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Mad About You (DVD) Review

Nominated for 45 Emmys, and winner of 16 during its eight-year run on NBC, Mad About You became an instant smash hit among TV viewers, in large part due to its Seinfeldian portrayals of married life in the big city. Sporting a catchy piano-laden theme song, the series showcased the unique comic talents of co-creator and co-star Paul Reiser, who sought to produce a show telling the true story of married life (he would later publish the bestselling book Couplehood, a compilation of various anecdotes on relationships)… Mad About You follows the lives of newlywed couple Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt), two urban professionals sharing an apartment in New York City. Although they are head-over-heals in love, the two appear to be near total opposites. Paul, a documentary filmmaker, is extremely meticulous, cautious, and careful. Jamie, on the other hand, is a public relations expert with more of a free-spirit outlook on life. With a number of friends and family always in the picture - Jamie's sister Lisa (Anne Ramsay), Paul's cousin Ira (John Pankow), and friends Mark (Richard Kind) and Fran (Leila Kenzle) - Paul and Jamie are constantly bombarded with job-related stress, the strange antics of their friends, and the discovery each others' individual quirks and habits.

And it's a recipe that translates into great sitcom entertainment… The Mad About You DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Romantic Improvisations" in which, following a mere five months of marriage, Jamie informs Paul that their sex life in not quite what it used to be. To rectify the situation, Paul comes home early from work intent on planning a romantic evening, but everything unravels when the two discover that both of them thought the other one had cancelled their scheduled dinner plans with friends… Other notable episodes include "Out of the Past" in which Paul invites Jamie to a personal reunion with his ex-girlfriend, and "Token Friend" in which Paul avoids the subway when he discovers a former friend from film school is now a token clerk at the local station… Below is a list of episodes included on the Mad About You (Season 1) DVD: Episode 1 (Romantic Improvisations) Air Date: 09-23-1992 Episode 2 (Sofa's Choice) Air Date: 09-30-1992 Episode 3 (Sunday Times) Air Date: 10-07-1992 Episode 4 (Out of the Past) Air Date: 10-14-1992 Episode 5 (Paul in the Family) Air Date: 10-21-1992 Episode 6 (I'm Just So Happy For You) Air Date: 10-28-1992 Episode 7 (Token Friend) Air Date: 11-04-1992 Episode 8 (The Apartment) Air Date: 11-11-1992 Episode 9 (Riding Backwards) Air Date: 11-18-1992 Episode 10 (Neighbors from Hell) Air Date: 12-09-1992 Episode 11 (Met Someone) Air Date: 12-16-1992 Episode 12 (Maid About You) Air Date: 01-06-1993 Episode 13 (Togetherness) Air Date: 01-13-1993 Episode 14 (Weekend Getaway) Air Date: 01-27-1993 Episode 15 (The Wedding Affair) Air Date: 02-06-1993 Episode 16 (Love Among the Tiles) Air Date: 02-13-1993 Episode 17 (The Billionaire) Air Date: 02-20-1993 Episode 18 (The Man Who Said Hello) Air Date: 02-27-1993 Episode 19 (Swept Away) Air Date: 05-01-1993 Episode 20 (The Spy Who Loved Me) Air Date: 05-08-1993 Episode 21 (The Painter) Air Date: 05-15-1993 Episode 22 (Happy Anniversary) Air Date: 05-22-1993.


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