Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
An Excellent Collection
Michele Hoffmann | Australia | 10/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I only recently added this DVD set to my (small) collection, so haven't watched every episode, but what I have seen I have really enjoyed, and I would definitely recommend it.
Six of tv shows in this collection I wasn't familiar with, basically because they aired before my time!!! The 4 others (Andy Griffith, Petticoat Junction, The Lucy Show and Beverly Hillbillies) I am familiar with because they have been shown on Pay TV in recent years.
The image and sound quality of the episodes is excellent - obviously though the ones filmed in 1922 etc, and some of the earlier Burns and Allen episodes are not as clear as what we are used to today.
FYI - I have included episode lists for each show - (personally I find them useful - can save doubling up if you already have some of the shows). I have followed this with any comments.
Andy Griffith (B/W)
Rafe Hollister Sings, Class Reunion, The Big House, A Wife for Andy, Mountain Wedding, Opie and the Spoiled Kid, Andy Discovers America, Aunt Bea's Medicine Man, The Darlings are Coming, The Great Filling Station Robbery, The Loaded Goat, High Noon in Mayberry, Barney's First Car, Andy's English Valet, Dogs Dogs Dogs, The Rival
Petticoat Junction (B/W)
Bobby Jo and Beatnik, Last Chance, Please Buy Violets, Kate's Recipe
The Lucy Show (Color)
Lucy (L) the Star Maker, L meets Robert Goulet, L gets Jack Benny's Account, L & Sheldon Leonard, L the Bean Queen, L meets the Law, Viv visits L, Mainstreet USA, L & the Submarine, L meets Tennesse Ernie Ford, L gets caught in the Draft, L gets a roommate, L & Carol (Burnett) in Palm Springs, L & Paul Winchell, L flies to London, Little Old L, Rind a Ding Ring, L gets Trapped, L the Babysitter, L & Phil Silvers
Beverly Hillbillies (B/W)
Jethro Goes to School, Pygmalion & Elly, Elly Races Jethrine, The Great Feud, Home for Christmas, No Place Like Home, Jed Rescues Pearl, Back to Californny, Jed's Dilemma, J saves the Drysdale's Marriage, Elly's Animals, Jed Plays Solomon, Duke Steals a Wife, Jed buys the Freeway, Jed becomes a Banker, Family Ties, Jed pays his Income Tax, Clampetts are Overdrawn, The Giant Jackrabbit, The Clampetts and the Dodgers.
Also included is an approx 20 second bio of Buddy Ebsen. You need to read the screen fast!!!
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (B/W)
Maid of Honor, Rick Grows a Beard, Be on Time, Rick's Riding Lesson, Busy Christmas, Late Christmas Gift, Ballerina, David Goes Back to Work, A Painting from the Past, A Lamp for Dave and June
I didn't realize that the Nelsons are a real family. Before the credits I thought they were different actors playing a family. I also liked that each episode is 'brought to you by' Sponsor's Name, and that they do a short ad for the sponsor before the show starts.
Burns and Allen (B/W)
Bank President, Breaking up the Team, Mailman and the Divorce Attorney, Surprise Birthday Party for Harry, Free Trip to Hawaii, Gracie's Checking Account, Harry Morton's Male Secretary, The Income Tax Man, Space Patrol Kids Visit, Teenage Girl Spends the Weekend.
I loved how they also incorporated their sponsor's ad into their sketches. As well, an ad break (1 or 2 of them), about one of their sponsor's products, is also included in each episode. I am so glad they didn't cut these out. They are great to watch.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (B/W)
Hustling the Hustler, Bank Book, The Night the Roof Fell In, Never Name a Duck, Show Me Your Walls.
The Little Rascals (B/W)
Bear Shooters, Official Officers, Spook Spoofing, Lazy Days, Mary Queen of Tots, Dogs of War, Derby Day, Sundown Limited, Fly My Kite, The Pooch, Waldo's Last Stand, School's Out, The Fourth Alarm, Olympic Games, Our Gang Follies.
The episodes range from 1922 to 1938, the earlier ones being silent. I particular enjoyed the episodes (of the ones that I have seen), because apart from the story line, it is interesting to see the landscape of that time. I thought that some of these episodes looked like they weren't filmed in a studio, but in the streets (I could be wrong).
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The disappointing aspect of the DVD's, and why I gave a 4 star rating instead of a 5, is because they changed/omitted the opening/closing theme song (for some shows) that we are probably all familiar with.
In particular, the Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction, have the same shortened banjo tune at the beginning, instead of, in the case of the Beverly Hillbillies:
Come 'n listen to my story 'bout a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed ... etc.
I really like the beginning and ending theme songs for tv shows, so it was disappointing that they omitted these.
I obviously can't comment on the theme songs for the shows I am not familiar with, but I am thinking that perhaps a part of it was cut out, because they were rather short.
In the case of Ozzie and Harriet and the Dick Van Dyke Shows, for example, it begins with the announcer introducing the family.
The set comes on 10 double sided DVD's. They are very well protected and are packaged in a hard vinyl case. However, be careful when removing a DVD from its plastic pocket - it is virtually impossible to remove without putting your fingers on the DVD!!!
All in all, an excellent collection, which I am really glad I purchased. In fact, I will probably buy more Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke and Ozzie and Harriet DVD's in the future."
TV Time Comedy: 100 TV Episodes
Darth Wader | Aylett, VA | 07/13/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is it! The TV Comedy you've been waiting for! The perfect gift for the classic TV Comedy buff or even yourself! Hours of family home entertainment!
Television when it was at its best! Get ready for some of the best all-time classic shows, featuring some of the biggest television stars of all time, such as Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Buddy Ebson, Irene Ryan, Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Spanky and Alfalfa, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and many, many more! TV Time is non-stop comedy from some of the cornerstones of sitcom TV!
20 Episodes of THE LUCY SHOW
Lucy The Star Maker
Lucy Meets Robert Goulet
Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Bank Account
Lucy & Sheldon Leonard
Lucy & The Bean Queen
Lucy Meets The Law
Viv Visits Lucy
Lucy and the Submarine
Lucy Meets Tennessee Ernie Ford
Lucy Gets Caught In The Draft
Lucy Gets A Roommate
Lucy & Carol In Palm Springs
Lucy & Paul Winchell
Lucy Flies To London
Little Old Lady
Lucy Gets Trapped
Lucy, The Babysitter
Lucy & Phil Silvers
20 Episodes of THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
Jethro Goes To School
Pygmalion & Elly
Elly races Jethrine
The Great Feud
Home For Christmas
No Place Like Home
Jed Rescues Pearl
Back To Californny
Jed Saves the Drysdale's Marriage
Jed Plays Solomon
Duke Steals A Wife
Jed Buys The Freeway
Jed Becomes A Banker
The Family Tree
Jed Pays His Income Tax
The Clampetts Are Overdrawn
The Giant Jackrabbit
The Clampetts & The Dodgers
16 Episodes of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW
Rafe Hollister Sings
The Big House
A Wife For Andy
Opie and the Spoiled Kid
Andy Discover America
Aunt Bea's Medicine Man
The Darlings Are Coming
The Great Filling Station Robbery
The Loaded Goat
High Noon In Mayberry
Barney's First Car
Andy's English Valet
Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
15 Episodes of HAL ROACH'S RASCALS w/Bonus!
The Fourth Alarm
Our Gang Follies
Waldo's Last Stand
Dogs Of War
Fly My Kite
Mary Queen Of Tots
10 Episodes of OZZIE & HARRIET
Maid of Honor
Rick Grows A Brard
Be On Time
Rick's Riding Lesson
Late Christmas Gift
David Goes Back To Work
A Painting From The Past
A Lamp For Dave & June
10 Episodes of BURNS AND ALLEN
The Bank President
Breaking Up The Team
The Mailman & The Divorce Attorney
Surprise Birthday Party For Harry
Free Trip To Hawaii
Grace's Checking Account
Harry Morton's Male Secretary
The Income Tax Man
Space Patrol Visits The Kids
Teenage Girl Spends Weekend
5 Episodes of DICK VAN DYKE
Hustling the Hustler
The Night the Roof Fell In
Never Name A Duck
Show Me Your Walls
4 Episodes of PETTICOAT JUNCTION
Bobby Jo & Beatnik
Please Buy Violets
Kaye M. Mclindon | Victoria Australia | 03/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Our family has had a lot of enjoyment from this DVD set, it is so refreshing to have a good laugh over normal situations without offensive words and behaviour. We never watch TV (there is so little worth watching) but our teenage sons have sat with us and really enjoyed these old shows and it has sparked great conversations over our childhood. Thank you for making these available, we would certainly purchase more of the old "family friendly" DVD sets."
Bcieclipse strikes again,thank you
John D. Page | usa | 06/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this collection of old t.v. shows is just what a family put out with the state of todays t.v. is looking for. with great transfers and some of the best shows from the old days,and you have a family t.v. night without fear of unwanted content!!! a great buy!!!!!!"