TITLE: THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 518 minutes
Runtime of Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed-captioning
Special Features: None
Haven’t had your fill of “you might be a redneck” jokes lately? Well you can now get them with the DVD release of the second season of The Jeff Foxworthy Show! The final 23 episodes of the sitcom are now on DVD in a two disc set.
The series moved networks in the second season, from ABC to NBC, and the move wasn’t the only change. In fact, basically everything about the series changed. The family moved from Indianapolis to Atlanta, where Jeff could fit in a little better (although I still do not believe Atlanta can fairly be considered “redneck”). The actress playing his wife, Karen, changes as well, with Ann Cusack taking over for Anita Barone. The only cast member moving from ABC to NBC with Foxworthy is his Haley Joel Osment, playing the role of Jeff’s son, Matt. The series premise is fairly simple that even a redneck could understand it: a generic family sitcom starring Jeff Foxworthy as the father.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The family adjusts to their new home in Georgia (and are having a tough go of it) in “Where the Doughnuts are Good ... Not Great.” Karen gets a job (at Jeff’s suggestion) in “The List is Strife,” but what will happen when Jeff finds out how good her job is? Jeff’s father is cheating on his mother, and Karen invites him to stay at the Foxworthy house in “The Gift.” Matt runs away from home in “Like Florus, Like Son.” It’s a typical redneck jailhouse Christmas in “Merry Christmas Y’all.”
Jeff wants an elaborate funeral for a friend that walks on four legs in “You Cain’t Teach a Dead Dog New Tricks.” Jeff is dead (at least according to the public records) in “Foxworthy Shall Rise Again.” Should Matt be going to wrestling or an opera? Find out in “Wrestling Opera.” Jeff and Karen decide to face an important decision during a tornado warning in “Twist of Fate.”
The set uses a standard movie style case with a tray inside the case to hold one of the discs. The cover art has a picture of the cast inside of the pickup truck, and inside, we have the two discs and an episode description sheet. No, that is not a typo. There are 23 episodes on two discs in this set. Never before have I seen so many episodes crammed onto a single disc! Disc 1 contains 11 episodes and Disc 2 contains 12 episodes. The episode description sheet lists all of the episodes with a brief one sentence description for each episode, which is definitely adequate. There is a cardboard sleeve outside of the case, which personally I feel adds a layer of professionalism to the set, but some people find these to be pointless.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are VERY basic, like most other Sony DVD products. The main menu on each disc has a picture of Jeff Foxworthy himself with options of Play All Episodes and Episode Selection. Could it be anymore straightforward? If you select Episode Selection, you get a menu that lists three episodes per screen and gives a snapshot from that episode. Once you select an episode, it plays immediately without any scene selection menus, although there are chapters appropriately placed in each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
These episodes should look and sound great. Unfortunately, the set is atrocious on video and audio quality, and it is very obvious as to why it is so bad. The episodes are far too compressed and the video suffers greatly as a result. I will never understand why Sony even dared to put 23 episodes on a two disc set, and I certainly hope this is not the new policy for Sony. The episodes look like SLP/EP VHS dubs, and DVDs should never look like that, especially when these episodes are barely over ten years old! The picture is very blurry and the audio is out of sync with the video. The audio is very dull and muffled, despite being presented in Dolby Digital Stereo sound. All episodes are closed-captioned.
If that isn’t bad enough, I believe that there may be some edited episodes contained within the set. I believe that most of the episodes are fine, but a few have unusually short runtimes (under 22 minutes) that worry me. Runtimes for each episode are as follows:
Where the Doughnuts are Good... Not Great (22:46)
The List is Strife (22:26)
The Poor Sportsmen of the Apocalypse (22:46)
My Dinner with Betty (22:45)
The Gift (22:25)
The Practical Joke (22:44)
Puppy Love Triangle (22:45)
Like Florus, Like Son (22:42)
Merry Christmas, Ya’ll (22:13)
Feud for Thought (22:42)
You Cain’t Teach a Dead Dog New Tricks (22:43)
The Briarton Syndrome (22:44)
You the Man (22:39)
Big Dogs (21:44)
Foxworthy Shall Rise Again (22:46)
Gone Fishin’ (22:15)
Mooseface Loves Nuzzles (22:23)
The Good, the Bad, and the Hairless (22:45)
Real Men (22:44)
Wrestling Opera (22:24)
Field of Screams (22:22)
Twister of Fate (21:43)
I’d like to just laugh here. However, we express our feelings in words in our DVD reviews. So, simply put, of course there aren’t any special features. I have a feeling that most, if not all of the cast members, would rather just forget about this series, so I don’t know what we could have reasonably expected.
Normally I would never end a review with a statement like this, but this season is definitely something that Sony should have left in the vault. The first season of the series was decent, but these episodes were, at least in my opinion, very painful to watch. Of course, that shouldn’t disparage true fans of Jeff Foxworthy, although I think even many of the dedicated fans may share my sentiment. Simply put, Jeff Foxworthy, no matter what you think of his comedy, was not meant for the sitcom genre.
Top all of that off with the fact that this set is just plain terrible quality really destroys this set. I’m guessing that since the first season (which was actually pretty good compared to this season) has made it into the dollar DVD bin at Walmart, Sony thinks that quality doesn’t really matter on this set. But seriously, putting 23 episodes on two discs? What were they thinking? You might be a redneck if you think it is acceptable to cram twelve episodes on a single disc. This set is a total mess, and an insult to the few loyal and dedicated fans that are going to actually want to own it.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 2.5/5
Audio Quality: 3/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 06/04/08
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