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Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In Season 5 DVD Review

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The fifth season is more of the same.

In the 24 episode fifth season of “Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In,” viewers can expect to see the usual reoccurring sketches (Mod, Mod World, future news, the Fickle Finger of Fate, Tasteful Lady, dancing etc.) and plenty of guest stars in these batch of episodes such as Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Rita Hayworth, James Brolin, Pat Morita, Howdy Doody, Janet Leigh, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, Liza Minnelli, Edward G. Robinson, Tony Curtis, Vincent Price, Bing Crosby, Caroll O’Connor, Joe Namath, Charo, Sally Struthers, Carl Reiner, Carol Channing, Gene Hackman, Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Cash, Hugh Hefner, and so many more.

Having reviewed season 1 and 4, there’s not much more I can say about the series that I haven’t already said. It’s influential, it’s dated, it’s a time capsule, it’s loaded with guest stars that were popular at the time (in this case 1971), you get the drift. I’m glad TimeLife has released the show as fans of the series will get to relive it all over again and perhaps the show can find a new fanbase as well. Personally though, the humor is not my cup of tea. I find the visual gags to be cheap, the one-liners to be eye-rollers, and much of the sketches to be rather archaic.

As with any show, there are moments that work here. It’s interesting to see regulars like Lily Tomlin and Richard Dawson in the early days of their career, it’s always fun to see stars of yesteryear, and there are highlights that are a joy to watch ie Liza Minnelli singing and Lily Tomlin’s “One ringy dingy” Operator character.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? The show looks as it once did on TV with a few print defects here and there.

Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? A flat track that is satisfactory enough for this type of program.

The lone extra is a booklet containing an episode guide and a breakdown of what’s on each disc.

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July 23, 2018 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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