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Stella - Season One (2005)

Michael Ian Black , Michael Showalter , David Wain , Charles Herman-Wurmfeld  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Samantha Buck, Jordan Carlos
  • Directors: David Wain, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, John Hamburg, Susan Seidelman
  • Writers: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain
  • Producers: Dave Steck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 215 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stella - Season One" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 10 episodes on 2 discs

Editorial Reviews

From Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain, the co-creators of The State and Wet Hot American Summer, meet STELLA -- a comedy troupe that’s highbrow, lowbrow and every brow in between. Whether they’re tramps looking for a hot meal or office party crashers looking for a hot piece, the boys of STELLA do it all with a twinkle in their eye and a song in their heart.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dumb comedy dressed up in a suit." August 17, 2006
I hate to just throw another five stars at Stella with the other reviewers, but it deserves nothing less! The comedy is brilliantly simple, which is hard to find in TV these days. The plots are simple and predictable enough that the ridiculousness of the jokes becomes the focus of each episode. It's amazing how few television shows take the absurdist route these days, but at the same time; I would have never guessed that three men in suits that act like toddlers could make me seriously laugh. The three main actors are hysterical in their unusual relationship with each other.

I watched much of the show's first season, and immediately decided that it was some kind of independant group that had come up with their own plots, and would stay away from the mainstream. However, they score huge credibility with great guest stars (Jeanine Garofalo, Paul Rudd I believe?), that play off of the absurdist comedy with some strange touch of realism. I can't recommend this show enough.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing else you'll ever see... August 25, 2006
Two years ago a friend convinced me to see this trio of comedians from MTV's The State perform at a comedy club in Boston. Thank goodness she did, because it was perhaps the most hilarious evening I have ever spent watching something that I can hardly describe! The best I can come up with is "team stand up" but that can only offer a glimpse into the brilliant, original work of Black, Showalter and Wain. These guys have such great chemistry (that's what happens when you work with someone for decades) and freshness, I can't recommend them enough. The show follows more of a narrative than their live act but the essence is the same: three grown men in suits that live out a live-action cartoon. Time, space, all the traditional tenets of reality don't apply for these guys. Just sit back, keep an open mind, and enjoy the lunacy of STELLA!

I couldn't wait for the DVD so I bought the show from iTunes so that I can watch it on my Video iPod.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! September 22, 2006
I love this show. I watch much less Comedy Central now that it's off. The series plays like a modern-day Marx Bros. with an absurdist twist and some fun celebrity cameos. Nice extras on the DVD, especially the "History of Stella" documentary, which features great footage from the live shows.

People who hate this show are probably the same people who have made Larry the Cable Guy a ratings sensation on Comedy Central. Get 'er done! Gaaharf, gaaharf! It's a shame that there's no room for a smart show like Stella when Redneck Comedy Hour is on like five times a day.

Somebody call Marcus!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you said can i borrow a taco August 23, 2006
DW: hey, where'd you get that?

MB: i was looking for my insoles which you borrowed and never returned, david!

MS: oh yeah, you're one to talk mike, what about that taco you borrowed?

MB: you said i could have that taco! you told me i could have that taco.

MS: you said, "can i borrow a taco?"

and so forth...

i want you boys to go back to your the first argument you ever had. what do you see?

i see a village...


...the village people

best episode...amusement park. but i can't wait for them all. mine is preoredered already, do the same...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Goldmine May 22, 2007
Stella only lasted for a season on Comedy Central, but it's one of the funniest things they've ever done next to TV Funhouse (and I've watched every show on this channel all the way back in the Higgins Boys and Gruber Days).

The humor used in this show is unlike any I've ever seen before, and it is something you'll laugh at every time. I can't really describe what they do or how it's funny, but I used to look forward to this show more than any comedy on the air, even Chapelle (Though it's apples and oranges there). Stella manages to have a humor that is amazingly intelligent and witty while simultaneously being ludicrously stupid at the same time. The one liners, the strange events, the bizarre plotlines, the hot neighbors, it's comic gold.

The cast is superb (all veterans of MTV's "The State" and the force behind "Wet Hot American Summer" as other reviews have mentioned). If you like either of those shows or the folks in charge of Reno 911, you'll probably dig on some Stella. I'll cut this review short because this show is something that has to be seen to be understood.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This had to be one of the funniest ORIGIONAL shows I have ever seen. These guys have thier own unique style of comedy. Nothing in any episode is predictable. You can't tell what's going ot happen next and IT ROCKS! It's one of those shows that you can watch the episodes over several times and the jokes don't lose thier magic on you. One funny example of the comedy style I recall is Micheal Showalter cracks some eggs into a pan (shells and all; cooking breakfast in a hurry. Camera pans away for a second while he says "C'mon guys we're gonna be late", camera pans back to the pan in his hand with 2 perfectly fully cooked sunny side up eggs. That's just a small tinsy taste of what to expect though. Buy the DVD, watch the SHOW.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't more people get this!? February 19, 2007
This is the type of comedy that the American audience needs! Unfortunately most either didn't care or were too used to the overused humor of the average sitcom to understand the pure brilliance of this comedy creation. The writing is indeed random, yet with a level of sophistication that rivals comedic gems such as The Office or Arrested Development(also too quick and subtle for the majority of today's laugh-track audience). From their over-the-top shtick to their subtle looks at the camera I laughed nearly to the point of tears. Only 10 episodes is not enough, and I hope they find a way to do more direct to DVD episodes on the side for their Stella fans. Buy this DVD and give Stella the chance they didn't get from Comedy Central. "We don't have this money" is no excuse! (sorry- that's been in my head all day making me laugh. If you're a Stella fan you understand why. I tried thinking of a quote that fits more with this review, but the way Showalter delivers that line is all I can currently think of:)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series. DVD is about the only way to watch it now.
Published 1 month ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal.
This was my favorite show at the time it was aired on Comedy Central for the first time. I loved and recorded every episode on VHS and re-watched them on a road trip to Missouri. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Brunello
5.0 out of 5 stars it's one of the best goofy comedies
This is a show that very few people will remember in a couple years. But to me, it's one of the best goofy comedies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeremy Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by rebecca steiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Can I have my money back?
I paid for this as an Amazon INstant Video, watched a few episodes, and then amazon took it away. What kind of crap is that? Really, really angry. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matthew Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliantly funny. A show that was underappreciated, but wonderful in its brevity. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by Nothingsaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show ever
There is a joke in everything Mike, Mike, and David do. Every look and line is so hilarious. There's no other show like this one!
Published 8 months ago by Molly Gabbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Why just one season?
It's an acquired taste - I'll admit that. But, I will say that this show is the secret litmus test for who gets to be my friend (sneaky, no?). Read more
Published 9 months ago by joel schuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Goofy, Silly, Hilarious.
Absolutely one of the goofiest TV shows I've ever seen, so that means you have to be in the right mood for it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
The best example of modern day obsurdism. Not only a great comedy team, but Michael, Michael and David bring an individual creativity to the show that has you begging for more. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert Odonnell
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