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The popular spin-off of the beloved Mary Tyler Moore Show finally arrives on DVD. It all begins as Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) goes home to New York for a visit. When she unexpectedly meets the guy, Rhoda decides to move back. Joe Gerard (David Groh), the ruggedly handsome and divorced owner of a demolition company, is the perfect match for Rhoda. The couple works hard to keep their relationship solid in spite of, and sometimes because of, nonstop interference by Rhodas manipulative mother Ida (played by the brilliant Nancy Walker), her needy, depressed sister Brenda (Julie Kavner, The Simpsons), her loving but ineffectual father Martin (Harold Gould, The Sting) and, of course, Carlton the Doorman. In the first season, Rhoda and Joe met, fell in love, got married and set up life together. This first season won Golden Globe Awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy. Valerie Harper won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy that year. Rhoda would go on to win our hearts during its five season run.

Bonus Features:

Remembering Rhoda: Creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns and stars Julie Kavner and Harold Gould look back at the creation and success of Rhoda.


It’s easy to see why Rhoda fans are ecstatic that the series has finally appeared on DVD (with all 24 first-season episodes on four discs), a mere 35 years after its broadcast debut. Shows like this are the comedy equivalent of comfort food: uncomplicated, reliable, not very spicy but tasty and filling. Sitcom meatloaf, you might say. Spun off from Mary Tyler Moore by co-creators James L. Brooks (whose formidable resume as a writer, director, and producer also includes The Simpsons, Taxi, and movies like Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets) and Allan Burns, the show finds Valerie Harper’s Rhoda Morgenstern returning to her native New York after a decade in Minneapolis. What begins as a short visit turns into a full-blown homecoming when she meets and immediately falls for the manly-but-sensitive Joe Gerard (David Groh); Rhoda at first lives with dowdy, amusingly neurotic sister Brenda (Julie Kavner, later to achieve considerable fame and fortune as the voice of Marge Simpson), but we’re barely a third of the way into the season when she and Joe decide to tie the knot.

Debuting in 1974 (it ran for five years), Rhoda is an interesting reflection of its times. Harper’s character is a feminist ("Thank you, Ms. Magazine," she says when Brenda congratulates her for taking the initiative with Joe), but still old-fashioned enough to balk at moving in with a man before they’re married. Sexual revolution notwithstanding, references to sex are chaste and fleeting. And in this pre-PC era, the show is unabashedly, old-school ethnic, with its broad Bronx accents and Rhoda’s stereotypically hovering, meddling, hard-to-please Jewish mother (hilariously portrayed by Nancy Walker). But if it seems a little out of date, Rhoda makes up for that simply by being funny and likable; the hour-long "Rhoda’s Wedding," one of the highest-rated TV episodes of its time, is a riot, featuring Harper’s former Mary Tyler Moore mates (Moore, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Georgia Engel, and the inspired Cloris Leachman) having an absolute field day. And let’s not forget show producer Lorenzo Music as the drunken Carlton the Doorman, never seen but often heard via intercom. The sole bonus item is a paltry reminiscence with Brooks and Burns but none of the actors. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Nancy Walker
  • Directors: Tony Mordente
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 630 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4KBN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rhoda: Season 1" on IMDb

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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By BIGC on March 20, 2009
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It has come to light that approximately 2/3 of the episodes in the "Rhoda-Season One" set, are the edited for syndication versions. Fox holds the masters to "Rhoda", and they are said to be damaged. Apparently, Shout! did the best that they could do, and the choice was to release "Rhoda", as is...or not at all. Some of the footage that did make it to this release is quite flawed, and it is anything but pristine. A few episodes are unedited, such as "Rhoda's Wedding", "You Can go Home Again" and "Along Comes Mary"...all personal favorites of mine. Since this is the only set of "Rhoda" that has yet to have been offered on dvd, I am not terminating my pre-order, as other fans have said they have. Shout has been quite clear on their website concerning the content of this dvd set. Of course, we all would like a perfect dvd release for "Rhoda-Season One", but it is what it is. To buy or not to buy. It's up to YOU. As for myself, I still want the set. To read a review of the "Rhoda" dvd set, visit Sitcomsonline.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Murray Slaughter on April 22, 2009
The show is obviously beautiful but this DVD isn't: first of all the episodes are cut (where's Mary on the Pilot?), then the quality is unacceptable. This DVD is a total shame!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bsomers on March 23, 2009
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Reliable sources have let it be known that there is a strong possibility that the episodes on this DVD set will NOT be the original episodes broadcast on CBS from 1974-75. The episodes may be the edited-down, syndicated episodes. If this is the case then I am going to cancel my order; this is precisely what happened with Season 1 DVD of ROSEANNE. I suggest you all try to contact SONY or whoever is responsible for the set and find out what is going on.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on February 6, 2009
Rhoda, TV's favorite, funny second banana is FINALLY returning in a complete first-season DVD boxed set!

Shout!Factory is issuing the four-disc boxed set to honor the show's 35th Anniversary. (Obviously, this is a pre-order review, so the actual discs could not be examined.)

The series, starring Valerie Harper in the title role, ironically became an iconic sitcom itself after spinning off from THE iconic sitcom of the era: The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda was a ratings success, even beating its parent show, and was also the winner of two Golden Globes and two Emmy Awards during its run.

Rhoda premiered in 1974 on CBS and ran for five years. Harper portrays her character, Rhoda Morgenstern, as larger than life - a big mouth, big hearted woman from the Bronx with self-esteem and weight issues. Her best friend was the prim and proper, responsible Mary Richards (played to absolute perfection by Ms. Moore), the two meeting because they both lived in the same apartment building in Minneapolis. The juxtaposition between the flamboyantly dressed, non-conformist Rhoda and the fashionable and traditional Mary was a consistent source of humor.

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In this series, Rhoda, who has beaten her weight issues, takes her trademark head scarves and returns home to visit. Once there, she meets Joe Gerard (played by David Groh) and a romance begins. Rhoda decides to stay in New York, initially moving in with her younger sister, Brenda (played by Julie `Marge Simpson' Kavner), who is struggling with the same issues that had plagued her older sister.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Rozan on May 17, 2009
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When I saw the news that Rhoda Season One was coming out on DVD back in December 2008, it made my week. I penciled in the release date on my calendar and anxiously waited for April. Not long before the release date, I started seeing news about how the episodes had been edited from the originals, and people were canceling their pre-orders. I did not cancel my order and I am glad I did not!!! I am very pleased with the Rhoda Season One DVD box set. I know that I am too young to remeber the show as it aired originally in the 1970s, but I became fond of the show, as well as all the other MTM shows, in the 1990s by watching them on Nick at Nite and later on TV Land.

I urge Shout Factory to continue releasing all of the remaining seasons of Rhoda on DVD, edited or not. Of course, to please original fans, please do your best to improve the subsequent season releases on DVD. BUT- I wll take Rhoda any way I can get her. The season one set was not the color and audio quality of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but I think the shows are hilarious, even edited, and that the picture quality is good. You can still see all the great 70s fashions and set decorations clearly. There are a few jumps in the tape, especially on the Christmas episode, but I only saw this as a problem on about 3 of the 24 episodes.

Again - please continue to release all of the other seasons of Rhoda on DVD...SOON!!!! It is such a great escape for the working girls of today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Helberg on April 21, 2009
I went out today and purchased the eagerly awaited "Rhoda: Season One" on DVD. I just completed viewing the entire set and I'm disappointed to report that the quality is absolutely dreadful. The picture quality on the episodes included in this set range from fair to unacceptable. The worst being on disc 3, episode 4 titled: "Whattaya Think It's There For?" looks as if it was transferred from a VHS tape with lines in the screen and a jumping video image that looks as if it needs tracking (remember that on a VCR?). To their credit, Shout Factory includes a disclaimer at the beginning of each disc stating that episodes contained in this set are from the best source material available. I guess I should be happy that Shout Factory released it at all but, I'm sad for paying such a high price for an inferior quality product. I think with the state of other digitally remastered shows being released on disc I was expecting more.

The one special feature doesn't even include an interview with Rhoda herself (Valerie Harper) or Julie Kavner... what we do get are interviews with the show's creators James L. Brooks & Allan Burns basically discussing the same things they covered on the special features of the first season DVD of 'The MTM Show'. If fact, I believe it is from the same interview on that 'MTM' DVD set. Yes, nice to have the featurette however, like the rest of this release it left me wanting more.

Basically, this DVD set for the die-hard 'Rhoda' fan only which I think the makers of this release was banking on. I really don't think I'll purchase other season releases of 'Rhoda' if this is the level of quality to be expected.

Love the show. Always have, always will and it really holds up because it's so well written and acted. Don't love the DVD release! Sorry.
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Episodes UNCUT??
I for one can't wait to pre-order Rhoda Season One: 35th Anniversary. As long as all the episodes are there and the quality print of episodes are excellent, it's worth the money. The syndicated episodes sure did get chopped like all syndicated shows are. I hope all episdoes are uncut too. I like... Read More
Feb 4, 2009 by James McDonald |  See all 5 posts
Fox needs to license all the MTM shows to Shout!
I certainly vote "yes" on this. They have to be focused on sales, otherwise they wouldn't stay in business, but they have appeared to prove themselves conscientious when it comes to these kinds of releases. Still, if season one of Rhoda doesn't sell as well as they're hoping, season... Read More
Mar 2, 2009 by C. Phillips |  See all 6 posts
Vote at Shout! Factory for future DVDs!

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