TITLE: GOOD MORNING, WORLD - THE ENTIRE SERIES
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006 (S'More Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: 649 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approximately 20 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: None
Special Features: Interview with Ronnie Schell, Goldie Hawn Bio, Trivia Quiz, Family Tree, Photo Gallery
Good morning, sitcom fans! The entire series, all 26 episodes, of the obscure 1967-68 sitcom "Good Morning, World" has
been rescued from deep within the vaults, for a four disc DVD collection containing every episode of the show.
The premise of the show is very simple really—basically, Dave Lewis and Larry Clark (played by Joby Baker and Ronnie
Schell) have their own radio show on a Los Angeles radio station, conveniently titled "Lewis and Clark." They both had to
deal with an annoying boss, (played by Billy DeWolfe), who always seemed to think Dave was a genius but hated every
idea that Larry ever had. But this show is no "WKRP in Cincinnati" by any means. Being produced by Sheldon Leonard
and Carl Reiner, this show focuses more upon the lives of Dave and Larry outside of their job. At home, Dave has his wife,
Linda (played by Julie Parrish), and neighbor Sandy (played by future megastar Goldie Hawn), who is also (depending upon
which episode you are watching) Larry's girlfriend. The show is very similar to "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in the style of
plots that are presented.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Disc 1 begins with "You vs. Me," an episode in which both Larry and Dave are both nominated for the same award... and
have to compete against each other for the award. In "You Can't Say That About Me," Linda is upset about jokes that
Dave made about her on the air, so he decides to take a poll—on the air—to find out what his listeners really think about
her. Andy Griffith and Carl Reiner both make cameo appearances as Larry and Dave want to have an active role in a
benefit show (one that they never wanted to be part of before, since none of them included big name stars such as, well
Andy Griffith and Carl Reiner) in "Don't Call Us, and We Won't Call You." Other Disc 1 episodes include
"Buy Calamari," "Knits to You, Sir," and "If You Go Into the Blue Yonder, I'll Go Wild."
Disc 2 includes an episode of the show that I particularly liked called "No News Like Nude News," in which Dave
and Larry agree to do their show on what they are told is a dude ranch… but they are shocked to discover it
is actually a NUDE ranch! In "Stan and Ollie Meet Larry and Dave," Larry and Dave are auctioneers at a benefit
and they find these Laurel and Hardy statues that they both want, but neither can bid on them since they are the
auctioneers, so they enlist the help of Linda and Sandy to bid on them on their behalf—except Linda and Sandy decide
the best option is to just place one bid and give one statue to Dave and the other to Larry! Other Disc 2 episodes
include "Love at First Flight," "I Want a Girl Jut Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dave," "Feet of Clay and Head
to Match," "Where Have You Been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?," and "Pot Luckless."
Disc 3 has an episode entitled "The Return of Bibian," in which Dave's annoying cousin "Bibian" (her name is actually Vivian)
who is always in the way decides to move into a nearby apartment. Disc 3 also includes "Now I Lay Me Down to
Sleep, Maybe," "If You Marry Me Today, I'll Marry You Tomorrow," "The Voice of the Turtle is Better than Mine," "The
Man Who Came to Din Din," and "The Wedding Present."
Disc 4 includes another episode that I personally enjoyed called "1st Down and 200 Miles to Go," in which Larry was
supposed to buy football tickets for himself and Dave, but is unable to buy a ticket for Dave, forcing Dave to have to go
to a resort nearly 100 miles away to watch the game (since it is blacked out in the area)… but when there are television
problems at the resort, Dave decides to go back home to catch the replay at home and goes to great lengths to make
sure he doesn't know the results of the game until he sees it on television. In "Here Comes the Bribe," the shady doings
of a man name Mickey Mouze causes Dave and Larry to be investigated by the federal authorities for suspicion of taking
bribes to play music—otherwise known as payola. Other Disc 4 episodes include "Partner Meet my Partner," "I Love a
Charade," "For My Daughter's Hand You'll Get My Foot," "The Lady and the Pussycat," and "Hutton's Mutt."
There really aren't any great episode guides online, so I can't say this for sure, but it seems like the episodes are not
presented in any proper order on this set. I've seen episodes listings in original airdate order (the set is not in that order) and
production order (the set is not in that order). Of course, it is possible that the episode guide that I was looking at was
completely wrong too.
The packaging is very basic, it is just a double sized Amaray style case that contains all four discs. The cover of the case
has a cast photo and nothing else particularly worth noting. Inside the case, the only things that can be found are the
discs. There is no episode booklet or anything like that included in the set, even though an episode booklet would
be EXTREMELY useful for a show where almost nobody really knows about the particular episodes. In fact, there is
nothing within the set to indicate even the episode titles, or which disc each episode can be found on. The disc art isn't all
that fancy; each disc has a monochrome microphone on it and each is in a different color, with Disc 1 being yellow, Disc 2
being green, Disc 3 being blue, and Disc 4 being purple. Disc 1 contains 6 episodes, Disc 2 contains 7 episodes, Disc 3
contains 6 episodes, and Disc 4 contains 7 episodes.
Menu Design and Navigation:
There isn't really a whole lot to the menus. The main menu has options for Play All, Episodes, and whatever special
features are on the respective disc. The theme song plays in the background on this menu. When you select the Episodes
menu, you get another menu that, well, lists all of the episodes, and once you select an episode, the episode plays. The
episode menu has another song playing in the background; I'm not sure what it is, but I think I recognize it from one
of the episodes. There is no scene selection menu on the set, and there are no chapters placed within the episodes.
Video and Audio Quality:
There aren't any real issues with the video quality on this set. In fact, I was surprised at how well preserved these episodes
were in regards to video. There are some issues with grain, but other than that, it has been well preserved. The color even
looks good, which is surprising since this show aired in a time when color television was still a relatively new thing.
The audio could definitely stand to be better than it actually is on this set. For example, I found quite a few audio dropouts
throughout the set. Additionally, there is no audio at all for the hearing impaired. Although the box says the episodes
are closed-captioned, they are not, and there are no subtitles either. There are other more minor flaws with the audio
as well. However, this is a rare show, so the audio quality is at the very least sufficient. It is presented in mono, of course.
The episodes on this set are all unedited, running at approximately 25:00 per episode (many are closer to 25:15), so there
is no need to worry about edits.
Surprisingly, there are a few special features on this set. They aren't the greatest special features I've ever seen on a
DVD set, but they aren't bad either. The first one is on Disc 1, and it is an interview with Ronnie Schell ( 13:00). He really
doesn't have a whole lot to say about the show, and talks more about his career in general. He talks about how he knew
from the beginning the Goldie Hawn would be a big star one day, and he even presented footage to prove that he
said that… the footage is presented within the interview even. One odd thing I noticed about the interview though, is that
Schell kept referring to the 27 episodes of the show… does he not realize that there were only 26, is he counting
an unaired pilot, or is there just one missing from the set? I'm guessing it is one of the first two reasons.
Disc 2 has a Goldie Hawn Bio (5:12), which really isn't all that insightful. Basically it talks about her career and how she
got her start on the show. It is obvious that she is being used as a selling point for the DVD set as much as she can
be used, although she wasn't REALLY a main character on the show. The biography mainly just goes
through each and every movie that she did.
Disc 3 has an interesting Trivia Quiz on there, which is pretty challenging unless you pay attention to EVERY
episode with great detail. At first, there are six "easier" questions that you have to answer, and you have to get five
correct to move on. These questions were pretty hard in my opinion, although there were hints available that almost
gave away the answers to many questions. Once you do this, you move on to the Expert Round, and I have no
clue what happens when and if you get all of those right, because I never could get those questions right. There were
no hints in the Expert Mode either.
Disc 4 has a Family Tree feature, which basically just gives you brief biographical information on each of the stars
of the show (including Goldie Hawn). Basically these are just biographies that you read on the screen, but if you want
to read them, you'd better have a decent sized television, because the text on there is very small. It was kind of
interesting to read these, because I really didn't know anything about any of the stars on the show (except, of course, Goldie
Hawn). Also on Disc 4, there is a photo gallery ( 3:00) that takes you through various photos from the series.
This isn't a bad show at all, and if you are looking for something that is more out of the ordinary, then this show may
be for you. The show seems very similar to "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (except, of course, without the bigger name
stars), but perhaps more "edgy" than "The Dick Van Dyke Show." But don't get me wrong on that description, because
what was "edgy" in 1967 was already normal by 1970, and TV-G material compared to modern programs. All in all, this
release is a satisfactory release for this relatively new company, and hopefully it is a sign of more rare television shows
to come from S'More Entertainment. There are plenty more rare 50s and 60s shows that are just begging to have
official releases that are more than just "barebones set," and this set proves that just because a show is old and
obscure, it doesn't necessarily mean it has to get shoddy treatment on DVD.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/08/06
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