Pioneers of Television: Season 3, Episode 1

Funny Ladies (15 Jan. 2013)

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Lucille Ball started her career at MGM there learning the workings of physical comedy. She was 40 years old by the time her hit TV series I Love Lucy (1951) made it to the air. She had ... See full summary »

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Lucille Ball started her career at MGM there learning the workings of physical comedy. She was 40 years old by the time her hit TV series I Love Lucy (1951) made it to the air. She had three hit shows in a row. Carol Burnett first came to the attention of the public with her song about John Foster Dulles. Her training ground was The Garry Moore Show (1958) which after seven years led to _"The Carol Burnett Show" (1967)_. Betty White began her career in television in the 1940s and had her own sitcom Life with Elizabeth (1952) and had a wide ranging career from game show host to sitcom star. Written by garykmcd

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Very Disappointed
29 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I enjoyed seeing most of this I was astounded that there was not even a mention in passing of one of the first and best known of all the women of television comedy, namely Imogene Coca. She was the trail blazer that made it possible for women like Mary Tyler Moore and Lucy to be taken seriously.

The producers found time to devote a whole segment to one of the foulest women of the day, Moms Mabley, but not one word of Imogene. Anyone who was alive at the time wouldn't even consider putting Moms Mabley on and leaving Imogene off.

Every now and then PBS rears its ugly PC head and this is certainly one of the most blatant. The rest of the series was good but this episode was very disappointing.


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