You'll be happy to know (if you have any taste or sense of humor, that is) that the genius of SCTV is now available for the first time on DVD.
SCTV was, after Monty Python, the greatest ensemble comedy show of my lifetime. And that includes the very often-overrated Saturday Night Live, which couldn't hold a candle to SCTV.
That's not to say that SCTV was always funny; sometimes, it sucked out loud. But, especially in its earlier days, SCTV practically glowed with comedic genius. Joe Flaherty as Guy Cabellero in their spoof of The Godfather is the shit. So's the bit with Johnny LaRue's Street Beef: pure pathos. As I write this, I am remembering what I guess is my all-time favorite skit: Dave Thomas doing Walter Cronkite as host of $Dialing for Dollar$, a late-night B-movie call-in show with a trivia question jackpot. A weirdo (Rick Moranis) calls in, but doesn't care about the money. He's got something else on his mind, which goes something like this:
"What does that sign say, Walter?"
"What? It says 'Dialing for Dollars'!"
"No, read it again."
"Okay. It says dollar sign-'Dialing for Dollars'-dollar sign."
"No, Walter. It says 'Styling for Dollars.' And that really bugs me."
Yeah. It's a fucking riot.