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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Second Season'
(Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / (1984) 2004 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: American spy Lee Stetson and his housewife sidekick Mrs. Amanda King are really going places in Season Two, fighting the Cold War in London, Munich, Salzburg and the Caribbean! Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner again play the mismatched operatives, mixing laughs, intrigue and battle-of-the-sexes verbal jabs in this collection of 23 Episodes on 5 DVDs!

DVD Verdict: What a fun time capsule series from the early 80s this is. Sure the production values seem dated now and the plots make very little sense. However the reason to watch was always Kate Jackson's winning, endearing portrayal of a spunky housewife thrown in the middle of international intrigue, balancing saving the free world with getting her boys home from soccer practice and making dinner. In addition, there's her great chemistry with Boxleitner. The show still works because of it.

Watching the show as an adult, I was surprised by how one dimensionally evil the Soviet baddies are. I'm not saying the USSR was a good place, I'm not a fool, but the villains here practically walk around twisting their mustaches!

Indeed, out of all 4 seasons of this show, season 2 is by far my favorite, and it was the favorite of the key cast members too. In a TV special, it was great to see the cast members come back together for the 20th anniversary reunion back in 2004. It looked like they had such an amazing time catching up, swapping stories with each other re: Bruce Boxleitner (Scarecrow), Beverly Garland (Dotty West), Myron Natwick (Dr. Smyth), Martha Smith (Francine), Joseph Brutsman(Beaman) and even Paul Stout (Phillip King).

And, for the record, hands-down, each one of them said season 2 was their favorite to film also! Primarily because of all the time they spent on location in Europe!

I loved the development of the characters with Amanda and Lee's relationship, and all the innuendos in full force throughout this series. It was such fun seeing all the different ways the Agency managed to get Amanda to those places in Europe without her mother and sons getting suspicious. Even better when she was the one to solve the case and completely baffle Lee! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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