Rita Rocks: Season 1
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RITA ROCKS: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 features all 20 episodes
DISC ONE: Pilot / Lies, Lies, Lies, Yeah-ah / You Gotta Have Friends / Flirting With Disaster / Mother s Little Helper / Nobody Does it Better / Take This Job and Shove It
DISC TWO: The Crying Game / Under Pressure / Got No Time / Love On the Rocks / I Write the Songs / The Girl Is Mine / Old Friends
DISC THREE: It s My Party / I Can t Make You Love Me / Get Off of My Cloud / Killer Queen / What s Love Got to Do With It? / We Can Work It Out / Bonus Music Video
BONUS FEATURE: Music Video Somebody to Worry About Performed by Nicole Sullivan, Tisha Campbell Martin, Raviv Ullman, and Ian Gomez. Lyrics and Music by Kathleen Wilhoite
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20 Episodes on 3 Discs Widescreen Edition (2010) being released on DVD April 27
"Rita Rocks" stars Nicole Sullivan from MADtv as Rita, an overworked wife, mother, and former lead singer of a Bangles cover band who in the verge of an identity crisis with her family life decides to reconnect with her past by forming a garage band with her postal worker, an unemployed neighbor, and her daughter's boyfriend. The story angle seems a little unlikely, but she mostly still has the same conflicts as other sitcoms when someone wants to pursue a hobby or new career choice with occasional garage performances that are clearly studio taped and dubbed over them giving it a slight "Glee" feel without the dancing.
Nicole Sullivan has always been funny in MADtv and even though this is a more laid-back family version of her usual comedy, her voice and line delivery are hilarious. She is very believable as a family mom trying to keep everyone together and her singing voice is nice enough for this sitcom. She lights up the show while most of the other characters are a bit dull. Sullivan is charismatic and can still deliver lots of laugh-out-loud moments over the course of each episode.
Patty is the postal worker played by Tisha Campbell-Martin from the "Martin" TV show and is more impressive vocally as a singer. She still carries enough attitude to be funny but her singing voice is a little better than Sullivan's. I haven't seen postal workers delivering mail door to door handing it to people since black and white TV shows in the 1950s, but they try to make it seem like it's a natural everyday occurrence. She ends up becoming the sassy black best friend who gets to throw in stuff like "oh no she didn't!Read more ›
Sullivan is probably best known for her outrageous portrayals on MAD TV, but there are few signs of the "Vancome Lady" here, as she plays things mostly straight, though often with a sarcastic undertone. Sullivan demonstrates the ability to carry a series, and displays some musical talent as well. Tisha Campbell-Martin as Patty, is ultra-sassy, and even louder and more opinionated than Rita. The relationship between these two strong personalities quickly becomes tight, and usually generates the most laughs. As Rita's insurance peddling husband, Richard Ruccolo is kind of passive, and something of a goof, but he does have some good points and remains likeable. On those occasions when her character is featured, Natalie Dreyfuss is usually pretty good as the slightly spoiled, mildly rebellious Hallie.
Rita and her bandmates come together to form a group in the pilot episode. Although each of the subsequent episodes is typically named after a popular song, it takes some time before the music becomes a significant factor.Read more ›
The premise of the show is that Rita, a late-30s/early 40s mother of two with a working husband, tries to balance her motherly duties with a retail job on top of deciding to pursue a long-stifled desire to have her own band. The resulting story lines alternate between elements of each of these aspects of her life—with the "band" segments often focusing on brief, yet colorful, rehearsals in Rita's garage.
There are several elements that really make this series click, despite the fact that it boasts none of the over-the-top plots or far-fetched comedy that seem necessary to make a sitcom popular these days. One, the writing consistently displays a good balance of true-to-life scenarios with relatable, wholesome humor. Two, the cast members are clearly engaged in their roles, instead of pandering to a certain demographic or trend. Lead actress Nicole Sullivan is remarkably versatile yet understated; Tisha Campbell is sassy yet very likable in her role as Rita's friend/postal carrier, Patty; and Natalie Dreyfuss does a commendable job as Rita's older daughter, Hallie—effectively conveying the amusing temperament of a teenager without turning it into a stereotype.
I use the term "quirky" in my review title because, although Sullivan (as "Rita") is not a bad singer, it seems a little far-fetched that someone of her limited vocal range would be so passionate about forming a band at her stage of life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 stars for ok show,,, not my fav but acceptable hope to see better in the future this is okPublished on July 28, 2013 by shane mcbain
I loved Rita Rocks!!! To me it was the new "Reba" and kind of better too. It's supporting characters weren't as strong as Reba's but still a wonderful show. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Randy O.
This is a great show! I watch it over and over and it never gets old! So funny! I just wish they would come out with season 2.Published on March 19, 2013 by Kimberly Brister
Rita is an over-worked middle-class sassy, sarcastic mother of two. When she gets overwhelmed with her life, she decides to start a band - she loved singing when she was younger,... Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by dSavannah
I bought this as a gift for my daughter. She really liked this tv show, but it was cancelled after only one season so I was very happy to find it on dvd. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by Charise
Rita absolutely does not rock. This is a very weak, boring, trite, and totally predictable attempt at comedy. Read morePublished on December 1, 2011 by RR in Texas
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