Picks and Pans Review: The Statler Bros. Show
Leave it to the Nashville Network, that video hearth, to bring back the old Saturday-night variety show. The singing Statlers mosey through this impossibly bland yet soothing hour of music, comedy and nostalgia. It's Lawrence Welk meets Hee Haw.
As always with the Statlers, the skinny half, Phil Balsley and Jimmy Fortune, are harmonizing wallflowers. The heavier-set Harold and Don Reid—the only siblings in the misnomered Statler Brothers—carry the charisma, as well as the show's writing credits. And Harold really is a character. With his bullfrog voice, hooded eyes, Jerry Colonna mustache and cement-bag physique, he resembles a pro-wrestling villain.