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Family: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Sada Thompson , James Broderick , Edward Parone , Edward Zwick    DVD
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In the mid-'70s, Family was sort of the anti-All in the Family--dealing with the issues of the day, but far more sincerely and earnestly than Archie Bunker & tribe. In fact, the landmark series, which debuted in 1976 on ABC, quickly gained a following for its willingness to integrate controversy with a fairly typical upper-middle-class family. The Lawrences--headed by Sada Thompson as Kate and James Broderick (father of Matthew Broderick) as Doug--were close-knit but willing to face issues like infidelity, gay friends, alcoholism, divorce, and more--making it ground-breaking for primetime TV. The kids (divorcee Nancy, played in season 1 by Elayne Heilveil and replaced in season 2 by Meredith Baxter Birney; Willie, played by Gary Frank; and the heartbreakingly adorable Buddy, played by Kristy McNichol) knew they had mom and dad's support, even when the going got tough, and were there for each other when crises arose. And happily, the show's producers, which included Mike Nichols and Aaron Spelling, realized all this earnestness needed leavening with some humor. When Buddy is needling Willie for dance lessons so she can go to the Junior Jump with the babelicious Carl ("Hey, the Strawberry Shakes are playing!"), Willie balks. Then Buddy looks him square in the eye and says, "I need a personal triumph, Willie." She shoots, she scores. The show, which won Emmys for both Thompson and McNichol, boasts stellar writing and believable situations, and is still compulsive watchable years later. The boxed set includes all 28 episodes of the first two seasons. --A.T. Hurley

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible series with wholesome values Nov. 3 2011
By Darkev
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I loved this show. The acting was the best you'll ever get. I found myself often relating to the stories of several episodes. I loved the mother played by the late Sada Thompson. She was stern, but made a lot of sense and was a strong foundation for the family. Kristy McNichol was brilliant in this show. What a smart girl. Whatever happened to her? The series was made up of many stories depicting problems and joys of life. The parents had excellent morals and coached, loved, guided, and cherished their children. The show dealt with some very risqué topics during the 1970s - breast cancer, divorce, single parenting, homosexuality, and bullying to name a few. There were other stories of acceptance, sorrow, happiness, accomplishments, love, and much more. The stories may be old but they are relevant today. While viewing this you'll realize that the issues of the world have not really changed that much. This series is timeless. The writing and acting could not be better. Just start watching it and you'll be hooked!

My only disappointment is with Sony who has only released seasons 1 and 2. Years later, seasons 3 through 5 are still unavailable. It's really a shame that they don't release the rest of this golden treasure. I'll keep checking with my fingers crossed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best family drama of all time Feb. 24 2012
By terry
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One of the best family drama of all time. Wish they would release season 3 to 5. It has aged well. The topic are still of actuality. Intelligent, well acted, realistic. A great gift to all to have release it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Aug. 2 2010
I watched this show growing up, I just love it, it is what every family should watch, so they can understand the values of what family is all about.
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