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Caroline in the City: Season 1

4.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Product Description

Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz. 24 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1995-96/color/8 hrs., 54 min/NR/fullscreen.

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Of the NBC series that attempted to carry viewers from Seinfeld to ER in NBC's vaunted Thursday night line-up, Caroline in the City came closest to "Must-See" status (no offense, Veronica's Closet). Unlike other woman-anchored sitcoms, Caroline in the City is not in the "you're going to make it after all" vein of That Girl or The Mary Tyler Moore Show. As with series creator Fred Barron's previous series, Dave's World, Caroline in the City revolves around an artist whose chaotic personal life provides a fount of material. Caroline (the babe-dorable Lea Thompson, best known as Marty McFly's mother in the Back to the Future trilogy) is already a success. She draws the highly popular "witty and carefree" comic strip about a hapless single woman who is not Cathy. As this inaugural season unfolds, Caroline finds herself increasingly torn between two men. The first is Del (Eric Lutes), her on-again-off-again boyfriend for whom she creates Caroline merchandise for his dad's greeting card company. The second is Richard (Malcolm Gets), Caroline's new assistant and a struggling artist with a sardonic wit that's a tonic to the show. Caroline and Richard don't generate sparks like Sam and Diane or David and Maddie; They are more Ross and Rachel, and the season gets more involving once the romantic tension tightens. Adding spunk to the series is Annie (Amy Pietz), Caroline's neighbor and best friend, and a Broadway dancer (she's in Cats). Annie and Richard make fine and funny natural-born enemies (they address each other as "tightass" and "tart"). Helping to get the fledgling series aloft like the Caroline in the City parade balloon in the Thanksgiving episode is a roster of fellow "Must-See" stars (David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves from Frasier, Matthew Perry from Friends, and Jonathan Silverman from The Single Guy), as well as future Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham in a recurring role as Richard's flakey and impossible to shake girlfriend, and TV icons (Jean Stapleton as Caroline's aunt, Florence Henderson as herself, and in the poignant episode, "Caroline and the Watch," Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam, though it's off-putting to hear the former Buddy and Sally joke about "screwing"). A top 5 show in its first season, Caroline would prove it was more than a time-slot hit (a series that benefits from the popular show that precedes it) when it went on to hold its own on Tuesday, and then Monday, nights. Those who were living for the City will welcome its arrival on DVD. Those just making Caroline's acquaintance should beware the bonus episode promos; some, like "Caroline and the Folks," contain major plot spoilers. --Donald Liebenson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lea Thompson
  • Directors: Michael Lembeck, Pamela Fryman, Gordon Hunt, Rod Daniel, James Burrows (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 533 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JOMR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Caroline in the City: Season 1" on IMDb

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This is a great series, however, as in the UK release, not all the episodes are in the correct order. Compared to the list given by the other reviewer, there is one episode out of order (Caroline and the Condom is at the end of the last disk.) However, in watching the episodes in the revised order there was still a bit of discontinuity in the story line. Also, the casing seems to be very fragile and easily broken during shipment. But the picture and sound is just fine and it is definitely worth buying for the entertainment value.
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I bought all 4 seasons from Amazon Uk.
While I was happy to have them I was frustrating as none of the episodes were in order.
Below is a list of the episodes for the first season in order for you to check against.

1. Pilot
2. Caroline and the Mugger
3. Caroline and the Gay Art Show
4. Caroline and the Bad Back
5. Caroline and the ATM
6. Caroline and the Folks
7. Caroline and the Opera
8. Caroline and the Balloon
9. Caroline and the Convict
10. Caroline and the Christmas Break
11. Caroline and the Gift
12. Caroline and the Married Man
13. Caroline and the 28 Pound Walleye
14. Caroline and the Watch
15. Caroline and the Condom
16. Caroline and the Bad Date
17. Caroline and the Proposal
18. Caroline and the Kid
19. Caroline and the Ex-Wife
20. Caroline and the Movie
21. Caroline and the Cereal
22. Caroline and Richard's Mom
23. Caroline and the Bridesmaids
24. Caroline and the Wedding
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Well... love this series and don't know why seasons 3 and 4 aren't available, however, season 1 ends with an episode AFTER the finale as one other reviewer mentioned. Yes, the episodes are in order by air date which you can see inside the DVD case front and back, but why they put it on the DVD that way I'll never know. The finale was in May of 1996 but they aired a new episode in August of the same year, I'm guessing to promote the new upcoming season since it's sort of a look back on how Richard and Caroline met. But it's a bit confusing if you don't know ahead of time that the episodes are set up that way. That's what made me check the DVD case listing of the episodes and the air dates. CBS should have tucked that August episode in three or four from the last one so the finale would be the last episode on the last disk even though it would have been out of order air-date-wise. Now it's out of order story-wise. Whatever though, the series is funny, it's pretty great writing so I don't know why the show only lasted four years, and NOW I WANT THE OTHER TWO SEASONS!!!
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I followed the "Must See TV" Thursday night line-up as long as it kept throwing out worthwhile, inspired, clever and funny programming. And this show was part of the last generation of those kind of shows, particularly comedies in my case. For some reason, few guys admit to liking this show. Is it "Seinfeld?" Of course not. But that was the kind of show more guys related to more than a show like "Caroline In The City," which was one of my favorite comedies of all the "Must See" lineup. In addition to the leads- Thompson (Caroline), Lutes (Del), Getz (Richard), and Pietz (Annie), Andrew Lauer, who played Charlie, Del's assistant/messenger had me in stitches on many occasions. I've always adored Lea Thompson, so sampling her show was a given. But there was definitely something about it from the beginning that separated it from other flash in the pan sitcoms. Once you took this show on its own, and not by comparing it to others it grew on you very fast. The story lines were as relatable as they come, but with a different sense of humor than its contemporaries, albeit with some usual formulas. But the ensemble pulls it off. And as the show and characters developed, so did the appeal. The show was not only funny, but had a real heart. Even the extras on the series had their shining moments and contributions to this show- restauranteur Remo was always ready to pounce on any cue for a home run chuckle. Sadly, in its latest stage it started to pander to the focus group mentality who felt adding additional, yet pointless cast members would reach a wider demographic (Suddenly Susan suffered through the same desperation as it aged too), and the exact opposite occurred. It wound up pleasing nobody, or at least displeased its most loyal followers.Read more ›
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I don't understand why people say the episodes aren't in order. In the box you got the air dates for each one of them, and they are in correct order.
In fact, the last one shouldn't be there by story, but it's in the right place by air date.

About the story: it's great fun. The only bad thing is: sometimes things happen that they don't show (as when Richard got her first girlfriend. She just appears, it seems like something's missing).

About the dvds: it could have more special features.
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Used to really enjoy this sit-com before moving to NYC, and now after living here for 20 years, it's even more enjoyable.

Gives a fun sense of the city, without crazy vulgarity. The writing is really excellent, and the cast works well as a team.

The artwork in the scene transitions is fun and the artwork intros are a nice and fun touch.

I also like the fact that while it was formatted in "full screen" mode, that even when watching it in 16x9 format, you don't notice any real distortion.
The color and sound to this DVD transfer is excellent.

Overall, as others have said, this show still holds up today. Fun and funny.
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