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Wait Till Your Father Gets Home: Season 1

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Wait Till Your Father Gets Home: The Complete First Season (DVD)

The Age of Aquarius dawned. And Harry Boyle forgot to set his alarm. From the era of the live-action All in the Family comes the animated generation gap comedy Wait Till Your Father Gets Home. Tom Bosley provides the voice of Harry, an affable, forty something Everyman and suburban father of three whose daily routine is anything but, when he faces the burning questions of the "Make Love Not War" era. His eldest son Chet is a college dropout; his teenage daughter Alice finds female solidarity with Harry's independent wife Irma; while their nine-year-old Jamie is a…Capitalist! Women's Lib, Civil Rights, hippies, sexuality, communes, music and the Cold War are some of the hot-button petals in the series' flower-powered laugh fest. They're all part of Harry's world, where a man's home is his hassle. Mellow out and enjoy some peace, love and laughs!


Like All In the Family, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home's social commentary works because it appeals to every member in the household. Mocking nuclear family norms, this animated series is more radical than most Hanna-Barbera cartoons featuring dogs in hats, ghosts from space, and other zany characters. Wait Till Your Father Gets Home banks on stereotypes: the bread-winning, straight-laced, "crew cut" father, Harry Boyle (Tom Bosley of Happy Days), housewife, Irma, and their three revolutionary children. Alice, the conflicted feminist on a constant diet, Chet, proto-slacker perpetually meditating with long hair and bell bottoms, and the little businessman, scoffing idealism to emulate his father's good sense. Each episode in The Complete First Season explains the generation gap between baby boomers and hippies, making a virtual history book of what kids disagreed with back in the early seventies. In "The Hippie," Chet adopts a vagrant buddy to his parents chagrin. In "The New Car," Harry laments a consumerist society based on sales scams rather than old-fashioned customer service. In "Mama's Identity," Irma takes Alice's advice to reject her housewife lifestyle for an equally degrading secretarial position in a law office. And in each episode, The Boyle's racist, pro-war neighbor, Ralph, offers a glimpse into the paranoid fantasies upheld by those who feared post-Cold War, Communist takeover. This is not to mention the radical animation approach taken by Hanna-Barbera, who hired a Playboy cartoonist, Marty Murphy, to design the characters. The intro sequence has a soundtrack reminiscent of Schoolhouse Rock, and the fact that people are rendered in full color against flat, line-drawn backgrounds only further emphasizes the social aspect of the series. These sophisticated, adult cartoons are fresher now than they were when us kids viewed them back in the day. —Trinie Dalton

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Bosley, Joan Gerber, Lennie Weinrib, Tina Holland, Willie Aames
  • Producers: William Hanna, R.S. Allen, Joseph Barbera, Harvey Bullock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 589 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDI3Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home: Season 1" on IMDb

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By Tamra J. Gibson on March 31, 2007
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Wow! Never in my wildest dreams did I think this classic 70's cartoon would get released on dvd!!! I remember when the cartoon network briefly aired the episodes in prime-time several years ago. Unfortunately they were recorded on vhs from a old tv at the time, so the episodes had very poor sound quality. At that point I was just happy to record one of my favorite cartoon shows of the 1970's!!!

The Boyle family included father Harry Boyle(voiced by Tom Bosley of Happy Days), wife Irma, oldest son Chet, daughter Alice, and youngest son Jamie. The oldest son Chet was a college dropout, who still lived at home and never really wanted to work. Alice was the sweet overweight daughter who was always the free thinker, and wanting to try new things, and the youngest son Jamie was the little capitalist always trying to make a fast buck! The mother Irma was just plain hilarious in her way of thinking and that whiney nasal voice simply added to the humor! There was also Harry's nextdoor neighbor Ralph, who was this military fanatic, that was paranoid about so-called communist, and being ready to attack at anytime.

Althought Wait til your father gets home only lasted about 2 full seasons, they included some very funny episodes and funny guest stars like the voices of Don Knotts, Phyliss Diller, and Monty Hall. One of my favorite episodes was when Dad Harry Boyle decided to build a swimming pool and the nightmare that came along with it. I also loved the episode when the Boyles go on a summer vacation and there are nudist hanging around on the beach. Wow! I can't wait to enjoy this show all over again on dvd!!! June 5th can't come fast enough!!!
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Just as "The Flintstones" was modeled after "The Honeymooners," WAIT TIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME is the animated cousin of "All in the Family." And, just as "All in the Family" broke new ground, so does this fantastic Hanna-Barbera classic. The hot-button topics of the early 70s are all here -- feminism, bigotry, even nudism! -- and the scripts are superly written, surprisingly bold and truly funny. Top-notch voice talent, too, featuring Tom Bosley, Allan Melvin, John Stevenson, Sandra "Gladys Kravitz" Gould, Casey Kasem, and more.

Also, THANK YOU to this set's producers for keeping the show's laugh track, as it originally aired. Given that the series is a bonafide sitcom and aired in primetime, the laugh track is totally appropriate here -- and actually adds to the fun.

If you are a "Simpsons" fan, that show would be unthinkable had WAIT TIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME not paved the way. And even if you're not, this 4-disc set makes for hours of terrific watching.

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Here's a quick summary of the 24 episodes that aired during the 1972-73 season.

1. The Fling: Harry helps a female customer and so people have the impression that he cheats on his wife. He does his best to change their assumptions, but it just makes things worse.

2. Alice's Dress: The Boyles are invited to a party. Alice decides to buy a dress for the event, but it turns out to be way too revealing.

3. The Hippie: After Chet brings home a hippie, Harry does everything he can to get him to leave. Meanwhile, Ralph and his Company B Anti-Communist Force track the hippie, thinking he's a communist. They construct the "Great Wall of Elm Street" in an attempt to save the rest of the neighborhood from being exposed to the "traitors".

4. The Beach Vacation: The Boyles rent a beach house and Harry is horrified when he sees young people sunbathing nude nearby. Hilarity ensues.

5. Help Wanted: Harry fires his Jewish driver, but soon learns that this was a big mistake. Now all different minorities start competing to get the job.

6. Love Story: Alice gets engaged to a beggar. Her parents are horrified, but when they find out that his parents are very rich, they're suddenly pleased with him.

7. The Victim: Harry gets beaten and mugged in the park. Chet and Alice try to help the young criminal, but Harry has other plans: he wants to sue him.

8. Chet's Job: Harry starts demanding Chet pay rent and forces him to get a job. But soon Chet's new opportunity is paying more money than Harry is comfortable with.

9. Chet's Fiancee: Chet brings a young, attractive and decent young woman home as his girlfriend. Of couse Harry and Alice are surprised.
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I was skeptical at first, but my expectations were totally underating this show. I own all the other Hanna-Barbera DVD collections, and as an avid collector of special edition DVDs, I look forward to each new Hanna-Barbera release. It gives me a chance to own all of those I've watched as a kid and catch up on those I've not got to know as much. However, being someone who's just under 30 years of age, I had never even heard of "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home".

Though, after buying this collection this morning and having watched a couple of episodes, I have to say that I actually like this old classic. With a touch of modern animation (for its time) and with the real life issues that were plaguing the baby boomer generation as they were growing up, this show will actually entertain (perhaps even shock) you as you become engrossed in it.

Compariable to the Simpsons and Family Guy, this is the show that started prime time network animation as we know it today. As due with All in the Family, this show seems to tackle issues that many considered too liberal for tv (then and now).

The animation drawings were a bit suprising to me at first. Not exactly "state of the art", but after watching these episodes more, I believe the different forms of drawing in the backgrounds (even the charecters) were a signature of its time and generation. It's different, and even looks a bit cheap. But after watching it more, its apparent that all the art work took as much time to create and construct as the other Hanna-Barbera cartoons before did. From a historical perspective, and as a tribute, I really like this new "groovy" animation.

I can't wait to watch the rest of the DVD release and anticipate news of the 2nd Season's release. Keep 'em coming Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros.
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