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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2012
Format: DVD
As the title say...ABC has done it again. It has canceled another wonderful show filled with promise, wonderful and hilarious characters with actors like Kristen Chenoweth and Annie Potts who steals the show for me every time they are in front of the camera. I can't believe that the head of ABC has the audacity to keep tired shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette going season after season. We all know that show has the same lame-ass formula where the couple will end up breaking up after their five-minute of fame fades away. Meanwhile shows like GCB and Missing gets cancelled without giving it a real chance to succeed but instead be included to ABC's purgatory of shows with high potential and a loyal following with such other gem of a show like Nightstalker (2007), The Gates (2010), No Ordinary Family (2010-2011) and Wipeout.

I will miss seeing GCB in fall 2012. With Desperate Housewives ending for good, what will Sunday be like without the hilarious Ms. Chenoweth, the beautiful Ms Bibb, the always affable Ms Potts, and the rest of the hilarious cast of GCB. At least when the DVD comes out for sale, I will have it to remember this short-lived show and the laughter that this show brought me on Sunday nights.

RIP...
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115 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Everything is bigger in Texas and ABC's comic soap opera "GCB" is out to prove it! Completely over-the-top (and I mean that as a compliment), this show plays to and skewers every Southern cliche imaginable. From Dallas society to religious propriety, the sharp screenplays always have their tongues planted firmly in cheek and the ten episodes of Season One are filled with scandal, infidelities, old rivalries, and even a song or two. Creator Robert Harling adapted the colorfully titled Kim Gatlin novel which doesn't abbreviate just what GCB stands for. ABC, apparently a bit shy about employing the B-word in the show's title, briefly flirted with the notion of Good Christian Belles (which sells out Gatlin's entire premise) but then settled on GCB as an appropriate compromise (and then promptly and ironically rolled out another mid-season replacement sitcom in which the B-word figured prominently in the title). Meant to recapture some of the luster of the aging and wildly uneven "Desperate Housewives," the show failed to build on that ratings lead-in and it's a shame. If more people had sampled "GCB," they might have been caught up in its madcap antics!

"GCB" addresses what happens when a former mean girl returns to her hometown roots to reunite with old high school friends and rivals. Leslie Bibb is this reformed baddie who arrives in Dallas in shame after her criminal husband has died under scandalous circumstances. Her controlling mother (Annie Potts) welcomes her and her two kids with open arms, but a quartet of former acquaintances aren't quite so accepting. Bibb, though, is truly trying to be a better person. Her friends, meanwhile, who have all achieved success start to feel old insecurities creep back. The show is crisp and sassy and quite a bit of fun. The plots, however, play second fiddle to one of the more spry and hysterical comic ensembles on TV. The cast is really the star of this show!

Bibb is wildly appealing and I'm not sure why she isn't a bigger star. Potts has her best role in years and chews up every scene she's in as the Republican gun-toting matriarch figure. Kristin Chenoweth is delightful as the primary foil and serves up diva deliciousness (I couldn't resist upping the cheese factor) with unapologetic abandon. She is the piece's largest villain, but you've got to love her just the same and her faithful husband (David James Elliott) balances her perfectly. And she gets to sing--always a welcome diversion. Miriam Shor is a revelation as she battles Chenoweth for dominance of their little group and her marriage of convenience to her best friend (a great Mark Deklin) provides one of the most interesting relationships on the show. Jennifer Aspen plays the group's more trusting and easily influenced member, and her attraction to the local pastor is quite funny. The last lady is played by Marisol Nichols (who is lovely), but in a cast with such big personalities--she can often be overshadowed.

Episodes are presented in anamorphic widescreen video, with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and subtitles in Spanish and French. This 3-disc set includes all ten episodes (approx 430 minutes) with Bonus Material including:

Episode Commentaries
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Bloopers
Bigger in Texas
Living Large
Preaching to the Choir
High School Lessons
Spicy Scripture - Relationship Lessons

The show doesn't do subtlety! It's loud, fun and completely outrageous. Maybe it wasn't the best show on network TV, but it was one of the more wildly entertaining ones. And as not enough viewers have turned out, these ten episodes are probably the end. I guess it's back to watching the endless procedural crime shows on TV. Ughhh. In that landscape, "GCB" felt like a breath of fresh air. KGHarris, 5/12.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I've been a Kristin Chenoweth fan since "Pushing Daisies." Her amazing performance of Olive Snook made her a scene-stealer, to say the least. Since then, I've been purchasing her albums, seeing her shows, etc., but I couldn't wait to see her return on TV. I didn't really know what GCB would be like, but Kristin's appearance in it was enough to spark my interest.
GCB, originally titled "Good Christian Bitches," quickly became one of my favorite new shows. Along with Chenoweth, the series stars Leslie Bibb, the amazing Annie Potts, as well as a cavalcade of more talent. The shows sharp wit provides a take on all the "Holier than Thou" people in our lives, as well as a play on the Texan stereotype. It's not in the least bit offensive, just hilarious. After the conviction of her husband, a business man who played the old Ponzi-Scheme, Amanda (Leslie Bibb) returns to her hometown in Texas to live with her mother and children. There she finds her former classmates, who she tortured, including a new neighbor/old foe (Kristin Chenoweth) named Carlene. By new, I don't mean a new person, but an old classmate whose numerous plastic surgeries give a new look to the acne-ridden, firzzy-haired teenager that Amanda once tortured, along with Carlene's many friends (Sharon, Cricket, and Heather). Carlene's rat-pack plan revenge on the newly vulnerable Amanda.
An entertaining mix of wit, talent, and strong under-lying story-lines, GCB is a show that will entertain from beginning to start. And it's sure to entertain on DVD. The DVD will feature Featurettes, Audio Commentaries, and Bloopers on a three-disc, ten episode set.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
Format: DVD
The show Good Christian Belles "GCB" is a very entertaining show. A great storyline with some really talented actors/actresses. I am a huge fan of Kristin Chenoweth and she is so good in this show. Anybody that has seen Kristin perform can attest she can play comedy or drama with the best of them. As for the opportunities she got to sing on the show, well those were spectacular! Kristin Chenoweth and singing is as natural for her as breathing is for everybody else. I always say .."A SONG has no better friend than Kristin Chenoweth!". ABC had a wonderfully gifted performer and set her and crew aside. Remember Pushing Daisies, that was another great show by ABC, only to exit out way too early. GCB was a show with a very believable plot and a very talented bunch indeed. I thought all played off of each other well and there was plenty of growth there for a young show. Many shows have slow starts (although I personally don't think of this one in that way). Annie Potts is a great actress. Leslie Bibb was really good in her part as well. They were so many good actors that played their parts well with some pretty good lines scattered in also. I still think Kristin Chenoweth is a real HOOT when it comes to comedy. The one-liners are priceless. When you use the term CHARACTERS in the show, they sure were that. That's a great reason for buying this treasure. I hope ABC will rethink there cancellation of this show and bring it back for a second season. You would think ABC would give a series two or possibly three seasons to show it's stuff, I know there is enough money invested in it to warrant a chance. I think it is more important than ever for a fan of this show to buy this season one, if anything to show ABC the potential for future sells is very much alive! This is a great purchase!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
Format: DVD
I'm banging the Save GCB drum as loud as possible.

How can ABC be so cruel as to bring the lovely Annie Potts back to Prime Time to create one of funniest yet most stylish TV characters ever just to take her away? The chemistry between all the characters is just magic on this show and the casting was flawless. I am completely shocked GCB was not picked up as the show was hysterical from the start and maintained its high level of stylish fun week after week.

I can't wait to get the DVDs of the show but hope and pray ABC wakes up and realizes what a terrible mistake they have made. I say we send a smart, savvy business woman like Cricket Caruth-Reilly in to fire all the ABC programmers. Cricket is certainly sharp enough to know you don't cancel a higher-rated show over a lower-rated one just because of a little controversy from a few malcontents. She knows, as does the rest of the world, controversy sells!

Annie, Miriam, Jennifer, Leslie, Kristin, and Marisol, I hope you and all the GCB fellas realize how much so many of us loved and enjoyed your fine performances on GCB.

I haven't given up yet!!!!!!

Scott

GCB: The Complete First Season
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
Format: DVD
Absolutely one of the BEST shows to ever grace ABC! Funny and very entertaining!! I was soooo very disappointed to find out that there would be no season 2!! ABC is making a HUGE HUGE HUGE mistake!! When I found out Desperate Housewives was ending, I was so upset.. But after watching a few episodes of GCB, I said "I have found a replacement!" Only to find out it would be short lived.. :( BRING BACK GCB, ABC!!! We love it!! GCB: The Complete First Season
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
Format: DVD
Don't let the title of this show put you off - or the awful in-your-face commercials used to advertise it (hint to ABC on why the lack of audience). This is a show about relationships and strong women who also have big hearts. It is about making things work and never giving up. It showcases healthy competition and lessons learned from youth. Most importantly, it gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves. It was a perfect replacement for Desperate Housewives. Different enough to give us the chance to welcome new families into our homes every Sunday evening, while sharing the great mix of comedy, drama and just enough outrageousness to prove it didn't take itself too seriously.

Annie Potts shines as a very strong, independent belle. Such a great role for her after her more low-key doormat part in Designing Women. In GCB, she is BOTH Julia AND Suzanne Sugarbaker and she does it with great aplomb! I am not from the South, but this show makes me love it and wish I were : ) In another role reversal, Kristin Chenoweth trades in her sweet Pushing Daisys and lost Glee characters for a mean girl! I love Kristin and I love seeing her with some claws (don't you just love the "kitten" nickname too?)

While Annie and Kristin brought me to the show in spite of it's horrible preview spots, Miriam Shor kept me coming back. She plays a "B" with (breaking) heart better than anyone in the industry. Her character, Cricket, and her relationship with her gay husband Blake, is the very best thing about the show. This is a difficult plot line to sell and could have turned out laden with stereotypes; instead the writers and actors made it real and sweet and just raw enough to make it convincing. You really care about this couple and you understand why the marriage works. I will miss Cricket and Blake the most. They are the couple I would most like to have as neighbors - and friends.

To those that were turned off by the show's in-your-face commercials or the somewhat weak pilot, you might just change your mind if you watch the rest of the episodes. Episodes 2-9 were just great fun to watch. You do need to see the pilot to understand the show's setup but it doesn't do justice to what follows. The last episode was also not up to par, but perhaps the writers knew of the impeding cancellation so their hearts just weren't into the final episode. For that reason alone, ABC needs to bring the series back for another season. These great characters deserve a much better send off than they got.

I was very upset when this series was cancelled because it was good TV and it made me laugh at loud - and hard, which is good for the soul. I very much wanted this to go several seasons so I could add a nice row of GCB DVD's to my collection. If the show does end up being saved somehow, I'll happily start buying DVD's. As it is, a one-season DVD "set" is just too sad for me to consider buying : (
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2012
Format: DVD
My wife is from Dallas and she misses it so much, when this show came on it was a great way for her to connect with Dallas again, and I also fell in love with the show. Its witty and fun and it will easily fill the void left by Desperate House Wives, I just wish ABC could see how big a mistake they have made. Cant wait till it gets here, good thing there's free two day shipping. BRING BACK MY GCB!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2012
Format: DVD
I don't watch a lot of shows on network TV but the previews of this show looked so good I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did! This show had everything you could possibly want! It had great stories, a stellar, perfectly cast group of performers and it was wildly entertaining. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud watching this show. My whole family became hooked on it and it was wonderful to sit down together and watch it Sunday nights. I think it's a crying shame and a travesty that a show of this high quality wasn't given more of a chance. I think it richly deserved a second season, perhaps on a different day or time-slot. I'm still hoping ABC changes its mind or some other network sees the great potential here and picks it up. I think it's very hypocritical of ABC to cancel it but then submit it for 4 Emmys. The cast and show very much deserve Emmy nominations but if ABC thinks this show is Emmy-worthy then why on earth would you cancel it? It makes no sense to me and I'm very disappointed in ABC.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
This show was campy, fun and just all-around entertaining! I cannot believe that ABC decided to cancel it! Will purchase Season 1, to savor each delicious and hilarious episode! These women deserve better----hopefully, another network will be intelligent enough to pick up a series that has such potential and a devoted fan base! If you are looking for an entertaining watching party, grab this right away! You won't be disappointed.....

P.S. Just received my DVD of Season 1 today and quickly watched the extras----was laughing so hard, watching the bloopers, "Bigger in Texas" and deleted scenes. Watching this cast interact with one another and hearing the "back story" on the show only makes me love it more and sad to know that ABC canceled it. They have such chemistry together which is evident as you watch the show. Will enjoy watching the season again, over and over! Some network needs to wake up and give this show another chance. Look at all of the people who are ready for Season 2!
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