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Robson Arms: Season 1

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jane McGregor, Zak Santiago, William B. Davis, Fred Ewanuick, David Richmond-Peck
  • Directors: Asghar Massombagi, Ben Ratner, Dwayne Beaver, Gary Harvey, Gordon Carson
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • Release Date: June 29 2005
  • Run Time: 285 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,470 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Robson Arms is a Canadian Seinfeld-meets-Neighbours, with a little Three's Company thrown in for good wink-wink, nudge-nudge measure. The series follows the lives of the inhabitants of one particularly diverse residential building in Vancouver, British Columbia. The apartments themselves range from the Architectural Digest-ready bachelor pad of the snooty attorney to the barely livable hovel just inhabited by the single-mom nurse and her precocious son. (The nurse uses a far saltier term for the ratty apartment than "hovel," part of the charm of the series.) Each series focuses on a different inhabitant and his or her soapy love life, hidden agenda, and foibles, with just enough interaction to hold the viewer from week to week. A standout is young Justine Wong, who plays tween house "detective," Ruby. And the dialogue is entertainingly ribald; one young boy tosses off a line about his dad as "in Burnaby shacked up with jailbait." The extra bite makes Robson Arms wickedly addictive. --A.T. Hurley

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This is a very humorous show that doesn't require a laugh track; we Canadians know when to laugh! There is quite a bit of drama, sexual and drug content, therefore, for adults and not children. If you want a show for children, there's plenty else out there. My favourite character is Sault Ste. Marie -- she's hilarious and doesn't suppress any of her negative feelings, e.g. sarcastic, jaded, and cynical. Very funny. If you're looking for a well written -- well acted show, then this is it.
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Was huge fan of Corner Gas so I went online and saw that Gabrielle Miller was in the cast. Liked the story lines but as with most good shows was canceled with out wrapping up issues. Networks should when canceling a show shoot one or two more episodes to wrap or things so loyal watchers will not be turned off. Still not happy with HBO for Deadwood and Carnival.
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I like this show with it mutifocused cast/story. A apartment is a unique ecosystem in itself. It can be funny, sad and tragic all at the same time. I generally get annoyed with the canadian recycled casting and for the most part if the actors were all that great they would end up on american tv where they can make some real money. That being said the casting for this show is really well done and everyone does a great job. Also in typical canadian fasion, good shows, shows with promise get cancelled while the other canadian crap with no potential, thought or any real heart stay on forever. Take a chance and watch this, I'm sure you will end up a bit jaded when you have seen them all and you realised canadian tv execs have failed us again.
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Charming little stories of the residents of an apartment building in Vancouver will delight you.
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HASH(0xa0972630) out of 5 stars Open arms for "Robson Arms" Jan. 24 2008
By Richard E. T. White - Published on
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This series was a delightful surprise. I picked it up after enjoying a number of great Canadian TV programs(DA VINCI'S INQUEST, SLINGS AND ARROWS, INTELLIGENCE)because it featured Mark McKinney and John Cassini, whose work I had enjoyed in those shows. It's an anthology, really, akin to a really satisfying book of short stories. Each 22-minute episode is a character study that takes you into one apartment in the Robson Arms, so you gradually get to know the eccentric, wonderfully delineated denizens of the building. Unifying elements include Cassini's randy super Yuri, the fountain statue whose urinations are timed suspiciously well to the sexual activities in the building, and the on-camera musical musings of a folk duo who lurk about the premises. The tone of the episodes ranges from farcical to very touching, but there's a core of humanity to each of them that's just lovely. Just be aware: this isn't ABC Family Channel stuff: the language is pretty salty, the sexuality and drug use are frank.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fb3e39c) out of 5 stars Love it April 11 2008
By C. Odell - Published on
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Being a fan of Corner Gas, I thought I would give Robson Arms a try. While described as a "dramedy" I imagined it to be closer to C.G or even Northern Exposure in style. It's not like either, with a darker look and feel. The stories are very well written with endings that leave you feeling good.
That aside, I did find myself enjoying the characters a great deal and find the humor subtle, which I enjoy. I have come to love this show and am buying season 2 and looking forward to future seasons.
Fine acting and writing make this worthwhile
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5adbe8) out of 5 stars Hilarious March 24 2007
By Scott Goodale - Published on
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Whenever I travel in Canada I catch this show. I've been checking periodically hoping it would come out on DVD and here it is! My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that I haven't actually watched each episode. If you want something laugh out loud funny, with a sexual twist here and there, give this show a chance! And for those of you that long to spend more time in Canada than is feasible, the show may help take a little edge off the longing of wanting to be north of the border.
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HASH(0x9fbd6b28) out of 5 stars Delightfully Quirky Sept. 26 2009
By Pamela S. Dorris - Published on
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A friend who shares my same penchant for quirky Canadian videos recommended Robson Arms. I loved it! I sent for all three seasons for myself and plan to give Season One as a Christmas stocking stuffer gift to my son.

I must be jaded. I say this because I was constantly caught off-guard by the plot developments in this series. I loved the loony collection of residents, each with their own foibles, whose antics and idiosyncracies often elicited a guffaw of surprised delight.

While it's true there's salty language, and both adult situations and sight-gags, it's somehow not offensive. While this is not a series a child should view, it's not something a child would be interested in because it's mostly over their heads.

I watched Season One with a smile. Season Two has less of a smile factor, but it's necessary to understand Season Three, whose smile factor is right back up to par with Season One.

The real tragedy is that this clever series ended at all.
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HASH(0xe398a39c) out of 5 stars Very Disappointing March 15 2016
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I ordered this series because it had many of the same characters as the show Corner Gas which aired several years ago. I read the reviews which were favorable and decided to order all three seasons. That was a mistake. To me it is more of a dark comedy and I am not a fan of dark comedy. It lacks the quirkiness and simple humor and lightheartedness of the Corner Gas series so very disappointing. Had to struggle to get through just a few episodes but since I was stupid enough to order all three seasons before at least checking out season one I will torture myself and watch them in hopes they improve. If you are looking for something similar to Corner gas this is not it.