TITLE: THE NANNY - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
DVD Release Date: March 17, 2009 (Sony Pictures Television)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 26 (plus the animated holiday special)
Running Time: approx. 619 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English (Stereo); Spanish subtitles; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: None
After nearly three years, “The Nanny Named Fran” is back on DVD, this time with the complete third season from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment! Yes, that nasal voiced flashy girl from Flushing Queens, that moves in with a millionaire British widower and his three kids after losing her job and boyfriend is back! See what happens on this third season in the mansion with Fran, the Sheffields and Niles the butler. And Fran’s “Jewish” mother Sylvia Fine also is on the action. We get all 27 episodes from the third season, including the animated holiday special “Oy to the World.”
The Nanny stars Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, Charles Shaughnessy as Maxwell Sheffield, Nicholle Tom as Maggie Sheffield, Benjamin Salisbury as Brighton Sheffield, Madeline Zima as Grace Sheffield, Daniel Davis as Niles the Butler, Lauren Lane as C. C. Babcock, and Renee Taylor as Sylvia Fine, Fran’s mother.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The third season of "The Nanny" boasted many memorable episodes along with high class guest stars! In the season premiere, “Pen Pal,” Fran arranges to meet up with the pen pal she's had since first grade, but she hasn't been fully honest with him. In the very next episode, “Franny and the Professor,” C.C. and her brother make a bet as to whether Fran can get onto Jeopardy! In “Val’s Apartment,” Fran moves out to live with her best friend Val, in a parody of Laverne and Shirley. In “Oy Vey, You’re Gay,” Maxwell, depressed that women avoided him at a party, starts dating a woman who isn't interested in men...oy vey! Maxwell's mother is coming to visit, and in order to spite her, Maxwell proposes to Fran, in “The Two Mrs. Sheffields.” In “Oy to the World,” Fran tries to teach Brighton the real meaning of Christmas, with a little help a Christmasland with a twist! This episode is fully animated! On “Love Is a Many Blundered Thing,” Fran gets an invitation from her secret admirer on Valentine's Day and she thinks it is Maxwell. Elizabeth Taylor trusts Fran with her precious necklace, but Fran is involved in an accident, in “Where’s the Pearls?” In the season finale, “A Pup in Paris,” Fran blunders her way onto a flight to Paris, where she spends time alone with Maxwell. On the flight back, he tells her he loves her...what will happen? Stay tuned next season!
Some guest-stars this season include Florence Griffith Joyner, David Letterman, Michael McKean, Alex Trebek, Roger Clinton, Milton Berle, Donna Dixon, Mort Drescher, Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Virginia Graham, Maurice LaMarche, Todd Oldham, John Astin, Lainie Kazan, Rosie O’Donnell, Elizabeth Taylor, John Davidson, Ron Greschner, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Monica Seles, Burt Bacharach, Tim Bagely, and Eartha Kitt. And recurring are Ann Guilbert as Yetta Rosenberg and Rachel Chagall as Val Toriello.
The box art follows the same design as the first two seasons. A solo shot of Fran (this time in red) with a drawing of a scene taken from the opening credits. The overall design is an animal print, which is continued from previous sets. The back of the box has a cast photo and two other episodic photos, along with info on the set and series. The best-dressed comedy on DVD it says. Now this time we have a thin outer box holding a case. The outer box holds the movie-style case and the case has the same artwork, both front and back, as the thin outer box. So we don’t get slim cases this time, folks. I just don’t get the point of these damn thin outer boxes that has the same artwork as the case itself...too repetitive. And what I’m about to say is very bad. When we open the case...oh god, there are only two panels. The left panel holds inserts. We get two inserts here...a disc-by-disc breakdown of each episode on each disc with episode titles and synopsis, along with an insert for other Sony TV products, and like usual...it is out of date. You know it is out of date when it says The Nanny Season 3 is coming soon...yet I have it right in front of me. Now on the right panel, we get ALL three discs stacked on top of each other! How stupid! So if you want to watch something from disc three first, yes, you have to remove discs one and two. This is even worse maybe than the disc setup on the complete series sets that Sony puts out (like What's Happening!!, Soap, etc). At least they had a plastic spindle.
At least that had a plastic spindle. On this we get the regular push to get the disc out, but we have three discs on one panel! Barney Miller fans take note, because that set also is doing the same thing for its new set. Anyway, now that I have ranted a bit, artwork on each disc is in the animal skin form with The Nanny logo. Disc one is in green with episodes 1-9. Disc two is in red and holds episodes 10-18. And disc three is in blue and holds episodes 19-27.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu once again is animated (ala "THE NANNY" opening sequence) just like the other seasons and shows an animated Fran walking from the Bridal Shop to the Sheffield's door and then the menu options appear. There is a continuous loop of music from the show, too and the artwork is in a purple shade. There are several different menu options. There is a "Play All Episodes" selection, a “Subtitles" selection (you can choose Spanish subtitles), and an "Episode Selection" menu. And on disc three we get auto-trailer before the main menu for Sony Blue-ray and we also have a “Previews” option on the main menu for stuff like 10 Items or Less. As for episode selection, we get an animated Fran artwork with a screenshot for each episode, along with episode number and title.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is decent. It is probably the best it could look. HD was not around in 1995-96, so we cannot expect widescreen for this. But it is very good quality. Audio is fine, also, nothing to be worried about there. There are 4 chapter stops for each episode but the animated special has 5 stops. The episodes seem to unedited around 23 minutes or so, but I’m not an expert on this show...but that sounds about right for this era, though a few do seem very low like 22:20 or under...but they probably just ran short. As for closing logos after the closing credits, we get of course the new Sony Pictures Television logo along with Sternin & Fraser Ink logo.
Pen Pal 22:21
Franny and the Professor 23:10
The Dope Diamond 23:12
A Fine Family Feud 23:14
Val's Apartment 23:11
Oy Vey, You're Gay 23:08
The Party's Over 22:20
The Two Mrs. Sheffields 23:10
Having His Baby 23:08
The Unkindest Cut 22:20
The Kibbutz 23:07
An Offer She Can't Refuse 23:07
Oy to The World (animated) 23:13
Fashion Show 22:58
Where's Fran 23:09
The Grandmas 23:08
Val's Boyfriend 23:10
Love Is a Many Blundered Thing 22:10
Your Feet's Too Big 22:08
Where's the Pearls 23:10
The Hockey Show 22:58
That's Mid-Life 23:08
The Cantor Show 23:00
Green Card 22:50
Ship of Fran's 22:40
Pup in Paris 23:10
Oy vey! Just like the second season set, we get nothing in terms of bonus features--a huge disappointment after a stellar first season release. Come on, we all know Fran would do commentaries or interviews, as she proved for the first season set.
Well, I’m not a fan of the show really but the set is decent. Despite no extras, the episodes seem to be unedited (unless I can be proven wrong), which is what counts the most. The packaging is terrible though. The having an outer box problem is minor but those discs all stacked on to one side is just cheap. How cheap is Sony becoming now? This better not be a trend, since Barney Miller has this style, too. Other than that, it's great having all 26 episodes plus the animated episode from the third season on DVD, and the lack of bonus features shouldn't stop fans from getting this set, it's a must have! Put on your most glamorous outfit and watch this season of The Nanny on DVD!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal
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