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The Comeback - The Complete Only Season (2006)

Lisa Kudrow  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lisa Kudrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL7CB4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Comeback - The Complete Only Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs
  • Commentary by Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King on the pilot, Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids, and Valerie Shines Under Stress
  • Commentary by Valerie Cherish on Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts
  • Commentary by Michael Patrick King on Valerie Bonds with the Cast and Valerie Does Another Classic Leno
  • "Valerie After the Laughter" - an exclusive new interview with the beloved actress
  • Valerie Backstage at Dancing with the Stars

Editorial Reviews

How wickedly ironic--and delicious--that Lisa Kudrow's single season of The Comeback provided the talented actress with enough meat for her to be nominated for an Emmy--after the show was canceled by HBO. Kudrow went for the Anti-Phoebe role after the demise of Friends, demonstrating her spectacular acting chops and range of comic abilities. The show centered on Kudrow's playing an actress, once the ingénue of the moment, trying ever more desperately to get back into the limelight. The vehicle of choice: a reality "series" that follows Kudrow's Valerie Cherish into scenarios with the deck more than stacked against her. Kudrow's acid delivery and willingness to show Valerie's raw pain, ambition, and obsequiousness make for engrossing and poignant, if squirm-inducing, viewing. Valerie's fond memory of being on Leno: when a fellow guest's monkey unexpectedly relieves himself on her head. "It was a real water-cooler moment," she says, desperately spinning. "And you know, this was Leno's first year. So it was a real important show for him too!" The boxed set includes all 13 episodes and some yummy extras, including a new "interview" with Valerie Cherish, an appearance by Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars, and backstage dish with series creators Kudrow and Michael Patrick King. The series, though short-lived demonstrates why Kudrow is one of our most talented actresses; here's hoping for a succession of more Comebacks. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

(HBO Comedy Series) Ten years ago she was TV's "It" girl. Now It's a different story. For Valerie Cherish, no price is too high to pay for clinging to the television spotlight. Lisa Kudrow stars as Valerie Cherish, a former B-list sitcom star so desperate to revive her career that she agrees to star in a reality television show called The Comeback.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Audio Commentary
Interviews:Valerie?s DVD Interview
Other:Valerie Backstage at Dancing with the Stars

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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Niche Series June 11, 2006
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Perhaps the Producer, Michael Patrick King from Sex and The City and Lisa Kudrow, star from Friends were really expensive to get for HBO, since those shows were so big. However, those shows were made for the masses. Perhaps HBO was expecting another block buster ratings giant. It sounded like it, when they chose not to renew this show, saying the numbers weren't there and they didn't have any resources to put into promoting it further.

However, The Comeback was more of a niche show; subtle, intelligent, willing to embrace pain, humiliation in a point blank fashion. Willing to embrace phases we tend to avoid: those difficult moments in life when somebody says something in which you are not quite sure how to respond, socially awkward situations. A series this intelligent and insightful can only appeal to a few. The great masses prefer simple minded fair to distract them or prefer to see lots of things exploding with lots of pyrotechnics kind of like Homer and Bart Simpson, who are caricatures of "Everyman" on the Street".

But as Valerie (Lisa's character says in one episode); Reality TV is becoming "Coliseum mentality" and that she doesn't do coliseums. Valerie feared her show would not fare well in such a world. This thought proved to be prophetic.

Lisa Kudrow graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Biology. She's an extremely intelligent woman although you might not think so with all the ditzy characters she has played like Phoebe and the Romy and Michelle HS Reunion character.

In The Comeback however, as the main character and as Executive Producer, her intelligence is allowed free rein, as she is allowed to fully develop this Valerie character into a lightning rod for all manner of ridiculous situations...
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
In Lida Kudrow's short-lived HBO series "The Comeback" we are forced to watch former "it-girl" Valerie Cherish as she embarks on a comeback, playing a Mrs. Roper-style character in a jiggly comedy while appearing in her own reality TV show, The Comeback. It all strikes a little too close to home for television celebs, I think, and Kudrow isn't afraid to go to those uncomfortable places making us cringe even as we laugh. At the beginning of the series we're laughing at Valerie and her obvious attempts to make herself look good in the eyes of her fans from the past. By the time the first season wrapped, we were with her every step of the way, rooting for her triumph and feeling her pain. I'm so glad we're going to get this show on DVD... now if we can just have a second season?
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Give her another take!" May 16, 2006
FInally, HBO is doing right by "The Comeback" - one of the most hilarious shows ever to grace the TV screen and one which was criminally cancelled after only one season - with a double disk DVD. From

The 2 disc set will include all 13 episodes from season 1, along with commentaries on 6 episodes, Valerie's DVD interview, and footage of Valerie backstage at Dancing with the Stars. Episodes on the set include:


Disc 1

<LI>The Comeback (Pilot) - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Triumphs at the Upfronts - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Bonds with the Cast - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Stands Up for Aunt Sassy

<LI>Valerie Demands Dignity

<LI>Valerie Saves the Show

<LI>Valerie Gets a Very Special Episode

Disc 2

<LI>Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs

<LI>Valerie Hangs with the Cool Kids - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Gets a Magazine Cover

<LI>Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet - Audio Commentary

<LI>Valerie Shines Under Stress

<LI>Valerie Does Another Classic Leno - Audio Commentary

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, but is it really a comedy? August 5, 2006
One reviewer said, "so funny it hurts." I'd actually say "hurts so much I couldn't laugh." Both as a writer and a performer Lisa Kudrow has shown she is absolutely brilliant. Her character Valerie is a has-been with a stunning lack of awareness of herself and the industry that has passed her by. Forced into a humiliating career choice which she believes will be her path back to A-list fame, Valerie despite her previous role is most definitely not it, but she is the only one not to know.

The pain begins as her character is progressively marginalized for younger, hipper Friendsoids. Off screen her attempts to act as mentor and moral center to the cast come off excrutiatingly tone deaf and awkward. A scene in which we learn that one of her co-stars, who Valerie considers green and ripe for training, is actually a well-seasoned veteran of another entertainment medium is almost tragic.

The supporting cast from her personal life is great. Her loyal puppy of a clueless hairdresser almost steals the show, and her step daughter is brilliant.

This is a great, can't miss series, and Kudrow absolutely deserves an Emmy for this work, but don't curl up with it hoping for some charming laughs. The material is painful and almost bitter, but worth every minute.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny it hurts August 4, 2006
this one of those rare shows where it just works on every level - from the acting, to camera, to writting. it is so real that you have to laugh. Esp for those in the "industry" there is allott to draw from and laugh about. This is funny in the way "Fat Actress" and "arressted development" find humor in the truthful absurdity of life. For anyone with half a brain tired of the mindless, not really funny t.v stuff out there . LISA KUDROW is amazing!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Beautiful, Warm
What charm and humor Lisa Kudrow exudes! I love to see a woman portrayed as beautiful, sexy, smart, yet warm and loving. I have a feeling Lisa ad libbed a lot of the dialog. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by C. Matera
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Defintely will take some getting used to with the format, but it's worth watching.
Published 1 day ago by P. J. Neagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Great cast.
Published 1 day ago by susinirvana
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 day ago by Ngb
3.0 out of 5 stars Check it out...
I am a late comer to this one, it was enjoyable and about 'the biz' so that puts it in my camp. A couple of laugh out loud moments, I will watch it again...
Published 2 days ago by Bil
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Watching gave me a headache.
Published 4 days ago by J. Howell
1.0 out of 5 stars You might like it if you like reality TV that follows people's lives,...
Maybe it's because I'm not big on reality TV, but I really didn't like the format of the show. The acting is fine, it's the directing and the format of the show that make it hard... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Diane Greenbaum
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good show
Don't waste your time
Published 5 days ago by hengar
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and depressing at the same time
well written show, fun and depressing at the same time. deserves at least a few more seasons
Published 5 days ago by Seven
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Don't waste your time. This show was so boring that I barely made it through the first episode. I think Lisa Kudrow is better as a supporting actress. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Pain-free
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