Dan vs.: Season 1
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The First 22 Missions Of Vengeance! Dan thinks the whole world is out to get him, and he may be right. From his cruddy apartment at the Casa Paradisio, Dan – along with his pushover best friend Chris and Chris’ hot genius wife Elise – will plot his elaborate personal vendettas against enemies that include the dentist, ninjas, Canada, baseball, Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theatre and the entire state of New Mexico. The voices of Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds), Dave Foley (“The Kids In The Hall”, “NewsRadio”) and Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”) star in this Hub hit, featuring guest voice appearances by Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter (“Family Ties”), Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob Square Pants”), Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and more.
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While the show is too adult for small children and too childish for adults, it was originally meant to compete against shows on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Regular Show, which were the first TV-PG shows to air outside the Adult Swim block. After 3 seasons, the show wrapped up and currently has yet to fully be released to the series' entirety.
It's a diamond in the rough-type of show where it finds itself ridiculously solving its problems within the confines of the episode and Dan is not the type to take the high road, but rather a road full of anger to compensate for his misery (he lives in a dirty, trashed apartment somewhere located in urban California and up until he sought vengeance upon the animal shelter, by himself. He "adopts" a little scraggly female cat he calls "Mr. Mumbles" and appears after that.)
Dan VS. would be one of those shows aired on a network where in spite of the brilliant writing formula that doesn't repeat on the regular, it was canceled before it could go further into Dan's twisted mind to show if his behavior stems from an incident prior to his current life.
It's one of my favorite cartoons of the 2010s and one of my favorites of all time.
I wish they released Season 2 and 3 on DVD as well, but the only way you can get the other seasons is through digital services like ITunes or Google Play unfortunately. A Blu-ray release of all 3 seasons would be better.
The DVD, while nice looking on the shelf, seems a bit lacking. The DVD menu has no music, and there's only one bonus feature (an animatic version of Burgerphile is the bonus feature, it's cool to watch but I wish there was more bonus material.)
If I had to describe this show, it would be like Clerks: The Animated Series with fewer adult jokes or (as others have pointed out), Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes if he had grown up. Also, it's kind of like the opposite of My Name Is Earl.
While the show is on The Hub and seems to be aimed at the tween demographic, there's a lot of dark humor, subtle innuendos, and a bitter, resentful man. And it's finally on DVD! The quality of the episodes on the DVD is actually pretty decent. Being a flash cartoon (which isn't that noticeable, except for some minor character movement from the supporting cast or background character), it can be put on DVD and still look pretty good. Well, it certainly looks better than it does on TV. Don't expect too much from the animation, though. It's not bad, but the designs are simplistic and (as I mentioned) you can occasionally tell it's animated with Flash. The show relies more on the witty writing, jokes, and the great voice acting.
I would really recommend this show to anyone who wants a good laugh.
This, as the description says, is the full first season. The episodes included are:
-Dan vs. The Wolf-Man
-Dan vs. New Mexico
-Dan vs. The Dentist
-Dan vs. The Ninja
-Dan vs. The Animal Shelter
-Dan vs. Traffic
-Dan vs. Ye Olde Shakespeare Dinner Theater
-Dan vs. Baseball
--Dan vs. the Salvation Army
--Dan vs. The Beach
--Dan vs. George Washington
--Dan vs. Technology
--Dan vs. The Barber
--Dan vs. Art
--Dan vs. Elise's Parents
--Dan vs. The Fancy Restaurant
--Dan vs. Dan
--Dan vs. The Family Camping Trip
--Dan vs. Burgerphile
--Dan vs. The Magician
--Dan vs. The Lemonade Stand Gang
Really, $15 for a complete season of a TV show (22 episodes) is a pretty good deal, especially considering My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is being sold for TWICE that. And true, the only special features are an animatic for Dan vs. Burgerphile, it's still a pretty good bargain. I'd be a little bit happier with this had it included something else like an interview with the writers or the actors, but it's not enough of a complaint for the set to lose a star because the show on DVD itself is, in my opinion, good enough for five stars.