5 Brilliant Betty White Performances And Where You Can Watch Them

After 99 brilliant, hilarious, beautiful years on this earth, we said goodbye today to television legend and pop culture icon, Betty White. With a world-record setting career in the entertainment industry, White has felt omnipresent for as long as just about anyone else on the planet has been alive. White was nominated for a whopping 21 Emmys, winning 8, and earned three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Grammy Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is a Television Hall of Fame inductee. Betty White could do it all and trying to narrow down her must-see performances feels impossible. On a day like today, there's no such thing as not enough Betty White, so here's five absolutely brilliant performances to bring you joy, and give you the opportunity to celebrate the life of one of greatest of all time.

Life with Elizabeth

Airing from 1953-1955, "Life with Elizabeth" was a sitcom starring Betty White and Del Moore and based on sketches White had performed on the talk show "Hollywood on Television." White received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her work on this series. The show came from Bandy Productions, a production company formed by Betty White and George Tibbles, in association with executive producer Don Fedderson, making White the first woman to produce a sitcom in television history. The episodes centered on the ordinary suburban couple Elizabeth and Alvin, who frequently end up in three eight-to-ten minute "incidents," or comic shorts that made up the story. The show was shot in front of a live audience, and produced for only $1.95 per episode. All of White's gifts are well on display with the show, absolutely captivating the live audience with her comedic genius.

You can watch "Life with Elizabeth" for free on PlutoTV.

You Again

Boasting a star-studded cast of some of the best women in comedy, ​​including Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, and Betty White, 2010's "You Again" seemed too big to fail. The film itself was a quickly forgotten comedy about high school grudges and running back into former bullies, but one moment from the film has been memorialized thanks to meme culture, and the world's love of Betty White. "You Again" deals exclusively with reopening old wounds after coming face to face with old nemeses and White's character manages to go through the film unscathed — that is, until she crosses paths with her own nemesis during a wedding, played by Cloris Leachman. "You look nice. Who dressed you, the Great Depression?" Leachman sneers. "You look lovely, Helen. I'm so sorry I couldn't attend your funeral last year," White retorts. I sincerely hope that White and Leachman are sharing vodka on the rocks and playfully dragging each other on the other side.

"You Again" is currently available to stream on Disney+.

Family Feud | Betty White vs. Carol Burnett

Betty White was a notorious celebrity guest on game shows, with some of her most memorable moments on shows like "Password." Her very best, however, took place in 1995 when she competed against longtime friend Carol Burnett on an episode of "Family Feud." The two women are absolute comedy legends, and the format of the show allows for some pitch-perfect improv. Whether or not Betty's answer was on the board, her quick wit is well on display with every one-liner and clapback. White and Burnett play brilliantly off one another, and every moment is just delightful.

The entire episode of "Family Feud" can be watched in its entirety thanks to Buzzr on YouTube.

Hot in Cleveland

The most popular show in the history of TV Land, "Hot in Cleveland" featured Betty White in one of her most hilarious roles as Elka Ostrovsky, an elderly Polish caretaker who escaped the Nazis, drank heavily, smoked pot, married a mobster, and can attract just about any man in Cleveland. Originally intended to be a guest spot in the pilot, White was such a welcome presence on set and her performance was so well received the show's producers decided to make her a regular. White was the perfect addition to an already hilarious cast of women, but the visual gags of watching White pour Jack Daniels into her oatmeal or sporting an orange jumpsuit in jail are comedy gold.

You can watch every season of "Hot in Cleveland" on Paramount+.

The Golden Girls

Yeah, yeah, it's a cheap pop to bring up "The Golden Girls," but it's safe to assume that more people are watching reruns of the show that revitalized Betty White's career more than anything else today. The show was and continues to be a timeless look at the lives of women after retirement, filled with hilarity, glamour, and lots and lots of cheesecake. Betty White's performance as Rose Nylund proved just how effortlessly funny she could be, where even her reaction shots provided as much power as a punch line. If it weren't for The Golden Girls, many of us may not have been blessed with the brilliance of Betty White, and it's only right that we thank her for being a friend by coming back to where we first met.

Hulu has every season of "The Golden Girls" ready for streaming, and is currently advertising it on the home page.