Pink Lady & Jeff Boxed Set

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In 1980, NBC president Fred Silverman signed Japan’s top recording stars Pink Lady to host a prime-time variety hour, convinced they were the next big thing. Only then did he discover that Pink Lady didn’t understand a word of English–they had memorized every word they spoke on their U.S. tour. Enter stand-up comic Jeff Altman just for laughs; major music acts Roy Orbison, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass, Alice Cooper, and Cheap Trick to pick up the pace, the scantily-clad Peac… More >>

Pink Lady & Jeff Boxed Set

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5 Comments
  1. Hey, I love watching bad TV. I loved The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, I’ll waste the occasional afternoon watching everything from Kroft Supershow to Diff’rent Strokes to Saved By The Bell. But I found this to be uninteresting and unwatchable.

    Jeff Altman’s impression-based comedy is stale and uninspired, which I suppose is the point, but that only makes it sadder because he as a comic, unlike Donny and Marie, or the Brady Bunch actors, should’ve known better.

    If you love bad TV and 70’s Variety Shows, pick up The Brady Bunch Variety Hour or the Kroft Supershow box set, and don’t waste your money on this. It’s not so-bad-its-funny, it’s just bad.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. I don’t drink, so I was sober when I bought this DVD, hoping I could get some unintentional laughs out of it. Unfortunately, the only thing funny about this disc set is why I bought it at all.

    The “so-bad-it’s-funny” element of PL&J wears thin about 10 minutes into the first episode. By then it’s easy to see why this show is so infamous; the sketches were lame, the running gags never got any better with age, and the whole premise just needed working out before this went to air in the spring of 1980. What’s really bad about this is how some great guest stars such as Sid Caesar, Red Buttons, Larry Hagman, Sherman Hemsley (of “The Jeffersons”) and more are wasted here.

    On the positive side, Red Buttons’ “Abraham Lincoln Roast” on episode 5 and Byron Allen’s monologue on episode 6 are worth viewing, but they are the exception, not the rule.

    In the interview segment, Jeff Altman (who gets zero laughs in all six episodes) admits that the premise was faulty and that the execution was inept. Krofft Entertainment should have erased the tapes of this disaster immediately after NBC pulled the plug, but they had to let it turn up on DVD two decades later instead. If any ambitious and/or sadistic TV station has an anthology series called “Disasterpiece Theater,” expect to see this on it.

    Caveat emptor (buyer beware).
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. NBC, in its non-glory days, produced this, the worst piece of variety show garbage in television history. No wonder the variety show went the way of the do-do. Pink Lady may have been great in their day, but they should have kept their distance from television, let alone a network lingering at the bottom of the ratings barrel at the time. The only good thing about this show was Jeff, the only saving grace of this forgettable piece of TV history. Save your money…stay away from this piece of poisoned sukyaki.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. I fondly remembered watching the first episode of Pink Lady and Jeff when it first aired. So, I bought the dvd boxed set. I was a pre-teen when this abomination first aired, and I admit I had pretty lousy taste. So now I own this thing. I haven’t been able to get through a whole episode yet because it is absolutely horrible. It might be fun to play in the background at a party, but it’s physically painful to actually sit down and watch. Beware of those who say it’s so bad that it’s funny. It’s so bad, it’s worse than you can imagine.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. This show is actually very fun to watch, depsite the bad reviews it originally recevied.

    Jeff Altman’s interview is very insiteful on how the show was brought to the air, and other insider information.

    The one main problem is that NBC never gave “Pink Lady and Jeff” a chance to find it’s audience.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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