Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 1
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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
- 12 episodes from the 1969 season on 3 discs
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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.
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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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
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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Let's be clear from the start: the only reason I ordered this and the only reason for the 4 stars was because it presented the first season episodes with the artists who originally... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joe Comer
This is a FUN show with not only great guest stars but bent skits and very well known writers and directors. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe W. Guenther
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