Whose Line Is It Anyway (British) - Seasons 1 & 2
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This is the set to get!!
The first season introduces regular host Clive Anderson with early regular Whose Liners' Josie Lawrence, Michael McShane, John Sessions, and Tony Slattery with Richard Vranch on music support. You'll also find 4 2nd season episodes with Greg Proops, who appeared in 50 episodes in total, and one with Ryan Stiles who began with this season and went on to be in 75 others across the series 136 total episodes. Colin Mochrie would not appear until season 3. And, thankfully, there is NO Hoedown with Drew Carey to be found in any of the British episodes!
A real treat for fans of British humor and off-the-wall improv type comedy.
Some good moments, but the show clearly isn't in its prime with this set.
Buy this if you have not seen the British version, you'll probably be join the majority who like it better. And I'm a Yank!
There are very dry patches in these first episodes. John Sessions isn't so much "funny ha ha" as he is "WTF!? Who let this guy in?" There are long passages of games that never quite get to the point, and celebrity guests that aren't really cut out for improv (but it's sometimes funny to watch the others mock them as they fail.) These may sound like bad things, but in my opinion it is essential to have a "warts and all" first season to let the show grow and improve.
Once it does find its footing, however, you will again be dazzled by the wit and talent of the guests, mostly taken from the "Comedy Store Players" -- a very diverse group of bizarrely gifted people.
The first DVD starts somewhat slow and sweaty; you can actually see the beads in the first pilot. My advice: flounder through these first 2-3 episodes. There are gems of genius strewn even in those episodes, especially with Jacie and Tony Slattery. Very soon it becomes evident that the actors are warming up to the innovative format. Season 2 is fabulous and you can see that unlike Drew Carry, Clive Anderson does not get involved with his participants, which actually lends more credibility to the whole affair.
Oh, and the starting credits for each episode are fun, a caper that was dropped in the US version. This is a prized possession. Stop ruminating and get it; you know you'll be watching it more than once.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Woulda given it FIVE stars, but at $80 new, and $31, used, I opted for the pre-owned (Brit) version.
I figure MOST folks----in Britain and The U.S.A. Read more
This used to be one of our favourite shows, so when A&E and Comedy channel stopped running it we were left with VHS tapes which as of 3 years ago deteriorated. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Madame Riverotter
Got this for my daughter for Christmas along with the American version as she loves Whose Line Is It Anyway. I was surprised that it wasn't quite as funny as the American one. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been a long time fan of the American version of Who's Line is it Anyway, and I generally like British humor so I was really looking forward to this DVD set. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Justin and Katie Schauer
Clive Anderson and an ever-changing crew of impov-ists entertain using wit, wisdom, and musical talent. This refreshing version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway? Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Sylvia
I've enjoyed seeing the English version of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and prepared to see a mix of English and American improvisers. Not so! Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by jkrn
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