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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 21, 2018
Betty White: First Lady of Television Image
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  • Summary: 10 years in the making, the PBS special takes a look at the nearly 70 year long career of Betty White with clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from costars and friends such as Pamela Adlon, Valerie Bertinelli, Carol Burnett, Georgia Engel, Tina Fey, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Love10 years in the making, the PBS special takes a look at the nearly 70 year long career of Betty White with clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from costars and friends such as Pamela Adlon, Valerie Bertinelli, Carol Burnett, Georgia Engel, Tina Fey, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gavin MacLeod, Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Sullivan, and Alex Trebek. Expand
  • Genre(s): Documentary
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 21, 2018
    83
    The documentary, filmed over several years, takes a nonlinear approach to White’s career and skips over things like her first two marriages. Just go with it--it’s worth the ride and ultimately leaves you wanting a week’s worth of clips.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 16, 2018
    80
    “First Lady of Television”--something literally true, almost--does a good job of recapturing the disarray of an infant medium. ... But more fun is watching the actress’s metamorphoses and incarnations: the coyly sexy TV host of the ’50s; the “Password” contestant of the ’60s (with her husband, Allen Ludden ); “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the ’70s, and “The Golden Girls” in the ’80s and ’90s (with plenty of other appearances in between).
  3. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Although expectedly hagiographic, the documentary goes down as light and as welcome as a slice of chiffon cake.
  4. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 16, 2018
    60
    A sweet but slight biographical tribute. [20 Aug - 2 Sep 2018, p.11]
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