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SCTV was at its best when skewering show business and television convention, as witness the lavish "People's Global Golden Choice Awards" (the Five Neat Guys' medley of faux motion-picture theme songs anticipates Billy Crystal's Oscar-night showstopper), and "The Battle of the PBS Stars," which pits Julia Child against Mr. Rogers in the boxing ring. This cycle also introduced the pitch-perfect soap-opera parody, "The Days of the Week" (former Second City member and Saturday Night Live superstar Bill Murray brings his considerable cachet to one installment), as well as the polka meisters, the Schmenge brothers (a classic sketch marred somewhat by the absence of "Stairway to Heaven," apparently due to rights issues).
Martin Short, momentously joins the seamless ensemble, and makes an instant impression, with such masterful bits as his devastating "Jerry Lewis Live on the Champs Elysees." Throughout, even when a sketch falls flat ("The Pre-Teen World Telethon"), the cast's commitment to character is exhilarating to watch. SCTV fans who have long suffered the show's intrusive laugh track will want to check out the bonus feature on disc 5, a 1997 reunion of the surviving cast at the Museum of Television & Radio. Rick Moranis reveals that the technician responsible was--no joke--a moonlighting chicken farmer who didn't get the jokes and was simply looking for lulls in which to place the canned laughs. Not even SCTV's brilliant writing staff could have made that up! --Donald Liebenson
These DVD's are so funny and they have lost none of their edge over the years. You can see why the talent in them all got adopted by Hollywood and went on to bigger films etc.Published 17 months ago by Thomas M.
These episodes inspired the early "Saturday Night Live" and still hold up today. Not all of the content holds up, but most of it is still great. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Stanley C. Sargent
This volume of the SCTV show features very little I'd class as "classic" comedy (the other volumes must have the 3CP1, etc., great stuff on them). Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Brian Maitland
At a time when "Saturday Night Live" and "Fridays" (ABC's SNL knock-off) where at their low ebb, SCTV figured out the formula. It doesn't have to be live, just funny. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by N. Mirsky
A great set with one bonus nobody seems to have mentioned. On disc 3 of VOLUME 3, if you let the DVD cycle through the Main Menu (a one minute loop where highlights play on the... Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by Sambson
Great stuff. These were the comedy masters. Video and sound is very good. I'm glad these are available after all these years.Published on June 26, 2009 by K. Lindsay
The first three volumes of SCTV are, collectively, the funniest TV stuff ever done. But then again, that is only my opinion. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Mr. Mambo