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Rhoda – Season Two (1975 – 1976/Shout! Factory DVD Set)


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



Valerie Harper was a real star, an actress with a great personality, acting talent and energy that could have made her a big screen movie star.  It is no surprise that her character Rhoda Morgenstern was one of the most popular of the 1970s on TV and that she could take the character from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and be such a hit in Rhoda, one of the first big spin-offs in all of TV to be built on a single character.  If you don’t know the whole story, you can read all about it in my coverage of the first season on DVD at this link:





Anything from here on in is a spoiler, so start with the first set and stop reading.  Otherwise, you’ll ruin the show for yourself if you have not had a chance to really enjoy it.



At this point, Rhoda has married Joe (Dave Grohl) and they are having a great marriage together despite being so close to her interfering mother (Nancy Walker) and the usual stress that comes with being newlyweds.  We get 24 more well written and funny half-hours, including a gem with the great Vivian Vance as a new neighbor who happens to be a writer for advertising and a show with Tim Matheson.  Even John Ritter shows up.  However, it is the development of the interrelated characters that continued to make the show a winner and that is why this Season Two set is so much fun to have and see these episodes again.


Unlike the first set, the 1.33 X 1 image in this new collection can still vary from episode to episode, but what was already good looking film print material is now even better as they have made High Definition transfers of the shows!  No more disclaimers about flawed tape sources here and my call for HD transfers has been granted.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono also varies, sometimes with some compression, other times with slight harshness, but when it is clear, it sounds very good for its age.  There are no extras this time, but they’ve got two sets left and should come up with some, including some audio commentaries perhaps?



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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