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Hooperman - Season Two



Release Date: January 24, 2017 (Olive Films)
Color / 1988-89
MSRP: $34.95
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 420 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 21 min
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles and Captioning: English Subtitles
Special Features:
* Poochinski Pilot Episode


Available for the first time on DVD, the classic (but short-lived) ABC ‘80s TV series Hooperman! The series stars John Ritter (Three’s Company) as plainclothes San Francisco police inspector Harry Hooperman. When he inherits a building from his former landlady, he also gains ownership of her dog - a feisty Jack Russell Terrier named Bijoux. Comedy and drama ensue in equal measure as Hooperman juggles the pressures of his job, his newfound pet, and a romantic entanglement with the building manager he hires. The series co-stars Barbara Bosson (Hill Street Blues) and Felton Perry (RoboCop) and includes guest appearances (throughout the two-season run) by Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Norman Fell (Three’s Company), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Barbara Rush (Bigger Than Life), David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night), Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains), Jane Leeves (Frasier), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Lorna Luft (Grease 2) and Shannon Tweed (Hot Dog ... The Movie).

The three-disc set from Olive Films contains all 20 second season episodes in their unedited format, along with a bonus feature. The second season starred John Ritter, Felton Perry, Barbara Bosson, Clarence Felder, Sydney Walsh, Joseph Gian, Alix Elias, Paul Linke and Rod Gist.


The series is finally on DVD! This was a much underrated series, known to be one of the first dramedies ever. Maybe it was on way before its time, as police comedy series like Angie Tribeca have flourished in today’s time. John Ritter is brilliant in this series, and was nominated for both an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe for Best TV Actor in a Musical/Comedy in the first season. In addition, John won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program for the first season. In the season two premiere “Requiem for an S.O.B.,” Harry must deliver the eulogy for a despised colleague and a cop killer is tricked with a winning Lotto ticket. In “We’ll Always Have Paris,” grief over the loss of their unborn child leads to a fight between Hooperman and Smith and a hasty proposal from Hooperman. In “Rashomanny,” Hooperman is found in a compromising position with a female suspect whose retelling of the incident differs wildly from his. In “The Dating Game,” when his girlfriend goes out of town to visit her parents, Hooperman is left dateless for the annual policeman's ball. In “stakeout,” Hooperman is forced on a stakeout with a good-natured lout, but must bite his tongue because his new partner is the Commissioner's nephew. In the season finale (as it aired, that is), “Goodnight, Sweet Hooperman,” a precinct-wide sleep-deprivation experiment withholds sweet slumber from Hooperman, but something in the sleeplessness makes DeMott seem suddenly seductive. Guest stars include Nancy Morgan, Janet Huber, Beth Broderick, Mark Hamill, Brenda Strong, Jane Leeves, Steven Culp, Sam Anderson and Norman Fell.

All of the episodes on the set are presumably unedited but presented as in production order. Runtimes are as follows:

Disc 1:
Requiem for an S.O.B. (23:40)
We'll Always Have Paris (23:50)
Who Do You Truss? (23:56)
In Search of Bijoux (23:49)
Hooperman Goes to Hell in a Handcart (23:50)
Look Homeward, Dirtbag (23:47)
Nightmare in Apartment One (23:47)

Disc 2:
Some of That Jazz (23:47)
In the Still of My Pants (23:52)
Rashomanny (23:41)
Intolerance (23:43)
The Dating Game (23:49)
The Sure Thing (22:47)
The Nun and I (23:36)

Disc 3:
The Long So Long (22:37)
Love Bytes (23:37)
Goodnight, Sweet Hooperman (23:29)
Stakeout (23:38)
Take My Building, Please (23:40)
Dog Day Afternoon, Morning and Night (23:38)


The packaging is designed nicely, similar to season one. The cover art has a nice shot of Hooperman in a blazer and jeans and him holding Bijoux with a city skyline in the background. The back of the packaging we have a nice shot of the cast. We also have basic information on the series and set and DVD Specifications.

Inside the case we have a little plastic holder that you can flip back and forth like a page of a book. The holder holds disc one on the front and disc two on the back. Disc three is on the right panel on the case. There is no artwork on the panels, as it is plain white. There is also an insert about other Olive Films DVD sets. As for disc artwork, each disc has blue background with the city skyline. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-7, Disc 2 contains episodes 8-14, and Disc 3 contains episodes 15-20.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are very nicely done, with the same artwork as the cover art for the main menu screen. There is no music playing in the background, though. The main menu options are: Play All, Episode Selection and English Subtitles. Bonus Feature is on disc three. Play All of course plays all episodes consecutively. The Episode Selection option takes us to an episode submenu. We get the episode number and title of the episode. There is different artwork, too. The English Subtitles option lets you turn on subtitles in English. Bonus Feature - Pilot for Poochinski is on disc three, as when we select it, we get a nice description on what that show is. 4 chapter stops are placed appropriately throughout each episode.

Video and Audio Quality:

Both the video and audio are as good as they can be. This isn’t a Blu-ray set, but the video quality is decent. Some grains here and there, but this series is nearly 30 years old and shot on film. It is in 1.33 aspect ratio form. Most DVD players should upconvert it to HD and it will look as if you’re watching it in HD. The audio is crisp and clear in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English language. Love hearing the Hooperman theme, as anything created by Mike Post is great. We have closing logos for Adam Productions and 20th Century Fox after the closing theme for each episode.

Special Features:

We have one special feature! It is the pilot episode for Poochinski (21:22). It is available on disc three. In this lost pilot, a Chicago police detective (played by Peter Boyle) whose spirit is transferred into a flatulent English bulldog after he is killed in the line of duty. The canine detective then returns to solving crimes. It was created by Adam Productions, which was John Ritter’s production company and the same company that handled Hooperman. Amy Yasbeck also co-starred in this 1990 pilot. Amy of course met John Ritter in 1989 on the set of Problem Child and they formed a relationship and got married in the late ‘90s. Anyway, Poochinski never was ordered to series on NBC in 1990.

Final Comments:

I’ve always wanted to own this show on DVD! I don’t remember many of these episodes either, so it is good to see these. The series was only on FX in reruns in the mid-1990s, but I didn’t have FX back then. Everything is as good as it can be for a show nearing 30 years old. The DVD needed some special features, I think, but that’s not a big deal, as that is just a bonus. I like the menu design, it is simple and concise but wish there was music in the background. The episodes are pretty funny and of course dramatic, too. This is a dramedy! I enjoyed all 20 season two episodes and John Ritter was such a brilliant actor. Don’t forget to read our review of season 1, as well! This series mixes comedy and drama at its best, all under 30 minutes!

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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall Score: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 01/22/17

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