Police Woman: The Complete First Season [Import]
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Smart and sexy, tough and brassy. Meet Sergeant Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate. Join Golden Globe-winner Angie Dickinson and guest stars Cathy Rigby, Larry Hagman, Pat Morita, Bob Crane and Philip Michael Thomas for 22 episodes and the 2 hour pilot of explosive crime-fighting action and excitement in POLICE WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.
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And although this may sound like faint praise, in an era where Emma Peel had regrettably become a faded memory, if it hadn't been for "Police Woman", there literally would have been no (albeit more-fanciful) "Charlies Angels", "Wonder Woman", "Bionic Woman" or, a few years later, muscular "Cagney & Lacey".
But suffice it to say that Season 1 of "Police Woman" is easily its best year: the show was, for the period, edgy and focused, with Angie Dickinson (then) chewing the scenery with a mesmerizing blend of toughness and effervesence; and her chemistry with co-star and onscreen boss Earl Holliman is very good as well... In this freshman season, "Police Woman" often felt like a taut, foreboding movie, both dark and sun-streaked... No wonder it went to Number One for a few months that summer.
Subsequent seasons weren't quite the same... There was pressure to tone down Miss Dickinson's almost effortless sex-appeal, and in so caving to pressure, the series wound-up squelching her personal power and strength as well, and so the show went off-track a bit: as a result, only about 50% of the episodes of seasons 2 and 3 are really up to par, and season 4 contained just a small handful of good installments.
Perhaps all that's why the show seems to have disappeared from view for quite a while...
Regardless, season 1 is an absolutely great '70s cop show classic-- funny, dramatic, a bit shocking for TV (at the time) in places, with a moody and often-cinematic '70s flavor--- and Angie Dickinson and Earl Holliman NEVER had such a good vehicle.
4/17/06: Unfortunately, no one seems to know it's on DVD, and the mediocre sales reflect that. Plus, it hasn't been available much for a while, so the kids haven't seen it.
Fans of this show should buy Season 1 so we can maybe get the rest of the show. For some odd reason Sony didn't do the best with pricing on the set. Yes it is retail 49.99 39.99 would have been better to help sell the show BUT I still think it was worth every cent. However for some odd reason the very day the show was released all of the Best Buy stores that stocked the set had it priced $49.99 which was retail That was it! Not Best Buys fault but Sony for what they had it priced at towards retailers. In the end it drove sales of the show to be very weak. it is a real shame the show is great .. Sure it doesn't have the power of selling like shows that are still airing today but had DVD been released back in Police Womans day then you would have seen sales like Desperate Housewives etc.
Sony Should release the remaining seasons for fans. Finish what you begin .. don't release a season of a show and move on to something else. With all the useless tv shows being released cause they are just a "fad" Police Woman was quality Release the other season and get some promotions out on it! Angie - Earl and the rest of the gang deserve all seasons released! Give us more Sony!
Police Woman was groundbreaking for the times. It featured a WOMAN as the lead character. At a time when there weren't many women police officers PERIOD, the lead character was not only a COP, but a DETECTIVE and a Sergeant. With it's often film noir qualities, Police Woman covered subject matter that other shows were too afraid to touch. This is something we take for granted today with shows Like the Law and Order shows and CSI where they give us everything and then some.
Each week we viewers saw Sgt. LEANNE *not Suzanne* "Pepper" Anderson deal with the criminals as forcefully as the men, but also with humanity when it was necessary. Along with Investigators Joe Styles and Pete Royster, and their immediate supervisor Sgt. Bill Crowley *Not Lt.*, the team members of LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Investigations unit took a no holds barred approach to tagging the heavies and busting up the crime rings. Pepper was CCI's Secret Weapon. Many times, she went undercover in order to gain the evidence needed to take down the bad guys. And OFTEN, it was Pepper who used what appeared to be minor evidence and pieced it together to get a break in the case.
This show was, and still is appealing because it was hip without being over the top. The plots are timeless because crime doesn't really change. Then there's the undeniable chemistry between Pepper and Bill that, *With thanks to Angie and Earl*, permeates through even in the first episode they film together; Warning to All Wives. Bill's relationship with Pepper can be best explained as boss/father/brother/husband/best friend...in other words they're "Intimate Friends" *CUE THE EDDIE KENDRICKS SONG* You will easily find yourself getting totally engrossed in the stories because you will be drawn in with wonderful comraderie between the members of the CCI team. You will also find yourself laughing at the double and triple entendres they toss at one another. (Esp. Pepper and Crowley).
So, with this said, why buy this dvd boxset? Well for one, the Police Woman dvd set is BY FAR one of the best packaged box sets released. You really get your money's worth. Someone else already mentioned the wonderful pictures on the slimline cases *Thank you Sony*. Also, there are SEVEN AWESOME COMMENTARIES that are informative and entertaining *Thanks Angie and Earl*. And I must add that the picture quality is pretty decent.
Police Woman is a show that should DEFINITELY be in your classic 70's tv collection.
Now if only Sony would release the rest of the seasons.
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