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Honey West: The Complete Series

2 Ratings: 3.5
The complete series of a television show.

"A girl's place is in the home." Someone forgot to tell Honey West (Anne Francis), a "private eye-ful" unlike any character American television had ever seen. Created in the 1950s by Skip and Gloria Fickling for a series of steamy … see full wiki

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
1 review about Honey West: The Complete Series

Oh, Honey...!

  • Sep 25, 2008
Rating:
+3
I've never heard of Honey West or her TV show until it was offered up on Amazon Vine. Like a couple other products there, it's one I likely wouldn't have gotten had it not been on Vine, and like the others, I'm glad I did!

The TV series centers around Honey West, a gadget-carrying PI with a sidekick named Sam and an ocelot named Bruce. It's clear which of the two is more important to her.

These four discs contain all 30 episodes of the series and, impressively for someone living in an era where a half-hour show is actually twenty-two minutes, these episods actually run the full thirty minutes! It makes me wonder how they managed that run time with commercials (several classic ones are included on these discs, incidentally).

Anne Francis is entirely entertaining as Honey West, looking comfortable and unflappable no matter what she's doing, be it getting a suntan, driving a car or stealing a sculpture of an owl. Sam provides nice backup and does all the sidekick duties with a reasonable degree of skill. The presentation isn't terribly over the top and stands up generally well even now (though the incidental music kept making me flash back to other 1960's shows, like "Bewitched", "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch").

The show isn't perfect. It gets a little camp at times, and the cases Honey solves don't always require a lot of brain power to see through. Still, the show is very fun, very lighthearted and very enjoyable!

You get all 30 episodes on these discs, plus the vintage commercials I mentioned. Additionally you get some behind the scenes footage. Not a huge number of extras, but not bad for a one-season show canceled 42 years ago, and at this price, if you even THINK you might want it, you should buy it!

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