One last note: Amazon's review above is currently inaccurate and describing Season 3.
To the un-initiated, Due South may seem a bit of a rum do - Imagine Frank Kapra writing 'Jeremiah Johnson' and getting James Stewart to play him as Atticus Finch dressed as a Mountie.
Call him Benton Fraser and send him to uptown Chicago to track his father's killer with only a deaf wolf - (Diefenbaker. Named after the popular Canadian President of the 1960's) - for company.
Partner him with the savviest, street smartest, jive talking Italian-American cop in the district, and Voila! you have one of the most genuinely enjoyable odd couplings since Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Yet, it's in the observance of contrasts that Due South works best. Ray Vecchio's brash Italian family the counterpoint to Fraser's draconian upbringing in the frozen wilds of Toktoyuktuk (Yes really..) Where His only childhood companions were a grandmother and an Otter.
Without turning either protagonist into a caricature, Talented scriptwriter Paul Haggis deftly uses the duo to highlight differing Canadian/American cultural attitudes. The result is frequently hilarious and greatly enhanced by the odd flash of Brit-style surrealism.
David Marciano and Paul Gross as Cop and Mountie respectively, exude camaraderie and do a stellar job in delivering a believable and memorable screen friendship.
Gordon Pinsent, as the deceased father Fraser discovers through posthumous diaries, is also wonderful.... Read more ›
The synopsis of the show makes it sound like it should be rubbish, but in fact it really works. This Box Set includes the pilot episode and all of the first series. The humour is suprisingly "English" given that the show is Canadian, and will appeal to many in this country. Its also a real family show that all the family can enjoy. This first series includes some of the very best episodes ever made, particularly the Victoria's Secret episodes about a woman Fraser is in love with who frames him for murder, and so this set represents real value for money. I would highly recommend this to fans of the show or to those who have never seen it before
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