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Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Season Two

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The complete second season of Dr. Katz.


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

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes from the 1995-96 season on 2 discs
  • Checking In: Follow Up Visits with Former Patients Emo Philips, Joy Behar, and Steven Wright

Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Katz, H. Jon Benjamin, Laura Silverman, Dom Irrera, Emo Philips
  • Writers: Amy MacDonald, Andre Lyman, Annette Cate, Barry Sobel, Bill Braudis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Season Two" on IMDb

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"Dr. Katz" was a low budget, but high concept, weekly animated show founded on the premise that comedians have an extremely wide variety of mental disorders. The comedians who appear in the show collaborated on the material which occurred in their "sessions" with two cases a week being typical. The problems are generally far out of the norm (although not so far out as to be avant-garde,) and humor is the result.

I find that Garry Shandling and Kevin Meaney come across as the most consistently neurotic, but Ray Romano is my favorite guest this season, as he is so hilariously dysfunctional in this show (versus his own prime time show) that the dichotomy is extraordinary.

Jonathan Katz anchors the production as the divorced, slightly neurotic psychiatrist. H. Jon Benjamin is perfect as his slacker son, Ben, who is pitiful, yet hilarious in his approach to life (and especially women.) This is the show that made "Squigglevision" famous, which annoys some people, but I find endearing in its cheesiness. The two DVD set also has a couple of extras such as audio commentaries and follow ups with former patients like Steven Wright (who seems the genuinely least sane of the guests) and Emo Philips (whose voice may be the most grating in history.)

This is a smart cartoon for adults, and while it's not for everyone, it does what it does exceptionally well.
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Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist was the standout show on Comedy Central a few years back, when the network's programming schedule ranged from the Daily Show (with Craig Kilborn) to Odd Couple reruns to crappy Rodney Dangerfield movies from the 80s. (No wonder he gets no respect!) The premise of Dr. Katz is a simple one: a therapist, Dr. Jonathan Katz (voiced by the comedian of the same name) spends his entire day dealing with his neurotic, funny patients (generally comedians like Ray Romano, Larry Miller, and so on) and fending off his generally disagreeable secretary, Laura (Laura Silverman). He spends his time right after work at a local bar where he discusses his problems with some friends (voiced by Will LeBow and Julianne Shapiro), and then he spends his evenings with his son, Ben (H. Jon Benjamin), who is in his twenties, has no friends, no job, no plans, and no worries. The casting (as far as the voices go) is very good, and the show has a unique comic rhythm that is almost immediately familiar, yet entirely original. The animation technique the show uses, Squigglevision, is also original, and although it takes a while to get used to, it is certainly distinctive. Check out this underrated and very well-done series--you'll thank me for it. Favorite quote: "Yeah, Dad, I have plans tonight, they just don't involve other people."
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The reason I love this show so much is because it has heart. Genuine soul. The comedians receiving Freudian advice from Dr. Katz are, by and large, a mixed bag -- entertaining, usually, but rarely crossing the line into hysteria. A few of them get some great laughs (Steven Wright in the first episode, for example), but the show doesn't have the benefit of multiple writers and scripted events; because of this, I really do find that 'Dr. Katz' isn't as "funny", per se, as the greatest 'Simpsons' seasons, or 'Family Guy', or 'The Critic', etc. Yet, it's such a different beast, and by no means does it strive for the same humor, nor audience, as those shows (though I'm sure most fans of Katz are huge fans of 'The Simpsons' glory days). That's why it's so refreshing, really; it's unlike anything else that's ever existed on television.

Again, though -- it's the beating heart. The reckoning force of the show is the heartfelt, loving relationship between Dr. Katz and his son, Ben. Their relationship is so beautiful because, really, they never get angry at each other for more than a few seconds, and they play off each others' unparralled level of wit to the utmost charming effect. They are father and son, but more than that they are friends, and I'm not sure I can name any television show that I've ever seen that displays such a unique, sincere affection between two people. Never, ever -- ever -- is this gooey or overtly sentimental, either; because, hey, these are not mushy guys -- they're just two intelligent, cynical but kindly beings that live and draw from each other. It's so lovely to be apart of.
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If you are a fan of the type of dry humor you find in a lot of Seinfeld episodes or from one of the funniest Adult swim shows of all time, "Home Movies" then Dr. Katz is just what the doctor ordered!!!

I have been waiting for the release of this show since the inception of DVD's became so commonplace that such obscure shows like "White Shadow" were released....Why not Dr. Katz?...and poof!...it was released! Thank you Comedy Central for finally releasing it; just don't stop at season 2!!!

I just finished watching both seasons (1 and 2) and I had a smile on my face from ear to ear for almost every second of the show. The most endearing moments of the show occur when Dr, Katz and his son, Ben are together. Jonathan Katz's very natural delivery give this show such a realistic edge that you sometimes forget that you are watching a cartoon. The dialogue between the main characters and the cast of characters/comedians that lay on the couch is just perfect! You feel like a fly on the wall because they talk about things that everyone talks about. I find myself relating to almost 100% of the dialogue between Dr. Katz and Ben and thinking back to some of the same conversations my own father and I used to have when I was living at home after college....I was that same slacker son, not dating, loafing, wearing mismatched socks, eating sugary cereals...we all were a "Ben" at one point in our lives and if you weren't, you probably knew someone just like him. I agree with a previous reviewer that "Benny Boy" was the star of the show. Yes, he did truly steal the show.

One of the low-lights of the show, and this is probably the only weakness of the show, is the character of "Laura", Dr. Katz's secretary.
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