The phenomenon of "fan favorites" always seems a bit dubious to me, just another marketing strategy. But CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount recently conducted a Facebook poll on seven of its popular classic programs (Cheers, Happy Days, Frasier, The Odd Couple, Hogan's Heroes, The Honeymooners, and MacGyver) to determine what would be included on these Fan Favorite DVD releases. These are no-frills editions for only the most casual viewer (each of these shows is readily available in complete seasons and/or series editions), so if you already own the previous, and more complete, releases--this really adds nothing to the discussion. These bargain priced entries, therefore, might appeal to newer viewers who wish to sample a program or to someone who just wants a few episodes of their favorite show for those rainy days with nothing better going on.
However, as the number of episodes and which ones are not being provided (as of 2/28/12), I thought I'd give a rundown to the interested parties about what is included on each DVD set.
The Honeymooners: In Dolby Digital English Mono with English SDH subtitles
(1) TV or Not TV (Episode One): It's a battle of the sexes and of wills as to whether Alice can get Ralph to buy a new TV.
(2) Funny Money (Episode Two): Finder's keeper, loser's weeper. Unless it's a suitcase of questionable money that some gangsters want back!
(3) The Golfer (Episode Three): To get a promotion, Ralph has to convince his boss that he's an expert golfer. He's not.
(4) The Sleepwalker (Episode 6): Norton's sleepwalking causes Ralph to attempt some home remedies.
(5) Better Living Through Television (Episode 7): Ralph and Norton's latest get rich quick scheme involves a TV infomercial that does not run smoothly.
(6) The Man From Space (Episode 14): A costume contest pits Ralph against Norton, but Ralph must make his own.
(7) $99,000 Answer (Episode 18): Ralph gets a spot on a popular game show and seeks to prove himself to his doubting friends and family.
(8) Young at Heart (Episode 20): Alice gets Ralph involved in more youth oriented activities with disastrous results.
"The Honeymooners" is a true classic that I would recommend investing in completely. It is ONLY one season in total, why do we need fan favorites? For a few dollars more, just get the whole thing! These are some funny episodes, though. This is a nice way to introduce yourself to the show if you haven't seen it, but it is much better in context and complete. KGHarris, 2/12.