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Mr. Show: What Happened?! The Complete Story and Episode Guide Paperback – September 14, 2002

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"A spectacular item. . .so comprehensive and so well organized. An amazing job executing an amazing book idea." -- Jeffrey Bergstrom (fan), 11/5/98

"The best television show companion ever produced." -- Charles Slade (fan) 10/30/02

"The book is fantastic! You don't realize how much of a treat this is for Mr. Show fans everywhere." -- Daria (fan) 10/29/02

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Squaresville Books; First Edition edition (September 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971359784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971359789
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Williamson on February 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you're a big Mr. Show geek like I am, you're going to buy this book no matter what any review says, so you might as well quit reading and start spending. But your satisfaction with your purchase will depend upon how you interpret the "What Happened" in this book's title. If you take it to mean "what happened in each of the episodes," you'll get exactly what you want and be thrilled to fondle its ever-stickier pages. But if you assume, as I did, that the more pressing question facing Mr. Show fans is, "what happened to cause this brilliant show to be taken off the air, thus rendering my life meaningless," you'll be sorely disappointed.

There is no discussion whatsoever about the show's cancellation, its aftermath, etc. I can imagine many political reasons for omitting this information/carping but doing so does not increase my satisfaction with this book. Perhaps the Odenkirks are prepping us for a sequel, leaving us hungry for more, but somehow I don't think so.

The strong suit of this book is the information on how Mr. Show came into being, how the cast members met, their work before the series. Some tidbits that were new to me: Bob Odenkirk wrote that SNL Chris Farley sketch about "living in a VAN down by the RIVER;" Bill Odenkirk has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.

The only way I can satisfy my craving for more fantastic newness is by watching all of my Mr. Show DVDs, obliterating my memory with drugs, then repeating the process again and again. I recommend it highly.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Some Guy on November 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Naomi Odenkirk (wife of Bob) has gone above and beyond with this all-encompassing look at one of the smartest and funniest shows ever to hit the airwaves. Not only does she offer background on David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, she gives in-depth profiles of other cast members as well as the writers. And if you've ever seen Mr. Show you know how important (and brilliant) the writing was. She even goes into detail about the scene that spawned Mr. Show, which until now has gone unreported for the most part.
Lastly, the book's episode-by-episode breakdown offers recaps of all the scenes as well as notes, trivia and anecdotes from the cast and crew about each episode. Quite simply, there's absolutely nothing left out.
If you like Mr. Show, you need this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William F. Homan on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
In a way, I'm writing a review and in another, I'm defending the book.
First, let me start by defending the book. There are a couple reasons why this book has tons of typos in it and this is somewhat truth and somewhat speculation. This book was supposed to be available and sold at their "Hooray for America" tour. This is what I know is true. This book was put together and about ready to go to the publisher when the office of the person who layed it out was broken into. They took all of this person's files and the backups as well. So, the book had to be literally thrown together again in a matter of days. I am guessing that they really wanted to make this available for the tour. This is probably why there are typos, inconsistencies, etc. For a rush job, I think it's a damn fine effort.
Now, for the book itself. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It offered a lot of background that I wanted on the show and a little more. It has tons of candids and shots from the show. For anyone that is a fan of the show, you really should pick up this book.
My book is signed by cast member John Ennis. I stumbled upon him after one date on the "Horray for America" tour and that guy is one of the nicest persons you will ever meet.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm actually an illiterate person (and former Hollywood star of shows like Coach and motion pictures like Poltergeist II: The Legacy), but one thing I do know about are books, meaning: I know what they are because I've seen them crammed on shelves in houses and ontop of television sets across this great land of ours and from coast to coast too. And one thing I've come to learn about this Mr. Show book is - it's got plenty of pictures. To me one good quality picture is worth a thousand misspelled words. You're probably wondering how I'm writing this review- well you let me just worry about that and buy yourself a book about this wonderful Johnny come lately tv series that got the corporate ax much too soon in this humble actor's opinion!
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ria Kately on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm a bit disappointed with this book. Sure, it's got what you'd expect from a book about a TV show: cast/crew bios, episode guide, history, candid insight into the creation and development of the series, yet, it feels uneven, unpolished and it's packed with embarrassing typos.
There are plenty of great anecdotes and candid conversations. The section on the show's writing is my favorite. It reads like Bob, David and crew just sitting around bs'ing about writing. It's a formula that should've been utilized throughout the entire book. The book succeeds when Naomi doesn't interfere.
The Typo Problem: I'm talking about a typo-a-bration here! There are countless instances where sentences don't make sense due to missing words, or words that have been inappropriately repeated (the the, when it when it, etc.) It's really really (appropriate repetition) annoying, and it's all stuff that should've been caught by the first person to proofread it. There are also constant grammatical errors throughout. The book is poorly written. Portions are painful. But I bought this book for the content, the juice behind the funny, not the prose.
The Structure Problem: With the exception of the episode guide, there's no real structure to any of the sections. Cast/crew bios end abruptly or drag on with uninteresting/unnecessary back-stories. I'm guessing that preserving the layout was the highest priority. The most irritating example of this is when cast member's paths intersect, which obviously happens constantly. For instance, if two or three cast members worked together previously on a pilot or stage show, the pilot or stage show is explained thoroughly each time, so if your reading the book straight through, it's frustrating.
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