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|Family Affair The Complete Series|
Actor: Family Affair
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
The entire Family Affair series available together for the first time ever! — Family Affair was a popular situation comedy and a regular top rated hit show produced by Don Fedderson Productions for CBS-TV during its five-ye... more »
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1960s classic sitcom finally given the recognition it deserv
Chloe | USA | 11/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"And its been a long overdue. Uncle Bill, Mr. French, Buffy, Jody, Cissy & Mrs. Beasley in crisp, fresh prints & on DVD for those of us who enjoy nostalgia (baby boomers, if you will) & a whole generation of new fans to enjoy.
Why Family Affair never got the exposure the Brady Bunch did & others of this period, will continue to astound me, as this is indeed a classic of its kind & in my opinion far superior to other silly '60s shows like The Brady Bunch & The Partridge Family, which were also family sitcoms of this particular genre.
Overall, Family Affair still holds up well after all these years, so if this isn't a perfect example of a fine classic that stands the test of time, I don't know what is.
"Family Affair" Stands Apart from the Rest
Gregory A. Moorehead | New Brunswick, NJ USA | 05/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When it comes to old television shows, particularly family comedies, people are quick to jump to generalizations: childish, simple, one-dimensional, unrealistic are terms which come to mind. However, while on it's surface, "Family Affair" appears as just another late 60's family sitcom, there are some important distinctions which set it apart it from other family comedies such as "Leave it to Beaver", "Father Knows Best", "The Brady Bunch", etc. First, of all "Family Affair" plays more like a "dramedy" (comedy with dramatic elements) than a traditional sitcom. In fact, there are very few comedic elements in some episodes, but always a very clear story arc. The next issue is the matter of how the twins and Cissy, come to live with Uncle Bill. The writers make it very clear that both parents were killed in an accident. Unlike "The Brady Bunch" where we know both parents are widowed, but there is never any detail regarding how the families actually come together (with all due respect to the theme song); in the first episodes of "Family Affair" the writers not only take a surprising amount of time to convey that the parents were killed, but also to share with the audience the difficulty the twins had adjusting to life as they were bounced from one family member to the next, often separated from their older sister, Cissy. In fact, in one early episode, Buffy runs away because she feels that Uncle Bill will also abandon them. Next, "Family Affair" distinguishes itself because of the progressive and sophisticated nature of the main characters who explore relationships with indivdiuals across a diversity of backgrounds. In one episode Uncle Bill helps an African American gentlemen in his gym with the concerns he is having with his young son. In another episode the twins befriend a young girl with a disability who as the storyline implies, dies near the end of the episode. This was pretty daring for a family sitcom. In another episode, the family hosts the financee of a Chinese gentleman, whose bride-to-be comes from China and speaks little English and knows little about American culture. In a surprising twist, the episode ends with the couple not getting married, and going their separate ways. In another episode, Buffy befriends a young girl from an impoverished background, and as the story goes, we learn that poor people can be also be classist. "Family Affair" is well-written, well produced, and very entertaining. If you remember this show as a child, you should consider seeing it again as you may have missed some of the subtle themes. If you've never seen "Family Affair" before you may be surprised at what you're missing."
Excellent series top notch buy it
E. Saylor | ky | 03/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this is awesome dvd set of a excellent show thats a classic plus the quality is excellent for a 1966 show the packaging is great each season has its only case thats that season only not like alot of other companys use discs that slide in to cardboard that are agrevating and damage the discs an applause for mpi well done plus the set has some nice bonus features i had only seen a couple of episodes a long time but did love the show im a brian keith fan to so i figured i would get this whole set and its worth every dollar classic comedy at its best top notch quality cases extra a true fans set"
Buffy, Jody and the Whole Crew
Adelaide Stevens | nashville, tennessee | 09/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered this set as a 'time-filler' for recuperation after surgery. As a child of the 60s, it did not disappoint. Granted, it takes very little to amuse me, but it is a wonderful trip down memory lane! Warning: the theme music might start to drive you crazy...."