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Huff: Season 1 (2004)

Hank Azaria , Paget Brewster , Dan Lerner , Daniel Attias  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Hank Azaria, Paget Brewster, Anton Yelchin, Andy Comeau, Kimberly Brooks
  • Directors: Dan Lerner, Daniel Attias, Ellen S. Pressman, Mark Piznarski, Martha Coolidge
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 695 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7F0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Huff: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on select episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Behind the Therapy" featurette
  • "Character by Design" featurette
  • "Lens of Truth" featurette

Editorial Reviews

Dr. Craig Huffstodt (Hank Azaria, Shattered Glass) has it all--beautiful wife Beth (Paget Brewster, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), cute son Byrd (Anton Yelchin), sleek golden retriever, silver BMW, and tastefully-appointed model home. In the pilot, an inconsolable teenager pulls a gun out of his bag and shoots himself--right in the middle of a therapy session. Suddenly, Huff starts to question everything: the job, the marriage, life. Created by Bob Lowry (Any Day Now) and produced by Scott Winant (thirtysomething) for Showtime, Huff combines drama, comedy, flashbacks, and dream sequences to examine one "rich, guilt-ridden white man's" struggle with the Abyss. Sometimes it's Frasier, sometimes The Sopranos--sometimes American Beauty.

Appearances to the contrary, Huff's well-constructed façade is not without its fissures, and as Byrd ominously quotes in episode eight ("Cold Day in Shanghai"), "If you gaze for long into the Abyss, the Abyss also gazes into you--Nietzsche." Live-in mother Izzy (Emmy winner Blythe Danner) is a judgmental busybody, younger brother Teddy (Andy Comeau, Providence) is a sympathetic schizophrenic, and best buddy Russell (Oliver Platt having the time of his life) is a pill-popping, cocaine-snorting, booze-guzzling lawyer whose moral compass has been missing "ever since my daddy's sperm hit the egg." Then there's psychotic patient Melody (Lara Flynn Boyle, The Practice), smart-talking office manager Paula (Kimberly Russell), and homeless Hungarian musician István (Jack Laufer) who keeps crossing his path. (Does he really even exist?) Other recurring characters include Huff's estranged father, Ben (Robert Forster), and Beth's terminally ill mother, Madeline (Swoosie Kurtz). In its first year, Huff garnered seven Emmy nominations and was renewed for a second season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Dr. Craig Huffstodt is a family man and a successful psychiatrist who gets a wake-up call when one of his patients, a 15-year-old boy, commits suicide during a therapy session. Huff's whole existence - as doctor, husband, father, son, brother and friend - goes through a dramatic reawakening as he begins to question who he is, what he's made of and how he fits in --- anywhere. Having always considered himself the eternal caretaker, whose mission is to save people, Huff suddenly realizes that he can't save everyone. The lines of reality start to blur as he goes from the functionally insane at the office to the daily insanities of life with his family at home. His nurturing nature is tested at nearly every turn and soon his so-called "normal" world and family life start to become as surreal as the world of his patients.

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best March 21, 2006
This and Weeds are the most entertaining shows on television. Hank Azaria is just incredible and the only person who could play Huff. Oliver Platt is an absolute comic genius and I am madly in love with him. He is in a class by himself and deserves his own 5 stars. The way the whole family interacts is so fascinating and complicated and keeps me wanting more. I have watched the whole first season again just because I can't get enough!!! Bring on season 2.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HBwho? March 17, 2006
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Whenever people talk about the great shows pay cable has to offer, they always talk about HBO. Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Deadwood... Showtime never gets a mention, despite such great and innovative programs such as Dead Like Me, Jeremiah and now: Huff.

With Huff, like all their shows, Showtime manages to make a show with conflicted, real characters without resorting to graphic sex or violence. The language is still as harsh as ever, but it's nothing you probably wouldn't hear in the course of a day if you were in these situations.

Even if HBO gets all the press for their sex and violence, Showtime has another winner with Huff. Great stories, wonderfully real characters who - gasp! - make mistakes, amazing acting... Craig Huffstodt and Hank Azaria are two different people who happen to look and sound a lot alike, I must say. Paget Brewster is completely believable as the harried housewife and who would have thought Blythe Danner could be unlikeable?!

Give this show a chance. The storylines don't resolve at the end of one episode, the characters strike realistically and behave much as you'd expect while you're hoping and praying they won't be that self-destructive.

And hey, Bob Saget plays a drug-addicted former sitcom star in one episode. It's almost worth the price of the set alone. ;-D
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show on TV at a great price March 26, 2006
I love Sopranos, Six Feet, etc., but I consider "Huff" the best show on television. Hank Azaria is great as usual, but the performances given by Blythe Danner and Oliver Platt are superlative, both deserving of "Best Supporting" Emmys.

With the price set at $25 (with a $25 rebate if you subscribe to Shotime), the DVD set is a great way to get acquainted with "Huff."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the HYPE. May 23, 2006
The First season of Huff is an addicting & well done show. It is up to par with other great cable TV shows like Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, & Weeds. It features a superb cast including, Hank Azaria, Paget Brewster, Blythe Danner, and Oliver Platt. The show has great mix of dark comedy and serious drama centering around Craig Huffstodt's (Hank Azaria)

life as a psychologist and his family & friends. There were a few weak storyline moments in the beginning of the season but the actors made it work and the season keeps getting stronger right up to the shocking finale! There are also fantastic guest appearances by Lara Flynn Boyle and Swoosie Kurtz.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you :-) April 17, 2006
I'm about 2 episodes away from finishing my dvd set. It's been fun. I'd heard so many good things about it, and I know it's been an Emmy nominee for various reasons so I went ahead and ordered it since in Australia we don't get it (only got it in the last week around midnight showing).

Hank Azaria is great as I thought he might be as the lead as a psychiatrist Dr. Craig 'Huff' Huffstodt. That's basically what the show centers around - his work life (where he is dealing with a patients suicide), his family life (great wife, interfering mother, turbulent teen son) and his own feelings about all of the above.

This is a funny show, serious and moving. I really recommend it if you are a fan of a darker comedy with great story lines. To be honest, I cannot stand his friend who is played by Oliver Platt. He is the only negative for me. He is arrogant and cocky, but the other characters are fantastic (especially Blythe Danner - Huff's mother).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever May 5, 2005
Bereft of any promotion, Huff crept unnoticed into the UK, via a new and little known satellite channel called FX. I took a gamble and was spellbound from Episode 1. Emotionally it's an extreme experience. I can't think of a series so capable of generating side-splitting laughter one minute and under-the-cushion tension the next - not forgetting all-too-frequent bouts of genuine tears. To achieve this in a cynical, stiff-upper-lip English household is no small achievement. Typically, from this UK perspective - much U.S. material is either heavy-handed with sentiment or transparently hesitant when it comes to controversial issues. Huff is not. Beautiful writing, incredible characterisation, tremendous acting, Huff is a work of genius on the part of everyone involved. I shall be buying the DVD set of Series One for my friends and I can't wait for a Series II. I just wish Russell was for real and my best friend. But then - fortunately - I have a son more than a little like Bird....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another reason to need cable June 4, 2006
Huff is another shining example of why cable television is better than regular. The first day we meet psychiatrist Craig Hufstodt, known as Huff to his friends, a teenage patient shoots himself in Huff's office. Stricken and guilt-ridden Huff turns to his family's support to get him through this troubled time. Huff's family is composed of his wife Beth, a party planner who seems more concerned with her career than her family, his mother Izzy (played by the always excellent Blythe Danner) who lives with him and his wife and whose antagonistic relationship with Beth is reason enough to watch the show, and his son Byrd, who Huff accurately describes as "14 going on 40." Rounding out his support system are his best friend and lawyer Russell (played by Oliver Platt in an increasingly over the top and hysterical fashion) who is a misogynist with a drug, booze and debauchery problem, and his brother Teddy, a schizophrenic mental patient who Huff often visits.

This show is full of twists and turns and you never quite know what's going to happen next. It leaves you wondering what the significance is of the homeless Hungarian man who seems to appear as if from nowhere and wondering if Huff will ever get his life sorted out. Platt and Danner shine in their supporting roles and I've never seen finer work from Hank Azaria than in his role as Huff. Others to look out for: Lara Flynn Boyle as a manic depressive patient who goes over the edge and Swoosie Kurtz as Beth's mother. I find the show enthralling and engaging and would definitely recommend it to the same crowd who goes for Nip/Tuck and Melrose Place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good program
I confess. I never watch TV situation series. I hate commercials and don't need to watch or care who is dating whom. Read more
Published 4 days ago by William Dakota
3.0 out of 5 stars Saw the pilot and really liked it
I guess I was not expecting the R language, and I hated to see the lawyer doing drugs and acting inappropriately. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shirley Hartwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wonderful show
My love for this show, knows no bounds. It was amazing. The acting was incredible, the cast was one of the best ever assembled, the writing was solid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Me
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Show That Got Canceled Way Too Soon
"Huff" is (was) a show about a psychiatrist and his family who have to cope with everything from the suicide of a patient, to infidelity, to breast cancer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Greg Arden
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Phenomenal! Ahead of its time for sure! The cast are amazing and the writing is ahead of the curve! Well done!
Published 5 months ago by Eric Shelton
3.0 out of 5 stars Tried to liked it but ran outta steam several episodes into it....
It's okay, don't get me wrong, I won' say "do not buy it"....some of the stories and interviews are great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd Scotland
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Series Kill In A Usual Fashion
What do you get when you have great characters, invasive storyline, amazing actors, some high profile awards and a dedicated viewer base? Cancelled. That's what. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph C. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Huff is a great show
It's GREAT! Its funny and emotional. Paget Brewster is fabulous as is Hank Azaria. All the cast is GREAT. I wish the show continued.
Published 8 months ago by therese notaro
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 minutes , BOOM !
Your hooked on this show it is witty, extremely powerful , at times funny and it changes to insane in a blink of your eye . Great cast and wonderfully written .
Published 9 months ago by TWIXIE952
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Show..."Huff"!! =)
Just finished watching the first season of Huff and I love this show! It has so many different emotions portrayed by the actors, one minute you're laughing your head off and the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by La' Bookchic
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season 2 dvd
cant find anything on season 2 dvd
Feb 20, 2007 by J. Brown |  See all 7 posts
Blyhte Danner is the best !!
I agree. I don't ever remember seeing Bylthe Danner in anything before. She is wonderful in this part.
Nov 25, 2006 by Seeking Health |  See all 2 posts
Can't believe it's gone!
I just finished watching the last epsoide of the first season. Your posting is the first hint I had that there is a second season. I am going to email showtime to see when the second season will be on DVD.
Nov 25, 2006 by Seeking Health |  See all 3 posts
Where's HUFF SEASON 2?!?!?!?!?
Each and every episode is a masterpiece.
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