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The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show

Bring home 23 years of a genuine American institution.

Includes BONUS DVD featuring Elvis Presley’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show—the complete episode

$99.95 Installment pricing available

Ed Sullivan treated viewers to the most spectacular ensemble of performers from show biz, plus amazing animal and novelty acts and more

No one had a better eye for talent. Ed Sullivan presented an incredible array of extraordinary acts on the greatest variety show in the history of television, and now they’re gathered into one essential collection.

It’s all here—brilliant comics, Hollywood luminaries, musical performances from gospel to Broadway to pop to rock, stirring inspirational recitals, dazzling novelty acts, and a patriotic tribute to honor the nation.

Plus, exclusive interviews with the folks who were there, sharing their favorite memories from those 23 years.

And, the complete set includes a bonus disc featuring the debut of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley bringing his exhilarating vitality and swiveling hips to a swooning audience. 

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Select the "Deluxe Set" option to receive The best of The Ed Sullivan Show + Carol's Crackups.  You'll enjoy 24 full-length episodes of The Carol Burnett Show all hand-selected by Carol!  Highlights include guest appearances by The Jackson Five, Steve Martin, Betty White, Dick van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence and many more!

Volume 1

The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show (6 DVDs)
From over 1,000 hours of classic television, The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show brings you the biggest names in comedy, variety, and music captured live in the prime of their careers.  This 6-DVD set contains over 7 hours of extraordinary talent.

  • Unforgettable Performances

    Hosted by Carol Burnett, this program feature performances by:

    • Elvis Presley
    • The Beatles
    • Ella Fitzgerald
    • Louis Armstrong
    • Barbra Streisand
    • Bobby Darin
    • Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
    • Also includes novelty acts
  • 50th Anniversary Special

    Hosted by The Smothers Brothers, this "really big show" features historic clips from 23 years of The Ed Sullivan Show. Acts include:

    • Richard Pryor
    •  The Jackson 5
    •  Flip Wilson
    •  George Carlin
    •  Humphrey Bogart
    •  The Beatles
    •  Marlon Brando
    •  Elvis Presley
    •  Fred Astaire
    •  Janis Joplin
    •  Sonny and Cher
    •  The Byrds

    •  And many more

  • The All-Star Comedy Special

    This side-splitting special captures memorable performances from:

    • Milton Berle
    • Carol Burnett
    • George Carlin
    • Phyllis Diller
    • Bob Hope
    • Richard Pryor
    • Joan Rivers
    • The Smothers Brothers
    • And so many more
  • World's Greatest Novelty Acts

    This volume contains some of the gifted performers Ed featured, acts that were sometimes peculiar, frequently surprising, and often astonishing.

  • Amazing Animal Acts

    Some of the memorable guests on The Ed Sullivan Show were animals!  This astounding volume includes:

    • Roller-skating chimp named Zippy
    • Heidi the Talking Dog
    • Smokey the Horse
    • Acrobatic sea lions
    • Ballerina poodles
    • Lipizzaner Stallions
    • Plus more than a dozen other animal acts
  • Bonus Interviews


    • Alan King 
    • Jack Carter 
    •  Ella Fitzgerald
    •  John Byner
    • Dick Martin
    •  Milton Berle
    •  Rich Little
    •  Joan Rivers
    •  Marlo Lewis
    •  Flip Wilson
    •  Steve Allen
    •  and many more!

Volume 2

The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show (3 DVDs)
This 3-DVD Set contains nearly 4 hours of extraordinary talent including Rock 'n' Roll's greatest like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ike & Tina Turner and more.  Plus, special bonus features!

  • The Greatest Entertainers

    Hosted by Burt Reynolds, features stars like: 
    • Elvis Presley 
    • Johnny Mathis 
    •  The Beatles
    •  Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
    •  The Rolling Stones
    •  Gwen Verdon
    •  Ike & Tina Turner
    •  George Carlin
    •  Nat King Cole
    •  Richard Pryor
    •  Tom Jones
    •  The Smothers Brothers

    This show also features novelty acts, broadway numbers, and Ed’s exclusive interview with Fidel Castro.

  • Inspirational Treasures

    Features powerful performances by artists like: 

    • Mahalia Jackson
    • Patti Page
    • Woodstock Jesuit Singers
    • Wink Martindale
    • Betty Johnson & the Johnson Family Singers
    • Charlton Heston
    • Louis Armstrong
    • Sergio Fanchi 
    • Elvis Presley
    • Kate Smith 
    •  Shirley Verrett
    •  And others!
  • A Salute To The Red, White & Blue

    In this patriotic collection, Ed Sullivan assembles a number of icons to honor the nation, including:

    • Carl Sandburg, appointed Poet Laureate of the United States by President John F. Kennedy
    • SSgt Barry Sadler of the U.S. Army Special Forces
    • Broadway performers Dame Judith Anderson and Joel Grey
    • Hollywood stars - Henry Fonda and Charlton Heston
    • Musicians Loretta Lynn and Robert Merrill
    • Military Groups like West Point Glee Club, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps
    • Rare performances by composer Irving Berlin of his anthem, "God Bless America."

Volume 3

ELVIS: The First Ed Sullivan Show (1 DVD)
In his debut Ed Sullivan Show appearance on September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley sent shock waves through a reserved nation with his soulful singing, wild hip gyrations and raw energy, attracting a record-breaking TV audience of more than 60 million viewers.  This historic volume also includes special bonus features.

  • Featured Performances

    • "Don't Be Cruel"
    • "Love Me Tender"
    • "Ready Teddy"
    • "Hound Dog"
  • Bonus Features

    • Remembering Ed & Elvis
      • Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records)
      • Gordon Stoker (the Jordanaires)
      • Marlo Lewis (producer, "The Ed Sullivan Show," 1948-1959
      • Wink Martindale (television host and friend of Elvis)
      • George Klein (disc jockey and friend of Elvis)
      • Why Ed Didn't host Elvis's First Appearance 

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