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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Rules of Engagement - Season 1 [DVD]
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on 17 June 2017
This is a mildly amusing dvd, but i still prefer How I met your mother. I think the Vince Neil lookalike Russell ( David Spade) is not
quite as funny as Barny Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). Anyway, it's probably a case of personal preference as to which series you
prefer
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on 13 December 2012
If the title of this review has not made your blood boil, then welcome. Having watched all of Seinfeld, over and over again, the one thing that always jumped out at me was the uniqueness of the characters and the skill of the actors playing them. They all fitted so well into each episode. One of those actors is of course Patrick Warburton, who played Elaine's half-baked macho man David Puddy. So it was kind of inevitable that he should eventually end up with his own vehicle. So we have 'Rules of Engagement'. Produced by...Adam Sandler's company, 'Happy Madison', RoE is a great comedy series. Episode one jumps out at you with some great one liners, most of which are spoken by Jeff (Patrick Warburton). The premise centres around the relationship between two couples...one married and the other engaged. Then there is the forty something party animal, who likes to 'get down to business with the ladies' named Russell. The married couple (Jeff and Audrey) are jaded and have slipped into a rut, while the engaged couple (Adam and Jennifer) are still at the stage where it all seems exciting and new. It would be fair to say that the 'Jeff' character holds a lot of the show together, with Russell (David Spade) stealing the scenes some of the time. At times this comes across as a 'Dhama and Greg' rip-off, but it is not, As this comedy is actually funny. There are some nice moments too, which catch you off-guard, normally involving Audrey and Jeff. It is a very sharply written show, and the Seinfeld theme is there...most notably in season one, as some episodes were directed by Andy Ackerman, who also directed Seinfeld. There is even a brief appearance of Elaine's co-worker, who could not swing her arms. (The Summer of George) Blink and you will miss it.

So is this the new Seinfeld? In a word 'no'. It would be fair to say that there will never be another Seinfeld, but this show does do some of what that benchmark comedy did. There is lots of observational comedy, some of which is laugh-out-loud funny. The cynicism of Seinfeld is there, in the shape of Jeff, who at times seems to be playing David Puddy. (Not that there's anything wrong with that) I would definitely recommend season one...two...and three. There are some slight changes in season three that may put some off a little, but it continues to be as funny as the first two.

As a way of demonstrating the longevity...'Rules of Engagement' is now approaching its seventh season. (With rumours that it will be the last)

If it does end after seven seasons, then it will be no shame. Seinfeld made it to nine seasons, after almost being nipped in the bud at the end of season eight. So go ahead and buy what is possibly the best 'couples' comedy on right now. Oh and don't even get me started about 'How I met your mother'. Trust me...Rules of Engagement is better.
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on 1 August 2011
I've recently discovered the show and decided to go back to the start with this season one collection (surprisingly this is the entire first season all on one disc) and unlike many first series it stands up to more recent episodes just as well. Patrick Warburton provides the back bone for the gags with superb buffoonery, wit, and vex that symbolise the pre-marriage aspirations and post-marriage realities this show draws it's laughs from. The episodes speak for themselves - however the special features feel pretty empty and low budget. The set tour is a simple video diary set review that feels like it was thrust upon Oliver Hudson during a break in filming - he remains humorous only, one considers, because he has a camera thrust in his face by the network. The first episode read through is an editing mess, trying to splice the read through video with the actual on set delivery, but resulting in an inaudible mess cutting back and forth. It has no real value and was more of a waste of time than an enjoyable and revealing insight.

Minus one star for poorly produced features, this is an otherwise brilliant season. A good price to get you hooked on the show so I look forward to further seasons being released over here in the UK.
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on 5 March 2014
My girlfriend loves her American comedy sitcoms, and for the best part I put up with them with a stiff upper lip. This was the only one that really got my chuckling. The strange yet loveable relationships really hook you in. And the laugh out loud moments will have you laughing uncontrollably when you see your own family in friends in the same situations.
I highly recommend series 1, for the price it's amazing value for money.
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on 20 July 2012
Fantasticly funny. Jeff can pull so many funny faces he's hilarious. excellent programme look forward to buying the rest of the show.
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on 9 December 2013
I love this comedy, so was happy to be able to purchase and receive it so fast! This makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it!
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on 18 January 2014
Such easy watching & great humour! Great first series! Although it does get better in 2&3! Can't wait to watch series 4!
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on 22 January 2014
THIS IS A TYPICAL AMERICAN SITCOM - FRANK WARBURTON IS AMAZING
GREAT GIGGLES COME FROM ALL MY FAMILY WITH THIS ONE
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on 18 December 2011
Soooo funny. Love David Spade and Patrick Warburton. This first series really set the tone for the Series as a whole. Quick wit with very dry humour - unusual for US sitcoms. But then there is a growing number of US sitcoms which are mirroring dry British humour - Modern Family, Cougar Town, The Middle, How I Met Your Mother, etc.
If you loved Friends, and How I Met Your Mother - then this will be right up our street.
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on 25 May 2014
Good range of characters. Not in the same league as Friends or Frasier but well worth adding to your collection
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