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That Girl – Season Five (1970 – 71/Shout! Factory DVD)


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



After five great seasons, That Girl and its innovative tale of how actress Anne Marie (Marlo Thomas) finds herself and happiness in New York City came to an end while it was still on top.  Shout! Factory has reached the end with Season Five and I was happy to see how well the show held up, as well as how much it had grown.  It was time to bring it to a close and they did it with class and style.


The chemistry between Anne and Donald Hollinger (played well to the end by the great Ted Bessell) matured and their wit developed into a classic series of exchanges that keep them up there as one of the greatest couples in TV history.  The shtick about her trying to find an acting job is less emphasized as she is a survivor who has made some headway.  It was great seeing this relationship build up and their chemistry is as great as ever.


Shows marked * feature an audio commentary by Thomas and co-creator Bill Persky below:


1)     Counter Proposal

2)     Donald, Sandi, And Harry And Snoopy

3)     I Ain’t Got Nobody*

4)     No Man Is Manhattan Island

5)     Battle Of the Single Girl

6)     There Are Sure A Bunch Of Cards In St. Louis (in two parts)

7)     That Cake*

8)     That Girl’s Daddy

9)     Stop The Presses, I Want To Get Off

10)  Super Reporter

11)  That Senorita

12)  An Uncle Herbert For All Seasons

13)  That Script

14)  Those Friars*

15)  A Limited Engagement

16)  The Russians Are Staying

17)  That Shoplifter

18)  Chef’s Night Out

19)  Stag Party

20)  Two For The Money

21)  Soot Yourself

22)  The Elevated Woman*



Guest stars this season include Joe Flynn, Dick Van Patten, Cloris Leachman, Ruth McDevitt, Regis Philbin and a great double-star show with Milton Berle and Danny Thomas returning to play himself.  The show was great to the end and still popular enough that Shout! Factory issued the whole series.  Now you can see for yourself.


As before, the 1.33 X 1 color image was shot in EastmanColor and was usually shot by Jacques Marquette, A.S.C., Lester Shorr, A.S.C. or Leonard J. South.  The footage looks amazing when you see it in the supplements, but these prints vary in quality and are not as clear, sharp, clear and detailed as they could be.  The color still comes through nicely, but sometimes, the color is not as strong and fresh as it could be and detail limits drive me nuts.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono can be a little more compressed than expected, most annoying in the opening and closing credits, since the song is clean and stereophonic in the menus and extras, but strident and limited in the actual episodes.  Fortunately, dialogue fares better and Persky’s lyrics for the song are classic.  Earle H. Hagen did the classic instrumental theme song, but other composers did the incidental music, all good and welcome.  The vocal theme was still not introduced yet, by the way.


The only extras are the four great commentary tracks (one per DVD) of Thomas and Persky, but that is all.  I had hoped for something else, but that is it.  For more on the series, start with our coverage of Season One at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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