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At the same time, I discovered The Mod Squad. Being only seven to ten or so when the show was on the air, I knew at once it was dealing with the culture that I had seen "out there" and from which all of Middle America seemed to be trying so hard to hide. I was also too young to fully understand what was truly going on and how this TV show fit in. And then it was gone. The show was cancelled in 1973. The hippies disappeared off the streets, the music slowly changed and the world grew older.
But the memory of this show stayed with me, frozen in my mind like a secret, shining picture of a youthful promise that was somehow never fulfilled, in part because of my own broken and fragmented memories and understanding of the cultural and political changes of the strangely foreign nation to which we had come back in 1969.
Imagine then, my excitement at finding out that The Mod Squad was finally being released on DVD.Read more ›
I am a 51 yr old African American female.And during my time in South Central LA.Seeing young people that looked so hip and dressed hip was unheard of back then this show was truly "cutting edge" for their time.I wished they worl release more shows.I will buy everyone of them.These actors were before there time!!!
I would recommend all four volumes to anyone who loved this show, or anyone who wants to understand what the 60s were like. The cast was perfect and outstanding for their roles. Season 1, Volume 1 has extra features that include interviews with Michael Cole and Peggy Lipton, who tell a lot of fun stories about their time on the show. Yes, Clarence Williams III is absent from the special features, but it may have been his choice, who knows? At the time the beginning volumes were released in 2007, he was involved in 'Mystery Woman' with Kellie Martin on Hallmark Channel.
My favorite episode of all the 52 is "A Time for Remembering." Not your typical flashback show - the sensitve portrayals by the cast members as they deal with a vengeful ex-convict's shooting of one of their own is a true treat. The ex-con is the first guy they put away. You can see him in Season One, Volume One, the pilot episode entitled "The Teeth of the Barracuda."
There are great guest stars, some already famous, and some who became famous later. I enjoyed figuring out some of them. Some of them I hadn't seen in a show for a long time. There's even a special feature on the first season called "The Friends of The Mod Squad," featuring Ed Asner, Lesley Warren, Lou Gossett, Jr. & Tyne Daly.
I hope the other seasons will be released.Read more ›
The second reason is that The Mod Squad was the beginning of the legendary producing legacy of Aaron Spelling, and his many years of providing viewer-friendly programs to both ABC and Fox. Although he had worked as an actor and writer, and had already produced Johnny Ringo and Burke's Law, The Mod Squad began an incredible and unprecedented almost forty year run of producing television shows that captured fans with either high-octane action sequences, or opulent comedies or soap-operatic dramas. The partial list includes The Rookies, SWAT, Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Vegas, Hotel, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, and Charmed.
But still at the heart of this show was the rapport and relationship between the three street kids who were rounded up and rehabilitated into undercover cops - rich kid Pete Cochran (Michael Cole), runaway Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton), and taciturn revolutionary Lincoln Hayes (Clarence Williams III. Pete, Julie, and Linc had immediate street cred with the mostly young felons they ran across, and even though it could be testy or frosty, their relationship with their mentor and rehabilitator, Captain Adam Greer (played by Tige Andrews)was solid, and they grew to have much mutual love and respect and affection.
The shows could stretch credulity almost to the breaking point, but the shows dealt with relevant issues, were very entertaining, and well written and well acted.
It is a great treat to watch these episodes again, and we can look forward to the release of the other episodes with great anticipation.
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IT REALLY IS A SHAME THAT A STUDIO LIKE PARAMOUNT COULD NOT RELEASE ALL 26 EPS ON ONE SET, THEY DID IT WITH WILD WILD WEST AND MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, THE QUALITY AGAIN IS EXCELLENT... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by bob b
It took me awhile to get on the DVD/Blue Ray bandwagon but nowthat I am retired and travel quite a bit in my RV (right now in AZ for MLB spring training) I could have done like a... Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by John Gibson
A must have ... great show, a bit campy ... and of course a but dated ... but with this series the groundwork was laid for all future "buddy" type crime / cop series &... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Mr. Crankshaft
I loved the Mod Squad growing up and it was so much fun to see these episodes again. I would recommend this to a true Mod Squad fan.Published on January 3, 2014 by Marie
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