Felicity

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A story about a wide eyed college freshman and the most exhilarating journey of all, self discovery. Felicity explores the excitement and uncertainty of living in New York City, a setting where anything goes and anything can happen.
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 29, 1998
    43min
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    Felicity Porter decides to follow her long time crush to college.
  2. 2. The Last Stand
    October 6, 1998
    43min
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    Felicity learns that someone has requested a copy of her application essay.
  3. 3. Hot Objects
    October 13, 1998
    44min
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    The dorm plans a party.
  4. 4. Boggled
    October 20, 1998
    45min
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    While playing a game of Boggle in her room, Felicity and Noel kiss.
  5. 5. Spooked
    October 27, 1998
    42min
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    Ben and Felicity are robbed at gunpoint.
  6. 6. Cheating
    November 3, 1998
    43min
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    Ben asks Felicity to proofread his English paper.
  7. 7. Drawing The Line Part 1
    November 10, 1998
    44min
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    Ben gives Felicity the cold shoulder after the cheating incident.
  8. 8. Drawing The Line Part 2
    November 17, 1998
    43min
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    Felicity tells Noel about the rape.
  9. 9. Thanksgiving
    November 24, 1998
    45min
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    Felicity plans to fly home for Thanksgiving but then decides to stay.
  10. 10. Finally
    December 15, 1998
    43min
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    Noel is called away on a family emergency.
  11. 11. Gimme an O!
    January 19, 1999
    44min
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    Felicity announces that she wants to lose her virginity to Noel.
  12. 12. Friends
    January 19, 1999
    45min
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    Felicity spies Blair kissing another girl in the library.
  13. 13. Todd Mulcahy Part 1
    February 9, 1999
    44min
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    A young man who attended summer school with Felicity, arrives unexpectedly.
  14. 14. Todd Mulcahy Part 2
    February 16, 1999
    44min
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    Todd gives Felicity an old note in which she speaks of her dreams.
  15. 15. Love And Marriage
    February 23, 1999
    44min
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    Javier faces deportation.
  16. 16. The Fugue
    March 2, 1999
    45min
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    Hanna shows up at Dean & DeLuca to use the phone.
  17. 17. Assassins
    March 2, 1999
    45min
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    Noel apologizes to Felicity for jeopardizing their relationship.
  18. 18. Happy Birthday
    April 27, 1999
    45min
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    The dorm plans a party for Julie's birthday.
  19. 19. Docuventary
    May 4, 1999
    44min
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    Sean puts together a documentary about college life.
  20. 20. Connections
    May 11, 1999
    44min
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    Dean & DeLuca's new manager, leaves Felicity in charge while she is away.
  21. 21. The Force
    May 18, 1999
    45min
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    Meghan uses Felicity as her guinea pig for practicing spells.
  22. 22. Felicity Was Here
    May 25, 1999
    45min
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    Felicity concludes that it would be wrong to join Ben on the road trip.

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1999
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Mercedes McveyReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is just good t.v., and a good story. Five stars, even though it did come out years ago.
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This is just good t.v., and a good story. What I could possibly relate to, (being a 57 year old woman,) and having a completely different upbringing from her (the main, strong, female lead,) I have no idea. But, I noticed the director has done other t.v. series I like, like Fringe, Alias, etc. This is not sci fi, of course, but it is soapy.
We all route for her, this beautiful, naive, innocent, strong willed and strong minded intelligent newly becoming woman....She is codependent, meddlesome, overtly neurotic at times, and makes it seem normal. Well, it is at her age....I don't want to give any spoilers. If this was a book, I'd not be able to put it down. One of those things where you stay up late when you need to get to bed, watching episode after episode. Besides that it's fun and relaxing, and nothing is ever so serious that you can't let go. I mean they allow you to be keenly aware that it's idealized fiction, a bit like a romance novel, but with more content, and focus is on growing up.
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HollyReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyed the first season
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My family and I usually have an ongoing television series to watch -- Gilmore Girls, Seventh Heaven, etc. With busy schedules, there isn't enough time to watch a movie and even with the shorter TV program, we often watch the first half and then save the second half for later. I was looking around for another series when I stubbled across this one. Having a high school junior as one of our primary viewers, I was intrigued by this series and ordered it based upon the reviews.

This first season is really, really good. The main character of Felicity (played by Keri Russell) has just gradated from high school in California and turned her life upside down by moving to NYC for college. Not only does this decision seem to come out of the blue, it is against the wishes of her parents who have her life mapped out and this move was not in their plans. Felicity has largely made the decision based upon her desire to do something different and to follow Ben, the big man on campus at her high school. Rash and crazy, this decision sets in motion the rest of the season as we see her deal with roommate issues, guy issues, and classoom, issues -- typical freshman stuff. Great cast and well acted.

Good series (particularly for women/girls) but some of the subject matter is more mature that I was expecting. Not a problem for us but I could see this appealing to younger girls and parents might want to be aware that not everything might be appropriate.
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R. Galeano ValenciaReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
I actually liked the "infamous" haircut...
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I still remember all the fuzz back in 1999 when premiering the second season of the hit TV-show "Felicity", audiences worldwide were shocked to see the leading character (until then portrayed by a doll-like looking Keri Russell), cut her long manes and exhibit an ultra (very and extremely) short hairdo. Nobody back then understood why the main character was diminished to a boyish-looking thin girl struggling her way in sophomore year in a fictional University of New York, instead of keeping the so far proved successful formula of a super model-looking actress struggling her way in sophomore year in a fictional University of New York.

J.J. Abrams "Felicity" is still one of my favorite TV shows ever. And watching those old eps, I realize that the story would have been completely different hadn't Felicity have what is known as the "infamous" haircut. And mainly because, seen in perspective the haircut meant change, transformation, growth. From a shy, aimless, scared adolescent entering college, to a solid, at-ease, confident and focused young woman facing the challenges that come with growth and age. And that's precisely what "Felicity" is all about. No wonder how such a short-run show (it only lasted four seasons) is still cherished as one of their favorites by many many people around the world. And no wonder why Ron Howard is listed as one of the show's Executive Producers (...I mean...). In time, audiences finally understood what Felicity was all about .

All the characters in the show, convey honesty and balance to a truly great script. Scott Speedman ("Ben"), Scott Foley ("Noel"), Greg Grungberg ("Sean"), Amanda Foreman ("Meghan"), Tangi Miller ("Elena"), Ian Gomez ("Javier"), and pretty much all the cast, they all are the perfect ensamble and significantly contribute to make this a picture-perfect entertainment product.

A number of these actors were (and still are) subsequently used by Abrams in different projects (for instance, Kevin Weisman from a tiny little role as "Earl" in "Felicity" ended up being a major core character in Abrams' "Alias", as the pintoresque "Marshall"). Amanda Foreman ends up being Marshall's wife, in "Alias" too. Greg Grunberg ends up being one of Sydney Bristow's spy pals, etc.... And of course, who can forget the impressive transition of a very young Jenniffer Garner (who played "Hannah" in "Felicity") to her award-winning, worldwide worshipped role of Sidney Bristow in J.J. Abrams' "Alias"?

Back to "Felicity"... The episodes are written in a smart, warm way that everybody can relate to. The music is simply spectacular (Heather Nova, Esthero, Pete Yorn, Peter Gabriel, the ever present Sarah MacLachlan, Art Garfunkel, Dar Williams, Kendall Payne, Madonna, Radiohead, Scout, Barry Adamson, Marc Cohn) and even featuring one of the main characters, Amy Jo Johnson ("Julie") as the performer of the opening theme of the first two seasons.
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barryReviewed in the United States on July 3, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Felicity still awesome but beware the music soundtrack
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FELICITY has aged very well and is in no way dated. I grew up with this show and never purchased any of the seasons on dvd with their original release. The series is grounded by superb writing and direction, timeless storylines that affect college age people that never fade but most of all it is held together by the all around superb cast. The acting here is impeccable and runs the gamut from humorous to heartwrenching. And of course at its center is the star, the immensely talented Keri Russell. The weight of the show rests on her angelic shoulders and she carries it so gracefully. To follow her emotional journey becomes a gift to the viewer.

Most people reading this will agree with what I just said and are huge fans of the show. But what one wonders is why have these reissued boxed sets appeared and how is the quality? I never saw the original released boxed sets but know at that time series sets were rather bulky. This firs season is a very slim presentation with 6 discs perfectly placed in a plastic cd case which inserts into an outer cardboard protective sleeve. It is very attractive, takes up little room and I can only imagine that the show has continued to sell since its demise so they came up with a more user friendly version to hopefully get even more sales.

As far as I can tell everything abouth the discs and the video/audio presentation is exactly the same as the original set. The video quality is excellent even with the pilot episode. The show always has its emotional moments and the instrumental track works very well. The only complaint here was an issue with the original set as well. The show often used modern day popular songs and those songs are replaced on this dvd set for they chose not to pay the royalities to include those songs. Much effort was not put into choosing alternative songs. A perfect example is with the pilot. As we know Felicity corresponds with her friend Sally via tape. At the end of the pilot there is a voiceover of Sally's latest tape. The song in the background is obviously a replacement from what was originally uased and it is jarring, loud and it becomes very difficult to hear Sally. The song in no way reflects the emotions of the scene.

So bottom line. I highly recommend the series FELICITY. The video is here in all its glory and looks great. This boxed set is an elegant slimline version. Just note that if the only way you want to see FELICITY is exactly as it aired audio wise then these sets are not for you. The song replacement doesn't happen often but when it does it is jarring. Sadly there is no way to get FELICITY in its true original form audio wise. You must purchase it with this slight flaw or give it a pass. For me, once I adjusted to the switched occasional songs all was fine. The instrumental soundtrack is still intact. The show is still FELICITY and it delivers the same emotional wallop to me as it originally did.

The song replacement is obviously why I could not give this classic series 5 stars.
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HuckAndPeachReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Specifically regarding the 2012 release version
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I ordered the first two seasons in the latest release (2012), which are on a 3-disc set. I'm currently having a marathon watching Season 1/Freshman Year. For those who were wondering, the DVDs are single-sided, with 8 episodes on discs 1&2 and 6 episodes on disc 3 (22 episodes in total). The packaging is slim, with no included booklet with contents, episode summaries, etc. You just get 3 discs.

I was disappointed that this new release did not include any extras. I had originally seen the show through Netflix, and enjoyed the bonus of listening to the Pilot and select episodes with the actor/producer/writer commentary. This version has NO extras or commentary. It also has NO close-captioning/subtitles (and therefore also no option to change the caption language). It has zero set up options (like screen size/resolution). You put the DVD in and the main (title) page gives you the option of playing all or choosing a specific episode, which then takes you to another screen that lists the names/numbers of the 8 (or 6) episodes on that particular disc. That's it.

Because I never watched the series when it originally aired, I never noticed any glaring change to the soundtrack from song substitutions. I didn't even think about it until signing in here and seeing that come up in other reviews.

I watched the episodes on a high-def laptop with higher-end headphones. Although my laptop is wide-screen, the show is not, so you get the black space on both sides. The video quality is excellent. The audio sounded great through my headphones, too, so no complaints there.

"Felicity" is an amazing show and holds up incredibly well 14 years later. Well, except the part where Hannah gushes about her new PC with a whopping 300 MHz processor and having a cable modem. And the payphones and audio mix tapes. I did spot one person on a cell phone in a cafeteria scene, but the phone was was the old large analog ones that were way bigger than a human hand. The characters and plots are still relevant and heartwarming/wrenching. And the technology flashbacks are just amusing at how far we've come.

Hope this helps clear some questions up, especially since many of the reviews here are about the show in general or previous releases.
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Steve HReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spend a day with Felicity
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I am a fan of several television series, but never have I wanted to see a show as often and even repeatedly the way I do with Felicity. The series was clever, fun, and interesting throughout the four-year run.
It is a shame Felicity could not have continued another season or two, but we can enjoy this DVD set of this first season. Sit back and spend a day catching up with Felicity! You'll have a great time.
The second season may be released on DVD in May. Be sure to pick it up too because we want to make sure we show there is a demand for the third & fourth seasons on DVD!
This DVD does not have a lot of extras. The menus are very nice and there is producer commentary for the Pilot and season 1 finale. That is all the bonus content, but the season 2 set is rumored to have more bonus material. Lets hope it is released in May and that the third & fourth seasons follow shortly.
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Robert W. MooreReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Arguably the best series about college life ever made
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For some reason American television has struggled when it comes to college. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, which portrayed high school life so vividly and powerfully, faltered somewhat as Buffy and Willow made the transition to UC-Sunnydale. And the show that perhaps emulated BUFFY's high school formula best, VERONICA MARS, also was less compelling once the scene shifted to undergraduate life (though in large part this might have been because of multiple restrictions the CW placed on Rob Thomas and Co., especially in making the series focus more on standalone episodes rather than very long arcs). I've only recently gone back and started watching FELICITY. I can confidently say that no show has ever depicted college life as convincingly or as well as it. I think THE GILMORE GIRLS comes a strong second, but most other shows either fail (A DIFFERENT WORLD) or use it as take off for other purposes (e.g., the funny but not particularly realistic UNDECLARED). [For the record, I have not seen GREEK.]

As is well known, FELICITY tells the story of Felicity Porter impulsively following Ben Covington, an unrequited high school crush, to NYU instead of Stanford after he writes a long entry into her high school annual. [I'm not certain that they ever actually state that the school is NYU. I am certain that they don't refer to it by name in the second half of Season One, but because I Netflixed this I don't have the early season discs to verify this one way or another. But it is clearly a major university set directly on Washington Square, which fits the bill.] I personally detested that initial premise, but it quickly moved on to transcend it by developing a strong cast of characters and exploring their life at college together. Much of the series revolves around Felicity's interaction with Ben, with whom she develops a close friendship (though the initial romantic underpinnings remain a subtext throughout Season One), and her increasing attraction to and complex relationship with her resident assistant Noel.

What I like about the show in Season One is how it -- for the most part -- avoids cliché in exploring college life. The last season arc dealing with Ben's gambling problem seemed forced and artificial, but otherwise most of the arcs seemed natural and organic with the rest of the narratives. There is also very real and believable character development throughout the season. Felicity and Ben and Noel and Julie and the others are different characters at the end of the season, which is always the mark of a good show (just as a lack of character development is the mark of a bad one). And most of the narratives are compelling and interesting, rarely resorting to melodrama. The show continually pulls you into its stories, so that by the end of the year you feel quite invested as Felicity sits in the taxi as it comes to an end, deciding whether she is going to take a road trip across America with one guy or fly to Berlin with another.

Any show whose title consists of a character's name sinks or swims depending on how well that character is portrayed. Luckily, the producers hit a home run in casting Keri Russell in the central role. She manages to play Felicity as both enormously likable if often believingly flawed. She often makes mistakes, but they are the kinds of mistakes that feel all too familiar. She is too surreally beautiful to be completely believable as someone who would experience unrequited love, but once you allow yourself to accept that initial premise, she is a wonderfully loveable yet vulnerable character. And has anyone in the history of TV had more beautiful hair than Keri Russell in Season One? Her cutting her hair in Season Two often shows up on lists with titles like, "Worst Mistakes in TV History."

I'm sorry that I didn't catch this when it first was aired, but at least we have the DVDs. I anxiously await viewing the rest of the series.
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Ogg MathenoReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
Emotionally available....
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I grew up during the golden age of television in the '50s and I would have to say that Felicity is one of the finest crafted series I've ever seen. Being a fan of Keri Russell's more recent work in the films Waitress and August Rush I decided to backtrack and checked out the first season DVD from the local library. Well, needless to say it was a revelation and I'm totally hooked. [I hadn't watched the show when it originally came out on the WB channel as I don't like commercial interruption.] My wife is an actress with a fair amount of stage and film experience (e.g.studied method acting with Lee Strasberg) and she is hopelessly addicted, too.

Yes, the acting, writing, direction, camera work, and editing are superb. But what really grabs me is the emotional availability of the characters. At the finish of just about every episode, one or more of them has captured my heart. I've laughed, felt love, experienced pain, and shed tears watching season one. It brings up a lot of older memories for me....for example, that initial sweet, wonderful feeling of falling in love as well as the wrenching sense of loss following the breakup of a relationship. Just about everyone can relate to that.

Well, no matter what happens in the storyline the love always does seem to persist doesn't it? Like energy it can't be destroyed but just changes form.
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