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The Partridge Family - The Complete Second Season



DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005 (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $29.95
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 606 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Languages: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Jump to the musical performances and bonus previews


Another reason to get happy! The Partridge family hits the road again in the second season. Over the course of this season you'll see a beautiful girl who can't sing a note, Laurie dating a biker, Shirley going back to college, Danny getting his tonsils out, Danny selling Keith's personal items to obsessed fans to raise money, Chris and Tracy running away and moving in with Reuben. All this and much more in the complete second season, available for the first time on this 3 disc DVD set. Come on, get happy!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

I find it extremely difficult to select just a few episodes from each season, because each one really is memorable. I'll try and narrow it down. "Dora, Dora, Dora" in which a beautiful girl can't sing a single note. "A Man Called Snake," in which Laurie dates a biker, "Guess Who's Coming to Drive?" in which the family unknowingly hires an ex-con to be their temporary bus driver. "Where Do Mermaids Go?" in which a free spirited girl leaves the family one million dollars. "Home is Where the Heart Was" is the one where Chris and Tracy run away to Reuben's apartment.

Memorable guest starts this season include Kay Medford (Gloria) in the episode "In 25 Words or Less." Rob Reiner (Snake) is in the episode "A Man Called Snake." Norman Fell--pre Mr. Roper (Mr. Bruner) and Anne Morgan Guilbert (Mrs. Bruner) are in the episode "The Undergraduates." Howard Cosell (himself), Bert Convy (Dr. Whelander), and Dub Taylor are in "Whatever Happened to Moby Dick." Ray Bolger (Grandpa Fred) and Rosemary DeCamp (Grandma Amanda) in the "Forty Year Itch." Vic Tayback (Ingram) in "Guess Who's Coming to Drive". Meredith Baxter Birney (Jenny) in "Where Do Mermaids Go?" Arte Johnson in "My Heart Belongs to a Two-Car Garage." Harry Morgan is in "All's War, In Love and Fairs." And John Banner and Richard Bull guest star in "Who is Max Ledbetter, And Why Is He Saying All Those Terrible Things?"


The cover art is blue in color. It features a cut out shot of the family from season 2, with the famous bus in the background. The design of the box is supposed to be the same design as the bus. The back features a family picture (literally) with Reuben on the side. Inside the box are two thin-pack cases. The first case features the same design as the main cover art (this is on both cases) and features Keith, Shirley and Tracy. The second case features Danny, Chris and Laurie. The first case holds Discs 1 and 2 while the second case holds Disc 3. The covers of the discs are different colors and each boasts a drawing of a partridge. Disc 1 is blue in color and features Episodes 1-8. Disc 2 is orange in color and features Episodes 9-16. Disc 3 is purple in color and features Episodes 17-24. The back of each case lists the episode title and a brief one sentence description.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu is almost identical to the box art. It's blue in color and has the same picture. There are three selections. The first is "Play All Episodes" then "Episode Selection" which takes you to another menu and you can select the episode you want to view. The last selection is "Jump to the Musical Performances" in which you can just watch the musical performances from each episode. Pop music with no vocals plays in the background. It's not the theme and I don't really recognize it. When it's done it loops and it does so continuously.

Video and Audio Quality:

Like the first season, the video and audio are really quite good. Crisp and clear. Sometimes you run into a little dust or a bit of a fuzzy picture but it's not bad at all. Each episode runs around 25 minutes in length. Meaning the episodes are uncut. There is also the handy chapter skip option available on each episode. Closed captioning is available, but there are no subtitles.

Special Features:

Compared to season 1, there was just about nothing in terms of special features on this set. On the last release, we had commentary tracks, and special featurettes. On this, all that's listed is "Jump to the Musical performances" which is somewhat handy, and "bonus previews" which are available on disc 3. The special features (which are basically promos) include "80s hits" which showcases several movies from the 80s that are, or will be, on DVD (such as "St. Elmo's Fire," "Ghostbusters," etc.). "Bewitched TV" promotes the fact that the series is now being released on DVD. "Christmas with the Kranks," is a preview of the DVD release of the movie. "Jumanji Deluxe Edition" which promotes the release of the new "deluxe" DVD. "Madison," which promotes a new movie starring Jim Caviezel ("Frequency") as a boat racer who I think starts his life over after an accident. It looks like a pretty good movie. No release date for theaters is given. "Open Season" promotes another new movie. This time it is an animated feature film and it's basically about hunters who "control the forest" but "in 2006" the forest animals take control. Another movie that looks great. It will open in fall 2006 in theaters. And finally, there is even a promo spot for "The Partridge Family." It promotes, weirdly enough, about the first season coming to DVD—does Sony check the promos?

Final Comments:

I'm not sure where to begin. After coming off of the first season which was loaded with fun features, such as commentary on episodes, this set is really bare compared to it. I was extremely disappointed. I did enjoy the bonus previews for some upcoming movies that look really good. But, on the plus side, the packaging is attractive, the episodes are uncut and fans should definitely purchase it to keep up their collection. My only hope is that the last two seasons include more special features, because it was huge disappointment this time.

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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 11/04/05.

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