The Archie Show: The Complete Series
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Archie, Veronica, Betty, Reggie, Jughead and of course Hot Dog "The Archies" band, never fail to entertain audiences around the world! More than 60 years later Archie and his friends remain a staple of entertainment the world over, with timeless tales of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of teenagers.
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Nostalgia aside, this was a really good cartoon series! At 2 cartoons a week and a dance/song segment (more on the latter in a minute), the show was as well-written, funny, and creative as the comic books. We have the Archie gang in such wild adventures as running a town, circus capers, dealing with a manic computer, stranded on a desert island, and Veronica impersonating an Arab princess (Southern accent and all!). The voices are excellent, particularly the ever popular Howard (Ernest T) Morris as Jughead and the high-pitched Dallas McKinnon as Archie.
The dance and music segments (Sugar Sugar is not to be found on this particular DVD set, BTW) are interesting psychedelic precursers to MTV. The dances themselves (The Weatherbee, The Hamburger Hop, The Veronica Walk, etc) are so (unintentionally?) absurd that I doubt if anyone actually did them outside of the kids who watched this in their living rooms. But the soings themselves are actually quite good! "Truck Driver," "Rock and Roll Music" (not to be confused with the Chuck Berry Tune)," "You Make Me Wanna Dance," and the classic for those of us who remember, "Catching Up On Fun" are great tunes that should have been real hits at the time. Oh, and dig the little documentary of the story behind the series as well as a reprint (anclosed) of a 1969 comic book spoofing the making of the TV show.
I remember this show making me wish I was a teenger and old enough to go to high school. Too bad the real thing was such a drag for me. But you can watch this and laugh and smile at how it should have been and just to get your day off to a good start or end. Superb family entertainment and no less fun than it was in 1968-69! Catch up on fun and enjoy!
The DVD set delivers the entire season of The Archies. The video quality is 5 stars for most of the episodes. There was one episode where the weekly song has low video quality but that's a short event. Very minor distraction.
If you are looking at this and wondering if you should buy this DVD based on content, you should follow through and make the purchase.
This show brings up the following point: The eternal question isn't 'Betty or Veronica', it's 'why the heck did they put up with Reggie every week?'. ;D