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Channel K & Son of Channel K & Bachelor Pad (1986)

Jake Jacobs , David Mark Peterson , Paul Rosenbloom  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jake Jacobs, David Mark Peterson, Jay Simons
  • Directors: Paul Rosenbloom
  • Producers: Marc Cushman
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YE221Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,352 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This politically incorrect comedy series, presented in half hour episodes lampooning network television, was a cult hit when aired in numerous U.S. markets in 1986 (as "Channel K") and 1987 (as "Son of Channel K"). Popular recurring segments were "The Handy Dan Show," about a not-so-handy do-it-youselfer, "Bikini Beat," about a cop in a bikini whose "turf is the surf," "Too Hip," following the misadventures of "odd-couple" Siamese twins - one neat, one sloppy - joined at the hip and working as police detectives, and "Bachelor Pad," where Chad Randolph, guru to the single dude, gave "tips on scorin' chicks." Released for the first time on DVD, this disk includes the premiere episode of "Channel K," the final episode of "Son of Channel K," and episode #3 of "Bachelor Pad." Bonus features include "History of Channel K" and photo gallery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Channel K for comedy Killers August 12, 2010
Finally! I was a trans-coastal teen, growing up in both New York and Los Angeles. When in L.A., in the 1980s, I remember this show playing on a movie channel we had called ON TV. This was long before we had HBO and Showtime in Los Angeles. The only other one in our area was Z Channel, which showed art house films. Channel K was the anti-Z Channel.

It was so politically incorrect. One recurring segment was about Siamese twin cops who were like the Odd Couple - but worse, because they were joined at the hip. The neat one was lonely and always trying to have romantic candle-lit dinners with women, but his brother - the sloppy one - was always sitting at his side, usually belching! And then there was Chad, the "Bachelor Pad" guy, who I would have sworn was for real. I don't know who came first, Chad or the Wild and Crazy Guys (Steve Martin and Dan Ackroyd) on Saturday Night Live, but you could believe this jerk really existed. My dad had me watch "Bachelor Pad" as a warning, to see the kind of men I should never EVER date!

The production value here is better than Saturday Night Live from the same period, because many of the skits were shot outdoors. Probably more on par with SCTV, but faster-paced. Other than some of the true classic SNL and SCTV skits, Channel K strikes me as funnier. The regular players here, each handling several recurring characters, are every bit as talented (and funny) as the original classic lineup of SNL. As far as I know, fame and fortune never came their way like it did for many of the SNL'ers and SCTV'ers, but it's certainly not because they didn't have talent. I think it was because Channel K was run on a premium movie channel instead of NBC, like the other two shows were, so it didn't reach a big enough audience. It was a cult thing. But a very funny cult thing. I hope it becomes a cult thing again, and they put out more of these guilty pleasure gems!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still laughing March 7, 2014
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This was recommended by a friend and it is so funny. We are actually going to get some friends over for "movie night" and watch it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On the fence ... but laughing! August 11, 2010
There's a nostalgia bug that bites me every now and then, and this production really can satisfy the yen for poofy hair and garage/guerrilla/cable comedy. The technical integrity may be stone age by the standards of even 10 years ago, but where else will you see Siamese twin cops, joined at the hip, chasing criminals and double dating with a pretty girl they pulled over for having "a tail light that flickered once about a mile back"? Or segments like "Life Styles of the Poor and Unknown" where their version of Robin Leach goes into the ghettos to show us "rich cable TV subscribers" how "the other half" live. It may be cruel, but it's also a cruel fun (especially if you remember that really awful show we had on TV back then called "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous.")! And did we ever look like that guy who hosts "Bachelor Pad" to the women we chased? I fear -- and secretly hope -- we may have. I can't give this five stars, and probably shouldn't give it four, because of the spotty production value, but I laughed when I saw it way back when, and I'm laughing now. What else matters?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Casa Nova ... Don Juan ... Chad? August 6, 2010
I was a fan of Chad Randolph when I was a young man too many years ago, and am happy to see he is well represented on this DVD. Chad always did a segment in each Channel K show, but also had a series of his own called "Bachelor Pad." You get four different segments with him here. Do they hold up? Well ... I'll just say, Chad taught me everything I know today about women - and how to get along with them. That's probably why I've been divorced three times. The divorces were awful, but Chad Randolph still makes me laugh.
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