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Get A Life: The Complete Series (2012)

Chris Elliot , Robin Riker , David Mirkin  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Elliot, Robin Riker, Bob Elliot
  • Directors: David Mirkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSNVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

A Conversation With Executive Producer/Co-creator David Mirkin And Writer/Producers Steve Pepoon And Jace Richdale

Get A Life 2012 Featurette With James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow And Peter Chernin

Special Commentary With Psychologist Dr. Wendy Walsh Analyzing Chris Peterson’s Mental Issues

Alternate Audio Version Without Laugh Track On Select Episodes

Commentaries On Every Episode

Paleyfest 2000! Featuring David Mirkin, Elinor Donahue, Brian Doyle-Murray, Robin Riker, Charlie Kaufman, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Pepoon And Jace Richdale

And More!


Editorial Reviews

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Get A Life’s unavailability has only fueled its legend, but this painstakingly thorough release justifies the hype --AV Club, September 19th, 2012

This is one of the best produced releases that I’ve reviewed in recent years. It really has everything that a die-hard or new fan of the show would want. There are entertaining commentaries on every episode that have some interesting behind-the-scenes details on the production of the show. --Sitcoms Online, 9/17/12

After spending the last few days blazing through the entire series, I was pleased to find they remain every bit as funny as ever...The audio commentary on the pilot episode Terror on the Hell Loop 2000 is one the best DVD extras of the year...I can state with authority that Get A Life: The Complete Series is the DVD event of the year. ... They jokingly call it the Un-Special Non-Anniversary Edition, but this is a very special release for a pretty crazy show. --Movie Metropolis, 9/12/12

Product Description

Finally! All 35 Uncut Episodes of the Ultimate Anti-Sitcom on Five Easy-to-Eat DVDs!


Here are the surreal, twisted, violent, hilarious misadventures of Chris Peterson: a 30-year-old paperboy with an ever-decreasing grasp on reality. Starring Chris Elliott (Eagleheart), Executive Produced by David Mirkin (The Simpsons) and created by Chris Elliott, Adam Resnick and David Mirkin, Get A Life has earned a rabid cult following. Co-starring Bob Elliott, Robin Riker, Elinor Donahue, Sam Robards and Brian Doyle-Murray.

Includes all 35 uncut episodes plus all-new bonus features with the cast and crew. . . It’s like a nightmare come true!

Customer Reviews

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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
There is little doubt that many of today's slacker comedies owe a debt of gratitude to the great Chris Elliott and "Get A Life." Referred to as the anti-sitcom during its two season (1990-92) run on FOX, the show seemed ahead of its time for network TV (thank goodness for the early years of the fledgling FOX) and would more likely be produced for cable these days. Bold, ridiculous, yet strangely identifiable--you never quite knew where Elliott and his cohorts were going to take you in a given episode. The sensibilities of "Get A Life" were definitely off-kilter and rarely have I so willingly followed a protagonist that showcased an ever diminishing grasp on the real world. The beauty of this show, which defied categorization, was its unpredictability. Many of the episodes concluded with violent and/or perplexing life or death situations and we weren't always guaranteed a survivor, something we wouldn't see again until South Park's Kenny made repeatedly dying fashionable.

Both seasons of all 35 episodes are being compiled in this 5 disc DVD set. The collection boasts a variety of extras:

Essay by TV Critic Tom Shales
Interviews with Co-Creator David Mirkin and Writers Jace Richdale and Steve Pepoon
Panel Interview By Cast and Creators At Paleyfest 2000
Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
Deleted Scenes on Select Episodes
Alternate Audio on Select Episodes (without laugh track)

If you've never seen "Get A Life," Elliott (coming off his successful guest spots on Letterman's Late Show) created what would become his signature role. As a 30 year old paperboy living at home with his parents, he had big dreams, big ideas, and an indefatigable cluelessness.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I Remember October 2, 2012
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There are certain shows you have fond memories of watching, but when you go back to watch them years later, the reaction you may often have it "Ugh...did I REALLY use to watch this?" Upon putting the first disc of this series into the DVD player I was bracing for yet another "ugh" moment which would have relegated this box set to an early retirement on the shelf, or for sale on an auction website. That feeling was gone about :30 seconds into the first episode, after Chris Peterson declares (wearing nothing except boxer shorts) "That's the last time I eat a whole box of Steak Umms right before bed," and launches into a morning exercise routine while blasting "Living In America." After falling out of the chair laughing, I was quickly reassured that the absurd, unpredictable, and completely out of left field humor that I enjoyed every single Sunday night on Fox way back in the day remains completely intact, even despite the passage of time. In fact, I seem to enjoy the show much more than I did back then. Since it's been so long since I've seen most of these episodes, it's literally like watching them for the first time all over again. Probably the best TV series purchase I've made in many years, and no doubt an item that will be among the most enjoyed my collection.

As for the transfer quality, no its not perfect. Its grainy and inconsistent at times, and thats putting it kindly.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Content, Disappointing Execution March 7, 2013
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I begrudgingly recommend this, only because as of this writing, this is the only way you can watch the complete "Get a Life," which is one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Other reviewers have done a fine job selling the content of this show. I've frequently laughed to myself recalling scenes ever since it went off the air when I was in 9th grade, and it's nice to finally have the opportunity to watch shows again and catch many jokes that I missed (or might have been over my head) the first time around.

Nevertheless, I felt the need to write a review because while many have noted that the video quality is subpar, they fail to convey how truly awful it is. The first indicator that the QC at Sony is nonexistant was when I first opened the jewel case and one of the cheap plastic pegs that's suppoesed to hold the thing together popped right off. That was a minor annoyance, but the major flaw of this set is that the video quality is inexcusable. This doesn't look like an old VHS tape, which is about what I was expecting and willing to accept based on other reviews. Rather, it appears as though someone set up a VCR on the planet Neptune and and is transmitting "Get a Life" episodes to Earth, and solar flares are creating interference.

Clearly there was something wrong with the equipment used to transfer the video from tape to digital and no one noticed or admitted the error before pressing all the DVDs, or maybe they figured fans of "Get a Life" wouldn't care. Well, this fan does care. I hope there's a second run to correct this and Sony offers a free exchange to all of us who were duped into purchasing this; but in the meantime, you're stuck with atrocious video quality, worse than any DVD you've ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a funny series. You just laugh out loud
Published 2 days ago by Jean L. Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars Compressed??? What the hell????
There is no excuse for the video quality of these shows. Some reviewers have claimed they looked like bad VHS prints. But I know better. Read more
Published 3 days ago by C. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars still a great set though
Weird that there was no involvement from Chris Elliot or Adam Resnick, still a great set though.
Published 20 days ago by abrahamnixon
5.0 out of 5 stars but I remember the series and I loved it
bought it for my dad, but I remember the series and I loved it
Published 1 month ago by Theresa B. Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars best show ever!
This is one of my all time favorite shows. A lot of people have been upset about the transfer quality. I find that it is more than watchable. Such a great show.
Published 1 month ago by G. Pickering
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my husband
My husband enjoys this actor and this character and this type of humor. He was not disappointed in this and will watch it over and over. Read more
Published 1 month ago by notatechfan
5.0 out of 5 stars * CHRIS ELLIOT is Hilarious in this Show *
GET IT WATCH IT LAUGH YOUR A$$ OFF!! Glad they finally released the complete series. THANKS. FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY. Don't miss out on this one.
Published 1 month ago by Herman Huffstetler
5.0 out of 5 stars Made a great gift.
My nephew had this on his wish list while he was recovering from cancer. It sure made me feel good finding it on Amazon for a great price and then being to hear him laugh as he... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peaceful_Inhaler
4.0 out of 5 stars What can you say?
Loved the series; well here it is finally, so get it already...The 'print' of these shows is the only drawback; they were not made in 1080 or anything approaching it, and it's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beantown Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Funny After All These Years!
One of my guilty pleasure favorites from the early years of Fox TV. Chris Elliot doing what he does best -- playing the village idiot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Miller
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Subtitles
I hope so...It'll help when I try to memorize all the lines.
Oh how I love Get A Life! :)
Sep 18, 2012 by Martha Clark |  See all 2 posts
about $4 cheaper at barnes and nobles site
Huzzah. Got a copy from BN with another 20% off from a coupon. Soon it shall be mine.
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Is the Original Pilot Episode included?
Hmm...not sure...you would think so...it is the complete series! :)

Arrives today, can hardly wait!!!!
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