DVD Review: America In Primetime (2011)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 0 comments

America In Prime-time is a 4-part documentary about the brilliance of American prime-time television . With a ton of special guests (just read the little bit at the end, sheesh) talking about what they love about the programs they grew up with. The kinds of shows they talk about range from the 50's family comedy like Leave It To Beaver all the way up to the not so family friendly sex craze horrors like True Blood and Dexter. While the main focus of this show is TV, each episode has it's own unique theme. Episode one is all about the family man, episode two is about realistic heroes (like army men, doctors, police, etc), the third part takes a look at the women who shaped TV , and the final installment talks about misfit characters. (Click "Read More" for full review).

The views and expressions of what is said in this series is far from being boring. Everything said in this was very fascinating and so very well done with a lot of enthusiasm and passion. The shows are only an hour each but you get so much from it and will fill your metaphorical television stomach This series also makes for a pretty good recommendation guide making you want to check out the shows they are talking about most noticeably some of the old sitcoms from the fifties to the eighties. I'm sure TV enthusiast would've already have seen most of the shows they are talking about and that’s not a bad thing at all as you would get a bigger kick out of watching this as you will be sharing the same appreciation as the same people on this show. Not to say that non-TV enthusiast wouldn't get a kick out of this show as the fascination will draw you in just as much.

Overall this documentary was absolutely fascinating and dare do I say it's brilliant TV about brilliant TV. This is one that everybody can enjoy and on many levels so if you got a spare four hours of free time I recommend giving this an immediate watch. This one easily gets a “yes” rating from me.

Title: America In Primetime
Director: Lloyd Kramer
Stars: (take a huge breath for this one) Alan Alda, Jason Alexander, Gillian Anderson, Judd Apatow, John Astin. Alec Baldwin, Alan Ball, Candice Bergen, Steven Bochco, Liz Brixius, James L. Brooks, Marcy Carsey, Chris Carter, David Chase, Bob Cochran, Diablo Cody, Sara Colleton, Bryan Cranston, Greg Daniels, Larry David, Danny Devito, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Diane English, Edie Falco, Paul Feig, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Tom Fontana, Dennis Franz, Vince Gilligan, Patricia Heaton, Marshall Herskovitz, Mitchell Hurwitz, Al Jean, Michelle King, Robert King, Jenji Kohan, Hugh Laurie, Norman Lear, Steve Levitan, Warren Littlefield, Christopher Lloyd, David Lynch, James Manos Jr., Jerry Mathers, Steve McPherson, Laurie Metcalf, George A. Meyer, David Milch, Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Moss, Sue Naegle, Sandra Oh, Mark V. Olsen, Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Paxton, Clyde Phillips, Kevin Reilly, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Shonda Rhimes, Phil Rosenthal, Mike Royce, Shawn Ryan, Will Scheffer, David Shore, David Simon, Darren Star, Joel Surnow, Linda Wallem, Matt Weiner, Tom Werner, Larry Wilmore, Rainn Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Ed Zwick
Genre: TV Series, Documentary
Running Time: 4 Hours (4 Episodes)
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Rating: M15+ (Violence, Sexual References, Drug References, Coarse Language )
Price: $29.95
Recommended: Yes


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