Broadcast over the course of six years between 1997 and 2002, Dharma and Greg was one of the early 2000’s most highly rated and award winning comedy series.
An instant favorite among viewers right from the very first episode, a large part of the success of Dharma and Greg, stemmed from the fact that the series broke all the rules of the standard sitcom.
Following the lives of the dysfunctional couple Dharma (played by Jenna Elfman) and Gregg (Thomas Gibson), the show rocketed to success with the pairs marriage after a first date, right on the advent of the very first episode.
Becoming a favorite on-screen couple on a par with Rachel and Ross of friends fame, Dharma and Greg became a favorite weekly staple in comedy schedules around the world, as viewers followed the couple learning to love and loath each other throughout each episode.
As an optimistic yoga instructor, Dharma drew viewers in courtesy of her positivity and endless onscreen hippy like antics. Being the polar opposite of partner Greg, the dynamic of the series, therefore, focused for a large part on the clashes of character which arose in each episode, especially given the pairs spectacular whirlwind romance and instant elopement at the shows start.
Detailing a distinctly experimental relationship, Dharma and Greg was funny and uplifting at every turn. Moreover, the superb writing in the show saw viewers laugh with the cast at every one of their trials and tribulations rather than at them.
Evident from the start as being distinctly different from any other sitcom, Dharma and Greg was able to pair ultra-realistic comedy regarding real relationship problems, with more surreal storylines regarding everything from Indian ghost hauntings to Dharma joining a teenage rock band.
However, the real timeless appeal of Dharma and Greg stems from the fact that both Dharma and Greg really are two sides of two different coins. As a republican raised, struggling San Francisco attorney, Greg really is the direct opposite in nature to his often eccentric wife Dharma. The appeal of the show, therefore, centres heavily on the pair's differences, as well as how their family and just as eccentric friends help each overcome these.
Driven just as much by the show's supporting cast as it was the lead roles of Dharma and Greg themselves, show favorites included the likes of Dharma and Greg’s parents and Greg’s ‘lazy lawyer’ friend Peter. In fact, an ongoing side storyline throughout the show revolves around the differing perspectives of Dharma and Greg's parents in regard to their impromptu relationship and nuptials.
Rocketing to success as a top 25 comedy series in the USA during its first three seasons, Dharma and Greg was welcomed onto screens each week by no less than 25 million viewers. Moreover, in large part, the success of the show can be attributed to the expert pairing of Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson’s acting with the writing of later Big Bang Theory creator, Chuck Lorre.
Due to the superb writing, acting, and prime time evening airing of the show, Dharma and Greg secured itself as an all-time favorite sitcom by winning no less than eight prestigious Golden Globe nominations.
However, Jenna Elfman winning the likes of the Golden Globe for best comedy actress in 1999, were only part of the story of the shows success. Rather, as well as several Golden Globe nominations, Dharma and Greg was nominated for no less than six Satellite Television awards.
With Dharma and Greg ending in 2002 due to ailing ratings, many viewers initially felt lost without the show. However, even in 2016, the series is still considered an all-time favorite among Netflix viewers and home DVD enthusiasts. In fact, Dharma and Greg is often cited as the straight version of similar show Will & Grace; this and as having parallels to all-time classic shows such as the 1970’s sitcom, I Love Lucy.
In response to the lasting popularity of the show, Dharma and Greg is still regularly repeated on many cable and satellite television networks. In like regard, viewers of Two and a Half Men were left on the edge of their seats in 2012, when Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson reprised their roles to cameo in the show.
In the episode in question, neither were directly cited as married (possibly due to legal reasons), however, both played their former characters and were even accompanied by fellow Dharma and Greg costar, Joel Murray.
Now available to own in the series entirety on DVD, the Dharma and Gregg DVD box set means that new and old viewers alike can now relive the very best moments of the show.
Following the early 2000’s favorite odd couple over the course of their first seven years of marital trials and tribulations, viewers can once again become absorbed by the infectious uplifting atmosphere of the show, as well as the series depiction of all too real life relationship dramas and emotional ups and downs.
Hilarious from the start, it’s hard not to fall in love with Dharma and Greg from the outset of the very first episode. The only question is how long will your own love affair with the pair last? This being the case, make sure to get your copy today in order to experience everyone’s all-time favorite relationship comedy all over again.