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In the sophomore season, Moore rails against politics as usual and exposes what he calls your "basic, everyday, run of the mill evil corporations." The Awful Truth was anything but comfort television, as witness the episode "Compassionate Conservative Night," in which "Team Dow" and "Team Nasdaq" engage in such contests as "Dunk the Homeless" and "Pie the Poor." In another segment, Moore launches an orange day-glow wallet exchange program after a spate of shootings in which police mistook African American victims' wallets for firearms. Moore makes hay with the 2000 presidential election. In one audacious segment, he offers his support to any candidate who will jump into the Awful Truth's portable mosh pit. George W. Bush's response, "Go find real work," made its way into Fahrenheit 9/11. Only Alan Keyes is game, incurring attacks by the other candidates during a televised debate. In this series' version of a Very Special Episode, Moore presents a short film he directed, "The Choice," in which Moore runs a Ficus plant against an unopposed candidate for the New Jersey House of Representatives. Throughout the season, Moore plants the seeds that will pollinate in his two controversial cross-over theatrical documentaries. Anticipating Bowling for Columbine, one segment takes aim at the NRA with the introduction of a new gun mascot, Pistol Pete, a costumed weapon, who is summarily tossed out of a Las Vegas gun show, NRA headquarters, and our nation's capitol. Moore also turns up the temperature on then-Texas Governor George W. Bush in a segment that pits the man who would be president against his brother Jeb to see which of their respective states, Texas or Florida, will prevail in the number of executions. For a brief and shining moment, the revolution was televised. At 30 minutes an episode, The Awful Truth remains swift (or Swiftian) satire. For fans, this set will complete the Moore manifesto, and give more ammunition to his critics. --Donald Liebenson
The Awful Truth will teach you a lot, will make you laugh your head off and will move you.
And he demonstrates how intelligent and creative he is in touching upon very sensitive issues, making people think, via humor.
In every episode he sneaks a hilarious gut-punch to the establishment, exploiters, bigots, etc...
I never saw this when it was originally on TV, but it geat watching Michael pursue justice against big heartless corporations and revealing them for what they are.Published 2 months ago by Gene P. Mcfarland
Great buy! We can never go wrong with Michael Moore's hard work.Published 7 months ago by Janice Borgognoni
More of Michael's digs at the "dongs" of American society and his attempts to peel back the lethargy and passivism of 'our citizenry using comedy and characature to make... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Pepoon
This summer show is terrific. Michael Moore is at the top of his form. He got a gay men's choir to sing under Jesse Helms bedroom window early on a Sunday morning. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lisa Pedersen
oh this is a laugh when I needed one. Love voice box choir. Suggest you buy as Christmas presents, sheer brilliance.Published 20 months ago by Lavinia Pike
Classic Michael Moore...such great humor !
Some topics are a bit dated, but made us laugh none the less.
More people should see these shows