The Job - The Complete Series
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Mike McNeil (Denis Leary) is a self-medicating, hard-drinking, decorated New York City detective with a wife, a mistress and a crush on a coworker. Surrounded by a partner and fellow squad members who are just as colorful, McNeil pursues his uniquely unconventional, yet effective, approach to crime solving while attempting to manage the chaos of his personal life.
Originally broadcast on ABC in 2001, The Job was shot entirely on location in New York City, giving the show a gritty look to match its always edgy comedy.
Interview/Commentary with creators Denis Leary & Peter Tolan Gag Reel
A series benchmark is "Barbeque," in which an anniversary party hosted by Pip and his commanding wife, Adina, inexorably descends into chaos when McNeil and company disregard Adnia's "no alcohol" edict. Another classic is the episode in which McNeil suspects that Frank is gay. While it does not jibe with Internet episode guides, the episode chronology on this four-disc set builds to a powerful climax, with Mike's girlfriend en route to confront his long-suffering wife (who may herself be having an affair), and Pip considering cheating on Adina with an old flame, all scored to the Ramones' pounding rendition of "Wonderful World." Whether it was ahead of its time, a victim of network neglect and mishandling, or just too dramatically different, The Job was too good for prime time. That it led to Leary's new hit series, Rescue Me, is small comfort. For faithful and frustrated viewers, it's great to have McNeil back on The Job. --Donald Liebenson
- Commentary by creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan on five episodes
- Interview with Denis Leary and Peter Tolan
- Gag reel
- Series premiere promo spots
- On-the-set cast interviews
- On-location interview with Peter Tolan
Top Customer Reviews
Denis Leary, co-creator, co-producer and co-writer (with Peter Tolan) stars as unscrupulous Mike MacNeil, a pill-popping chain-smoking NYC Detective trying to keep his wife/family, 26 year old girlfriend and job all in balance. When the show ended, everything was unravelling in his life....
The rest of the cast is just too good to single anyone out, even with the recurring "guest" roles - with one stand out there being Janet Hubert-Whitten. Although listed as appearing in only four episodes as Bill Nunn's (Pip) iron fisted domineering wife Adina, her presence is felt in nearly every episode looming over the whipped Pip like a dark menacing cloud.
Nothing whatever is sacred whether it be race, religion or severed body parts. Case in point would be Lt. Williams, played in the pilot episode by Richard Gant, who can't remember the two Hispanic detective's names and calls them rice and beans ("I've been a detective for 36 years...I'm too old to learn new names")
While many things in the show would be offensive if they were played straight, the brilliant scripts don't pull it's punches on any topic and delivers dead-pan humor with gleeful zest.
The four DVD set comes nicely packaged and has few, but substantial extras, including interviews and a gag reel. Definitely one of the best releases of the year!
I'm sure Denis Leary's character being addicted to painkillers was too controversial for an ABC show. But I found it to be very insightful because there are tons of everyday working class people addicted to painkillers and you'd never know it. (Doctors really do hand out Vicodin like candy these days and many people get seriously addicted to the stuff and it's more serious than a lot of people realize.) Mike McNeil had demons, but the writing never became wishy-washy....instead, the humor surfaced bigtime and it made for an entertaining show.
I also appreciated how Denis Leary's character did some of the most despicable things, yet he was still so lovable. The writing was simply hilarious. I loved how he put Robert Kelley in an episode playing a character named 'Luiz' when Robert Kelley in his stand up act talks about how annoying it is that everyone in L.A. always thinks he's Hispanic when he's IRISH! Hahaha.
Probably what I liked most about the show though was its top notch writing and comedic intuition- they really knew how to cut the fat, there were no pointless scenes, uninteresting characters, etc. I might be the only one who feels this way, but to me each episode was almost like a mini-movie. They were so perfect!
Anyway, this was a brilliant show. The characters found themselves in some of the most absurd and ridiculous scenerios that you'll remember for years. Insanely original. You won't be disappointed if you watch it.
In 2001, Denis Leary created the Job with Peter Toland (who also created Rescue Me).It was an ensemble cast that meshed as well together. It was too bad ABC could not stay the course and would not let this show grow. The complete series only lasted 19 episodes, but they are as good in 2007 as the espisodes were in the year 2001.
Leary plasys Mike McNeil, a tough as nails cop who has an opinon on everything. He is partner with Pip (Bill Nunn), who is McNeil friend and voice of reason. Diane Farr (Numb3rs),Lenny Clarke and Keith David (the voice of Spawn-the HBO cartoon) are supporting players, as was the crew in Barney Miller was to Hal Linden.
The comedic timing in every day situations makes this show work and make this show as timely as it was in 2001. My favorite episodes are both on the first disk, Elizabeth (with Special Guest Star Elizabeth Hurley ) and Bathroom (where Mike is held at gunpoint in a john)
ABC, you canceled Kevin Smith's Clerks the Cartoon and This show, maybe you need to think before you cancel quality and niche shows. Both complete shows on DVD and well worth to buy
SO GET OFF YOU BUTTS AND BUY THIS ONE!
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
Denis Leary plays Mike McNeil, a good cop with a bad attitude who's made a name for himself by bending the rules; juggling "the job," a suburban wife (Wendy Makkena), a manhattan girlfriend (Karyn Parsons), too much booze and too many pills. Armed with a superbly hilarious ensemble cast and smart & edgy writing, The Job was easily the funniest new show of 2001. The unforgettable supporting cast includes Bill Nunn (Do The Right Thing, Spider-Man films) as Mike's partner Pip Phillips; gorgeous Diane Farr (Roswell, Loveline) as Det. Jan Fendrich; Adam Ferrara and Lenny Clarke as detectives Tommy Manetti & Frank Harrigan; Julian Acosta and John Ortiz as rookie detectives Al Rodriguez & Ruben Sommariba; and Keith David (The Thing, Gargoyles) as Mike's frustrated boss Lt. Tom Williams.
With all 19 episodes from the critically-acclaimed series, it's laughter in the first degree with The Job - The Complete Series. Guest stars include Elizabeth Hurley, Gina Gershon and Janet Hubert-Whitten among others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great series, good cast, wish it lasted longer. It was a good transition into Rescue Me.Published 7 months ago by DPP (Rush-a-holic)
Leary at his best I've watched the series over and over and laugh just as much as the 1st time. If ur a leary fan THIS IS A MUSTPublished 17 months ago by ray palica
Although I like Dennis Leary, really didn't care for this tv show. It didn't hold my interest as well as some others have, sorry Dennis!!Published 17 months ago by Nancy Sawyer
If you are one of these people who actually goes out of his/her way to find reasons to be offended, then this show is for you. Read morePublished 19 months ago by O. Beltrami