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The Nanny – The Complete Second Series


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



I first noticed Fran Drescher in the cult classic “Weird Al” Yankovic feature film UHF from 1989 and though she could become a cutting edge comic character actress.  What happened instead is that she became the lead in the hit TV situation comedy The Nanny, a much safer, less risk-taking venture that put her on the map and ran for several seasons.  The Nanny – The Complete Second Series continues Sony’s releases of the series season by season and the show is at least family-friendly and acceptable, if not cutting edge.  Too bad Miss Drescher has not found the next breakthrough since.


He show involves Fran at the title character trying to save the now-motherless Sheffield family from its own dysfunction and mediocrity, but that is not always easy.  The kids are at least not the precocious smart alecks that destroyed the sitcom totally in the 1980s.  The father is still not right as a single parent and Fran’s mother Yetta just makes things all the crazier.  It was a formula show, but a formula that worked with really likable casting and comic-enough performances to keep the show going.  Points for its mockery of the 1950s “happy family” cliché in its animated credits and for crazy guest star choices like Erik Estrada, Sherri Lewis, Sally Jesse Raphael and Billy Ray Cyrus this season alone.  This set has all 26 shows from the 1994 – 1995 season.


The 1.33 X 1 image has some micro-detail issues that I only notice on Sony TV on DVD.  That is whether it is on a show that was shot on video like this one, or one shot on film to a lesser extent, like the great Hart To Hart – Season One set that remains my favorite Sony TV on DVD title to date.  It seems to point out that the company is trying to do better transfers than their competitors and it does have some refinement advantages.  Comparing The Nanny here to a recent cable broadcast, for instance, the DVD is better if not extremely so.  It seems the show itself had subdued color to some extent and the result here is mixed.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no Pro Logic surrounds, but sounds good, solid and clear as a recent show should.  There are no extras, but fans should be very satisfied with the slendercase packaging and nice artwork, making this an acceptable basic TV season release.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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