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Caroline in the City: Season 1 (1995)

Lea Thompson , Michael Lembeck , Pamela Fryman  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lea Thompson
  • Directors: Michael Lembeck, Pamela Fryman, Gordon Hunt, Rod Daniel, James Burrows (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 533 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JOMR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Caroline in the City: Season 1" on IMDb

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Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz. 24 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1995-96/color/8 hrs., 54 min/NR/fullscreen.

Of the NBC series that attempted to carry viewers from Seinfeld to ER in NBC's vaunted Thursday night line-up, Caroline in the City came closest to "Must-See" status (no offense, Veronica's Closet). Unlike other woman-anchored sitcoms, Caroline in the City is not in the "you're going to make it after all" vein of That Girl or The Mary Tyler Moore Show. As with series creator Fred Barron's previous series, Dave's World, Caroline in the City revolves around an artist whose chaotic personal life provides a fount of material. Caroline (the babe-dorable Lea Thompson, best known as Marty McFly's mother in the Back to the Future trilogy) is already a success. She draws the highly popular "witty and carefree" comic strip about a hapless single woman who is not Cathy. As this inaugural season unfolds, Caroline finds herself increasingly torn between two men. The first is Del (Eric Lutes), her on-again-off-again boyfriend for whom she creates Caroline merchandise for his dad's greeting card company. The second is Richard (Malcolm Gets), Caroline's new assistant and a struggling artist with a sardonic wit that's a tonic to the show. Caroline and Richard don't generate sparks like Sam and Diane or David and Maddie; They are more Ross and Rachel, and the season gets more involving once the romantic tension tightens. Adding spunk to the series is Annie (Amy Pietz), Caroline's neighbor and best friend, and a Broadway dancer (she's in Cats). Annie and Richard make fine and funny natural-born enemies (they address each other as "tightass" and "tart"). Helping to get the fledgling series aloft like the Caroline in the City parade balloon in the Thanksgiving episode is a roster of fellow "Must-See" stars (David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves from Frasier, Matthew Perry from Friends, and Jonathan Silverman from The Single Guy), as well as future Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham in a recurring role as Richard's flakey and impossible to shake girlfriend, and TV icons (Jean Stapleton as Caroline's aunt, Florence Henderson as herself, and in the poignant episode, "Caroline and the Watch," Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam, though it's off-putting to hear the former Buddy and Sally joke about "screwing"). A top 5 show in its first season, Caroline would prove it was more than a time-slot hit (a series that benefits from the popular show that precedes it) when it went on to hold its own on Tuesday, and then Monday, nights. Those who were living for the City will welcome its arrival on DVD. Those just making Caroline's acquaintance should beware the bonus episode promos; some, like "Caroline and the Folks," contain major plot spoilers. --Donald Liebenson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for the entertainment value. August 18, 2008
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This is a great series, however, as in the UK release, not all the episodes are in the correct order. Compared to the list given by the other reviewer, there is one episode out of order (Caroline and the Condom is at the end of the last disk.) However, in watching the episodes in the revised order there was still a bit of discontinuity in the story line. Also, the casing seems to be very fragile and easily broken during shipment. But the picture and sound is just fine and it is definitely worth buying for the entertainment value.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I followed the "Must See TV" Thursday night line-up as long as it kept throwing out worthwhile, inspired, clever and funny programming. And this show was part of the last generation of those kind of shows, particularly comedies in my case. For some reason, few guys admit to liking this show. Is it "Seinfeld?" Of course not. But that was the kind of show more guys related to more than a show like "Caroline In The City," which was one of my favorite comedies of all the "Must See" lineup. In addition to the leads- Thompson (Caroline), Lutes (Del), Getz (Richard), and Pietz (Annie), Andrew Lauer, who played Charlie, Del's assistant/messenger had me in stitches on many occasions. I've always adored Lea Thompson, so sampling her show was a given. But there was definitely something about it from the beginning that separated it from other flash in the pan sitcoms. Once you took this show on its own, and not by comparing it to others it grew on you very fast. The story lines were as relatable as they come, but with a different sense of humor than its contemporaries, albeit with some usual formulas. But the ensemble pulls it off. And as the show and characters developed, so did the appeal. The show was not only funny, but had a real heart. Even the extras on the series had their shining moments and contributions to this show- restauranteur Remo was always ready to pounce on any cue for a home run chuckle. Sadly, in its latest stage it started to pander to the focus group mentality who felt adding additional, yet pointless cast members would reach a wider demographic (Suddenly Susan suffered through the same desperation as it aged too), and the exact opposite occurred. It wound up pleasing nobody, or at least displeased its most loyal followers. Read more ›
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fingers crossed the episodes are in order May 31, 2008
I bought all 4 seasons from Amazon Uk.
While I was happy to have them I was frustrating as none of the episodes were in order.
Below is a list of the episodes for the first season in order for you to check against.

1. Pilot
2. Caroline and the Mugger
3. Caroline and the Gay Art Show
4. Caroline and the Bad Back
5. Caroline and the ATM
6. Caroline and the Folks
7. Caroline and the Opera
8. Caroline and the Balloon
9. Caroline and the Convict
10. Caroline and the Christmas Break
11. Caroline and the Gift
12. Caroline and the Married Man
13. Caroline and the 28 Pound Walleye
14. Caroline and the Watch
15. Caroline and the Condom
16. Caroline and the Bad Date
17. Caroline and the Proposal
18. Caroline and the Kid
19. Caroline and the Ex-Wife
20. Caroline and the Movie
21. Caroline and the Cereal
22. Caroline and Richard's Mom
23. Caroline and the Bridesmaids
24. Caroline and the Wedding
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, the episodes are in order. September 7, 2008
I don't understand why people say the episodes aren't in order. In the box you got the air dates for each one of them, and they are in correct order.
In fact, the last one shouldn't be there by story, but it's in the right place by air date.

About the story: it's great fun. The only bad thing is: sometimes things happen that they don't show (as when Richard got her first girlfriend. She just appears, it seems like something's missing).

About the dvds: it could have more special features.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun series March 12, 2010
By Susan
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I love Caroline in the City - loved it when it was on and was really excited to see it available on DVD. Not sure what other reviewers meant when they said the episodes were out of order. I sure haven't noticed that. I think this is one of the most fun series and just laugh-out-loud fun. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that there are some adult-themed episodes and I'm never sure if an episode is appropriate for my young teen-aged daughter or son to watch with me until I'm in the middle of it (which I find sort of disappointing.) Some episodes are perfectly acceptable and others, not so much. My daughter actually left the room the other night during an episode b/c she obviously felt uncomfortable. Still for adults, it's humor that we just don't get to see these days and that's a shame. Get rid of the reality shows - we LIVE reality, let's see some fun and humor in our lives again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love! August 23, 2008
This is one of the most underrated sitcoms of all time. The show was brilliantly cast, well-written, and (actually) funny. Do check this out-you won't be sorry!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, beautifully funny show September 20, 2014
By Minnie
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I love this show. It always lifts my spirits. I wish there had been more seasons and I wish seasons three and four were available on dvd in the U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perf! June 5, 2014
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Such a perfect buy!! I wish that the other seasons came out though---this was when tv was good! They don't make shows like this any more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Show, All Seasons Should Be On DVD.
Published 2 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sit-coms.
We originally taped season 1 only and can't remember why we didn't tape season 1. We found season 1 very funny and well done.
Published 2 months ago by Lars
4.0 out of 5 stars The last era I watched TV regularly, because of shows like "Caroline",
I followed the "Must See TV" Thursday night line-up as long as it kept throwing out worthwhile, inspired, clever and funny programming. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BENJ1969
5.0 out of 5 stars fan
I am a big fan of this sitcom. I know I need to get a life, but I found this a great show!
Published 20 months ago by S. Mithell
5.0 out of 5 stars Caroline in the City
Good service and not a bad price either. Well satisfied with price as well as quality of merchandise. They produced what they promised.
Published 20 months ago by John B. Pullin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See TV on DVD
If you are looking for something that is quality television watching. Buy the 1st season of this DVD and you'll laugh with enjoyment. Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy to get this!
I have been watching the old episodes on TV land channel and I Loved this show when it was on back the 90's and now it is fun to rewatch these old episodes:) I am hoping all... Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this tv show
I was very pleased to find amazon had this tv show on cd. I received it quickly and in great condition. It is very funny and I have missed having it on tv. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Charise
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was hoping it would be!
All the discs was in good shape no scratches and all of the discs played fine.
I am happy with this purchase and would buy from again!
Published on August 18, 2011 by Chris P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lushious Lea T.
One of the 10 best sitcoms of all time.Funny, sugestive,ironic, a young quirky Lauren Graham and best of all...................James Burrows the king of 22 mins. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by James T. Malleck
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where did it go
I don't know but I really hope they speed it up because this has been number one on my list of tv series to purchase. I hope the Powers That Be realize there are lots of people who have not forgotten this show and are ready to shell out the cash for the pleasure of viewing the fun shows again.
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