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The Doris Day Show - Season 5

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  • Actors: Doris Day
  • 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: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV2CE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After ranking as the world s top female motion picture star and achieving dozens of hit records, Doris Day also conquered television with this happy situation comedy on CBS-TV from 1968-1973.

The fifth and final year of THE DORIS DAY sees Doris Martin (Day) continuing as a reporter for Today s World magazine, working with editor Cy Bennett (John Dehner) and secretary Jackie Parker (Jackie Joseph). Doris finds her love life heating up with both Dr. Peter Lawrence (Peter Lawford) and political candidate Jonathan Rusk (Patrick O Neal) while her home life is never dull thanks to her fussy landlord Mr. Jarvis (Billy DeWolfe). Among the guest stars who appear are Andy Griffith, Lee Meriwether, Ed Begley Jr., Julie Adams, Dick Van Patten, Sid Melton, Edward Andrews, Henry Jones and Bernie Kopell.

THE DORIS DAY SHOW SEASON 5 contains all 24 remastered episodes from the 1972-73 season, plus a wealth of rare and new bonus features.


Film, television, and singing star Doris Day is famous for her cheerful optimism and her audience appeal and both are readily apparent in this final 1972-1973 season of her television sit-com The Doris Day Show. A modern widow employed as an editor at the "Today's World Magazine" and seriously involved first with Dr. Peter Lawrence (Peter Lawford) and later Jonathan Rusk (Patrick O'Neal), Doris Day (Doris Martin) is a spunky middle-aged woman with a flair for getting great stories from her interviews and ending up in the middle of sticky situations. Season 5 opens with Doris' stingy and ever-meddling boss Cy Bennett (John Dehner) urging Doris and Peter to get married following years of serious courting in "No More Advice, Please," but neither Doris nor Peter sees any need to change what seems to them to be a perfect situation. Tenacious and willing to go to great lengths to get a great story, Doris' fakes an injury to interview a notorious thief in "Jimmy the Gent" and pretends to be an actress in "The Hoax." Doris' compassion for others repeatedly lands her in all sorts of crazy situations from pet-sitting a Syndicate head's dog in "Follow the Dog" to putting on an elaborate fashion show to raise money for Peter's hospital in "Hospital Benefit," endangering her job and apartment to care for a stray dog in "It's a Dog's Life," compromising her integrity by ghost writing for a fellow colleague, and risking arrest in order to save her uncle from a forgery conviction in ""The Magnificent Fraud." Romance and jealousy are regular themes as is Doris' dedication to her job and her friends, Cy's stinginess and propensity for taking credit for the actions and ideas of others, and Doris' innate goodness. A huge cast of guest stars appearing in the 24-episode season include Andy Griffith, Lee Meriwether, Ed Begley Jr., Julie Adams, Dick Van Patten, Sid Melton, Edward Andrews, Henry Jones, and Bernie Kopell. Special features include commentary by Doris Day and producer Jim Pierson for "Hospital Benefit" and "It's A Dog's Life," the French Doris Comedie (a French version of "Follow the Dog"), outtake footage, and vintage and new footage of Doris' many humanitarian projects. --Tami Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

Doris Day is a great actress and talent.
The picture quality is clear, colorful and bright, much like the lady herself.
Paige Turner
In the end, it's variable, but this season presents it at its best.

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By doktorlehar on December 12, 2007
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The common perception of "The Doris Day Show" is that it weakened as it went along, with most writers claiming that Seasons Two and Three are its strongest. Tom Santopietro is especially harsh toward Season Five in his published analysis of Doris Day's work, describing it as pointless and lame. (Did he even really watch Season Five, I wonder? It wasn't on DVD when he wrote his book, his text is short on specifics and never mentions the season's several overt gay references...). I was also a little skeptical about Season Five after Season Four, which is a pretty shaky ride and probably the weakest year of the series. Fortunately, the 1972-1973 season is a total delight; it irons out many of Season Four's wrinkles and in my opinion is the most enjoyable of them all.

We're still dealing here with an essentially light, breezy comedy, and this season does not try to change that basic spirit. But things click in a way they hadn't previously. One advantage is that the rougher edges of Jackie's and Cy's characters have been smoothed over and their characters fleshed out a bit more. Jackie is still marginal, but we get a sense of her quirky personality through more dialogue and those hilarious hairdos. Totally transformed is Cy; whereas in Season Four he was little more than an incompetent boor, in Five he's softened a bit and has a more plausible interaction with Doris Martin. The two actually exhibit great camaraderie, and while they're no Mary Richards and Lou Grant, they play off of each other well. Doris clearly finds working with John Dehner a treat and ad libs off of him wittily and often hilariously.

The writing of Season Five is the most consistent of the entire series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2007
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The Doris Day Show Season 5 is a MUST HAVE for anyone who loves Doris Day! All 5 seasons of the show are fantastic, but in this case, they saved the best for last! Included is a special feature, an option you can play that has Miss Day commenting on her 2 favorite shows from this last season. Miss Day comments on "Hospital Benefit", which is her fabulous fashion show! Doris is in her late 40's modeling fabulous clothes and looking like a 20 year old! The second show Doris comments on is "It's a Dog's Life". This is such a treasure as she see's her beloved dogs, Biggest and Muffy, who are featured in this show, and speaks of her memories of them! Doris has a new love life with Patrick O'Neal playing Jonathan Rusk, and after reading "Day at a Time", you will see that the love scenes are not just acting! Listening to Miss Day's commentaries as she watches her two favorite shows from this last season make this worth buying as it is simply THE BEST!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brogan on November 6, 2007
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The fifth and final season of the hugely popular "The Doris Day Show" (1968 - 73) is about to be released on DVD. Fans of Miss Day and of the genre are eagerly anticipating this release because, judging from the past four seasons, the extras alone make it worth the very reasonable price. However, the big bonus contained in this season is the active participation of Doris Day herself. The legendary star provides commentary for a couple of her favorite episodes and that should make this release even more popular than the previous seasons have proven to be.
The fifth season found Miss Day continuing her go-getting role at Today's World, working for Cy Bennett (John Dehner) and aided and abetted by Jackie Parker (Jackie Joseph).
Peter Lawford is still around as Day's love interest, during the early part of the season and even gets to direct an episode("Debt of Honor") but mid-way through the season, Patrick O'Neal, Day's co-star in the 1968 comedy, "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?", begins appearing as a new love interest on the sitcom. Day and O'Neal have sizzling on-screen chemistry and their romance is very believable and their scenes together very natural.
The series has its usual quality production values, almost appearing to be a weekly movie. The photography by Richard Rawlings is exceptional and Miss Day looks great, wearing some memorable 70's outfits that complement her knockout figure. In fact during the annual Fashion Show episode, Miss Day models a bikini and shows that her figure could rival that of any so-called glamour girl or pin-up. An interesting note: All of the background music played during the fashion show is either from a Day film or a Day recording.
The series was known for having great guest stars and this season is no exception.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen F. Severino on November 24, 2007
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In the five years the Doris Day Show was on the air, there were several casting changes as well as storyline. Doris went from having two kids and a father on a farm to being a chic reporter for Today's World Magazine in the big city. Each year, regardless of the changes, the Doris Day Show was always consistent in being in the top ten. However, all of this was done by the sheer genius of the actress herself, who knew instinctively what would work and what would not. Being the consumate performer, each year Doris would improve the show over the year before...and just when it became perfect, she said, "no more" and ended her series. The Fifth and final season shows Doris at her best, with improvisions on screen that made some of the episodes more than just memorable.
The character actors who co-starred with her were some of the most talented. John Dehner, who played her boss, easily made his way into the role that once was played by McClean Stevenson. Billy de Wolfe, always funny, had a knack for making you chuckle every time he was in a scene.
Of course, Doris' love interests were pretty exciting too.
When you purchase Season Five, you remember how good it felt to watch television in the late sixties and early seventies. You also realize the golden age of television is truly gone from our sight, and probably will never be again. Take a stroll down memory lane with Doris Day. You will be glad you spent your time watching a perfectionist at work. You will enjoy every episode like you did 34 years ago when television was a joy to watch, and people had time for a few laughs along the way.
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