Fuller House: The Complete First Season – DVD Review

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For eight season, Full House was a successful family-friendly hit for ABC. Its presence helped launch TGIF for the network, along with shows like Perfect Strangers, Mr. Belvedere, Just the Ten of Us, and Family Matters, until Full House moved to Tuesdays where it also did very well in the ratings. At the end of its eight-year run, Full House had remained one of the Top 30 shows on TV, hitting the Top Ten in its fifth and sixth seasons.

Twenty-nine years later, the original series is still in syndication, still has an audience, and many were contemplating a very serious question: What would the Tanners be up to in the 21st century? Well, the answer to that question, and many more, is answered in the new and fantastic series, Fuller House.

Thankfully, Jeff Franklin who created the original series is at the helm, which means that the characters, the tone, and the humor feels like familiar yet different; exactly what a follow-up series should be. And with 98% of the cast back for more wacky and heartfelt antics the show is a definite must-watch for fans of the original series.

I grew up watching Full House, I own the entire series on DVD, and I can tell you as a die-hard fan of the show, Fuller House is just as funny and entertaining as the original series. Yes, the show was cheesy, but that’s exactly what made the series such a joy to watch. And now that I’m older I enjoy and appreciate the series even more due to its even-keel approach to comedy. And while Fuller House does have the occasional racy joke, it’s nothing that wouldn’t be present in a Shrek or Despicable Me movie, so most of the more risqué one-liners will go right over kids’ heads.

So, what’s this new series about?

Full House’s premise was a widower (Danny Tanner) enlists the help of his best friend (Joey Gladstone) and brother-in-law (Jesse Katsopolis) to help him raise his three daughters (DJ, Stephanie, and Michelle). Fuller House is about a widow (DJ Fuller) who enlists the help of her best friend (Kimmy Gibbler) and her sister (Stephanie) to help her raise her three sons (Jackson, Max, and Tommy Jr.). Both have a similar premise, but the execution of both is very different and leads to a multitude of new storylines and subjects that the original series never explored.

Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber reprise their roles as DJ Tanner-Fuller, Stephanie Tanner, and Kimmy Gibbler, respectively. They are a great comedy trio playing characters who are independent, strong, and very funny. It’s nice to see these three back in these roles, playing off each other, and really having a good time in each and every episode.

I was very excited that everyone – with the exception of the Olsen twins so far – from the original cast comes back in several cameo appearances throughout the season. It was nice to see all the familiar faces like Bob Saget, John Stamos, Lori Laughlin, and Dave Coulier and to catch-up with characters who seem like old friends (including Mr. Woodchuck!). Is that weird to say? Probably. I also loved the self-referential moments, the flashbacks to scenes from the original series, and the updated version of the theme song performed by Carly Rae Jepsen.

And I can’t forget to mention the very talented kids that populate the cast that include Michael Campion, Elias Harger, and Dashiell & Fox Messitt as DJ’s three sons, and Soni Nicole Bringas as Kimmy’s daughter, Ramona. Each brings a unique comedic energy to their characters that makes them more than just by-the-numbers kid characters. All of them are fantastic!

Fuller House is hilarious, very entertaining, and fun. I blew through all 13 episodes in a matter of days and waned more (so it’s good that Season Two is on Netflix!). The one thing I wish the DVD edition had were special features with interviews with the cast or with the series creator or even with Carly Rae Jepsen about updating the original theme song. Hopefully season two’s DVD will have a few extras.

I highly, highly recommend Fuller House for any fellow Full House fans who loved the original series and want to continue the fun with this ever-growing group living at 1882 Gerard in San Francisco, California. I can’t recommend it enough!

Fuller House: The Complete First Season is available February 28, 2017 on DVD!

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Mike & Molly: The Sixth and Final Season – DVD Review

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I have loved Mike & Molly since the pilot, and thoroughly enjoyed every episode all the way through the series finale. There was a special magic that the series had. A genuine mix of hardcore laughs and real heart that made the show’s characters multi-dimensional and downright entertaining. They were characters you wanted to watch, wanted to see in their greatest moments and darkest defeats. Mike & Molly delivered so many memorable moments over its much too short six season run. It’s a series that I will definitely miss.

I have been to four tapings of Mike & Molly at Warner Bros. Studios (yes, it is a live audience), and you could tell that this cast loved what they were doing. Two of the four times I had the opportunity to meet the cast and get their autographs. Very nice people. A cast that truly was grateful for fans that enjoyed their work and their love of delivering laughs on a weekly basis.

When I heard the series was being cancelled and that the final season would be cut down to only 13 episodes, I was a bit surprised. It’s a solid Chuck Lorre series, the man who brought us Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mom, had yet another feather in his cap with Mike & Molly. It had even earned star Melissa McCarthy an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Then, of course the rumors as to why it was cancelled began to circulate, but all of them seemed like merely rumors and not the real reason why the show had ended so soon. Even so, I am glad that the series did get a legitimate finale and wasn’t just cancelled out of the blue with no closure for the storyline and its characters.

Mike & Molly mixed edgy, broad comedy with heartwarming moments from flawed, outspoken characters. It was unapologetic in its approach to getting laughs, much like Two and a Half Men. But while Two and a Half Men was joke-joke-joke, Mike & Molly had the ability to balance the joke-joke-joke formula with many touching and even tear-inducing moments over the course of its run. I think it’s what made it easier to connect with them: they weren’t just joke machines; they came across as real people in a lot of ways.

Watching such a talented cast bring 110% to each episode was always a treat. Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell brought us Molly Flynn and Mike Biggs, two strangers who met at an Overeaters’ Anonymous Meeting. Their story grew from first date, to moving in together, to engagement, to marriage, to trying to have a baby, to changing careers, to deciding to adopt all in six short seasons.

Along for the ride were Mike’s best friend Carl (Reno Wilson); Molly’s mom and sister, Joyce and Victoria, (Swoosie Kurtz and Katy Mixon); Carl’s eventual roommate, Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi); Joyce’s husband, Vince (Louis Mustillo); Mike’s mom, Peggy (Rondi Reed); and Carl’s Grandma (Cleo King). And, of course, we can’t forget Peggy’s dog, Jim (Suzie Q).

When you have a supporting cast like these performers, it’s no wonder the series had as many laughs as it did. All of them were spot-on with their characters, never missing a beat, always on their game and ready to play comedy hardball. I feel the sign of a great cast is when you can mix random characters together and the comedy still plays. The Mike & Molly cast is one of these ensembles. You can have any character paired with any other character and there will be guaranteed laughs.

I would like to add a note about Melissa McCarthy. She is amazing as a sitcom actor. It’s definitely a medium she is comfortable in and I would love to see her back doing it again. Her ability to not only deliver great comedic lines but also her penchant for physical comedy and her no-fear attitude put her in the same category of Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Veep) in my book of great sitcom comediennes.

So, what did I think of the final season? I loved it. It was WAY too short, but I loved every minute of it. I guess it’s better for the series to end on a high note than to end and people ask “Was that still on?” I have to admit I did shed a tear during the final moments of the finale.

Yeah, it’s silly, but I did meet the cast and could tell how much they loved working together. Just like any job, it can be hard to find a group that you have a real chemistry with. I feel like this cast had that. No drama. No tabloid lunacy. Just a true passion and love for their work.

The only special feature is the Gag Reel, which is hilarious as always.

I highly, highly, highly recommend Mike & Molly: The Sixth & Final Season on DVD. Oh, and if you really love the show and don’t have any seasons, Mike & Molly: The Complete Series comes out the same day.

I love it, I’ll miss it, but it’s on DVD forever so at least it’s not gone forever!

Thank you, Mike & Molly cast and crew for six great seasons of laughs!

Mike & Molly: The Sixth & Final Season and Mike & Molly: The Complete Series are available Tuesday, October 11, 2016 on DVD!

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2 Broke Girls: The Complete Fifth Season – DVD Review

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Get ready for more solid laughs and zaniness with the fifth season of 2 Broke Girls! Max and Caroline are back in action and ready to serve up a healthy dose of hilarity as the two snarky waitresses and cupcake entrepreneurs we’ve been following for half a decade. As the duo continue their never-ending quest for cupcake domination, new challenges, surprises, and lunacy get sucked into their wake. Will these two broke girls ever catch a break?

2 Broke Girls continues the tradition of edgy, sex joke-filled comedy that made other recent comedies like Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly so much fun to watch. You never know what the characters are going to day or do, but you do know that it will be unpredictable and very, very funny!

Starring the extremely talented Kat Dennings (Thor, Thor: The Dark World) and Beth Behrs (Monsters University; Hello, My Name is Doris) along with a great supporting cast, 2 Broke Girlsdelivers the comedy episode after episode. It’s great fun!

Season Five’s Special Features include Unaired Scenes and a great Gag Reel. For a binge-worthy season of laughs, I recommend 2 Broke Girls: The Complete Fifth Season!

2 Broke Girls: The Complete Fifth Season is available September 20, 2016 on DVD!

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The Flash: The Complete Second Season – Blu-ray Review

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Barry Allen has come a long way since a particle accelerator explosion transformed him into Central City’s biggest savior, The Flash. He’s honed his powers, teamed with other metahumans to fight notorious villains, and even become a reluctant hero. In the midst of all that, Barry has seen friends die, others double-cross him, and the mystery over his mother’s murder has been resolved giving him some much sought-after answers.

Following the tragic aftermath of the events in the season one finale, Barry has distanced himself those around him to keep them out of harm’s way. But superheroes and their closest friends have a tendency to attract evil no matter the circumstances, and The Flash must once again rely on those he pushed away for their own protection.

The second season of The Flash continues the adrenaline-fueled momentum that catapulted the first season into the hit it quickly became. There’s so much happening; tons of action, suspense, and cross-overs with other series that it’ll make your head spin. And if you like The Flash, boy are you in for a special treat!

How many special features can you pack into a single season of a TV series on Blu-ray? How about four hours worth! That’s right, the Blu-ray edition of season two contains over 23 featurettes that cover just about every possible thing you have ever wanted to know about what goes into making a superhero-themed TV series.

A few include a featurette that goes behind-the-scenes of the episode Kevin Smith (yes, that Kevin Smith) directed, “The Runaway Dinosaur;” Six VFX Featurettes highlighting a variety of big effects moments in the season; Character Profiles; and a Gag Reel. There’s so much to watch it’s insane!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, DC knows how to make their heroes shine on TV. It’s an amazing thing to watch as three – and soon four with Supergirl joining the ranks – series work in tandem to create a brilliantly interconnected universe for all of its characters to shine in. Well done, DC!

For some fast-paced, action-packed excitement, I highly recommend The Flash: The Complete Second Season!

The Flash: The Complete Second Season is available September 06, 2016 on DVD and Blu-ray!

What’s your favorite cross-over moment from Arrow, The Flash, or DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? Leave a comment and let us know!

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season – Blu-ray Review

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It’s hard to believe that The Big Bang Theory is about to enter its tenth season on TV. I still remember going to Warner Bros. Studios one hot L.A. afternoon nearly a decade ago to watch a taping of the second episode of the series, “The Big Bran Hypothesis.” Little did I know, nor did the half-full audience, that this series about a group of intelligent socially awkward nerds would explode into an international comedy hit.

Now, it’s nearly impossible to get into a taping due to the show’s legions of loyal fans who patiently wait in line to see their favorite TV scientists perform live.

As season ten commences, it’s time to re-watch and enjoy the ninth season that brought some very unexpected and exciting changes to the lives of Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Amy (Mayim Bialik), Howard (Simon Helberg), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), and Raj (Kunal Nayyar). And of course, with big changes come big laughs!

When you look back at the first season to where the series and its characters are now, it’s amazing to think that things have developed and changed so much over the years. Who ever thought that Penny and Leonard would get married? Who ever thought Howard would find true love? And who ever in a million years could fathom that there was woman out there who was willing to love and tolerate Dr. Sheldon Cooper?

And yet, here we are with so many changes, so many classic comedy moments, and even a milestone or two. Season nine brings us the 200th episode of the series – “The Celebration Experimentation” – featuring special guest star Adam West! Along with West, look for great moments from Bob Newhart, Judd Hirsch, Wil Wheaton, Christine Baranski, and Laurie Metcalf.

The Big Bang Theory has resonated with audiences worldwide and will continue to live on forever in syndication long after the series ends its initial run. Series creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady have done an excellent job keeping the series fresh and funny after almost a decade of episodes, which makes it pretty clear why Lorre continues to be the king of the sitcom hill.

The Blu-ray of The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season includes the following special features:

#JustAskBBT: Who Will Get the Couch…/If I Had to Go to Mars…

Two segments with the cast answering fan questions from Twitter.

The Big Bang Theory 2015 Comic-Con Panel

The Big Bang Theory Gives Back

Did you know there’s a “Big Bang Theory S.T.E.M. Scholarship”? This featurette talks about the program and celebrates its recipients.

Love Is Rocket Science

The cast reflects on their characters’ romantic relationships throughout the course of the series.

The Big 200!

The cast and creative team celebrate the 200th episode and reflect on how far the series has come since the pilot.

Gag Reel

Funny stuff as always!

The Big Bang Theory always puts a smile on my face, and whether it’s season one or this latest season, there’s always something that makes me laugh out loud. I highly, highly recommend The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season!

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season is available September 13, 2016 on Blu-ray and DVD!

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Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season – Blu-ray Review

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Ready for more action-packed Arrow fun? Here it is, folks! Non-stop from the outset, season four of Arrow delivers on its promise to bring a new and exciting level of thrills, twists, and danger as violence and chaos erupt around Star City. And new threats rearing their ugly heads, its up to a special brand of hero to put a stop to the madness.

But wait? Didn’t the superhero known as Arrow die last season? While his persona may have died, the man who embodied him lives on as Oliver Queen. Now on a path of peace and tranquility in his new life with girlfriend Felicity, Oliver does what he can to make his newfound non-vigilante lifestyle work. It doesn’t take long, however, before a new threat forces him out of retirement and back into the crime-fighting world once again.

Teaming with Black Canary, Spartan, and Speedy once more, Queen – who now identifies as Green Arrow – is back in action to help prevent a new wave of evil from threatening and destroying his beloved city. Can he and his team thwart the threat and bring peace back to the forefront?

Loaded with solid action sequences, awesome stunts, and plenty of firepower and explosions, Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it ups the ante and brings even more excitement than the last three seasons. It’s a definite must-watch.

And with cameos from The Flash and characters from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, there are plenty of surprises along the way as Green Arrow and company fight for justice.

The Blu-ray includes the following special features:

Star-Crossed Hawks featurette

Star-Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage featurette

Smooth Criminal: The Damien Darhk Story featurette

Arrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel

Gag Reel

I highly recommend Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season. It’s solid superhero entertainment!

Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season is available NOW on Blu-ray and DVD!

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