TITLE: MY TWO DADS - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
Release Date: March 16, 2010 (Shout! Factory Store)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 16
Running Time: 390 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
What happens when a paternity test is inconclusive and is unable to determine the father of a young twelve year old girl after her mother dies? Move over, Maury Povich, Judge Margaret Wilbur (Florence Stanley) has devised the perfect plan: legally rule that both potential fathers move in together and become co-fathers to Nicole Bradford (Staci Keanan). In My Two Dads, Michael Taylor (Paul Reiser) and Joey Harris (Greg Evigan) play the father to Nicole in a series that is akin to The Odd Couple with a daughter. Michael is the straight-laced conservative financial advisor and Joey is the liberal artist who shares nothing with Michael aside from their shared daughter. Judge Wilbur is more than just the judge that appoints Michael and Joey as co-fathers; she in fact lives in the same apartment building as them and is there at every single moment to monitor the living arrangement, making unscheduled visits virtually 24 hours a day. Will the sixteen episodes of the second season bring more fun and hilarity into the lives of Nicole, Michael, Joey, and Judge Wilbur? You can count on that.
The season begins with “Blast From the Past,” where Nicole has her first party with both boys and girls, but things go wrong when Cory (Chad Allen, in his first of many appearances) clashes with Cory (Giovanni Ribisi). Nicole is interested in kissing boys, and this doesn’t settle too well with Michael and Joey in “Who’s on First?” Morgan Fairchild guest stars in “Macho, Stupid Guy Time,” where Michael and Joey are fighting for the same girl (again?). Russell Johnson (Gilligan’s Island) guest stars in “The Man in the Pink Slip,” where Michael loses his job. Davy Jones and Peter Noone both appear in “Fallen Idol.” Nicole comes home smelling like alcohol in “Story with a Twist,” and Michael and Joey are determined to find answers.
The series has a crossover with Night Court in the episode “Playing with Fire,” where Joey and Michael hire a bodyguard for Judge Wilbur when an arsonist may be out to get revenge on her--and who would be a better bodyguard than Bull Shannon (Richard Moll)? Nicole tells all of her friends about Joey being caught with a girl in the apartment in “The God of Love.” Nicole imagines how her life would be different if her mother had married either Joey or Michael in “In Her Dreams.” Michael and Joey start a brand new life of working at a magazine in “Together We Stand.”
A new attractive neighbor is keeping Michael and Joey preoccupied from pestering Nicole in “The Courtship of Nicole’s Fathers,” and Nicole couldn’t be happier. In “Crushed,” Nicole’s best friend finds romance, but her love interest happens to be one of Nicole’s fathers. Nicole has to deal with rejection when she is cut from the basketball team in “Basket Case,” but Joey takes it even harder. In the season finale, “Getting Smart,” Nicole considers every possible way to get out of her advanced English class and into the basic level one when she feels that guys aren’t attracted to smart women.
The episodes on the set all appear to be unedited, including all original music and the original Columbia Pictures Television closing logo. The set even goes a step further with a few episodes containing the original NBC “in stereo” logo at the beginning of the episode as well as containing title screen commercial bumpers within the episodes. The commercial bumpers were very nice to see. Most episodes run around 23 minutes, but a few run a little shorter. I do not believe these episodes are edited, though, as the episodes still appear to be complete. Runtimes of each of the episodes are as follows:
“Blast from the Past” (23:16)
“Who’s on First?” (22:17)
“Macho, Stupid Guy Time” (23:00)
“The Man in the Pink Slip” (23:17)
“Fallen Idol” (22:54)
“Story with a Twist” (23:19)
“Playing with Fire” (23:21)
“Dirty Dating” (23:26)
“The God of Love” (22:29)
“In Her Dreams” (23:14)
“Together We Stand” (23:17)
“The Courtship of Nicole’s Fathers” (23:19)
“Basket Case” (23:21)
“You Love Me, Right?” (23:23)
“Getting Smart” (23:36)
Like many other Shout! Factory direct-to-consumer titles, this set has a standard DVD keep case. The green cover art features Michael, Joey, and Nicole, and the back of the case contains general information about the series, as well as a photo of the entire cast. Inside, the left-hand panel of the case has a listing of all of the episodes with original airdates. There aren’t any episode descriptions to be found in this set, at all. The disc artwork is simple, with Nicole on Disc 1, Michael on Disc 2, and Joey on Disc 3. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-6, Disc 2 contains episodes 7-11, and Disc 3 contains episodes 12-16.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu on each disc is straightforward, with animations showing various video clips from the episodes on the set and giving options of Play All and Episodes. An instrumental version of the theme song plays in the background. Selecting Episodes takes you to another menu that has the episodes listed on the left side of the screen, and various videos from the episodes on the right side of the screen. At the bottom of the screen, there is a Play All option. The instrumental version of the theme song plays in the background on this menu screen as well. Truthfully, the main menu is somewhat redundant in this set, but it doesn’t hurt to have it. Chapters are appropriately placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality on the set isn’t exactly perfect, but it is certainly sufficient for the needs of most people. It definitely does show some age from being over 20 years old, with the biggest issue being the sharpness of the picture and a few very minor tape glitches here and there. Still, it isn’t all that bad, and most people won’t have an issue with this. The audio on this set is much improved from the previous set. In the previous set, there were some issues with the audio having a “tin can effect” on some of the episodes, but I didn’t find that issue on any of the episodes this time. Each episode is presented in a standard stereo audio track. Unfortunately, the episodes are not closed-captioned.
This season has been completely ignored in regards to special features. There are no commentaries, no interviews, and no promos--nothing. I would have loved to have seen some commentaries on some of the episodes.
I would have never imagined seeing this series on DVD just a few years ago, yet here we are over halfway through this series, with only one season remaining to be released. These first two releases have been pretty nice as far as the episodes are concerned, but it would be nice to see some special features included on the final set. The first season did have a nice interview featurette, but it left a lot more to be desired. Still, just having all three seasons released on DVD will be nice, even if it is without special features. If you are a fan of these “coming of age” series about kids that are growing up, there is one thing that is for sure: “you can count on” The Complete Second Season of My Two Dads to satisfy your television interests.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall Score: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/11/10
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