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Once and Again - The Complete Second Season (1999)

Sela Ward , Billy Campbell , Arlene Sanford , Arvin Brown  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jeffrey Nordling, Susanna Thompson, Shane West
  • Directors: Arlene Sanford, Arvin Brown, Barnet Kellman, Claudia Weill, Dan Lerner
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 991 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009F43FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Once and Again - The Complete Second Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains 22 episodes from the 2000-2001 season
  • Commentary by the show creators

Editorial Reviews

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After the romantic courtship and the awkwardness of first dates, Once and Again in its second season settled into charting the growing relationship between fortysomethings Lily (Sela Ward) and Rick (Billy Campbell), who finally shook off all their angst and family pressures to embark on a long-term relationship. And of course, once finally committed in their love for each other, life rudely interrupts what should have been a comfortable, winding road to happily ever after. Rick's architecture firm is hand-picked for a new high-profile project, but it's dogged by community protests and run by the ever-devious Miles Drentell (David Clennon, reprising his shady character from thirtysomething); what's more, Rick's ex-wife, Karen (Susanna Thompson), is the lawyer representing the project's opposition. Lily finds herself as the assistant to a twentysomething entrepreneur at a fledgling dot-com, and the victim of the amorous, non-professional interests of a consultant for the troubled company. She's also faced with the fate of her late father's restaurant, run by her ex-husband, Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), who's charming but not the best of businessmen, and his financial strain soon becomes hers as well. Oh, and then there are the kids: Rick's son Eli (Shane West) would rather start a band than go to college, and daughter Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood) may be anorexic; Lily's daughter Grace (Julia Whelan) falls into a friendship with a troubled girl, and only Zoe (Meredith Deane) seems to be the most normal--that is, when she isn't worried about Rick and his kids moving into her house.

The course of true love never did run smooth, and truth be told, there were a bit too many plot twists cooked up for this season of the Edward Zwick-Marshall Herskovitz drama (including a hostage episode at Jake's restaurant that garnered high ratings), but the creative team behind this show managed a deft balancing act among all the characters and plotlines. Teenage angst co-existed alongside more adult worries, and the specter of professional and money troubles for both Rick and Lily kept the characters grounded in a reality not often seen in television dramas. And in addition to giving all the cast members shining moments, Once and Again developed an extensive number of secondary characters, including Lily's mentally ill brother Aaron (Patrick Dempsey), Jake's flighty girlfriend Tiffany (Ever Carradine), Karen's hunky younger boyfriend (Mark Feuerstein), and an uncredited Edward Zwick as Jessie's therapist. It was the core cast, however, that made Once and Again soar--teen actors West and Whelan broke their characters' stereotypical molds, the young Wood (who would go on to star in thirteen) was outstanding as she navigated blooming adolescence: Nordling and Thompson, as the exes on the periphery, were two of the best supporting actors ever on television. As always, though, Ward and Campbell were the show's heart and soul, always communicating the underlying waves of frustration and anger in their character's facades as well as the love and happiness. Despite low ratings, ABC renewed Once and Again for a third and final season, giving all us fans of great television (and hopeless romantics) one more year with Rick and Lily after this one. --Mark Englehart

Product Description

Golden Globe(R) award-winner Sela Ward and Billy Campbell star in the highly acclaimed second season of ONCE AND AGAIN. Celebrate the loves and experience the triumphs and heartbreak that made ONCE AND AGAIN a favorite among critics and audiences everywhere. It's "a great show," raves Robert Bianco of USA TODAY. Now you can experience all 22 episodes of season two in this spectacular five-disc set, featuring exclusive bonus features. It's everything you remember and so much more.

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the second season, you're a real fan. June 20, 2005
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Ah, the second season. So dark and complex and utterly lifelike, it may be the most involving and thought-provoking of the three. (If I remember correctly, the ratings really started to flag here because 'Once and Again', Season 2, wasn't much fun to watch for ABC viewers who were better suited to, say, 'Full House' or 'Home Improvement'.) Much of the activity takes place at night or in dimly lit rooms with windows covered over; unlike Seasons 1 and 3, I can't remember a single cheerful, outdoor daylight scene in the second season, and all this mirrors the moody, turbulent events that take place.

It's dense and economical in the amount of material that it covers in one season, making use of each episode to weave together two, sometimes three, story elements that "resonate back and forth," as series creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz describe the structure. It cannot be watched half-way or between bathroom trips, because just as much happens on the characters' faces as in what they do and say, and the performances from the cast are critical to how this works. Most viewers of 'Once and Again' will no doubt recall Claire Danes' emergence in 'My So-Called Life'; here we get two such revelations, with Julia Whelan and Evan Rachel Wood. Whelan consistently animates her Grace with complexities that most actors never achieve, and in the masterful episode "Food for Thought," Wood makes it absolutely clear why she is the best actor of her generation. Her performance here is as powerful as I've seen from a television or film actor of any age.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Television of the gods. August 6, 2005
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Amidst the backdrop of ugly, offensive, stupid noise that network television has taken up as its standard in recent years, Once and Again plays out with the brilliance and sophistication of a great jazz ensemble. If it is a normal function of abject mediocrity that produces the average situation comedy or tired, unremarkable drama, then what might result if the most gifted creative forces from the various disciplines of television writing, production, directing, and acting were to converge on a single project? How good could TV be if the right people were involved from the outset and, maybe, got a little bit lucky on top of it? Once and Again suggests an answer.

This was an hour-long drama that lasted three seasons and aired on ABC from fall 1999 to spring 2002. Its careful, measured pace follows a similar timespan in the lives of two Chicago-area families splintered by divorce. Sela Ward stars as Elizabeth "Lily" Brooks Manning, who is separated from her husband Jake (Jeffrey Nordling) and now lives in the family house with their daughters, Grace (Julia Whelan) and Zoey (Meredith Deane). Billy Campbell co-stars as Rick Sammler, an moderately successful architect with his own firm (more or less) and a three-year-old divorce from Karen (Susanna Thompson), mother of Eli (Shane West) and Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood). The essential development of the series is that Rick and Lily meet, begin dating and somehow, over the course of two and a half years, manage to hammer out what they have into a hybridized, modern American family, a kind of Brady Bunch for the new millennium.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why was the Season 3-DVD cancelled? November 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Season 1 and 2 of "Once and again" were simply fabulous and great. And I was looking forward to getting Season 3 on DVD when it was announced for January 2006. Now it is suddenly pulled from the release schedule. Why??? I sincerely hope that all "Once and again"-fans stand up for this and urge Buena Vista to release Season 3 as soon as possible!!!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show and about damn time! April 18, 2005
Format:DVD
I'm extremely happy to hear this season is FINALLY being released. Although, I'm skeptical about it actually being available in stores like the first season. It was too hard to find! No wonder it didn't sell very well. Let's hope this really does get released and finally answers many prayers of fans of this wonderfully real show. *ahem, there's still one more season Buena Vista! Please don't make us wait 3 more years for it, too!*
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! April 29, 2005
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I bought the first season of "Once And Again" on DVD the day it was in released. When I first heard that Buena Vista was NOT going to release Seasons 2 or 3 of OAA, I was upset. Season 2 was my favorite season. The episode "Booklovers" is one of the best hour long episodes I have ever seen. It is a mini-movie, self contained and worth the price of the entire box set. Even if you have never watched an episode of OAA, you will enjoy "Booklovers." The Emmy VHS screener of that episode used to go for near $50 on ebay. -I know, I got outbid once :( I've pre-ordered Season 2 and look forward to reading that Season 3 will be released as well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Watching "Once and Again" is one of the most painful television shows to watch, let along watch again. This is not because it is a bad television show, but because when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of divorce it is the most painfully realistic television show that has aired to date. I would like to be able to identify with Rick, but my personal situation is more like that of Jake, and instead of focusing on the romantic relationships between the adults I keep paying more attention to the pain of the children when they talk about what divorce has done to them. Watching "Once and Again: The Complete Second Season" on DVD, the character I found myself paying attention to more than the first time around when the series aired on ABC was that of Zoe Manning. There is a moment when she reads her parents, Lily and Jake, the riot act regarding being the youngest and not only getting hand me downs from her older sister Grace, but also ending up with less years where the family ("Scribbling Rivalry"). Anybody who has been in a family that has gone through a divorce will find this show hits home time and time again. If you have been spared that particular experience, then I really do not know why you would want what these people go through.

If the first season of "Once and Again" is about Lily Manning and Rick Sammler falling in love, then the second season is about how that relationship has a ripple effect with their family as the inevitability of the relationship forces their children and ex-spouses to a new level of acceptance. There is actually more abut Lily and her new job (e.g., "Scribbling Rivalry") and Rick working on a mega-project for Miles Drentell ("Edifice Wrecked"), than there is about them being with each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to relive those episodes
It was a pleasure watching the second season of Once and Again, right after I finished watching the first season. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Da Vinci
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Season
Excellent show. Intelligent, realistic, well written, fun. Why was it cancelled, I have no idea. My only complain is that Season 3 is not available on DVD.
Published on May 28, 2011 by Anonymous cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Season 2
Was so excited to start watching season 2 and I have not been disappointed!!! Love it! I am disappointed that season 3 isn't available!
Published on April 7, 2011 by PJL
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart issue's
I love the way the directors of thirty something and once and again pull these everyday family home relationship issue's together. Read more
Published on October 6, 2010 by barbara-ann adlard
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you really need to read one more great Once and Again review?
I say yes. No number of great reviews can do this great show justice. In a land where most of TV is either a competition or a procedural, this show is one of the most genuine,... Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by W. Haggiagi
4.0 out of 5 stars Once and Again -- Good to see you again!
It was nice to finally find the second season of this show. It went off the air way too soon! Nice to find a new copy of the dvd's!
Published on March 4, 2010 by Cow Counter
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the FINAL Season?
I love this series. Great Story and Acting! But where is the FINAL Season? It has been years since the Second Season. I want my closure!!!!!!!
Published on October 1, 2009 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion even better than Season One
The biggest difference between Season One and Two of ONCE AND AGAIN is that while Season One continually came back to Rick and Lily's romance as the anchor of the show, Season Two... Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by Robert Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, sophisticated family drama
How rare to have a complex network drama that doesn't rely on shocking revelations nor overly sweet sentimentality. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by DidiNR
5.0 out of 5 stars great deal, easy handling and shipping
i got the season a coule of weeks ago and i didn't have any problems at all. ordering, confirmation, handling and spipping were smooth and easy.
great work,
than you.
Published on August 10, 2008 by Judith Heddicke
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WHEN IS THE 3rd Season coming out on DVD??????
Doesn't look like it will ever come out. I've been in touch with Buena Vista by both e-mail and phone, and there are NO plans to release season three.
Aug 15, 2006 by Adam Bomb 1701 |  See all 6 posts
Who was your favorite Second Season actor/actress?
I adore Marin Hinkle, who in the second season got to develop Judy so deeply that she went from simply being Lily's needy, standoffish sister to a multi-faceted, full-blooded character, thanks especially to episodes like "Booklovers," "Loves Laborers Lost" and "Best of... Read More
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