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Reaper: Season 1 (2008)

Bret Harrison , Tyler Labine , Ron Underwood  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez
  • Directors: Ron Underwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 810 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EN5I3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sam (Bret Harrison) is a slacker whose world turns upside down on his 21st birthday when he learns that his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise). Forced to be Hell's bounty hunter, Sam, with the aid of his goofball friends, must track down evildoers and send them back where they belong.

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Sam (Bret Harrison) is a slacker whose world turns upside down on his 21st birthday when he learns that his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise). Forced to be Hell's bounty hunter, Sam, with the aid of his goofball friends, must track down evildoers and send them back where they belong.

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best new show of the 2007-08 season August 27, 2008
Sam Oliver (played by Bret Harrison) turned 21 and strange things started happening. After a visit from someone claiming to be The Devil, his parents finally confessed to him that before he was born they made a deal with the Devil and sold Sam's soul because Sam's dad was dying and wanted to get better. So while he's on this earth, Sam must go to work for the Devil as his bounty hunter, catching escaped souls and returning them to hell. These are bad guys, people who got sent to hell for a reason and escape to wreak havoc once again. Sam agrees, first because the Devil threatens his mother if he doesn't do it, and second because it gives his nowhere slacker life purpose (he works in a Home Depot type store) and he tells himself he's doing a good thing getting these baddies back where they belong. The work is plenty dangerous, but he does it with the help of his best friends and fellow slacker work buddies, Sock and Ben.

That's the basic premise for the start of the series, Sam has a girlfriend Andi that works with them and at first is unaware of his other job, and they have a jerk of a boss who's a funny character named Ted, a bit of a tool himself. Oh, and Sam captures escaped souls in vessels, which are common household items the Devil gives him for each grab: a dirt devil handvac, a toaster, a scyth, bubbles, anything really. When the soul has been captured, they get dropped off at a portal to hell which is anyplace that feels like hell on earth, in this case, the DMV. A DMV worker named Gladys collects the vessels and sends them south, she happens to be a demon, horns and everything.

The mythology comes in the second half, when we begin to discover that what Sam's parents told him may not be true. That's when things really get interesting.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with the Devil August 26, 2008
Highly recommended! This show is for anyone who was a fan of the comedic side of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel.' The angst and brooding darkness of 'Buffy' and 'Angel' was cautiously emerging near the end of the season, but this show is clearly a comedy with dramatic moments, not the other way 'round.

Critics and viewers unanimously loved the 1st episode written and directed by Kevin Smith of 'Chasing Amy' and 'Clerks' fame. Some critics and viewers however felt that later episodes relied too much on a formulaic 'demon of the week' main storyline centered on the antics of the cast to capture the demon, while interesting secondary storylines were given short shrift. By the end of the first season this was remedied by making the secondary storyline the capturing of the demon and allowing the main storyline to focus instead on character and plot development. Also introduced were multi-episode arcs while keeping most episodes stand-alone. By the season finale the consensus was that the series was now living up to the promise of the pilot.

I am NOT stating that I perceived any of these so-called difficiencies, but I am mentioning them so that any potential buyer who has heard of these supposed shortcomings understands that by all accounts the show had clearly hit its stride by the end of the season. If you see a drop-off in quality, rest assured it is quickly resolved. Many hardcore fans of 'Buffy' and 'Angel' forget the serious growing pains and shortcomings of the 1st seasons of each of these shows in light of the greatness that followed. Those shows were given a chance to find the right pace and tone and certainly so should 'Reaper.'

I truly love this show and anyone I recommended the show to who tuned in quickly became a rabid fan.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Show August 28, 2008
By amadock
This show is scary and funny, charming and alarming, silly and thought-provoking. Awesome Devil (Ray Wise of Twin Peaks), cute sweet hero (Bret Harrison most recently of The Loop), funny characters, nice Scooby vibe among the friends. Mostly fun, but with serious story arcs related to demons, paternity, damnation, and heroism. I can't wait for the DVDs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't enjoyed a new series like this in a long time... September 22, 2008
I am SO excited to buy this DVD! I started watching late (had to catch up via youtube... which sucked) and am dying to watch it from the beginning with my husband. The show is funny (capturing escaped souls with crazy stuff like a Dirt Devil, toaster, ugly sweater...), and has a great cast. I love Sam and the Devil, but Sock is my favorite. He is hilarious! The last show I've enjoyed this much from the beginning is probably Psych. I think that if you like Psych, you will probably like this series. I heard this show was going to be coming back for a second season, and I keep searching for it on my DVR so I'm ready. I really hope it doesn't get buried in all the garbage out there these days. I don't want it to end up a one-season wonder like Firefly (another fantastic DVD set).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest deal with the funniest devil ever September 8, 2008
This show is hilarious and original from the very first episode on. It has some unevenness in the storyline, like Sam's vanishing little brother, but overall the quality of acting and writing is consistent. Ray Wise is a riot as the devil: slippery and charming, with some great one-liners. The boss at the Work Bench, Ted, is a perfect portrayal of a petty tyrant still working through his high school issues. Also great from late in the season are the gay neighbors when Sam moves out of his parents' house: no spoilers, but there is something strange about these two. Sam is a little too gullible to be believable sometimes (can he not remember that he's talking to the DEVIL?), but that might be part of why he's so likable. I also got tired of the whole Sam and Andi "will they ever get together?" storyline, but whatever. The real gem of the show is Sam's friendship with the impossibly nice Ben and the impossibly outrageous Sock: they are laugh out loud funny. I promise you, you will laugh out loud for real, especially as they struggle with various "vessels." In the season finale, when Sam had to ride on Sock's shoulders because his feet weren't allowed to touch the ground and Sock was running down the road as fast as he could (not very fast), I thought, "This show had better be back next season, and it had better be out on DVD." And I didn't even have to make a deal with you-know-who.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Now! Buy season 2 while you're at ...
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Published 2 months ago by Bucky Wison
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish this show hadn't ended it was funny as heck
Wish this show hadn't ended it was funny as heck
Published 2 months ago by JNoble
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had seen this when it aired
Wow....where was I when this was on the air? This is exactly the sort of show I love...everything all wrapped up in one and from Canada allows some swear words to get by the US... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SoylentGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It's a shame that this show got cancelled, it's definitely one of my favourite shows and I hope that they bring it back, it didn't deserve to end the way it did.
Published 2 months ago by Andrew McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show!
This show should never have gone off the air! The Devil and Sam have such great dialogue between each other and I love all of Sam's friends. Very fun show. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edward J. Garvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Reaper Season One
This was a CW show and the person I bought this for loved it and was a huge fan. So great gift.
Published 8 months ago by Anjoyla
5.0 out of 5 stars reat series but again another import for me
Great series but again another import of a TV show for me because it is not released here in Australia. How Ray Wise portrays the devil in this is what makes it so good for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Madwalrus
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Wise is the best Devil ever
See above. The guys are kinda wishy washy but they grow on you. The season starts slow but finishes well. The second season makes this series one to watch.
Published 10 months ago by Pat Letourneau
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
A group of DVD's that only work sometimes... Love the show, but I wish someone else would re-releases it. You know, so I can actually watch it.
Published 11 months ago by Kristyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Returning escapees
Upon turning 21-years-old sam is visited by Satan (Ray Wise) and is told that his parents needed some help in the past. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ellison
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Reaper returns March 17 with season two!
I really hope "Reaper" gets picked up for a third season. It's one of the best shows on the CW.
Jan 31, 2009 by Francesca Sanders |  See all 4 posts
Is this coming on Blu Ray?
That is what I would like to know as well. They released Smallville and Supernatural in blu-ray but not this show.
Dec 20, 2008 by Mr. X |  See all 3 posts
can anyone actually review the dvd..not the show!?!
There are five discs, commentary for the pilot episode by the producers/writers, deleted scenes and funny outtakes. Not a boatload of extras (would have liked more commentaries) but well worth it for the episodes alone.
Dec 10, 2008 by Alison Munin |  See all 2 posts
Reaper return moved up to March 3rd at 8 pm Be the first to reply
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