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Dream On - Seasons 1 & 2
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It's hard to imagine how a show like "Dream On" could stay under the radar for so long. It was created by David Crane and Marta Kaufman, the creative team behind "Friends." It was produced -- and many of it finest episodes directed -- by John Landis. It had a remarkable cast doing the best work of their respective careers, playing unforgettable characters, and it benefited from some of the best comedic writing on TV. It provided HBO with its first Emmy. And it paved the way for future HBO episodic comedy series, like The Larry Sanders Show, Sex in the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
But when it debuted on HBO in 1990, the concept of a pay-cable station qualifying for "appointment TV" was still in the future. TV critics loved it, but a lot of others remember it primarily because, taking advantage of the freedoms of pay cable, it used language not seen elsewhere on the tube. And it showed a little skin, although not nearly as much as people seem to remember.
"Dream On" follows the life of Martin Tupper, a book editor at a small Manhattan publishing house who's closer to 40 than he is to 30. He finds himself dumped into the dating scene of the '90s when his wife (a pre-"Just Shoot Me" Wendie Malick) divorces him to marry The World's Most Perfect Man. His son (Chris Demetral) is at an age where he's beginning to realize his father doesn't have all the answers. His best friend (Jeff Joseph in the first season, Dorien Wilson afterward) is a self-absorbed talk show host. And his grating secretary (a post-"SNL" Denny Dillon) has him on the verge of homicide.Read more ›
The show was genius - Martin Tupper's (Brian Benben)thoughts were shown via clips of old b/w B movies. The supporting cast is excellent and they always had cameos from big stars like David Bowie.
How or why this series was forgotten until now is a mystery. Its a masterpiece, far superior to the dross that's around today.
Criminally underappreciated in its day, "Dream On" ran for over a 100 episodes and predates many of the other series that garnered much more attention and praise (such as "The Sopranos"). Although "Dream On" was a great comedy during its first three seasons it lost much of its steam by the end of its run. Even during the lesser shows the show was well written and performed with an air of screwball comedy missing from TV when it was being aired. The gimmick of using old movie and TV clips as cultural reference points for Tupper grew tired by the end of the show's run but the lively cast kept the series interesting until the very end.
"Dream On" has the look of a wonderful daydream on DVD. Universal has done a fine job with this transfer with few analog or digital blemishes to mar the picture.Read more ›
Why, I had no idea! The series was brilliant. The situations were really funny. This sit-com used an almost abstract way to present the lead characters thoughts of the moment (the Black & White footage of crummy movies!!!) long before producers of Alley MacBeal were trying it; Dream On was also a sit-com playing around with sex long before Sex & the City were doing that also and yet both those younger series thrived in the UK. So, Dream On was certainly original and ahead of its time!
So abused was this series in the UK, I was amazed to discover that the series had charged on for a total of six years!!! Trust me folks, this is a worthy purchase. To watch this show and finish it glum faced will only prove you lack a sense of humour!
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I would rate it two stars but I throw in an extra star because I am a Wendy Mallick fan since her recurring role on Kate & Ally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by charlesm
Dream On-Seasons 1&2 is a very good series. Pretty carazy, and you have to pay atrtention to get all the jokes, and figure out the black and white flashbacks. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
this great show very funny but why only the first too season on dvd when was 6 seasons I would buy the seasons but not till all six are available on dvd very dissapointingPublished 21 months ago by kris goodnow
I bought this when it was first released to DVD. This is one of the funniest comedy series to ever make it to television and the reason I subscribed to HBO in the early 90's. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Timothy R. Danielson
I like this show and the video came quicker than i expected. It seemed like one day I was ordereing and the next day it was herePublished on February 25, 2014 by cpeterson
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