Picks and Pans Review: Great Performances: Judy Garland: the Concert Years

updated 03/25/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/25/1985 01:00AM

PBS (Friday, March 22, 9 p.m. ET)

If you're a rabid fan of Judy Garland, you'll love this show, of course. Even if you're not—if you only kind of liked The Wizard of Oz or A Star Is Born—you're still bound to like this one. For this musical tribute does something that most don't: It lets the star sing her greatest songs all the way through, uninterrupted by editing or too many friends reminiscing. There is nostalgia, mostly from hostess Lorna Luft, Garland's daughter. But there's much more music. The show covers Garland's career—from 1950, when she left MGM, to 1969, when she died—featuring such great tunes as The Man That Got A way and Old Man River. It's enough to inspire you to go out and buy an album.

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