Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series
For the first time ever, the complete series is available on home video. “You bet your sweet bippy!”
This is a pre-order item and is expected to ship week of June 19th.
$249.95 Installment pricing available
“Before there was “Saturday Night Live” there was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”*
Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, this groundbreaking variety show was a fast-moving barrage of jokes, one-liners, running skits, and musical numbers.
A group of regulars--Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Jo Anne Worley, Ruth Buzzi, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Judy Carne, Alan Sues, Chelsea Brown, and Gary Owens--plus frequent guests like Barbara Feldon, Flip Wilson and Don Rickles left a lasting impression on America.
To celebrate Laugh-In’s 50th Anniversary, the Complete Series is now available for the first time ever on DVD.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series includes every episode from all six seasons, including exclusive new bonus features and a free DVD. You’ll get:
- 140 episodes from all six seasons on 38 DVDs, all available together for the first time ever, and only right here
- Never-before-released episodes
- The Pilot Episode which originally aired September 9, 1967
- An exclusive bonus DVD and exclusive bonus features only available in this collection including the 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion, Bloopers, plus interviews with Lily Tomlin, Executive Producer and Creator, George Schlatter, Dick Martin, Gary Owens, Ruth Buzzi, and many others.
- Guest stars include Tim Conway, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, Liberace, Raquel Welch, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jonathan Winters, Carol Channing, The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, Barbara Feldon, Bobby Darin, Diana Ross, James Garner, Michael Landon, Steve Lawrence, Flip Wilson, Don Rickles and more!
- All DVDs housed in a deluxe collector’s box
Plus, you’ll receive Laugh-In Memories, a Collectible Memory Book filled with jokes, pictures from the show, behind-the-scenes photos, and a note from producer and creator, George Schlatter.
*-New York Times
140 Episodes plus The Pilot Episode on 38 DVDs
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Season 1, 1968
Flip Wilson as Adam
(now residing outside of the Garden of Eden), Tim Conway and Cher as John Smith
and Pocahontas, a silent salute to presidential candidate George Wallace, a
Mod, Mod World look at the Olympics--these are just a few of the zaniest things
crammed in to the abbreviated (14 episodes) Season One. The biggest news,
however, is the first national television appearance of Tiny Tim, the
ukulele-toting, falsetto-singing throwback to a bygone era of American pop
music. He makes the rest of the cast seem normal--and Dan and Dick squirm. A
perfect fit. He’ll be back. Oddball music videos from such major acts as the
Temptations and the Bee Gees dot the landscape. The Strawberry Alarm brandishes
sledgehammers, ready to do damage. Are they rebels without a cause? Nope;
they’re just incensed, without peppermints.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Season 2, 1968-69
Wait a minute! That’s Richard Nixon asking the
rhetorical question “Sock it to me?” No boxing glove response this time, yet
his appearance in Season Two likely helped him win the presidency in November
1968. Pigmeat Markham, reclaiming his “here come de judge” routine, dispenses
justice with a large rubber gavel to the noggin for emphasis. And, yes, you can
believe your eyes--the cast brings back a bit of minstrelsy in a stage number.
“Marshall McLuhan, what are you doin’?” He’s probably trying to figure out the
media message behind the appearances of Victor Borge, Henny Youngman and the
Banana Splits. Add psycho-delic folkies the Holy Modal Rounders to the list.
That’s playwright-actor Sam Shepard on drums. But nothing tops the performance
by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. He’s a farce of nature, with a backbeat you
can dance to.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Season 3, 1969-70
The cast album Laugh-In ’69 is out, the cash
registers are ringing, so NBC can afford an impressive roster of guest stars
for Season Three. The Fab Four’s Ringo Starr “subs” for Peter Sellers;
three-fourths of the Pre-Fab Four, the Monkees, monkey around in an insurance
scheme. Pilot Sid Caesar flies around as a “bird seed” smuggler in Wings Over
Tijuana. Closer to home (and to the ground), Sammy Davis Jr., Arte Johnson and
Henry Gibson deliver a short song. Gibson and Greer Garson establish a real
rapport before Greer glides gracefully as part of the Farkle Family. Lily
Tomlin and Danny Kaye’s park bench encounter is oh-so fine. Rumor has it that
Gladys (Buzzi) and Tyrone (Arte) are getting hitched. Carol Channing offers a
pre-ceremony duet with Tiny Tim. Will Dan Blocker and Engelbert Humperdinck
weigh in? Only the scales know.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Season 4, 1970-71
Don Rickles impersonating Arlene Francis? A
boxing match between Sammy Davis Jr. and Wilt Chamberlain? What will the
Laugh-In brain trust think of next for Season Four? How about Art Carney as the
Masked Lobster looking for work. Guess all the sewer jobs were filled. Goldie
Hawn returns after winning an Oscar for Cactus Flower and she’s got a new
attitude. The phone line sizzles when Ernestine (Lily) rings up Aristotle
Onassis and Gore Vidal, whom she queries about Myra Breckinridge. Keep an eye on
her dialing finger. Vidal’s feuding foe William F. Buckley Jr. drops by for a
surprising question and answer session with the cast. Larger-than-life Zero
Mostel pantomimes a day in his life in four brilliant minutes, while
larger-than-two lives Orson Welles hosts a Halloween Boo-In; Dan’s version of
Peg o’ My Heart nails it.
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Season 5, 1971-72
After years of shameless name dropping, Dick
finally gets his wish when Raquel Welch kicks off Season Five with her first
and only appearance on the show. Raquel gives a few beauty tips to Gladys
(Ruth) and does an enticing commercial for the U.S. Army. Another bombshell,
Rita Hayworth, also makes her Laugh-In debut. Sweet Debbie Reynolds returns
with a vengeance; she doesn’t shoot the messenger, but roughs him up pretty
good. Three Dog Night brings Joy to the World in a herky-jerky fashion to one
of the groovy cocktail parties. Former Hogan’s Heroes POWs Richard Dawson and
Larry Hovis escape CBS to join the cast. They along with alumni Judy, Arte,
Henry, Jo Anne and Teresa help celebrate Laugh-In’s 100th episode. No party
would be complete without Tiny Tim and John Wayne, a tough guy as well as a
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In Season 6, 1972-73
Laugh-In gets a makeover in Season Six--a new set design, new cast members, a bevy of new downtown beauties, and the show’s musical director Ian Bernard and His Band of Lard playing live during some of the party scenes. Dan and Dick are up to their old tricks, like bringing back Paul Gilbert’s smashing juggling act. Carol Burnett signs their autograph book and takes one on the chin. For the finale of her seal routine, Dyan Cannon takes a dive. William Conrad takes the cake--and anything else edible--as a hungry, veteran dancer. Speaking of veterans, Phyllis Diller tickles the funny bone and the ivories with a little Bach. No yawns here or when Doctor Robert Goulet treats a worker for boredom. Jo Anne Worley appears in the final episode, but Ruth Buzzi and the daffy firewomen utter the last “Goodnight, Dick.” RIP, Laugh-In.