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Rita Rocks: Season 1 (2008)

Nicole Sullivan , Richard Ruccolo , Lifetime  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Sullivan, Richard Ruccolo
  • Directors: Lifetime
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00366BBSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rita Rocks: Season 1" on IMDb

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Nicole Sullivan (MADtv) stars as Rita Clemens, an overworked wife, mother, and former lead singer of a Bangles cover band who has traded in a life of jam sessions and rock clubs for carpools and PTA meetings. On the verge of a full-blown identity crisis, Rita struggles to maintain romance with her husband, Jay (Richard Ruccolo, Two Guys and a Girl), juggle the demands of her 9-year-old daughter, Shannon (Kelly Gould, Lucky Louie), and discipline her defiant teenage daughter, Hallie (Natalie Dreyfuss) and her ever-present boyfriend, Kip (Raviv Ullman, Phil of the Future). In an attempt to reconnect with her youth and with the hopes of putting some spark back in her life, Rita dusts off her guitar and forms a garage band with Kip, her nosy postal carrier Patty (Tisha Campbell-Martin, My Wife and Kids, Martin) and her unemployed neighbor Owen (Ian Gomez).

RITA ROCKS: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 features all 20 episodes

DISC ONE: Pilot / Lies, Lies, Lies, Yeah-ah / You Gotta Have Friends / Flirting With Disaster / Mother s Little Helper / Nobody Does it Better / Take This Job and Shove It

DISC TWO: The Crying Game / Under Pressure / Got No Time / Love On the Rocks / I Write the Songs / The Girl Is Mine / Old Friends

DISC THREE: It s My Party / I Can t Make You Love Me / Get Off of My Cloud / Killer Queen / What s Love Got to Do With It? / We Can Work It Out / Bonus Music Video

BONUS FEATURE: Music Video Somebody to Worry About Performed by Nicole Sullivan, Tisha Campbell Martin, Raviv Ullman, and Ian Gomez. Lyrics and Music by Kathleen Wilhoite

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicole Sullivan is terrific! March 29, 2010
By Dee J.
I loved Nicole Sullivan in MAD TV and she made a perfect transition to "Rita Rocks". With my schedule (like Rita's, evidently), I didn't get to see all of the episodes, so I'm looking forward to watching the whole shebang again on the DVD set. Though sometimes predictable (like most sitcoms), the acting is never pretentious and everyone is a pleasure to watch. A great series to unwind with at the end of the day!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rita Rocks: The Complete Season One
20 Episodes on 3 Discs Widescreen Edition (2010) being released on DVD April 27

"Rita Rocks" stars Nicole Sullivan from MADtv as Rita, an overworked wife, mother, and former lead singer of a Bangles cover band who in the verge of an identity crisis with her family life decides to reconnect with her past by forming a garage band with her postal worker, an unemployed neighbor, and her daughter's boyfriend. The story angle seems a little unlikely, but she mostly still has the same conflicts as other sitcoms when someone wants to pursue a hobby or new career choice with occasional garage performances that are clearly studio taped and dubbed over them giving it a slight "Glee" feel without the dancing.

Nicole Sullivan has always been funny in MADtv and even though this is a more laid-back family version of her usual comedy, her voice and line delivery are hilarious. She is very believable as a family mom trying to keep everyone together and her singing voice is nice enough for this sitcom. She lights up the show while most of the other characters are a bit dull. Sullivan is charismatic and can still deliver lots of laugh-out-loud moments over the course of each episode.

Patty is the postal worker played by Tisha Campbell-Martin from the "Martin" TV show and is more impressive vocally as a singer. She still carries enough attitude to be funny but her singing voice is a little better than Sullivan's. I haven't seen postal workers delivering mail door to door handing it to people since black and white TV shows in the 1950s, but they try to make it seem like it's a natural everyday occurrence. She ends up becoming the sassy black best friend who gets to throw in stuff like "oh no she didn't!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good show I wish it was still on. March 3, 2011
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This was a hilarous show. The characters were perfect and I liked the music too. Again I wish that LIFEtime still had this show on cable just as I do with the show Sheri too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Rocks Season One July 8, 2011
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This show is precious. The parents actually get along and work together to raise their children. A great bonus in the show is Rita and the band. Most all the characters are interesting and endearing and really grew on me over time. It is very funny and can be enjoyed by the whole family as it is a wholesome show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars from stocker to rocker... December 25, 2010
A middle aged wife and working mom, who plays in a garage band in her spare time, is the center of attention in Rita Rocks (2008-2009) a comedy that aired on Lifetime for two seasons. Comedienne Nicole Sullivan is Rita Clemens, who met her husband Jay (Richard Ruccolo) in college, while playing in Bangles cover band. Living somewhere in Michigan, she now has two daughters, sixteen year old Hallie (Natalie Dreyfuss), and five year old Shannon (Kelly Gould). Working part time at a bed and bath store, Rita rediscovers her passion for music, forming a band with Patty (Tisha Campbell-Martin), her local US mail carrier, Owen (Ian Gomez), a neighbor, and Kip (Ricky Ullman), her daughter Hallie's everpresent boyfriend.

Sullivan is probably best known for her outrageous portrayals on MAD TV, but there are few signs of the "Vancome Lady" here, as she plays things mostly straight, though often with a sarcastic undertone. Sullivan demonstrates the ability to carry a series, and displays some musical talent as well. Tisha Campbell-Martin as Patty, is ultra-sassy, and even louder and more opinionated than Rita. The relationship between these two strong personalities quickly becomes tight, and usually generates the most laughs. As Rita's insurance peddling husband, Richard Ruccolo is kind of passive, and something of a goof, but he does have some good points and remains likeable. On those occasions when her character is featured, Natalie Dreyfuss is usually pretty good as the slightly spoiled, mildly rebellious Hallie.

Rita and her bandmates come together to form a group in the pilot episode. Although each of the subsequent episodes is typically named after a popular song, it takes some time before the music becomes a significant factor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita really does Rock! and makes me laugh! June 17, 2012
Rita is an over-worked middle-class sassy, sarcastic mother of two. When she gets overwhelmed with her life, she decides to start a band - she loved singing when she was younger, and gave it up when she got married and had kids.

Her garage band is made up of her mail-carrier, Patty (played by Tisha Campbell-Martin; I had NO IDEA that girl could SING!), her unemployed next-door neighbor Owen (Ian Gomez, now on Cougar Town), and her daughter's boyfriend Kip (short for "Skip").

Although the band (which is never named, not even after they get a couple of gigs) is a big part of the story, it's not the only part. It's more about the relationships Rita has with her children; her "extra" child Kip, who is at their house all the time; her co-workers at the mega bath store where she works; Patty, who quickly becomes her best friend; and her husband Jay (played by the adorable Richard Ruccolo, formerly of Two Guys and a Girl....).

Nicole Sullivan's Rita is real, funny, sarcastic, and just wonderful. (I can't say I was a big fan of Nicole before, but I am now.)

The show is sweet and funny, and feels very real. I'm just soooo bummed they canceled it after just 2 seasons. There was so much more to explore in the characters' lives, not to mention the new life introduced in the last episode. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love this DVD too bad the show was cancel.
Published 2 months ago by M.A.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine and quirky...
Over the last ten years, the number of quality sitcoms has consistently dwindled. Of the select group that remains, a good amount of these air on cable, rather than network... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RetroRhythms
3.0 out of 5 stars ok show
3 stars for ok show,,, not my fav but acceptable hope to see better in the future this is ok
Published 15 months ago by shane mcbain
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Show at a Great Price!!
I loved Rita Rocks!!! To me it was the new "Reba" and kind of better too. It's supporting characters weren't as strong as Reba's but still a wonderful show. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Randy O.
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish season 2 would be released on DVD!
This is a great show! I watch it over and over and it never gets old! So funny! I just wish they would come out with season 2.
Published 19 months ago by Kimberly Brister
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was on video
I bought this as a gift for my daughter. She really liked this tv show, but it was cancelled after only one season so I was very happy to find it on dvd. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Charise
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money.....
Rita absolutely does not rock. This is a very weak, boring, trite, and totally predictable attempt at comedy. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by RR in Texas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show if you like a good comedy
This show is very funny. Rita is always getting herself into a mess of some sort. I was a little disappointed by the foul language, but there is not a lot of it. Good tv show
Published on October 17, 2010 by Jcswife
5.0 out of 5 stars lOVE Rita Rocks!
Its such a funny comdey if you love reba you will love this. Im very into this show and was dissapointed after season 2 it ended. Read more
Published on September 9, 2010 by kristen
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