Ah, the ’70s. The decade was a time of flower power, bell bottoms, and some of the most memorable moments in television history. One of my cherished memories from this golden era is watching “The Carol Burnett Show” on our bulky TV set, surrounded by the comforting aroma of my mom’s apple pie. That one episode – “Cinderella Gets It On” – still makes me feel like I’m back in my parents’ cozy living room, with our poodle Sammy resting by my feet.
Carol Burnett’s Cinderella spoof was a delightful mix of comedy and music, and the cast was nothing short of spectacular. Carol, like Cinderella, managed to breathe a new and uproarious life into a character we all thought we knew. But the real star who stole my heart, just as she did with so many others, was Vicki Lawrence. It’s not every day that an actor can simultaneously make you laugh and admire their sheer talent. Still, with her impeccable comedic timing and inherent charm, Vicki made it seem effortless.
The sketch was a true ensemble performance. The Pointer Sisters were fabulous, lending their dynamic voices and energy, and their suggestion that they should’ve had their own variety show is something I wholeheartedly second! And who could forget Harvey Korman as the unique fairy godmother? His portrayal was pure comedic gold, especially with the endearing touch of Jewish humor that brought the character alive.
While comedy and music were the beating heart of the sketch, the costumes were its dazzling soul. Designed by the unparalleled Bob Mackie, they reflected his genius and the era’s vibrant aesthetic. Carol’s groovy outfit, in particular, was an eye-catching mix of the classic Cinderella look with the glitz and glam of the 70s. Watching the characters strut and dance in those outfits was a delightful visual feast.
Remember the final dance scene with the clunky platform shoe? It’s a memory etched in my mind, not only for its comedic brilliance but also for the sheer nostalgia it evokes. It was a subtle nod to the changing times and the evolving fashion trends.
The skit was a comedy masterpiece and a time capsule, encapsulating the spirit and style of the 70s. The characters, dialogues, costumes, and setting were a love letter to a bygone era. The Sunset Strip reference, the rock and disco elements, and the overall vibe transported us to a time when things were simpler, yet the entertainment was rich and layered.
Of course, the skit was part of a bigger ensemble of sketches and performances that “The Carol Burnett Show” offered. But for many like me, who grew up in the ’70s, watching these episodes was more than just about laughter. It was a family affair. My parents and I would gather around the television, sometimes with bowls of popcorn or plates of freshly baked treats, and lose ourselves in the world created by Carol and her brilliant team. Every laugh, every song, and every sketch was a shared experience, a bond that strengthened over time.
In the age of streaming and binge-watching, “Cinderella Gets It On” from “The Carol Burnett Show” is a gentle reminder of the magic that classic TV sketches brought into our lives. It’s a testament to the timeless appeal of genuine talent, creativity, and the power of collective viewing.
I encourage every fan of classic comedy, especially those who have fond memories of the 70s, to rewatch this gem. Relive the magic, the nostalgia, and the sheer brilliance of a time when television was not just a medium but an experience. Don’t forget to share the joy with others. After all, good things are meant to be shared.