Laugh-In captured the mood of the country that was expressed by marches, protesting acts of society... only we did it funnier. Rowan and Martin star in the very first all-comedy show with music, blackouts, cameo appearances, and endless surprises.
Laugh-In's pilot captured the mood of the country that was expressed by marches, protesting acts of society... only we did it funnier. Rowan and Martin star in the very first all-comedy show with music, blackouts, cameo appearances, and endless surprises.
Sketches include News of the past, present, and the future, Body graffiti on Judy, Flip as the Caveman auctioning off the Kentucky Colonel, and Maude's World of Higher Education. Featuring Tiny Tim, Buddy Hackett, Lorne Green, Sheldon Leonard and Barbara Feldon.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, Salute to Smoking, Election update, Crazy elevator blackouts, Henry's Poem, Flip n the Neighborhood News, Tribute to obesity song and the famous Joke Wall Finale. Featuring Robert Culp, Sheldon Leonard, and Tommy Smothers.
Sketches include Introduction of Goldie Hawn, Cher as Pocahontas, Cocktail Party, Tim and Cher's mountie duet, Laugh-In does Shakespeare, Salute to censorship, Tim in Olympic athlete blackouts, and the famous Joke Wall. Featuring Ilene Brennan, Flip Wilson, Tiny Tim, and Lorne Green.
Sketches include Maude's World of medicine, Hospital germ sketch, Introduction of classified ads, Wet weather report, Lady Godiva Interview, Paul Gilbert blind juggler, First intestinal microscopic camera, Goldie Hawn pill song, and the Joke Wall. Featuring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Walter Slezak, Don Adams, and Pam Austin.
Maude's World of Fashion and Glamour, Cocktail Party, Goldie body graffiti, Tribute to mothers-in-law, Glamour Song, Protest Song (I hate everything), Jungle blackouts and the Little Girl News of the past, present, and future. Featuring Dinah Shore, Walter Slazak, Peter Lawford, Kay Ballard and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, Inga Neilsen, Laugh-In Girls sing Funny Old Man, News of the past, present, and future, Vespuce National Anthem, Dr. Joyce Mothers, Marriage Jokes, Goldie body graffiti, Marriage flight plans, and The Temptations' Desert Song. Featuring Leonard Nimoy, Buddy Hackett, Dinah Shore and Connie Stevens.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, First Appearance of Tyrone F Hornie, Sir Terry Thomas Poetry, Laugh-In beautiful girls production, Dueling conductors, Italian lesson, News of the past, present, and future, We love the Brits, and Upstairs maid nudes. Featuring John Wayne, Sally Struthers, Jerry Lewis, Dianah Shore and Goldie Hawn.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, Sonny and Seal, Paul dummy disaster, Paul Revere, Military News Song, News of the past, present, and future, Leprechaun interview, Undertaker production, Maude's world of the hereafter, and Fortune teller. Featuring Pat Morita, John Wayne, Barbara Feldon, Jerry Lewis, Cher, and Sonny.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, News of the past, present, and future, Russian Submarine sinks American fishing boat, Laugh-In Girls fan dance news, Sammy introduces Here Comes The Judge, Joey's News From The Harem, Bull fighters, and Maude's world of the Olympics. Featuring Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Regis Philbin, John Wayne and Goldie Hawn.
Sketches include Cocktail party, Dancing camel, Laugh-In pretty girls jump rope news, News of the past, present, and future with Johnny, United Nations Polish jokes, Lemons Never Forget by The Bee Gees, Flip on the Oval Office, and Battle of the sexes song and dance. Featuring Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Goldie Hawn and The Bee Gees.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, Telephone Player, Paul and the Dying Dummy, Revolutionary 1812 war discussion, Javelin catcher, USO dancers under attack, First Astronaut come back, and Maude's world of nursing. Featuring Paul Winchell, Hugh Downs, James Garner, John Wayne and Flip Wilson.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, Roller derby girl sings and dances, News of the past, present, and future, Kate Ballard self-love song, Picasso statues, Singing Judge production number, and Tiny Tarzan Interview. Featuring Harry Belafonte, John Wayne, James Garner, Shelly Berman and Flip Wilson.
Sketches include cocktail Party, Angry Indians, Stupendo The Great: The Man With The Iron Jaw, News of the past, present, and future, Laugh-In Girls Chorus News, Maude's World of Advertising and the Joke Wall. Featuring Tim Conway, John Wayne, Hugh Down, Flip Wilson and Johnny Carson.
Sketches include Cocktail Party, Sock it to me, Here comes the judge, News of the past, present, and future, Laugh-In girls Indian singing news, and Flip the Black Pilgrim. Featuring Tiny Tim, Jill St. John, Goldie Hawn, Joey Bishop, Milton Berle, and John Wayne.
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I love the program. It was must see TV back in the 60's. The only reason I downgraded it to only 4 stars, is because after watching the first several episodes with a pillar box format, they changed it to fill the screen. The problem with this is it chops off the top and bottom of the screen. There are several scenes that have a text scroll at the bottom which become unreadable. Amazon, please, if possible, go back to the pillar box format.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
From 1968-71, there were three network shows that brought the Hippie movement--or what networks THOUGHT was "the Hippie movement"--into America's whitebread living rooms: While the Smothers Brothers protested the war on CBS, and the Monkees cut up on ABC, NBC took jokes about America's frustrations with LBJ, Nixon, Vietnam, the Establishment, and the new sexual freedoms, dressed them up in go-go boots and psychedelia, and delivered them with old-fashioned lowbrow burlesque-follies panache. If you've watched Oliver Stone Vietnam movies, you're probably convinced America's Monday-night hit was the low point of mainstream 60's culture--what, you're saying someone splashed with a bucket of water or falling down a trap door isn't funny?--but watching it today, it's surprising just what contemporary humor urbane duo Dan Rowan and Dick Martin got past the network censors at the time...They didn't have to explain what "Sock it to me" meant. Like early 70's Mad Magazine, it's a time-capsule of a society dealing with new problems using (very) old-fashioned humor, and like the great 70's network variety shows of the day, it's from the time when people could tune in and get an hour of binge-free no-obligation entertainment: Show this to your kids, if they've forgotten what a "variety show" looks like that's not a make-or-break competition.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
The year 1968 was the most remarkable in my memory in terms of visual entertainment. "Hair" was on Broadway, 2001: A Space Odyssey was Best Picture ( and just think of the competition! "The Graduate", "Midnight Cowboy", and so on), popular opinion was turning strongly against the war fueled by war-profiteering corporations and the streets were exploding, culminating a year later with the Woodstock Festival and a year after that, the killing of 4 students at Kent State Ohio. Bobby Kennedy was killed. Martin Luther King was killed. In the midst of all of that social and political upheaval, NBC debuts "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in" ( a word-play on "love-in"). R & W gave America the comic relief it so desperately needed, and did with style, ease, Richard NIXON (!) ALL in the guise of a freaked-out Martin and Lewis comedy team. Goldie...string bikini.....1968
You grew up in the late 60's and early 70's, you knew all the catch phrases-- very interesting, say goodnight Dick, and all the "blackout sketches". Yeah, the show is dated (especially about women and racial issues) now but it was pretty cutting edge back then. And some of the satire resonates today. Purely on a comedy basis, I think it takes a few for Laugh In to hit its stride. The Tim Conway episode Season 1, show 4) would be where they are getting comfortable on what they want to be. The ensemble cast makes this-- Arte Johnson, Jo Anne Worley, Ruth Buzzi, Henry Gibson, Goldie Hawn, later Alan Sues and Lily Tomlin. And the guest cameos are really fun. So-- you grew up then, you'll like the nostalgia value. If you didn't, you will struggle to like the show. If nothing else, watch for the amount of smoking that goes on and to see the clothing. That's the real 68-72 era.
I understand where this came from and why it was popular as an anti culture program. I am so disappointed in myself that I enjoyed this show when it was first on the air. Luckily, I grew up and now realize how insulting and offensive this show really is. The jokes are all geared to anti war and bashing those who supported it. Granted the war was a poorly planned with no real goal of winning, but the way people used it to tear the country apart was insane. This show clearly shows how messed up we were at that time. Sadly, for all the healing we did after that, we are now at another crossroad in history being torn apart by conflicting standards that were brought to the forefront back then.
Well I still find some of it funny even with Dan Rowan's ever present cigarette. I'm not sure how people who aren't old enough to remember the late 60's - early 70's will react to jokes about Lady Bird, LBJ, Lucy Baines, flower power, hippies, Vietnam, Everett Dirksen, Charles de Gaulle, Ruby Begonia and other bits of "ancient" history. The show has a definite leftwing, antiwar bias but not enough to discourage those of us who weren't hippies, radicals, liberals or similar creatures. It was nice to see the old cast and guest stars - Artie Johnson, Henry Gibson, Ruth Buzzi, Sheldon Leonard, Barbara Feldon, Flip Wilson and the others.
The picture quality of the Amazon streaming is fuzzy but watchable.