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Dharma & Greg – Season One


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



Though it has its moments of being entertaining and the starts are likable, though the show was a big hit, Dharma & Greg was still an overrated TV show.  However, in a sea of very bad TV shows and especially bad “reality TV” programs, it is no wonder that what did work was sufficient enough to make the show a hit.  Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson are the title characters.  She is a free spirit (as her name implies) and he is a sort of stuffy shirt despite being a “good looking” lawyer who has become too gridded in the daily routine of his professional role.


The show is about Dharma freeing him from himself, though this is not exactly a Buddhist polemic, but the all too predictable meeting of the parents, opposites attract mythos and love conquers all sappiness is mixed with postmodern humor where being crude is always funny no matter how often it is not.  Still, the show hit a nerve and for fans, Season One is here with all the episodes and some extras.


The 1.33 x 1 image is disappointing, with slight digititis throughout and though color holds, the edge enhancement, likely digital video noise reduction and constantly having to watch slight ghosting is just not acceptable at this point with HD formats on the market.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but is clear for its age and for a TV series from 1997.  Extras include an interactive game, two featurettes and three audio commentaries.  Yes, the leads had chemistry, but even in the beginning, the humor was an acquired taste at best.  Now you can see for yourself.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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