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Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 2

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Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. For the 1971 and 1972 seasons it was a part of an ABC Friday prime-time lineup that also included Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, and The Odd Couple. Each week, the show featured different stories of romance, usually with a comedic spin. All episodes were unrelated, featuring different characters, stories and locations. The show often featured the same actors playing different characters in many episodes. In addition a large and ornate brass bed was a recurring prop in many episodes. Charles Fox's delicate yet hip music score, featuring flutes, harp, and flugelhorn set to a contemporary pop beat, provided the "love" ambiance which tied the stories together as a multifaceted romantic comedy each week.

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Frustrated newlyweds and bickering marrieds, lecherous executives and bodacious secretaries, uptight squares and free-spirited hippies, suspicious wives and nervous husbands, inexperienced teens and swinging seniors. They’re all part and parcel of Love, American Style, the era-defining anthology series that offered a comedic look at the so-called "new morality." Rebounding after studio-imposed DVD-interruptus, this three-disc set contains the 12 episodes that complete Season One. Each contains two or three playlets. Unlike The Love Boat, all are played for laughs: A honeymooning groom accidentally locks himself in an antique store’s chastity belt; A bachelor pretends to have a wife and children to seduce a coworker who only dates married men; A harried man discovers his favorite restaurant has gone topless just as his wife surprises him for lunch. One intriguing story is "Love and the High School Flop-Out," whose story about an awkward teen who has the house to himself while his parents are out of town anticipates Risky Business, complete with friends who suggest he rent out the house for an "orgy." Love plays it completely straight. In one story, a newlywed complains her husband seems to be losing interest in her, prompting her mother to inquire if he is "strange." In another, an interior decorator in love with a mobster’s daughter is dismissed by him as a "petunia" until he dispatches the thug’s henchmen ("The fact that I have taste and a certain flair for color and design doesn’t make me any less of a man," he argues). And in another, two bickering male business partners visit a marriage counselor to sort out their troubles. Of course, what really makes this show such a star-spangled affair is each episode’s roster of character actors, TV Land cult faves, and future stars. Burt Reynolds already has his smirk going as a soldier whose wife has written a scandalous bestseller in "Love and the Banned Book." An 18-year-old Kurt Russell portrays a high school student poised to lose his virginity in "Love and the First-Nighters." Love American Style is hip enough to reference Alice B. Toklas, Bonnie & Clyde, Rosemary’s Baby and Federico Fellini, but its chauvinistic attitudes now make the once-naughty show seem almost endearingly quaint. Still, to watch "Love and the Nervous Executive," which pairs prissy Paul Lynde with va-voom "Mighty Carson Arts Players" bombshell Carol Wayne, or "Love and the Big Night" with Tony Randall and Julie "Catwoman" Newmar, is to fall in Love all over again. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Last 12 episodes of the 1969-70 season on three discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Pat Carroll, Bob Denver, Nanette Fabray, Joey Heatherton, George Lindsey
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Allen Baron, Bruce Bilson, Charles R. Rondeau, Coby Ruskin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 622 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011NVC9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love American Style - Season 1, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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By Servo VINE VOICE on January 14, 2008
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"Love American Style" (1969-1974), best known for its classic theme song and for airing the pilot (Season Three segment "Love and the Happy Days") that ultimately launched the hit series Happy Days, was a comedy anthology series about love and romance (a rarity) featuring a combo of guest stars in comedy vignettes. A product of its time, "Love American Style" looked naughty on the outside, but was actually a humorous yet quaint look at the rituals of dating and mating. Though ABC revived the series [as "New Love American Style"] in 1985, only The Love Boat (1977-1986) was successful in following the format of the original classic series which after decades since its debut finally came to DVD with Love American Style - Season One, Volume One.

Complete the first season with Love American Style - Season One, Volume Two. This 3-disc set features all 34 segments from the Emmy-winning first season's remaining 12 episodes; Full Frame (1.33:1) video; plus the following guest stars: Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Clint Howard, Penny Marshall, Tom Bosley, Bob Denver, Jim Backus, Meredith MacRae, Donna Douglas, Greg Morris, Adam West, Julie Newmar, Van Williams and many more! Here is a list of the segments contained in this volume, plus original airdates:

38. Love and the Medium (12/29/1969)
39. Love and the Bed (12/29/1969)
40. Love and the High School Flop-Out (12/29/1969)
41. Love and the Fighting couple (1/5/1970)
42. Love and the Pick-Up (1/5/1970)
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This show was part of ABC's Friday night line-up back when networks put their good shows on Friday and Saturdays, as opposed to today when those nights are burial grounds for failing TV shows. It was popular in the late 60's and early 70's not just because it was witty, but because it was considered a bit naughty. In fact it was put on last in the evening in the lineup and given a great big warning label - for mature audiences only. For modern viewers, this show will seem much like a precode film from the early 1930's - you'll wonder what the big deal is since by and large nothing shocking ever really happens. Like precode films it does mark a transitional period. Precodes were the last hurrah of controversial material in the movies for the next 30 years. Love American Style marked the first inroad of controversial material on TV, as bigger and bigger shocks would be required to titilate audiences until now, almost 40 years later, the show appears quaint. You just have to remember that at the time this show aired shows such as "Andy Griffith" and "My Three Sons" were the norm for hit Television. The 60's didn't really happen in middle America until the 70's and this show was part of the first wave of that transition, for better or worse.

The episodes themselves are still pretty humorous, and often you'll see failed pilots end up as episodes of Love American Style. The most famous example was a 1972 episode that turned out to be the pilot for "Happy Days", one of ABC's most successful shows of the 1970's. If you're a boomer you're bound to enjoy this set. If you are younger, it's an interesting and humorous lesson in the journey TV has taken over the years.
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The first half of Season 1 was fun to watch and now we have the second half with more love and more joy. Like the first volume, I've seen many of these stories in their syndicated form on TV Land and Oxygen and was amazed that they trimmed these down a bit so seeing these stories for the first time complete is another plus. Like others, I am a little displeased that they would split seasons but charge for the price of a full one. Perhaps when Season 2 is released, they will release it as one set due to the fact that the show was cut back to 30 min for half of the season. In addition, some of the episodes were a bit on the grainier side than Volume 1, but that's probably expected since the show is almost 40 years old.

Anyhow, it was great to see stars like Steve Allen, Greg Morris (of another Paramount hit TV show MISSION IMPOSSIBLE), Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz of I LOVE LUCY), a young Burt Reynolds, the beautiful Phyllis Davis (who will join the LAS players in Season 2), Julie Newmar, Joanne Worley (Laugh-In), Jim Backus and Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island), a young Kurt Russell, Mouseketeer Don Grady, and Room 222's Karen Valentine.

The blackouts get funnier and funnier (and a bit racier) and Charles Fox' score gets groovier and groovier, too. And yes, The Cowsills' rendition of the theme song (which is now stuck in my head).

Hurry up and release Season Two, please and this time, all in one set since most of the episodes were 30 min in length for most of the Season
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While the show is a bit dated the situations still a bit sexy. Sex is at the core of very scene and have stars of the era. Not too many of the stars are still working these days but you should see some that are still working.
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