August 11, 2014 4:18 PM EDT

Comic veteran Burnett assembled a tight, remarkably stable ensemble of regulars (Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Lyle Waggoner) and put out a consistent show that owed as much to personality as brilliant writing. The show relied on funny accents, slapstick and just-plain-shtick (there’s no reason Mrs. Wiggins’ sharpening her pencil should have been so funny; it just was). But what carried it was the good-feeling chemistry between the cast and the versatility of the star, a charming redhead who packed a mighty Tarzan yell.

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