Another season of the hit classic series comes to DVD! This season, the Angels go on the Love Boat to investigate a major art theft, go back to college to stop a white slavery ring, and find more than just fingerprints whe... more »n Charlie's yacht is stolen. Jill gets help from the Angels after her date with a crown prince is interrupted by sniper fire, and Kelly meets a man who may be her long-lost father.« less
Shelley B. from WILMINGTON, NC Reviewed on 11/22/2010...
This was such a good season of Charlies Angels...It has my twelve year old daughter addicted to this show. She loves living the 70's vicariously through all of the Angels!!! We both really enjoyed the "Love Boat" episode...Yet another favorite tv show of ours also!!!
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A Heavenly Season with an Angel from Los Angeles, one from S
Rodney Bogardus | Buffalo, NY | 07/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fourth season of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, which aired on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC from September 1979 through May 1980, is possibly the season that yields the most dramatic changes in the series, namely Shelley Hack becomes the newest angel, "Tiffany Welles", filling the slot vacated by original actress Kate Jackson. Returning for another tour of duty this season are "Kelly Garret" and "Kris Munroe", played by Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd respectively, along with faithful sidekick "Bosley", played by David Doyle. Farrah Fawcett's "Jill Munroe" also makes her final three appearances of the series.
With the new angel, also comes a new overall look to the series. With Hack, a former fashion model, on board, all three actresses don dresses, gowns, and tailored suits more often than casual wear. And while attention is taken away from the flesh (the Angels wear fewer bathing suits this season than ever before), the Angels never looked classier and more stunning in their wardrobe. The result is mature, professional-looking Angels that seem to have come a long way from the earlier days of the show when they rarely wore bras.
Aside from a new angel and a new look, the significant change that takes place this season that differentiates it from its predecessors is the writing style. Unlike the writing from season three which, at times, is dull and underwhelming, season four's writing includes several intriguing storylines that are largely the contribution of guest writers. ANGELS ON CAMPUS, ANGEL HUNT, FALLEN ANGEL, and THREE FOR THE MONEY are guest writer-contributed scripts and consequently, they are among the season's highlights as they are solid episodes that demonstrate the series' potency and vitality, even in its fourth season. The writing style also differs with certain episodes straying from the usual team formula, instead showcasing a single Angel while the other two Angels and Bosley are relegated to the background. A final aspect of the writing that changes is the overall tone, with some episodes (AVENGING ANGEL, CATCH A FALLING ANGEL, ANGEL'S CHILD, ANGELS ON THE STREET) tackling social issues such as drug abuse, pornography, child abuse, and prostitution with greater urgency than had been seen before in the series.
However, an aspect of the writing this season that backfired is intentionally minimizing the role of new angel "Tiffany" in the first several episodes. Two episodes in particular, ANGELS ON CAMPUS and ANGEL HUNT, are pivotal because the former establishes the back story and character of "Tiffany" and the latter validates the newest angel's position in the group and fleshes out all three angels' profound concern for each other. It's safe to assume these two episodes were among the first ones filmed because clips from them appear in the opening credits, yet unfortunately they did not air until almost halfway through the season. This was a poor decision on behalf of the producers/creators that damaged the series because it prevented the new angel (and actress) from instantly impressing and clicking with audiences. For this reason, Hack often, and rather unfairly, earns the odium from some fans as the death knell to the series. To remedy this, a simple rearranging of the initial episodes of the season would suffice: LOVE BOAT ANGELS, ANGELS GO TRUCKIN', ANGELS ON CAMPUS, ANGEL HUNT, FALLEN ANGEL, followed by OF GHOSTS AND ANGELS. Had these episodes aired in a similar sequence, perhaps the course of the series would have been quite different, with "Tiffany" continuing to work for Charles Townsend and Associates into the fifth season.
The only genuine flaw in the DVD set is the inclusion of the syndicated 2-part version of the season premier, LOVE BOAT ANGELS, instead of the original unedited print. The set is presented in a similar format to that of the third season set, with an outer box that houses 3 slim plastic DVD cases. Each case holds 2 discs and features a different group photo of the Angels on the cover, with episode titles, synopses, and original air dates on the back, and several photos of the Angels, Bosley, and the season's numerous guest stars (Patrick Duffy, Kim Cattrall, Timothy Dalton, Robert Reed, Barbara Stanwyck, etc.) throughout. Aesthetically, this is easily the best presentation of all CHARLIE'S ANGELS season sets. Mike Pingel of the Charlie's Angels website and SONY have put together a beautiful product, which is only fitting as it reflects such beautiful Angels."
Debra English | Ohio,USA | 05/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Charlie's Angels fan and I am glad that they are finally releasing season 4 on dvd and look forward to season 5. I really liked many of the episodes with Shelley Hack, some of my favorites in fact. I went and looked at an episode guide for the season and I realized that I forgot about some of the episodes in this season and can't wait to re-watch them all. I think my favorites from this season are the roller disco episode, the wedding episode with a young Kim Cattral and the college sorority episode.
Update.....I came home every night for a week from work and watched this season until the very end. I am now re-watching some of the episodes. I still think that Shelley Hack got a raw deal in the whole thing because as I said before, some of this season's episodes are my all-time favorites of a show that I loved as a kid and still enjoy as an adult. I hope that we don't have to wait several more years for the final season to be released on dvd. Although that season was very short there were a few good episode, my favorite being the phone dating episode, it was excellent and way before it's time."
FINALLY - IT'S ABOUT TIME!
Travis M. Taylor | 05/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, it's what all us Charlie's Angels fans have been waiting for, the release of Season 4 after almost a 3 year wait since season 3 came out.
As a big fan of the show, I do own the other three sets but have never had the opportunity to see any episodes from Seasons 4 or 5, so I'm EXCITED for this release.
We'll get to see the last episodes with Farrah (God Bless Her, i sure hope she can beat the cancer, she's TOO young!) We will also see the only season with Shelley Hack. I'm also anxious to see the season premiere 2-hour episode, "Love Boat Angels"
Since Sony pictures released the other sets, I think we can be confident that the episodes will be complete with NO EDITING.
Hopefully after season 4 comes out we won't have to wait long for the Fifth and Final season with Tanya Roberts as the new angel. Hurry up July 21st, it's not coming fast enough!"
Here Comes Tiffany Wellles
Gregory Shanley | Scotland | 05/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm glad this fourth season of "Charlie's Angels" is coming out on DVD. Kate Jackson is greatly missed as Sabrina Duncan,new Angel,Tiffany Welles,Shelley Hack,is brought in,rather quietly without any real strong back story. Kris Munroe(Cheryl Ladd)was Jill's(Farrah Fawcett)kid sister,future Angel Julie Rogers(Tayna Roberts)was a tough street kid turned model. I think Shelley Hack got a pretty raw deal, liked her,then she was gone after a season. Look out for Farrah's last three appearances on the show,her first one is a very good story,has Jill gone bad? She seems to be in league with a crook.(James Bond actor Timothy Dalton)..."
What a GREAT 40th Birthday present!!!
So Attractive | San Diego, California | 07/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"FINALLY! All of us "Angel Enthusiasts" can finally sit back, relax and enjoy the fourth season (and one of the best) of this iconic series!
I was an impressionable seven year old when "Charlie's Angels" debuted in 1976. I grew up idolizing these beautiful ladies! I had both of the board games (one with Farrah, the other with Cheryl), all of the paperback books that were released and I even had all four of the dolls (where they ended up, I will NEVER know!). I had the Farrah poster, and an oversized poster of "Sabrina, Kelly & Kris" from "Circus of Terror". TRUE FAN in every sense of the word.
I purchased the first three seasons on the day of their release. I was looking at the issue of Entertainment Weekly that I received today and read about the 7/21/09 release! YIPPEE!!
Shelley Hack was a great addition to the series and was definitely given a raw deal! They certainly should have incorporated her more into the storylines early on. I found out that the episodes aired out of sequence and that could have been a HUGE reason America never warmed up to "Tiffany Welles". Had they shown "Angels On Campus" and another few episodes earlier on, ratings WOULD have been significantly different! So, all of you naysayers give Ms. Hack a break! She was a dynamic addition and did some great work (with what she was given).
It is a nice way to remenber Farrah Fawcett as well. She will be missed, and I am so glad that her pain is now gone. We will all be thinking of you as an "Angel" watching over us! Great timing on the release of this season! Here's to a speedy release of season five!!!"