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Joanie Loves Chachi: Complete Series (1982)

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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 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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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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14 of 18 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 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars MORE CUTS ON PARAMOUNT RELEASES! February 17, 2014
I remember watching the first season. The (4) episodes when the series was a midseasn replacement in the Spring of 1982. I was a teenager and enjoyed the whole Happy Days/Lavern and Shirley franchise. I thought the spin off was good, When the series returned for a 2nd season on Thursdays I was watching NBC,, so I missed a number of episodes. I was excited when it was announced on dvd, and even more excited to hear all episode would be uncut. Luckily I got the set for only $15. The Beatlemania episode is missing the I Want To Hold Your Hand performance. This alone is reason to give this set a bad rating, Considering there are only 17 episodes! Not sure what else is missing, but with PARAMOUNT'S reputation I'm sure there are more cuts etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 16 days ago by Jane Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute show from the past
Cute show. Price is cheap enough to purchase
Published 25 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago by Steve Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars GARRY HIXON on scott baio
Really cool or sappy show, from the early 1980's Garry Hixon was a short haired republican, they look like 2 pituitary cases, 1983 they dont make years like that anymore, i guess... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Garry Hixon
2.0 out of 5 stars Good actors, crappy show
No doubt trying to further the success brought on by such hit shows as Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, the creators aimed for yet another spin-off. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joanna Mechlinski
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