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The Girls Next Door: Season Three (Fox DVD)


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



Reality television takes many forms these days; itís become as varied and changeable as its much older cousin, the TV game show. The Girls Next Door (TGND) reinforces the idea that combining tried and true elements will produce a winning formula. In TGND, these elements include the presence of hot blonds and the Reality TV treatment of the Playboy mansion. The girls in question are playmates Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. All are beautiful in the ways that we commonly associate with Playboy Magazine's pinup girls, and watching them on screen is certainly an easy thing to do. Still, despite the obvious, sometimes TGND manages to deliver a little more than eye candy.


Like most reality television, many of the scenes in the show are heavily scripted, placing the gorgeous girls in interesting locales or facing them with challenges that seemingly test their mettle. The withered, but still vital, patron Hugh Hefner makes his share of appearances, defying time and years to manage his entertainment empire and his three youthful paramours.


As the goal of just about all television is to provide escape to the viewer, it's hard to judge TGND too harshly. Surrounded by the opulence of The Playboy Mansion and all of the trappings of unlimited wealth, there are many vacuous moments. However, TGND fulfills its purpose in showcasing the girls and the dreamlike life they lead. Like all reality television, there exist moments that are truly real. For example, Holly's affection for Hugh at her birthday party is obvious and heartfelt.


Picture and sound on these discs are adequate and deliver the necessary quality to enjoy ogling the girls and their incredible surroundings. Extras include commentaries and the one hour special "Bedtime Stories: The Best of the Girls Next Door."This somewhat revealing glimpse into the back corners and "best" moments of the show will please the fans. Despite its somewhat shallow premise TGND can prove fairly addictive. It's very easy to kill an hour getting lost in the girls' collective fantasy world, but somewhat unsettling to realize that what seems like fantasy to the viewer has become all too real for them.



-†† Scott R. Pyle


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