One of the more appealing shows on the WB (now the CW), "What I Like About You" ran from 2002 to 2006 and starred Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth as two sisters living together in New York City. As the series opens, free spirited Holly (Amanda Bynes) has moved in more uptight older sister Valerie (Jennie Garth) in New York City, as Holly doesn't want to move to Tokyo with her father, who's just gotten a new job.
The first season of the series mines a lot of comedy early on from Holly and Val's experiences trying to work out living together, especially after Val is thrilled to finally be living by herself after Val's roommate moves out in episode 1. The rest of the season provides a good mix of both learning lessons after screwing up, relationship problems and job woes. The latter half of the series (and especially the final season) did put the majority of its focus on relationships/romantic issues (and started adding some emotional moments on occasion), which started to become less engaging than the straightforward comedy of the first two seasons.
While the two characters intially find it rough to get along, Holly and Val gradually became better friends and were a great pairing, portraying sisters who were genuinely there for one another through the rough times. I've always thought Bynes was underrated and this series - especially in its early going, which was a little more wacky - highlights her comedic skills well (the series added more characters as time went on, but early on, Bynes has to carry a good deal of the series.) The series boasts good supporting efforts from Wesley Jonathan (Holly's pal, Gary, who was with the series throughout) and Simon Rex (as Val's boyfriend, who left the series after the first season.)
Overall, "What I Like About You" is a breezy, enjoyable series that works well even in its first season. In fact, while there are some improvements made in the enjoyable latter seasons, this first season does work especially well because it's light and provides more of a variety of storylines.
1. 1- 1 20 Sep 02 Pilot
2. 1- 2 27 Sep 02 Spa Day
3. 1- 3 4 Oct 02 Roommates
4. 1- 4 11 Oct 02 The Teddy Bear
5. 1- 5 18 Oct 02 Cool Older Sister
6. 1- 6 1 Nov 02 The Parrot Trap
7. 1- 7 8 Nov 02 Tankini
8. 1- 8 15 Nov 02 Copy That
9. 1- 9 22 Nov 02 Thanksgiving
10. 1-10 10 Jan 03 The Party
11. 1-11 17 Jan 03 The Other Woman
12. 1-12 24 Jan 03 Girls Night Out
13. 1-13 31 Jan 03 The Cheerleading Incident
14. 1-14 7 Feb 03 The Game
15. 1-15 14 Feb 03 Valentine's Day
16. 1-16 21 Feb 03 Holly's First Job
17. 1-17 28 Feb 03 The Breakup
18. 1-18 7 Mar 03 Dude, Where's Val's Car?
19. 1-19 4 Apr 03 Loose Lips
20. 1-20 25 Apr 03 The Fix-Up
21. 1-21 2 May 03 Tyler v. World
22. 1-22 9 May 03 The Talk
VIDEO: "What I Like About You" is presented by Warner Brothers in 1.33:1 full-frame. This is a fine presentation that is similar to broadcast quality. Sharpness and detail are consistently solid throughout the episodes, as well. Some minor shimmering and artifacting are seen on a few occasions, but the majority of the episodes are crisp, clean and clear. Colors are bright and well-saturated throughout, with no smearing or other issues.
SOUND: The stereo soundtrack was perfectly fine, with crisp dialogue, music and sound effects.
EXTRAS: Gag reel.
Final Thoughts: Enjoyable from the start, "What I Like About You" remains breezy fun, with great performances from Bynes and Garth. The DVD set goes light on the extras, but audio/video quality is fine. Recommended.