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5.0 out of 5 stars Waaayyy better than Will and Grace..., October 7, 2005
This review is from: Ned and Stacey - The Complete First Season (DVD)
If you like Will and Grace, then you are sure to enjoy this sitcom that played for two seasons in the mid-90s. My roommate and I were obsessed with this show during college. I was actually very surprised and excited to see it come out on DVD considering it was never hugely popular. That's one of the sad things about television today...the truly good shows like Ned and Stacey are overlooked while drivel like Life According to Jim last multiple seasons.

The premise of Ned and Stacey is simple. Ned marries Stacey to get a job promotion, and Stacey marries Ned so she can have a place to live and move out of her parent's house. The catch is they barely know each other, and what they do know of each other, they don't particularly care for. They are both allowed to date other people as long as they are discreet and don't let certain people know about the 'arranged' marriage...namely Ned's co-waorkers and Stacey's parents(who incidentally adore Ned and Ned them which leads to a very humorous episode). Stacey's sister and brother-in-law(Ned's best friend and co-worker) know of the arrangement and make some humorous sidekicks for Ned and Stacey.

What truly makes this show great is the chemistry between Debra Messing and Thomas Haden Church who play Stacey and Ned, respectively. They just play off each other beautifully. Granted, they argue most of the time which leads to many humorous moments, but they do get along in their own way...sometimes. This show is not about a couple who hate each other...as Ned and Stacey definitely don't hate each other. It's more about personality-clash in close living-quarters. Ned is a neat though sometimes morally-ambigious character while Stacey is a slob who likes to think of herself as morally-superior...Ned often throws this in her face mocking how such a moral person could ever get involved in a 'fake' marriage.

Anywho, this was definitely my favorite sitcom of the 90s. I was highly disappointed when it was cancelled am ecstatic to see it out on DVD. I can't wait until the second season and last season comes out.
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Initial post: Mar 22, 2011 2:00:10 PM PDT
Kiki says:
I couldn't agree more!! It baffles me that Will & Grace became such a success, when Ned and Stacy is a much better show! I'm still hoping that they'll bring out season 2 on DVD; Thomas Hayden Church is a great actor and he really makes the show so much more interesting, funny and entertaining. This show takes the best parts of Will & Grace AND Frasier - the snarky, cantankerous attitude - and makes it great!!

Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes this show much better than Will & Grace!

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 4:06:05 PM PST
leolaolou says:
I too love Ned and Stacey. I took an interest in it from the beginning when it debuted, was sorry it didn't last longer, and was pleasantly surprised to be able to buy the first season recently on DVD. It's been a delight seeing it again. However, while I heartily approve of giving Ned and Stacey the long-overdue recognition and praise it deserves, I see no reason to knock Will & Grace in the process. I hope that most TV/DVD fans will be able to appreciate both of these great shows as two different gems, each with its own flaws and merits, but both with excellent ensemble casts and offbeat humor.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 1:02:07 PM PDT
JDC says:
Better than Will & Grace? You are kidding, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2013 10:56:38 AM PDT
Johanna says:
love this show too. I am praying they do the second season dvd. I bought this dvd the moment I saw it.
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