Ned And Stacey: The Complete Series
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It was business. Strictly business.
Academy Award nominee Thomas Hayden Church (Best Supporting Actor, Sideways, 2004) and Emmy Award-winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace) are the most unlikely of marrieds in Ned And Stacey, created by Michael J. Weithorn (The King Of Queens.)
Self-absorbed Ned Dorsey (Church) is an ad exec who needs a wife to climb the corporate ladder. Stacey Colbert (Messing) is a neurotic freelance writer in need of an apartment. They have only one thing in common: they irritate each other. So naturally, they enter into a marriage of convenience! Its a match made in ... well, not exactly heaven.
This collection includes all 46 hilarious episodes of Ned And Stacey, including 11 not aired during its original run on network television. Watch it today with someone you love ... or loathe.
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Ned and Stacey are opposites which works great to the advantage of the series. Ned is serious about his profession in the advertising game. Stacey is an aspiring writer and journalist herself. They meet in the pilot episode on a blind date arranged by Stacey's brother-in-law Eric Moyer (Greg Germain) and his Stacey's sister, Amanda Moyer (Nadia Dajani). Dori Brenner and Harry Goz played Stacey's parents mostly in the first season. Eric and Amanda are also opposites in character. The two couples have terrific chemistry onscreen and the laughs keep coming.
Sadly, the series lasted only two seasons on Fox in the mid-nineties. The cast would go on to other projects as well. Thomas Haden Church would earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the film, "Sideways" and other accolades. Debra Messing has just been awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television, Emmys and has returned as Grace Adler in the updated version of the comedy, "Will and Grace." Greg Germain would act in the hit series, "Ally McBeal." Sadly, Dori Brenner died in 2000 from cancer. She was a terrific actress in any medium. I wished there was a tribute feature to her in this DVD collection.
Guest stars include Joanna Cassidy, Susie Essman, Olivia Newton-John, Jason Bateman, Kathy Griffin, Marcia Cross, Megan Mullaly, Sara Rue, Christopher Hewett, Alex Trebek, Lloyd Bridges, Corinne Bohrer and more. I loved the Thanksgiving episode best of all so far. It is a classic Thanksgiving episode entitled "The Thanksgiving Day Massacre." Another favorite is the flashback episode when Amanda told Stacey to break up with Joe in high school. Eric is playing the diner busboy and Ned appears looking like Joe Dirt.
Putting a disc in we get a Play All as well as an episode list while the theme song plays. Disc one features the extra. There are eight episodes on disc one.
the back of the package mentions all 46 episodes so that includes the 11 unaired ones. The set also includes audio commentary on the pilot and a retrospective.
Season 1 was previously released on dvd, while season 2 seemed to be lost forever, though I was able to track down a low-quality torrent that included the 11 unaired episodes and reminded me of the hilarity of this show and how, whether it was intentional or not, I grew up with a messed up sense of humor and backward morals influenced by the character of Ned Dorsey. In my limited knowledge of technology, years ago I dedicated time to uploading all of season 2 onto Youtube for others who were forced to live a decade and a half without one of the greatest forgotten seasons of 90's sitcoms, only to have them taken down after copyright claims that hinted that a full series like this might finally become a reality.
It is truly awesome to have both seasons in one set, as season 2 builds on the first season beautifully, leaving the only disappointment of the series that it didn't continue. I can tell you the final episode does what series finales of other 90's sitcoms couldn't do -- make you wish there was more, while at the same time leaving you tearful and smiling at the investment you've made in growing to love these ridiculous characters. The supporting roles of Eric and Amanda interact with Ned and Stacey in such a hilarious way that you sense the actors loved these scenes and lines in spite of, again, a rather silly and ridiculous premise for a show. The way the show never takes itself too seriously (especially in opening and closing credit scenes and numerous guest star appearances) is a thing of sitcom beauty, and therein you see the influence that famed writers like Charlie Kaufman and David Litt had on the sitcom world early in their Hollywood careers.
The special features on this set are limited, but about what you would expect from a series that only lasted two seasons and was cancelled by network execs that saw poor ratings rather than the deep connection these actors made to their characters. Since seeing this series as a teenager I've followed the careers of Haden Church and Messing just to see if they could ever match what they had here, and I'm not sure they've done it yet (Haden Church in 'Sideways' is a tangential version of Ned). This series is worth your time and money.