The Best of Johnny Carson and Friends
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"The Johnny Carson Show" aired Thursday nights at 8:30 on CBS from 6/30/55 to 3/1/56. The quiz show, "Who Do You Trust?" ran on ABC-TV from 1957 to '63; based on his performance here, Johnny was hired by NBC to replace Jack Paar on "The Tonight Show."
"Bobby Darin and Friends" was a pilot for a variety series the network rejected. It was written by Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear ("All in the Family").
"Shower of Stars" aired once a month on CBS-TV. The most frequent host was Jack Benny.
"The Milton Berle Show" was the Berle variety series that came after "The Texaco Star Theater."
"The Colgate Comedy Hour" had a long run (with rotating hosts) on NBC-TV in the 1950s.
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CONTENTS of "Best of Johnny Carson and Friends":
THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW:
Dillinger The Mental Wizard
Ed Sullivan Impersonation
Evolution of Dance
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Life in the 80's
CARSON'S CELLAR (one episode)
THE JOHNNY CARSON MORNING SHOW (one episode)
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These are early television programs, often filmed on kinescopes rather than film so don't expect perfection in picture quality but it's generally very good indeed and certainly at that price you can't complain (although of course there will always be those who find something to complain about.) I would have preferred for it to have been sold more as an all-star set rather than concentrating on Carson but then he does dominate the collection in episodes and has a higher profile today than many of the late greats to be found here. I just love this set and often wonder if my deceased relatives saw these shows back when they first aired; certainly it's wonderful in recreating a wonderful era of show business long since vanished.
The other three discs feature other CBS shows of the period, many of which Johnny guest starred on. Disc two includes two episodes of Johnny's short run on ABC as a game show host, which was pretty funny as well. A lot of the shows on discs 2-4 are great to watch, but some of them can get a little boring. The gems that stuck out for me were the Timex specials, the Colgate Comedy Hour (a.k.a. The Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Show - probably the biggest laughs in the set other than Carson), and The Milton Berle Show on disc four has its moments. The rest I could take or leave.
Overall it's a good set if you want to really get to see comic legends during and before their heyday. It's a bargain set, and for four discs if you enjoy classic comedy legends, it's worth the small investment of your time and money.
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I uded to watch Johnny Carson qutit a bit when it was on so decided to get tthis dvdPublished 8 months ago by Stephen E. Malmquist
This is not what I wanted.I wanted the best from the seventies and beyond. We could not even watch it because it was not funny. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Pruitt