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Dave's World: Season 1 (2008)

Harry Anderson , DeLane Matthews , James Widdoes  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry Anderson, DeLane Matthews, Dave Barry, Zane Carney, Andrew Ducote
  • Directors: James Widdoes
  • Writers: Dave Barry, Chris Thompson, Donald Todd, Fred Barron, Jennifer Heath
  • 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: 546 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00168OIJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dave's World: Season 1" on IMDb

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Harry Anderson, DeLane Matthews, Meshach Taylor. 23 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1993-94/color/9 hrs., 6 min/NR/fullscreen.

Taking its cue from the inauguration of Bill Clinton, Dave's World marked something of a generational shift in the traditional family sitcom. Harry Anderson (Night Court) stars as Dave Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist who injects some Baby Boomer angst in his Bombeck-esque Miami newspaper columns that muse on family life in the suburbs. A child of the '60s, he states in the auspicious pilot episode, "Someone has to be the grown-ups. Now, it's our turn." But Barry, whose philosophy is that "life should be fun," is more prone to connecting with his inner child. Dave's World mostly treads familiar ground. Barry's wife, Beth (DeLane Matthews), would like him to be the responsible one for a change (she's a good audience for her husband's comic riffs, but she is given some good jokes as well, as when she says that naming a team the Miami Heat after the city's worst feature is like naming a team the Dallas Book Depositories). They have two sons who are more natural and less precocious than their sitcom brethren. As Barry's friends, Meshach Taylor (Designing Women) and Shadoe Stevens don't bring much to the table, but J. C. Wendel as a Barry coworker has a charming Terri Garr screwball quality. Dave's World's first season took its inspiration directly from Barry's books, Dave Beary's Greatest Hits and Dave Barry Turns 40, which is perhaps why it rings truest. The episodes deftly mix comical situations with "misty-eyed" voice-over reflections from Barry on his blunder years epiphanies. Among the familiar faces who turn up in some of the episodes include Jane Curtin as a bitter guest at the hotel where Dave and Beth hope to share a romantic getaway in "Lost Weekend." The real Dave Barry cameos in "Heat Wave" as a man buying an air conditioner. Southside Johnny fans will regret that his rendition of Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" was not cleared for use on DVD. But Barry's voice comes shining through. Though never a Top Ten series, Dave's World did last four seasons. It's a nice place to revisit. --Donald Liebenson

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I remember when Dave's World came out on TV, in the early 1990's. I would have not been much older than Tommy, the older son in the show. Somehow, through the years, some key scenes remain in my memory, including Dave and Tommy listening to Shel's droning answering machine message ("5-5-5...."), a restaurant called "Butter, Butter, Butter", and other short, nonsensical snippets that have managed to pervade my conscious thought from time to time ("Stop - my head is in the elevator door!"). Dave Barry is a funny columnist, in a sort of absurd way, and Dave's World was an entertaining show.

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).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled it's finally on DVD! August 22, 2008
I was thrilled when I saw that Dave's World was coming to DVD and I purchased it as soon as I could. This show was a favorite of mine and I hope that the rest of the seasons will be coming to DVD in a timely manner as well. While the theme song is missing, as has previously been stated, it really doesn't bother me. The episodes are just as hilarious as I remembered, and I think I enjoy this show even more now than I did when it originally aired. And Kenny's wardrobe is definitely funnier now! I would definitely recommend this DVD set. The entertainment value makes it money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ole' Days of TV September 6, 2008
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My husband and I were ecstatic when we learned that Dave's World was being released on DVD. We used to watch this show and loved it. We love it even more now because we have two boys the same age as the children on the show and can appreciate the humor in a different light than we used to. The show was always a fun show to watch, but we really look forward to sitting down and watching it again. I, too, miss the Billy Joel opening song; however, it doesn't take away from the meat of the show. It's as good as ever. We look forward to Seasons 2 through 4 in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A winning combination March 15, 2013
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I love Dave Barry and I love Harry Anderson. How can you lose with these two working together? It's a damn shame the series didn't last.
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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 which many an episode of Dave's World are very, very loosely inspired. As many reviewers have stated, Barry's writings are far better than the television series, but Dave's World is not without its charms. The cast is a highly likeable and compatible group of actors; even the two child actors who play Barry's young boys seem natural and sincere. Though the show occasionally drifts into typical sitcom silliness and conventionality, many episodes provide genuine laugh out moments and occasionally shell out some weightless, but original insights packaged in a cozy sitcom environment. Give Dave's World a try if you watched it when it was on primetime television, if you like Barry's columns, or if you like inoffensive, unchallenging, family oriented sitcoms.
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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. It is a laugh riot so even though the theme song is cut and there are a few other scenes that got deleted - why I don't know. You simply have to buy this season for that episode alone because it is possibly the funniest TV episode I've ever seen... It is at least in the best 100 funniest TV moments I've ever seen that "I got Kenny for the bathroom rug" joke has stayed with me for years and Jackee Harry was just wonderfully cast.
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