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Hazel - The Complete First Season

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Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake. The lovable Shirley Booth stars as Mr. George Baxter's live-in, no-nonsense housekeeper providing ardent wisdom for her attorney boss, his lovely wife Dorothy and son Harold in this fun-for-all domestic sitcom. Includes all 35 debut-season episodes on 4 DVDs. 1961/b&w/15 hrs., 10 min/NR/fullscreen.

Hooray for Hazel! Shirley Booth stars as the irrepressible housekeeper Hazel in the endearing family TV series that ran from 1961 to 1966. A brilliant character actress, Booth wisecracks her way through Hazel's life, solving the problems of her employers, the often-befuddled Baxter family, as well as of the community (busting a shoplifting ring, finding homes for stray dogs, exposing a group of financial swindlers). All this Hazel does with her cheerful working-class enthusiasm, without getting so much as a stray wrinkle in her crisply pressed maid uniform (complete with little head thingy). When she gets into her own scrapes, she shrugs them off with Brooklynese cracks like, "Looks like I'm in the soup again!" The show is a perfect snapshot of early 1960s America, complete with frozen-in-time décor (did everyone have that same print of the little-girl ballet dancer framed in their living room?) and a lovely leisurely pace. Hazel can make an entire episode out of one single premise, as when Mr. Baxter decides that an unlisted phone number might cut down on the number of crank phone calls. And who wouldn't be nostalgic for a time when middle-class households had a working dad, a mostly-stay-at-home mom, perfectly behaved kids--and live-in housekeepers? Part of the appeal of Hazel, though, is that it's clear her life is much broader than her occupation. She knows everyone in town, from the balloon guy at the local park to the most powerful judge on the bench--all of which eventually comes in handy. And did we mention she's a cham-peen league bowler? Booth won two well-deserved Emmys for her portrayal of Hazel. The boxed set includes all 35 25-minute episodes, and you won't want to miss a one. I'm talking to youse! --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

  • 35 episodes on 4 discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake, Bobby Buntrock, Donald Foster
  • Directors: William D. Russell
  • Writers: Edward Kirsch, James B. Allardice, James Fonda, Jim Allen, Keith Fowler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 898 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FSMEB0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hazel - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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121 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on June 13, 2006
It seems odd that most of the middle-class television families from the 1950s and 1960s had housekeepers. Since most mothers stayed at home anyway, what did they do? Oh well, maybe the housekeepers were there for entertainment value or moral support and Hazel, everybody's favorite, has finally made her way to dvd!

Based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoons of Ted Key, Hazel is the highly opinionated and lovable maid to the Baxter family - successful lawyer George Baxter ("Mr. B."), his wife Dorothy and their son Harold. Hazel keeps the family in line and pretty much runs the household with her no-nonsense and matter-of-fact approach to life.

Hazel premiered on NBC in September of 1961 on Thursday nights and ran for five seasons (the final season was shown on CBS). Broadway and film star Shirley Booth (who won an Oscar for "Come Back Little Sheba") is the endearment of Hazel and she won 2 Emmys during the series run. This was Booth's first foray into television - however, she was not the first choice for the part. Famous character actress Thelma Ritter was first considered and she wanted the part badly but had to back out due to health problems. Booth made Hazel one of the most memorable characters on television and the show was extremely popular in its day.

The first season's shows include: #1 Hazel and the Playground, #2 Hazel Makes a Will, #3 Hazel Plays Nurse, #4 A Matter of Principle, #5 Dorothy's New Client, #6 What'll We Watch Tonight?
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Tee on April 28, 2007
I don't think I'd seen a HAZEL episode since the early 1970's when I was ten or so before buying this DVD set. I had always enjoyed the show, mainly because of the superb actress Shirley Booth, who was always good and appealing in everything she ever did. What surprised me is how genuinely funny HAZEL was! I was expecting something along the lines of a gentle little drama masquerading as a sitcom ala FATHER KNOWS BEST, OZZIE AND HARRIET, DONNA REED, and other "family comedies" shows of the period. HAZEL, however, is full of hilarious comments and situations - there's not an episode on this DVD that didn't make me laugh!

Miss Booth stars as an irrepressible maid who is not only a full member of the household she is employed with but something of the grande dame (emphasis on dame) of the neighborhood - often pitching in and working in neighbor's homes!! Hazel knows everybody and everybody knows Hazel. Greeting everyone with an earthy charm (and often a plate of food), Hazel never met a situation she didn't take a personal interest in and try to fix - occasionally with temporarily diasterious results. It's hard to think of another actress who could pull off this surprisingly complex role, certainly not the wonderful Thelma Ritter whom reportedly was the first choice. Ritter would have been in keeping with the caustic Hazel of the single panel SATURDAY EVENING POST cartoons but she could have never played this television Hazel, who is warm, empathic, and generous and whose wisecracks are never malicious barbs (when Hazel makes a remark about her boss' expanding waistline it's out of concern, not a fat joke).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. C. on August 27, 2006
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I first saw Hazel on cable back in the 80's. It is very funny. Hazel plays a clever maid who tries to straighten things out with hilarious results. Everything works out for the best by the end of the show. I just bought Season 1 DVD of Hazel. The DVD quality is superb with the original theme and closing credits intact. My family loves this collection and we look forward to Season 2. Funny, clever, and clean family entertainment for all ages. Who can ask for more?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Guilaume Charpentier on August 5, 2006
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I'm so happy that "Hazel" is on DVD....I always wondered why it wasn't released on DVD sooner. I wasn't alive when the show first aired but I recall seeing it in reruns in the early 90s here in Washington, D.C. and sometimes on WOR on cable......I loved the show and have wanted to see it again ever since. After watching all of these 35 episodes (most of which I've never seen before), I can't help but hope that this reissue does well enough that the manufacturer will put the rest of the episodes on DVD.....

I don't even care that I can hardly find anything to watch on cable. All i have to do is whip this or my "I Love Lucy" DVD out........
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Friend on September 18, 2007
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Hazel is the best classic TV series on DVD I have ever bought and I've got them all.
The episode stories are fantastic and Hazel is brilliant. The video and audio is quality, we just need more series.
-From the biggest Hazel fan in Australia
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on July 4, 2007
Somewhere in my past I had seen this; more than likely the early 90's when I had cable:) So I Netflixed Disc One just to bring myself up to speed and make sure the set was a worthy purchase.. wow. Hazel is so genuine, funny, and sincere I would feel guilt for not owning this set. Certain shows just seem to not only hold up but actually somehow become BETTER with time; that's our Hazel. Throw in a perfectly perplexed "Mr. B.", a charming and disarming wife , a child that doesn't mug for the camera and you have a sure fire hit. Sadly, I get a sinking feeling there will be NO season 2 without someone out there making waves just the way Hazel would. Please do.
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