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Girlfriends - The Final (Eighth) Season


TITLE: GIRLFRIENDS - THE FINAL (EIGHTH) SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010 (CBS Home Entertainment)
Color / 2007-08
MSRP: $36.98
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: 271 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Bonus Episode from The Game: “Away Game”


Introduction:

It’s been only three months since we got the seventh season on DVD now we are back with our Girlfriends on DVD one last time from CBS DVD with all 13 episodes from the last season on a 2-disc set. Life, love, and comedy collide for one last time in this African American version of Sex and the City from Mara Brock Akil and executive producer Kelsey Grammer.

Girlfriends stars Tracee Ellis Ross as Joan, Golden Brooks as Maya, Persia White as Lynn, and Reggie Hayes as William.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There are only 13 episodes in this final season, but there are a few that stand out. The series did not get a proper ending though, which is a shame for fans. The CW canceled it without giving it a proper ending. In the eighth-season opener, “Range of Emotions,” Aaron is called to Iraq when Joan buys an expensive new kitchen range for their new house, her fiancé Aaron (Richard T. Jones) get upset that she spent money without discussing it with him. In “Good Grief,” after having her miscarriage, Joan and Lynn worry that Maya is in denial and not dealing with her grief when Maya suspects Darnell of blaming her for it. In an episode directed by Golden Brooks, “Snap Back,” Darnell confronts Maya about not dealing with her recent loss he learns shocking news that Maya has been taking pills to help her deal with it. In an episode directed by Tracee Ellis Ross, “What's Black-A-Lackin',” Lynn gets upset when she learns that her record label is pushing back the release of her album to promote another artist, Chrisette Michele (guest starring as herself). And in the final episode of the series “Stand and Deliver,” Joan goes to the school where Aaron used to teach in order to read a letter he sent to his former students.

Recurring stars this season include Richard T. Jones as Aaron, Khalil Kain as Darnell Wilkes, Quddus as Xander, and Keesha Sharp as Monica Charles Brooks. One time guest stars for this season include Kyle Bornheimer, Chrisette Michele, and Kara Brock.


Packaging:

The main box is once again a snap case and features artwork of the three girlfriends (no more Toni since season six) with a nice light brown color scheme. The back of the box features a shot of the each of the girls and four episodic photos, as well as a description of the series. There is a mention of the (so-called) special feature as well. 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 1-7 and is located on the left panel. Disc 2 contains Episodes 8-13 and is located on the right panel. 


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 S2, and 90210 S1. The main menu has the same artwork as the cover art. 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? Nothing new to report here really, as CBS has made this section consistent as well.


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 6 chapter stops for each episode again and each episode is just around 20:55 in length, but two episodes run just a bit shorter. The shorter ones probably has something edited out maybe but I’m not sure really, hopefully someone knows.

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, if anything. On previous sets it said “some music,” now it says just “music” (like the last two sets) 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 and I have only watched this show on DVD and never on TV. 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?

Runtimes:
Disc one
1. After the Storm 20:41
2. In Too Deep 20:47
3. Bad Blood 20:57
4. Hustle & Dough 20:52
5. Everybody Hates Monica 20:57
6. If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Boonies 20:57
7. Just Joan 20:56

Disc two
8. Kareokee-Dokee 20:57
9. He Had a Dream 20:56
10. I’ll Have a Blue Line Christmas 20:57
11. Wrong Side of the Tracks 20:57
12. I Want My Baby Back 20:51
13. Hot for Preacher 20:55


Special Features:

On the last set we got 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. And what about extras for the final season - season eight? We get a bonus episode from the spin-off series The Game. The series’ first episode for some reason is on here. Not the back-door pilot that aired on Girlfriends, but the series’ actual first episode. Not sure why, since The Game Season 2 is out and this episode is from season one. The episode runs around 21:00.


Final Comments:

It is now over! We have all eight seasons of ‘my Girlfriends’ on DVD! The wait was only three months since the last set came out, too! It is nice for fans to have this series now complete on DVD. If only there was an actual ending to the show. Cheap CW couldn’t afford it!

Girlfriends can still be seen in syndication on WE tv every weekday afternoon. The spin-off series The Game can be seen on BET and we still have the third season of that to go on DVD. And maybe the show will continue with new episodes on BET soon, but that is not official yet. Anyway, go and pick-up the final season of this series on DVD or buy it for all your girlfriends! My 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
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/21/10

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