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Joanie Loves Chachi: Complete Series (1982)

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 410 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GLPYVQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Set in the 1960's, this `Happy Days' spin-off centers on Joanie Cunningham and her boyfriend Chachi Arcola, who move to Chicago and start a rock band, often performing at his family's Italian restaurant.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good comedy—with an entertaining touch of music! February 8, 2014
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I first learned of this 1982 sitcom via a VH1 "I Love the '80s" program aired during the early 2000s. Mind you, "Happy Days" (the show from which this series was spun off) was before my time. So, my main familiarity was with Scott Baio from his later "Charles in Charge" days. How exciting, almost a decade after seeing excerpts, then, to finally have the chance to see the complete (but unfortunately, short) run of "Joanie Loves Chachi"!

I was not disappointed—in fact, I was pleasantly surprised—in the quality of this series. It's lighthearted (and admittedly has some quite cheesy moments). But what really stands out to me about each episode is the natural and believable chemistry of the whole cast. It doesn't hurt that the primary setting (the family restaurant/house) also looks very real. Add to this equation the presence of at least one musical performance in almost every show, and you've got quite a fun 25 minutes of comedy each time.

The romantic relationship between Joanie and Chachi (as well as their work together in a band that performs in the family restaurant) is the primary focus. Scott Baio and Erin Moran deliver their lines and actions in an authentic way which distracts from any reality gaps in the scripts. They are also capable vocalists who make the musical performances more than a mere novelty aspect of the show. Also, of note, however, are the scenes between Chachi's parents (played by Helen Travolta and Al Molinaro). Joanie and Chachi's bandmates also add to the fun.

The only thing that's missing from this DVD release to make it an over-the-top success are any bonus features.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show gone too soon February 5, 2014
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Watched a few episodes as I just got the DVD and I see a lot of negative reviews on here but come on was Happy Days Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy any better? They were all intended to be fluff and cutesy comedy ..so who cares what all you negative people think!!!!!! . I would watch this over a reality show of today any day...I like the music parts too. I was surprised with Scotts popularity at the time the series only ran 17 shows
Now can they bring Angie with Donna Pescow to DVD. Another good show gone too soon!!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Storylines so bereft of originality February 4, 2014
A mere seventeen episodes constitutes the entirety of Joanie Loves Chachi: The Complete Series. As slight as that sounds, I found this slim three-disc set to be an overdose of sub-Laverne and Shirley unfunniness, songs that would never threaten and hit lists during any era, supporting characters not even their own mothers could love, and storylines so bereft of originality the second to last episode actually resorted to using Happy Days flashbacks!

Do I sound unnecessarily harsh? If so, it's because I'm pissed off at how little apparent interest creator Garry Marshall and company had in delivering a series worth watching. First, there's the concept: Joanie and Chachi decide to chase their dreams and sing with a band, playing nightly at Delvecchio's restaurant. Think about that for a moment…When you go out for a nice Italian dinner, do you really want a rock group thrashing away at songs you've never heard before, and being sung by a man with a tin throat? Scott Baio is many things—incredibly charming, handsome, and when given the chance, a fine actor—but musical is not one of them!

And then, there's the rest of "the band," who never actually rate a name. On bass guitar is Chachi's cousin Annette (Winifred Freedman); a cute, sweet and (slightly) chubby girl who gets routinely pelted with fat and ugly jokes. Nice, right? Annette's brother Mario (Derrel Maury) plays keyboards; a fairly good looking—if somewhat anonymous—kid, distinguished only by his pork pie hat. Finally, there's drummer Bingo (Robert Pierce), who wears Hawaiian shirts and Bermuda shorts, has a bushy blond perm, and speaks entirely in non-sequiturs, sounding just like Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times At Ridgemont High. That's right, he's a "surfer dude"…in Chicago.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all the negatives reviewers February 22, 2014
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It is about a younger couple in love and their problem in relationships. It is not about their singing, the singing is a small portion of the show. Whether you are married or single in a relationship, whether you are young or older in a relationship, everyone has problems in relationships. But because they are best friends and they will always be there for each other because of their love they can get through the rough times. Hence "Joanie Loves Chachi". The show got cancelled too soon. When this was on television and I was very young, I wondered why one minute I was watching the show then the next I was not watching the show. Now that I am older I know because of the negative viewers. If I knew how to write soon after it was cancelled I would write to cbs studio. This is a great family show like "Happy Days". Erin and Scott had chemistry. My favorite episodes are "Fonzie's visit" and "The Elopement".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reading the other reviews, a few things stand out...

1 The actors had a wonderful chemistry that made the episodes work.
2 But the writing and series concept left a lot to be desired.
3 Joanie can sing! Chachi did ok in keeping up with her, but really it should have been Joanie singing and Chachi doing something else. Maybe he could have gotten a job as an 'in charge' male nanny... (I think he did a few years later...)

The producers got stuck with the concept of them singing because the Happy Days episodes with them singing were quite well received and ABC wanted yet another hit spinoff from the series. They forgot that those Happy days episodes usually had other things like well written scripts and the Fonz to keep things moving along nicely.

The main appeal was in the two lead actors eye appeal, Joanie for the boys and Chachi for the gals. Actual characters for band members that could stand out like the Fonz did early on in the parent series might have helped. But the band was a waste as was Chachi's family, who were apparently only there so the series could allow underage Joanie to live in another city with her boyfriend.

The first 4 episodes were a big hit in the ratings in the spring. Following the Happy Days series on Tuesday evenings surely helped. So a full fall season pickup seemed like a great Idea. But then they moved the show to another day...

Thursday.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean tv
Good clean fun entertainment
Not garbage like today tv
Published 21 days ago by CHRIS HOLLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it
Published 1 month ago by Patty Kellogg
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Scott Baio!
I love Scott Baio. I will always remember my world coming to a stop when this came on . I recorded every song they sang and I still have that cassette
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Published 1 month ago by Jane Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute show from the past
Cute show. Price is cheap enough to purchase
Published 2 months ago by Deedle
5.0 out of 5 stars cute tv show
I love the singing, didn't no thy could sing that good, the tv show is so cute, people should watch it
Published 3 months ago by jody ash
3.0 out of 5 stars Like the stars, the story is a bit corny.
The story is not all that well written. Always liked the stars. Why don't they produce later episodes of Happy Days?
Published 3 months ago by C. J.
2.0 out of 5 stars Spin-off Flop
Set in the 1960's, this `Happy Days' spin-off series that debuted on ABC in the Spring of 1982 that pertained to Joanie Cunningham(Erin Moran) and her boyfriend Chachi Arcola(Scott... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars A sitcom of young love
For those who loved "Happy Days" comes this spin-off series where Joanie is grown up into a beautiful teenager, living away from home, has a boyfriend, and sings in a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days short-lived spin off
Spin offs are part of Television. If you think All in The family, you think the Jeffersons and Good Times. ..Man from UNCLE, you think The Girl from UNCLE... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bennet Pomerantz
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days Are Here Again
The only show that I recall where the leads sang their theme. It took our Joanie, and Chachi and moved them to Chicago where Joanie and Chachi try to be singers with a band... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steve Simon
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