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The Joe Schmo Show - Season One Uncensored (2003)

Ralph Garman , Matt Kennedy Gould , Danny Salles  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ralph Garman, Matt Kennedy Gould, Robert Belushi, Jo Newman, Tim Walsh
  • Directors: Danny Salles
  • Writers: Brian Keith Etheridge, Doug Stockstill, J. Holland Moore, Michael Curtis, Paul Wernick
  • Producers: Anthony Ross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 486 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAODO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Joe Schmo Show - Season One Uncensored" on IMDb

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Spike TV's first season of The Joe Schmo Show is a real-life variation on the Jim Carrey comedy The Truman Show, in which Carrey played a man unaware he is the star of a television series, living on an enormous set and surrounded by actors playing family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. Joe Schmo fools a gregarious, likable 27-year-old fellow, Matt Kennedy Gould, into believing he's part of the cast of a reality-TV program called Lap of Luxury, competing for a $100,000 prize by surviving humiliating trials and those inevitable, once-per-week evictions of unlucky contestants. What Gould doesn't know is that his competitors--all living in the same house under the watchful eye of an ubiquitous production crew--are all actors playing sundry reality-TV stereotypes: the token gay guy, the good-looking sweetheart, the good-looking bitch, the clown, Mr. Macho, the borderline-pariah, etc.

The eight episodes in The Joe Schmo Show: Season One Uncensored look and sound like any other reality gimmick, though part of what makes the series fun are little risk elements that threaten to blow open the whole scheme or at least create suspicion in Gould's mind. There are several occasions in which one or another actor gets confused about a character detail and Gould wonders about apparent contradictions; once or twice, actors have to leave a situation because they are close to cracking up. For the most part, however, the tall, gullible, good-natured hero bonds with his "housemates" and keeps a smile on while participating in underwear-swapping contests, gross-out meals, and tense elimination rituals. The final episode, in which Gould is told the truth, is surprisingly moving. This DVD set includes extensive supplementary material, including Gould's after-the-fact, mixed responses to many of his experiences. --Tom Keogh

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Spike TV's hit comes to DVD with everything you'd expect in a reality show; the smug host, the stereotypical contestants ("the blonde virgin," "the bitch," "the guy nobody likes," etc.), and of course, the over-the-top competitions. So what made Joe Schmo

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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps "Unbleeped" is more accurate July 15, 2004
Format:DVD
When this show first aired, I was HOOKED! And now that I own the first season on DVD, I'm reminded of why I got hooked.
As for my review of the DVD, I have few gripes, and plenty of praise!
The luxury of seeing the show in DVD quality is of course a plus. And I like that they included the "Coming up next" sections that came right before a commercial break (No, no commercials during the episodes here, thankfully)
The audio commentary on disk 3 (the finale) is hilarious, as are most of the uncensored deleted scenes. And not that *I* personally needed to see how they created the *ahem* "food" that Matt was challenged to eat during the "The Meal" challenge, it was still funny to see the behind-the-scenes of that stunt.
There's also some additional "eviction" footage, but it's more of like "now-I'm-out-of-character-and-commenting-about-Matt" footage. Which isn't a bad thing really, since you DO get to see how different the actors are from their characters.
The "chocolate sauce on models" extended sequence is not as hot as it might sound. The models are already covered in chocolate when the sequence begins, so no bare bodies are to be found. But if you like low level bi fun, or just want to see what three chocolate covered models look like in DVD quality, check it out.
One gripe, which is actually more of clarification really, is that the show is not actually shown "uncensored." Unbleeped, definitely!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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That's from Matt when he saw Tawny Roberts when doing the commentary for the uncensored finale. Just one of many funny things on a very funny DVD.
First, you'll get to watch all the episodes without logos, commercials, promos over the closing credits or other such nonsense. This is great in itself and even if you've been a regular watcher of the show (maybe more than once), I think you'll still laugh. For more fun, try using your DVD's pause / slow motion feature during the director's meetings to pick up things you might not have noticed before.
The special features are pretty sweet. One of the best ones is what I mentioned above - a commentary on the finale by Matt Kennedy Gould and executive producer Rhett Reese. Since the finale also includes a look-back at the entire season, you'll get to hear their thoughts on that as well. You'll also catch up on how Matt's doing now and some of his deepest thoughts on what during the show.
As for the actual bonus features section, you get Deleted Scenes, Chocolate-Covered Models featurette, the Making of a Meal and additional Eviction footage. Of these, I'd have to say that the most interesting and revealing is definitely the Eviction footage. You get the complete commentary of what the cast had to say to Matt after they were "evicted," plus Matt's full commentary afterwards. You'll recognize the bits and pieces that were shown during the program, but this is the chance to see the entire thing and pick up a lot of stuff that got cut before. Of the Deleted Scenes, the two funniest are Matt's Breakdown and a Fish Story from Kip. The breakdown is very funny and almost alone makes the DVD worth it.
Finally, to those who are complaining about the censorship, I just have to say that I don't think it's any big deal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious July 17, 2004
Format:DVD
I started watching season 2 and missed out on season one. I think that the show is very clever and keeps me laughing. Season one is by far better. I love the characters,especially Matt, who is not even a character. Now I just want to be his friend. This is a great buy but it is a little pricey. Forty dollars is a little too expensive.
I think the premise of the show is good and well thought up. Kip the gay guy is by far the funniest and does the best acting job. Ashleigh the rich Snob is hot as all and does a great job as well.
I would recommend you buy this right now because it is hours of entertainment joking the reality shows we love
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reality show for people who hate reality shows July 17, 2004
Format:DVD
It is so tongue and cheek, cleaver, halarious, daring, racy and exciting! It's the Joe Schmo show, and it's now on DVD - uncensored!
I would never have tuned into this show if I hadn't read about it, and I'm so glad I did! It is the funniest show that has ever been on television! I think it's fantastic and it gives such an insight on these reality shows and how they work.
I myself am a big fan of reality shows, so I was able to see all the jokes and parodies of other reality shows, and I just died laughing at all of the little in-jokes.
For all of you who are wary of the reality band wagon and don't appreciate this new genre, I highly recommend the Joe Schmo, for its interesting take and gentle satire! What a classic!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good entertaining show. July 2, 2004
Format:DVD
I don't know how the show did in the ratings but I know I was in front of my TV every Tuesday to watch what would happen next. While watching the show I thought man it would be nice to see the uncensored version of the show and to see some extra behind the scenes footage . When the DVD came out saying uncensored I went and bought it expecting everything to be shown and every word to be said. Well every word is said but everything is not shown. Is it just me or is that false advertising or what? I would have also like to have seen more bonus features but even though I still give the DVD 5 stars because the show itself is fun to watch. The 2nd season is on right now and to me it looks even better then the first one. Can't wait till it is on DVD and I hope the don't lie this time about the uncensored version. If you have not seen the show get the DVD and sit back and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as I remember it being
I loved the first season of Joe Schmo Show. I've seen all 3 and the first was by far the best. The characters are memorable, but still believable. Read more
Published 25 days ago by BPeglow
5.0 out of 5 stars A yearly must watch
Perfect - as described and delivered quickly.
Published 2 months ago by paul salus
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest reality show of all time!
I've watched a lot of reality tv and this show is excellent for so many reasons! The Joe Schmo seems to be a legitimately great guy! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris C
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joe Schmo Show - Season One Uncensored
This item was a gift for my son who specifically requested it. As far as I know, he is satisfied with this item.
Published 4 months ago by A. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem
This flew under the radar, but is great entertainment, even after watching this for the first time in 10 years. The "Matt Man" won't disappoint!
Published 5 months ago by niteowlz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome dvd box set
One of the best reality shows that most people never have seen. You will fall in love with this show.
Published 5 months ago by aaron statler
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical!
I saw it when it was aired 10 years ago and laughed just as hard the second time around. Great characters. I'm not a fan of reality tv, but this is a must-see.
Published 6 months ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT IS GOING ON!!!
this is the best show! I actually know a few of the actors and Matt was the best pick for this show. If you haven't seen this show you need to buy this now and watch! Read more
Published 7 months ago by BSipes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best show ever made
Funniest thing EVER. I have laughed almost every day since I finished watching this, just remembering how ridiculous it really was.
Published 9 months ago by Junior Rasmussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and true...?????????
Great premise, really enjoyed the discs , well worth the price. I suspect most reality shows are fake , this is the only one that would admit it.
Published 10 months ago by Dean
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