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SCTV Network 90: vol. 1 (1981)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Shout Factory!/Sony Music Entertainment
Genre: Comedies
Languages: English
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SCTV was one of the most fiercely embraced and defended cult successes in the history of television comedy -- in a sense, it was exactly the opposite of its supposed rival, Saturday Night Live. The latter became practically a brand-name trademark to the mass public, the Procter & Gamble of satiric comedy, while SCTV seemed to appeal to a fraction as many people, one or two viewers at a time. Even when SCTV made it out of syndication and onto NBC, which is where the shows on this 13-hour, five-disc set come from, it never found a true mass audience, but the audience it did find was as dedicated as any in television comedy -- the show was virtually an underground hit with an international fan base that included a large percentage of entertainment professionals. The sketches on the nine 90-minute programs range from the sublimely beautiful ("Play It Again, Bob," featuring Rick Moranis' Woody Allen and Dave Thomas's Bob Hope) to the delightfully absurd (Mother Teresa [Andrea Martin] as a guest on "The Sammy Maudlin Show," alongside comic sidekick "William B. Williams" [John Candy] and Vegas singer "Lola Heatherton" [Catherine O'Hara]). There are also bits such as the late John Candy in a rubber monster suit being interviewed on a Japanese talk show, the movie satire "Melvin and Howards," a vicious parody of Siskel & Ebert, and "Sunrise Semester" with "Conversational New York-ese 101," which all fall somewhere in between. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide.

Disc One contains episodes 79-80:

  • One On the Town
  • Polynesiantown (commentary by Joe Flaherty and Eugene Levy)
Special Features:
  • SCTV Remembers: A show like SCTV has a million stories. Here is the first installment of some of the best.

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