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|Gidget - The Complete Series|
Actors: Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter, Pete Duel, Betty Conner
Genres: Comedy, Television
Catch a wave with America's favorite southern California beach teen in GIDGET: THE COMPLETE SERIES. Join two-time Academy Award® winner Sally Field (1984, Actress in a Leading Role, Places in the Heart) as perky 15-year-ol... more »
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TV Field Day
Gord Wilson | Bellingham, WA USA | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""If you're in doubt about angels being real..." So began the catchy, unforgettable theme from TV's Gidget. After Sandra Dee's trio of Gidget beach movies, Sally Field took the role and made it her own. This series was unsurpassed, made at a time when sitcom did not simply mean jokefest. It's not all laughs; there's real heart, teenage angst and working out of relationships. The college prof dad and shrink brother in law give ample space for working in the 'fifties fetish with psychology. The characters click; the chemistry's magic.
Now with The Flying Nun also soaring onto DVD, at last Sally Field can be seen as the talent she is. She doesn't have to play "serious" roles to shine. Light sitcoms like Field's and Patty Duke's were often dismissed by critics despite being wildly popular. The 32 episodes on these four discs may enable a reappraisement, and with the entire series on DVD, fans will have a Field day."
Take a trip back in time with Sally...
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 05/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 1965 ABC-Screen Gems sitcom of GIDGET, based on the the adventures of author Frederick Kohner's real-life daughter (which had already formed the basis for the 1959 Sandra Dee movie "Gidget" and a slew of sequels). It launched the career of promising up-and-coming actress Sally Field, whose heroine became the quintessential picture of 1960s wholesomeness and girl-next-door charm.
Frances Lawrence, known as Gidget to her family and friends, spends every spare moment on the beach at Malibu where she surfs and enjoys harebrained adventures, though her married sister Anne loves to interfere with Gidget's plans. GIDGET suffered from poor ratings and only lasted for one full season before being shelved, though the show did generate some interest during summer re-runs. However, a second season could not be filmed due to Sally Field having been all but signed to do "The Flying Nun", and GIDGET was axed altogether.
The series remains pleasant and enjoyable viewing with fine performances from the entire cast, particularly Don Porter ("Private Secretary") as Gidget's widowed father Russ and Lynette Winter ("The Parent Trap") as Gidget's shy best friend Larue. Sally Field, in her first big starring vehicle, is perky, appealing and everything else we expect Gidget to be. The rest of the cast includes Betty Conner, Pete Duel and Michael Nader. Keep an eye out for several guest stars including Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Franklin, Barbara Hershey and Henry Jaglom.
Sony Pictures has released the entire series of GIDGET in this well-presented boxset, joining their other outstanding season-sets of "Bewitched", "The Flying Nun" and "I Dream of Jeannie".
Extras include the rarely-seen original pilot episode as well as a brand-new retrospective interview with Sally Field.
COMPLETE EPISODE LISTING:
"Dear Diary...Et Al" - Anne reads Gidget's diary and assumes her sister's highly imaginative entries are true.
"In God and Nobody Else, We Trust" - Anne begins to worry when John escorts Gidget to a luau.
"The Great Kahuna" - An older man dates Gidget as part of a plan to make his girlfriend jealous.
"Daddy Come Home!" - Gidget becomes concerned when her father begins dating a woman she suspects is a gold-digger.
"Gidget Gadget" - When Anne and John have a major spat, it's up to Gidget to play marriage counsellor.
"A Hearse a Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse" - Deciding she should have her own means of transportation, Gidget becomes the part-owner of a broken-down hearse.
"Gidget is a Proper Noun" - Gidget is convinced her new English teacher hates her.
"Image Scrimmage" - Gidget becomes infatuated with Larue's cousin Roger.
"Is it Love or Symbiosis?" - Anne and John convince Russ he's too dependent on Gidget, so he decides to send her to a private school in Paris.
"All the Best Diseases are Taken" - When the price of movie tickets begins to go up, Gidget organises a demonstration to bring them back down.
"My Ever-Faithful Friend?" - Gidget helps Larue look more attractive by giving her a makeover, and then becomes alarmed when she thinks her father has become attracted to her.
"Chivalry Isn't Dead" - Gidget and her friends come up with a scheme to stop their boyfriends from taking them for granted.
"The War Between Men, Women and Gidget" - An isolated beach cove becomes the object of a battle between the boys, Gidget and her girlfriends.
"Gidget's Foreign Policy" - Gidget educates a foreign bride-to-be in the "American way" and nearly wrecks her impending marriage.
"Now There's a Face" - Gidget falls for a fashion photographer, not realising he's engaged to be married.
"Too Many Cooks" - Gidget unintentionally makes a date to go to the dance with both of the Cook brothers.
"I Love You, I Love You, I Love You...I Think" - Gidget develops a crush on a surfer, not realising he's her new math teacher.
"Like Voodoo" - When accidents begin to happen, Gidget believes a fortune-telling gypsy has put a curse on her.
"Gidget's Career" - When Gidget's singing group gets to perform on TV, she changes their name to "Gidget and the Gories".
"Ego a-Go-Go" - Gidget decides to build Durf the Drag's self-confidence by inviting him to the Spinster Hop.
"In and Out with the In-laws" - When Jeff suddenly invites Gidget to meet his parents, she mistakenly believes he's going to propose.
"We Got Each Other" - Although jealous of her father's dates, Gidget tries to prove she's not.
"Operation Shaggy Dog" - When her favourite hamburger joint is threatened to be torn down, it's Gidget to the rescue!
"Ringa-Ding-Dingbat" - The fab British singing duo, The Dingbats, is in town, and their biggest fan Gidget hatches a scheme to meet them.
"Love and the Single Gidget" - When Russ goes out of town, Anne and John hire a college student to keep an eye on Gidget.
"Independence, Gidget-Style" - When Gidget gets a job to buy Russ a birthday present, he mistakenly believes she's working in a nightclub.
"One More for the Road" - Gidget's new job requires her to learn how to drive.
"Ask Helpful Hannah" - Taking over the school magazine's advice column, Gidget gets wrapped up in bringing two lonely hearts together.
"A Hard Night's Night" - Unaware Russ invited a friend to stay in their home while he's away, Gidget begins to believe that the house is haunted.
"I Have This Friend Who..." - When her boyfriend's father insists on coming along on their dates, Gidget tries to find a way to discourage him.
"Don't Defrost the Alligator" - To comfort her new young friend over the death of his pet alligator, Gidget preserves the remains in her family's freezer."
A Must-Buy for Gidget Fans!
C. Bagarino | California, USA | 03/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most people looking at this product already agree that Gidget is a great, charming TV show with a wonderful cast, so there's no need to convince you on that point. I will say, however, that this DVD release is fantastic. I've been waiting years for Gidget to come out on DVD, and I was not disappointed.
Gidget - The Complete Series fits all 32 episodes in one box set -- four DVDs that come in two stylish, slim DVD cases. The episodes look good (remastered in High Definition) and sound great. The colors on the box are cute and attractive; they'll look good on anyone's shelf. I wish that there were more extras, but it does feature the original pilot and an exclusive interview with Sally Field, and everything else was so nice that I wouldn't think of taking off a star."
It's about time!
James Fabiano | 01/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved, loved, LOVED "Gidget" when it was being shown on TV Land...in the words of the late, great Trio Channel, it was a "Brilliant but Cancelled" series that deserved a longer run. A nice, fun piece of 1960s sitcom television, Sally Field showed early on why she'd make the mark she did in the entertainment industry. Everyone else is great too...Don Porter is one of the most underrated TV dads of all time IMO. And the likes of Lynette Winter, Betty Conner, and Pete Deuel are just delightful. I am SO getting this one when it comes out in March!"