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The Doris Day Show - The Complete Series


TITLE: THE DORIS DAY SHOW - THE COMPLETE SERIES


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008 (MPI Home Video)
Color/1968-1973
MSRP: $159.98
Number of Discs: 20
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: Approx. 61 hours
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English subtitles
Special Features: Commentaries by Doris on two episodes; Original Network Promo Spots; Bloopers; Doris on What’s My Line?; Cast Interviews; Cast Commercials; Doris Day on The Pet Set; Screen Test; Movie Trailers; Humane Society PSAs by Doris; French episode; Special Footage; Young Love Pilot


Introduction:

Now, you can have a complete day--Doris Day, that is! The Complete Series of The Doris Day Show presents all five seasons of the CBS sitcom from the late 60s and early 70s in a 20 disc collection.

The Doris Day Show starred Doris Day as a widow that lived on a farm with her two young sons and her father. Of course, that was only the plot of the first season. In the second season, she found a job as a secretary for a newspaper in San Francisco, but continued to live on the farm. In the third season, she finally moved to San Francisco with her sons, but somehow they disappeared (in the same way family members disappeared on Happy Days, Family Matters, Step by Step, and others) when she somehow became a reporter in the fourth season. But before you get too confused, don’t worry--everything stayed pretty much the same as the series transitioned into the fifth season! In The Complete Series, you get to see how the series changed radically from the first season all the up to that fifth season, though you will still find abrupt transitions!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There are quite a few episodes in this set, and we reviewed every season in detail (including episodes) for our previous reviews. You can see these episodes by checking out our past season reviews.

Season 1 / Season 2 / Season 3 / Season 4 / Season 5


Packaging:

On the outside, we have fresh and new packaging. We have a thick green box that has various pictures of Doris on it and information about the entire set on the back. Then, once you get beyond that and get inside, you’ll find... it is pretty similar to the season sets inside. But it certainly isn’t identical! The artwork, the discs, and all of the information that you’ll find is the same, but there are no digipaks to be found on this set, as there were on the season sets. Instead, we have five plastic cases, just standard DVD cases, with each one containing four discs. Underneath the discs, you’ll find episode guides and original airdates. Honestly, I think that these plastic cases are nicer, as the sets used some rather cheap digipaks in the past (the sets just felt cheap), but I don’t like the episode descriptions being underneath the discs. A better option, perhaps, would have been to include a separate episode booklet for this set.

Greater detail on the packaging from each season can be found on each of the individual season reviews.

Season 1 / Season 2 / Season 3 / Season 4 / Season 5


Menu Design and Navigation:

Again, since these sets are virtually the same as the season sets, the menus are exactly the same. Not a thing has been changed. The main menu on each disc has music playing in the background (usually background music extracted from an episode on the season) and has options of Play All, Episodes, Subtitles, and Bonus Features (on Disc 4 only of each season). Literally, every single set is the same on these options. The first four seasons are annoying with the “Episodes” option, because they play the next episode as soon as the previous one is completed, but we don’t have this problem with the season five set. If you want chapters, you aren’t going to find them on this set, unfortunately.


Video and Audio Quality:

Sadly, video and audio quality has never been a strong point with these sets. That isn’t to say that the video and audio is atrocious, but all of the season sets have been using (despite claims to the contrary) prints that were prepared for syndicated airings of the series in the 80s. Now, that doesn’t mean that the episodes are missing anything. In fact, every episode is (as far as I can tell) “uncut,” but virtually all of them have been speeded up. That isn’t too noticeable, fortunately, but what IS noticeable is the video defects and flaws, the uneven audio levels, and also problems resulting from the fact that the prints were made from film that obviously had not been restored. The recent Doris Day Christmas Memories DVD release included episodes that were restored from the original negatives, and you could tell a MAJOR difference in quality of these versus the ones used in the season sets. I thought that perhaps MPI would use those prints in this set as well, but sometimes we have to remember that “whatever will be, will be.” Every episode has English subtitles included.

Here are the episodes titles and running times:

Season 1:
1 1 Dinner for Mom 24:03
1 2 The Uniform 24:00
1 3 The Fried 24:01
1 4 The Matchmakers 24:00
1 5 The Songwriter 24:00
1 6 The Antique 24:57
1 7 Leroy B. Simpson 23:59
1 8 The Black Eye 23:58
1 9 The Librarian 23:59
1 10 The Camping Trip 23:59
1 11 The Job 23:54
1 12 Buck's Girl 23:58
1 13 Love a Duck 23:58
1 14 Let Them Out of the Nest 23:57
1 15 The Clock 23:59
1 16 The Buddy 23:58
1 17 The Fly Boy 23:57
1 18 The Tournament 23:59
1 19 Love Thy Neighbor 23:43
1 20 The Con Man 24:00
1 21 The Musical 23:57
1 22 The Baby Sitter 23:59
1 23 The Still 23:58
1 24 The Gift 25:18
1 25 The Tiger 23:56
1 26 The Date 23:58
1 27 The Five Dollar Bill 23:58
1 28 The Relatives 23:58

Season 2:
2 1 Doris Gets a Job 23:57
2 2 A Frog Called Harold 23:55
2 3 Married For a Day 23:58
2 4 The Woman Hater 23:58
2 5 The Chocolate Bar War 23:57
2 6 The Health King 23:57
2 7 Doris the Model 23:58
2 8 Doris Strikes Out 23:58
2 9 Singles Only 23:57
2 10 Togetherness 23:58
2 11 A Two Family Christmas 23:59
2 12 You're Only As Old As You Feel 23:57
2 13 The Prizefighter and the Lady 23:57
2 14 Doris vs. The Computer 23:58
2 15 Hot Dogs 23:57
2 16 Today's World Catches the Measles 23:57
2 17 The Gas Station 23:58
2 18 Kidnapped 23:56
2 19 Buck's Portrait 23:57
2 20 Doris Hires a Millionaire (Part 1) 23:58
2 21 Doris Hires a Millionaire (Part 2) 23:58
2 22 A Woman's Intuition 23:58
2 23 Doris Meets a Prince 23:58
2 24 The Duke Returns 23:58
2 25 The Office Troubleshooter 23:57
2 26 Colonel Fairburn Takes Over 23:58

Season 3:
3 1 Doris Finds an Apartment 23:42
3 2 The Feminist 23:42
3 3 How Can I Ignore the Man Next Door? 23:42
3 4 Dinner For One 23:43
3 5 Doris Leaves Today's World (Part 1) 23:39
3 6 Doris Leaves Today's World (Part 2) 23:40
3 7 The Fashion Show 23:42
3 8 Lost and Found 23:43
3 9 Duke the Performer 23:43
3 10 Doris, the Spy 23:43
3 11 Tony Bennett is Eating Here 23:42
3 12 Cousin Charlie 23:39
3 13 Love Makes the Pizza Go Round 23:41
3 14 Buck Visits the Big City 23:43
3 15 It's Christmastime in the City 23:43
3 16 Doris Versus Pollution 23:43
3 17 The Forward Pass 23:44
3 18 Duke's Girlfriend 23:44
3 19 Jarvis' Uncle 23:44
3 20 Lassoin' Leroy 23:42
3 21 Colonel Fairburn, Jr. 23:43
3 22 Billy's First Date 23:45
3 23 Doris Goes Hollywood 23:44
3 24 Skiing Anyone? 23:45
3 25 The Father-Son Weekend 23:44
3 26 Young Love 23:43

Season 4:
4 1 And Here's Doris 23:07
4 2 Mr. & Mrs. Raffles 23:07
4 3 When In Rome, Don't 23:06
4 4 Charity Begins at the Office 23:00
4 5 A Weighty Problem 23:36
4 6 The People's Choice 23:01
4 7 A Fine Romance 23:09
4 8 The Albatross 23:37
4 9 Have I Got a Fellow For You 23:39
4 10 To England With Doris 23:38
4 11 The Sheik of Araby 23:37
4 12 Doris and the Doctor 23:37
4 13 Happiness is Not Being Fired 23:02
4 14 Whodunnit, Doris? 23:35
4 15 The Wings of an Angel 23:00
4 16 Doris at Sea 23:35
4 17 The Sorrow of Sangapur 23:37
4 18 The Blessed Event 23:39
4 19 Who's Got the Trench Coat 23:37
4 20 Doris' House Guest 23:36
4 21 The Crap Shooter Who Would Be King 23:02
4 22 Cover Girl 23:39
4 23 Gowns By Louie 23:34
4 24 There's a Horse Thief in Every Family Tree 23:03

Season 5:
5 1 No More Advice, Please 23:25
5 2 The Great Talent Raid 23:25
5 3 Just a Miss Understanding 24:02
5 4 The Press Secretary 23:27
5 5 Peeping Tom 23:26
5 6 Forgive and Forget 23:24
5 7 Debt of Honor 23:50
5 8 Jimmy the Gent 24:03
5 9 The Music Man 24:03
5 10 Defective Story 23:26
5 11 The Co-Op 24:01
5 12 Anniversary Gift 24:01
5 13 The New Boss 23:27
5 14 Follow That Dog 24:23
5 15 The Hoax 23:59
5 16 The Last Huzzah 23:25
5 17 Hospital Benefit 24:01
5 18 It’s a Dog’s Life 23:58
5 19 Family Magazine 23:25
5 20 A Small Cure for Big Alimony 23:59
5 21 The Magnificent Fraud 24:22
5 22 Meant for Each Other 24:00
5 23 Welcome to Big Sur, Sir 23:58
5 24 Byline, Alias Doris


Special Features:

There are WAY too many special features for me to go through and describe every last one of them all over again! In short, I’ll just say that everything that was included on the season sets is included here. Some of the highlights of these special features include a pilot for a TV series starring Meredith Baxter entitled Young Love, an episode of The Pet Set Show (an 80s series about pets hosted by Betty White) with Doris as a guest, promotional spots, cast interviews, movie trailers, outtakes, and much, MUCH more. You can check out the reviews for each individual season to see every single one of these special features (there are a lot of them) described in detail!

Season 1 / Season 2 / Season 3 / Season 4 / Season 5


Final Comments:

This isn’t a bad set, but I was expecting some major improvements over the season sets. Essentially, all we have here is the season sets in new packaging. I think that the biggest disappointment is that they did not “restore” the episodes for this set as they did for the episodes that were included on the Christmas Memories release. I had hoped and honestly believed that they would, but unfortunately they did not, instead just going essentially with the exact same sets that were previously used. It probably isn’t worth upgrading if you have all five seasons. Still, if you do not own the series on DVD, this is definitely the way to get all of the episodes. The series is lighthearted and certain to appeal to those that love the simplicity of the pre-1970s sitcoms (even though the series aired into the early 70s). It isn’t one of those hilarious or over-the-top sitcoms, but it does have those simple and “down home” plots that can be fun to watch.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 12/11/08

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