Here's a series that certainly brings back memories of watching it as a kid. "Silver Spoons" ran on NBC from 1982-1986, then ran in syndication for another season. The series starred Ricky Schroder (oops, sorry, I forgot that it's "Rick" now) as Rick Stratton, a kid who, in the pilot episode, heads to the mansion of the father he never knew, Edward Stratton III (played by Joel Higgins.) A big kid (he rides a little train through the house and has an arcade just off the entrance), Edward Stratton made his fortune building a successful toy company.
"Silver Spoons" is one of those rare instances where I find myself liking a series just as much years later. The show's concept was fun, and Higgins provided a charming performance as the rather dim millionare. While Ricky found himself in a dream situation for a kid living in the midst of a playground of a mansion, he manages to teach Edward a thing or two about responsibility and being a more mature adult, while Edward teaches Ricky (in military school in the pilot) about having fun.
The series offered two great efforts from Schroder and Hutton, but the supporting players also added to the show quite a bit, especially Erin Gray, who played Edward's personal assistant and later, his romantic interest. Franklyn Seales was also terrific as Edward's accountant and John Houseman played Edward's uptight father.
Cute but not cutesy and sweet without being sappy, "Silver Spoons" may look a bit dated (although no more than other shows its age), but still remains surprisingly funny and likable years later.
22 episodes on 3 discs, including: Pilot, Falling in Love Again, Boys Will Be Boys, The Best Christmas Ever, Grandfather Stratton, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, Me and Mr. T, Twelve Angry Kids, Takin' a Chance on Love, The Toy Wonder, Evelyn Returns, Popcorn, The Great Computer Caper, Junior Businessman, I'm Just Wild About Harry, Three's a Crowd, Honour Thy Father, The Empire Strikes Out, Father Nature, Won't You Go Home, Bob Danish, A Little Magic
VIDEO: "Silver Spoons" is presented by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 1.33:1 full-frame. The series does look its age a bit, as the filmed-on-video production shows varied sharpness throughout the season, with some scenes looking mildly crisp and others noticably soft. Some scenes have a slightly noisy appearance and some minor shimmering is sometimes seen, but the show mostly appeared in fine shape, considering its age. Colors looked natural, with nice saturation and no smearing. Overall, this presentation likely presents the show about as good as one can expect.
SOUND: The stereo soundtrack sounded predictably a little flat and thin, but dialogue, music (can't forget the show's classically corny theme song) and the laugh track remained clear and undistorted.
EXTRAS: Sadly, nothing. Would have loved a commentary, a reunion documentary or other extras for this first season set, but oh well.
Final Thoughts: Cute but not cutesy and sweet without being sappy, "Silver Spoons" may look a bit dated (although no more than other shows its age), but still remains surprisingly funny and likable years later. The DVD presentation lacks extras, but offers satisfactory audio/video quality. Recommended for fans.