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Flip

4.2 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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For four years in the early 1970s, comedian Flip Wilson presided over one of the most popular variety shows on television. The show featured weekly guest stars as well as Wilson's own characters, the most noteworthy of whom were "Reverend Leroy," the genially bombastic pastor of the "Church of What's Happening Now," and "Geraldine Jones," a thoroughly sassy and proud African American woman played by Wilson in a miniskirt. Featuring highlights from five episodes of the program, this collection includes the show's very first appearance on September 17, 1970. Wilson cavorts shamelessly and hysterically as Geraldine during an interview with David Frost and in a skit that features TV legend Ed Sullivan, acting (well, sort of) as a lounge lizard in garish '70s garb (including purple pants and a leather vest). Bill Cosby appears in several skits, and other guest stars include Lucille Ball, Don Rickles, Bobby Darin, Tim Conway, Red Foxx, Ray Charles, the Osmonds (singing and dancing in signature rhinestone jumpsuits), and Big Bird of Sesame Street. Wilson's career never again reached the peak he attained in the early 1970s, but these programs show how truly hilarious he was at the time his character Geraldine Jones had the whole country saying, "The devil made me do it!" --Robert J. McNamara

From the Back Cover

THE FLIP WILSON SHOW, VOLUME 1 guests include David Frost, Bill Cosby, Gina Lollabrigida, Don Rickles, Ray Charles, Redd Foxx, Bobby Darin, and The Muppets.

THE FLIP WILSON SHOW, VOLUME 2 boasts Lily Tomlin, Bobby Darin, Muhammed Ali, Johnny Cash, Joe Namath, Johnny Mathis, George Carlin, Paul McCartney & Wings, and Stiller & Meara as guests.

The DVD contains a bonus fifth episode with guests Lucille Ball, The Osmond Brothers and Ed Sullivan and a photo gallery from Wilson's very own photo album of the series, with Flip posing with some of his guests, many of whom were also personal friends of his.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin, Redd Foxx, Roy Clark
  • Directors: Bob Henry
  • Writers: George Carlin
  • Producers: Nancy Henson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004UD5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flip" on IMDb

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I was inspired to write this review about the DVD releases on the classic Flip Wilson Show because several "reviewers" have written negative remarks. First of all, let it be known for the record that the Late Flip Wilson himself acquired the "rights" to his hour long comedy-variety show[episodes]from NBC back in the early 1990's and he set about editing them down to half hour episodes. His plan was to include the HIGHLIGHTS from each program within a half hour format. Eventually, after several years of hard work, cable's TV LAND aired his wonderfully edited episodes. The man was a comic genius! His characters, most notably "Geraldine Jones", were spectacular individuals who strangely enough developed "lives" of their own in our nation's Pop Culture, becoming massively popular & famous "in their own right". Who could ever forget that incredibly funny and true life-like character "Geraldine"?! That chick really had it going on and was a riot to boot! Anyway, releases on VHS were issued in single volumes[volume 1/volume 2 and so forth]with each tape including two episode "featurettes"...thus, on DVD a single disc will contain the equal to two VHS releases or 4 "featurettes" plus a "bonus" episode because of the expanded format on disc. THE FLIP WILSON SHOW has been issued by Rhino Video in superb video/sound quality, and three decades later, FLIP WILSON's universal brand of comedy has definitely withstood the test of time and remains extremely funny, charming and quite entertaining. Each disc is a goldmine full of laughter and entertainment; "Geraldine's" skits are truly the ultimate best! I just bet you FLIP is in heaven keeping all the angels & GOD laughing incredibly hard!
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We ordered several DVD's from Amazon for the Christmas holiday season. My husband and I remember enjoying the Flip Wilson TV show when it first aired. Our sons (ages 15 and 17) got a big kick out of this DVD. It included Flip's trademark character, "Geraldine" and her many references to the never-to-be-seen boyfriend, "Killer" and Flip's rendition of an enthusiastic preacher from "The Church of What's Happening Now!" Ed Sullivan is funny being himself and in a skit with Lucille Ball and "Geraldine". Bill Cosby and Flip have a couple of bits that look largely adlib and enjoyable. It is dated, naturally, and the pace is slower than today, but it's worth the price and an enjoyable viewing experience for those of us who remember it and for those younger people we introduce it to.
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I am incredibly disappointed by the disc. The description on the packaging clearly indicates that 5 complete shows are included on the disc. Perhaps someone didn't inform Rhino that the Flip Wilson Show was 60 minutes long when it aired on the NBC Network almost 30 years ago. The shows on the disc run about 22 minutes long and are the completely chopped up versions that I could have taped off of TV Land reruns! I have always been impressed with the quality of Rhino products in the past and own many CD's and videotapes produced by them. This DVD does not belong in their catalogue. It is the kind of a product I've seen produced by the people who sell videotapes of old TV shows for $3.99 on the supermarket shelves. I hope Rhino will take steps to correct this in any future editions of this series.
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I don't think I ever missed the Flip Wilson show on TV back in the 1970s. And I had all his gentle comedy records--still do. His "Devil Made Me Buy This Dress" and "Go-Rilla" were classics.

It's wonderful that some of his TV shows are now available on DVDs. This is a good one for showcasing what he could do. Geraldine was a wonderful character. I was especially fond of Geraldine as a nurse for Bill Cosby, who is in the hospital for a rest. It still makes me laugh out loud. As does Brother Leroy in The Church of What's Happening Now.

And the bit with Ray Charles...but I could go on and on. This is a DVD definitely worth having. Get it while you can.
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I was (9) years old when 'The Flip Wilson Show' hit the airwaves. It was one of those shows that the whole family sat down and watched. While all of the bits are good - and while it was great to see Flip in his various characters cavorting with his guest stars - I purchased this DVD primarily for the appearance by the Osmond Brothers singing 'Yo-Yo.' They had only recently left 'The Andy Williams Show' and ventured out on their own. In tune with the times, they had grew their hair long and this performance is, I think, their most exciting televised ever. It's something I distinctly remembered way back when...! Overall, this was a classic show. Like other classic series, I hope entire shows become available on DVD!
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The other review explains how Flip acquired the rights to his show in the early90's and edited the episodes for rerun play. However, I think it was a mistake to use these edited versions for DVD. The editing isn't always very good, and watching the picture gallery feature makes one long for the scenes that are included there but not in the episodes themselves. Still, it's worth it for what is included!
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