Boston Common (1996–1997)
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Anthony Clark was funny and convinced as the lead character. Hedy Burress is incredibly charming: her beautiness, sexiness, and talent are impossible to ignore. I'm a big fan of hers thanks of this show.
The character of Leonard was an interesting addition to the show, he was very funny. The rest of the cast also delivered good performances.
The writing was very clever and that's what made the show a delight to watch. I had the chance to watch this funny show on it's re-runs on Sony Entertainment T.v. Latin American way back in 2000 but quickly stopped re-running it.
A future DVD release looks impossible but hey? we can dream about it.
Watch it if you have the chance you won't regret, this was one of the only shows which all of it's dialogues are funny.
The on-going crush on the beautiful friend with a killer personality who is *shock* taken by someone with a more stable foothold on adult life is something a lot of us can connect with personally - and was tastefully done. The likability of "Joy" probably rates a 8.5 out of ten - and the show's attaching it's self to these concepts and advantages made it what it was. A cute - if a little contrived - sitcom that can be enjoyed by the light-hearted in the mood for a laugh with a nice little soul.
It "survived" on it's charm(it had plenty) and the comedy of Clark(who has some great jokes) and certainly deserved a longer run than it had. But "Classic" isn't a word that comes to mind, and did little to set it's self apart from other shows. It really pains me to give this show a 6/10, but it could have been much, much better. Childhood nostalgia will always make it a classic viewing experience for me, though.
Thanks to USA network, I'd still reward myself a few laughs..
The writing team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are the co-creators. The first season was a late-season shorten replacement and it did relatively well. It sets up a functional group of characters. The central love triangle starts off a little rocky but after a few episodes, Joy's flirtations with Boyd help. They end up in the friends zone in the second season anyways. The second season stagnates as the characters are unable to expand their connections. The show has some sitcom fun but isn't anything long lasting. It probably needs one or two extra characters for romantic possibilities. The addition of Roger Rees is good but Ventresca is essentially diminished by him.
Don't know where it is? It's about half way between Brookneal and Alta Vista. Still lost? I could keep naming towns and you still wouldn't know. It's literally in the middle of nowhere south of Lynchburg.
Is this information important or helpful? No, but as a Virginian it was my duty to make the correction.
I originally found the show somewhat amusing, but stopped watching it because I felt the writers presented an inaccurate depiction of residents of The Old Dominion.