The Uncle Floyd Show (TV satire)
C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Skits: B-
the great things about television’s last golden age in the 1970s was its
irreverence, and on show that carried that far was the 1974 series The Uncle Floyd Show. Floyd Vivino is the original member of Saturday Night Live that should have
been one, but was not. Instead, in the
tradition of that series ion its early years, as well as Second City TV and even Fridays
is comedy with a true Rock era attitude.
was a nearly no-budget affair, sending up the recent conventions of children’s
television, the premise that every TV character has to be nice and proper, that
educational TV could easily become shtick, and a little silliness can go a long
way. Skits like The Conservative vs. The Liberal take on a whole new meaning, being
more ahead of its time than they expected, yet also sending up the serene
concept of “point/counterpoint” shows that SNL
was also doing early on.
not have to be exposed to the constant broadcasts of The Julia Child Show to get a kick out of Julia Stepchild, a name which was more subversive at the time as
society was just beginning to deal with the idea of divorce. However, sending up the legendary cook’s
assuredness (especially decades before Martha Stewart and Emeril) down to the
camera shots is one of the highlights of a 24-skit set with more hits than
misses. There is some repetition, but Vivino
had the guts to go for it and this is a show that deserves rediscovery like
other buried gems and curios of the 1970s (like Hot L Baltimore) that shows how vibrant and clever the simplest TV
could be, and it was cheaper than “reality TV” to boot.
frame image is decent for being so old form NTSC professional videotape, holding
up surprisingly well. If it looked
newer, some may even question if it was newer, but that is not the case. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also clearer
than expected, likely transferred at a slightly louder-than-usual volume to
everything is as audible as possible.
Though there should have been extras of some kind, as this at least
makes one want to see a documentary, there are none. Maybe if we could see more material on a second
DVD, that would be wise.
content runs about two-hours and the more you get into it, the funnier it
gets. Though it may not be for
everyone’s taste, The Uncle Floyd Show
has the right attitude about TV and comedy, something thousands of overpriced
sitcoms from the 1980s, 1990s and beyond are virtually clueless about. Save daring animated shows (Beavis & Butthead, Daria, The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy), only a few other skit
series (Chapelle Show, Mad-TV, In Living Color, and occasionally SNL) are as bold. The Uncle Floyd Show is part of that
legacy and is very much worth seeing.
- Nicholas Sheffo