The Bernie Mac Show - Season 1
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The complete first season of the TV series The Bernie Mac Show.
The Bernie Mac Show offers some of the funniest parenting on television--and some of the most honest. Stand-up comedian Bernie and his wife, Wanda (Kellita Smith), have taken in his sister's three kids--preschooler Bryana (impish Dee Dee Davis), grade-schooler Jordan (gangly Jeremy Suarez), and teenager Vanessa (deadpan Camille Winbush)--while his sister goes through rehab. Since Wanda is an executive vice-president, Bernie becomes a stay-at-home dad, putting him and the kids in a state of near-constant comic warfare.
The Bernie Mac Show uses parenting issues as a launching pad for stories that start simple but escalate out of control. In one episode, Bernie realizes that Bryana and Jordan rank Vanessa's authority higher than his; after failing to assert himself as top dog of the house, he tries to manipulate the situation and put Vanessa in charge of discipline. When Bryana overhears Bernie using the "N-word" and repeats it at school, Bernie finds his whole personality under the scrutiny of the family's social worker. Regardless of the topic, Bernie finds a way to address problems without knuckling under to sitcom clichés. The Bernie Mac Show finds its humor not simply in these situations, but in all the details that erupt from them; every character is given multiple dimensions, allowing them to be constantly surprising. The show's skilled writing staff knows how to cram an amazing amount of story into each episode. And Bernie himself has crafted a persona that is both absurd in his bravado and self-mythologizing and deeply real in his emotional complexity, flipflopping from childish grandiosity to mature judgment. It's an impressive feat, all the more so because every episode is ingeniously funny. --Bret Fetzer
- 22 episodes on four discs
- Commentary by Bernie Mac, Larry Wilmore, and Ken Kwapis on the pilot
- "Bernie Mac: TV's Family Man" as seen on A&E's TVography
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Like AD, Bernie Mac is shows what happens when creative freedom is given to a show. FOX may think in demographics, but Bernie Mac is one of those rare shows that crosses over to everyone. And that, I think, confuses them.
can't wait for season two on DVD.
His humor is so keen and enjoyable and you don't have to be embarrassed. I just wish we could see more of his talent. He's amazing, and he lets others around him, shine as well. Big Admirer of Bernie Mac!! And, read his bio. He IS Bernie Mac!! Kudos to the King!!!!
(female fan, in her 60's!!)
This show is so awesome, you will laugh, roll on the floor laughing, cry laughing.. Whew this is a funny entertaining show! So we like to take our DVD collection in our car so that our children can have something funny to watch, that is clean entertainment!.
You will love season one, and will be ready for season two to come out. Not sure what is taking so long, must be music rights etc... but we will be glad when it is released. As there is really nothing on T.V to watch, which is the reason we decided to stop wasting our money on cable. The Bernie Mac show is a show that we already had before we cut cable and we watch the show on a regular along with other great shows like soul food t.v. series, the wire, the boondocks, planet of the apes, etc.. This way we have T.V. the way we want it, and the shows that we like and we can watch the shows over and over, stop where we want to and pick up where we want to..
So if still have not decided on this T.V. series, you will be very disappointed if you pass this up. The quality of our first set was great. The art work and disc covers were in almost new condition. We purchased our first set used have just purchased our second set used(will come back and update this review to let you know how the second set looks). First set cost us $8.00 used and the second set cost us about $7 dollars and some change. So this will be a great addition to your movie collection.
Good luck with your decision... each episode is full of great entertainment!
Just the night before his untimely death, I was watching "The Bernie Mac Show" and thinking how remarkable it is that it doesn't matter how many times I've seen an episode I watch it as if I have never seen it before. That puts "The Bernie Mac Show" in the same company as "I Love Lucy", "Father Knows Best", "Leave It To Beaver", "The Andy Griffin Show", "Seinfeld" and only a very few other sitcoms.....which is an extraordinary accomplishment for any actor, but, especially for a comedian - and even more significant for an African American comic -turned-actor. All of the shows are well-written, heart-warming and brilliantly delivered. You can feel Uncle Bernie's love for his family and the episodes make you wish you could've been a part of his household. He was simply the best. May he rest in peace and his legacy grow stronger, enhancing the recognition and appreciation he so rightly deserved.