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But what sets Here's Edie apart from the majority of variety series and helps to underscore Adams's unheralded gifts, are the first eight episodes of the program, each of which is devoted to a single theme or concept: "Love," "New York," "Bossa Nova," and so on. Unlike the traditional variety series approach to these ideas--skit-musical-number-skit--Adams and her producer-director Barry Shear address them in a manner similar to Kovacs's specials for ABC, with quick edits, nonlinear and wordless sketches, experiments with split-screen and other in-camera effects, and other decidedly artful approaches that seem more in line with television projects that came a decade or more after Here's Edie left the air. The show was also willing to tackle some ambitious location shooting, most notably on the streets of New York and amidst London neighborhoods still displaying damage from World War II, for a small-screen effort, and devote air time to decidedly nontraditional material, like Peter Falk's monologue as a New York cabbie and Sir Michael Redgrave overlooking the Thames while reciting the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V. These are quietly thrilling moments, both in concept and execution, and it's a shame that they--and Adams--didn't receive the acclaim they deserved due to the relatively short network run of Here's Edie. Thankfully, modern audiences can reframe their understanding of and appreciation for her gifts with this four-disc set, compiled by her son, Josh Mills, who also provides thorough liner notes on the show's history, which are also annotated with program notes by historian Ben Model and appreciative comments from admirers ranging from Bob Dylan to Ann Magnuson and Paul Reubens. The set is rounded out by a wealth of terrific extras, including 19 musical numbers (some exclusive to this set) by Adams from various iterations of Kovacs's TV output, a pair of promos by Adams and Sid Caesar for their respective shows, which alternated weeks in the same time slot, and a terrific, jet-setting 1965 promotional film for Muriel cigars, which Edie promoted in an iconic series of sultry commercials throughout the decade, and whose parent company, Consolidated Cigar Corporation, backed both the Kovacs specials and Here's Edie. --Paul Gaita
I was 10 years old when this was originally shown. We didn't have an ABC affiliate until 1964, so I doubt I would have been able to see it anyway. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Eclectic Reader
Not quite what I was hoping for, Miss Adams is a fine performer but she really lacks in being able to "host" her own show. Read morePublished 12 months ago by filmcritic57
Arrived quickly, no damage.
Love Edie! A long overdue unlooked Star.
This series was completely unknown to me. I never watched it when it was on. I have no memory of it what so ever. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Martucci
The Edie Adams Television Collection is extremely fun to watch as it transports you back to the early 1960's and how television was done then. Read morePublished 18 months ago by cwilli
Love everything about this set. While the music doesn't get better than guest appearances by jazz giants Stan Getz and Duke Ellington, what remains stunning about these shows is... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul F. Etcheverry
To be honest, I bought this dvd set because I had some extra points and I think Edie Adams is gorgeous! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Frank Smith
What a fun show to watch! I knew who Edie Adams was but never knew she had her own show.She is quite a goos singer and has a bit she will do of Marilyn Monroe which is worth... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kenneth Benjamin