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The Jimmy Stewart Show- The Complete Series DVD Review

The Jimmy Stewart Show- The Complete Series DVD

It’s not hard to see why “The Jimmy Stewart Show” was a short-lived sitcom.

Judging by the title you’d think “The Jimmy Stewart Show” would be a talk show or a variety show, but, in fact, it’s neither. Instead, it’s a sitcom in which Jimmy Stewart doesn’t play himself but a character named James (or Jim) K. Howard. However, Jimmy Stewart does introduce each episode as Jimmy Stewart for some strange reason. If you’re confused by all of this, you’re probably not alone as this sloppy laugh track free sitcom is a misfire from the start.

In the 24 episodes that make up “The Jimmy Stewart Show,” the series revolves around an old fashioned College Anthropology Professor named James K. Howard and his large family made up of his wife Martha, his two sons Teddy and Peter, his daughter in law Wendy, and his grandson Jake. While not a part of the family, James friend and colleague Dr. Luther Quince is also a vital character.

Throughout the first and only season, viewers can expect to see stories about Peter’s house burning down, Peter and his family moving in with James, a lost briefcase, bathroom issues, baseball, age, campus problems, a European Professor, a housing project Peter is involved with, Jim’s Uncle, a Booster Club, a dog, a college quarterback, Peter finding a new house, Luther’s romantic life, family squabbles, a City Council election, an exam book crisis, James landing in jail, James’ anthology book, a hamburger business, college alumni, and Vincent Price (as himself).

When it comes to the world of film, Jimmy Stewart is and always will be one of the all-time great actors. Whether starring in a western or a heartwarming drama, the versatile actor could take on a wide variety of roles. With all of that said, it’s quite apparent that Jimmy Stewart was not cut out for sitcoms as evidenced by “The Jimmy Stewart Show.” It’s easy to see why this show vanished into obscurity because, quite frankly, it’s downright unwatchable. While Stewart tries his damnedest, sitcoms are clearly not his style. Of course, it doesn’t help that the dialogue is embarrassingly awkward and strangely free of actual sitcom style jokes.

As for the rest of the cast, well, there’s not much to say about them. The child actors are irritating as can be and Jonathan Daly is absolutely horrendous as Peter. The cast simply has zero chemistry together.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? The series is in surprisingly good shape. The episodes are free of scratches and excessive dirt specs and the colors are shockingly crisp considering the show is 43 years old.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Mono. How does it sound? The dialogue and music is crisp and clear throughout.

No extras have been included.

Overall Thoughts: This 1971-1972 sitcom is a real low point in Jimmy Stewart’s career. He deserved so much better than this forgettable show.

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June 4, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review

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