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The quality of the show itself is fine. The source film prints are quite clear, the plots are adequate, and the acting is 1st rate. The show holds up quite well after all these years.
This was a very well produced, gripping Western series with excellent production values and terrific writing to match a top-notch cast. Some of the guest stars not mentioned above that you will see are a young and alluring Elizabeth Montgomery, the dashing Ricardo Montalban (look for a quick glimpse of Mary Tyler Moore as an extra), a guy from another ship called "Enterprise" - DeForest Kelley, Charles Bronson, Suzanne Pleshette and a familiarly scruffy-looking Buddy Ebsen (playing the role that might well have landed him the spot of the Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett) in "The Waters of Gorgeous Springs".
You will enjoy Burt Reynolds in his first TV role too - he manages to hang around for 21 episodes (before he goes overboard) and its too bad that he leaves the show. At this writing before the DVD release date I have not seen all the episodes, just a few I collected on original distribution reels but most were in the first 20 episodes and all thoroughly satisfying. There is a line of continuity - at least in the episodes with Reynolds and you will want to watch them in the correct order. There are a couple of episodes where Darren McGavin is missing from the cast - and that unfortunately leaves a void that Noah Berry Jr. cant really fill but the omission is brief and McGavin's brilliant performances carry Riverboat all the way to its final stop.
A fine show of the period, this truly deserved to be released in its entirety and I will be purchasing Riverboat: The Complete Series to finally see all the episodes!!
I agree the previous comments - skips, pixilations - particularly on Disc Two. Timeless need to get their act together quickly - I would have thought a recall of all dodgy discs a necessary first step.
You can now order this box with confidence.
This is a refreshing take on the western set on a riverboat.The series is action-packed and has a lot of guest stars past and future.There were 44 episodes made but only 15 are on this dvd.But each one is a gem.
A big thank you goes to Timeless Media Group who are releasing quite a few old TV shows of this kind and from this era.
If not for TMG these old shows might have remained in the vaults never to see the light of day again which would have been a tragedy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great to see two terrific actors and so many known guest stars.Published 4 days ago by Richard Owens
One episode was a bit jittery . other than that it was good.Published 25 days ago by Frederick W. Rieckens
Good black and white show, the leads are written as men of character. We need more like these today. Plus lots of "stars" before they were stars.Published 1 month ago by Jim Kakavecos
Really great series. Should have lasted longer. Great stars and plots.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love the old time series. I am that happy you sell these series, as we can not get these in Australia. The dvds were perfect had no problem with them in my dvd player. Read morePublished 6 months ago by australia