TITLE: GIRLFRIENDS - THE SEVENTH SEASON
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009 (CBS DVD)
Color / 2006-07
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 21 (22 half-hours)
Running Time: 440 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Mara Brock Akil Interviews for Select Episodes
Eight months ago we got the sixth season on DVD now we are back with our Girlfriends on DVD, as the seventh season is now available on DVD for the first time from CBS DVD with all 21 episodes on a 3-disc set. Life, love, and comedy collide again in this African American version of Sex and the City!
Girlfriends stars Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan, Golden Brooks as Maya, Persia White as Lynn, and Reggie Hayes as William. This is the first season without Jill Marie Jones (Toni) as a regular, as she left the cast after season six.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
This was the first of two seasons on The CW. UPN and The WB merged to become The CW in Fall 2006. Some memorable episodes include the season premiere “After the Storm,” where on Joan's last day in New Orleans volunteering helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina she meets Aaron (Richard T. Jones), a fellow volunteer who asks her out. In “Everybody Hates Monica,” Joan learns that Maya and Lynn did not tell her about a recent outing they had with Toni, who was in town for a brief visit as Joan explains to them that there is no need to keep things secret from her because she is over the whole Toni issue, but then later when Joan insists on bringing Monica into the circle of friends Maya and Lynn accuse her of using Monica as a substitute for Toni. In “I’ll Have a Blue Line Christmas,” Aaron (Richard T. Jones), the man Joan flirted with in New Orleans, comes home to California and starts dating her, and Joan is so amazed at how well things are going that she anticipates something going wrong. In “Willie He Or Won't He Part III: This Time It's Personal,” William and Monica's wedded bliss comes to a halt when William has too much to drink at their wedding reception and reveals that he had doubts about marrying her. In “A Dingo Ate My Dream House,” tired of all the inconveniences of living in the suburbs, Darnell suggests to Maya they should move back to the city, but Maya disagrees and does not want to give up her new home. In the one-hour season finale, “To Be Determined/...It’s Been Determined,” Joan unexpectedly proposes to Aaron (guest star Richard T. Jones), but when he stumbles on his response, Joan decides the relationship is over and walks away. Later, Joan runs into her old boyfriend Brock (guest star Malik Yoba), who tells her he made a mistake by letting her go and announces his intention to marry her now.
Recurring stars this season include Richard T. Jones as Aaron, Khalil Kain as Darnell Wilkes, Kendre Barry as Jabari Wilkes, and Keesha Sharp as Monica Charles Brooks. One time guest stars for this season include Shawn Harrison, Malik Yoba, Big Boi, Kadeem Hardison, Jonelle Allen, Pooch Harris, and the star of the spinoff series The Game, Tia Mowry.
The main box is once again a snap case and features artwork of the now three girlfriends (no more Toni) with a nice lime green color scheme. The back of the box features a shot of the each of the girls and three episodic photos, as well as a description of the series. There is a box listing the special feature. Inside the case are the discs of course, but inside the packaging panels we have disc-by-disc breakdowns, including episode titles, original airdates and an episode description...like we have had on previous sets, no surprises. Again, the discs themselves are silver in color (very plain) and feature the show logo with episode titles on the bottom. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-8. Disc 2 contains Episodes 9-15. Disc 3 contains Episodes 16-21. We also have a CBS DVD catalog. It looks a little old as it has stuff saying coming Aug. 11, like the first season DVD of the new 90210.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu is very nice and similar in style to previous sets. However like the last few sets, on disc one before you get to the Main Menu, you have an option to go watch Previews or go to the Main Menu. The previews are for CBS DVD sets, Soul Food, and Charmed DVDs. The main menu has the same artwork as the cover art in a lime green background. On the right side, there is a scrolling set of moving video images in a reel type form, just like the last few sets. The theme song is playing in the background and it loops when finished...again no surprise. There is a "Play All" option, which plays all of the episodes and there is an "Episodes" section. The "Episodes" selection takes you to a sub-menu where you see a list of the episodes to choose (episode number and title) and a different image on each disc on the right side. We also have “Set Up,” where we can choose either English 5.1 audio or English Stereo audio. Who cares really? No subtitles?
Video and Audio Quality:
Like on past sets, the video is in widescreen again, like it should be, and it probably has never looked better unless you watched it in HD on The CW HD. The audio is also perfect and sounds good. We get 5 or 6 chapter stops for each episode again (season finale has 7 stops though since it is an hour-long episode) and each episode is just around 20:55 in length, but one runs shorter and one is longer. The shorter one probably has something edited out I’m sure, hopefully someone knows. Season six on average was 20:30, so we get about 30 more seconds this season per episode.
As was the case with the other sets, there is a disclaimer on the back of the box saying, “Some episodes may be edited from original broadcast. Music has been changed for this home entertainment version.” Once again, I have no idea what, though. On previous sets it said “some music,” now it says just “music” (like on the last set) so maybe more is edited out here again? I’m just guessing. I never really watched the show before I got the third season DVD. If you know, please post on our feedback link below. I remind you, reader Roddric Shropshire helped us on the third season DVD review
with music edits, so thanks to him for that. We didn’t get any updates for any other seasons though...so anyone out there found any edits/music replacements?
1. After the Storm 20:56
2. In Too Deep 20:55
3. Bad Blood 20:56
4. Hustle & Dough 20:51
5. Everybody Hates Monica 20:55
6. If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Boonies 20:56
7. Just Joan 20:48
8. Kareokee-Dokee 19:30
9. He Had a Dream 20:52
10. I’ll Have a Blue Line Christmas 20:56
11. Wrong Side of the Tracks 20:56
12. I Want My Baby Back 20:55
13. Hot for Preacher 20:56
14. Time to Man Up 20:56
15. Willie He Or Won't He Part III: This Time It's Personal 20:56
16. What Had Happened Was... 20:55
17. Church Lady 20:56
18. Operation Does She Yield 20:57
19. A Dingo Ate My Dream House 20:51
20. A House Divided 20:56
21. To Be Determined...It’s Been Determined 41:47
We get some video interviews with the creator Mara Brock Akil on select episodes. Seasons 2 and 3 had extras, but seasons one, four, five and six we got nothing. If you the first season DVD of The Game, then you know what I mean by video interviews with Akil. When you select an episode, you’ll see an option to view the interview, if the episode has it. Episodes with video interviews are 12. I Want My Baby Back 20:55. 13. Hot for Preacher 20:56. 14. Time to Man Up 20:56. 15. Willie He Or Won't He Part III: This Time It's Personal 20:56 and 16. What Had Happened Was... 20:55. Now those are episode runtimes, the interviews are MUCH shorter. In order they are 1:48, 1:28, 2:33, 2:24 and 1:32 for these key five episodes.
Seven down, one to go! The norm is like 4-8 months in between sets, so we can expect season by early to mid 2010. Maybe we can expect it sooner? My Girlfriends, indeed! When we get that, we still have the spinoff series to continue on DVD, as so far we only have gotten season one of that on DVD. I sort of prefer that show to this one.
Girlfriends can still be seen in syndication on WE tv every weekday afternoon. I was surprised we actually got some sort of extra, even though it was not that good. Other than that, it was your general Girlfriends DVD. No more Toni on the show, but the show continues! Go and pick-up this seventh season DVD because they are not “my girlfriends,” but they are everyone’s girlfriends!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal
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