comedy. Designed to be a satire of its times, "Laugh-In" is probably better remembered for its catch phrases, including "Sock it to me," "Very interesting," and "Here come da judge, here come da judge." And let's not forget The Groaning Wall. The variety series was hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and launched the careers of Goldie Hawn, Richard Dawson, and Steve Martin. After six years on the air, "Laugh-In" bowed out of the prime time spotlight. Now if only Some Newer Latenight variety show had the same common sense to quit while it was ahead.
8 out of 9 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Long before SNL,there was Laugh-In
raysond13 July 2006
"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" was one of the greatest comedy-musical-variety shows in the history of television. It was one of those rare programs which was not only an overnight sensation when it premiered in 1968,but was highly innovative,created a raft a new stars,and started trends in comedy which other programs would follow. In some ways,it was not original at all,begin a cross between Olsen & Johnson's "Helzapoppin"(which in turn traced its lineage to the frantic,knockabout comedy of the Keystone Cops,not to mention the slapstick of "The Marx Brothers",not to mention "The Three Stooges")and the highly topical satire of "That Was the Week That Was". But "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" crystallized a kind of comptemporary,fast-paced,unstructured comedy "happening" that was exactly what an agitated America wanted in 1968. "Laugh-In" was first seen as a one-time special in September of 1967 on NBC. It was such an enormous hit that inevitably led to a series premiering the following January.

"Laugh-In",premiered its first telecast on NBC on January 22,1968 and from the first episode was an immediate hit. The show would run for five seasons on the network ending its astounding run and it final association with NBC on May 14,1973. An astounding 124 episodes was produced for this series under it's creator Digby Wolfe and executive producer of the series George Schlatter along with associate executive producer Ed Friendly and producer Carolyn Raskin. During the first three seasons of the show,"Laugh-In" went straight to the top of the TV ratings,and from there it was the number-one program on the air during 1968-1971 seasons. From that success,the show garnered two Golden Globes and three Emmys for outstanding performances and achievements as well. Between it's last two seasons(1971-1973)the ratings began to drop due to the fact that George Schlatter left the series for other things and others who were behind the success of the show as well as well as some of the best talent as well which finally ended its run in the spring of 1973.

This was series that was innovative for its time and would become the forerunner of other great shows to follow it. The reason? The lightning fast-paced took full advantage of the technical capabilities of television and videotape. Blackouts,sketches,one-liners,and cameo appearances by famous show-business celebrities and even national politicians were edited into a frenetic whole. The regular cast was large and the turnover high,and the 40 regulars who appeared in the series only four were with it from the beginning to the end--the two hosts(Dan Rowan and Dick Martin),announcer(Gary Owens),and cast regular Ruth Buzzi. This show was a springboard for some of the greatest cast regular who would go on to bigger and better things after their stint on "Laugh-In". Stars like Goldie Hawn,Artie Johnson,Henry Gibson,Ruth Buzzi,along with Joanne Worley,Judy Carne,Larry Hovis,Teresa Graves, Alan Sues,Dave Madden,Richard Dawson,Lily Tomlin,and even Willie Tyler and Lester were some of the stars who made their mark on this show just to name a few and so much more. The essence of "Laugh-In" was basically shtick,a comic routine or trademark repeated over and over until it was closely associated with a performer. People love it come to expect it,and it was the talk around the water cooler the next morning after the show.All of the great comedians had at least one,but what was remarkable about "Laugh-In" was that it developed a whole repertoire of sight gags and catchphrases that became famous and to this day they are still being used which are considered these days..comedy classics. Phrases like "Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls","Very Interesting","You Bet Your Sweet Bibby","Sock It To Me?",not to mention "Beautiful Downtown Burbank",and "Here Comes The Judge!" are nowadays considered useful in terms,but in all aspects this is what made that show brilliant in every aspect and detail. Some of the devices of the show were the fast-paced Cocktail Party,Letters To Laugh-In, The Flying Fickle Finger Of Fate,It's A Mod-Mod World,Laugh-In Looks At The News(of the past,present and future),Hollywood News With Ruth Buzzi,the gags written on the undulating body of a girl in a bikini (which consists of either Goldie Hawn,Judy Carne,Joanne Worley,or Teresa Graves-in a bikini),and not to mention the joke wall at the end of each show.

Among the favorites:Artie Johnson as the German soldier; Ruth Buzzi as the little old lady with an umbrella,forever whacking the equally decrepit old man who get close to her sitting on a park bench; Lily Tomlin as the saracastic,nasal telephone operator; Gary Owens as the outrageously overmodeled announcer; Alan Sues as the grinning moron of a sports announcer; Goldie Hawn as the giggling dumb blonde not to mention Teresa Graves as the soulful go-go mod dancer. The pace was funny but it never let up and it kept going until the end.
6 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Mod, decadent, and reflective of the times!
Shapster1127 March 2002
In the evolution of television humor Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was probably the forerunner of Saturday Night Live. It's relevant social commentary combined with incredibly adroit acerbic wit allowed this show to cover social, personal, political, and moral territory no show had ever dared attempt on prime time television.

For those who watched regularly the catch phrases were priceless and introduced them into our mainstream lexicon. Sayings such as "sock it to me" were not only uttered by business execs, secretary's, hosuewives, and everyday working people wishing to emulate the awakening of social moree's but also spoken freely by media and political types wishing to be thought of as in touch with the younger hip generation.

Laugh-In spared no one in it's sarcasm and very often stepped dangerously close to the edge with network execs. Once the show caught fire with TV viewers it became sheik for actors, actresses, and politicians to lobby for a position on next week's show.

Unlike SNL Laugh-In could not sustain and reinvent itself and by 1973 the nations TV watchers were ready to move on. Most of the regulars on the show fell into guest shots on other shows and eventually drifted out of site of the public. A couple of the alumni went on to great success in movies and tv. Goldie Hawn was a "graduate" of the show and went on to win an Academy Award for Cactus Flower in 1969 and has become a certifiable star in Hollywood. Lily Tomlin, and who can forget her priceless portrayal of Ernestine the telephone operator at the switchboard, went on to become one of America's most beloved and cherished comedic performers who also showed her acting agility in dramatic roles as well.

All in all Laugh-In is a part of television history and deserves its place as a cherished memory and deserving of re-run time on TV Land.
6 out of 8 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Well It's Time To Say Goodnight, Dick ...Very interesting
DKosty1239 May 2006
Actually, even though you'd think this was an original idea, the folks who created this updated Olsen & Johnson's HELLAZPOPPIN (film version 1941) Broadway show. The show ran during the height of the Vietnam war & even though it ran pieces protesting the war, it also ran cameos on Nixon & all the famous politics's who were supporting it too. The show is often a bunch of disjointed sketches with the only thing in common the fact that it followed a framework every week. The opening would feature Gary Owens & Morgel the Friendly Drelb and a few sketches. Then Rowan & Martin would come out & do some quickie stand up comedy. Next would be the party where all kinds of characters would show up including the great flesh painted dancing of Judy Carne, Goldie Hawn, Terri Garr & others. After the party, the Laugh-In Dancers & Goldie would blow an introduction to the News. Martin would do the news of the Present, Rowan would do the news of the Future, Alan Sues would do sports with BIG AL & his tinkle, then Rowan would intro a sketch to news of the past. Once this part of the framework was over, a special musical guest would appear (I remember Strawberry Alarm Clock doing TOMORROW in one early episode). Eventually another rotating feature would be put in like THE FICKLE FINGER OF FATE, or Lily Tomlin doing an Operator routine or spoiled girl in giant rocking chair. Then finally we'd get to the joke wall (say Goodnight Dick) where almost anything would get thrown in. The credits would roll with the wall & then the end would be Arte Johnson as the German Soldier (sometimes with help) saying Very Interesting but... enjoyable but dated with the dippy sets now days. Fast paced too
5 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Seminal US sketch show
alistair.bell7 February 2003
The first three seasons of this show encapsulated the sheer energy of social and sexual revolution of the late 1960's.On the surface it was patchy,often very funny,satirical and not afraid to poke fun at the US involvement in the Vietnam war and the Nixon administration.It launched the careers of many of todays Film and Tv stars and inspired many a generation with it's trademark "Sock it to me", "Fickle Finger of Fate" and those epilepsy-instigating Party Sequences each episode. True, as with all shows of their time, a lot of the references and humour may have dated badly, but for a Pre-PC generation, it was naughty and not what your parents would want you to watch.Perfect. Many contemporary reviewers dismiss the show as vulgar and irrelevant, but for people who actually watched it at the time, it was breaking the formula of the TV variety show.It was the epitome of groovy and psychadelia for Network TV-very fast, energetic, colorful and loud which really hadn't been seen before. By 1970,most of the original cast had gone and the show started to look back on itself and died. It lasted another 3 years, but it could never recapture the excitement of the first three years.I think this holds true for society in general.Maybe today's politically correct generation really cannot appreciate the enjoyment gained by watching Laugh In for the first time.
2 out of 2 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Yeah. So Funny I Forgot To Laugh
Dalbert Pringle23 December 2016
If ever there was a 1960's TV show that totally jumped on the "Now Generation" bandwagon - That one show would, undoubtedly, have to be "Laugh-In".

To me - The major trouble with "Laugh-In" (which was neither hip nor cool) was that it was geared to please (and produce chuckles from) the most conservative and mealy-mouthed squares imaginable. This show didn't come anywhere near to offering its audience groundbreaking humour, at all. No. It didn't.

"Laugh-In" was a "roll-your-eyes-to-the-ceiling-and-groan"-type of comedy program where its stale jokes were repeatedly delivered with total smugness from the unfunny members of its second-rate cast.

Not only were women frequently depicted as being flaky bimbos on "Laugh-In" - But I lost track of how many times it became plainly obvious that the actors were, indeed, reading their lines straight from cue-cards that were placed before them just out of camera-range.

The only thing that makes any sense to me as to why so many people are giving "Laugh-In" such high ratings all boils down to them choosing to view this decidedly dimwitted show through the murky haze of rose-coloured glasses.
4 out of 7 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Dated, but funny sketch comedy about America
TIALI8 December 1999
Made when America didn't hate Richard Nixon and when it was okay to make sexist jokes because women wanted to be ogled, this show will always have something worth laughing was called "liberation," baby...
2 out of 3 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Yes, great for the first three years...
jwikstro3 March 2017
Warning: Spoilers
I agree with the other reviewer who noted the above dichotomy.

Recently, this iconic comedy series began a run on the Decades channel.

Occasionally, such as during the early part of the third season, I noticed an occasional flat episode or two. Otherwise, most of the humor and wit were sharp and/or amusing for almost all of the episodes of the first three seasons. The second half of season three was a special treat, with both Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin in attendance,the latter just beginning her time on the show. I was wondering why this show had not been so fondly remembered by yours truly. I opined that some of the humor might have been over my head. Well, that may have been the case for those early years...

When season four began, I noted not only the cast changes, but more importantly the weakness of the wit on presentation. Gone were Goldie Hawn, Jeremy Lloyd, Teresa Graves and Pamela Rodgers as performers (Judy Carne had also slowly phased herself out during the third season), but most notably, a number of writers had departed after the third season. Apparently their contributions did make a difference, as the laugh-out-loud moments became rare from that fourth season on. As there were some rough episodes even with those authors on board before, the situation seemed to become somewhat dire afterwards. Perhaps this is why we don't recall Laugh-In as the great comedy innovation it was at its outset.

For those incipient years, we had sly political commentary, reminiscent of the previous Tom Lehrer/That Was the Week that Was era, occasionally poking its way in through Rowan & Martin's dialogues; i.e. jibes at the NSA, the AMA, hopelessness of widespread implementation of alternative auto fuels, etc., through the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate and Whoopee award spots, as well as Rowan's military general character. In short, issues still on the table today were approached, which made the show seem less than fatuous. The humor often combined old jokes with new issues in a seamless fashion that made things funny, even if we knew the jokes were old. It was old but also cool, just as older guests and the younger cast seemed to blend well.

For the fourth season, all that seemed to fly the window. Instead, we had more obviously lame jokes and what felt like tired humor. Instead of crisp barbs we had Barbi Benton and such. There seemed to be more of a spirit of Tuning-Out and Turning-On on display than the more pertinent critiques blended with "flower power" humor that seemed to work in years previous. In short, whereas they had previously, finally made the social commentary of Lehrer and the like palatable to the general public, after years of aborted attempts that had been too caustic, now that area of the scripts was more-or-less scrapped. After season 4, Artie Johnson and Henry Gibson also left. One can see why. If the show had been what it once was, perhaps they would have remained. Some execs obviously told Rowan & Martin and co. to tone down on certain aspects and to fluff things up. This seemed to disembowel the show of its core, the reminders of the motives behind the protest movements, and leave it with the hollow shell of the lifestyle that remained. That resultant, shallow after-taste is what also seemed to happen with Benny Hill, the Carry On films and others, i.e. milking the product whilst also reducing to the LCD level of sophistication.

Laugh-In, we remember your early years, lest ye be judged on the later. It was the perfect recipe which was then tinkered with.
1 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Great show for the first three years, but after June 1970 …
tforbes-28 February 2017
Warning: Spoilers
"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" came in like a breath of fresh air when it first surfaced in the latter part of 1967. Maybe the idea wasn't totally new, but by television standards, it was VERY different.

I took to it immediately as a kid, in part because I was already hip to certain things (such as how SQUARE CBS was!), and how the show poked fun at so many things. Season One had a special raw quality, though seasons two and three were fun to watch as well.

Sadly, despite such GREAT talent as Johnny Brown and Lily Tomlin, the show started to run on tired blood when Season Four began. Maybe it was the very onset of the 1970s, because so much changed. The series began to look a little dated in Season Five because of the onslaught of such programs as "All In The Family," and by then, the ratings began to sag. And then it was all over by 1973.

No matter. When it was good, it was and IS fantastic! And it brought plenty of amusement to my life. It was also very innovative in other ways, such as having the Banana Splits (a children's show) appear on the show in 1968. Imagine, having children's and adults' programming come together like that. It was never done before.

And I am thankful for this.
1 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Unique, Rapid-Fire Comedy Was Perfect for the Late 1960s
mrb198020 April 2015
Warning: Spoilers
Anyone who wasn't around in the late 1960s can't possibly appreciate how popular "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" was in 1968 and 1969. Everyone watched it and the jokes were endlessly repeated at my school the next morning. The humor touched upon formerly taboo subjects like sex, homosexuality, drugs, pregnancy, infidelity, and just about everything else. The series also had several innovations such as a joke wall, the party sequence, the news of the past, present, and future, and dignified guest stars (such as George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne, plus many others) acting like clueless idiots. The show also introduced what became household names, including Judy Carne, Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Alan Sues, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, and many others. The primary thing that made everything work--in addition to the very funny writing--was the breathtakingly fast editing used. No one had ever done or seen anything like that before.

The show was so refreshing when compared to usual late 1960s fare that it was an instant smash hit that lasted six seasons. While it seems curiously dated now--the subject matter is so mild today--it was cutting-edge, daring, and uproarious 47 years ago. While the show finally faded away in 1973, it's a reminder of a time in the country's history when everyone was ready for something new, different, and very funny. "Laugh-In" provided something completely new, offbeat and screamingly funny all those long years ago.
1 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Super Hip Ensemble Of Post Camp Craze And Canaby Street Fashion Era.
John T. Ryan18 May 2014
Warning: Spoilers
AS THE STORY goes, Dan Rowan and the lovely Dick Martin knew each other in Las Vegas. At the time, Rowan was a Car Salesman and Martin a Bartender (or was it visa versa?) Well, whatever the pair got their way and after some years of paying dues, they were an overnight success.

MANY FOLKS REMEMBER the team only from R & M's LAUGH-IN; which represented the pinnacle of their careers. Its quick editing, non sequitor sketches, real in hip talk, music, dancing girls and catch phrase of "Sock it to me!", all added up to what was the most influential TV comedy of its day (and arguably, any day).

THE SHOW WAS encrusted with many future show biz gems; many of whom were destined for much bigger things, Stardom even! Consider the following roster: Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens (Announcer), Alan Sues, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Lily Tomlin, Richard Dawson, Joanne Worley, Goldie Hawn, Johnny Brown, Dave Madden, Judy Carne, Larry Hovis, Chelsea Brown, Willie Tyler and many others.

IN ADDITION TO this great rep-oratory company, LAUGH IN's popularity made it a highly sought after gig or guest appearances. Their list of luminaries making spot appearances include: Peter Lawford, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, Flip Wilson, Henny Youngman, Greer Garson (!!), Marcel Marceau and many others. LAUGH IN was responsible for Tiny Tim's sudden popularity. Even Richard Nixon made a cameo with his famous recital of "Sock it to ME?"

DURING IT SEVEN year run, LAUGH IN always garnered a Lion's share of the ratings; which pleased its network, NBC, very much. It was the one show that inspired the most 'around the old water cooler' conversation.

ROWAN & MARTIN"S LAUGH IN made about as big a splash on the entertainment as any other show. Only THE SMUTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR compared to its phenomenon. But, LAUGH IN did it without making the waves of controversy. .
1 out of 1 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
A 10 in its time...tedious and awful today.
MartinHafer26 February 2018
In the day, "Laugh-In" was one of the hottest shows on television and even the likes of Richard Nixon appeared on the show as a guest. Not only that, but it had a huge cultural impact and many of the phrases and bits on the show became ubiquitous. Additionally, several "Laugh-In" regulars went on to have huge careers...such as Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin and Richard Dawson. Given this and the huge impact the show had on television, it's amazing when you watch the program today. While the show elicited belly laughs galore, today it's amazingly bad...tedious and awful to watch. I've tried watching several episodes lately and kept expecting it to get better. But time and again, bad acting and bad writing prevailed. I don't blame the show so much as changing times and attitudes.
2 out of 4 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
What's on NBC TV 8PM Monday Night 1968?
thejcowboy2229 September 2017
Warning: Spoilers
My Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren will wonder what it was like in America during the late 1960's with Civil rights surfacing,Two assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, Escalating military involvement in Vietnam War,President Richard M. Nixon administration. Anti war protest marches, Detroit, Newark in flames due to a police raid on an after hours bar as racial differences collide with the police. Hair styles became longer, skirts shorter. The birth of the psychedelic age. Drug use was mainstream among the teens as Marijuana and L.S.D. were popular choices. Turbulent times in America. To make sense of it all was comic relief in rapid fire sketch form . An experiment took place on NBC as producers George Schlatter and Ed Friendly created a one hour potpourri of skits, psychedelic joke wall and the "Fickle Finger of Fate " awarded to a disingenuous person or group. As for the supporting cast you knew who they where. Perky and wide eyed Judy Carne who's catch phrase was Sock It To Me" as Judy would get doused with water or dropped through a trapped door.The Bulky and loud Joanne Worley who would laugh her lines with her thumbs digging. The blonde, meek and soft spoken Henry Gibson reciting a poem by of course Henry Gibson. Larry Hovis would portray a cowboy or Hitler. The overgrown man child plus overly medicated Alan Sues doubles as a hungover kiddie show host and sportscaster doing sports with his bell. Dave Madden would drink milk and throw confetti at the cocktail party. Giggly, bikini clad, notably silly Goldie Hawn who would naturally flub every line with amazing results was a great sounding board for Dan Rowan. The lovely woman of color who divided their tours on the series Teresa Graves and Chelsea Brown added some ethnicity to skits bridging the racial difference. Richard Dawson would join the series playing an English incoherent butler. Barbara Sharma would also replace others on the show with her tap dancing cupid doll voice and fondness for Spiro Agnew. The multi talented Lily Tomlin as the nasal pitched fussy operator Earnestine and precocious, "And that's the twuth!" Edith Ann on the giant rocking chair. The only two cast members along with Owens, Rowan and Martin who were on the entire run of Laugh-In are Ruth Buzzi and Arte Johnson. The multi faceted Buzzi played many roles. Playing a lush with Dick Martin or a gossip columnist but she is most remembered for the homely, dour Gladys Ormphby. Gladys would be harassed by an elderly Tyrone F. Hornneigh (Johnson) sporting a derby, mustache,long black coat walking cane, glasses and Raspy voice. Tyrone was mostly eager for romance as the slow moving suitor who crowds the bench to be close to Gladys.Gladys would swing her purse at Tyrone after a passing an inappropriate remark. Memorable moment: To join in on the festivities Don Rickles "Mr. Warmth" in drag, plays Gladys's sister as the two old prunes swing their purses at the defenseless Tyrone. Other memorable moments on the show when John Wayne appeared reading a poem with flower in hand and a huge wet kiss from Gladys who seems to want kisses from all the male guest that appeared from Johnny Carson and James Garner. Other moments, the cameo by President Nixon who says in a stunned look ,"Sock It To ME?" Who could forget Sammy Davis Junior singing "Here Come The Judge, Here Come The Judge." The ultra conservative WIlliam F. Buckley finally appeared on the Laugh-In Sound Stage after numerous attempts. All types of celebrities would pop up during the action packed hour . Zsa Zsa Gabor, Henny Youngman, Peter Lawford and Flip Wilson. Who could forget the hook nosed, long locked, ukulele playing,while throwing kisses Tiny Tim. My personal; favorite skit is the Farkle Family. No explanation necessary. Dan Rowan lines as Mr. Farkle introducing his family rivals Danny Kaye's Vessel in the pestle routine. Laugh-In basically made awareness to the young generations across America with their political satire used in the news reports, Cocktail party scenes and Mod Mod World sketches. After about the fourth season the repetitive nature of the show ran dry as new players joined the old and another season unfolded as the same catch lines and jokes got tiresome. In an era with anti war protests and civil rights issues, Laugh-In was informative with a huge dose of humor to ease the tensions plaguing our country. The show lasted Six seasons but you can bet your sweet bippy the show made its mark on America in a turbulent era. The timing was right, presenting our culture in a comical colorful way.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Essential Sixties Television! Still funny and still vitally important!
Pat S.P. Fitzgerald28 June 2017
One of the greatest shows of the sixties that still has yet to find a worthy opponent is Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Six seasons of political skewering, racy humor and tons of guest stars. Under the guise of a "variety show" our amiable hosts Dan Rowan and the beautiful Dick Martin (!) introduce a new show every week tackling all forms of current affairs from pollution, to higher education to the fourth estate, all turned inside-out and lampooned in a very stylized, hilarious way that continues to be fresh and funny to this day. The editing effects were way ahead of their time I (and a precursor to MTV). There were many, many guests because people would practically fight to get on this popular, funny show. Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Greer Garson, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Richard Nixon, Hugh Hefner, Bobby Darin, and so many more that I would run the limit of my review by mentioning them all here. Just got the complete 140 episode box set from Time Life and if you I'm having the time of my life watching these, you bet your sweet bippy I am! Live from Beautiful Downtown Burbank it's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In! No other show like it.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
10 for Season 1, 2 & 3 Then Show Starts to go South
Mister_D_Loomis20 April 2017
Laugh-in is a time capsule of just how "cutting edge" TV could get in the late 60's. Basically a playboy club televised for hip family viewing. Innuendos galore to protect the kiddies and clever skits to make the nerdiest of viewers "aware" of what was going on outside suburbia.

Featured players Judy Carne (talented, awesome legs and fantastic timing, great dancer, love the robot couple of her and Arte Johnson). Goldie Hawn ( great act as a ditz but way more behind that cute chickadee facade...unsuccessfully replaced after her departure). Arte Johnson (TOTAL TALENT). Ruth Buzzy (always funny, born with a perfect face for comedy). Flip Wilson (appeared frequently in season 1 & 2 almost a cast member but clearly an awesome talent who went on to fabulous success with his own show). Alan Sues (the Paul Lynde of Laugh-in and just funny every time. Henry Gibson (subtle humor and fabulous talent). These people were the core group that made this show fly and as they left, so went the really funny parts of the show. I'd take Judy's cute sexy switchboard operator over Tomlin's boring, antiquated bit anytime.

It seems like the show just got really mainstream and safe after 1970, maybe even a little before that and the loss of these great performers clearly show the poor effort at trying to replace them. But the first few seasons are gold.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
"The Best of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" was quite a blast to sit through!
tavm17 August 2013
Please note that this is not a review of the overall seasons of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" but of a "best of" special that aired on PBS a few years ago that I DVRed and just now watched. The clips though came from the various years the show was on the air and many of them were very funny with some really lame ones scattered through. I liked all the park bench skits with Ruth Buzzi and Arte Johnson playing the elderly folks with Arte always going after her sexually. I was also fascinated by Dan Rowan's "News of the Future" segments when he mentioned both a President Reagan (in 1988) and the fall of the Berlin Wall in exactly 1989! My favorite parts were the ones with a young Goldie Hawn who seemed totally spaced-out (in a good way!) whenever she did her lines which might have been the intention! Producer George Schlatter really picked a fine cast for this iconic show, that's for sure! He, along with many of the surviving cast members, appeared in the pledge breaks with him providing many fascinating insights during them. So on that note, if this was what the show was like during all that time, I can't wait to see some more eps if they ever become available.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Laugh in Socked it To Us So Well ***1/2
edwagreen26 May 2008
Fabulous television series running from 1967 to 1973.

What made the show so great was the lively supporting cast associated with it.

The sketches with Arte Johnson as the old man starting up with Ruth Buzzi on the park bench were constantly hilarious. Who had the idea to put that net on Buzzi's hair? It made her look so appropriately ugly. When she swung that pocketbook, we roared with laughter.

Then we had Judy Carne saying "Sock it to Me!" Remember when Richard Nixon said that famous line briefly on the show?

Dick Martin gave us that dead pan like humor and Dan Rowan portrayed the typical slick but constant smoking guy on the show.

Joanne Worley was loud but so well suited for this continuous mayhem.

I can't imagine how announcer Gary Owen was able to restrain himself from laughing.

This show and "That Was the Week That Was" gave new dimension to television.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
One of the biggest laugh fests the world has ever seen.
ajlposh22 March 2006
Warning: Spoilers
This show is hilarious. I have only seen 6 episodes, but those six were enough to make me like it. What I like about this show is that it is so random. I love comedy where they will do the most random thing. Dan and Dick's comedy, Goldie's stupidness, Arte Johnson's foreign accent, and political humor are just some of the things that make this show funny. Sock it to me is the best skit, in my opinion. The one with Richard Nixon is funny. The episode where they tell Jack Benny,who is a true comedic legend, to keep the show moving can't be watched with out laughing your head off. And random appearances by guest stars are hysterical. Now if only they would show it in reruns....
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
one of the most classic shows in tv history
deanmartin1019 June 2002
who doesn't like this show. it had some of the biggest names in hollywood, like jo anne worley, goldie hawn, soon-to-be president richard nixon, milton berle, bob hope, and even the merchant of venom: don rickles. it was made during a time when sexist and racist jokes were actually funny, and had the big names in hollywood do skits to make themselves look like asses. if you haven't seen this show, you're an idiot, and if you have, keep on smilin', keep on cheerin', and keep on laughin'!
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Totally unique and funny show!
dangerousdinos6 April 2002
All I can say is "When will they release DVD's of this show?" Soon I hope! What a great way to look where a lot of great talent got started. Not to mention some very special and talented writing. Some goofy and some with a great deal of thought behind them. Almost a libary of looks and phrases from the 70's. This and some of the Dean Martin shows would be great to look back on in DVD. Look how popular the old Johnny Carson shows were on DVD and VHS.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
Old classic on Trio (direct TV)
michael autin26 August 2001
This classic, WHIMSICAL comedy/variety show is being shown on Trio weeknights. Although most of the political humor has long passed, anyone in need of good silly fun to maintain good spirits should watch.

This show was funny when i first saw it live, and has aged well with me.
0 out of 0 found this helpful. Was this review helpful? | Report this
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Ratings | External Reviews | Metacritic Reviews