It isn’t that I regret buying this DVD set, but it's left me unsatisfied. I wouldn’t call this “The Best of Ricky and Dave” but more “Featuring Ricky and Dave.” First off, I have the “Best of Ozzie and Harriet” already as well as a Mill Creek set called“Fun with Ozzie and Harriet”, so I bought this to collect episodes that I didn’t have.
Here what’s I like about this set:
1. Seeing episodes that are new to me, since I wasn't alive when this show originally aired.
2. The majority of these episodes are when David and Ricky are in college or Ricky is about to enter college, so this balances out my collection that didn't have many from the later seasons.
3. Purely aesthetics, but the menu is designed in an atomic mid century style that suits the era while being functional.
However the set features 3 episodes from seasons 1 and 2, the rest are 6-9. Where’s at least one episode from seasons 3-5? Everyone has different ideas of which episodes could have been added & limited to 24, it’s a tough choice. Yet you don’t really get to see the show when the stories had (in my opinion) stronger writing than the later seasons and showcased more comedy from Ozzie and Harriet, who understandably stepped back in many of the plots when the boys grew up. Also it seemed there was a lot more of Ricky than David. I love Ricky and his music, but for a collection including David, there wasn't much of him. "David the Sleuth", "David Gets Discouraged", and "Kappa Sigma Party" would have been great additions. But this is purely subjective...
A more pressing complaint is the clarity! Example, on disc 1 (The Picture in Rick’s Book) the picture “pulses” going from clear to blurry, compare it to someone lifting one's eyeglasses up and down. Thought it was just my disc but another review mentioned it as well! This is my biggest disappointment because it's highly distracting. I'm fine with the occasional dust/scratches, but this is headache inducing. NOT all of the episodes are like this though, so that's why I didn't return it.
Overall this is your best bet if you want to collect as many O&H as you can, like me! Though these episodes are edited, the plots still make sense. (Expect not to see the intro/theme song much.) All episodes are pleasant and you'll probably laugh or at least crack a smile throughout. But if Shout Factory were to release another set, maybe featuring more from seasons 3-5, hopefully episodes with clarity issues are corrected or replaced with other clearer ones so I can focus (no pun intended) on enjoying the happy times of the Nelson family!