This review will not focus on the merits of this classic TV show since anyone visiting this page already likes it enough to possibly buy the entire series on DVD. Rather, this review will hopefully clear up the confusion regarding exactly what is being offered with this Complete Series collection. Sony originally released the individual seasons on DVD from 2003 to 2009. This 2010 Complete Series collection simply repackages the exact same DVDs from the individual seasons. There are 32 discs in all spanning the entire 11 seasons for a total of 261 episodes. Unfortunately, there is no episode list included showing what episodes are on each disc. The bonus content is slim and includes:
Season 1- 42 minute 2003 reunion special with all of the principal cast members.
Season 2- 13 hidden "Easter Eggs" featuring short interview clips with the cast.
Season 3- 10 hidden "Easter Eggs" of cast interview clips + the unaired "I'll See You in Court" episode.
Seasons 4 to 11- No series related extras.
It should be noted that the opening theme has been replaced with generic music starting with season 3 due to music licensing issues. Also, season 4 has 7 episodes that are the syndicated versions, meaning each is missing about a minute of footage from the original broadcast versions. All other seasons appear to have the original, uncut episodes. The video is presented in its original full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio and the audio is in 2.0 Dolby digital stereo. Neither the picture nor sound quality shows any noticeable signs of remastering but are still generally good considering the age of the series. The packaging is also worth mentioning as it is very different than the individual season sets. The discs are housed inside a cardboard box measuring approximately 7.5"H x 5"W x 5.5"D. Inside the box, there is a fold-out digi-pack with 9 clear plastic trays stacked on top of one other on either side, holding 2 overlapping discs per tray, with 4 trays holding 1 disc each. Only time will tell just how well this case keeps its contents secure, but in terms of being a space-saver, this excels over other complete series DVD sets. In 2011, Sony re-released another Married...With Children: The Complete Series
DVD set but with much cheaper packaging comprised of discs stacked on top of one another in two separate spindles. The re-packaged version is clearly the better option for those on a tight budget, but the original digi-pack release is superior in terms of its convenience and better protection of discs. Over all, despite some of the aforementioned drawbacks, there are still enough positives with the Complete Series collection to entice fans who do not already own the individual season releases.