Top 10 episodes of The Carol Burnett Show according to IMDb
See how your favorite sketches stack up!
Look, there's no accounting for taste. One person's trash is another's Mona Lisa. TV, like all art, is subjective. Acting like any episode is better or worse than another is an opinion. Opinions divide us a great deal, so it's important to take stock of when they bring us together. Review aggregator sites, like IMDb, collect opinions together and assign scores to TV shows and movies. While these scores are silly (art can't be graded), they do point us toward times when people share our opinions.
Let's take a look at the IMDb rankings for The Carol Burnett Show. We'll get to see when and where our opinions are shared, and why they might differ. Was your favorite overlooked? Was a favorite sketch snubbed? Take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
1. Season 10, Episode 08 - 8.9
"Highlights include: 'Went With the Wind' (a spoof of Gone with the Wind). Also: two business professionals (Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett) discuss his marriage proposal in a manner not unlike a business meeting; the Old Man runs a butcher shop where he wreaks havoc with an impatient customer (Korman); guest Dinah Shore sings '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover'; and a musical salute to New Orleans with 'Basin Street Blues' as the centerpiece."
2. Season 11, Episode 24 - 8.8
"Highlights of this final show of the series include: Clips from prior shows, a question-and-answer session involving the cast and new sketches where Mr. Tudball is moving his office but does not give Mrs. Wiggins the new address. In the classic sketch 'The Family' Eunice and Mama see a psychiatrist, a surprise cameo by Jimmy Stewart and the Charwoman closes up shop for the last time."
3. Season 8, Episode 10 - 8.5
"Highlights include: Carol welcomes guest Maggie Smith in her American TV debut, and they duet on 'You're So London.' A couple (Burnett, Korman) is visited by an old college chum (Maggie) who has become famous; and a spoof of 'Born Free' with guest Tim Conway as Simba the lion."
4. Season 2, Episode 20 - 8.4
"Highlights include: guest Tim Conway introduces his onetime comic partner (and future series announcer) Ernie Anderson in the audience during the opening question-and-answer segment; Tim as a rookie dentist who gets into a series of misadventures while attempting to treat a patient (Harvey); Carol, Vicki and guest Ethel Merman in a backstage sketch about an understudy attempting to sabotage the star before a performance; Tim, Carol, Vicki and Lyle are among relatives gathered at a haunted house for the reading of a will, and dead bodies show up everywhere; Vicki performs with the dancers; and Ethel sings 'Elusive Butterfly,' and for the close duets with Carol on a medley which includes 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' and 'I Get a Kick Out of You.'"
5. Season 4, Episode 20 - 8.4
"Highlights include: guest Rita Hayworth, as herself, being pestered by two celebrity seekers (Carol, Vicki); guest Jim Bailey impersonates the likes of Phyllis Diller, Barbra Streisand, and Judy Garland, and performs 'Don't Rain on My Parade' and 'Happy Days Are Here Again' with Carol; Vicki performs 'When You've Got Good Friends' with the dancers; a 'Tearjerker Theater' presentation of 'Lovely Story' with Carol in the Ali MacGraw role and Harvey as the character played by Ryan O'Neal; Carol and Rita sing 'Mutual Admiration Society,' with clips from some of Rita's old films being shown; and Rita appears as another chairwoman."
6. Season 3, Episode 17 - 8.4
"Highlights include: Harvey as 'Burt Sparks,' host of the 'Miss Globe' contest, with Carol and guests Barbara Feldon and Joan Rivers as the three finalists; 'The Old Folks' sit around the porch and wonder about what different activities to do; Barbara performs 'I've You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time)' and 'Yakety Sax;' and Harvey and Carol as a dysfunctional couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary - and wanting to be alone away from their children (Lyle, Vicki)."
7. Season 1, Episode 4 - 8.3
"Highlights include: two women (Carol and guest Lucille Ball) go to the 'Café Argentine' whose staff includes a goose-stepping maitre d' (Harvey); Carol as a housewife fighting off a recalcitrant washing machine and attacking pigeons, only to end up impaled by a medieval lance; 'Carol and Sis' sing a rendition of 'I Dig Rock and Roll Music;' guest Tim Conway plays a bumbling TV news anchor; two rent-a-car employees (Carol, Lucy) vie for the attentions of a traveler (Tim); guest Gloria Loring performs 'Goin' Out of My Head' and "Try to Remember;' a woman (Carol) experiences the downside of marrying a superhero (Harvey), and Carol and Lucy sing and dance to a barroom medley."
8. Season 10, Episode 6 - 8.3
"Highlights include: Mr. Tudball (Tim) gets into trouble with a newly-installed door buzzer system, and Mrs. Wiggins (Carol) is no help; a filmmaker (guest Roddy McDowall) wreaks havoc while attempting to film a documentary about a live operation in a hospital; Vicki sings 'Hollywood Seven;' two Brits (Carol, Roddy) have an encounter in a London elevator where they speak in one-word sentences; and Carol, Harvey, and Roddy perform a musical salute to silent movie comedians."
9. Season 10, Episode 15 - 8.3
"Highlights of this show with guest Glen Campbell include: a takeoff on the Barbra Streisand/Kris Kristofferson version of 'A Star Is Born;' a group of scientists working on a vaccine for swine flu; and a sketch about a blue-collar worker and his frumpy wife."
10. Season 5, Episode 22 - 8.3
"TV's The Odd Couple, Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, guest star. Stella Toddler (Carol) is featured on 'This is Your Lifetime.' Jack sings 'You'll Never Get Away From Me' with Carol, while Tony takes part in a sketch revealing superstitions among actors as part of a tribute to Broadway, which culminates in a spoof of 'Lady in the Dark.'"