“Love American Style” (1969-1974), best known for its classic theme song and for airing the pilot (Season Three segment “Love and the Happy Days”) that ultimately launched the hit series Happy Days, was a comedy anthology series about love and romance (a rarity) featuring a combo of guest stars in comedy vignettes. A product of its time, “Love American Style” looked naughty on the outside, but was actually a humorous yet quaint look at the rituals of dating and mating. Though ABC revived the series [as "New Love American Style"] in 1985, only The Love Boat (1977-1986) was successful in following the format of the original classic series which after decades since its debut finally came to DVD with Love American Style – Season One, Volume One.
Complete the first season with Love American Style – Season One, Volume Two. This 3-disc set features all 34 segments from the Emmy-winning first season’s remaining 12 episodes; Full Frame (1.33:1) video; plus the following guest stars: Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell, Clint Howard, Penny Marshall, Tom Bosley, Bob Denver, Jim Backus, Meredith MacRae, Donna Douglas, Greg Morris, Adam West, Julie Newmar, Van Williams and many more! Here is a list of the segments contained in this volume, plus original airdates:
38. Love and the Medium (12/29/1969)
39. Love and the Bed (12/29/1969)
40. Love and the High School Flop-Out (12/29/1969)
41. Love and the Fighting couple (1/5/1970)
42. Love and the Pick-Up (1/5/1970)
43. Love and the Proposal (1/5/1970)
44. Love and Mr. Nice Guy (1/12/1970)
45. Love and the Gangster (1/12/1970)
46. Love and the Boss’ Ex (1/12/1970)
47. Love and the Big Night (1/23/1970)
48. Love and Those Poor Crusaders’ Wives (1/23/1970)
49. Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant (1/23/1970)
50. Love and the Nervous Executive (1/30/1970)
51. Love and the Great Catch (1/30/1970)
52. Love and the Hitchhiker (1/30/1970)
53. Love and the King (2/6/1970)
54. Love and the First Nighters (2/6/1970)
55. Love and the Banned Book (2/6/1970)
56. Love and the Co-ed Dorm (2/13/1970)
57. Love and the Teacher (2/13/1970)
58. Love and the Optimist (2/13/1970)
59. Love and the Many Married Couple (2/20/1970)
60. Love and the Uncoupled Couple (2/20/1970)
61. Love and the Safely Married Man (2/20/1970)
62. Love and Las Vegas (2/27/1970)
63. Love and the Good Samaritan (2/27/1970)
64. Love and the Marriage Counselor (2/27/1970)
65. Love and Grandma (3/6/1970)
66. Love and the Other Guy (3/6/1970)
67. Love and Double Trouble (3/13/1970)
68. Love and the Millionaire (3/13/1970)
69. Love and the Fly (3/13/1970)
70. Love and the Singles Apartment (3/27/1970)
71. Love and the Minister (3/27/1970)
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This show was part of ABC’s Friday night line-up back when networks put their good shows on Friday and Saturdays, as opposed to today when those nights are burial grounds for failing TV shows. It was popular in the late 60′s and early 70′s not just because it was witty, but because it was considered a bit naughty. In fact it was put on last in the evening in the lineup and given a great big warning label – for mature audiences only. For modern viewers, this show will seem much like a precode film from the early 1930′s – you’ll wonder what the big deal is since by and large nothing shocking ever really happens. Like precode films it does mark a transitional period. Precodes were the last hurrah of controversial material in the movies for the next 30 years. Love American Style marked the first inroad of controversial material on TV, as bigger and bigger shocks would be required to titilate audiences until now, almost 40 years later, the show appears quaint. You just have to remember that at the time this show aired shows such as “Andy Griffith” and “My Three Sons” were the norm for hit Television. The 60′s didn’t really happen in middle America until the 70′s and this show was part of the first wave of that transition, for better or worse.
The episodes themselves are still pretty humorous, and often you’ll see failed pilots end up as episodes of Love American Style. The most famous example was a 1972 episode that turned out to be the pilot for “Happy Days”, one of ABC’s most successful shows of the 1970′s. If you’re a boomer you’re bound to enjoy this set. If you are younger, it’s an interesting and humorous lesson in the journey TV has taken over the years.
The first half of Season 1 was fun to watch and now we have the second half with more love and more joy. Like the first volume, I’ve seen many of these stories in their syndicated form on TV Land and Oxygen and was amazed that they trimmed these down a bit so seeing these stories for the first time complete is another plus. Like others, I am a little displeased that they would split seasons but charge for the price of a full one. Perhaps when Season 2 is released, they will release it as one set due to the fact that the show was cut back to 30 min for half of the season. In addition, some of the episodes were a bit on the grainier side than Volume 1, but that’s probably expected since the show is almost 40 years old.
Anyhow, it was great to see stars like Steve Allen, Greg Morris (of another Paramount hit TV show MISSION IMPOSSIBLE), Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz of I LOVE LUCY), a young Burt Reynolds, the beautiful Phyllis Davis (who will join the LAS players in Season 2), Julie Newmar, Joanne Worley (Laugh-In), Jim Backus and Bob Denver (Gilligan’s Island), a young Kurt Russell, Mouseketeer Don Grady, and Room 222′s Karen Valentine.
The blackouts get funnier and funnier (and a bit racier) and Charles Fox’ score gets groovier and groovier, too. And yes, The Cowsills’ rendition of the theme song (which is now stuck in my head).
Hurry up and release Season Two, please and this time, all in one set since most of the episodes were 30 min in length for most of the Season