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Eight Is Enough: Season 1 (2012)

Dick Van Patten , Betty Buckley  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dick Van Patten, Betty Buckley, Grant Goodeve, Willie Aames, Diana Hyland
  • Producers: Gary Adelson, Lee Rich, Lee Mendelson, Philip Capice
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 432 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO4F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eight Is Enough: Season 1" on IMDb

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Before the extended families that came to dominate prime time, from Full House to Parenthood, ABC launched Eight Is Enough, an adaptation of Crossfire host Thomas W. Braden's memoir. The pilot sets the tone: parenting is serious stuff, but a little humor never hurts (consequently, a redundant laugh track occasionally comes into play). Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten, who sports TV's cutest comb-over), a Sacramento columnist, and his wife, Joan (Diana Hyland), are imperfect, but involved parents. As the series begins, oldest son David (Mark Hamill, Star Wars), a construction worker, leaves the nest, but there would be a few cast changes by the second episode. Notably, Grant Goodeve would replace Hamill, while Willie Aames took over as Tommy. With women's lib in full effect, the Bradford women spend much of these nine episodes trying to find their way in a changing world: Joan takes up photography, Susan (Susan Richardson) goes on a ski trip with a male coed, and Mary (Lani O'Grady) opposes her father during a newspaper strike. Other episodes revolve around Tommy's crush on an indecisive classmate (Charlene Tilton) and David's affair with an older woman (Adrienne Barbeau). That leaves Joanie (Laurie Walters), the drama student, Nancy (Dianne Kay), the cheerleader, Elizabeth (Connie Newton), the typical teenager, and Nicholas (Adam Rich), the elfin pipsqueak. Once you get past the flared jeans and wide lapels, Eight Is Enough holds up surprisingly well, since the primary concerns are timeless. If the acting can be uneven, the chemistry between cast members papers over the cracks. Sadly, Hyland only filmed four episodes due to illness (she passed away in 1977). In the second season, Betty Buckley stepped in as the newest member of the Bradford clan. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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For fans of 70's dramas such as Family and The Waltons, here is the first season of the top-rated dramedy Eight is Enough on a 2-disc DVD! Based on the book by Thomas Braden, the series chronicled the lives of a columnist Tom Bradford, his wife and their eight children, and their sometimes-comic, sometimes-dramatic exploits.

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97 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please release Eight is Enough on DVD August 13, 2005
By Nora
While growing up, Eight is Enough was one of my favorite shows. It was a rare family drama that was humorous and real without being too sappy. I would buy all of the seasons of this series in a heartbeat.
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets get this on DVD now! June 4, 2005
This is one of the best family shows of all time. I was 12 back in 1977 when the Bradfords first hit the air.I was a faithful viewer. Please release this show on DVD,so that I can go back to the 1970's with the Bradfords.Its been long enough,the time has come.Lets go people!!
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
By KS62
I love this show! It often would tackle serious subject matters and never failed to entertain. There have been two television series that i have wanted to see come out on DVD more than any others. One was "Family Affair" which finally came out and the other is "Eight is Enough". This show always made me feel warm inside as did "Family Affair". They were a family you would of liked to be a part of or at least visit for a while. Maybe that's part of it's appeal to me. I just hope we don't have to wait much longer to enjoy this wonderful show. Please release this quality show on DVD!
CONTACT WARNER BROTHERS NOW!!! Click on customer service and leave them a message telling them how much you want to have this great show released!
They just released "Medical Center" the first complete season available on their website only at this point. Maybe they could do the same for "Eight Is Enough" if we pester them enough!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough is Enough! Give us Eight is Enough! August 21, 2005
Eight is Enough is one of the best family shows from the 1970s. Almost everyone you talk to has fond memories of the series and it should be released in boxed sets. It's one of the last '70s family series yet to be released, even though it is ranked #40 in WB series people would like to see on DVD -- out of their entire stable -- and ranked high on Amazon. Please write WB and ask them to release it!

So THRILLED to see the first season finally being released! Everyone post about it, blog about it, tweet about it -- do whatever to get the word out there so that we get MORE than just 9 episodes on DVD! This is an anticipated release, but we must make sure we get the entire run on DVD, so it's not just a one shot one hit wonder.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eight is enough dvd please? June 13, 2005
this is one of my favrite shows from the 70s sure was nice seeing on tvland . like to see it on dvd starting with first seasons. who do we have to email to get it on dvd ?SO PLEASE PUT ON DVD SOON AS YOU CAN ? thanks ..
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Season (1977) April 21, 2005
I can't believe that with the popularity of -- and push for -- family programming, this marvelous show isn't on the shelves available for purchase. I sure loved it as a young kid, and I would love to have this one in my home for the rest of my family to enjoy.

Even though Betty Buckley wasn't on the show until the second year as Abby, the first short season was a decent offering. Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford was maybe one of the best TV dads on television ever.

The first year was so brief, so it would be great if whoever owns the rights would release seasons one & two TOGETHER (like the "Dallas" set). Betty Buckly, after all, was one of the best things to ever happen to this series.

01 - Never Try Eating Nectarines Since Juice May Dispense (3-15-77)

Elizabeth is arrested for drug possession, and David (played by Mark 'LUKE SKYWALKER' Hammil in this episode only - Grant Goodeve took over in episode 2) moves out on his own.

**The title of this episode is really just a clever way that Tom and Joan remember the names of all their 8 kids - Nicholas, Tommy, Elizabeth, Nancy, Susan, Joanie, Mary & David (from youngest to oldes)**

02 - Schussboomer (3-22-77)

Mary's single friend (who's also pregnant--GASP!) stays with the Bradford family and clashes with Tom. Apparently Diana Hyland who played Tom's wife Joan, passed away around the time this episode first aired, forcing them to eventually have the mother character die--and allow Betty Buckly to join the cast as the woman Tom would soon marry!

03 - Pieces Of Eight (3-29-77)

Tom and Joan argue when she insists on continuing her photography career while his newspaper is shut down by a strike.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have to make a DVD of Eight is Enough! November 5, 2006
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I sure hope Eight is Enough comes out on DVD. I'll be the first one to buy it! This was my favorite show when I was younger. I would love to watch these episodes over and over again! What do we have to do to get them to make a DVD set??!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eight is Enough needs to be on DVD now! March 15, 2007
Please put Eight is Enough on DVD. It is the best show. I loved watching it when I was growing up. All the other shows are on DVD. Why is it taking so long for this to be available?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good show thank you
Published 7 days ago by edward willet
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite shows as a kid and I wanted to share ...
One of my favorite shows as a kid and I wanted to share it with my 7 year old niece. It was a hit.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Really like the video, only wish the series wasn't so expensive.
Published 1 month ago by J's_Amazon_Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
The series is excellente whit this series i remember old times when i see for this time and remember things that happened in my life
Published 4 months ago by Luis Noyola
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite shows
my daughter grew up watching this show, its definitely worth watching as a family! compared to television today, with sex, violence, and bad language.
Published 5 months ago by Barbaracoble
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful TV Pilot Episode!
Mark Hamill is perfect in the role as the oldest son in this family drama. It was one of my favorite shows when I was a child and it holds up just as well today! Read more
Published 7 months ago by David M. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love those guys
So good to watch these good ol fashioned feel good guys and gals. I wish they still made stuff like this with all those good solid values. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. S. A. Jeffries
5.0 out of 5 stars Eight is Enough
This was for my wife, who is very happy with this DVD, I am going to order Season 2 Part 1 & 2
Published 7 months ago by Nigel Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice family series
My dad loved this show when it first aired. I'm from a big family and ours was never like this one. However, my wife loves this show... so I got it for her.
Published 9 months ago by N.Edrich
5.0 out of 5 stars still a classic
A classic family dramady. All good actors. Dick Van Patten plays a large role and does it so well. My favorite show in the early 80s and still my favorite show.
Published 10 months ago by Curt Fluegel
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Put this on DVD!
and i am going crazy because by the time they do release it, i will be gone and haunting those jerks. why have stupid shows that have no value released without a thought, and quality shows like this one held back. any answers?
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