Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Second Season
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Includes 26 episodes on 3 DVDs. 1979-80/color/10 hrs., 50 min/NR/fullscreen.
Nowadays Diff'rent Strokes is best known for producing three of the most troubled former child stars in the history of entertainment, but in its day this was a top-rated sitcom. Gary Coleman wasn't just a pair of cute chubby cheeks; he had the kind of wily comic timing that could have carried his career into adulthood--if his stardom hadn't been linked to his physique, making adult roles unacceptable to his audience. But The Complete Second Season captures Coleman at his diminutive prime as Arnold Jackson, one of two brothers adopted by a wealthy New York developer named Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain, Maude). Bain and Charlotte Rae (as housekeeper Mrs. Garrett, who left mid-season to anchor the spin-off The Facts of Life) delivered their lines and got out of Coleman's way; Dana Plato (as Drummond's daughter Kimberly) and Todd Bridges (as Arnold's brother Willis) acted their young hearts out, but Coleman was unquestionably the star.
A runaway success and pop culture phenomenon, the second season of Diff'rent Strokes pulled in celebrity sports stars like Muhammad Ali, Reggie Jackson, and Meadowlark Lemon, while great character actors like Dabney Coleman (Nine to Five) and James Cromwell (Babe, Six Feet Under) appeared in memorable roles. The crossover episodes with justly forgotten McLean Stevenson sitcom Hello, Larry are regrettable (though Coleman had great chemistry with Hello, Larry's husky-voiced Kim Richards, formerly the star of Escape from Witch Mountain), while the appearance of the Facts of Life cast (including a very young Molly Ringwald, prior to her teen queen reign as star of The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink) fits right in. Social topics like racism and poverty are treated with firm liberal denouncement, but the difficulties of adolescence sometimes get slightly more subtle treatment (comparatively, at least). The only complaint about The Complete Second Season is the complete lack of extras; but even without interviews or commentaries, these episodes--returned to their original broadcast length--will delight fans. --Bret Fetzer
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I found the old original Boxed Set of Dukes of Hazzard Season 1 at Barnes and Noble on sale for $13.99 so I will be purchasing Seasons 2-4 through Amazon. Thanks again Amazon for excellent customer service and the third party sellers as well thanks!
Season two begins with three painfully slow episodes. For some reason the shows writers decided not to focus on the ensemble cast. Episodes 1&2 of the second season feature guest star Dabney Coleman who stars as a businessman with a daughter named Alice. When Alice finds out he has to have an operation he wants to share a hospital room with Alice, however after the business relationship between Mr. Drummond and Alice's father goes sour he refuses to let the kids share a hospital room. The third season two episode once again brings the cast of the series "Hello Larry" to town.
There are some good and funny episodes during season 2. "Sanford and Son" funnyman Whitman Mayo appears in "The Adoption Part 1& 2" as a junk man whose scam threatens the finalization of the adoption of Arnold and Willis.
Race issues continued to be addressed during season 2. Mrs. Garrett would leave the show and be replaced by Adelaide. Overall, it's a pretty mediocre season. The show really got a bit better when Arnold began interacting with his friends Dudley and Willis started dating more.
The set contains three colorful discs and each disc is enclosed in it's own individual case. There are a total of 24 episodes. The packaging is nice. There are no bonus features.
So Sony Distribution, tell me what is the hold-up on the further release of season sets of this Wonderful pop culture phenomenon of this show on DVD. We want more of this show, the first Two seasons aren't good enough. Work with us.