YMMV / The Carol Burnett Show

  • Adaptation Displacement: Of a sort. Most younger viewers are only aware of this series through its half-hour syndicated version, Carol Burnett and Friends, which is the only version of the series (at least in the US) that airs in reruns.
  • Harsher in Hindsight
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: With airlines in recent years cutting costs by cutting things like free meals, this sketch seems eerily prophetic.
    • A "Family" sketch sees Eunice, Ed and Mama have a parent-teacher conference with Bubba's teacher, played by Dame Maggie Smith. Could also be a reference to her turn as Miss Jean Brodie.
    • "Disaster '75" has Harvey Korman playing a bomber who can't find work because he "used to be in charge of Friday nights on ABC", this reference having gone out-of-date when ABC introduced its famous TGIF lineup in 1989, ended it in 2000, revived the format in 2003, then ended it again in 2005, effectively recycling itself.
    • A sketch spoofing Let's Make a Deal has Carol dressing up as a kangaroo.
    • One "As the Stomach Turns" sketch spoofing The Exorcist, with Tim Conway as the priest, has become an unintentional case of Life Imitates Art thanks to these videos.
    • One musical sketch features the newspaper comic character Little Orphan Annie, though it's Vicki Lawrence playing the character.
    • They once did a "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde" sketch years before there actually was a Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde film.
    • One "George and Zelda" skit has George imagining himself as a Spanish matador named Jorge Garcia.
  • It Was His Sled: The "curtain dress" from the now-famous "Went with the Wind" sketch is the first thing many think of when they think of the show.
  • Values Dissonance: Par for the course when dealing with a '70s variety show. For example, this sketch, detailing a wife getting up and ready for her day shift (while her husband is coming home and going to bed from his night shift), ends with her telling her husband that she's expecting a baby, the joke being that such an occurance would be unlikely to happen given their work routines. Then you remember that earlier in the sketch the wife was smoking a cigarette with her breakfast.
    • One sketch has Harvey Korman and Tim Conway as Japanese chefs, invoking every Asian stereotype you can possibly think of. Astonishingly, this sketch still airs in reruns.