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Police Woman - The Complete First Season

4.5 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Product Description

Smart and sexy, tough and brassy. Meet Sergeant Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate. Join Golden Globe-winner Angie Dickinson and guest stars Cathy Rigby, Larry Hagman, Pat Morita, Bob Crane and Philip Michael Thomas for 22 episodes and the 2 hour pilot of explosive crime-fighting action and excitement in POLICE WOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON.

After holding her own opposite heavy hitters like Frank Sinatra (Ocean's Eleven) and Lee Marvin (Point Blank), Angie Dickinson earned the right to top billing. For four years, Police Woman gave the cool blonde that chance and, as she admits in the DVD commentary, the idea of becoming a household name was a big attraction. (It worked.) Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson, a two-year police veteran is first introduced, as Lisa Beaumont, in Police Story's season finale, which opens this five-disc set. In "The Gamble," Pepper proves she has what it takes to handle undercover work as she foils both a prostitution ring and a gambling racket. Airing in the coveted slot after The Rockford Files, the gritty, yet glamorous Police Woman became a top 20 hit. In the season premiere ("The End Game," actually the fourth show), Pepper is joined by the rest of the vice squad: Italian-speaking Irishman Lt. Bill Crowley (Earl Holliman, taking over from Bert Convy) and Police Story holdovers Royster (Charles Dierkop) and Styles (Ed Bernard). Together the four were as tough on crime as they were fierce about fashion. Among hundreds of groovy get-ups, sartorial standouts include Royster's patchwork cap, Styles' suede jacket, Crowley's plaid sports jacket, and Pepper's studded pantsuit. First year guest stars include TV vets, like Robert Vaughn ("Blast"), Patti Duke and John Astin ("Nothing Left to Lose"), and Dickinson's Big Bad Mama co-star William Shatner ("Smack"). Police Woman also provided a showcase for up-and-comers like Kathleen Quinlan ("The Beautiful Die Young") and Phillip Michael Thomas ("It's Only a Game")--as a character named "Sonny" no less. (In the show's fourth season, another up-and-comer named Michael Mann would direct an episode.) In 2002, TV Guide voted Dickinson the sexiest TV star of all time after Diana Rigg and George Clooney. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • Commentary with Angie Dickinson on select episodes
  • 22 episodes plus the feature-length pilot from the police drama anthology Police Story

Product Details

  • Actors: Earl Holliman, Angie Dickinson, Charles Dierkop, Ed Bernard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 1063 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1EHPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,752 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Police Woman - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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In 1975, this became the hottest show in the United States and many other countries, and ALSO became the first successful drama series in TV history to feature a woman in the title role.

And although this may sound like faint praise, in an era where Emma Peel had regrettably become a faded memory, if it hadn't been for "Police Woman", there literally would have been no (albeit more-fanciful) "Charlies Angels", "Wonder Woman", "Bionic Woman" or, a few years later, muscular "Cagney & Lacey".

But suffice it to say that Season 1 of "Police Woman" is easily its best year: the show was, for the period, edgy and focused, with Angie Dickinson (then) chewing the scenery with a mesmerizing blend of toughness and effervesence; and her chemistry with co-star and onscreen boss Earl Holliman is very good as well... In this freshman season, "Police Woman" often felt like a taut, foreboding movie, both dark and sun-streaked... No wonder it went to Number One for a few months that summer.

Subsequent seasons weren't quite the same... There was pressure to tone down Miss Dickinson's almost effortless sex-appeal, and in so caving to pressure, the series wound-up squelching her personal power and strength as well, and so the show went off-track a bit: as a result, only about 50% of the episodes of seasons 2 and 3 are really up to par, and season 4 contained just a small handful of good installments.

Perhaps all that's why the show seems to have disappeared from view for quite a while...

Regardless, season 1 is an absolutely great '70s cop show classic-- funny, dramatic, a bit shocking for TV (at the time) in places, with a moody and often-cinematic '70s flavor--- and Angie Dickinson and Earl Holliman NEVER had such a good vehicle.

4/17/06: Unfortunately, no one seems to know it's on DVD, and the mediocre sales reflect that. Plus, it hasn't been available much for a while, so the kids haven't seen it.
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Sure, its period 70s action, but if you've ever seen some of the action flicks of the 70s like COFFY or FOXY BROWN, you know that some of them are more violent than anything being made today. In some ways, POLICE WOMAN is surprisingly violent. When was the last time you saw an episode of a cop show where a bank robber shoots a witness with a shotgun? And in that same episode, the POLICE use shotguns to blow people away. The controversial lesbian episode, FLOWERS OF EVIL, (which was only shown once on TV) is very entertaining and nothingthat GLAAD would get upset about. In fact, one of the final scenes has Angie getting one of the women to confess by relating that she isn't shocked or judgmental and in fact had a gay roommate in college who fell in love with her. The colors on the show are vibrant and the acting is swell with lots of fun guest stars (William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Bob Crane, Rhonda Fleming, Monte Markham, Marian Mercer, William Katt, Smokey Robinson, Della Reese, Robert Vaughn, Lara Parker, etc). Best of all is the numerous commentaries--two solo one with Angie Dickinson butthe majority with Angie and Earl Holliman chatting. Their great chemistry is still strong 30 years later...esspecially when they start bickering over facts (their Who's On First-like monologue about Mark Harman is laugh-out-loud funny; and Angie still has an infectious laugh--at one point she laughs at a piece of dialogue and just cant stop laughing). This show hasn't been in syndication in years, so most of the episodes are still surprising and fresh. I cant wait for season two! And keep those commentaries coming!
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Great show We just need to make sure Columbia and Sony will release more seasons of this classic show ASAP! I realize it prob doesn't sell huge numbers but I hope us fans aren't left in the cold over the show - it really is a great to see again. I'm ready for more!

Fans of this show should buy Season 1 so we can maybe get the rest of the show. For some odd reason Sony didn't do the best with pricing on the set. Yes it is retail 49.99 39.99 would have been better to help sell the show BUT I still think it was worth every cent. However for some odd reason the very day the show was released all of the Best Buy stores that stocked the set had it priced $49.99 which was retail That was it! Not Best Buys fault but Sony for what they had it priced at towards retailers. In the end it drove sales of the show to be very weak. it is a real shame the show is great .. Sure it doesn't have the power of selling like shows that are still airing today but had DVD been released back in Police Womans day then you would have seen sales like Desperate Housewives etc.

Sony Should release the remaining seasons for fans. Finish what you begin .. don't release a season of a show and move on to something else. With all the useless tv shows being released cause they are just a "fad" Police Woman was quality Release the other season and get some promotions out on it! Angie - Earl and the rest of the gang deserve all seasons released! Give us more Sony!
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In the mid-1970's Police Woman was one of my favorite shows. I longed to grow up to be like Angie Dickinson, and admired her so. (I still do). Earl Holliman was gorgeous too! It is so nice to see this show on DVD. The cast and chemistry were fantastic--especially between Angie Dickinson and Earl Holliman. Except for the occasional use of 70's phrases--like "Turkey" and "pad," some of the guys' sideburns, and Charles Dierkopf's (I am probably spelling that wrong) funky hat, the show has held up well. It does not appear obviously outdated the way some other 70's shows do. The stories are typical 70's--drugs, hookers, murderers and rapists--with time spent on character development, rather than on forensics and technical stuff. Well written and acted. The presentation on this set is very nice for the price. There are 3 clear slim plastic cases inside the master case. Each one has a different paper insert with a great photo of Angie Dickinson on the inside, and one on the outside. There are really 3 photos--all from the same shoot, but different poses, and they are alternated so that the outside of one is the inside of another, etc. The discs themselves look very nice too. The whole set looks classy, particularly compared to the way some other shows are being released (for example, the dismal job Universal did with the presentation of MacMillan & Wife). Someone put care and thought into the Police Woman set, and it shows. I have just finished watching 1 1/2 disks over a rainy weekend, and the quality has been terriffic. The picture is clear and bright, and the sound is crisp. They even included the little promo bits that used to show before each episode (or as coming attactions after the previous show). I like that!Read more ›
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