Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Jon Kate Plus Ei8ht Seasons One Two|
Actor: Jon & Kate Plus Eight
Genres: Kids & Family, Television, Documentary
When the Gosselins dreamed of having a family, nonstop chaos wasn t exactly what they envisioned. But the arrival of a set of twins and a set of sextuplets within five years has added up to Jon & Kate plus 8. And their dre... more »
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Melissa C. from GAINESVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 1/10/2010...
Its nice to reminisce about the good 'ole days in the Gosselin Family. These are fun to watch even if times have changed.
Love The Show, But This DVD Is Missing 3 Episodes!
Heather Lawver | Sterling, VA, USA | 10/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had read the other reviews here on Amazon and was concerned to read that some people thought the DVD set was incomplete. I ended up buying it anyway, since this was the only DVD set my local store had and I kind of needed it immediately. I've since watched it, written down the episode list, and compared it to the complete episode list available at IMDB. I thought I would put the information up here for other people considering this product, so they'll know exactly what's on this DVD and what's missing. So here's the list of the episodes which ARE on this DVD set!
- 10 Little Pumpkins
- Twins Turn 6
- Gosselins Go West
- Shopping for Ten
- Garage Makeover
- Housekeeper Hunt
- Pancakes & Potties
- Jon Turns 30
- Sextuplets Turn 3!
- Breakfast in Bed
- Gosselins Go Dutch
- Sextuplets' First Dentist Visit
- Red, White, & Gosselin
- Sugar Rush
- A Cow Purchase
- Sara Snow Visits!
- Babies & Bedrooms Part One
- Babies & Bedrooms Part Two
- BONUS: Surviving Sextuplets & Twins One-Hour Special
Just so you know, season one is complete, but season two is missing a total of three episodes. And strangely, some of these episodes are presented out of order, which seems odd. But anyway, just so you know, here are the episodes that are missing from this DVD set.
The Missing Episodes Are:
- A Day At The Zoo (Season 2, Episode 10)
- Hit The Road (Season 2, Episode 11)
- How It All Began (Season 2, Episode 12)
I don't know yet if those three episodes are available on the individual season sets, because I haven't purchased those yet. But I like to know what I'm getting when I buy something, so at least now you'll know what's on this DVD set and what isn't. Personally, I still think it's a pretty good deal for what it is. However, I've removed one star from the rating simply because, in my opinion, the packaging should state clearly what's contained in the DVD set. I think it's disappointing that it doesn't explain that more clearly, so bad job, TLC! Other than that, though, the video quality is at least good, even if the DVD menus aren't anything particularly special.
That said, the show is *fantastic*! I couldn't recommend it more highly. It's so endlessly refreshing to see a family on TV that really honestly love each other and always strives to do what's right. Sure, they aren't perfect, but who is?
The show never fails to make me smile, it's so fun to watch the darling little kids, and it's honestly just a whole lot of happiness crammed into half-hour segments. It's great for families, adults, kids, whoever! Give this show a chance and I know you'll end up loving the Gosselins as much as I do!
Bottom line, 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' deserves five stars, but TLC deserves only 3 for not being clearer about the packaging. But hey, at least now you know!"
The Gosselins: Love Them or Hate Them
SandyK | Michigan | 07/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered the Jon & Kate Plus 8 show after they were featured on Oprah in February, 2008. I quickly became addicted to watching it, and I would venture to say that most people who watch it have opinions about Jon, Kate and their kids. Another reviewer, 'Americanlife-American Dreams,' did an excellent job of describing the episodes in a nutshell. I have no idea how I would cope with the stress, financial burden, chaos, and confusion if I had twins and sextuplets. That being said, I'd like to offer my list of 'Best of' and 'Worst of' moments of the show:
Biggest Kate Meltdown: At Disneyworld, when the kids all got ice cream (in what was probably 80-90 degree heat) which started melting down (the ice cream didn't 'melt down' as fast as Kate did!) their clothes, Kate had a fit, took all the ice creams from the kids and told the kids they could have some if it were fed to them. I love what Jon said later in the interview chair, 'I would have just let them have it, let the ice cream get all over them!'
Second Biggest Kate Meltdown: On their skiing trip to Utah, Kate starts crying because their plane is diverted to Idaho because of bad weather.
Most Embarrassing Moment: When they are Christmas shopping with all the kids, and Kate berates Jon twice for being in the wrong place, saying he was, 'Playing with toys instead of doing his job.'
Best 'Way To Go, Jon' Moment: When Jon is loading up the van after the Christmas shopping trip, and he tells Kate how she made him feel in the store, he said, 'I felt like a fr**ken dog.' And later, during their interview, she did not even apologize, all she said was that 'I don't notice anyone when I'm in a store.'
Sweetest Moment: Leah and Joel, and Hannah and Collin holding hands in the dentist's chair during their first dentist appointment.
Weirdest Moment: Excited Kate taking a picture of one of the sextuplets (Leah or Alexis) with her first 'deposit' in the potty!
Biggest 'Oops' Moment: Kate gets badly sunburned on the surprise Florida vacation she planned for Jon's 30th Birthday present because she doesn't like the greasiness of sunblock!
Fastest Recovery From Altitude Sickness: The first morning in Utah, after Kate had been vomiting all night, and wasn't able to help Jon dress the kids that morning, it seems as if she and Beth went to the spa that same day, and Kate seemed just fine! (Just to give the benefit of a doubt, it could have been film editing that made it seem that the spa visit was the very same day as her being sick, I don't know for sure)
Meanest Mom Moment: Kate not allowing the kids to use markers when they went to the Crayola Factory. Kate says, 'They wear nice outfits when we go out, and if you have one kid getting marker stains on their clothes, it's not a big deal, but when you have 8, that's a whole day I get to spend in the laundry room, getting stains out.'
Bravest Moment: Kate showing the world her pre-tummy tuck 'jowls of the
dog, butt in the front' belly!
Biggest Germ-O-Phobe Moment: On the way to Disneyworld, when they stayed in a motel along the way, and Kate would not let the kids walk on the carpet without shoes!
Biggest Question: Although Jon has somewhat explained the absence of his parents in their life, (his dad is deceased and his mom has remarried, has a job, etc.) Kate's explanation of the absence of her parents in their life brings up more questions. Kate has said that the kids' grandparents are 'not a part of their everyday life, but they have others like, Nana Janet, who love their 8 kids.'
Kate's Favorite Word: To Jon, to get his attention, 'HELL--LOW!!'
I have to give Kate credit for doing the best she can with her job of being the stay at home mom of 8 kids, I give Jon credit for putting up with Kate, I give Aunt Jody credit for doing her best to help Kate, even though Aunt Jody has 4 kids herself. I think Kate's true nature can be seen at times when she laughs while she and Jon are in the interview chair, or when she and Jon are taking one of the kids out on that kid's special day. I also wish that Jon and Kate didn't play up to or talk to the camera so often, just let the events unfold naturally instead of commenting about it at the time, they can do that later in the interview chair.
All in all, I love watching the show, although Dr. Laura says once the cameras are in your home, it's no longer reality..."
It's a good life, and it's theirs.
Amber Hoppenworth | Joliet, IL United States | 08/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered this show while trapped in a Motel 6 in Iowa City prior to the worst Graduate School interview I've had in my entire life.
TLC was running a marathon (which they often did and do, and I'm thrilled with the habit) and I tuned in because there wasn't really anything else on... and I was charmed. So very, very charmed.
I don't like reality shows. That's not a hardline rule, but I'm deeply pressed to think of a single 'reality show' that I'll watch more than an episode or ten minutes of. I sat through four hours of this show, straight out the door, and look forward to new episodes. Why? Because of this show's sweetness. Moreover, of how it isn't glammed up or white-washed or scripted. It's, basically, a bunch of home videos of eight wonderful children and the two parents that are doing their best to make it work.
Honestly, the kids are adorable and funny and loud and just plain kids. They have melt downs and get dirty and silly and have moments that make me want to cry with the aching sweetness. This is their childhood laid out for people to watch and enjoy, but it's also so, so honest. None of the kids (or the parents) are perfect. They each deal with stressful situations the best they can, but at the end of the day - like the opening says - there's love and care and I think there are a lot of families who could learn a lesson from that."