Archive for the ‘Hazel’ Category

DVD Review: ‘Hazel: The Complete Third Season’

May 13, 2012

Three seasons and 99 episodes down, two seasons and 55 episodes to go. That’s Hazel, the 1961-66 family sitcom about the titular live-in maid (Shirley Booth) who was the busiest of busybodies yet still was  beloved by her adoptive Baxter family and every curmudgeon she stared down with her down-to-earth advice.

The formula continues for 1963-64’s Season 3 from NBC, whose 32 episodes are new on DVD Tuesday from Shout! Factory.

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DVD Review ‘Hazel: The Complete Second Season’: Colorful comedy

February 20, 2012

Imagine the relief of Hazel fans when Shout! Factory set a Feb. 21 date to issue Hazel: The Complete Second Season on DVD. After all, it’s been 5 1/2 years since the first season appeared, that time from Sony. So give a big shout out to Shout! Factory: Thanks!

The beloved Emmy-winning show deserved a better fate than that of too many series, with earlier episodes being issued digitally but later ones forgotten. (My Favorite Martian Season Three, anyone?)  And this 32-episode batch is a special treat, since it’s the first prime-time sitcom in TV history to be presented in color–and boy, does NBC go for the tints and hues, from Mrs. Baxter’s (Whitney Blake’s) scarlet inside-and-out convertible to Hazel’s (Shirley Booth’s) red hair and little Harold’s (Bobby Buntrock’s) blond locks.

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