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|1st and Ten - Complete Collection|
Actor: Delta Burke
Genres: Comedy, Television
Meet the California Bulls. They may not be the #1 football team in the league, but nobody does it better when it comes to outrageous exploits and sexy escapades. Join seductive owner Diane Barrow (Delta Burke) as she lea... more »
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Patrick E. (Santa) from LA VERNE, CA
Reviewed on 2/6/2010...
Very funny and "real" story behind Pro football teams and the anticts that go on. Drugs, sex, bribes and more.
Football's answer to Ball Four, Semi-Tough, MASH, etc. Delta Burke at 19 was the best looking woman since Scarlett O'Hara
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Dennis L. (Denny) from WOODLAWN, VA
Reviewed on 4/28/2009...
this is an insite on life as an NFL player, and his team. This is six seasons long and I enjoyed every episode! If you like Football you will like this TV show!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
TANGO can handle the truth
Irwin G. Sirotta | Santa Monica, California | 02/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok guys, here's the deal. I must be the TANGO "GUY' that previous reviewers have mentioned.I am Director of Sales.
I have now watched the Entire Collection of 1st & Ten , and here's the deal.
First of all, TANGO did not lie in regard to this title. Of the 6 seasons included, only the first 3 have been edited. We purchased an entire Hollywood catalogue, and this was the only version available.
Although I am old enough to have enjoyed the series when aired originally, I , too, was disappointed that the early seasons were cut and laugh tracked for Network. We feverously checked into it, and found out that these were the only episodes available in that format.
While we agree it is a tad annoying, we can assure you that seasons 4-6 are COMPLETELY uncut. How do we know? 5 minutes into season 4 , there is an audition for Topless Waitresses.With Big Hair!!
Would we have rather had ALL uncut episodes? Absolutely!
Were they available to TANGO? Unfortunately not.
However, we can assure you that 1st & Ten is a very watchable, still funny addition to anyone's TV DVD collection.
In addition, you can watch the first 3 seasons with the kids, put them to bed, and then watch the raunchy bits by yourself. Making the first 3 seasons Family Fare.
This series is STILL very topical and works on many levels.
Enjoy, and be confident in the notion that TANGO has given our customers the best versions we found available. No lies or purposeful misinformation from this end.
TANGO appreciates all the letters of concern and especially those who continue to support the TANGO Ent. line of DVD's."
DO NOT BUY THESE FROM TANGO!
Suburban Brujo | Denver, CO USA | 12/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased an "exclusive" advance copy of this complete series set at Wal-Mart. The price seemed too good to be true BECAUSE IT WAS. Only a couple of episodes are the HBO versions. The rest are syndicated television versions. Based on the added laugh track, inappropriate trumpet flourishes and cutaways, I'd guess the syndicated versions in the set weren't even intended for American audiences (they seem like Mexican sit-coms, but do Mexicans care about USA Football?). Even the adult content is cut on all but three episodes from the first season. THIS IS NOT THE 1ST AND 10 YOU REMEMBER unless you watched it second hand on basic cable."
Better Than Nothing
Thelonious | 03/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"HBO's first original series has finally been released on DVD, and it is somewhat worth the wait. I was a regular watcher of this show, and enjoyed it during its original run. This package is attractive, since you get all of the episodes in one package for a VERY good price. As other reviewers have stated, many of the episodes are edited, and all of them are altered. The beginning sequence for season one has been completely changed. From what I remember, in the first season, Fran Tarkenton (your scrambling announcer) introduced the main players and plot points at the beginning of the show, but on the DVD's, there are action sequences from later seasons that feature Miracle Miles Coolidge, who didn't appear until the last season. The "Victory's Won" song wasn't used in the first three seasons, I believe that the song "White Lines" was the theme song in the second and third seasons, but I could be wrong about this.
Most of the episodes are still very watchable. The first season suffers the most from the editing, taking the bite away from the raunchier bits. The show really hit its stride in seasons 2,3, and 4, dealing with some more serious issues (drug testing, steroids, players struggling with the end of their careers, and recreational use of illegal drugs). Despite some shark jumping ("Team Picture" and "The Dark Side" in season 4), these were the strongest seasons. The last two seasons mix a more serious tone with the silliness of season one, with a ridiculous ending in the championship game.
Of course, this was an entertaining series, but not great art by any stretch of the imagination. Cheesiness abounds, from the use of pirated USFL footage to the bad acting of the NFL superstars of the day. There was also not a strong emphasis on narrative continuity. In season one, the team's star running back signs a long term contract, but by season two he disappears, never to be seen again (sort of like Chuck on Happy Days). Ty Taylor (Rick Moser) is an openly gay player who is caught in bed with Diana Barrow's husband, leading to her getting the team in a divorce settlement, but in subsequent seasons he's suddenly straight. T.D. Parker (O.J. Simpson) is introduced as a superstar at the end of a great career. Supposedly, he played with the Bulls for a long time and was a teammate of many of the Bulls players, but he was never even mentioned in season one. T.D. also goes from washed-up player, to assistant coach, to General Manager in the space of about one season. The Bulls reach the championship game on three separate occasions with quarterbacks who never played college football. One of them, Tom Yinessa, disappears with no explanation. The other, Johnny Gunn, served time in prison. The team, in the space of about 2 seasons, drafts Rick Lambert (Marcus Allen) and Achilles Byron (the actors name escapes me), two superstar running backs. Lambert is a holdout in season 2. He eventually signs, but he is gone by the next season and we never see him play. Byron was supposed to be a superstar, but he is barely mentioned for the rest of the show.
Interesting notes: AC Cowlings had a recurring role as an assistant coach. Ron Shipp, who testified against O.J. in his murder trial, has a role as a cop in one of the later episodes. Micheal Toland is introduced as a troubled player with a cocaine problem in season one, and he returns as Billy Cooper in season 3, and eventually becomes a troubled player with an alcohol problem. John Kassir, who played Zagreb, beat Sinbad on Star Search.