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That Girl - Season 1

That Girl - Season 1

4.8 6

Cast: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessel, Lew Parker, Rosemary de Camp

The allure of watching That Girl today is seeing a series that, better than any other, captured the joy of being young in New York in the mid-1960's -- for some reason, between Marlo Thomas's portrayal of aspiring actress Ann Marie, and the care of the writers and producers, they boiled down the essence of the era and its young adults (at least, from the


The allure of watching That Girl today is seeing a series that, better than any other, captured the joy of being young in New York in the mid-1960's -- for some reason, between Marlo Thomas's portrayal of aspiring actress Ann Marie, and the care of the writers and producers, they boiled down the essence of the era and its young adults (at least, from the distaff side) into something totally convincing and beguiling. All of that, plus the look of New York when it was "Fun City," are a bonus for anyone who decides to try this set. The transfers here are as good as anything seen on a 60's color series, clean, crisp, and sharp, and the sound matches. Shout Factory's release has given each episode a break corresponding to the breaks in the original show's action, and all of it is accessible from a very easy-to-use menu. The bonus features show a great deal of care -- in addition to the never-aired pilot episode, which featured a different supporting cast and a very different role for co-star Ted Bessell, there are commentary tracks by Thomas and co-producer Bill Persky that are fun and informative as far as they go; but one also heartily wishes that the producers of this set had shown them the episodes involved first, and then had them do the commentary to another run-through, so there was less surprise and more substantive discussion of what they're seeing -- one fascinating observation from both, however, is how heavily scored this series was; it used music the way movies used music, which was unusual in television comedy of the time. For all of that, and a range of location shooting (for the establishing shots -- the series itself was done in Hollywood) that makes this a veritable travelogue of Manhattan circa 1965, the set is diverting and dazzling in any number of ways. But mostly, for this reviewer, who knew the series well (and, for the record, worked on an earlier DVD release of the series), it's a chance to fall in love with the show all over again, and as much fun as any sixties sitcom has been on DVD to date.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A frothy sitcom that recycled old plot situations and character types but gave them a fresh spin, That Girl stood head and shoulders above most of its competitors by virtue of the outstanding performances of its stars: effervescent Marlo Thomas and Ted Bessell, an underrated second banana who frequently overshadowed his top-billed leading lady. Thomas plays Ann Marie, an aspiring actress who moves to New York City, gets an apartment, and initially works as a waitress while establishing herself in various small roles and modeling jobs. Bessell plays her boyfriend, Newsview magazine reporter Don Hollinger. Their first meeting takes place in the initial episode, "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There," in which Don mistakes Ann for a damsel in distress after spotting what appears to be a holdup. Bessell dominates "Anatomy of a Blunder," which is perhaps the best first-season episode. In it, he accompanies Ann on a trip back home; a series of mishaps turns him into a walking nightmare that makes a very poor first impression on her family. The tables are turned in "Soap Gets in Your Eyes," when Ann fails to impress Don's visiting parents. Part of the fun in watching the opening season of That Girl is picking out the various supporting players who would become stars in their own right, including Carroll O'Connor (hilarious as an opera singer in "Tenor's Loving Care"), George Carlin, Teri Garr, and Dabney Coleman.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original That Girl Pilot Episode; That Show...that Woman... The Creation of That Girl with Marlo Thomas; That Girl promos; That Girl in New York with Marlos Thomas and Bill Persky; Audio commentaries with Marlos Thomas and Bill Persky

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That Girl - Season 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how refreshing and enjoyable this DVD is! Every episode is funny with such wholesome dialogue and excellent comedic timing. Marlo Thomas is so charming as the loquatious, kind-hearted "Ann Marie." This is more reminiscent of the I Love Lucy, Martin-Lewis, Hope-Crosby type of genre. It is genuinely entertaining and you can't help but find yourself laughing outloud. It is perfect family entertainment with great acting by ALL the characters and amusing situations. It was a wonderful treat to be able to watch these again after all these years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the episodes alerted me to "reverse sexism," behavior (heckling a male comedian) allowed in a woman that wasn't allowed in a man (heckling a female comedian)! Thank-you Ms. Thomas!
Guest More than 1 year ago
That Girl is on of the BEST shows ever made. It's funny and cute. Marlo Thomas is the cuttest person in the world. I love this show and can't wait for the other seasons to come out. (soon I hope!)
valmcc More than 1 year ago
Bought this set on a lark for my elementary-aged daughters as I grew up watching and loving reruns of THAT GIRL. In an age where you need to be vigilant about what our kids are exposed to, THAT GIRL is completely and utterly refreshing. Marlo Thomas is darling and sweet and there are no innuendos not appropriate for a 9-year-old. And my daughters delight in seeing the fashions of the time and the gadgets -- a phone with a cord which rings!! Better yet, there are 30+ episodes in the season. An incredible value. We watch together on Friday nights and loved it so much we went back to buy the other available seasons. We are THAT GIRL fanatics now! Recommend it for fun, family viewing.
Nickerbocker More than 1 year ago
This is a great look back into the era of the 1960's. Marlo Thomas, as always, is a joy to watch. The aspect I most appreciated were the comments from Marlo Thomas on how "That Girl" was produced. She is a very clever producer and it shows in her work. "That Girl" truly encompasses how women's perspectives on who and what they could be was beginning to change. Women wanted an independence of their own to seek out professional careers, make their own way, and become a productive part of society within the work force. The character portrayed by Marlo Thomas, Anne Marie, sertainly takes on a personality all her own but with aspects from the actresses own real life. Anne Marie is endearing, honest, hard working, and still just like any other girl of the 1960's, with the exception of wanting to hold off on marriage. She enjoys her independence and is very successful in her endeavors, with or without her boyfriend.
Penny_Girl More than 1 year ago
I am delighted that this series was released on DVD. It was a favorite of mine when I was a youngster in the 1960's. When I viewed it all these years later, I was NOT disappointed. It was just as good as ever, if not better. Marlo Thomas is a natural in this part and Ted Bessel as her boyfriend is equally great. Many guest stars and "future" stars are featured in the episodes. Also, good bonus features are included. I highly recommend this DVD set.