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Synopsis

Over 13 hours of the comic artist on 6 DVDs!

In the infancy of any medium, there will be some who realize its potential well before anyone else. Ernie Kovacs was such a visionary, and between 1951 and 1962 he broke rules that hadn't even been made yet and created a "language" that is now taken for granted.

Includes six DVDs and over 13 hours of programs that span the all-too-brief but brilliant television career of this hugely influential comic artist, from his earliest local morning shows in Philadelphia through his NBC prime-time shows and the ABC specials that represented the peak of his offbeat humor and creative experimentation with the medium. The Ernie Kovacs Collection is a treasure trove of comedy from television's original genius, most of it unseen for over 50 years.

Why We Love It

“A full history of TV-comedy styles before that history had really begun, this stunning six-disc set The Ernie Kovacs Collection reveals Kovacs as the first ironic talk-show host, a surrealist sketch comic, and a master satirist.” Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

The Ernie Kovacs Collection is a mandatory purchase for anyone who loves television and wants to experience some of its richest comedy roots. But it's more than that. As I see it, it's almost a public service.David Bianculli, NPR Fresh Air

“Kovacs' art -- which is collected in a marvelous new DVD set titled 'The Ernie Kovacs Collection' -- was more original, personal and bizarre than anything else being done in the early days of television.” Matt Zoller Seitz, Salon.com

“a very comprehensive collection of the late Kovacs' trailblazing TV work” Michael Starr, New York Post

“He is truly television's first genius, and Shout! Factory has done him proud with this amazing boxed set of over thirteen hours of his little-seen work. It is must-have viewing for anyone interested in the evolution of television, comedy and American pop culture during the mid-20th century. The Ernie Kovacs Collection receives our highest award here at DVDTalk: the DVD Talk Collectors Series.” Paul Mavis, DVD Talk

Product Information

Discs

6

Run-time

13 hrs

Aspect Ratio ?

1.33:1

Color

Black & White

Language

English

Region

1

Rating

Not Rated

Production Date Closed-Caption

No

Subtitles

-

Episodes

Episode Episode Title
1
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: It's Time For Ernie (March 7, 1951)
2
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: It's Time For Ernie (June 1951)
3
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ernie In Kovacsland (July 6, 1951)
4
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ernie In Kovacsland (August 23, 1951)
5
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs On The Corner
6
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Unlimited (May 28, 1952)
7
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (December 19, 1955)
8
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (February 20, 1956)
9
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (March 15, 1956)
10
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (April 12, 1956)
11
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (June 12, 1956)
12
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (July 2, 1956)
13
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (July 30, 1956)
14
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The Ernie Kovacs Show (September 3, 1956)
15
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Saturday Color Carnival: "The Ernie Kovacs Show"
16
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs On Music
17
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Take A Good Look (July 21, 1960)
18
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Special #4 (September 21, 1961)
19
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Special #5 (October 28, 1961)
20
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Special #6 (November 24, 1961)
21
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Special #7 (December 12, 1961)
22
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Special #8 (January 23, 1962)
23
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The NBC Morning Show
24
The Ernie Kovacs Collection: The NBC Evening Show
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