Now that it's faded out of syndication, it's incredible that it's been 10 years since "Mad About You" first aired in 1992, as it seems like longer than that. After watching the first three seasons again on DVD, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed this show. Hunt and Reiser, despite seeming like polar opposites, have a warm and enjoyable chemistry with one another. The writing was also clever and witty, as the show's writing staff did an exceptional job for much of the show's run creating various amusing troubles for the couple to find themselves in. The show even rounded up a remarkable list of awards, including 4 Golden Globes, several Emmy wins and a total of 32 wins and 63 nominations at major awards during the show's run.
While "Mad About You" did start to become somewhat more inconsistent in its last few seasons, the majority of the show's run stands out as one of the stronger sitcoms of the '90's. Hunt's big-screen success in films like "Twister" and "As Good As It Gets" also was likely a factor in the decision to bring the show to a close.
It's been nearly 4 years since the release of the second season of "Mad About You" and the release of a "best of" since then had many questioning when or even if another season of the show would ever be put out. Thankfully, after continued high demand for more seasons, the third season is finally headed to shelves and contains some terrific episodes of the series.
Highlights from the season include: "Escape From New York" (Paul and Jamie try to leave town during a late Summer heat wave, only to find out that getting out of the city is tougher than they thought), "Pandora's Box" (Jamie goes around Paul's dismay at the idea of a TV in the bedroom by hotwiring cable in their apartment and when the hookup is discovered, the repairman disconnects the entire building), "Mad About You" (a 2-parter where the stress of planning a marriage overwhelms the couple), "Our Fifteen Minutes" (Paul is one of six filmmakers who are chosen to film themselves, and he's surprised when Jamie changes things around prior to filming and "Just Our Dog" (Murray becomes hugely popular after appearing in an ad.)
VIDEO: The first season of "Mad About You" offered rather disappointing image quality, with soft images and noticable artifacting. The second season was an improvement and the third season looks even a bit better. Sharpness and detail are still unremarkable, but the presentation does at least appear consistently crisp. Some minor artifacting is seen at times, but this is not particularly noticable. No shimmering or other issues were seen. Colors looked warm and bright, with nice saturation and no smearing.
SOUND: "Mad About You" is presented here with a clear stereo soundtrack that suffered from no distortion or other concerns.
EXTRAS: Unfortunately, none.
Final Thoughts: "Mad About You", at least for most of its run, presented a believable couple who had genuine chemistry and worked through their problems and personal triumphs in an entertaining and enjoyable manner. The DVD offers fine audio/video quality and no extras, but at $29.99, the price is right. Recommended.