'Silver Spoons - The Complete First Season'
(Ricky Schroder, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jason Bateman, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (1982) 2007 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: It’s a train ride of laughs in the first season of Silver Spoons, the classic ‘80s hit sitcom starring 12-year-old Ricky Schroder as the loveable, preppy, wise-beyond-his-years Ricky Stratton. His dad is millionaire Edward Stratton III (Joel Higgins), an overgrown kid with more interest in his toys than in business or his beautiful assistant Kate (Erin Gray). This season, Ricky realizes that Edward’s relaxed attitude toward discipline doesn’t mean Edward doesn’t love him. Ricky gets his first taste of puppy love and learns to stand up to the school bully. Kate and Edward realize they have feelings for each other. Plus tons of guest stars including Mr. T., Sharon Stone, Joey Lawrence and Jason Bateman.
DVD Verdict: "Silver Spoons" was one of definitive eighties time capsule. This series was pure eighties, break dancing, big hair, music, posters. Ricky Schroder shines his title role, and he surrounded many well-remembered characters. Even legendary actor John Houseman appeared and Erin Gray really made big impression with her stepmother role. But, my favorite character is probably Rick's pal played by Alfonso Ribeiro. He was funny character. Everytime He appeared, there was some kind of funny things happened. Yes, by the today's standards, it's maybe cheesy but you certainly agree it's lot of fun, and I believe eighties will never duplicated.
When I was a younger lad, "Silver Spoons" enchanted me with its depiction of ungodly financial security and, of course, the Stratton family home; a Xanadu for the prepubescent boy with its hodgepodge of arcade games, toy trains, duck phones, giant crayons, and car-shaped beds. The show was an evening sitcom aimed at the emerging pre-teen market of household programming, distancing itself from the competition in the way it combined unabashed fantasy with formulaic portraits of family values. It was a comfy program that relished the time period and the stagy quality of the writing.
To revisit the show now brings up feelings of cheery retro joy and a whole bunch of wincing. "Spoons" was never a subtle show, but at times the program comes across like a pop-up book, with the cast whipping their arms around and shrieking their dialogue at the top of their lungs. Higgins is the worst offender here; he's 100% Hormel ham as Edward, mugging around the frame like someone gave him the hotfoot, bellowing every line - lessening the need for closed captioning!
Indeed, I had many fine memories from the eighties, and "Silver Spoons" was certainly one of them. If you're eighties growing-up kids, you'll love this wonderful new DVD set. I can't wait to see those fun adventures with Rick and family, friends again after all these years. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.