- 35 episodes on 4 discs
Hazel - The Complete First Season
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Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake. The lovable Shirley Booth stars as Mr. George Baxter's live-in, no-nonsense housekeeper providing ardent wisdom for her attorney boss, his lovely wife Dorothy and son Harold in this fun-for-all domestic sitcom. Includes all 35 debut-season episodes on 4 DVDs. 1961/b&w/15 hrs., 10 min/NR/fullscreen.
Hooray for Hazel! Shirley Booth stars as the irrepressible housekeeper Hazel in the endearing family TV series that ran from 1961 to 1966. A brilliant character actress, Booth wisecracks her way through Hazel's life, solving the problems of her employers, the often-befuddled Baxter family, as well as of the community (busting a shoplifting ring, finding homes for stray dogs, exposing a group of financial swindlers). All this Hazel does with her cheerful working-class enthusiasm, without getting so much as a stray wrinkle in her crisply pressed maid uniform (complete with little head thingy). When she gets into her own scrapes, she shrugs them off with Brooklynese cracks like, "Looks like I'm in the soup again!" The show is a perfect snapshot of early 1960s America, complete with frozen-in-time décor (did everyone have that same print of the little-girl ballet dancer framed in their living room?) and a lovely leisurely pace. Hazel can make an entire episode out of one single premise, as when Mr. Baxter decides that an unlisted phone number might cut down on the number of crank phone calls. And who wouldn't be nostalgic for a time when middle-class households had a working dad, a mostly-stay-at-home mom, perfectly behaved kids--and live-in housekeepers? Part of the appeal of Hazel, though, is that it's clear her life is much broader than her occupation. She knows everyone in town, from the balloon guy at the local park to the most powerful judge on the bench--all of which eventually comes in handy. And did we mention she's a cham-peen league bowler? Booth won two well-deserved Emmys for her portrayal of Hazel. The boxed set includes all 35 25-minute episodes, and you won't want to miss a one. I'm talking to youse! --A.T. Hurley
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I had started with season 3, and now seeing season 1, everything makes more sense ! For the sake of other Hazel fans I hope more season 1 becomes available because I'm thinking this was the best,
(So far) so light hearted, and even saying prayers with Hazel by the bedside (the way I was raised), and all the familiar ways of life, before computers, cell phones, and Xboxes, and who knows what scary things are around the corner that are taking humanity away...
Anyway, I can see why Shirly Booth won
Academy's for her acting! God bless her for agreeing to do this show it's the best!!
P.S. Sellers don't be greedy sell these at least in $40-$50 range, people can't afford such high prices for MORALLY SOUND PRODUCTIONS - and If these were aired, you'd be forced to drop your prices cuz some people still have DVD Recorders!! Please lower your price on these fantastic shows!! Please!!😥
I bought this first season after learning that the next three were available. I had wanted to purchase this season for awhile but I didn't want to start buying another series that wasn't being released. I'm not happy that this season, and none of the others, have any EXTRAS, OR SPECIAL FEATURES. The exception is, there is some sort of Promotional Material on Season 4, but that isn't what I am referring to. I was thinking of A Conversation With Ted Keys about How The Show Came About, Interviews With The Cast, Behind the Scenes Footage, ETC
Below are My Interpretations Of Each Episode:
1) Hazel And The Playground: Since there isn't a playground in The Baxter's neighborhood, Hazel goes about getting part of the Botanical Gardens for the project.
2) Hazel Makes A Will: After Hazel hurts herself on The Baxter's property, she decides to get her nephew Le Roy to help her with her will.
3) Hazel Plays Nurse: When George and his grumpy client, Mr. Griffin, both wind up in bed with a cold, Hazel nurses the both of them. (This is the episode that introduces the character Mr. Griffin)
4) A Matter Of Principle: Hazel fights a Parking Ticket that she did not deserve.
5) Dorothy;'s New Client: Dorothy gets furiously mad at Hazel when she pitches her to a new neighbor to do some interior decorating for her home.
6) What'll We Watch Tonight?: Hazel bargains with George to get a Color TV after she don't get to watch the show she wants to watch, after the entire family watched a boxing match. (This is the only episode in this season that is in color.)
7) A Dog For Harold: Harold gets to keep a dog he found after Hazel's and Dorothy's scheming falls through to show George how friendly the dog is.
8) George's Niece: When George's niece, Nancy, comes to town, Hazel introduces her to her nephew, Eddie, which infuriates George's sister, Deirdre (This episode introduces the characters: Deirdre Thompson, Nancy Thompson, and Eddie Burke. Plus, The "Hazel Theme Song" disappears after this episode.)
9) Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys: Hazel gives up her day off to cook dinner for The Baxter's a midst some family issues, and gets invited to dinner by George. (This is the only episode that George's sister Phyllis and her husband Sam appears on the show. Phyllis was also the "sweet sister".)
10) Winter Wonderland: George, through a series of missed communications, think that Dorothy is having a good time with a Ski Instructor, whose name is "Pat".
11) Hazel's Winning Personality: Hazel's new found personality is irritating to everyone.
12) Hazel's Christmas Shopping: To earn money to buy Dorothy a Christmas Present, Hazel gets a part-time job in a Department Store, where she inadvertently helps the store to capture a shoplifter.
13) Dorothy's Obsession: Dorothy impulsively buys a piano and then tries to get her client to take it off her hands before George finds out.
14) Hazel's Dog Days: Hazel comes up with a way for Harold to keep Smiley after the owner shows up to claim him.
15) A Replacement For Phoebe: Hazel helps The Johnson's to get a new maid by interviewing a few prospects for them.
16) Hazel's Famous Recipes: After gathering up all of her mother's favorite recipes, Hazel tries to have them published.
17) Hazel's Tough Customer: When Hazel receives an unexpected Marriage Proposal she has to make up her mind as to whether she wants to accept it, or continue to work for The Baxter's.
18) Hazel's Secret Wish: Hazel is given an extravagant vacation to a place where the "hired help" is only welcome as servants.
19) Hazel, The Tryst-Buster: Hazel interferes in what she believes is an attempt by a former girlfriend of George's to get him back.
20) The Investment Club: A cousin of George puts holes in the plans of some phony financial advisers, who are using illegal means to gain the money of Hazel and her friends.
21) Hazel's Mona Lisa Grin: Hazel altered a painting of herself by an artist who has passed away, which may have increased in value.
22) Hazel And The Gardener: After Hazel and Dorothy detours George from firing the gardener, Hazel then tries to help him with his social life.
(The introduction of the opening of the show changes on this episode. Hazel comes out of the front door and waves to The Baxter's, who has returned from a trip. She rushes out to the car and hugs everybody.)
23) Dorothy's Birthday: George makes plans for Dorothy's Birthday, disappointing both Hazel and Harold, who wanted to present Dorothy with a Birthday Cake.
24) Number Please: George forgets his new telephone number, which causes some problems for The Baxter's when they don't receive their telephone calls.
25) Them New Neighbors Is Nice: When The Blake's move in next door to The Baxter's, Hazel goes into action to make them welcome.
26) Hazel's Pajama Party: After Hazel's idea of a Pajama Party comes to fruition she is stunned to learn she isn't wanted at the party.
27) Three Little Cubs: Hazel tries to get a snooty mom to see that enrolling her son into The Cub Scouts would benefit him.
28) Bringing Out The Johnson's: Getting "Proposition A" passed becomes a competition between Mr. Griffin and The Baxter's, which helps The Johnson's to get their Social Status started again.
29) Hazel Quits: Hazel petitions to keep "Rainbow Lake from being drained, which causes a riff between George and his client. The client sees Hazel as someone who is meddling in his business. So he demands that Hazel be fired. George disagrees. Hazel quits, but not for real, to work for The Johnson's. Then her petition to prevent "Rainbow Lake" from being drained falls through and it becomes a thing of the past. And Hazel returns home.
30) Hazel, The Matchmaker: Dorothy and Hazel thinks Miss Lewis, Harold's Teacher, is perfect for Stan Blake, The Baxter's new neighbor. But George intervenes and tries to set Stan up with one of his partner's sister, which Hazel cleverly sabotages. (When the cast is run at the end of this episode, Miss Lewis played by Renee Godfrey is mistakenly named as Miss Johnson. She was never referred to by that name. Besides, their was already a character name "Harriet Johnson".)
31) Rock-A-Bye Baby: When The Johnson's can't properly take care of a young relative of theirs, Dorothy and Hazel take over the task, upsetting George's Poker Game.
32) The Burglar in Mr. B's PJ's: Hazel helps a man who breaks into The Baxter's House for food.
33) Heatwave: Hazel goes on a trading frenzy, between two Antique Shops, to get an Air Conditioner.
34) George's Assistant: Mr. Griffin is working George into a nervous breakdown so he decides to get an assistant and Hazel thinks she has the perfect choice.
35) Hazel's Day: Harold comes up with the idea to celebrate Hazel by having "Hazel's Day". But the idea interferes with Deirdre's plans for George.
Season One is the only season with this many episodes. Unfortunately, all of the main cast are gone. I have looked up just about all of the actors and actresses who were on Hazel and all but a few are left. All of the actors who played "The Blake"s are all alive. "Stan", "Don", "Linda", "Stevie", and "Mavis". Their actual names are: John Newton, Brenda Scott, Paul Engle, Kim Tyler and Judy Erwin (Sometimes known as Judy Whitney). Even though Paul Engle plays the oldest child, Don,Brenda Scott, Linda, was actually older than Paul. And even though Kim Tyler, Stevie, plays an older brother of Judy Erwin, Mavis,the actual truth is, Judy is older than Kim, making Kim (Stevie) the actual youngest of The "Blake Children". The two actors, who played nephews of Hazel, are still both alive, Le Roy Burke played by Wright King and Eddie Burke played by John Washbrook. Davey Davison who played Nancy Thompson is still alive and Don Spruance who played Alan on the episode: "George's Assistant" is also still alive. And if any of you are fans of the eighties TV Hit: Dynasty, actress Davey Davison appeared on the pilot. She was a friend at "Krystle's Bachelorette's Party.
Among the main cast, Bobby Buntrock passed away first, in 1974. Then in the early 1990's Shirley Booth passed away. Then not long after that, Don Defore passed away. And last, but not least, the beautiful Whitney Blake passed away, in 2002. It's a shame that none of the cast lived long enough to see this series come to DVD. But even then I would think that there might have been some archived interviews somewhere. Maybe there is something on "YouTube". And here is some more trivia: Whitney Blake and Paul Engle had the same Birth date: February 20th. Also Whitney Blake was the first defendant on the "Perry Mason" series.
My Favorite Episodes From This Season Are:
Episode 6: What'll We Watch Tonight?
Episode 8: George's Niece
Episode 9: Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys
Episode 23: Dorothy's Birthday
Episode 25: Them New Neighbors Is Nice
Episode 30: Hazel, The Matchmaker
Episode 32: The Burglar In Mr. B's PJ's
Episode 34: George's Assistant
Episode 35: Hazel's Day
For Season Two, I'll probably discuss Cathy Lewis, the actress who played Deidre Thompson, along with a few others.
This is one of the greatest sitcoms from the 1960s & if you've never seen the show & go in for wholesome family shows, then I couldn't recommend this one more. Money well spent.
I just hope the remaining seasons are in the works from Sony. I sent them an e-mail & received a gracious reply in an efficient manner stating my e-mail will be forwarded to the necessary department.
Also, TVShowsOnDVD is a site you can cast a vote toward more releases of this program. But I would strongly advise dropping an e-mail to Sony as well.