Fame 2 Seasons 1982

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Season 1
(63) IMDb 6.5/10

2. Passing Grade TV-NR CC

Coco and Lydia vie for a part in a show, and Lydia has a bigger chance because her boyfriend is running the auditions. Danny wants to meet Johnny Carson, so he becomes a waiter so he could approach him

Starring:
Debbie Allen, Lee Curreri
Runtime:
49 minutes
Original air date:
January 14, 1982

Passing Grade

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Season 1

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The DVD transfer is bright and clear.
Paige Turner
Another reason to have the remaining FAME seasons released on DVD soon!
D. Frame
If you love singing and dancing,this item is a must for you.
andy8047

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on December 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Fame originally appeared on NBC for a couple of years. This series was a bigger hit in Europe, than in the US. When NBC cancelled the show, the European syndicators wanted it to continue. The producers decided to try this out in syndication. What happened was TV history. The show became a breakout hit in the US and for the first time a syndicated show became viable. This lead the way to the all the other syndicated shows including Baywatch, Hercules and Highlander.

This is the first season starts like the movie with the auditions and finishes with the end of the school year. It has four DVD's with 4 episodes on each. Note: the episode listing on my show five episodes on the first two DVD's, four on the third and two on the last. This is incorrect. The packaging is two slim line packages, making the box just slightly larger than a single DVD package!!

The following is a summary of the 16 episodes:

Disc 1

METAMORPHOSIS - Cellist Julie Miller is accepted to the school. She and her mother have moved to NYC from the Midwest. The kids all pick on her and to her mother's dismay she rebels to more like the others. This episode introduces the cast: the teacher Ms. Grant (dance), Mr. Crandall (drama), Mr. Shorofsky (music) and Ms. Sherwood (English) plus students Coco (triple threat), Leroy (dancer), Doris (drama), Danny (comedian), Julie (cello), Bruno (composer) and Montgomery (stagehand). Look for a cameo by Fran "The Nanny" Drescher.

Musical Numbers:TAKE ME - Erica Gimpel; FAME - Erica Gimpel; RED LIGHT; MILES FROM HEAR

PASSING GRADE - Lydia's old boyfriend comes to town with news, he's directing a new musical and there's a part in it perfect for Lydia. At the audition she runs into Coco.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kim Anehall on November 25, 2005
Format: DVD
Alan Parker's film Fame (1980) about the artistically gifted musicians and dancers at the New York City High School for the Performing received enough acclaim to turn into a television show with the same name. The TV-series kept some of the original cast from the film such as Debbie Allen who had a minor part in the film as the dance instructor Lydia Grant who became one of the driving forces in the TV series. Contrasting Allen's kinesthetically aptitude, the show also brought the inspiring music teacher Mr. Benjamin Shorofsky (Albert Hague) from the original film to sway the students and perfect their talents. Unfortunately, the show did not reach the quality of Parker's film, as the series on occasion felt a little two dimensional and simplistic. Despite this, Fame still portrayed some intriguing elements of coming of age while trying to reach out of the shadow into the light of fame.

The first season opens with an introduction to the school of the extraordinarily gifted student, as the school receives a new group of students in the episode Metamorphosis. Through the first episode and forward the audience gets to experience the difficulties of being a teen in a highly competitive environment where success means almost everything. Yet, the show manages to touch on several different issues such as compassion in A Big Finish where they help the janitor back on his feet. There are also many other coming of age issues that come into focus including friendships, drugs, and education. One of the more amusing episodes, Tomorrow's Farewell, provides an interesting perspective on how dance compares with physical education, as it also offers movement and coordination versus a football team.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Frame on February 19, 2006
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This is not so much a review on this DVD set as it is a plea to the proverbial Powers That Be to now release the remaining few seasons of FAME on DVD. As soon as I saw this TV series was available (finally!) on DVD, I rushed to purchase it. I was not disappointed. These are TV programs you can watch over and over again because of the vast talent of the incredibly underrated ensemble. No matter how many cast changes there were during the few years this show was on the air (later in syndication only), the cast members always complemented each other and it was that ensemble success that always impressed me; well, that and, of course, the amazing talent, choreography (thanks to Debbie Allen) and excellent pop music of the day. Yes, this entire set is a trip down Memory Lane for me as I'm sure it is for others; and there is nothing wrong with that! Now, as I wrote earlier, my hope is that the remaining years of FAME after it went into syndication are released very quickly - and I mean VERY quickly. Sometimes, it takes those proverbial Powers That Be way too much time between releases. I personally would like it if they would just go ahead and release the rest of the FAME series together so we don't have to wait between seasons. Let's just have the remaining FAME seasons released all at the same time! I believe there is a market for it. If you have only seen the movie, this is more family friendly fare. (I should add that Erica Gimpel does an amazing job of making the character of Coco her own - a difficult task after being portrayed so well in the movie by Irene Cara.) However, with all that said, I would also say that these TV episodes (and even moreso the later year's episodes I'm begging to have released on DVD soon!) have even more character depth and talent than the movie.Read more ›
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