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Gidget - The Complete Series (1965)

Sally Field , Don Porter  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter, Pete Duel, Betty Conner
  • Writers: Frederick Kohner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7DM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gidget - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes the original pilot episode
  • A look back at Gidget featuring an exclusive new interview with Sally Field.
  • All 32 episodes on 4 discs

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Catch a wave with America's favorite southern California beach teen in GIDGET: THE COMPLETE SERIES. Join two-time Academy Award® winner Sally Field (1984, Actress in a Leading Role, Places in the Heart) as perky 15-year-old Frances Elizabeth Lawrence (better known to her family and friends as Gidget), Don Porter as her ever-loving father, Russ, and a host of such soon-to-be-famous faces as Richard Dreyfuss, Barbara Hershey, Bonnie Franklin, Harvey Korman and Henry Jaglom, for 32 winning episodes of fun-in-the-sun comedy, romance and adventure.

Gidget launched the career of the ever-perky Sally Field (who decades later still looks like the sweetie-pie beach bunny she played in the mid-'60s series). The show is a valentine to Southern California, surfing, and plucky girl power--in fact, Gidget's self-aware musings and intrepid ways of getting out of trouble lay the groundwork for later TV heroines like Buffy and Veronica Mars. The show's aged surprisingly well, mostly because of the undeniable charms of Field, who seems to take her teenage "horror stories"--as when squeeze Jeff (a.k.a. Moon Doggie) is poised to return to Princeton and suggests they date other people--with a knowing grain of salt. The teen drama is all a bit tongue in cheek, since it's clear nothing will get our Gidget down for long. The dialogue is a real treat, a crazy mix of late film noir ("How old's the underripe tomato?") and pre-Summer of Love hipster California-speak ("Well, look at all the wiggy birds around here!"). The set includes all 32 episodes, with a short interview with Field, who has a lot of affection for her young persona--as do we all, Daddy-o. --A.T. Hurley

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars take a trip back in time with Sally... May 24, 2006
The 1965 ABC-Screen Gems sitcom of GIDGET, based on the the adventures of author Frederick Kohner's real-life daughter (which had already formed the basis for the 1959 Sandra Dee movie "Gidget" and a slew of sequels). It launched the career of promising up-and-coming actress Sally Field, whose heroine became the quintessential picture of 1960s wholesomeness and girl-next-door charm.

Frances Lawrence, known as Gidget to her family and friends, spends every spare moment on the beach at Malibu where she surfs and enjoys harebrained adventures, though her married sister Anne loves to interfere with Gidget's plans. GIDGET suffered from poor ratings and only lasted for one full season before being shelved, though the show did generate some interest during summer re-runs. However, a second season could not be filmed due to Sally Field having been all but signed to do "The Flying Nun", and GIDGET was axed altogether.

The series remains pleasant and enjoyable viewing with fine performances from the entire cast, particularly Don Porter ("Private Secretary") as Gidget's widowed father Russ and Lynette Winter ("The Parent Trap") as Gidget's shy best friend Larue. Sally Field, in her first big starring vehicle, is perky, appealing and everything else we expect Gidget to be. The rest of the cast includes Betty Conner, Pete Duel and Michael Nader. Keep an eye out for several guest stars including Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Franklin, Barbara Hershey and Henry Jaglom.

Sony Pictures has released the entire series of GIDGET in this well-presented boxset, joining their other outstanding season-sets of "Bewitched", "The Flying Nun" and "I Dream of Jeannie".
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5.0 out of 5 stars TV Field Day March 21, 2006
"If you're in doubt about angels being real..." So began the catchy, unforgettable theme from TV's Gidget. After Sandra Dee's trio of Gidget beach movies, Sally Field took the role and made it her own. This series was unsurpassed, made at a time when sitcom did not simply mean jokefest. It's not all laughs; there's real heart, teenage angst and working out of relationships. The college prof dad and shrink brother in law give ample space for working in the 'fifties fetish with psychology. The characters click; the chemistry's magic.

Now with The Flying Nun also soaring onto DVD, at last Sally Field can be seen as the talent she is. She doesn't have to play "serious" roles to shine. Light sitcoms like Field's and Patty Duke's were often dismissed by critics despite being wildly popular. The 32 episodes on these four discs may enable a reappraisement, and with the entire series on DVD, fans will have a Field day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Buy for Gidget Fans! March 23, 2006
Most people looking at this product already agree that Gidget is a great, charming TV show with a wonderful cast, so there's no need to convince you on that point. I will say, however, that this DVD release is fantastic. I've been waiting years for Gidget to come out on DVD, and I was not disappointed.

Gidget - The Complete Series fits all 32 episodes in one box set -- four DVDs that come in two stylish, slim DVD cases. The episodes look good (remastered in High Definition) and sound great. The colors on the box are cute and attractive; they'll look good on anyone's shelf. I wish that there were more extras, but it does feature the original pilot and an exclusive interview with Sally Field, and everything else was so nice that I wouldn't think of taking off a star.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'VE WAITED OVER TWENTY YEARS August 24, 2006
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The Gidget reruns ran only one summer when I was a kid. Every year I waited for it to come back on TV but it never did. I know it sounds crazy but these episodes actually helped shape my life. I just saw them that one summer but have always remembered them and what Gidget went through in certain episodes and how she dealt with things (although it's written as a comedy, she does deal with a lot of serious issues). I am so happy it's been released in '06 and I have a copy!!!

The show is just as entertaining, if not more, as an adult (you catch a lot more stuff such as Gidget's busty friend "Eleanor Chest" who the boys call "Treasure"). Everyone of all ages and sexes (my husband will even sit through and watch them with me) will adore Gidget.

The digital quality is fantastic, the cast chemistry is wonderful, and every episode will put a smile on your face. If you're at all a Gidget fan you've got to have this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! January 25, 2006
I loved, loved, LOVED "Gidget" when it was being shown on TV the words of the late, great Trio Channel, it was a "Brilliant but Cancelled" series that deserved a longer run. A nice, fun piece of 1960s sitcom television, Sally Field showed early on why she'd make the mark she did in the entertainment industry. Everyone else is great too...Don Porter is one of the most underrated TV dads of all time IMO. And the likes of Lynette Winter, Betty Conner, and Pete Deuel are just delightful. I am SO getting this one when it comes out in March!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gidget - can't get enough January 15, 2007
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If you love the Gidget movies and wish to continue the experience, then you'll find yourself falling in for the TV series, Gidget. Sally Fields is the most adorable, fun loving, and fiesty young lady, who seeks to follow her own path in life. A father who adores her and wishes to protect Gidget from her trustful, nuturing nature. A wonderful way to escape the harsh realities of today. Esacpe back to a time when life seemed much simplier.
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