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Here Come the Brides - Season 1
     

Here Come the Brides - Season 1

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Cast: David Soul, Bobby Sherman, Robert Brown, Mark Lenard

 
This hour-long series -- which was loosely inspired by Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -- ran for two seasons on ABC at the end of the 1960s. It was a bit unusual in its time, combining a period setting (circa 1865) with stories that mixed romantic comedy and drama. The series ran in syndication for about a

Overview

This hour-long series -- which was loosely inspired by Seven Brides for Seven Brothers -- ran for two seasons on ABC at the end of the 1960s. It was a bit unusual in its time, combining a period setting (circa 1865) with stories that mixed romantic comedy and drama. The series ran in syndication for about a decade after it was canceled, mostly on the strength of the casting of Bobby Sherman (a teen singing idol of the late '60s and early '70s) in a leading role. It hasn't been seen since the 1970s, and so this triple DVD set will probably appeal to fans who remember it. The new film-to-video transfers look sensational, and the sound is nearly a match for the clarity and richness of the full-frame (1.33:1) image. The show holds up surprisingly well, with some amazingly contemporary issues explored -- mostly surrounding prejudice and women's right and priorities -- in the context of the period setting. For older viewers, it will be a blast seeing Sherman and co-star Bridget Hanley (who, for a time, was one of the prettiest women on series television) again after so many years; they were on the cover of seemingly every teen magazine of the period, as their characters were linked romantically, and viewing this show will bring back to mind a much more innocent era, in which a series like this could be pushed without anything suggestive or risqué in the coverage of the two stars. As to the particulars of the set, the 26 episodes have been spread among six single-sided discs, offered two at a time in slim cases within a larger slipcase, and each episode has been given a generous nine chapters that coincide with the breaks in the hour-long (actually, about 52-minute) shows. There are no extras to speak of, but considering how the series has all but disappeared from distribution, that shouldn't matter too much to anyone who would be inclined to buy it, a list that would include not only Bobby Sherman fans but also Trekkies -- thanks to the presence of Mark Lenard in a leading role -- and fans of 1930s screen siren Joan Blondell, who had a very prominent role.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers without the singing and dancing. But more, it's David Soul and Bobby Sherman on the cusp of teen idoldom as loggers Joshua and Jeremy Bolt, who, with their buckskin-bedecked older brother, Jason (Robert Brown), operate Bridal Veil Mountain in booming 1870s Seattle. To ensure the city's future prosperity, the Bolts make a deal with their nemesis and business rival, Aaron Stempel (recurring Star Trek Romulan Mark Lenard), to bankroll an expedition east to recruit 100 "marriageable" women for the local bachelors. The catch: If any of the women leaves before a year is up, the Bolts have to turn over their land to Stemple. That's the inviting premise of this rollicking series, which kicked off ABC's Wednesday night schedule in the 1968-69 season but perished after a move to Friday nights the following year. Over the course of the raucously entertaining first 26 episodes, we become heavily invested in these idealistic and hopeful settlers as they struggle to build a community. Among the crises they face are prejudice in "A Jew Named Sullivan" (featuring future Hill Street Blues star Daniel J. Travanti); the absence of a doctor in "A Crying Need"; an overzealous sheriff in "Letter of the Law" (featuring John Marley, owner of the ill-fated horse in The Godfather); and voting rights in "Democracy Inaction." And yes, that's Bruce Lee in "Marriage Chinese Style." Among the more unorthodox romantic entanglements include Jason's love for an Amish woman in "A Kiss Just for So," with a pre-Brady Bunch Barry Williams as the woman's brother, and a Mormon who wants five brides for himself in "One to a Customer." The season's most satisfying love story is between the shy and awkward Jeremy and Candy (Bridget Hanley), the independent and strong-willed leader of the brides. Among Brides' more colorful and comical characters are Lottie (the venerable Joan Blondell), the saloonkeeper with the proverbial heart of gold; Captain Clancy (Henry Beckman), the salty mule boat operator; and charming Biddie (Susan Tolsky), the ditziest of the brides. Not for Sherman and Soul fans only, Here Come the Brides is an unexpected '60s TV treat to have and to hold on DVD.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2006
UPC:
0043396130265
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
22:25:00

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Here Come the Brides - Season 1 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I found this show on dvd .I loved Bobby SHerman when I was a teenager.Watched the show everyweek.I cannot wait for season 2 to come out.30years later I still love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a terrific surprise to find this dvd. I loved it in the 60's and it's just as good today! Great family entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I excited to see this come to DVD after all these years. By the way, Mark Lenard was a Vulcan (Mr. Spock's father), not a Romulan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For many years I have waited to see if "Here Come The Brides" would ever be released on video or dvd. Now I have my dvd and have savored every episode. Thank you for many hours of fond memories with wonderful characters, delightful humor, and for a chance to relive a part of my childhood. Hopefully, season 2 will not be far behind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too drooled over Bobby Sherman and soooo wanted to be Candy to his Jeremy! I always liked the Musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", so, when this show came around with one of my teen idols in it, I just had to watch! *************************************************** I am also an avid Trekker and yes, Mark Lenard's first role on Star Trek was in fact as a Romulan commander, ("Balance of Terror" 1966). He didn't appear as Sarek until the following year, ("Journey to Babel" 1967). ***************************************************** And, guess who was the first Klingon to appear with a ridged forehead? Yep, that was Mark Lenard again as a Klingon captain in "Star Trek The Motion Picture" 12 years later! ************************************************************** ***************************************** His character on "Here Comes The Brides" was not one of my fav's, (maybe because he didn't have pointed ears or an album out...lol), but Mr. Lenard did do an awesome job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not words enough to express just how excited I am that this TV show is being released on DVD. I watched Here Come The Brides when it was orginally released, and immediately fell in love. 35 plus years later and I still feel that way. Bobby Sherman is just too adorable as sweet shy Jeremy. Robert Brown is perfect as the oldest Bolt brother, as is David Soul. Bridget Hanley, Susan Tolsky, Mark Lenard, and Joan Blondell were all expcetional but you got to just love Henry Beckman as Captain "Fishface" Clancey. I am counting down the hours until my DVD arrives. Thank you Sony for the greatest gift ever!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally after all these years. Thank you Sony for putting out one of the better shows from the 60's. Stories that are just as fresh today as they were way back when. I can't wait to see them in their glory. Thank you thank you thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I SAW EVERY SHOW WHEN IT WAS ON TV SO I CAN'T WAIT TO OWN AND WATCH THIS GREAT SHOW. THE BEST PART OF THE STORY IS JEREMY AND CANDYS RELATIONSHIP. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING BACK MY SHOW OF SHOWS FOR ME TO SEE AGAIN I LOVE BOBBY AND THE SHOW. THANKS ARLENE
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