Betty White’s Pet Set

You may think you know every show Betty White was featured in over the last 70 years, like the hit series The Mary Tyler Moore ShowThe Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland. But did you know that in 1971, just prior to the beginning of Betty’s sitcom superstardom, she created and hosted a weekly program?  Me either!

Betty White’s Pet Set: The Complete Series, celebrated her love of animals. The program was produced by her beloved husband Allen Ludden, who is known best as the host for the game show Password. The show featured a wide range of her celebrity friends and their pets – everything from cats, dogs, and horses with their owners, Carol Burnett, Doris Day, Jimmy Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Burt Reynolds, Shirley Jones, Michael Landon, Barbara Eden, James Brolin, Della Reese, Vincent Price, Paul Lynde, Eva Gabor, Eddie Albert, Agnes Moorehead, Jim Nabors, Peter Marshall, Rose Marie, Bob Crane, Bill Bixby, Beverly Garland, Lorne Greene, Bob Barker, Mike Connors, Barbara Bain, Dennis Weaver, Eve Arden, Johnny Mathis, Donald O’Connor, Merv Griffin, Barbara Feldon, Rod Serling, Pat Carroll, Peter Lawford, Vikki Carr, Amanda Blake, Arte Johnson, Sue Ane Langdon, Miyoshi Umeki, Richard Deacon, Nancy Kulp, Billy DeWolfe, Allen Ludden.

Celebrities were also invited to interact with some wild animals as well. Exotic animal expert Ralph Helfer of Africa U.S.A., shared tigers, elephants, lions, bears, wolves, gorillas, cougars, cheetahs, kangaroos, eagles, penguins, chimps, seals, snakes, and more. Exotic animals were a new phenomenon on TV and it was the first time many viewers had a chance to see these animals that lived contents away.

The Long-Lost Series From The Legendary First Lady Of TV With The Animals She Loves & Her Famous Friends

The original tapes were restored, digitized, and color-corrected. The final released version cobbled together and only the best parts of each was used to create a pristine version. Still, the 50-year old series shows its age when it comes to the quality of the picture and for that I’m grateful. It’s like watching TV in the 70’s!

Betty White's Pet Set 50th-Anniversary DVD Release aff

This colorized image released by Margate And Chandler, Inc. shows actress and animal activist Betty White with a lion from her 1970s series “The Pet Set.” The restored 39-episode series, renamed “Betty White’s Pet Set,” features celebrity guests Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Burt Reynolds, James Brolin and Della Reese. (Margate And Chandler, Inc. via AP)

Betty’s interaction with the animals and her guests is exactly what you’d expect – she’s kind, caring, and fun!  It’s great seeing all of the old TV stars of the 60’s & the 70s during their prime.  Most of these stars are gone now, so I found myself a bit melancholy now and then reliving the memories of my youth, but it doesn’t take long for Betty to put a smile back on my face.

The entire series is sweet and fun with a touch of wit that just can’t be found in today’s shows. This series is perfect for children as a way to introduce them to the stars and shows of the past and senior citizens who would like to take a look back and relive the hairstyles, fashion, and decor.

This is an 8-disc set with 39 episodes – 18 hours of content including bonus content including behind-the-scenes material and the featurettes ‘Betty White: Game Show Goddess’ and ‘Betty White: Queen of Television,’ plus Betty’s Photo Album and her public service ads. It’s the perfect gift for any Betty White fan, animal lover, or older person who loves nostalgia.

Betty White’s Pet Set: The Complete Series Details

MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
Director : Betty White
Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
Run time : 16 hours and 30 minutes
Release date : February 23, 2021
Actors : Betty White
Studio : Mpi Home Video
Number of discs : 6

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