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Mr. Show: Seasons 1&2 (2002)

David Cross , Bob Odenkirk  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y3ZL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mr. Show: Seasons 1&2" on IMDb

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Mr. Show: Season 1 & Season 2 (DVD)

Hey, everybody, it's Bob and David on DVD! In 1995 comics Bob Odenkirk and David Cross were simply "two people you've never seen before." Since then, each has insidiously entered the mainstream with appearances on TV (Just Shoot Me, The Drew Carey Show) and movies (Scary Movie 2, Dr. Dolittle 2, Men in Black 2). But to quote Odenkirk's bio (which is included on the first disc), Mr. Show is the thing you should see if you want to check them out. Like the late, lamented The Ben Stiller Show, on which both toiled, and Monty Python before that, this midnight-hour HBO series gave a subversive twist to the traditional sketch comedy series. Classic characters include Cross's white-trash poster boy Ronnie Dobbs, the superstar arrestee on a "Cops"-like TV show. Totally out of left field is an infomercial for an instructional video series by "Van Hammersly, Champion Billiard Player," who at one point re-creates the 1974 Kentucky Derby with billiard balls (one of the equines is named "If Mandy Patinkin Was a Horse"). Punch lines? Mr. Show doesn't need no stinking punch lines, as one sketch flows into another.

Bob and David are ably supported by, among others, Second City veteran Jill Talley, Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob Squarepants!), Brian Posehn (the creepy guy on Just Shoot Me), Mary-Lynn Rajskub (from The Larry Sanders Show), Sarah Silverman ("Greg the Bunny"), and a pre-Saturday Night Live Jerry Minor, who enlivens one episode commentary with an impeccable Billy Dee Williams imitation. As with the Velvet Underground’s following, Mr. Show fans make up with fervor what they lack in numbers. According to Mr. Show’s own Web site, "non-fans outnumber our fans by the cajillions," but this essential set should change that. --Donald Liebenson

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words Cannot Describe This January 23, 2003
I accidently came accross Mr. Show in its 3d season on HBO during an insomniatic traverse over the entire cable TV dial. Two minutes into the "Titanica" sketch I was hooked and did whatever I could to catch every episode from that point on. I say a little prayer every day that HBO releases seasons 3 and 4 soon.
Everything you've heard about this show is true. People describe it as part Monty Python, part SCTV, part Kids in the Hall and that's all accurate to a point, but there really is no way to truly describe this show to anyone who has not seen it. This is one of the funniest TV shows I have ever seen - - you just have to watch it for yourself to find out why.
Warning . . . if you think Carrot Top is funny and think Jay Leno is cutting edge humor you will NOT like this. This is offbeat, sometimes in your face, sometimes dark, occassionally VERY dark, often weird comedy. If you're easily offended by "blue" language (i.e. the "f" word and its cousins) this might not be your cup of tea. On the other hand, if you're bored out of your mind by most of what passes for comedy on TV this is the tonic you've been waiting for. It can be intelligent and incredibly silly at the same time. Again, it's really hard to explain - - just watch the f'in' show okay.
Bob Odenkirk worked for years as a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live (where Lorne Michaels rarely aired his sketches - - too edgy), Conan O'Brien (they met at SNL) and was a main stage cast member at Second City (he originated Chris Farley's popular "Motivational Speaker" character at Second City before SNL overkilled it). David Cross was a standup comic and writer in Boston for years before becoming part of the alternative comedy scene in L.A.
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81 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy almost too hip for the room March 6, 2002
Do whatever you have to do to get this DVD: borrow the money, work overtime, rob your piggy bank, sell your N*SYNC CD's (heck, you should do that anyway), sell your blood,... whatever it takes. This comedy series ranks up there with the movie "Waiting For Guffman" as the funniest thing to come along in years. No small coincidence that both of the stars and creative geniuses behind Mr. Show (David Cross and Bob Odenkirk) appeared in "Guffman". Cross is easy to spot, but blink and you'll miss Odenkirk.
This HBO series' humor soars miles above the heads of some viewers, and too bad for them. Offbeat, strange, twisted, and always extremely clever, "Mr. Show" reaffirms your faith in sketch comedy. The sketches defy description, but my favorite is the one where Odenkirk enters a convenience store to ask for change for a dollar. Sounds flat, huh? But employee Cross has to go through several links of the chain of command (4 other roles all played by Cross and Odenkirk), all the way up to the President of the United States, just to get clearance. Just guess what the answer ends up being... Cross and Odenkirk are the principal writers of this series, and their ingenious use of pre-taped segments cleverly intermixed with "live" segments demonstrates not only their mastery of the medium, but their effortlessness at thumbing their noses at standard sitcom & sketch conventions.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAS & COMMENTARY! June 4, 2002
The product details here for some reason do not include all the extras included on the discs (at least, as of this date), so here they are:
-Commentaries on all 10 episodes
-"Fuzz" the Musical Starring Ronnie Dobbs
-"Before it Was a TV Show" (short video clip of their stage show)
-The Best of Mr. Show: "The Incredible, Fantastical News Report"
-Original TV spots
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sketch Comedy of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross July 21, 2002
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Mr. Show with Bob and David is a brilliant example of sketch comedy. Since its premiere on HBO in 1994, it has been a great show for teenagers and older. When I say that, I mean that some of the dialogue may be inappropriate for younger audiences. It is a great show which can best be explained as genius and hilarious. Although it took a while to be released, seeing as the whole show was finished in 1996 and it wasn't released until June 2002. On the other hand, I do believe that it was well worth the wait and I myself cannot wait till the release of seasons 3 & 4 which contain the short lived mini-series starring the band Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass). So for any body that enjoys good sketch comedy, I highly recommend this DVD. I would also like to mention to people that some actors you know now got their start on this show. Some names are Tom Kenny(Now the voice of Spongebob Squarepants), Brian Posehn(Now the mail boy Kevin on Fox's "Just Shoot me"), Jack Black(Now in the band Tenacious D, the recently released videos "Orange County" and "Shallow Hal", and also on older movies such as "Saving Silverman" and "The Cable Guy"), and Bob Odenkirk and David Cross themselves who can be seen in many things. One particulary place you can notice David Cross this summer is in "Men in Black 2" as the video store owner Newton. So good-bye and pleasant viewing.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy December 29, 2002
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It is not surprising that this show was cancelled. It was the funniest most intelligent comedy ever to come through the idiot box. This show goes beyond "funny." It's liquid-concentrate (now available in pill form) comedy. A lot of people come down hard on people for "not getting" the show, and blaming it on their low-brow sense of humor, which is probably a bit harsh. After all, one's own sense of humor should be a place where ideas can hang out...and do whatever.
Suggestion 1. Don't force this on people. They'll end up not liking you and you'll end up watching Mr. Show all tensed up hating yourself for showing it to someone who probably laughs whenever someone does the Homer Simpson "Woo-Hoo!"
Suggestion 2. Don't bother explaining any of the sketches to people who haven't seen it. They'll judge you.
Suggestion 3. Forget what I said about going easy on the people who don't get it. They're dumb, and they probably should begin coming to grips with it. WOO-HOO!
Finally, if you're thinking of getting this DVD for someone as a gift, make sure you fully understand their sense of humor. For example, if they've ever started a sentence with "Did you see the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where..." buy them something a fish tank or new VW Beetle. They'll love it/them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars so bad!
After seeing so many positive reveiws I thought I would like it but I was so wrong. It just wasn't me.
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia L. Seger
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
Mr. Show is absolutely one of the funniest tv shows of all time. The good thing is that it has aged well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by AF
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Thank you so very very much for sending this so quickly! I absolutely love this show and it was so great to watch it again after all this time.
Published 16 months ago by Heather Feather
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Show: The Complete First and Second Season
I usually laugh at just about anything. I even liked "Joe vs. the Volcano" and "Tenacious D." This was the rare occasion that I did not laugh at all.
Published on April 23, 2012 by Robbin
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Show is such a great buy
This TV series is phenomenal. The characters and situations that Bob and David come up with are completely crazy in a totally realistic way, and are completely believable and... Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Matthew Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Show
This dvd series was purchased as a Christmas gift. The package arrived in time for Christmas and in great condition. The person who received the it loved it. Funny shows.
Published on January 9, 2012 by tj
1.0 out of 5 stars really not funny
i remember watching the occasional episode of mr. show on hbo and thinking it was pretty funny. the seasons must have gotten progressively funnier or something because this was... Read more
Published on October 20, 2008 by kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny!
A friend told me I should check this out, so I did. It's really good! Bob and David move seamlessly between live (in front of an audience) and taped segments. Read more
Published on April 7, 2008 by NPC
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Show First Season - Alternative Funny!!
Not laugh out loud in many places, but brilliant with regards to what I would call "cerebral" humour. Very interesting and provocative. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by James Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from me ... I love you
What is it about the Canadians? They just seem to have a knack for droll, subversive humor, which is my favorite kind. "Mr. Read more
Published on November 20, 2007 by Douglas King
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