"Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters"
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters

Author: tgje4 from United States
1 April 2006

I am truly offended by the comments of others about this show. If you were forced to watch it, then you probably weren't nor are you now a country music fan. If you thought it was a lamefest, as someone put it, then you are failing to realize it was in the early 80's and not much from the 80's holds up well, e.i. clothes and hair styles. Country music as a whole(along with all genres from the 70's) are campy now looking back I personally loved this show as a kid and am still a fan of Barbara's to this day. This show was totally awesome from opening to the closing. My whole family always sat down to watch this show and my parents went to watch a live taping and they said it was great. Her piano player at the time, Gary Smith, is my pastor's brother-in-law, and they went with him to the show.

Barbara was the first woman in country music to become a huge star! Yes Patsy's and Loretta and Tammy were pioneers, but Barbara became one of the first international music stars! Some would say Dolly was the first, but Dolly actually didn't hit her mega stardom until the 80's also, even though she hit the seen in the 70's with the Porter Wagnor show.

Just thought I would stand up and defend!!!!!!!!!!

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Not a too bad of a show....

Author: synergy273 from Michigan
16 December 2005

Was never into country music and still not into country, but I liked this show. I used to watch it all the time when I was little and really enjoyed it. Thought Barbara and her sisters were pretty decent singers and the skits were funny and cute....etc.... Just a good family show, that my parents didn't have to worry about me watching. Sure the show was on the corny side, but all in all, it was fun to watch. Did manage to catch a few several years ago when the reruns were being aired, and I found I still enjoyed watching the show. Would love to see this on DVD someday. It's been so long since I've watched the show, I can't remember particular shows except maybe a Christmas one????

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Pleasing review

Author: lklebar from Wisconsin
7 July 2004

FYI... They did not end this show due to the 1984 car accident! The show ended after Barbara was at physical exhaustion which forced her to quit.

This show revealed the enormous talent this family has. It was a refreshing treat each Sat. night for all families across the country. A 60 min. variety show combining country, gospel, comedy and a wonderful line-up of guest stars which was enjoyed by both the young and old. Each show ended with a 10 min. gospel segment. Country music fans as well as any music lover enjoyed the show. Would be wonderful to see it released on video soon.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Great Family Show!

Author: JMCMILLEN2 from United States
8 February 2005

This show was one of the best things about Saturday nights when I was a kid. I used to love the kraft puppets. we looked forward to Sat at 7:pm at our house. Mandrell was a big star, that led to other big stars doing her show.

I was just thinking about the night before the 1981 Super Bowl I was staying with my grandparents in rural Kansas and we watched the show and laughed and had a great time.. some people may have thought the show was corny. but when you are a kid you do not care. you just like TV. The shows's humor was vary much family based. It centered around Mandrell and her two sisters.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Release the Complete Series, Please!

Author: jedicy_1 from United States
6 July 2008

If you, like me, long for the complete series to be released, please let your voice be heard! The "Best of" DVD set will only tide us over until the series is released. I consider the best of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell sisters to be Barbara, Louise and Irlene - not the guest stars. The guests are great, but they are not these three tremendously talented ladies. There is not enough of Louise singing solo. There are not enough of the instrumentals. There is not enough of the sketch comedy. Not enough of the dancing. Not enough of anything, really. It's like teasing someone dying of thirst with only a drop of water. We still love you Barbara, Louise and Irlene "After All These Years"! Cyd

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Barbara Mandrell show

Author: talbo57 from United States
21 November 2006

I've got to say that I can't stand country music. I like rock and roll. However, Barbara Mandrell and her sisters show I liked. It had humor and not only just country music stars but pop stars as well. They seemed to work well and play together. Their musical ability with the many instruments that they were able to play was awesome. The only other group that I can think of that has that kind of talent is the Osmonds. I was sorry when the show went off of the air.I thought Ilene and her dumb blond routine was also funny. She'd have to be pretty smart to pull that off. I don't care for the country music part, but I did like the skits.

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Correction to Jake's comment

Author: Bryonb74 from United States
8 November 2004

Actually, Barbara had to cancel this show well before her car accident due to physical exhaustion and damage to her vocal cords. As variety shows go, this one was quite entertaining, although I'm sure it does seem lame to those used to the junk on TV today...

The Mandrell sisters wrote a lot of the material for this show based on actual experiences in their lives, which gave it a more legitimate air and made the show that much more credible.

This show was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe. It won several Music City News Awards. It would be great to have this show on DVD so that a new generation can experience the innocent humor of the Mandrell sisters, rather than the 'reality' TV garbage we are all exposed to nowadays.

And to those who 'swear' that the show was on until Barbara's car wreck, just do the math. The show ended in 1982; Barbara's car wreck was in 1984. Hmmmm, not rocket science.

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