From the irreverent minds of Animal House, The Blues Brothers and Friends, comes all 28 Emmy Award-winning episodes of the first two seasons of HBO's risky, riotous and racy smash-hit series, Dream On. Join in the deliciously wicked fun that pushed all of TV's buttons in the original unedited episodes only seen on HBO, and available for the first time ever on DVD! Brian Benben stars as the newly divorced Martin Tupper - book editor, father and fantasizer - whose dysfunctional dating life is punctuated by moments of sinfully hilarious cinematic daydreams. With a quirky, headstrong secretary barking orders, an inquisitive teenage son, a womanizing best friend and an ex who's never fully exited his life, Martin's way overdue for a crash-course on the opposite sex. Featuring outrageous guest appearances from David Bowie, Tom Berenger, Fran Drescher, Martin Mull and more, get ready for non-stop laughs in the groundbreaking series The Washington Times hailed as "cleverly written, well acted and bottom line funny."
One hopes that at the annual HBO characters Christmas party, Larry Sanders, Carrie Bradshaw, and Tony Soprano make a point to raise a toast to Martin Tupper, the hapless hero of Dream On
. This groundbreaking 1990 sitcom from future Friends
creators David Crane and Marta Kaufman ushered in a bold new era of original cable programming not bound by broadcast network content restrictions. Hence, the profanity and nudity (you didn't see that
on Knott's Landing
!), which distinguished the series and helped put HBO on the pop culture map. Brian Benben stars as Martin, a New York book editor still reeling from the breakup of his marriage. The show's gimmick is that baby boomer Martin, a member of the first television generation, flashes on vintage TV clips that express his innermost feelings and desires. When his wife, Judith (Wendie Malick), visits Martin in "The First Episode," he fantasizes reconciliation, but she wants him to sign the divorce papers so she can remarry. The scene is punctuated by clips (from an old Twilight Zone
episode, perhaps?) in which boxer Lee Marvin is pummeled in the ring and knocked out. But the clips and the language and the sex would get old fast if we didn't like the characters. Benben has the Everyman charm of a young George Segal, and he wears his anxiety to hilarious effect. He is devoted to his young teenage son, and still loves Judith, who is marrying a paragon, never seen, but described at one point as a "Ghandi for our times." His dating relationships spectacularly crash and burn (cue clip of disabled aircraft). In one episode, he comes undone when he discovers his new lover was a porn star. At the office, he is at the mercy of his caustic secretary (Denny Dillon). Dream On
is of more than prurient interest. This was one of those lightning-in-a-bottle series blessed with a fresh vision, a seamless ensemble, and smart writing. To finally have it on DVD is a Dream come true. --Donald Liebenson