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Touched by an Angel - The Complete First Season
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2004
This show was unique and cutting edge. It dared to tell and show people how much God loved them each and every episode. It is about time it is available on DVD in complete season formats.

It is a show that you can set down with your family and watch and not worry about content. It is a great way to open dialogue about God. The fact that it didn't attach itself to one paritcular religion is what makes it's appeal wide. It touches on subjects like alzhiemers, racism, alcoholism, drugs, teen issues, depression, AIDS, suicide, internet preditors, and many more topics that when watching with your family it can open a dialogue on these issues too.

This should be a must buy for anyone with family that wants something to watch with the kids. It is a must buy for the individual that wants to be reminded that God does love them even with their human faults.

The guest star line up is like a who's who in Hollywood. Bill Cosby, Randy Travis, Patty Duke, Priscilla Presley, Wynonna Judd, Celine Dion, Mandy Patinkin, Cloris Leachman, and etc. etc.

The regular cast that consists of Della Reese as Tess, Roma Downey as Monica, and John Dye as Andrew work so well together as a team and individually that you forget that they aren't really angels, yet makes you hope that there just might be angels like these.

I just hope that seasons 2-9 will also be offered thru Amazon so people like me can have our show back again, even if we have already seen the shows. They are just as good the second time around.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2005
Having finally bought my very own copy of Touched By An Angel, the complete first season on DVD yesterday, I'm happy to report that it's still every bit as wonderful and relevant as it was in the initial broadcast. As a 50+ year-old military retiree, I'm happy to say that I love this show and never missed an episode in the 9 years it was on, though it makes me tear up from time to time. Some of the episodes I've viewed multiple times on tape. Since I usually work night shift, I always had to record the show in order to watch it, but it was well worth the time to do so.

It's too bad that the television producers don't know how to come up with more wonderful family-oriented programs like this one. The show's producers, directors, writers and especially Roma Downey should have won multiple Emmys, but you know how Hollywood works. The lowest common denominator gets all the kudos. A special 'thank you' goes out to the executive producer, Martha Williamson, without whom this show would have been impossible.

Though I've had my first generation Philips DVD player since they were introduced in 1997, I've only bought one other TV series on DVD, which was Smallville, another well-written series that can be viewed together with your family. In 2005, we have a total of 7 DVD-capable units in our household - including 2 computer-mounted, a portable, a PS2 and a DVD recorder - but still a dearth of quality TV shows.

Touched By An Angel is the only other one that is worth buying, and I'm certainly glad that I did.

Consider this DVD set a worthy investment that you will not regret!

PARAMOUNT: Please keep releasing all of the seasons! Thanks!

One final note: I believe that angels are real and can appear in any form at any time. Of course they can't all be blessed with the perfectly-cast winsomeness of Roma Downey.
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80 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2004
I don't know what happened to all the reviews we had for this program but here is a new one! For nine years we were blessed with the most wonderful, edifying and inspirational family drama ever to grace television. This ranks tops above "Little House", "The Waltons", etc. Why? Because God had his hand on the program and defied all obstacles and odds to become one of the biggest hits in the history of CBS. FOr years it was the #1 drama on CBS...until some idiot decided to change it from its Sunday night family slot to Saturday nights (a night when no one watches television anymore) and the ratings plummeted....through no fault of the show or its producers. This show could have gone on forever and thanks to DVD it will!! Just release all 9 seasons!! This one will sell like hotcakes....especially from those of us who are tired of garbage on the shelves like "Sex and the City", "West Wing", "The Sopranos", "Will and Grace", "Friends".....all trash!! Its about time we get back on track with the good morals and standards this show gives us!! Thank you so much! When it is released I'll be the first in line to buy!! You can take that to the bank.

Update: It is now August 31, 2004 and I bought my set today at WalMart. I was NOT disappointed. It is everything I hoped for and more!! Lots of extras including Martha Williamson's interview on 60 minutes, the series finale (which I hope is not a portent toward them not releasing the rest of the seasons). The images are clear, the color is beautiful and of course the episodes from the first season are all first rate, my favorite being "There But For the Grace of God", which ranks among my top five TBAA episodes! I urge everyone to get out and buy this and tell other TBAA fans also so that we can get season II out there as quickly as possible!! Bravo!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2004
It would seem to be the trend for most TV writers to only write half as many episodes for a first season. In this case the first season of Touched By An Angel has 13 episodes. So, I'm thinking that the fact that this DVD collection has the entire first season (as promised) plus two EXTRA episodes (the two-part series finale)... is a gift for the consumer.

As for the mysterious "Fear Not" episode (#1.10), you can check an online episode guide to see that this was TBAA's Christmas episode for season one. The episode "The Feather" is actually the Christmas episode from season two (episode #2.11). So it was not a mistake that it is not in this DVD set. As a matter of fact... even though it was likely filmed much later, the writers were smart in making it seem as if it was the very next day. Also, there is a VHS version with both episodes shown back-to-back... almost as if they were one complete episode.

I can see how someone could have been mistaken or felt misled. But I hope this sets the record straight.

I never saw the two-part finale before I bought this DVD set... and for me it came at just the right time. I was truly "touched" by it, and I'm thankful for that.

Be blessed,

Louie.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2004
This is the one series in recent memory that I 'faithfully' watched each week so its cancellation was a major blow to me. This type of quality programming is hard to find on TV these days (I guess that's why I watch so little), so I was thrilled to see the release of this series on DVD. I hope that Paramount will see fit to release all 9 seasons; I will be at the store when it opens for the release date of each & every season box set as I am that eagerly awaiting them.

My mom loved this series and found great comfort in it during her 2-year battle with cancer. Not much of a TV watcher, I initially declined her entreaties to watch this show, but am glad I finally relented. We both found much comfort, strength, and hope in the series and I am thankful the series continued for several years following her death, as I truly needed the 'strength' it provided just to make it through most days. Luckily, there were nightly 'reruns' on a local station, so I was able to have 'Touched By An Angel' 6 nights a week (and just when I needed it most).

If you never watched this program, buy the DVD and share it with your family. It is truly TV at its finest! Thanks Paramount!! I eagerly await the release of the remaining 8 seasons; they can't arrive soon enough!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes and 12 Emmys, including two by Della Reese for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Touched By An Angel built a sizeable and loyal audience with its upbeat themes and inspirational storylines. The brainchild of John Masius, creator of Providence (1999) and writer for such hit series as St. Elsewhere (1982) and LA Law (1986), Touched By An Angel follows in the footsteps of Michael Landon's successful series Highway To Heaven, which chronicled the exploits of a single angel who wandered across the United States providing support for lost souls in need of aid. Touched By An Angel is quite similar, but the series uses multiple angels to achieve its purpose. Like Highway To Heaven the series utilizes a contemporary setting and modern problems, allowing the show reach a broad audience who enjoy its themes of love, hope, and redemption...

Touched By An Angel follows the exploits of several angels sent to Earth as "caseworkers" so as to bring God's message of love, peace, and hope to the distressed people of the world. When the series begins, Monica (Roma Downey) is a novice caseworker still in training (having just been promoted from "search & rescue"). Assisting Monica, and a caseworker in her own right, is Tess (Della Reese) who lends the wisdom of her many years of experience in dealing with the problems afflicting humanity at large. Together, these two angels interact with people on Earth, easing the burden of each soul with which they come into contact. In later seasons, Monica and Tess would be joined by Andrew (John Dye), the Angel of Death who also fills in as a caseworker to help lighten the load, and in the final two seasons (2001-2003), Gloria (Valerie Bertinelli) would join the trio as a regular recurring angel character... Overall, Touched By An Angel filled a desperately unmet need along the TV programming landscape. With much of today's programming fixated on sex, violence, and "reality," the hour-long CBS drama provided deeply probing family-oriented content which always left its viewers with a positive and upbeat feeling...

The Touched By An Angel (Season 1) DVD features a number of touching episodes including the series premiere "The Southbound Bus" in which Monica is prepared for her first case since being promoted from angel "search and rescue". While on the southbound bus, she befriends a young boy named David who tells her the story of his sister and mother's death in a car accident. But when Monica is hired as David's nanny, she soon learns the truth. David's mother is still alive, and Monica's assignment is to reunite her with her family... Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Cassie's Choice" in which Monica and Tess help a teenager deal with the birth of her child and the decision of whether or not to give her baby up for adoption, and "There, But for the Grace of God" in which Monica is stripped of her angelic powers in order to learn a lesson of her own while on a case working with several homeless individuals...

Below is a list of episodes included on the Touched By An Angel (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (The Southbound Bus)

Episode 2 (Show Me the Way Home)

Episode 3 (Tough Love)

Episode 4 (Fallen Angela)

Episode 5 (Cassie's Choice)

Episode 6 (The Heart of the Matter)

Episode 7 (An Unexpected Snow)

Episode 8 (Snow)

Episode 9 (Fear Not!)

Episode 10 (There, But for the Grace of God)

Episode 11 (The Hero)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2004
Finally, Touched By an Angel on DVD! We waited a long time for this and hopefully we will see all nine seasons released. I would have rated this 5 stars, but found a wee bit of disappointment in the video transfer. Many times throughout the episodes the scenes appear grainy and uneven (the exception being the two part series finale, which is an excellent transfer). I felt a lot sharper picture could have been obtained. But, I forgive this for the privilege of having these episodes. (I would like to say that Paramount did an absolutely stunning transfer on the Laverne & Shirley boxset! The picture was stunningly clear and the colors vibrant! Kudos for that!) This DVD set also has 4 audio commentaries that are delightful, and give some nice insight and behind the scenes details. Overall, a delightful release that will sell well. Looking forward to Season 2!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2004
This series gave a new twist and story line each time I saw them, I heard when they were being aired even the prisoners in the jails were requesting to watch them. They were just so uplifting! I enjoyed them alot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2005
This is what good television could be- it's meaningful, has a purpose, and makes you believe in something none of us can see. The perfect family show that should have been on T.V. longer...

Each story leaves you with a certain impact and unknowily makes you feel a little better about the world around you. I remember spending every Sunday watching this show with my family and decided to buy season's one and two-

However Season one is not my favorite- the stories lack what the second season has... but, it's stil just as sweet and endearing as the second season. I love watching the episdodes when things seem to be going wrong for at the end of each of them i have a new kind of faith.

The show in many ways is better than the somewhat similiar Joan of Arcadia- in the fact that it makes you see how people during times of struggle-who have began to question their faith come to believe and be changed for the better due to the impacts of angels that have come into their lives. By the end of each episode I truly believe that God in our times of trouble sends us an angel to help us- 3 1/2 stars for the second season is ten times better.

Definately a DVD set to own in your collection- hit the buy now button and be touched by an angel!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2004
This show is an excellent show with many heartfelt words. I love Roma Downey and Della Reese. This show has been an inspiration in my life and of course I will be buying it just not at this moment. This is a show full of love, peace compassion and the heart felt words of Gods love and Truth it is such a positive show and I am finally glad someone came out with this show and hope they will come out with many other series. Thank you Christopher from Salinas, CA.
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