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Harry O - The Complete First Season

David Janssen plays a different kind of detective in the off-beat Seventies take on the genre.

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Harry O - The Complete First Season
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

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    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (35)
  • Entertaining (34)
  • Original (23)
  • Great cinematography (15)
  • High production value (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At home (25)
    • Perfect gift (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie buff (23), Casual viewer (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Best Private Detective Show Ever

    "Harry O" is the greatest private detective series ever. I've always liked it even better than the excellent "Rockford Files" which premiered one day later. It was...Read complete review

    "Harry O" is the greatest private detective series ever. I've always liked it even better than the excellent "Rockford Files" which premiered one day later. It was also one of tv's most prematurely cancelled series (more on that later)
    "Harry O" starred the late, great David Janssen, who I believe to be the best television actor of all time. He was even better on this than on "The Fugitive," (which seems almost impossible) Both of these series are on my top ten favorite series of all-time list and Harry is in the top five
    Harry was a former cop who retired due to a bullet in the back. He collects disability from the police department and works as a private eye on the side. He wears basically the same suit and tie every episode and each episode features Janssen's noirish voice-overs. For the first half of season one, Harry lives in San Diego on a boat on the beach that he is always fixing (sort of like Gibbs on the early seasons of NCIS) He is assisted by his police lieutenant friend Manny Quinlan, played by Henry Darrow. Harry doesn't own a car and rides the bus!
    Halfway through season one, Harry moves to L.A. and has to deal with a new, less friendly police lieutenant K.T. Trench, excellently played by Anthony Zerbe. (Zerbe won a best supporting actor Emmy for this role.) He also gets an occasional girlfriend played by a young Farrah Fawcett. Harry now drives a beat-up sports car which is in the shop most of the time.
    Harry is sort of grumpy but likeable and Janssen is just fabulous in the role.
    The show was renewed for a second season (which I felt was even better than season one.) It was winning its timeslot in the ratings when it was shockingly cancelled by ABC. This insane cancellation has never been adequately explained, although it had to do with a new regime taking over the network and getting rid of whatever they didn't like. It still irks me that Harry was up against the mediocre detective series "Barnaby Jones" which it regularly trounced in the ratings. Yet Harry was cancelled after only two seasons and "Barnaby Jones" lasted for several more years.
    In conclusion, "Harry O" featured a fabulous actor in a role that fit like a glove and consistently terrific scripts. I look forward to purchasing it and hope that Warner Archive releases the second great season as well.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Show No Volume!!

    I tried playing it on one DVDr machine & got no sound, just picture! Put it in other DVDr in next room & it played but sound was so bad, you could...Read complete review

    I tried playing it on one DVDr machine & got no sound, just picture! Put it in other DVDr in next room & it played but sound was so bad, you could barely follow story! Waited YEARS for this series to come out & now I can't hear it!! Very sad with Warner Bros. Maybe should have bought a basement version of this show. Bet sound would have been of better quality. Wanted to buy Season 2 when it comes out, but now I'm not so sure. Watching David Janssen again in what my family considers his best show, is really sad when you can't hear what's being said. My sister has cancer & we were looking forward to watching these great episodes again during her treatments, but with very muted sound & only barely watchable on the living room DVD player, makes it too hard for her to enjoy.

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    5.0

    Wonderful To be able to watch this again

    By ftolar59

    from Andover, MA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift

      Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

      Great quality!

       
      5.0

      Wonderful To be able to watch this again

      By ftolar59

      from Andover, MA

      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Perfect Gift

        Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

        Great quality!

         
        4.0

        One of the Best 70's PI shows.

        By Tom Luth

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

            Very good private detective drama. The key thing is David Janssen's performance and likable character. Also great supporting cast with Henry Darrow, and, in the second season, Anthony Zerbe and Farrah Fawcett.

             
            5.0

            Great transfer of a great show!!!!

            By Tom

            from Cincinnati, Ohio

            About Me Movie Buff

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

              I have allways loved this show and its great to finally get a beautiful copy of it on DVD. The transfer is good and the sound quality is excellent! Would recommend to anyone who loves this show or a great show with great characterzation.

               
              5.0

              Love That Harry O

              By johnny haye

              from Tomahawk,Wisc

              About Me Casual Viewer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Original

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Perfect Gift

                Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

                David Janssen was Great as Harry O,,

                 
                5.0

                Fianlly a DVD of the classic series

                By Sue

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Casual Viewer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

                    I am grateful to WB for finally producing these two seasons of Harry O. Up until now they were unavailable. I find much in them I missed the first time around. A really great series, cancelled for Charlie's Angels?! Brilliant move!!

                     
                    3.0

                    OK SERIES

                    By Mark

                    from Duarte, CA

                    About Me Movie Buff

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • At Home

                      Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

                      Most TV series are, at best, OK, especially the ones made at the time this series was. I happen to like David Janssen which is why I bought it. It was exactly the way I remembered it so I wasn't disappointed. If you don't like Janssen, I can't imagine there'd be much here for you.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Was outsatnding on TV! Great to own now

                      By "Becker"

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Movie Buff

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Cinematography
                      • High Production Value
                      • Original

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Adult Viewers
                        • At Home
                        • Perfect Gift
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

                        Kudos to Warner Bros. for finally releasing this great series on DVD! Jannsen was "Harry O" A gem, and the finest detective show of the 70's

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A different type of P.I.

                        By @AdamWarlock1777

                        from The Answer

                        About Me Movie Buff

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

                            Harry O is not your typical type of P.I./detective series. A former police officer, Harry Orwell was forced into retirement after being shot in the back. That bullet is still with him, and still causing him pain. Back pain sidelines Harry sometimes. Harry doesn't run after the bad guys in daring foot chases, or fist fight with the local tough guys; and Harry O rarely carries a gun. No car chases either... mostly because there is no car! Harry's clunker is perpetually in the repair shop, forcing our hero to have to take the bus. You may ask yourself, with all of these staples of detective TV out the window, just what does Harry Orwell do? He DETECTS! Harry O follows clues, interviews a witness and tracks down leads the old fashioned way. This is a very well written series... I find that many of these episodes are far better than some of the more popular genre shows (Hawaii Five-0, or Magnum P.I to name a few.) The acting is superb too... David Janssen is fantastic at every turn, and he is ably backed up by the great Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe. I highly recomend the first season of this fantastic show!

                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Great Show No Volume!!

                            By H "The Dolphin" Janssen

                            from N. Fort Myers, FL.

                            About Me Movie Buff

                            Pros

                            • Best Cop Show Ever
                            • David Janssen Must
                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography

                            Cons

                            • Bad Sound On Other Player
                            • Cannot Hear Vocals
                            • Disappointing
                            • Muted Sound
                            • No Sound On 1 Player
                            • Not What I Expected
                            • Should Buy Underground
                            • Sounds Like Basement Tape
                            • Unoriginal
                            • Wb Very Sad Transfer Job

                            Best Uses

                            • Adult Viewers
                            • At Home
                            • Watch During Chemo Time

                            Comments about Harry O - The Complete First Season:

                            I tried playing it on one DVDr machine & got no sound, just picture! Put it in other DVDr in next room & it played but sound was so bad, you could barely follow story! Waited YEARS for this series to come out & now I can't hear it!! Very sad with Warner Bros. Maybe should have bought a basement version of this show. Bet sound would have been of better quality. Wanted to buy Season 2 when it comes out, but now I'm not so sure. Watching David Janssen again in what my family considers his best show, is really sad when you can't hear what's being said. My sister has cancer & we were looking forward to watching these great episodes again during her treatments, but with very muted sound & only barely watchable on the living room DVD player, makes it too hard for her to enjoy.

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