Mad About You

Mad About You

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2002
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Newlyweds, Paul and Jamie Buchman navigate married life in New York City.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2002.
ISBN: 9780767898478
0767898478
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4572/MAD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 490 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"If you're married a million years, does your wedding album go platinum?"

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"I finally figured out who are the Young and who are the Restless."

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"Who says I'm a bad husband? I've got the wine and flowers. That's if she gets the account. If it goes bad, we've got Maalox and Tylenol. And then there's the Haagen-Daaz, which frankly could go either way."

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"All great artists go through this. They're only appreciated after they're dead."
"See, you've got something to look forward to."

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"If I'm so self-involved, why am I the one making you a cup of tea?"
"I don't want a cup of tea."
"Maybe I do. Must everything revolve around you?"

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

"Don't tell my mother I returned the gravy boat."
"I was gonna open with that."

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britprincess1ajax
May 09, 2016

(looking at red briefs underwear) "These are for men who live in Crete."

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May 09, 2016

MAD ABOUT YOU deals with both the trappings and the realities of marriage, those earliest bright-eyed moments along with the pitfalls and obstacles that most must defy. Newlyweds Paul Buchman and Jamie Stemple deal with their conflicting opinions through that first whirlwind year in the first season, and continue to do so into the second. They deal with everything, from the typical -- which side of the bed, the emotional weight of the first joint furniture purchase, conflicts over in-laws and the still-single pair of her sister and his best friend -- to the distinctly unique -- from the need to not be boring to disagreements over cumin, from the refusal to give up their old apartment to the deceptive merits of a nutpick. I found it eerily accurate in some ways, but a tad overly dramatic in others. Still, it was nice to watch another decent nineties sitcom, which is where I endlessly return to find most of my entertainment (ROSEANNE and FRIENDS being two of my all-time favourites). Since I never discovered MAD ABOUT YOU when it aired, watching it for the first time now is a trip down memory lane, the nostalgic calm before the storm that is the twenty-first century. The pace is slower in that nice comfortable way that the nineties allowed for the world, a world full of Bill Clinton and Gene Siskel and Regis and Kathie Lee. It's in this realm that people like Mark and Fran Devenow thrive, which are easily the most entertaining duo that are supposed to be unlikeable social parasites, akin to Janice -- oh my God! -- from FRIENDS. There's no room for nuisances anymore; times have changed. That has to be one of the strongest elements of MAD ABOUT YOU -- the right place, the right time. If magically transported forward through the decades, I would estimate that Jamie and Paul's marriage would probably be the same today, but the world that surrounds them is most certainly different, and it sure is nice to slip into that pre-Giuliani "final frontier" New York world. For anyone who breathed it once, lived and loved the nineties, I recommend they give a second glance -- or, if you're like me, a first look -- at MAD ABOUT YOU.

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