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Sara Rue, Eric Roberts, Sherri Shepherd, Zachary Levi. With a totally different spin on the workplace than the Mary Tyler Moore Show 's WJM-TV newsroom in Minneapolis, the upbeat Claudia Claude" Casey is forced to deal with ambitious, conniving coworkers when she moves up the corporate ladder from lowly secretary to the news anchor's assistant. Includes 22 episodes on 4 DVDs. 2002-03/color/7 hrs., 44 min/NR/widescreen.
Fans of smart, fast-paced workplace sitcoms like Ugly Betty should check out Less Than Perfect, a crisp, well-written series starring the winsome Sara Rue as the earnest, plain-talking Claude, an assistant in a backbiting, striving universe. In fact, since Less Than Perfect aired from 2002 to 2006, and Ugly Betty premiered in 2006, it's almost as though the latter series was the second life of Less Than Perfect. The office situation is a journalistic one, filled with egos (a TV news operation as opposed to Betty's fashion magazine); there are conniving midlevel colleagues (Andrea Parker as Lydia and Zachary Levi--pre-Chuck--as Kipp). There's an egotistical sun around whom all the planets spin--Eric Roberts, acquitting himself well as the preening news anchor Will Butler. And there are the fellow low-level employees (the splendid Sherri Shepherd as Ramona and Andy Dick as the nerdy Owen) who provide Claude with the loyal support and plain talk she needs to watch her back. Rue is a delightful series lead, a beautiful star with, as Claude says walking into the newsroom filled with willowy women, "more than 3 percent body fat," but who of course is much more relatable and real than most of the other women characters. Some of the heady competitiveness of Less Than Perfect's workplace feels stuck in the early 2000s, when growth and ambition soared, and the show makes for an interesting period piece when watched a few years later. But the main appeal of Less Than Perfect is in the witty writing and great chemistry of its cast. Ramona, who works in payroll, has only scorn for Will Butler and his cult of personality. "A man's expense report is a window to his soul," Shepherd's Ramona snaps. "And his soul is cluttered with Toblerone and bottles from the mini-bar. And I'm pretty sure a 'full-release massage' is not tax-deductible." Rue keeps Claude's optimism just this side of perky, which makes her that much more likable and relatable. Fans of office-based sitcoms, and deft comedy writing in general, should find Less Than Perfect spot on. --A.T. Hurley
why do they start a series on dvd and dont finish realy annoying and diapointing please someone who is in charge of this fix itPublished 5 days ago by Dominique D.
Missed this when it aired, Zachary Levi is a hoot, well pick cast with hilarious chemistryPublished 4 months ago by Victoria Meetze
I love this show! There are quite a few actors here that can be recognized from other work. Zachary Levi shines in this role, even though he's the "a**hole" of the office,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by anna
not worth it... not funny and disc did not run well, poor qualityPublished 9 months ago by MARIAN CLARK
Awesome sitcom I want season 2 now come on release it already!!!Published 9 months ago by J. madrid
Ready for the rest of the seasons!! Silly, but fun to watch. I really bought it just to see Zachary Levi!Published 13 months ago by Shellie Williams