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Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 1

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Product Description

Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. For the 1971 and 1972 seasons it was a part of an ABC Friday prime-time lineup that also included Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, and The Odd Couple. Each week, the show featured different stories of romance, usually with a comedic spin. All episodes were unrelated, featuring different characters, stories and locations. The show often featured the same actors playing different characters in many episodes. In addition a large and ornate brass bed was a recurring prop in many episodes. Charles Fox's delicate yet hip music score, featuring flutes, harp, and flugelhorn set to a contemporary pop beat, provided the "love" ambiance which tied the stories together as a multifaceted romantic comedy each week.

No "I Love the '70s" party will be complete without this blast from the groovy past, when women were "chicks," beaded door curtains were cool, and Carl Betz got top billing over Harrison Ford. Love American Style was an anthology series of comedic playlets about modern love, some sweet (two shy ventriloquists let their dummies do the talking in "Love and the Dummies"), some silly (a greeting-card writer's romance is threatened by his penchant for practical jokes in "Love and the Joker"), and some mildly risqué (In "Love and a Couple of Couples," a man regards his ex-wife's posterior as she asks of their former marital bed, "Is it still firm?"). A more apt title for this series could be, "Comedy, Neil Simon-style." One of the more interesting segments is "Love and the Good Deal," co-written by Garry Marshall, and which plays like a deleted act from Barefoot in the Park in which newlyweds Paul and Corie look for a new bed for their cramped apartment.

Love American Style debuted in 1969, a year in which the networks started to reach out to "modern people living in a modern world" with shows such as Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Mod Squad, and The Music Scene (which anticipated Saturday Night Live with its mix of satirical sketches and contemporary music). Love American Style was hip enough to feature a story called "Love and the Pill" and to refer to Philip Roth's novel Goodbye, Columbus. But traditional values invariably triumphed. In "Pill," a young man tells his girlfriend's overwrought parents that they have abstained from you-know. "That's the way we happen to feel about it," he reassures them. But what we truly love about American Style are the casts. You'd have to sail The Love Boat or visit Fantasy Island to find such a stellar gathering of Hollywood greats, comic legends, TV Land faves, future stars, and unsung character actors with the indelible and unforgettable faces. To name a few: Bill Bixby, Sid Caesar, Hans "Uncle Tonoose" Conreid, Broderick Crawford, Dwayne "Dobie Gillis" Hickman, David Ketchum (Agent 13 on Get Smart), Shari Lewis, Regis Philbin, Connie Stevens, Larry Storch, Paul "Tigger" Winchell, Joe Flynn and Carl Ballentine from McHale's Navy, and Mr. Ford, who shows up as Roger, the boyfriend, in "Love and the Former Marriage." Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files) is the most recognizable face of the show's stock company who appear in Laugh-In-style blackouts that link the stories. These are hit and miss, but some are blink-twice bizarre, as the one in which a black man reassures his reluctant fiancée, "Okay, we'll raise the kids Jewish." So cue the Cowsills ("Love American Style/Truer than the red, white and blue….") and ignite the fireworks. It's dated, yes, but Love will never go out of style. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • 12 episodes from the 1969 season on 3 discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Bixby, Sid Caesar
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • 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: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 619 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UX6TJ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 1" on IMDb

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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful By J. McDonald on December 31, 2007
Format: DVD
Great series. Bad idea to release the seasons split into two volumes.

The studio will find out the hard way that splitting a season into two volumes will cause them to LOSE money in the end, not make more. Many will not purchase HALF a season unless the price is VERY reasonable, which it isn't in this case. Also, when a title is overpriced, you can expect to see more "used" sets for sale than normal (at lower prices). Every time a title is sold "used", the studio loses more money.

In the end, they will make fans angry for having to pay extra (The total price for a complete two volume season) and also for having to wait (for the release of the second volume). We already have to wait long enough, in most cases, for follow-up SEASONS (sometimes years), and now they are making us wait for the second half of a SINGLE season.

Pathetic marketing technique that will make fans angry and lose money for the studio.

Don't believe any comments about "keeping costs down". It's all about keeping profits UP and consumers dangling at the end of a line.

I say, keep consumers HAPPY, by releasing full seasons at reasonable prices, and you'll make the most profits. No need for silly games.

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Servo VINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
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"Love American Style" (1969-1974), best known for its classic theme song and for airing the pilot (Season Three segment "Love and the Happy Days") that ultimately launched the hit series Happy Days, was a comedy anthology series about love and romance (a rarity) featuring a combo of guest stars in comedy vignettes. A product of its time, "Love American Style" looked naughty on the outside, but was actually a humorous yet quaint look at the rituals of dating and mating. Though ABC revived the series [as "New Love American Style"] in 1985, only The Love Boat (1977-1986) was successful in following the format of the original classic series which after decades since its debut finally comes to DVD! Love American Style - Season One, Volume One is a 3-disc (619 min.) set featuring all 37 segments from the show's first 12 [of 24] hour-long Season One episodes; Full Frame (1.33:1) video. Here is a list of the segments contained in this volume, plus original airdates:

1. Love and the Pill (9/29/1969)
2. Love and the Hustler (9/29/1969)
3. Love and a Couple of Couples (9/29/1969)
4. Love and the Joker (10/6/1969)
5. Love and the Letter (10/6/1969)
6. Love and the Living Doll (10/6/1969)
7. Love and the Unlikely Couple (10/6/1969)
8. Love and the Phone Booth (10/13/1969)
9. Love and the Doorknob (10/13/1969)
10. Love and the Militant (10/20/1969)
11. Love and the Legal Agreement (10/20/1969)
12. Love and Who? (10/20/1969)
13. Love and the Single Couple (10/27/1969)
14. Love and the Phonies (10/27/1969)
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Scott K on November 18, 2007
Format: DVD
I really wanted to buy this when i heard it was being released but then i found out that that they are breaking one season into two separate sets. I see that as a way to just charge more money. I know there were 24 hour long episodes but so what? They release other dramas with 24 or more episodes in one set. My favorite stars are also in volume 2 (if that is ever released) such as Bob Denver, Vivian Vance, Joan Van Ark, and Jim Backus. I will wait for season 2. I do remember the show being a lot of fun and i would buy if it was one full set.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on November 10, 2007
Format: DVD
I just viewed a screener copy of Love American Style..and all i have to say is I WISH THEY WOULD DO TELEVISION LIKE THIS AGAIN

Love is an anthology show with little mini skits between the stories. there are about One to four stories an episode. The worst thing about this three disk DVD collection that I can say is this set is season one part one and there are only 17 episodes...I WANT MORE! and no one knows when CBS video will release season one part two..I just guess I will just have to run all 10 hours again

The casts of these shows reads like a Who's Who with names you are familiar with. Actors and actresses like Bill Bixby, Arte Johnson, Flip Wilson (his first TV appearance), Shari Lewis, Bob Crane, Phyllis Diller and Even Ozzie and Harriet appeared in these well thought out tales of love.

Very few of these pieces are seem aged & dated (and the some of these shows are 38 years old) and could run today on regular network TV, if the Writer's Strike is still on at the beginning of next year.

Get a large dose of laughes and love for your loved ones this holiday season. WAIT A SEC, Heck with the holiday's, order and get it now! Why dont you avoid the xmas rush and enjoy classic TV at its best

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Santeramo on August 15, 2007
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Get ready for Friday Night television. The classic show is coming to DVD. Love, American Style was part of the ABC friday night lineup. This show is a true classic. Everyone in hollywood showed up on this show. The pilots for Happy Days and Wait til Your Father Get's Home began on L.A.S. Remember Friday nights, starting at 8pm on ABC you had The Brady Bunch, then The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, then the hour long Love, American
Style. I'm looking forward to the DVD and you will enjoy it along with the catchy opening theme that we all know.
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