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Meet Dr. Katz. He lives with his 20-something unemployed son, has a sullenly sarcastic receptionist who occasionally finds the time to work for him and a therapy practice where he treats dozens of the finest comedic minds of the '90s. In this second season DVD of the Emmy award-winning animated series, co-creator/star Jonathan Katz hosts the likes of Joy Behar, Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, and Sandra Bernhard, all of whom show why nitpicking, phobias and neuroses make for great comedy.
In its 13 episodes, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two shows that not much has changed in the life of mild-mannered psychologist Dr. Katz (voiced by comic actor Jonathan Katz). His grown-up, loser son, Ben (H. Jon Benjamin), continues to spend his days inching toward one or another imagined destiny, absolutely dependent on his tolerant if frustrated dad, yet resentful that the elder Katz advises him on his idiotic quests to nowhere. Meanwhile, Katz's professional life remains a succession of loony sessions with the likes of Ray Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Joy Behar, Emo Phillips, Steven Wright, and Garry Shandling. Nothing has changed about the appalling work ethic of receptionist Laura (Laura Silverman), who pilfers office supplies, ties up every phone line on personal business, and rebuffs Ben's daily efforts to impress her with one or another claim to his uniqueness.
"Bystander Ben" finds the eponymous goofball quoted in a local newspaper as a fully-identified witness to a crime. Convinced he's riding a wave of media fame, Ben misses the big picture: the yet-to-be-captured criminals can identify him. In "Real Estate," Ben considers finding an apartment of his own, leaving such minor details as a lack of income for later consideration. "Glasses" features Dr. Katz in an unusually narcissistic mode, trying to update his personal appearance with a hip pair of reading glasses that make his face look like it's in a fishbowl. "Drinky the Drunk Guy" is a very funny episode in which Ben confronts his father in the most obnoxious terms about what he perceives as Dr. Katz's drinking problem. "A Journey for the Betterment of People" and "ESP" are also great Ben-centric tales, the former concerning Ben's sudden desire to save prostitutes from a life of exploitation, and the latter about his strong belief that he suddenly has the power to read minds. ("Can you read my mind?" the disgusted Laura asks.) An excellent set. --Tom Keogh
VERY KOOL TO BE ABLE TO WATCH THIS AGAIN. BEEN SO LONG UNTIL I SAW IT ON HERE ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT THE SHOW IN GENERAL. GREAT BUY.Published 6 months ago by John Edward Duncan
How could I say anything bad about Dr. Katz? Hysterically funny…. the whole family is hooked! I am also impressed with the quality of the picture -- crystal clear and the 'wiggle... Read morePublished 21 months ago by CJW
I wish this show would have lasted longer, was happy to find it available at a reasonable price, and I am not a big fan of animated programs, either. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JimB
In the down time in this busy world. We can all use some humor that doesn't that is safe veiwing.Published on June 6, 2013 by Thomas Byrd
love dr katz from years ago on regular tv, now catching up on shows missed or forgotten, highly recommend dvdPublished on May 26, 2013 by Michael J. Dicamillo
Dr. Katz, professional therapist brought back fond memories of the comedians of that era, enjoyed it and would recommend the collection.Published on April 4, 2013 by Linda Mayo
This was an amazing series, with a great cast of talented stand-up comics. One cannot deny that this broke the mold for popular cartoons. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Richard L. Anderson