WEBSTER: 20 TIMELESS EPISODES

WEBSTER: 20 TIMELESS EPISODES 3
 
THE PLOT THUS FAR
 
Emmanuel Lewis stars as the innocent and adorable Webster Long. When newlyweds George Papadapolis (Alex Karras) and Katherine Calder-Young Papadapolis (Susan Clark) return home from their whirlwind wedding, they discover they’re the legal guardians of seven-year-old Webster, the only child of George’s recently deceased best friend. George, a retired football player turned sportscaster, and Katherine, a socialite and philanthropist, are the perfectly hilarious odd parents learning how to raise a child, often with the help of Katherine’s highbrow secretary, Jerry (Henry Polic II). Both a touching portrait of an unconventional family and a joyful ride through childhood adventures, Webster is a classic of ’80s television.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Webster” is a childhood favorite. However, I wonder why I used to watch so many shows about white people adopting black kids for sport. While Webster explains it away by having the kid’s parents die in a car crash, Alex Karras only tangentially knew the dead dad. They were teammates and friends, but why does a kid get dumped on him without a background check? I guess it had something to do with the 1980s. You get some cocaine, a bad sweater and a vagabond black kid.

The twenty episodes range from the pilot to the last season of the show. You can almost tell when Karras and wife gave up on trying to hold their own with Emmanuel Lewis. ABC was never outright about it, but they knew that this was nothing but a “Diff’rent Strokes” clone. However, this felt way more family friendly and less hokey. It’s worth checking out, if you don’t remember the series.

The DVD comes with no special features. But, the A/V Quality holds up for a show of its age. The Dolby track is an upfront 2.0 mix. However, the transfer shows its early 80s video origins at points. Still, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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