Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together...

♫♪...Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, "So long". ♪♫

Sound familiar?

You have to be around my age or older to recognize these lyrics. They are from the familiar closing theme song from the popular variety/comedy television show ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ that ran for eleven years from 1967 – 1978. 278 episodes were aired, and the series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards. In 2002, it was ranked number 16 on “TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”, and in 2007, it was listed as one of Time Magazine’s “110 Best TV Shows of All Time”


I loved this show when I was young, and watched it each week with my parents and two brothers. One of the most popular series of skits that appeared on the show from time to time was ‘The Family’. These sketches featured Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper, which we all knew as ‘Mama’. They were hilarious, and by far my favourite.


It had been years since I’d thought about ‘The Carol Burnett Show’, but it all came back to me at Christmas when my brother and his wife gifted us a DVD collection of some of the most entertaining moments of this show. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest shows in history, and certainly deserved its popularity. It was classic television in every sense of the word.

The closing theme song, and its lyrics, is something that is permanently etched in my memory. In addition to singing the tune, Carol Burnett would tug her ear at the end. I learned much later on that it was a silent message meant for her grandmother who raised her; a message that she was thinking about her at that moment. Even after her grandmother passed away, this tradition was continued. And that’s pretty cool.

Did you watch this show?

28 comments:

  1. I LOVED that show and watched it regularly.
    On another sadder note, another of my favorite TV personalities, Valerie Harper, has been diagnosed with brain cancer and doesn't have much more time to live. I love her, too.

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    1. That is truly sad about Valerie Harper :( She was a favourite, too.

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  2. This is one of the shows we watched as a family. It was great. Very funny show. I always loved the old man routines played by Tim Conway.

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    1. Yes, I remember them! Those were great routines!

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  3. I never got the chance to see that show, but it sounds like my type of thing. Bad news about Valerie Harper, I used to love the MTM show and Rhoda.

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    1. She was wonderful in Rhoda. So sad about her condition.

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  4. I loved that show! Tim Conway made me laugh and laugh and I really admired all the women on the show too.

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  5. That was one of my whole family's favourite shows when I was a kid. Never missed an episode if we could help it!

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    1. Same here! We all watched together. Brings back so many great memories.

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  6. Oh yes! We always watched the Carol Burnett show and loved it It was fall on the floor funny stuff, especially Tim Conway. What a funny funny man he was.

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    1. He really was. One of the best shows from my early years.

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  7. Yep. Never missed it. Those comedy sketches by Tim Conway and Harvey Korman broke us up every week. And, as Debra says, it was a family event.

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    1. A great family event! Nothing like laughing together!

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  8. The funniest was the dentist skit. Tim conway kept injecting himself with novocaine in various parts of his body while he was trying to fill hatvey Korman''s tooth. A laugh till you cry kind of a thing. Great show - thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Hahaha...yes, the dentist skit! I remember that one well. Damn but that man was hilarious.

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  9. O yes, I did occasionally watch it! I guess I enjoyed the overall entertainment of the thing, because I can't honestly say I was very mad about Carol Burnett. That is pretty cool about her ear though!

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    1. I was surprised to learn about her ear gesture. I hadn't known that way back then. It's quite sweet.

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  10. never did but my mom loved it

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  11. I loved that show! We had strict bedtimes and so it was always on just as I was supposed to be in my room. I would sneak out my bedroom door and stand just in the hallway. You could see the tv from there and I would try so hard not to make a sound so that I could watch the show. Inevitably, I would snicker behind my hand and then my mom would call out "GO TO BED CATHY!!" You are so fortunate, Martha, to have been given a DVD set. I agree it was the best show!!

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    1. That is so funny, Cathy! I can just picture you sneaking out to take a look. It was well worth it. A true classic.

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  12. It was good, it was clean, it was hilarious! I wish it would come back on as reruns!

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  13. I loved this show and looked forward to each episode every week. Of course, for me was the Gone with the Wind episode with Carol strutting down the staircase and fumbling down every step. Seriously my sides ached so much! I burst out laughing to this day when I see am resemblance of this skit!
    Ron

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    1. Hahaha...that was a great episode! There are so many good ones that it's hard to remember all of them!

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  14. My favorite episode was when they were playing the game Sorry. OMG, that was MY family when we played Monopoly! Ahh, good times!

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    1. I think they covered just about every family moment - good, bad and other!

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