Rhoda returns with the third hysterical season on DVD, beautifully re-mastered from new high-definition transfers!
With her marriage to Joe coming to an end, Rhoda Morgenstern once again finds herself single and her life filled with hilarious dating adventures reminiscent of her days in Minneapolis. Complete with spontaneous trips around the world, dates with vibrant lounge singers and mistaken arrests, this 24-episode third season is a brilliant reminder of why Rhoda remains one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time.
NR (Not Rated)
Factory sealed DVD
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ok. It's great to see this series on DVD. But I just don't understand why some of these episodes are edited. Why is Shout using edited versions? So far I've purchased the 3 seasons and some of these episodes are edited. I'd say about 3 or 4 per season. For example in season 3 there is an episode called "Meet the Levys". Years ago I saw the episode and there is a scene where a woman keeps getting on the same elevator thinking she's going up and when the door opens she's still on the ground floor. After 4th time she gets back on the elevator with Rhoda and Gary and says something very funny. I haven't seen that scene in over 20 years. On the reruns the whole scene is cut out. When I was watching the dvd it it looked like it wasn't and I said, "Finally I get to see the whole scene and the funny remark the lady says." Well. The scene was included but not all of it. She gets off the elevator for the 4th time and the doors shut and the scene was cut there. In the original she gets back on...
I am so glad and appreciative of Shout Factory, and the multitude of other Rhoda show rooters, for keeping this series afloat. It has to be the most underrated sitcom in television history. Still, with 17 Emmy nominations and 2 big wins for stars Valerie Harper and Julie Kavner, who center the show, it is in terms of Emmy acknowledgement the second most successful sitcom spin-off in television history behind Frazier, which itself is merely an upside down Rhoda. In this season, Rhoda and Joe separate, and The Separation episode, although very sad, is arguably the best episode of any sitcom ever (right up there with Rhoda's One is a Number and The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Chuckles Bites the Dust.) Sure, it is sad, but it also is poignant, and I can see why some viewers left (at least until the next season when Rhoda became more of a top 20 regular again). It was just too painful for some people to watch, but if you did, you laughed a lot, were encouraged by how strong a woman can be...
After a quick marriage and a famous wedding in season one, Rhoda and Joe go their separate ways supposedly in an effort to breathe new life into the series in its third season. Personally, I liked the Joe character and felt that there was enough of a spark there between he and Rhoda, that the show could have continued to be an interesting and funny example of a happily married couple. The added drama of the separation and then the divorce was depressing for me as I usually found the show to be uplifting and positive. Once this story arc was out of the way, there were new characters introduced (played by Ron Silver, Michael DeLano etc.) that added to the already strong cast, and this was enough to keep the show somewhat entertaining. But to be honest I personally would have liked to have seen the original Rhoda and Joe storyline continued to the end of the series.
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