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That Girl – The Complete Series (1966 – 1971/Madman Entertainment/Region Zero/Free PAL DVD Import Box Set)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B     Episodes: B+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/Free PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Madman Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.  Box/Cover Image © 1966-71 Daisy Productions.



The Marlo Thomas TV classic That Girl is one of those shows that is so good that it truly does get better with age.  As all five seasons were being issued in the United States by Shout! Factory, Madman Entertainment was issuing them in Australia and as we (and most of the press) only got to cover some seasons, I was impressed with the new extras and here are the links to the seasons covered, which includes my thoughts and feelings on the show:












So we will now fill in our gaps with episode and guest star lists for the even-numbered seasons.  Episodes on the second season with audio commentary tracks are marked with an *:




1)     Pass The Potatoes, Ethel Merman*

2)     The Good Skate

3)     Black, White & Read All Over

4)     To Each Her Own

5)     The Apartment

6)     Absence Makes The Heart Grow Nervous

7)     The Philadelphia Story

8)     There’s Nothing To Be Afreud Of But Freud Himself

9)     The Collaborators

10)  When In Rome*

11)  Thanksgiving Comes But Once A Year, Hopefully

12)  The Mailman Cometh

13)  It’s A Mod, Mod World (two parts)

14)  ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, You’re Under Arrest

15)  A Friend In Need

16)  Fur All We Know

17)  The Rivals

18)  Sixty-Five On The Aisle

19)  Call Of The Wild

20)  The Other Woman

21)  He & She & He

22)  Odpdypahimcaifss*

23)  Great Guy

24)  The Detective Story

25)  If You Were Almost The Only Man In The World

26)  Just Spell The Name Right

27)  The Beard

28)  The Drunkard

29)  Old Man’s Darling


Guest stars for Season Two include Ethel Merman as herself (in a few shows up there with her two-part appearance in the Second Season of Lucy Show, also on DVD), Rob Reiner, Henry Jones, Rich Little, Suzanne Charney, Bill Bixby, Dick Shawn, Benny Rubin, Norman Fell, Jesse White, Joan Blondell, Jesse White, Sid Caesar and Cecil Kellaway.




1)     Mission: Improbable (two parts)

2)     My Part Belongs To Daddy

3)     Nobody Here But Us Chickens

4)     At The Drop Of A Budget

5)     Hearing Today, Gone Tomorrow

6)     The Snot Must Go On

7)     Write Is Wrong

8)     Shake Hands & Come Out Acting

9)     Fix My Screen & Bug Out

10)  Kiss That Girl Goodbye

11)  She Didn’t Have The Vegas Notion (two parts)

12)  I Am A Curious Lemon

13)  Ten Percent Of Nothing Is Nothing

14)  Opening Night

15)  That Meter Maid

16)  Fly By Night

17)  Ugh, Wilderness

18)  Stocks & The Single Girl

19)  The Night They Raided Daddy’s

20)  The Reunion

21)  Gone-A-Courtin’

22)  They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They?

23)  Easy Faller

24)  All’s Well That Ends



I am reminded that the shows are often as clever as the titles.  Guest stars for Season Four include Avery Schreiber, Naomi Stevens, Slim Pickens, Richard Stahl, Milton Parsons, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., William Schallert, Tom Kennedy, Mel Stuart, Penny Marshall, Jack Cassidy, Rob Reiner & Pat Boone playing themselves, Cindy Eilbacher, William Christopher, Alan Oppenheimer, Olan Soule, Army Archerd as himself, Dennis Weaver, Russell Johnson, Lieux Dressler and Hal Williams.



The 1.33 X 1 image is apparently from the same materials as the U.S. editions down to the majority of the menus, yet for some reason, there is a dramatic improvement in picture color, detail and overall playback that was not on the Shout! DVDs in the U.S., often dramatically so.  Just because we have gone from U.S. NTSC DVDs to PAL DVDs is usually not the reason for such a quality jump, but this is very impressive and will stun fans of the show and classic TV.  Comparisons to the earlier season in particular show the most dramatic jump.


I want to take time to recognize the three Directors of Photography on the show that gave it its great, classic look.  They are Jacques R. Marquette (Barnaby Jones, The Streets Of San Francisco), Leonard J. South (T.H.E. Cat, Night Gallery) and Lester Shorr (The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple).  They knew how to make this show look great and left a permanent mark on great-looking television forever.


The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also usually cleaner and clearer for whatever reasons, with the music almost as clear as that of the menus and Earle Hagen’s classic theme song (including with lyrics for the final season) come across as clearly as any TV show from the time on DVD to date.  The overall performance is often like having a new film print, at least in 16mm.



Extras are all imported from the U.S. DVD sets, which includes a reproduction of a postcard for members of the show’s fan club letting them know where the show had been moved to on the ABC schedule in the Season Four case and Season Two adds four more audio commentary tracks by Marlo Thomas and Producer Bill Persky on three key episodes as noted above, the new-sold, never aired 1965 comedy pilot for the TV series Two’s Company with Thomas that got the attention of ABC and Clairol products to back her in a TV series and the new featurette That Show… That Woman… The Creation Of That Girl… A New Beginning For Women and a booklet with coverage on the history of the show is also included, found in the Season Five set in our version in particular.   All are terrific and this is the best version available anywhere until a Blu-ray edition is used.


Serious fans will want to get their hands on this set, even as a collector’s item if nothing else and even if they already got all the U.S. copies.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import set exclusively from Madman at:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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