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American Family - The Complete First Season (2002)

Edward James Olmos , Constance Marie , Barbara Martinez Jitner , Charles Burnett  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, Raquel Welch, Austin Marques, Kurt Caceres
  • Directors: Barbara Martinez Jitner, Charles Burnett, Gregory Nava
  • Writers: Barbara Martinez Jitner, Gregory Nava, Lorenzo O'Brien, Nancy De Los Santos
  • Producers: Ann Kindberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 999 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Family - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • On-screen introductions
  • 10 deleted scenes
  • "The Gonzalez Family Tree" (interactive home movies)
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Interview with cinematographer Brian Reynolds
  • Highlights from "Cisco's Journal" (interactive diary)
  • DVD-ROM: "Cisco's Journal"

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful culture-packed series April 16, 2003
This show really surprised me. It's funny, sad, heartbreaking, hip, beautiful, but always very powerful and never something that shoves you away or keeps you at a distance. The show is immediately endearing and you fall in love with the characters. It hardly seemed like TV to me as much as it seemed like another one of PBS' experiments in television, which, ultimately, it turned out to be (had a very short hiatus, came back for a short second season and finished off. Leaving me wondering if it was even a real "series"). Something akin to film, but with more storytelling power, a lot of confidence in it's purpose, and a sometimes subtle, sometimes strong poli-social message, sometimes a satirical and humerous look at family and/or Mexican-American life, but always celebrating the culture and ties of this family, the Gonzales', and always entertaining.
The show boasted a powerful cast of actors: Sonia Braga as Berta, who dies in the first episode but is a crucial part of the series and comes back in flashbacks and memories and influences the physical and emotional journeys of her family (all of whom go through a revelation and transformation in the course of the show). Edward James Olmos as Jess, who is a dysfunctional yet loving father. Esai Morales as the long suffering son Esteban; Raquel Welch as the always humerous Diva of an aunt; and the list goes on and on and on (this show has a LARGE cast) with cameos and a solid plethora of extremely talented character actors.
The atmosphere of the show is incredibly colorful. Filmed in East LA on High definition digital, the show has a very energetic and passionate feel to it, and the art design helps along.
But best of all is the incredibly powerful and very creative writing and execution.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PBS was right to do this series April 17, 2003
I haven't watched every episode of this Hispanic family drama that takes place in Los Angeles, California, but every episode i have watched has me wondering why CBS passed on this show. Then again CBS would have probably cancelled and basically I thank PBS for making this into a series. The show stars Edward James Olmos as the head of the Hispanic family. In an early episode, his wife dies. The drama focuses on many characters including the two sons and two daughters and the grandson and the eccentric aunt played by Raquel Welch. one of the sons (Esai Morales who is most known as teh captain on NYPD Blue)is an ex-con trying to put his life back together by being a firefighter and one episode focuses on him teaching gang members how to be firefighters. One of the daughters is played by Rachel Tichton who is married and with children while the other daughter is a lawyer working for a non-profit group. The youngest is a teenage boy and he is always videotaping the family and putting the video up on a family website which leads to one episode where the family members aren't happy at what he done and also it is shown many people visit the website. The grandson is in the care of Edward HJames Olmos (and the woman who plays his wife). The kid is the son of the ex-con and the mom is a junkie. Anyway, the head of the family (Olmos) is a local barber. One episode focuses on his experiences in the Korean War while a couple of episodes tell the tale of how his wife came to the USA. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best family series ever July 17, 2005
This series is one I bought some time ago. As I am not latino, I bought it because Sonja Braga and Edward James Olmos are two actors that I love.

Once into the series, the word "latino" disappeared and just became "All American Family" to me. Anyone, anywhere in the USA with a growing family can identify with the problems and joys of raising a family in a "working class" world. Iregardless of anyone's cultural or racial background, families all have many of the same problems anywhere! I love this series!

I can't recommend it enough and wish there were more series to buy of AMERICAN FAMILY.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great show. Destined to be a classic. December 19, 2004
By G.
A wonderful show for anyone who appreciates, good stories, excellent acting and heartfelt family shows. Truly a landmark in Latino television. I highly recommend this show, I can assure you that you will not be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you haven't seen "American Family" you are missing a wonderful display of incredibly talented people at their best. Greg Nava's direction is masterful. The actors give so much depth to their roles. Oh, Mr. Olmos, please make them bring you back again. This is a great series, and I fear that DVD is the only way to keep it around.
The characters are sturdy and heroic, and so humanly flawed. The world is not a simple place for them. How rare to see this kind of television. Now, alas, it appears that American Family will only be available on DVD in the future. Do not pass go. Do not miss this event.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there was more!!! August 14, 2006
By Vanessa
I truely love "American Family"!!!! I've already watched all of these episodes and i can't get enough of it!! So there's nothing else to do but watch it over n over... why hasn't the second season come out on dvd yet?????
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Isabel Allende Isa
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough
Great! Amazing! Wonderous! Fantastic! Out of this world! Grew up watching this show!! A little piece of my childhood. Awesome!!
Published 6 months ago by Celeste Villalobos
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually better than I expected
My Spanish classes are loving it! The lady who retired from my job recommended it and it is very well done.
Published 7 months ago by Sherry Hoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What I Ordered
I actually needed this for a class and I thought it was kind of hard to watch and stay focused on what was going on. It comes in a box set with soft, thin cases for each DVD.
Published 14 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars La Familia--WoW!
I received this DVD randomly from NetFlix, and once I played the first episode I was hooked. This reminded me so much of what it is like growing up in Los Angeles as a Mexican... Read more
Published on June 13, 2011 by Adelita
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE IS SESON 2 ?? JOUNRNEY OF DREAMS ??
I love love this series - I especially loved the second season - does anyone know anything about the second season release?
Published on June 8, 2010 by lynne eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like new
I am glad I did not spend any more money in buying this set of videos because the quality of the ones I got is like new. None of the CD's is scratched or has any problem. Read more
Published on May 19, 2009 by Diana Mulholland
5.0 out of 5 stars American Family
I remeember watching this series and thought how great it was to be able to see my life on tv. The families are all the same for most Mexican-Americans and other ethnic, color and... Read more
Published on September 13, 2008 by Anita M. Falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars great family drama
as a big fan of hispanic director gregory nava (i too am latino), i saw this series from beginning to end and i wanted more shows. Read more
Published on September 17, 2007 by David A. Rubio
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Series ruined by stupid producers
This series was enjoyable and interesting for a while. The life of an extended latino family in modern Los Angeles seemed to have a lot of potential. Read more
Published on August 19, 2005 by Kenneth P. Albertson
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