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Reba: Season 1
Fox // Unrated // December 14, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted December 30, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

This set offers the entire first season of the WB sitcom, which stars popular singer Reba McEntire. The pilot episode sets everything up in the opening minutes: Reba Hart (Reba McEntire) and husband Brock (Christopher Hart) are breaking up, due to his mistress, dental hygenist Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman). They've been together and she put him through dental school, but things have proceeded a bit too far for them to settle. To add to the chaos of their break-up, it comes out that their teenage daughter, Cheyenne (Joanna Garcia) is also pregnant, from star football player Van (Steve Howey).

The series is another family comedy/drama, often shuttled forward by one-liners. However, there are a few elements that really elevate the series a bit beyond the standard sitcom - for starters, the performances. McEntire is funny, believable and sympathetic as the mother struggling to juggle family issues. Hart and Howey are also amusing in supporting efforts. Despite the familiarity of some aspects of the show, it's a warm and likable sitcom that has gained a following.

1. Pilot
2. The Honeymoon's Over or Now What?
3. Someone's at the Gyno with Reba
4. You Make Me Sick
5. The Steaks Are High
6. The Man and the Moon
7. Tea and Antipathy
8. Don't Know Much About History
9. Every Picture Tells a Story
10. When Good Credit Goes Bad
11. Meet the Parents
12. A Mid-Semester's Night Dream
13. Brock's Swan Song
14. The Story of a Divorce
15. You May Kick the Bride
16. Vanny Dearest
17. He's Having a Baby
18. She Works Hard for Their Money
19. Labor of Love
20. The King and I
21. Up a Treehouse with a Paddle
22. It Ain't Over till the Red-Head Sings


The DVD

VIDEO: "Reba" is offered in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The picture quality is perfectly fine, with no major concerns. Sharpness and detail remained satisfactory, as the picture remained well-defined and crisp, coming in at about the same level as broadcast quality.

The presentation remained largely free of flaws, although a few brief traces of pixelation appeared during a few scenes. Edge enhancement wasn't spotted, but some light shimmering was seen. The elements used were free of wear or damage. Colors remained bright and well-saturated, with no smearing or other flaws. Flesh tones looked accurate and natural, as well. Overall, this was a very pleasing presentation of the material.

SOUND: "Reba" is presented in Dolby 2.0. The show's soundtrack was a basic mixture of slight score, dialogue and laugh track. Audio quality seemed perfectly fine, with no concerns. Nothing to write home about, but fine for the material.

EXTRAS: The pilot episode includes a commentary from actors Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Steve Howey, Scarlett Pomers and Mitch Hollerman, along with exec producers Michael Hannel and Mindy Schultheis. "When Good Credit Goes Bad" has commentary from Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Scarlett Pomers and Mitch Hollerman, along with writers/co-producers Patti Carr and Lara Runnels. "You May Kick The Bride" includes commentary by Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman, Steve Howey, Scarlett Pomers and Mitch Hollerman. The first two discs include deleted scenes, and the last disc includes two featurettes, an interview between Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman, and bloopers/outtakes.

Final Thoughts: "Reba" is, at its core, a pretty familiar sitcom, but the performances are good and the characters are a bit more well-developed than one might expect. Good-natured and pleasant, "Reba" remains watchable. Fox's DVD edition provides a nice showcase for the series, as audio/video quality is solid, and the features provide nice insight into the production. Recommended for fans, others may want to try a rental first.

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