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Family Affair: Season 1

4.8 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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ALL 30 EPISODES FROM SEASON ONE.

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Though it never garnered much critical acclaim during its network run (1966-71), the TV comedy-drama Family Affair has been a viewer favorite for decades thanks to its gentle tone, adorable cast, and simple but sweet storylines; the charm of the show has been well preserved on this debut season set. The appeal of Family Affair came from the relationship between wealthy bachelor engineer (gruff character actor Brian Keith), his manservant Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot), and the three children (Johnny Whitaker, Kathy Garver, and Anissa Jones) of his late brother, who have come to live with them. The stories in the first season may have been lightweight--Cissy (Garver) doesn't want to go to boarding school ("The Matter of School"); Buffy (Jones) loses her Mrs. Beasley doll ("Mrs. Beasley, Where Are You?"), Bill and Jody (Whitaker) try to go on a trip ("One for the Little Boy")--but there's no denying that Keith, Cabot, and the young cast approach the material with honesty and genuine emotion, which undoubtedly provides some of the reason for the program's enduring appeal. The set's five discs include all 29 episodes of the 1966-67 season, a gallery of production stills, and a featurette starring the now grown-up Garver, who provides some tidbits of information about the show's genesis, as well as her own reminiscences about the series. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • "Family Affair: Behind the Scenes with Kathy Garver" featurette
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Keith, John Williams, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, Johnny Whitaker
  • Directors: James Sheldon, William D. Russell
  • Writers: Austin Kalish, Cynthia Lindsay, Don Fedderson, Dorothy Cooper, Doug Tibbles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 750 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXZFS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Family Affair: Season 1" on IMDb

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I remember loving this TV show when I was very young and so I approached re-viewing it 40 years later with much trepidation because I was not sure how it would hold up. I didnt remember this sitcom being heavy with jokes and punchlines, so I worried that it might have aged badly. I'm very relieved to say that the 30 episodes in this set are wonderful and the entire cast is restrained, believable and talented. This is one of those heart-warmer comedies that aren't made any more. Its humor comes from the situations rather than a goofy setup or (worse yet) impossibly adult wisecracks coming out of the mouths of young children. When bachelor Bill Davis (Brian Keith) inherits the three children of his late brother and sister-in-law (Anissa Jones, Johnnie Whittaker and Kathy Garver), he and his butler (er "gentleman's gentleman, Mr. French, played by Sebastian Cabot)find themselves suddenly having to raise three kids. Be forewarned, the first few episodes are real tear-jerkers as the kids continually believe they will be sent away to another relative. The DVD's picture is vibrant--it was one of the first color TV shows besides BONANZA-- and the stories are captivating.

The only confusing part of the DVD experience is that each episode begins with a pre-opening credits sequence--sometimes the scene that plays is a scene you'll see later in the episode and sometimes its the actual beginning of the episode, so don't be too quick to speed past the opening sequence. The DVD doesn't have chapter breaks within each episode.
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By 60's fan on March 29, 2006
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Brian Keith and the whole cast made this show a winner. It was funny and the whole family could watch. I am glad that this and other shows of the 60's are being released on DVD. It gives me something to watch. TV has lost it's innocence.
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I am so excited to actually be able to see this neglected gem once again. It hasn't been re-run on any networks, even cable, in years and years. Looking forward to Cissy's romance in Tahiti, Jody clipping Mr. French's beard, the substitute Mr. French (played by John Williams--not the orchestra conductor but the actor who did the "Masterpieces of Music" commercial ("I'm sure you recognize this lovely melody as 'Stranger in Paradise,' but did you actually know it is based on the Polovtsian Dance number 2 by Borodin?"), stickball in the park, Uncle Bee-iill, Buffy and her beloved Mrs. Beasley, and the excitement of New York in the 60's. IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!! Now let's get out a few more 60s favorites like "That Girl!"
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Let me start by saying that my wife and I love this show and were thrilled to get it on DVD. We do have one small complaint though... the people who produced these DVDs forget to include some sort of index to the DVDs showing which episodes are on which DVD. For those of you reading this I would like to offer this homemade index:

Disc 1

1. Buffy (Pilot)

2. Jody and Cissy

3. The Gift Horse

4. The Matter of School

5. Marmalade

6. Room with a Viewpoint

Disc 2

7. Mrs. Beasley, Where Are You?

8. Who's Afraid of Nural Shpeni?

9. A Matter for Experts

10. Beware the Other Woman

11. Take Two Aspirin

12. Think Deep

Disc 3

13. Love Me, Love Me Not

14. The Thursday Man

15. Hard Hat Jody

16. That Was the Dinner That Wasn't

17. All Around the Town

18. One for the Little Boy

Disc 4

19. Fancy Free

20. A Helping Hand

21. Once in Love with Buffy

22. Ballerina, Buffy

23. The Mother Tongue

24. Everybody Needs Somebody

Disc 5

25. The Way it Was

26. All Nephews are Created Equal

27. The Prize

28. What Did You Do in the West, Uncle?

29. The Award

30. The Butler Method

Feel free to copy and paste this for your own set!
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It Is wonderful to see this show released on dvd,The show is wonderful in its wholesomeness and family atmosphere.It is a sharpe contrast to the real life Buffy Annisa Jones had to endure.Her vh1 True Hollywood Story made me feel very sad to watch.Such a happy looking child could have such an awful life but yet be such a great young actress that when your watching family affair she seems like shes on top of the world...This is a great series and I hope they release Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward they looked terrific on TV Land Awards 2006 and I hope the show comes out this year also. Scott Denny Runnemede NJ
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"Family Affair" has been one of those TV shows that I have long been waiting for to be released onto dvd. I grew up watching this warm, family show of Uncle Bill, Sissy, Jody, and Buffy, and of course, Mr. French, who seemed to always have some kind of a solution to whatever problem had occurred. Most memorable episodes involved the disappearance of Buffy's Mrs. Beasley doll, a camping trip with Sissy complaining she couldn't use her hair dryer, and Jody trimming Mr. French's beard. I only hope that the Season 1, listed on the box cover, instead of "The Complete First Season," doesn't mean that something has been omitted and this is only a scattering of select episodes from the first season. If anyone has any insights on this issue, please inform us in your review. Once again, I'm very pleased to see that the beloved "Family Affair" will be joining "The Brady Bunch," "Bewitched," and "The Andy Griffith Show," on dvd. I see "That Girl!" is also being released to dvd, another favorite TV show! I hope that a release date is set soon for another great `60's TV show, "Get Smart." I believe that I enjoy these now "classic" TV shows for the cast members in all of these shows do a great job in making their audience believe in whatever role they're playing and whatever the situation their involved in, is actually happening, and this is rare TV magic that's hard to find on TV these days.
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