Sony released Season One of "Police Woman" in 2006 and I thought Season Two would quickly follow since they showed remastered clips from it on their "Ladies Night" promos that appeared on the "Maude" and "Mary Hartman" DVDs, among others. I guess sales weren't what they'd hoped and I've been longing for my Pepper fix for nearly six years! Thankfully, Shout Factory comes through once again, resurrecting this groundbreaking '70s series from oblivion.
This set consists of the 24 episodes that aired during the 1975-76 TV season on NBC. The picture quality is excellent and they all look like they were filmed yesterday. Purists will be delighted because the original Columbia logo is present at the end of the episodes so you are experiencing them exactly as they aired in 1975-76! Some episodes contain the alternate harpsichord theme song instead of the more familiar piano one. The insert has a nice color photo of Angie on the back and the same image of her appears on all 6 discs. The episode title and original airdates are listed; the episode descriptions are not.
I was most looking forward to the segment that features Donna Mills as a crazed woman who put her baby up for adoption, and now will go to any lengths--even murder--to get that baby back. The guest stars this season read like a who's-who of Hollywood from the '50s to the '80s including Ida Lupino, Sam Elliott, Erik Estrada, Diane Baker, James Darren, Joan Collins, Joanna Pettet, Gerald McRaney, Amy Irving, Jeannette Nolan and plenty more! The guest stars are the gravy but Angie Dickinson, who's effortless sexuality oozes out of the screen and reliable Earl Holliman are of course the meat-and-potatoes of the show.
Sometimes gritty, sometimes campy '70s fun (thanks to Pepper's wigs, massive hoop earrings and bell-bottom hip-huggers), "Police Woman" is long overdue on DVD and won't likely be shown on a cable network near you anytime soon. Buy it so we get Seasons 3 and 4 quickly after!