At long last, fans like myself who were waiting on the fourth season back in 2005 only for it to be delayed and then completely dropped from the schedule will finally be able to own it on proper DVD. Thanks so much Lions Gate for buying the rights! (Now just be sure to please finish releasing seasons 5-7!)
This set won't have any special features but it will have all twenty two episodes of this fan loved season that originally aired 1996-97. Season four is one of the best seasons of the show with many classic episodes, maybe all classic episodes in fact, though I've marked my personal favorites with a *.
You Can Go Home Again- Cory and Eric make the last stop on their summer long road trip but Eric isn't ready to head home. Alan wins an award but is still unhappy at his grocery store job.
*Hair Today, Goon Tomorrow- Topanga cuts her hair to prove looks don't matter. Horrified by what she's done she goes to a salon and her new good looks soon turn her into a different person and make Cory more self concious.
I Aint Gonna Spray Lettuce No More- Alan quits his grocer job without telling Amy causing her to make a huge family decision without telling him. Shawn teaches Cory how to be poor.
Fishing For Virna- Shawn's mother is back in town affecting Shawn and Chet. Cory deals with loss when the school lunch lady passes away.
Shallow Boy- Eric upsets his musician girlfriend causing her to write a hit song about him in a negative light. Cory's attempts at helping Topanga babysit find them arguing about future parenting techniques.
Janitor Dad- Shawn wishes his Dad would get a real job but feels humiliated when his Dad takes a job as the school janitor. Alan and Eric look for help at the wilderness store and wind up hiring attractive Lonnie, a girl from the mountains.
Singled Out- Eric goes on MTV's dating show Singled Out posing as a college student. Cory worries about getting his tonsils out and urban legends he's heard about hospitals.
*Dangerous Secret- Cory gets the wrong idea when he learns Shawn had a girl spend the night. It causes him to question the slow pace of his relationship with Topanga but then finds he and Shawn dealing with more serious issues.
*Sixteen Candles and 400-lb. Men- Cory agrees to help Frankie win the love of his father, but when plans conflict with Topanga's sweet sixteen party, Cory must be in two places at once.
Turkey Day- Shawn and Cory plan the first ever Hunter-Matthews Thanksgiving celebration, but class differences make the families uncomfortable.
*An Affair to Forget- Shawn's ex-girlfriend wants to give things another shot, but there's one condition: Shawn can't see Cory anymore. Meanwhile, Eric writes a one-man play about his life. (Hilarious)
*Easy Street- Shawn and Cory get jobs at Christmas. When they learn the men they work for might be questionable Cory quits but Shawn might get sucked further in. Meanwhile Eric and a girl, Lonnie, get caught in a snowstorm.
B&B's Bn'B- Eric meets up with Mr. Feeny out of town and they discuss friendships and relationships. Shawn turns Feeny's house into a bed and breakfast.
*Wheels- On his sixteenth birthday Cory just wants to hit the road with his friends but his father isn't ready to let him grow up just yet.
Chick Like Me- Shawn dresses up like a girl to experience a girls point of view; and it's not what he expected. Meanwhile, Eric teaches Lonnie how to get along with city men.
*Long Walk to Pittsburg (1)- A small kiss between Shawn and Topanga finds Cory concerned, but when he learns Topanga is moving out of town he realizes his problems are bigger than he thought.
*Long Walk to Pittsburg (2)- Cory is still depressed without Topanga; but when she appears at his door, his hope is renewed. Now he must convince his parents that he and Topanga are truly in love.
Uncle Daddy- When Erica dates a girl with a son he starts to wonder if he's ready to be a father. Corey, Shawn and Topanga study for the SAT.
*Quiz Show- Cory, Shawn and Topanga become stars of a high school quiz show when the producers turn them into dumb downed characters for better ratings. It's up to Mr. Feeny to remind them of the importance of educational value.
Security Guy- Alan fires Eric who then gets a job as a security guy. Feeny tries to convince Eric to retake the SAT's, meanwhile Cory and Topanga try to convince Shawn to take Feeny's SAT prep course.
Cult Fiction- Feeling an emptiness Shawn joins a cult, but when Mr. Turner winds up in an accident Shawn realizes its real relationships and people who love him that matter the most.
*Learning to Fly- Eric visits a party school in his last attempts to avoid the possibility of failing at a proper college. Meanwhile when Topanga backs out the trip Cory has to deal with the advances of college girl Mary Beth.
A great season, these episodes have what I feel is the perfect mix of heart and real issues combined with the fun and sometimes whacky elements that became a tad too prevelant in later seasons. Still this whole series is worth owning on DVD and while I wish they'd keep releasing these in the Beuna Vista style boxes with special features I'll take the episodes anyway I can get them after Beuna Vista abandoned us, the same way they abandoned me with Gargoyles halfway through that series. This 3-disc snapcase set will have matching artwork to the previous releases and lets just hope we get seasons 5-7 soon.
5 stars for this set, based on episode content and the fact that fans can finally own these episodes on proper DVD at long last, it's been a loooong wait.