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The Doris Day Show - Season 3



DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006 (MPI Home Video)
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 26
Running Time: approx. 13 hours
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 60 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English Subtitles
Special Features: Blooper Reel #2; Cast Commercial; Interviews with Bernie Kopell and Philip Brown; Season 4 Preview; Special Footage (textless opening credits); "Young Love" pilot; "The Winning Team" trailer, "Doris Day Special" preview


It's time for yet another season of The Doris Day Show on DVD! Season Three of The Doris Day Show is complete with all 26 episodes of the 1970-1971 season, with lots of bonus features to complement the episodes.

The show, which probably changed formats more than any other sitcom ever, changes yet again in the third season. Doris has now left the farm and moved, along with her two sons, Billy and Toby (Philip Brown and Tod Starke) to an apartment in the heart of San Francisco--on top of an Italian restaurant. The restaurant is run by Louie and Angie Pallucci (Bernie Kopell and Kaye Ballard). Living in the apartment next to Doris is Mr. Jarvis (Billy DeWolfe), the man that hates everybody and everything--especially Doris. Just as in the second season, Doris is still working at Today's World Magazine as an assistant to Mr. Nicholson (McLean Stevenson), and still works alongside with Myrna Gibbons (Rose Marie) and Ron Harvey (Paul Smith). Gone this season (though not EXACTLY) is Denver Pyle in his role as Buck, Doris' father, although Buck does continue to make some guest appearances and still directs many of the episodes in this season.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The season begins with Doris moving to San Francisco in "Doris Finds an Apartment." She finds the perfect apartment; except the owner doesn't like children and doesn't like dogs... can she convince the owner to give her the apartment anyway? In "How Can I Ignore the Man Next Door," Doris gets a new neighbor, Mr. Jarvis, who is making Doris' life miserable--and he has a six month lease to stay in the apartment! Doris finds a new job, but does she really like it? Find out in the two parter, "Doris Leaves Today's World." Rounding out Disc One, we have "The Feminist," "Dinner for One," and "The Fashion Show."

Disc Two begins with "Lost and Found," where Myrna decides to take home a manuscript of an article to work on over the weekend, except when she loses it, she has to go to a go-go dancing club to find the article, where the only way to get in is to audition to be a go-go dancer--and Doris is up to doing it! Larry Storch is back in "Duke, The Performer," and makes another appearance in Disc Three on "Duke's Girlfriend." Doris might just be a terrorist when she takes the wrong briefcase--one that contains government secrets rather than recipes--in "Doris, The Spy." Tony Bennett makes a special appearance in "Tony Bennett is Eating Here." Denver Pyle reprises his role as Buck in "Buck Visits the Big City," but can the big city handle him?? Disc Two also includes "Cousin Charlie" and "Love Makes the Pizza Go Round."

Mr. Jarvis hates Christmas, but Doris is going to have a Christmas party in her apartment anyway in "It's Christmastime in the City." Mr. Jarvis' uncle is coming to visit in "Jarvis' Uncle" and Mr. Jarvis wants to make sure that Doris and the kids don't bother him--the only problem is, the thing that Mr. Jarvis' uncle REALLY hates and is bothered by is Mr. Jarvis himself! Doris is trying to prevent Leroy Simpson (from season one) from wasting $20,000 that he won as a rodeo prize in "Lassoin' Leroy," so she takes the money from him and hides it--is that such a wise choice? In "Colonel Fairburn, Jr.,' Colonel Fairburn's son, straight out of college, is taking over at Today's World while Mr. Nicholson is out of town. The only problem is that Colonel Fairburn is unaware that his son has become a hippie and has radical ideas for the office! Disc Three also includes "Doris Versus Pollution," "The Forward Pass," and "Duke's Girlfriend."

Finally, Disc Four begins with "Billy's First Date," where Doris falls in love with the father of Billy's first girlfriend--and by the way, the father is played by Fantasy Island's Ricardo Montalban. Doris Day makes a guest appearance... sort of... when Doris Martin wins in a Doris Day look-alike contest in "Doris Goes to Hollywood." In "The Father-Son Weekend," Doris is determined that Toby will get to go on a father-and-son camping trip, and she will be the father! Finally, the third season ends with a pilot for a show that never existed, entitled "Young Love," where Meredith Baxter plays Doris' niece who may have just gotten pregnant. And playing her father is Dick Van Patten (so would his character be Doris' brother?). "Skiing Anyone?" is also on Disc Four.


These sets have all been consistent on packaging so far, virtually identical in fact. The cover once again has a picture of Doris, and on the left-hand side of the box, there is an opening to pull out the four panel digipak. On the inside of the digipak, you'll find the discs, which all have pictures of various cast members. And of course, on the back of the digipak (on two panels), there is a listing of the episodes that are on each disc, along with short descriptions and original airdates. As for the disc breakdown, episodes 1-7 are on Disc 1, 8-14 on Disc 2, 15-21 on Disc 3, and 22-26 on Disc 4.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are just as simple as the other two sets that have been released. The main menu on each disc has a picture of Doris, and the options included are Play All, Episodes, Subtitles, and Bonus Features (Disc Four only). There is some Italian love music that plays in the background on the main menu, which I guess goes along with the theme of living above an Italian restaurant. The Episodes menu is very basic, and basically just lets you choose from the episodes. Subtitles give you the option of turning on the English subtitles. And Bonus Features does the function that it should do too. Once again, there are no chapters placed within episodes, and once again, once you play an episode, the next one will start playing as soon as it ends, which is a little bit annoying. I don't know why all of the MPI DVDs are this way.

Video and Audio Quality:

There were a few problems with the video and audio quality on the season two set (problems that weren't there for the first season set), but the third season seems to be greatly improved over the second season set. Still, there is variance in video quality from episode to episode, and it is hard to pinpoint one particular overwhelming problem, because the problems seem to be isolated depending upon the episodes, but most of the problems are just that the colors are faded and the picture isn't all that sharp. The audio is fine considering the age, and of course is in mono--and once again, English subtitles are included.

Every episode on the set runs at 23:40, give or take a few seconds. Ever since season one has been released, there has been debate over whether or not these episodes are edited or not. Personally, I don't believe they are, because nothing seems to be "missing" to me, though given that running time (which is probably about a minute and a half shorter than average for that time), I am guessing that these are time-compressed. The show has become such an obscure show that nobody seems to have any vivid memories of episodes, so the edited vs. unedited debate will remain unresolved. But, 23:40 is a lot longer than the runtimes of certain syndicated shows these days (some shows run as short as 18 minutes in syndication now), and even if these episodes ARE edited, this is such a rare show that edited copies would be (and I know some classic TV fans would hurt me for saying this...and I would fully understand) not as big of an issue.

Special Features:

Once again, there is the usual nice assortment of special features on this set. There are plenty of bloopers in "Blooper Reel #2" (4:59). They all seem to be from season 3 this time, as opposed to the bloopers that were on the season 2 set that included several season 1 bloopers. "Cast Commercials" (2:48) is exactly what it sounds like--cast commercials. They aren't directly related to the show, but they are commercials with each of the cast members. There is a Blue Band Margarine commercial with Doris herself, a Tide commercial with Rose Marie, a Fedders Air Conditioning commercial with McLean Stevenson, and a very old (1950s I'm guessing) Miller High Life commercial--"the champagne of beer"--with Paul Smith. Even if they aren't directly related to the show, they were very nice to see. There is a nice interview with Bernie Koppell (11:55) where he discusses being on the show--and the many, MANY other things he has been on. There is also an interview with Philip Brown (8:20) where he discusses being on the show and his professional life today. There is a "Season 4 Preview" (4:37), where (as always) you get to see a short preview of the next season of Doris Day, where there is yet another major format change (every cast member but Doris is gone, and John Dehner and Jackie Joseph join the cast). "Special Footage" (1:02) isn't all that special; it is just text-less opening credits. There is a full-length version of the "Young Love" pilot (29:46) on the set, a show that would have starred Meredith Baxter, though the show never was picked up by CBS. It doesn't seem like it would have been a great show (and it is a drama, not a sitcom by the way), but it is still very nice to see it. There is an original trailer for the movie "The Winning Team" (2:26), a movie that starred Doris Day. Finally, there is a promo for the "Doris Day Special," (2:25) a musical DVD that was produced during this season of the show--and is also available to own from MPI.

Final Comments:

Prior to doing these Doris Day Show reviews, I never knew anything about the show except for that All in the Family episode where Louise Jefferson asked Archie Bunker if he'd seen The Doris Day Show the night before, but I really enjoy seeing new releases of the show. Although I wouldn't call it one of my favorite shows ever, it is a very good show and it is nice to see something that is a change from the typical syndicated television fare of stuff that never seems to go away (like Full House, The Cosby Show, The Andy Griffith Show, etc.). It also helps that an obscure company like MPI can put great special features on an obscure show like this one. Some other companies (ones that have much larger budgets than MPI) don't even bother with special features, and this set shows, as usual, that MPI is really dedicated to putting out releases that aren't just total crap. So, if you like Doris Day or you just want a change of pace from the typical stuff that airs on television today, this is the perfect set for you! Toodles!

See also The Doris Day Special Review.

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

Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 04/29/06

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