TITLE: MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY - SEASON 6
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008 (S’more Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 32
Running Time: 13 hours, 20 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed captioned
Special Features: Interviews; St. Jude PSA; Photo Gallery; Bloopers
If you have room, you have to make room for Danny Thomas with the sixth season of Make Room for Daddy on DVD! The five disc set marks the series return to DVD after a highly disappointing fifth season release, but now it is back (from another company, it is important to say) and much more impressive! This is the series that is, in a sense, the "daddy" of many of our older sitcoms, and eventually gave us The Andy Griffith Show... and what would TV be like today without that series?
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The season begins with “Jack Benny Takes Danny’s Job,” where Rusty needs an entertainer at his Boy Scout troop’s annual benefit... and skips over his own father. A domestic erupts in “The First Anniversary.” Dinah Shore makes an appearance in “Dinah Shore & Danny Are Rivals.” Kathy commits a huge no-no for a fifties television housewife in “Kathy’s Career” by embarking on a career. Rusty becomes quite the little gangster (okay, not quite) when he joins a gang in “The Saints Come Marching In.” Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz play Lucy and Ricky when Lucy drags Kathy in on one of her schemes in “Lucille Ball Upsets Williams Household.”
Tennessee Ernie Ford plays Kentucky Call in “Tennessee Ernie Stays for Dinner.” In “Gina from Italy,” Annette Funicello makes her first appearance as an exchange student from Italy. It could be over for Danny and Kathy (okay, it isn’t) in “Kathy Leaves Danny.” It’s Danny’s birthday and nobody cares--or do they--in “The Surprise Party.” Linda has a new friend that is nine-feet tall in “Linda’s Giant.” Really?
The outer packaging has a photo of the family on it and is in a yellow color scheme. You have to look very carefully to find the small TV on the cover that says “Season 6,” but it is there. The back of the box has a nice overview of the series, and is pretty long, very similar to the season overviews on the Three’s Company DVD sets. Inside, we have three slim cases, with the first two holding two discs and the third one holding just one disc. These have the same artwork as the outer box. The back of each slim case has a listing of all of the episodes with descriptions, original airdates, and episode numbers.
The disc artwork is pretty simple, with a yellow color scheme and a different black and white photo of Danny Thomas on each disc. Disc 1 and Disc 3 contain seven episodes each, while Disc 2, Disc 4, and Disc 5 contain six episodes each.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are pretty basic and essentially just consist of a main menu that plays the theme song and gives options of Play All, Episodes, and the special features, with a photo of the family on the screen. It is simple, but effective.
There is one annoyance that I have with the set, and that is at the beginning of every disc, there is a public service announcement for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. It isn’t that I’m bothered by this PSA, in fact, I think that it belongs on this set as this was something that was very important to Danny Thomas. However, to place this PSA at the beginning of each disc and make it to where it can’t be skipped is a little excessive. I’m sure there is a valid reason for including this in this manner, though.
Video and Audio Quality:
Could I say that the quality of the episodes is over the top impressive? No, but at the very least, it is impressive. There were some minor video issues such as the black levels not being properly adjusted and a little grain here and there, but don't let the negatives fool you. These episodes look great for a show this old. The episodes certainly look better than the Season 5 DVD released by Questar. As far as the audio, we're pretty decent here too, though the audio can sometimes be a bit low and have a canned effect to it. But again, just like the video, we can expect these minor issues with a show this old, and honestly, this set overall not only meets, but exceeds my expectations. Plus, the quality is better than the previous release from Questar. The set is closed-captioned.
Now, for what we’ve all been waiting for... are the episodes edited or unedited? They appear to all be unedited, which is what fans have wanted to hear! Runtimes are as follows:
1. Jack Benny Takes Danny’s Job (26:00)
2. Rusty, the Ward-Heeler (25:53)
3. The First Anniversary (25:57)
4. Terry Goes Steady (25:57)
5. Take a Message (25:58)
6. A Locket for Linda (25:22)
7. Uncle Tonoose’s Fling (25:54)
8. Linda’s Tonsils (25:59)
9. Dinah Shore & Danny are Rivals (25:48)
10. The Reunion (25:52)
11. Kathy’s Career (25:57)
12. The Saints Come Marching In (25:56)
13. Lucille Ball Upsets Williams Household (25:58)
14. Tony Bennett Gets Danny’s Help (25:57)
15. Tennessee Ernie Stays for Dinner (25:54)
16. Bob Hope & Danny Become Directors (25:25)
17. Red Tape (25:51)
18. Gina From Italy (25:24)
19. Shirley Jones Makes Good (25:45)
20. Gina’s First Date (25:55)
21. Growing Pains (25:23)
22. Frankie Laine Sings for Gina (25:57)
23. Kathy Leaves Danny (25:25)
24. The Latin Lover (25:52)
25. Losers Weepers (25:54)
26. Grampa’s Diet (25:52)
27. The Double Dinner (25:57)
28. Danny’s Big Fan (25:53)
29. The Surprise Party (25:51)
30. Gina for President (25:41)
31. The Practical Joke (25:58)
32. Linda’s Giant (25:22)
First of all, we have three interviews on this set, with Marjorie Lord (15:04), Sid Melton (6:14), and Angela Cartwright (17:48). They are all good and basically all talk about their experiences on the show, but the one you definitely DON’T want to miss is the Marjorie Lord one, as she gives the most insight into the show and has the most interesting stuff to tell. And you’ll be VERY surprised to know after watching the interview that she is approaching 90 years old... she looked more like she was about 60 or 70!
There is a photo gallery that contains about 40 pictures on Disc 2. Basically these are all publicity photos.
Disc 3 contains an extended PSA for St. Jude (10:23), which talks about the hospital and what it is all about.
Disc 4 contains bloopers (12:35) as well as an excerpt of Marjorie Lord reading from a book that she wrote (3:36).
After that horrible season five release from Questar, I expected to never see anything good from this series on DVD... ever. Thankfully, S’more has proved me wrong with this wonderful release. I would have liked a few more special features, but I shouldn’t complain too much. I’d still like to see the first four seasons released, and it would be nice to have a re-release of season five as well. Nevertheless, if nothing else, these sets make the future for this series on DVD look pretty bright. I would say that you should definitely “make room” for this DVD set in your collection!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 01/15/08 (upated 01/23/08)
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