This is the season that wrapped up the iconic series that we all knew and loved–where we said goodbye to Kevin, Winnie, the Arnold family, and all the rest, leaving behind them six Emmy award-winning seasons and a lasting place in television history. This DVD set presents all 22 episodes and does so intact: Time Life did extensive work in clearing the music rights as well, so viewers can enjoy tunes from The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge and others the same way they would have watching back in 1992-1993.
Time Life is quite good at maximizing bonus features wherever possible, so we’ve got two hours-plus here. First we have “At Last: The Final Episode,” in which members of the cast and crew reminisce about making the series finale (did you know that they were unaware it would be the last one as they were taping?). Next is an interview with Executive Producer Bob Brush, in which he covers everything from casting choices to challenges working with child actors to the artistic navigation of Kevin’s love life. Also included is “From the Vault: Alley Mills and Bob Brush Letters,” in which Alley Mills (Norma) shares a letter she wrote to Bush as the show ended (and what he wrote back).
It is worth noting this is not the only place you can snag these episodes. Does Netflix have them? Yes. If you’re a fan of the show, however, remember: just because it’s streaming now doesn’t mean it will always be available. There is something to be said for owning the media– that way you know what you own and the shows (and their music) can’t just vanish from your shelves. And at less than $1 an episode on Amazon, the mega-fan is going to want to snag it.