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Mission Hill - The Complete Series
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
I love Mission Hill, however this DVD set is not as great as the version you see on Adult Swim, a lot of the music is edited out and replaced and a scene is cut out on one of the episodes "Kevin Finds Love (or Hot for Weirdie)" and even worse, the voice audio on one of the episodes "Andy and Kevin Make a Friend (or One Bang for Two Brothers)" is so quiet that you have to turn the TV up all the way to hear it and it makes all the other sounds so loud that it hurts your ears. If you really love Mission Hill, try recording the series onto DVD for yourself when it airs on Adult Swim, at least the episodes there are not edited and the episode with the bad voice track audio on the DVD set is not messed up on the original airing. If you don't have a DVD recorder then for the sake of the episode "Andy and Kevin Make a Friend (or One Bang for Two Brothers)" I would at least record it onto VHS so you can hear it perfectly without having to turn the volume up all the way. The bonus features are pretty cool though but for me that the only good thing. While the episodes are still good on this, if you don't mind changes to music then go for this set, however as I said for one of the episode, damaged voice audio so be careful.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2005
This series was truly brilliant, cut short by the WB. Ironically, the WB continues to show mediocre shows while canceling ones such as this. It makes you wonder who the WB's target audience is.

The series was ahead of its time ... on the wrong network, unfortunately. Were it a new series now, it might have been pitched to Comedy Central or Cartoon Network (Adult Swim) and survived not only to _finish_ the first season but for subsequent seasons as well.

The episodes have a slightly higher replay value than most series', a lot of the humor and in fact, some of the best humor is very subtle - such as the No Smoking sign in Jim's office. Moreover, the question everyone always asks is finally answered in the commentary, I am referring of course to the reason all of the characters appear to have Jaundice and yellow teeth. ;)

For ~$20, the two-disc set is well worth it - it would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a Kevin or Andy character in his or her own life. :)
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2005
Mission Hill is probably my favorite animated series of all time. It succeeds in taking everyday situations and blending in things that couldn't be accomplished with live people and real-world backgrounds. Set against the colorful backdrop of Mission Hill (based largely on Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood), this series follows the life of Andy French, a 24-year-old hipster and aspiring cartoonist recently saddled with the family dog (who he's happy to share his home with) and his little brother Kevin (who he's not so happy to share his home with). Andy's roommates Jim and Posey are there for the hilarity along with his neighbors, co-workers and Kevin's friends from high school whenever the show needs to "nerd it up."

This show was a great voice for Generation X. In the best episode of the short-lived series ("Unemployment, Part II"), Andy's without a job, and perfectly set to laze about at home, cashing his unemployment checks to fuel his malt liquor needs. In his mind, he's living the lifestyle people of his generation were encouraged to live. Andy gets kicked in the keister, though, when he finds out that his roommate Jim is leading the complete opposite life, without Andy having any clue. This kind of real-life insight set the show apart from more slapstick-inspired series like The Simpsons (where Homer seems to lose his job in every episode, which doesn't disrupt the family's life) or Family Guy (where everything seems to work out in the end, no matter what Peter ends up doing). That isn't to say Mission Hill is melodramatic. Far from it - this show is one of the funniest I've seen in years. But it's funny because the viewer is invited to share themselves with the characters.

This is the perfect DVD for fans of the show, and I think each fan should find some friends that didn't get to enjoy Mission Hill during its brief time on the air, and share this show with them.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2006
Mission Hill is an excellent show and if this is the best way for you to see it, buy the discs. I have to make one warning, though: the background music was switched out for inferior generic music in many scenes.

Ron doesn't get to play Blue Monday at his party.

The strip club loses a lot of energy, with wimpier background music and lap dance music this is much less cool (and less hilarious).

The planatarium narration "First there was the Milky Way, then there was the Crab Nebula, then there was Judas Priest!" gets cut off and inferior music is used.

Kevin no longer gets to nerd up the Ferraro with Gordon Lightfoot. I believe some instrumental music (Scott Joplin?) is used instead.

Kevin's tie loses its ridiculous "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton, and it's replaced something like a Christmas jingle. (I think Jim's music cigarette also gets changed to the same song.)

There's no more Wackety Sax (sp?) when Kevin is swimming after the college recommedation from Wierdie's dead dad.

Worst of all, the wonderfully funny use of REM's "Everybody Hurts" as a "Real World: Mission Hill" castmember is hauled away in an ambulance is replaced with ambient filler on the DVD. When the cast of neighbors starts singing REM's song at the end, the DVD version gives you no reason for why they would choose the song, taking the joke away.

Anyway, this is from distant memory from the last time I watched the set, so I might have missed a few other changes. One exception is that I think the song from Run Lola Run stayed intact.

This music issue was the only problem with the DVDs for me. Everything else was first rate, and it's a gem of a show. The slight reduction in depth from the music changes might not bother anyone who's not famailiar with the show, and I believe you don't have to be gen-X to like it, because it has all the cartoon fundamentals (...that I can make up on the spot): signature style, full use of color, background detail, character development, and natural dialogue. It's just the darn music. A warning would have been nice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2006
The networks shouldn't take all the heat for cancelation of this incredibly original show (though they do deserve some blame for under-advertising it), a big piece of the blame should be thrown on small minded TV viewers for ignoring it and tuning in to some dumbed down piece of crap with a laugh track to tell them when to laugh so they don't have to think.

This show was so rich and filled with hilarious backround jokes and references that only a very small group of people could understand, but they were so subtle that the people who didn't understand them didn't even realize they were jokes.

According to the commentaries, the creators had big plans for this show. They were going to break out the cartoony realm of TV, people were going to get older, their lives were going to change, and eventually Andy was going to become a famous cartoonist with his own animated TV series.

It would have been great.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2006
This is my favorite animated series. Too bad it was cancelled. It's a really funny show all in all. It follows the life of Andy French, a 24 year old slacker who aspires to be a cartoonist, who lives in Mission Hill with his friends Posey and Jim. His dorky brother Kevin is forced to move in with him. The show is so funny! The best episodes are when Andy goes on the Real World, the one where Kevin sneaks into the military base to steal a reccomendation letter, when Kevin causes a fire at the convinience store, and more. Only 13 episodes, but they are all great. I wish there was more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2006
As the title says, I'm not sure what to think of this DVD. On the one hand, if you loved the show you'll love this DVD, as you get to relive the episodes and the fun and the character development all over again!

On the other hand, if you loved the show, this DVD might make you sad, as you realise that after about 12 hours, it's over. That's it. No more Mission Hill.

This was a very well-done series, I loved the use of color and the more mature themes (definitely worked on Adult Swim) that this animation encompasses. I find myself silently thinking BLINGBLONGBLINGBLONG sometimes at work even. However well done the series is, it is also very short-lived. I am not sure if it is worth the nearly $30, since a rabid fan would consume it in 2 days at most.

You might be better off looking it up on Netflix than buying it, but ultimately if you support it with your $$, they may be inspired to make more of them. Just not sure where that audience is right now . . .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2006
The networks shouldn't take all the heat for cancelation of this incredibly original show (though they do deserve some blame for under-advertising it), a big piece of the blame should be thrown on small minded TV viewers for ignoring it and tuning in to some dumbed down piece of crap with a laugh track to tell them when to laugh so they don't have to think.

This show was so rich and filled with hilarious backround jokes and references that only a very small group of people could understand, but they were so subtle that the people who didn't understand them didn't even realize they were jokes.

According to the commentaries, the creators had big plans for this show. They were going to break out the cartoony realm of TV, people were going to get older, their lives were going to change, and eventually Andy was going to become a famous cartoonist with his own animated TV series.

It would have been great.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2006
The management at Adult Swim (or any other network) should seriously consider bringing Mission Hill back from the dead. I began watching this show 2 weeks ago before Pee-Wee came on Adult Swim when it was nestled between Futurama and Family Guy. At first, I bypassed it every time it came on, thinking it was retarded or something along the lines of Home Movies.

The addiction began. I decided to watch some of it while waiting for Family Guy because nothing else was on. Then I began watching it every night, looking forward to each episode like crazy. The characters are hilarious, the stories sensational, and the approach for each episode is amazing!

I can't get enough of Mission Hill. It is definitely a smart, clever show that was seriously underrated. If any show deserves a chance of coming back now, it is this one. Adult Swim should at least consider the possibility of picking up the show and seeing if production can begin once again.

I am thrilled to own the DVD set. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
I watch many animated, comedic shows such as King of the Hill (my second favorite), Family Guy, Home Movies, the Simpsons, etc. Although there are not that many episodes of Mission Hill, the character development is unprecedented. In fact, every single character in the show is unforgettable. After the first few minutes of the first episode, I was obsessed. Also, the artwork is simply amazing. I read somewhere that Mission Hill was the last animated show to be done completely in paint (or something like that). All things considered, Mission Hill is without a doubt the best show I have ever seen. If I ever get rich, the first thing on my list of things to do is to pay the writing staff to make more episodes.

The show itself thrives off of its brilliant, mundane, situational humor. In fact, the show is so mundane that you almost feel like you are living in Mission Hill and become Andy's roommate. Every time something bad happens you'll either think to yourself "Wow! That's my life," or "Thank God my life isn't as bad as his." Andy is the typical twenty-something year old living on his own and not caring at all about his budget or anything for that matter. He loves drinking, eating Bugels, and watching famous puke scenes from movies. I find that he is the most unforgettable character out of any series that I have ever seen. He basically gets stuck "babysitting" his teenage brother Kevin, who is probably the biggest nerd ever. While Andy isn't the brightest bulb in the crayon box, he knows a lot about the world. He almost never gets a break from life. His roommate Jim is, to say the least, hilarious. I can't even begin to describe him; you will just have to see for yourself if you haven't already. You will love him from the moment you see him. Posey is basically a typical hippie. She is a very slow, absent-minded individual who enjoys meditating and gardening. Andy also has several neighbors in his apartment complex. Gus and Wally are a gay couple that live in the apartments and are friends with Andy. Gus runs a diner, and Wally works at the movie theater. Even if you are homophobic, you are pretty much forced to love them. Carlos, Natalie, and their baby are also neighbors of Andy. They are major hippies and animal rights activists. Carlos is a painter and somewhat of a hypocrite. I don't think the writers ever reveal what Natalie does however. Andy's dog, Stogie, is also a pretty funny addition to the cast of characters. He can't talk like Brian in Family Guy, but put a dog on a whole bunch of drugs and you get Stogie. That's the only way I can describe him.

The only real con to the DVD box set is that one of the episodes has messed up audio. It is the episode with the "nerd" convention where George's sister comes to town, and Andy and Kevin are fighting over her. The voices are softer than the sound effects (ex: slamming a door). If you have surround sound hooked up, then this will probably really bother you. I personally was not too bothered by this. It is somewhat bad, but I think it gets a little better as the episode progresses. This is the only episode where this is a problem though. All the other episodes have really good audio. For this one episode, just turn the TV volume up a little more to hear the dialogue and tune out the ambient noises.

Overview:
Pros-
1) Remarkable character development
2) The plots of the episodes are really good.
3) The series is hilarous.
4) Artwork is very enticing.
5) You will most likely be able to relate to the characters and feel at home in their environment.
6) The theme song is an edited version of "Italian Leather Sofa" by Cake, and Cake is an awesome band.

Cons-
1) The audio is messed up in one episode.
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