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The Best of the Flip Wilson Show

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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The Flip Wilson Show was an instant smash when it premiered on NBC in September 1970, becoming the highest-rated variety program on television. In a bold departure from the standard fare of the time, The Flip Wilson Show did without large production numbers, house band, regular cast, or elaborate sets. From a round stage in front of a studio audience, gifted comedian Flip Wilson entertained the country with nothing but his hilarious monologues, a stellar array of guest stars, and great sketch comedy. This first-ever collection of full-length episodes from The Flip Wilson Show features guest performances by Ray Charles, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Albert Brooks, Redd Foxx, Joe Namath, Johnny Cash, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, and many more. Flip's signature characters are here, too, from Rev. Leroy of the "Church Of What's Happenin' Now" to that sexy, sassy force of nature-the legendary Geraldine Jones. These treasured shows will have you laughing from beginning to end, but it won't be the Devil who made you do it. It'll be Flip Wilson.

Special Features

  • Interview with producer Bob Henry
  • Episode introductions from Tim Conway and Phyllis Diller
  • Animated TV special "Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of P.S. 14" from 1972
  • Animated TV special "Clerow Wilson's Great Escape" from 1974
  • "Flip Wilson: Portrait of an Artist"

Product Details

  • Actors: Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin, Roy Clark, Redd Foxx
  • Directors: Bob Henry, Corny Cole
  • Writers: Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Art Baer, Ben Joelson
  • Producers: David H. DePatie, Friz Freleng
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Rhino Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M9CB56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of the Flip Wilson Show" on IMDb

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Top Customer Reviews

Saw it last night. I remember this stuff well, being a seventies child for whom Flip Wilson was a Thursday night ritual.

Those of us of that era may have fond memories of Variety shows on TV, but watching them on DVD 30 years later forces one to seperate nostalgia from real entertainment value. This actually holds up quite well. Richard Pryor (who occasionally wrote for Flip) does some interesting, and apparently improvised, skits with Flip. Ray Charles' appearance is excellent, and Flip's clowing with Ray gives everything an added dimension. The Committee does some skits that are more interesting than funny, that presage the kind of humor to be found on Saturday Night Live a few years later.

As the Flip profile points out on Disc 3, some African-Americans at the time cirticized Flip for pandering to stereotypes (especially with Geraldine and the crooked Rev. Leroy). The first episode of this disc (from 1972) shows where Flip's heart was and should quiet such critics. He has some contestants for Miss Black America appear and a couple of them do some really positive afrocentric skits for that era. George Carlin does a few Vietnam gags and his famous "Hair" routine, and Flip closes the show by proudly standing alone in the center of the stage with a very serious expression giving the peace sign before it was a cliche.
This is a Flip with GUTS for that time. The fact that he could do such things during a polarized era and be loved by such a wide variety of people says a lot for his memory.

The real stunners in this piece are the "Clerow Wilson" (Flip's given name) cartoons that are known mostly to us 70s children who remember them. Based on episodes from Flip's own childhood, these cartoons are the darker twins of Fat Albert, very mauldin situations.
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Rhino Entertainment has put together a great package. For those who don't remember, Flip Wilson was the first African-American comic to host his own weekly variety show. His female alter-ego, Geraldine, was the precuror to Big Momma, Madea and Rasputia from Norbit. It was the number2 show the first 2 years of its run and won 2 Emmys in its first season. Flip, who was in his early 30s when he got the show was a perfect fit for this type of show. Perfectly unoffensive, his style of monologue was similar to that of Bill Cosby. Today many of the sketches seem not just tame, but downright corny. But so was Sonny and Cher and The Captain and Tenille and Dean Martin, for that matter. Much of this material repeats on the less expensive, but soon to be out-of-print single discs, which feature half-hour versions of the shows. This 3-disc set could've been better if included more musical performances. However it contains 6 full-length episodes, plus two long lost "Fat Albert" style animated TV specials narrated by Flip. Picture and sound quality are very good considering the source. Flip passed away in 1998 and this is a very good testament to his legacy. The price may be a little high for newbies, but if you are a true fan and want to relive the memories, by all means add this to your cart. Hopefully there will be more volumes to come.
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I used to love to watch the Flip Wilson Show on Thursday Nights. It was a great show for the whole family! So, I was excited about getting "The Best of" his show in 6 episodes. I don't know who chose these as the "Best of" his shows, but obviously they never watched show! Despite the fact that these are "chopped out" skits from the show, the episodes focused more on the all-star guests (who were not funny in skits) than the man himself. Worsed of all, Flip's two most popular characters (Geraldine and Rev. Leroy) which really made the show a success, are virtually eliminated from this "Best Of"...with only one apperance of each character out of 6 epiosdes! That is a true "rip-off" and defeats the whole purpose of buying the DVDs. If you like the guest stars, you will get your money's worth, but if you are a Flip fan..don't waste your time or money! Too bad..considering the junk on TV today, what a wasted opportunity to have some real entertainment. I really got burnt on this one!
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The Flip Wilson show was such fun when it was on the air. Mr. Wilson was a talented performer and brought many interesting people into our living rooms as guests on his show. The skits seemed aired "as shot" with that feel of live TV at the time, giggles and all. To leave out Geraldine Jones, Miss Jones, would be rude. Even though she gets enough attention as it is she deserves it (Killer made me say that).
If you don't know who she is there's only one way to find out,-buy this DVD. A must see, Flip Wilson put life and energy back into the words talented and fun.
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Flip Wilson was such a wonderful & talented man. He was so funny without being nasty. We need more comedians like him, Bill Cosby and Lucy. People who are fun, funny and clean. This DVD is great to enjoy with others.
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Flip Wilson delivers clean comedy that can be enjoyed without restriction. I was a fan of the original shows during his stint on TV and I've never forgotten those fun times .It is especially nice to experience real talent as opposed to those who pretend to have talent by using vulgarity based dialogue.
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