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Life Goes On: The Complete First Season (DVD)
This heartwarming family drama broke ground by addressing difficult social issues including Downs Syndrome and AIDS is on DVD for the first time. The show centers around the Thatchers: Drew, Libby, Becca, Paige and Corky.]]>
When Life Goes On first aired on ABC in 1989, it wore its ground-breaking bravura on its theoretical sleeve: The dramedy focused on a hard-working but deep-loving Midwest family, the Thachers, with a small twist. Son Corky, 18, had Down syndrome, and the actor who played him, the charming, sweet-faced Chris Burke, also has Down syndrome. And while many of the plot points revolved around Corky and the challenges he faced being "mainstreamed" into a regular high school, his sweet temperament and determination, and the ongoing trials of the rest of the members of the family, made for a compelling and well-rounded TV saga. The Emmy-nominated Kellie Martin (who would go on to star in ER) plays plucky sister Becca, the 14-year-old initially mortified that her older brother would be in her freshman class, but she rallies, believably, and becomes a key source of emotional support for Corky. The other cast high point is Patti LuPone, who in the '80s was one of the premiere stars of Broadway musicals, and who plays the loving but sometimes battle-scarred mom, Libby, to steely perfection. The Complete First Season contains all 22 episodes, plus some great extras, including commentaries by Burke and series creator Michael Braverman. In the end what made the Thacher family so special was that it was really just like every family; sometimes there are curve balls, and sometimes there are wild moments of joy. And always, life goes on. --A.T. Hurley
- 22 episodes on six discs
- Commentary on the pilot episode by actor Chris Burke ("Corky") and series creator Michael Braverman
- Bill Smitrovich and Patti Lupone's screen test
- Laughs Go On: a mini gag reel
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(Oh and I agree, the "replacement" theme music is NO comparison to the wonderful original rendition of the cast led by Patti LuPone singing "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" -- but if that's the only way they can avoid copyright issues and get this show on DVD, I can accept it.)
It's a pity only the first season has been released on dvd thus far, and I'm afraid this is all we're going to have. Why? Please WB, do the fans a favor and release the other seasons as well -it has been 9 years already!
UPDATE; Sitcoms Online has posted a review of the set and even has an audio clip of the new theme song. However, the original theme song is still in tact in the pilot! :) The original closing song is in tact in the pilot as well, and the original end theme is in tact in all the other episodes. The new theme song is alright, but the DVD reviewer was right when they said it sounds more like it's for a teen show but still catchy. The only problem I have with the new theme song is that it sounds a little too today-ish. But it's the episodes themselves that really count and that's all that matters.
If you'd like to read the review and listen to the audio files, just go to Sitcoms Online (with your standard [...] and .com after it). Click on "DVD Reviews" in the side panel, and scroll down until you find "Life Goes On." The reviews are in alphabetical order.