It was originally supposed to be a sitcom. Carol Burnett had a production deal promised to her in her contract with CBS, and as luck would have it, the sitcom was changed to a variety show. Going in, CBS had very little faith in the project, and they were pleasantly surprised about its success. The series debuted September 11, 1967 and ran 11 seasons. Countless memorable sketches were produced. Perhaps the most famous sketch, the takeoff on Gone with the Wind can be viewed by clicking below.