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Dave's World: Season 1

4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Harry Anderson, Zane Carney, DeLane Matthews, Meshach Taylor, Shadoe Stevens
  • Directors: James Widdoes
  • Writers: Chris Thompson, Dave Barry, 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.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 546 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00168OIJY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dave's World: Season 1" on IMDb

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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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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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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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I must admit that the show is probably only worth five stars if you, like me, have nostalgic feelings about the show. Dave Barry is one of my favorite writers and it's fun to see what the production team did with his column ideas.

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.
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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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This is a fun series based on the home life of Pulitzer Prize winning humor columnist, Dave Barry. It's not ground breaking, strives for "The Wonder Years" meets "Parenthood" and occasionally knocks it out of the park. The oldest boy, Zane Carney, shows intelligence and real acting skill. Harry Anderson is Harry. Delane Matthews plays his wife expertly so much so that you wish you were married to her. Meshach Taylor is top form with his rich warm bass voice, mirrored opposite Shadoe Stevens, a voice meant to sell concert tickets and Hawaiian vacations. It's a nice time but be warned: season three has no "play all" feature which-to me-matters a lot. Know this before growing attached to the first two seasons.
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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