TITLE: THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004 (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment)
Number of discs: 2
Number of episodes: 18
Running Time: Approx. 406 minutes
Languages and subtitles: English-mono, Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Bonus Trailers for Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment products (The King of Queens, Classic Comedy, Contemporary TV, and Original Programming).
Review (out of 5 stars):
Video quality: 4.5/5
Audio quality: 5/5
Special Features: NA
Menu Navigation: 5/5
Are YOU a redneck? Well, if you enjoy Jeff Foxworthy, then you might be a redneck. And if you are a redneck AND you enjoy the comedy of Jeff Foxworthy, then I reckon you might even enjoy The Complete First Season of The Jeff Foxworthy Show on DVD!
For those that do not remember The Jeff Foxworthy Show--and many people probably do not--it was a show that aired for two seasons, both on ABC and NBC. The first season, which aired on ABC, had Jeff Foxworthy playing, well, Jeff Foxworthy. In addition, there was his pregnant wife, Karen (Anita Barone) and his gifted son, Matt (Haley Joel Osment, before he saw dead people). In the first season, the show focused on the Foxworthy family, with Jeff being a pure redneck, living a typical life in the midwestern city of Indianapolis.
All eighteen episodes of the first season are featured on this two disc set. Instead of waiting for several seasons and declining ratings like many shows do, Karen announces she is pregnant in the very first episode of the season. Her pregnancy is carried on throughout the entire first season, which makes this one of the main themes of the first season. One of the most interesting episodes in this set is "A Sore Winner," where the Foxworthy family goes on America's Funniest Home Videos (with Bob Saget, of course). Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H makes a guest appearance in "Jeff & Ray & Rascal's Big Adventure." "Shootout at the Comedy Corral" is also featured on this set, an episode that was never aired until syndication.
Unlike many shows that are released in season sets, this is not featured in a box set format. Instead, the two discs are inside of a typical keep-case that is similar to the type that is most often used for DVD film releases. On the left-hand side of the case, there is an episode guide that is held in place by two clips. The episode guide includes a brief one sentence description of each episode, as well as the list of cast members in each episode (which changed several times throughout the first season). Episodes 1-9 are featured on Disc 1, and episodes 10-18 as well as the trailers (sorry, no double-wides here) are featured on Disc 2. Disc 1 has a picture of a pickup truck on it and Disc 2 has a picture of the Foxworthy home on it (both of which are the same as what is shown on the cover art).
The menus are very basic. From the main menu, the options are "Play All" and "Episode Selection." The main menu on both discs features a picture of Jeff Foxworthy himself. There really isn't anything spectacular about the menus, but like most other Columbia TriStar releases, they are very easy to navigate. The video and audio quality was a lot better than what I had expected. There weren't any notable audio or video flaws, except for maybe the fact that the video quality could have been a little bit better if so many episodes weren't crammed on a single disc. The audio is a nice sounding stereo audio.
There are no special features to speak of on this set, other than the Columbia TriStar previews. They are for The King of Queens (057), Classic Comedy (129), Contemporary TV (205), and Original Programming (205). It is hard to say what extras SHOULD have been on this set, but something as simple as commentaries or interviews would make this set a bit more interesting to watch.
This show isn't quite as bad of a show as it's reputation (or lack thereof) may suggest, but there really wasn't enough of a show plot to make this show very interesting. Some of the writing was decent, however. So regardless of whether or not you are a redneck, you may want to consider picking up this DVD set if you enjoy the comedy of Jeff Foxworthy. And even if you don't, you might just have a cousin Bobb in the family that would enjoy it. And no, purchasing this set does not necessarily make you a redneck.
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 07/09/04
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