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YMMV / The Carol Burnett Show

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  • 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.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Tim Conway's endless antics to crack up his co-stars. While they're one of the most loved and well-remembered part of the show to this day, during the show's run they received a lot of criticism. The show had very smart, funny writing, and deliberately messing with the sketches to make everyone break up was seen as disrespectful to the writers and cast. Not helping matters was Conway's taking advantage of the fact that each show was filmed twice, with the better take making it to air; if the first taping was deemed good enough for airing, Conway took that as carte blanche to go wild on the second taping, meaning only one studio audience got to see the sketch the way it was intended to be played.
  • 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.
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    • "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a bomber who can't find work because he "used to be in charge of Friday nights on ABC", this reference having gone out-of-date when ABC introduced its famous TGIF lineup in 1989, ended it in 2000, revived the format in 2003, then ended it again in 2005, effectively recycling itself.
      • The potshot at ABC itself became this when the short-lived summer series Carol Burnett & Company aired on that network the year after this show ended. And guess which Carol Burnett Show regular was absent from the series.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • One early sketch about airlines in different countries has Carol and Nanette Fabray playing Japanese stewardesses in Yellowface and kimonos speaking Engrish. Ironically, the show only got negative mail about another segment in that sketch, portraying the Eastern European airline as dirt-poor and run down.
    • Another early sketch had Carol and Imogene Coca as two opposing politicians' wives, with one blasting the other for making the faux pas of seating George Wallace next to Martin Luther King Jr. Nowadays, the bigger problem would be that she was seating George Wallace at all.

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