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Author: shrek2004 from Manitoba, Canada
26 August 2003

I wish they would run this again sometime. This was a really good

anniversary special commemorating the best shows -- and the

worst mistakes -- of NBC. All the celebrities were really good too! I

liked when Martin Short sat between the ladies from the Golden

Girls and wouldn't let them sing, and when the cast of Friends

compared their show to Cheers (Matt LeBlanc: Cheers is set in

Boston, Friends is set in Boston..... Courteney Cox Arquette:

Friends is set in NEW YORK. Matt LeBlanc: That's not New York!)

The clips they ran were really good too. If anyone from NBC is

reading, please run this again sometime! It doesn't seem fair to

just let this great show go to waste

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Great Show! Should Be On DVD.

Author: qxz123 from United States
28 June 2008

I have all three NBC Anniversary specials on tape (50th in 1976, 60th in 1986 and the 75th in 2002). They are all quite good. My favorite is the 1976 special which was absolutely amazing....lots of rare color videotape clips (Astaire in '58 on color tape!), a COLOR kine scope clip of the Ernie Kovacs silent show from 1957, Mae West on the Oscars, lots of stuff I have not seen since. And a big segment on NBC radio.

The '86 special was good, but not great. Some nice clips.

The 2002 special was very well done. Unlike the other two, this was a live show with a full orchestra doing all the music. Lorne Michaels gave it that Saturday Night Live modern feel, with some NBC alum standing up in the audience with funny bits and questions, and well constructed segments with a good archive selection. But sadly, but understandably, NBC radio was barely covered. By 2002, the audience who would remember that era had diminished greatly. Highlights were a standing ovation for Sid Caesar, and his return later in the show to do a bit remembering Berle, Steve Allen, and Imogene Coca in his hilarious phony foreign accents; Michael J. Fox's standing O.; and a nearly 80 year old Andy Williams coming on at the very end to sing "Moon River" with the orchestra.

I wish that NBC would offer the 2002 special as a DVD, since this is probably the most commercial for today's audience.

Anyway...well done Lorne Michaels and associates!

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Should be called "50 Years of NBC TV"

Author: (pbm) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
18 October 2002

Although this is called "NBC 75th Anniversary Special" they almost completely ignored the NBC Radio Network which really made NBC in the pre television era and existed until 1987.

Oh if you are wondering why the clips from old shows seemed to be mostly from the late 70s and the 80s - NBC junked most of their archive in a mis-guided clear-out in the early '70s - not that they would have shown much black and white stuff anyway!

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Shameless self-promotion, but oh what fun!

Author: Anthony Hutchinson (GC-9) from Princeton Jct. NJ
6 July 2002

This two-hour program originated from NBC studios in New York and featured an amazing list of current and former NBC personalities. The show featured several segments on different shows, genres and moments in NBC's 75 years. Some of the highlights of show included: Mr. T's NBC star pity list (`I pity ALF, you never did get to eat the cat; I pity Screech, because we all pity Screech), Conan O'Brien with a look at late night on NBC, and the cast of Cheers, E.R., the Cosby Show reunited on stage. Well worth a look if you can find it!

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The Look back at NBC Television Network.

Author: space86 from Blaine, MN TPC of the Twin Cities
30 June 2002

From SNL Producer Lorne Micheals comes the Televison Event of the Year. From the opening with Jerry Seinfeld it was an epic night for NBC. The Highlight of the show was the standing ovation for Micheal J. Fox. Even A Team Star Mr T. did a 75th Anniversary Pity List. It was cool to see the cast of Cheers and the Cast of Family Ties in the epic NBC May Sweeps Special.

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The Look back at NBC Television Network.

Author: space86 from Earth
28 June 2002

From producer Lorne Micheals comes the network special to end all network specials. It was great to see them relive the glory days of NBC. From the opening monologe by Jerry Seinfeld to the bit with Kelsey Grammer taking questions from the audience is was a special night indeed. The highlight of the show was the standing ovation for Family Ties Star Micheal J. Fox. The other highlight was Mr. T's 75th Anniversary pitty list where he pited the Fools. a 10 out of 10.

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