The Carol Burnett Show was one of the most influential TV shows of the 1960’s and ’70s. Yet unlike many other classic programs, the first five seasons of the sketch classic have never been available on DVD or in syndication.
On Sept. 15, those “Lost Episodes”—which haven’t been seen for 40 years—will be available on DVD (from TIME/LIFE, which is no longer a sister company of TIME). The delay is the result of rights and release issues, or what Burnett calls in the notes that accompany the release, “legal mumbo jumbo.”
In 1962, TIME described Burnett as the “biggest yuk to hit television since Sid Caesar’s salad wilted”—and now fans can be reminded of why. Watch an exclusive clip from season five, which aired in 1971, here.
Read a 1962 article about Carol Burnett, here in the TIME Vault: Carol the Clown