The Norm Show: The Complete Series
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From Norm Macdonald and executive producer Bruce Helford (creator of The Drew Carey Show) comes this warped look at a pro hockey player turned criminal turned social worker.
Meet Norm Henderson. Once a fairly well-known, but not particularly skilled, professional hockey player, Norm had a penchant for gambling and an aversion to paying taxes that resulted in his expulsion from hockey for life. Facing a possible jail term, Norm was instead sentenced to community service as a caseworker in social services, where his mischievous and sarcastic personality has him breaking all the rules, leaving his friends, by-the-book coworker Laurie (Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne) and neurotic colleague Danny (Ian Gomez, Cougar Town), to constantly help him out of trouble. Also starring Max Wright (ALF) as his Boss Mr. Denby, Nikki Cox (Las Vegas) as Taylor the ex-prostitute social worker and Artie Lange (The Howard Stern Show, Dirty Work) as his crooked if not crazy half-brother: smart, edgy, dry comedy was the norm.
Top Customer Reviews
I am very happy to say that this is not the case with The Norm Show. I purchased this DVD set expecting it to be as funny as I'd remembered, and it is! I looked forward to favorite gags or punchlines that I remembered from the series, and they still made me smile or chuckle when I heard them again. Jokes I'd forgotten made me laugh out loud.
It is testimony to how smartly the show was written that the jokes work as well now as they did when the show originally aired a decade ago. With the exception of one Pokemon sequence, they smartly chose to avoid using cultural references of the time that would lose their relevance in later years. Even a hilarious scene where Norm's straight laced boss Mr. Denby dresses as Gene Simmons of KISS for Halloween is as relevant now as it was then, thanks to KISS' continued popularity, and Gene Simmons' own exposure on his Family Jewels reality show.
As for the actors, they all play their characters perfectly and contribute greatly in every scene they appear.Read more ›
It was by chance I discovered "The Norm Show" at a friend's house shortly before it was cancelled. I was surprised to see Laurie Metcalf, so wonderful in "Roseanne" among the cast. Since the show was never syndicated, I was only able to catch full episodes on two Emmy screener VHS tapes I acquired from eBay about 10 years back.
Needless to say, I was thrilled when I learned Shout! Factory was partnering with WB to bring the complete series to DVD in a comprehensive set which consists of all 54 episodes from the three seasons of "The Norm Show" (later shortened to simply "Norm") which ran on ABC from 1999 to 2001. There are commentaries on select episodes but I wish there was a featurette reuniting the entire cast to discuss the show together.
I guess you could say "The Norm Show" is my "Seinfeld" since I never was a big fan of Jerry's show. The characters in "Norm" are similar though, in that they are often self-serving and deceitful to get what they want. Much of the humour is mean-spirited (especially that directed towards Mr. Denby) but never comes off as too bitter.
Dare I say Ms. Metcalfe is even more hilarious here than she was on "Roseanne". However, it's not all about Laurie. This is truly an ensemble comedy--albeit a quirky one that many people may not "get"--but let 'em watch "Friends" or "Everybody Loves Raymond" instead. I have never been a fan of anything than panders to the lowest common denominator.
Henderson's delivery takes some time to get used to, but it works well within the show and the chemistry among the actors is terrific.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This show is hilarious! Norm's humor is very dry and witty. The issues and situations were years ahead of many sitcoms.Published 5 days ago by Sarah LeFevre
if you like norm's comedy you will love this. because the you cant find the show anywhere else, this is the best the DVDs came in great quality.Published 5 months ago by LaDarius Brown
It didn't take us long to finish the series, it was awesome! Norm is one of the funnier sitcoms that I enjoy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Panda
Really funny, if occasionally pretty awkward and limited by sitcom tropes. The Norm Show (just "Norm" after season two) amazes with what they were able to get away with on... Read morePublished 9 months ago by DW
Love the packaging and little booklet insert. Each disk is very designed as well.Published 12 months ago by Sheila Michelle Quick