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Gentle Ben: Season One


Gentle Ben: Season One

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/12/13

It's been a really long time since  I saw this show, probably at least the 70's. It's definitely a kid's show, but I think the whole family would enjoy watching it with their kids. It's very wholesome and enjoyable. I don't think it insults your intelligence like some shows for kids do.


Dennis Weaver starred in this show as the game warden. You may have seen him in "Gunsmoke" as Chester or later in "McCloud". This is one of the shows he did in-between those two shows.  He's very handsome, so I always liked him.


This is one of the animal-loving shows we had back then, like Lassie, Daktari, Mr. Ed, and Flipper. I don't know why they don't make these kinds of shows any more for kids.


Ben is, as the title says, "Gentle", meaning he's not a fierce of mean bear. He's the pet of the little boy in the show, Mark.  People often came on the show and were scared of Ben, but then they soon learned that he was no threat. Ben often helped people out of scrapes, in fact.


Mark is played by Clint Howard, who was a cute little boy. He's the younger brother of famous actor/movie director Ron Howard. Rance Howard, Clint and Ron's father, also wrote the show and appeared sometimes as the neighbor.


The show takes place in the Florida Everglades, so there is a lot of beautiful scenery and other animals. The very first episode has a hurricane! If you're not used to watching older shows, though, you might find it pretty slow-moving. For the times, it was a fairly exciting show.  Unfortunately, it only ran for two seasons.


This would make a great present at the holidays for any kids under 10 or their parents. There is some interesting commentary by Clint and Rance Howard during the episodes. The only other feature is some photos. It's great that they finally have the show on DVD after all this time.





Gentle Ben, the classic, family-friendly series about a boy and his 650-pound best friend, Ben the bear, is finally available on DVD with Gentle Ben: Season One. Relive one of the most beloved series of the 1960s, starring a young

Clint Howard, Dennis Weaver of Gunsmoke fame, and a guest appearance from Ron Howard. Based on the children’s novel of the same name, Gentle Ben follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe (Dennis Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), their son Mark (Clint Howard), and Mark's tame bear Ben.
Gentle Ben: Season One also includes four special commentaries featuring father and son, Rance and Clint Howard, and a photo gallery.
  • Specifications: Full Screen Format, English Mono, and English SDH Subtitles
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 11 hours, 50 minutes
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 U.S.

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