Dave's World: Season 1
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The DVD set brings back memories, and the show is as witty as I remember it (maybe even more so). The sharp, snappy lines are delivered almost tongue in cheek, brazenly unapologetic, by the characters. Looking at this show after 15 years (has it been that long?!) is revealing as it is much easier to pick out the typical TV-sitcom stereotypes -- Kenny is a parody of himself, it seems, for in the 21st century when do we ever see a blond-maned, egocentric, sport-coat wearing womanizer like that anymore, and still take him seriously? -- but, it all still works. The series thesis -- "look ma, we're old all of a sudden!" -- hits me in a different way, far more personally, than it did when I was a kid, now that I myself have turned 30.
One key element is missing, however, in my eyes a crucial one. Look very carefully at the fine print on the back of the DVD box and you'll see words that say "Music has been changed". They took away the theme song! This was an utter shock as one of THE defining things about this TV series was the catchy animated opening sequence set to Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" (as performed by Southside Johnny).Read more ›
Dave's World has a mild and gentle sense of humor. It's not the best sitcom ever by any standard, but the characters are likable and the show is infused with the spirit of its source material.
This first season does have it's shaky episodes. The one where Dave's divorced buddy insists on joining Dave and his wife during their romantic anniversary diner, for instance, is a mess of hackneyed sitcom cliches. But when episodes zoom in on the little things of daily life (and stay closest too the Barry humor columns), they really shine.
Harry Anderson does a great Dave Barry: likable, goofy and much more mellow than his Judge Harry Stone character on Night Court. His best friend, Shadoe Stevens, is kind of out there and seems to belong in a different show. DeLane Matthews is your typical sitcom wife but brings enough to the part to make her fun to watch. The two kids, Tommy (Zane Carney) and Willie (Andrew Ducote), are just adorable and behave like actual kids, which is refreshing for a 90s show.
This first season is a great start to a very nice show, but expect some bumps in the road in a couple of the early episodes.
Clever writing, well directed and a great score with the exception of the title sequence that sounds stock computerized. Jonathan Wolf (Will & Grace) is responsible for the hot lick piano score. He's the best at what he does.
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My wife and I always tried to be home when this was on the air. If not, I recorded it. Very funny show.Published 7 months ago by Gary G. Sumner
I love this show, it's one of my favorites, and if nothing else is on, I'll stick one of the DVDs in and just let it run, I don't care how many times I've seen it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Frankie
The intro music isn't what I'VE remember...why can't folks use the music they original aired? Its a mystery to me!Published on February 5, 2013 by Barbara J. Summers
This is an amazingly funny series which is only available on DVD. It's well worth purchasing to enjoy the antics of Dave Barry's family on television. It's hilarious! Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Peridot
When I first found out this show was finally coming out to DVD, I was a happy young man. I grew up with the series over the years of its run. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by Fan of Bandit Keith
I always enjoyed watching Dave's World but the episode that stuck out the most in my mind was Saved by Estelle and it is on this Season. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by Robin Ferguson
When I was a little kid I watched Dave's World, and years later I picked up Dave Barry's Greatest Hits, which is a great collection of the actual Dave Barry's hysterical columns of... Read morePublished on January 14, 2009 by jamespen