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My Three Sons - The First Season, Volume One (1960/CBS DVD)


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



One of the most successful family TV shows was one about a widowed father called My Three Sons and featured Fred MacMurray (who had started as a serious actor in Film Noir before becoming a family guy) as Steve Douglas.  Starting out in 1960 in black and white, the show has the three sons played by Tim Considine, Stanley Livingston and Don Grady.  Unlike later seasons, the supporting “second father” was played by William Frawley (I Love Lucy) as their grandfather, but he would soon leave the show and was succeeded by William Demarest as the boy’s uncle.


Like early Andy Griffith Shows, the early episodes are quieter, softer, a little more dramatic, understated and does not have the outright comedy the show and its later seasons would have.  It is still a very intelligent, well-written show and the cast has chemistry that would help it become the minor classic it is today.  It is also funny to see the sons so young, as the later shows (usually the full color ones) were the shows that landed up being syndicated more often before the show disappeared for a while.  Now it is finally coming out on DVD and that is a good thing.


Yes, the show is a little formulaic, but now more than ever, it has appreciated in interesting ways and should find a new following.  Fans will be happy and this set features new transfers of the material.


The 1.33 X 1 picture image is clean and as sharp as the DVD format can deliver, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sound is good for its age.  It could sound a bit better, but the combination’s clarity and the consistency between the 18 half-hour episodes here over 3 DVDs will surprise and impress all.  There are sadly no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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