Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (DVD) Review

Nominated for 19 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes, including Best TV Series – Drama, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman experienced the rare double victory of audience loyalty and widespread critical acclaim. Premiering in mid-season (January 1993), the hour-long CBS original series illustrated American frontier life like few other shows before it. Like the smash hit Little House On The Prairie, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman vividly portrays the hardship, struggle, and community kinship endemic to the era. One of the first Western-themed shows to cast a female doctor (as the star of the show nonetheless), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman enjoyed a successful five-year run, marked by two highly-touted made-for-TV moviesÖDr. Quinn, Medicine Woman follows the exploits of Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn, a female doctor living in 19th Century America when that sort of thing was unheard of. Working for years as an assistant in her father’s New England medical practice, the death of her father prompts Dr. Mike to answer a want ad for a doctor in the thriving American frontier town of Colorado Springs. When she arrives, the town is taken aback, having expected she was a man. But Dr. Mike quickly endears herself with the townsfolk and expands her family by adopting three orphan children – Matthew (Chad Allen), Colleen (Erika Flores/Jessica Bowman), and Brian (Shawn Toovey). As the show progresses, she eventually marries local Byron Sully (Joe Lando), and the final seasons focus on the lives of their nuclear family. Sporting an assorted cast of loveable, and sometimes eccentric, characters, the town is never short of excitement or dramaÖThe Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the series premiere in which the audience learns the saga of Dr. Michaela Quinn, a female doctor who loses her medical practice along with death of her father (in whose footsteps she followed). The lack of job opportunities prompts her to leave her Boston home to answer a job posting in the Colorado territory. Once there, she befriends Charlotte Cooper, who soon dies from a rattle snake bite, leaving her three children in Dr. Mike’s careÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Running Ghost” in which Sully is left partially paralyzed following a run-in with buffalo hunters hired to clear a path for a new railroad line, and “Portraits” in which the entire town must pull together in an effort to take a picture of the town so that it can be seen by David Watkins, a diabetic Civil War photographer, before he goes blind

The Notebook (DVD) Review

Adapted to screen from the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, The Notebook is one of the best romantic dramas to hit the big screen in decades. Garnering high marks from a wide-range of critics, The Notebook is a funny and emotional film which deals with love, relationships, and the risks people take. James Garner turns in a notable performance as the elder man, Duke, who reads the pages of his notebook to dying nursing home resident Allie (Gena Rowlands). Overall, this is a classic “chick flick” with a dramatic twist. Set in the World War II era, The Notebook is a great filmÖDuke (James Garner) regularly reads from the pages of a notebook to an older woman in a nursing home. Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, her memories of the parts which he’s read in the past appears and disappears without order, but Duke continues to read to her because of their deep and enduring friendship.The notebook’s story centers around the lives of a teenage boy and girl who meet at a carnival in the late-1930s. At first, Allie Hamilton doesn’t know what to think of Noah Calhoun, but she soon gives into his insistence that they go out on a date. When Noah and Allie fall deeply in love, Allie’s parents try to break up the couple. The Hamiltons are rich, and Noah and his father are from the poor side of town. Nevertheless, Allie and Noah are determined to be together.When World War II breaks out, Noah is sent into conflict. He writes numerous letters to his love, but they go unanswered because Allie’s parents are hiding the letters as well as her replies to Noah. After several years apart, Allie becomes engaged to successful businessman. But after reading a newspaper article concerning Noah’s restoration of a historic home he once promised her, she decides to go visit him.Allie’s visit with Noah turns both their worlds upside down when they learn the truth about the letters. Now, Allie must choose between the fiancÈe she truly loves and the man who is her real true loveÖActor Ryan Gosling is entertaining and likeable in his portrayal of the young and energetic Noah Calhoun. The Notebook as a film is better served by featuring his superb talents. Likewise, up-and-coming actress Rachel McAdams is brilliant in her role as Allie. The emotions of her young romance are clearly conveyed by a natural and instinctive penchant for delivering her lines in just the right way. Call it onscreen charisma or whatever, but McAdams is one to look out for in the future.In short, The Notebook is as good a film as it is as a book. Few books translate onto the big screen as well as they read in print, so The Notebook is to be heralded for its ability to do so. Charming and easy to like, the film glorifies the romance of a young couple who find true love – a love that lasts forever. Well-produced and featuring some amazing shots of natural locations, The Notebook ranks as a definite must-see film. Do yourself a favor and go see it todayÖ

Star Trek: Voyager (DVD) Review

Nominated for 30 Emmys, including seven for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, Star Trek: Voyager continues the rich tradition of the original 1960s Star Trek franchise. Created by former L.A. police officer Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek TV series morphed into a franchise famous for the unprecedented fanatical devotion of its fan base. Lasting only three seasons during its original network run, Star Trek struck gold with its syndicated reruns, launching a number of motion pictures featuring the original cast as well as novels, comic books, collectibles, and reams of Star Trek-related memorabilia. The third spin-off from the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: Voyager premiered in January 1995 to modest critical acclaim, but experienced great success with television viewers, slowly increasing its ratings as the series progressed. Following on the heels of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), the series precedes Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) while boasting an all-star cast that includes veteran actress Kate Mulgrew (whose past TV appearances include such shows as Dallas, Cheers, and Murphy Brown). Yet instead of pursuing the classic Star Trek mission to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” Star Trek: Voyager is more about going where the crew has been beforeÖStar Trek: Voyager follows the exploits of the crew aboard the starship USS Voyager. As the series begins, the Voyager is on a Federation mission to capture a rogue ship of Maquis rebels (a race first introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). While in pursuit of the Maquis, the Voyager enters a system known as the badlands, and both ships are instantaneously transported to the Delta Quadrant over seventy-thousand light years away on the outskirts of the galaxy. Soon, both the Maquis and the crew of Voyager learn they were brought to Delta Quadrant by the Caretaker, a mysterious force overseeing the safety of the Ocampan race who live in the shadow on an impending threat from the vicious Kazon. When the Kazon destroy the Maquis ship, the Voyager crew merges with the Maquis crew to defend themselves from the Kazon. Having destroyed the device which could bring them home, the crew of the Voyager – led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), and the crew of the Maquis ship – led by Commander Chakotay (Robert Beltran), must work as a united front in order to meet their mutual goal of finding a way homeÖThe Star Trek: Voyager DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the series premiere “Caretaker” in which the Federation starship USS Voyager, led by Capt. Kathryn Janeway, is unexpectedly transported 70,000 light years away while pursuing a band of Maquis rebels through an area known as the badlands. The Voyager’s new destination is the Delta Quadrant, an uncharted region of the galaxy overseen by the Caretaker and threatened by the colonial aggression of the KazonÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “The Cloud” in which the Voyager accidentally injures an alien life form while searching for an ingredient to boost its energy supply, and “Learning Curve” in which members of Commander Chakotay’s ragtag Maquis crew are given a Starfleet Academy tutorial on how to act properly aboard the Voyager

Will & Grace (Season 2) DVD Review

First airing in Fall 1998, Will & Grace became one of the most talked about and celebrated sitcoms of its era. The recipient of 49 Emmy nominations, and winner of 12 including one win for Outstanding Comedy Series, the comedy follows the lives of two best friends from college who now live together. With widespread critical acclaim – 24 Golden Globes, 14 SAG Awards, and 6 People’s Choice Awards, Will & Grace was the darling of prime time network programming with its clever brand of comedy and groundbreaking sitcom forumlaÖThe Will & Grace (Season 2) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?” in which Grace, having moved into the apartment across the hall, is nonetheless still reliant on Will for support. To prove to Will that she’s not clingy, she throws a dinner party and refuses to invite him. Meanwhile, Jack moves in with Rosario in order to keep the government from deporting himÖ Other notable episodes from Season 2 include “To Serve & Disinfect” in which a newly unemployed Will agrees to work as a waiter for Jack’s catering business only to end up working an American Bar Association function, and “Advise & Resent” in which Will is set up on a blind date by his boss (and Jack gives him some timely advice)Below is a list of episodes included on the Will & Grace (Season 2) DVD:Episode 23 (Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?) Air Date: 09-21-1999Episode 24 (Election) Air Date: 09-28-1999Episode 25 (Das Boob) Air Date: 11-02-1999Episode 26 (Who’s Mom is It Anyway?) Air Date: 11-09-1999Episode 27 (Polk Defeats Truman) Air Date: 11-16-1999Episode 28 (To Serve and Disinfect) Air Date: 11-23-1999Episode 29 (Homo for the Holidays) Air Date: 11-25-1999Episode 30 (Terms of Employment) Air Date: 11-30-1999Episode 31 (I Never Promised You an Olive Garden) Air Date: 12-14-1999Episode 32 (Tea and a Total Lack of Sympathy) Air Date: 01-11-2000Episode 33 (Seeds of Discontent) Air Date: 01-25-2000Episode 34 (He’s Come Undone) Air Date: 02-08-2000Episode 35 (Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He’s Kept Me in the Closet and I’m so Sad) Air Date: 02-15-2000Episode 36 (Acting Out) Air Date: 02-22-2000Episode 37 (Advise and Resent) Air Date: 02-29-2000Episode 38 (Hey La, Hey La, My Ex-boyfriend’s Back) Air Date: 03-14-2000Episode 39 (The Hospital Show) Air Date: 03-28-2000Episode 40 (Sweet and Sour Charity) Air Date: 04-04-2000Episode 41 (An Affair to Forget) Air Date: 04-18-2000Episode 42 (Girls, Interrupted) Air Date: 05-02-2000Episode 43 (There but for the Grace of Grace) Air Date: 05-09-2000Episode 44 (My Best Friend’s Tush) Air Date: 05-16-2000Episode 45 (Ben? Her? Part 1) Air Date: 05-23-2000Episode 46 (Ben? Her? Part 2) Air Date: 05-23-2000

Besame Mucho – Guitar Chords And Lyrics

Besame Mucho is one of the most popular songs of all time, being recorded by an extraordinarily diverse range of singers and instrumentalists. It was written in 1940 by a sixteen-year-old Mexican girl called Consuelo Velasquez. The song was a steamy expression of a young girl’s longing to be kissed. The title of the song means “kiss me alot” and it stirred the imaginations of men and women all over the world. In 1944 a young American singer named Kitty Kallen sang the song with Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra and it stayed for six weeks on the charts of Billboard Magazine. Another key figure in the story of Besame Mucho is Sunny Skylar, composer and arranger who sang with big bands in the nieteen forties. He wrote music and lyrics for many popular songs including: Amor, And So To Sleep Again and Love Me With All Your Heart. There are other translations of the song but Skylar’s seems to be a favorite. Here are the lyrics as interpreted by Sunny Skylar:BÈsame, bÈsame muchoEach time I cling to your kiss, I hear music divineBÈsame muchoHold me my darling and say that you’ll always be mineThis joy is something newMy arms enfolding youNever knew this thrill beforeWhoever thought I’d beHolding you close to meWhispering “It’s you I adore”Dearest oneIf you should leave meEach little dream would take wing, and my life would be throughBÈsame muchoLove me forever and make all my dreams come trueAt the time of writing the song Consuelo insisted she had never been kissed but she certainly sounds like she knew what she wanted. I think Skylar was wise in not translating the words “besane mucho” into literal English like “kiss me much” or “kiss me alot”.Just to get the feel of the song, here are Consuelo’s original words:And here are the original lyrics by Consuelo Velazquez:BÈsame, bÈsame muchoComo si fuera esta noche la ltima vezBÈsame muchoQue tengo miedo perderte, perderte otra vezQuiero tenerte muyCerca, mirarme en tusOjos, verte junto a mÌPiensa que tal vezMaÒana yo ya estarÈLejos, muy lejos de tiBÈsame, bÈsame muchoComo si fuera esta noche la ltima vezBÈsame muchoQue tengo miedo perderte, perderte despuÈsIf you are a guitar player and you know how to play the A minor, D minor, A major and E major chords you will easily be able to play Besame Mucho. As for the composer of the song, she was supposed to have been a classical concert pianist having learnt the piano when she was four years old. Consuelo wrote many other popular Mexican songs including: Amar y vivir, Verdad amarga, Franqueza, Que seas feliz, Cachito and Enamorada.The list of vocal and instrumental artists who have recorded Besame Mucho goes on and on. Some notable ones are: Andrea Bocelli, Artie Shaw, The Beatles, Charles Aznavour, Chris Isaak, Edith Piaf, The Dead Brothers, Leslie Nielsen(!!), Sammy Davis Jr and Stan Getz.For lovers of acoustic guitar, Besame Mucho is included on an album of latin standards by flamenco guitarist, Paco de Lucia. Other tracks on the CD include: Malaguena, Mantilla De Feria, Granada, Manha De Carnaval, Perfidia, La Virgen De La Macarena and Moliendo Cafe. Paco is one of the world’s greatest guitarists and it would be well worth your while to have a listen to this excellent CD. Meanwhile, good luck with your own efforts at playing this luscious song.

Jeans Styles – Low Rise Jeans

When low rise jeans first came out, I knew there was no way this body was ever even going to attempt wearing them.

As I have grown older the idea of wearing the stylish jeans of the younger generation has never really been my thing. I don’t exactly have a pot belly, but these jeans seem to demand a six pack stomach and alas, this is not the case with me. Besides, they look so uncomfortable and I wonder if they get any lower when you try to sit down. Oh well, not too be too outdated, I will wear the mid-rise jeans.

The older I get, the more I am constantly wrestling with the idea that I am no longer the young stud I use to be. Jeans are one of the clothing items that I of course still wear a lot of, but my style is much different than that of my sons.

I have never professed to being the king of fashion by any means, but I’m trying to balance my own body needs with the current fashion trends. I definitely don’t want to wear the low rise baggy jeans that I’m seeing all over the television, they just will not flatter me or look appropriate for my age. But I like to try and look as good as possible with what I have to work with.

I have found that the regular rise of jeans or tight jeans works really well for me and helps to camouflage the fact that my stomach is slowly growing with age. I work out and stay healthy but nothing I do seems to be able to totally get rid of this little belly I have. But I guess that is just part of growing old.

Low rise jeans are pretty cool looking and I’m sure many of us middle aged men have at least tried a pair of them out, but I still have not seen anyone over the age of 40 that they really looked ok on.

My son’s on the other hand absolutely love low rise jeans and I think that is pretty much all they own. Every time we are at the mall they are asking for another pair of jeans. It is an anomaly that they have so many jeans but continue to need more. But I guess since jeans are the current fashion trend there is really nothing my wife or I can do about it.

Low rise jeans are a great invention, but they really are strictly for women and the younger crowd, I’ll stick to my regular jeans.

Dawson’s Creek (Season 6) DVD Review

Recipient of widespread critical acclaim and winner of 12 Teen Choice Awards during its five-year run, Dawson’s Creek was one of the most widely followed dramas among American teens. An unprecedented smash hit for the burgeoning WB network, the show highlighted an amazing portfolio of original hit series created by the network including Buffy spin-off Angel (1999), Gilmore Girls (2000), and Smallville (2001).Dawson’s Creek follows the life of title character Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), a film-crazy, introspective aspiring director who lives nearby his childhood friend Joey Potter (Katie Holmes). The two have a clique of high school friends among whom are Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson), Jennifer “Jen” Lindley (Michelle Williams), Andrea “Andie” McPhee (Meredith Monroe), and Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith). The friends combine to form a goldmine of dramatic stories that make Dawson’s Creek reminiscent of earlier prime-time soaps such as Dynasty, Dallas, and Knots LandingÖThe Dawson’s Creek (Season 6) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere “The Kids Are All Right” in which the summer is wrapping up and each member of the gang reflects on the summer gone by as they prepare to return to college. Pacey interviews for a job as a stockbroker and ends up with a ruthless and stern boss, while Joey finds that Dawson is the only one who remembered her birthday. As he presents her with his gift, the two of them embrace in the closing scenes of the showÖ Other notable episodes from Season 6 include “Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell” in which Eddie and Joey agree to go on a date while Pacey is surprised to learn that the woman he picked up is a call girl, and “Lovelines” in which the whole gang sees their relationship problems exposed to a large audience when they become the test subjects of a psychiatrist at counseling center charity benefitÖBelow is a list of episodes included on the Dawson’s Creek (Season 6) DVD:Episode 105 (The Kids Are All Right) Air Date: 10-02-2002Episode 106 (The Song Remains the Same) Air Date: 10-02-2002Episode 107 (The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest) Air Date: 10-09-2002Episode 108 (Instant Karma!) Air Date: 10-16-2002Episode 109 (The Imposters) Air Date: 10-23-2002Episode 110 (Living Dead Girl) Air Date: 10-30-2002Episode 111 (Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell) Air Date: 11-06-2002Episode 112 (Spiderwebs) Air Date: 11-13-2002Episode 113 (Everything Put Together Falls Apart) Air Date: 11-20-2002Episode 114 (Merry Mayhem) Air Date: 12-11-2002Episode 115 (Day Out of Days) Air Date: 01-15-2003Episode 116 (All the Right Moves) Air Date: 01-22-2003Episode 117 (Rock Bottom) Air Date: 01-29-2003Episode 118 (Clean and Sober) Air Date: 02-05-2003Episode 119 (Castaways) Air Date: 02-12-2003Episode 120 (That Was Then) Air Date: 03-26-2003Episode 121 (S and Violence) Air Date: 04-02-2003Episode 122 (Love Bites) Air Date: 04-09-2003Episode 123 (Lovelines) Air Date: 04-16-2003Episode 124 (Catch-22) Air Date: 04-23-2003Episode 125 (Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road) Air Date: 04-30-2003Episode 126 (Joey Potter and the Capeside Redemption) Air Date: 05-07-2003Episode 127 (All Good ThingsÖ) Air Date: 05-14-2003Episode 128 (ÖMust Come to an End) Air Date: 05-14-2003

Sanford And Son (DVD) Review

Nominated for six Golden Globes and seven Emmys, including Outstanding Series – Comedy, Sanford And Son became one of the first shows in television history to be almost entirely centered around African-American characters. Modeled after the British TV show Steptoe And Son, the series showcased the underappreciated talents of comic genius Redd Foxx (whose skin color and bad language prevented him from becoming a superstar decades earlier). The brainchild of All In The Family creator Norman Lear, Sanford And Son signaled the beginning of a decade of sitcom classics for the prolific 1970′s TV writer – Maude (1972), Good Times (1974), and The Jeffersons (1975) being the others. Wrought with memorable one-liners and well-timed humor, Sanford And Son was a Top 10 Nielsen rated show every year in which it aired except for its final season (ranking a respectable #27)ÖSanford And Son, set in the Watts district of Los Angeles, follows the life of Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx), a 65-year-old African-American junk dealer who shares his business with his 34-year-old son Lamont (Demond Wilson). With Fred’s wife Elizabeth having passed away twenty years earlier, he often evokes Lamont’s sympathy by clutching his heart and proclaiming, “Oh, I’m coming to join you Elizabeth!” But Fred always survives those near fatal heart attacks, continuing to disperse sarcastic putdowns (often directed at his sister-in-law Esther) and racist stereotypical remarks aimed against whites and Hispanics (especially Lamont’s friend Julio). Using guilt to manipulate his ambitious son into staying and helping run the salvage shop instead of pursuing other endeavors, Fred Sanford spends most of his days lounging around the house (his junk store and home are one and the same) and hanging out with his friends – Grady, Melvin, and BubbaÖ Well-written and hilarious, Sanford & Son is comedian Redd Foxx at his absolute bestÖThe Sanford And Son DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere “Crossed Swords” in which Lamont purchases a collectible porcelain figure from a silent movie star for $15. When he and Fred get the statuette appraised, they determine that they can fetch a bundle for it if they put it up for auction, but while at the auction, the two decide to pose as buyers to bid up the price, a decision that ends up costing themÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “The Copper Caper” in which Fred and Lamont purchase their own copper from a man who’s been stealing the metal all across town, and “A Pad for Lamont” in which Lamont decides to move into his own apartment for privacy reasons. At first, Fred is upset – until he learns he enjoys having some time to himself

S And The City (Season 2) DVD Review

Based on Candace Bushnell’s best-selling book, S And The City became one of the most successful and widely lauded original HBO series ever. Premiering in the summer of 1998, it follows the lives of female friends in their late-20s/early-30s who live and work in New York City. With a clever wit, the show’s plot focuses on the varying love relationships and lifestyle problems encountered by each woman in the clique. With an talented and beautiful cast, the show developed an almost borderline fanatic followingÖThe S And The City (Season 2) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in which Carrie, having broken up with Mr. Big, starts dating a member of the New York Yankees. However, when they run into Mr. Big, she realizes she’s not really over him. Meanwhile, Miranda is tired of her friends talking about nothing but men, and Samantha thinks she’s found the man of her dreams – at least until she gets him in bedÖ Other notable episodes from Season 2 include “Four Women and a Funeral” in which Carrie’s reflections on the shortness of life following friend’s death lead to a reunion with Mr. Big, and “The Man, The Myth, The V” in which Carrie urges Mr. Big to get to know her friends better and Samantha dates a wealthy man in his seventiesBelow is a list of episodes included on the S And The City (Season 2) DVD:Episode 13 (Take Me Out to the Ballgame) Air Date: 06-06-1999Episode 14 (The Awful Truth) Air Date: 06-13-1999Episode 15 (The Freak Show) Air Date: 06-20-1999Episode 16 (They Shoot Single People, Don’t They?) Air Date: 06-27-1999Episode 17 (Four Women and a Funeral) Air Date: 07-04-1999Episode 18 (The Cheating Curve) Air Date: 07-11-1999Episode 19 (The Chicken Dance) Air Date: 07-18-1999Episode 20 (The Man, the Myth, the V) Air Date: 07-25-1999Episode 21 (Old Dogs, New Dicks) Air Date: 08-01-1999Episode 22 (The Caste System) Air Date: 08-08-1999Episode 23 (Evolution) Air Date: 08-15-1999Episode 24 (La Douleur Exquise!) Air Date: 08-22-1999Episode 25 (Games People Play) Air Date: 08-29-1999Episode 26 (The F*ck Buddy) Air Date: 09-05-1999Episode 27 (Shortcomings) Air Date: 09-12-1999Episode 28 (Was It Good For You?) Air Date: 09-19-1999Episode 29 (Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women) Air Date: 09-26-1999Episode 30 (Ex and the City) Air Date: 10-03-1999

All In The Family (DVD) Review

The #1 Nielsen rated program from 1971 to 1976, All In The Family is quite simply one of the greatest television programs in history. Inspired by The Honeymooners and The Flintstones, All In The Family features its own loud-mouthed, opinionated blowhard sporting a hidden soft and sensitive side. Like Ralph Kramden and Fred Flintstone, Archie Bunker fulfills his role to absolute perfection, and the result is TV magic. Well-written and outright hilarious, All In The Family broke ground in the 70′s with its willingness to tackle all the social issues and societal taboos of its day. Topics included racism, bigotry, sexism, homosexuality, death, and other namby-pam, socialist and liberal-feminist ideals (or at least that’s how Archie would put it!) A titan among television sitcoms, All In The Family spawned a pair of shows which topped the ratings in their own right – Maude and The JeffersonsÖCarroll O’Connor plays the role of Archie Bunker, the titular head of the Bunker household. Loud and crass, Archie freely dispenses his bigoted remarks and ignorant comments from the living room of his Queens, New York home. Joining Archie is his loving and ditsy wife Edith (Jean Stapelton), his beautiful and progressive daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and her ultra-liberal husband Mike (Rob Reiner) whom Archie refers to as “Meathead”. As Gloria and Mike’s modern ideas clash with Archie’s old school beliefs, all hell breaks loose in the Bunker household, but the Bunkers don’t spend all their time arguing as they’re inevitably held together by the immutable bond of loveÖThe All In The Family DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Meet the Bunkers” in which it’s Edith and Archie’s anniversary, and Edith manages to drag a reluctant Archie to church. Meanwhile, Mike and Gloria work overtime to create a celebration the Bunkers will never forgetÖ Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “Archie Gives Blood” in which Archie refuses to participate in the blood drive because he’s afraid of having his blood mixed with that of another race, and “Edith Has Jury Duty” in which Edith’s conviction to hold steadfast as the lone juror in favor of a defendant’s acquittal proves correct when the true culprit comes forward