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My Family - Season 1 (2006)

Robert Lindsay , Zoe Wanamaker  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Lindsay, Zoe Wanamaker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB5MHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Family - Season 1" on IMDb

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  • 8 episodes

Editorial Reviews

Meet the Harpers: a modern, functional family... engaged in psychological warfare. Ben (Robert Lindsay), a dentist, and Susan (Zoe Wanamaker), the worst cook in the world, are certainly loving, caring parents; they just have a hard time showing it. Not that their kids make it easy: Nick has serious issues with the concept of work; Janey, like any other normal teenager, lives in her own soap opera life; and Michael likes to show up every once in a while with the odd pet rabbit. When Ben becomes paranoid that Susan and Janey are seeing another dentist, and Nick comes up with a harebrained scheme for dating girls, it may just be that Michael's rabbit is the sanest member of the household.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally in the US August 2, 2006
There are a lot of Brit-com series with great humor, but I have to say "My Family" tops the list. I have been buying the series over the years from the UK in PAL format and have watched it over & over. Unlike current US sitcoms, this series has good old fashioned family humor--like it "could happen to you". Some scenes are so unbelievably hilarious--you have to rewind to see what you missed through the tears of laughter. Buy one series and you will not be able to wait for more to be produced (Six series have been released in the UK--and the quality of the comedy never dies--excellent writing and acting by all the "My Family" cast)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest and Most Creative Show on TV!!! April 26, 2006
My Family has to be the funniest and best show ever created. If we only had more access to the show in the United States.

Anyone interested in viewing the show before buying should tune to the BBCA channel on cable/satellite.

Please help this show work it's way to television here!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious May 13, 2007
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This series is just perfect. The writing is sharp and witty, and the characters extremely likable. This is a series that is hard to stop watching. I went through all the episodes in just two sittings!! I can't wait for the next season to arrive.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For that "fingers-slammed-in-the-car-door look" May 29, 2007
MY FAMILY series one review

Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay; Jericho, Hornblower) is a dentist who has to suffer his children, with the aid and hinderance of his wife Susan (ZoŽ Wanamaker; Harry Potter). The eldest, Nick (Kris Marshall; Murder City, Love Actually) is a 20-year-old layabout constantly trying various get-rich-quick schemes rather than get a real job. Middle-child Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe) tries to rebel while milking her parents for money and stuff. The youngest and brainiest, Michael (Gabriel Thomson) keeps mostly out of the spotlight as he takes potshots at everyone.

Series one is an excellent comedy about a modern dysfunctional (though fictional) family, sporting witty scripting, fun situations and stunts, and great casting.

There are eight episodes:

The Serpent's Tooth - Susan and Janey sees another dentist.

Pain In the Class - Michael is being bullied.

Droit de Seigneur Ben - Ben's assistant arranges a date for Janey.

The Last Resort - Ben and Susan go on a sort of second honeymoon.

Farewell To Alarms - A rash of robberies inspire Susan to get an alarm.

Death Takes A Policy - Nick's new girlfriend is an insurance saleswoman.

The Awkward Phase - Michael's first date.

Much Ado About Ben - Ben has a mild heart attack, prompting him to change his life.

I have only seen the first three series, and they get progressively worse. This, however, is well worth the purchase, as it is very entertaining throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS!! October 12, 2006
Family television at its best! I highly recommend this most entertaining series to anyone who likes good television and wants to laugh with every episode. Writers and actors of this caliber are hard to find and when we do, we must encourage them to keep going. The cast is so wonderful and believable as well as funny. I could see it over and over and find myself laughing again and again. But really, what is more important than laughter in times of stress and every day life?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look out Basil Fawlty February 12, 2007
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This show is the funniest thing to appear on the BBC since Tony Blair. Ben Harper is a wonderfully sarcastic character, no doubt influenced by John Cleese's Basil Fawlty (as hinted at by several in-jokes). If you are a fan of Fawlty Towers, and/or Brit humour, this is the show for you. Imagine Basil with a family, and a wife who gives as good as she gets, and you get the picture.

This will keep you laughing for years, and provide dozens of wonderful one-liners to annoy your friends with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BBC Comedy August 29, 2007
I was introduced to this Sitcom while visiting my daughter in Hawaii this summer. Even though it was several seasons into the series, I was able to relate to the story line and characters...made me laugh like I haven't in several months. I will be purchasing the entire series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE "My Family" August 8, 2007
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This is a funny, well-paced show that American audiences can relate to. It's your typical family!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I was excited to receive this because I enjoy most of the actors in...
I was excited to receive this because I enjoy most of the actors in this Britcom and had read great reviews of the series. Unfortunately, it's extremely formulaic and bland.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Hansen
This is a remarkable comedy series for all of the four seasons available, but the first season has to be one of the funniest comedy collections ever recorded. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John W. Chuckman
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this
This is a nice little sit com and I recommend it. It has a few laughs and is a nice little get away DVD
Published 8 months ago by NY reader
5.0 out of 5 stars region compatible
I enjoyed the sitcom plots . Sorry to say once again there are more then 4 seasons , unfortunately the remaining season are not US REGION Compatible.
Published 8 months ago by frank vendetti
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this show
I love British sitcoms, and I was so happy to find this show on DVD. I actually bought it used, and I was a little scared that there would be issues with the DVD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by natalie71
5.0 out of 5 stars Like to laugh?
If you like to laugh and love sarcastic humor, don't miss this series. The show is well cast and acted.
Published 9 months ago by plumeria
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Available Again!
Our family really enjoys My Family, the TV series. We were so disappointed when it went off the air and now we can own the series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally funny
I have to thank Maryland Public Television in the DC area for having the wisdom to broadcast this show. Otherwise, I would, sadly, have never known about it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire Sitcom that Proved Exceptionally Popular
MY FAMILY is one of those programs that make you despair whether television has advanced in any profitable way over the last few decades. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
5.0 out of 5 stars My Family
Roses are red, violets are blue
I just love MY Family--I Do
How about you?
A poet crazy for Brit Coms
Published 20 months ago by Douglas Rose
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