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NOTE: I'm disappointed that this is only being released in a DVD-on-demand format. It could really find a cult audience if it got a traditional DVD/Blu-ray release.

One of the silliest, bawdiest, goriest, and most surprising shows of the 2011 season came (from of all places) MTV. The comedy/horror mash-up "Death Valley" was one of the most unexpected delights I had this year. It's certainly never going to be judged as the "best of" television, but I absolutely loved this show's commitment to its inspired and insane premise. For sheer entertainment value, it was one of the programs that I most anticipated with each new episode. Set in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the show posits the question about what would happen if the Valley were overrrun by zombies, vampires, and werewolves. The Valley, for those unfamiliar with the area, is already a bit of a punchline in Los Angeles (I can say that as I lived there for over ten years AND loved it) for its perceived lack of urban sophistication and giving birth to the Valley Girl phenomenon. It's a terrific setting, therefore, for the "Death Valley" brand of lunacy and it makes the most of actual and authentic location shooting. The show centers around the UTF (Undead Task Force) and is done in a "Cops" format with television crews assigned to the traveling officers. The addition of the civilian, largely expendable and anonymous, TV people adds a lot to the show's hilarity. Think "The Walking Dead" merged with "Reno 911" and you've got a fair idea of the show's appeal, but it maintains a striking originality despite these easy comparison points.

"Death Valley" has assembled a terrific cast that sells each episode with great enthusiasm. Charlie Sanders is perfectly cast as an idealistic family man, someone who tries to live by a code of goodness. Of course, he is partnered with the brash and offensive horndog Bryce Johnson. The two play off each other exquisitely and their bond is the season's best, and most unlikely, bromance. Tania Raymonde is a tough as nails officer who must fend off the advances of her partner Texas Battle, but the softening of their relationship provides for some unexpectedly sweet moments. Caity Lotz is new to the force and is dismissed by the ranking officer until he needs her for a personal undercover assignment. And Mad TV's Bryan Callen is spot-on hilarious as the clueless, and highly inappropriate, captain of this squad of misfits. Everyone is uniformly solid. Callen has some of the season's best lines served up in deadpan seriousness. While it will go unrecognized, I think it's one of my favorite comic performances this year. And I loved Johnson and Sanders together, there are many layers to this relationship--oh, and they're ridiculously funny together as well.

As I said, the early episodes are particularly effective at incorporating the "Cops" format into the action. As the year progresses and the plot line deepens, however, the show loses some of its strict adherence to this style. I've already said that the show is funny. What I have yet to touch on is the horror element. For an MTV show, I didn't expect a high level of sophistication in effects and make-up--but the monsters are all quite believably and professionally rendered. Attack scenes and gory moments are executed with precision. Although its tongue is always firmly in its cheek, the show is also very successful with its horror elements. And while it begins very episodically, the plot develops nicely throughout building to few big confrontations before the year ends. Season One consists of twelve episodes of comic monster mayhem, each approximately 22 minutes in running time. Politically incorrect and unapologetically crude, "Death Valley" just works. By keeping its ambitions modest, it accomplishes exactly what it set out to do. It provides grand entertainment. Is "Death Valley" one of the "best" shows on TV? Maybe not. But it is certainly one of my favorites! KGHarris, 12/11.
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on January 9, 2012
Stumbled onto this show when i was on vacation, late one night, in the USA. Had never heard anything about it before, and just happened to catch the pilot episode. Good gosh was it hilarious! Well-written, great premise, well-executed with a great ensemble cast.

I don't know anyone else that has even HEARD of it, but if you like goofy horror or mockumentary-comedy, then I would highly recommend checking it out. A real diamond in the rough.
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One of the silliest, bawdiest, goriest, and most surprising shows of the 2011 season came (from of all places) MTV. The comedy/horror mash-up "Death Valley" was one of the most unexpected delights I had this year. It's certainly never going to be judged as the "best of" television, but I absolutely loved this show's commitment to its inspired and insane premise. For sheer entertainment value, it was one of the programs that I most anticipated with each new episode. Set in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the show posits the question about what would happen if the Valley were overrrun by zombies, vampires, and werewolves. The Valley, for those unfamiliar with the area, is already a bit of a punchline in Los Angeles (I can say that as I lived there for over ten years AND loved it) for its perceived lack of urban sophistication and giving birth to the Valley Girl phenomenon. It's a terrific setting, therefore, for the "Death Valley" brand of lunacy and it makes the most of actual and authentic location shooting. The show centers around the UTF (Undead Task Force) and is done in a "Cops" format with television crews assigned to the traveling officers. The addition of the civilian, largely expendable and anonymous, TV people adds a lot to the show's hilarity. Think "The Walking Dead" merged with "Reno 911" and you've got a fair idea of the show's appeal, but it maintains a striking originality despite these easy comparison points.

"Death Valley" has assembled a terrific cast that sells each episode with great enthusiasm. Charlie Sanders is perfectly cast as an idealistic family man, someone who tries to live by a code of goodness. Of course, he is partnered with the brash and offensive horndog Bryce Johnson. The two play off each other exquisitely and their bond is the season's best, and most unlikely, bromance. Tania Raymonde is a tough as nails officer who must fend off the advances of her partner Texas Battle, but the softening of their relationship provides for some unexpectedly sweet moments. Caity Lotz is new to the force and is dismissed by the ranking officer until he needs her for a personal undercover assignment. And Mad TV's Bryan Callen is spot-on hilarious as the clueless, and highly inappropriate, captain of this squad of misfits. Everyone is uniformly solid. Callen has some of the season's best lines served up in deadpan seriousness. While it will go unrecognized, I think it's one of my favorite comic performances this year. And I loved Johnson and Sanders together, there are many layers to this relationship--oh, and they're ridiculously funny together as well.

As I said, the early episodes are particularly effective at incorporating the "Cops" format into the action. As the year progresses and the plot line deepens, however, the show loses some of its strict adherence to this style. I've already said that the show is funny. What I have yet to touch on is the horror element. For an MTV show, I didn't expect a high level of sophistication in effects and make-up--but the monsters are all quite believably and professionally rendered. Attack scenes and gory moments are executed with precision. Although its tongue is always firmly in its cheek, the show is also very successful with its horror elements. And while it begins very episodically, the plot develops nicely throughout building to few big confrontations before the year ends. Season One consists of twelve episodes of comic monster mayhem, each approximately 22 minutes in running time. Politically incorrect and unapologetically crude, "Death Valley" just works. By keeping its ambitions modest, it accomplishes exactly what it set out to do. It provides grand entertainment. Is "Death Valley" one of the "best" shows on TV? Maybe not. But it is certainly one of my favorites! KGHarris, 12/11.
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on May 21, 2012
I stumbled on to this MTV Show, which is a great blend of Reno 911/Cops meets Buffy and Supernatural. I loved the story of a local police force whose job it is to deal with the supernatural now that vampires, zombies and werewolves have come out to the general public. From the guy who gets pulled over and cited for changing during a full moon instead of being inside where he can't attack unsuspecting citizens to the teenage punks that two officers are constantly reprimanding for teasing the zombies the show was full of hilarious episodes that juxtapose real life questions about what a police officer would do in such a situation. With a twist, of course, since this show is primarily a comedy loaded with great one liners and twisted comments.Let's just say the Walking Dead crowd should have had some of the officers of this TV show on their side. No zombie would stand a chance as these officers take down the baddies with style and grace and more than a little touch of sly humor.

I was looking forward to learning more about the story as the characters were developed and new problems entered their lives such as the Captain's niece getting gang-fanged and now becoming a vampire or Carla, the pretty lesbian police officer, starting to admit she had feelings for her handsome male partner. Alas as with most great, original TV shows this one was not renewed. I think likely too many people just didn't get it's particular band of humor or even get that it was indeed a comedy. Or maybe they didn't know to go looking for a show like this on MTV. Even I was initially skeptical since this isn't the typical fare of the MTV generation. Sigh, maybe someone out there will take pity on those of us who want more and this will get renewed somewhere down the road.

Although knowing my luck with loving great little twisted, unusual shows that are around for one or two seasons then no more I won't be holding my breath in hope. But still watch this one if you're bored to tears with the likes of the soap opera antics of the Vampire Diaries and you think the Twilight folks should all just lighten up and let a little laughter into their lives.
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on March 20, 2012
This show was a surprise, I honestly did not expect much going into it, and I got a lot of laughs out of it. So overall, awesome. The characters are not one note (another surprise) and even the sex-fiendish type guy is funny in the overdone character that he plays. If you enjoy gore and snark, this show does that combo pretty damn well.
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on August 17, 2012
HELLO!!!?
I'm going to be biased in this review. I love horror movies. Even the crap ones. And this one put like 5 genres in one!

So, again, the description gives you a good hint at what this 12 episodes series is about. I would add, imagine Reno 9-1-1 + cheesy horror movies + for the most part, good production quality. If you've never seen Reno 9-1-1, then C.O.P.S. + comedy + horror movies.

I haven't laughed this hard at a series in forever. Maybe its just my kind of humor, but I felt that this series was excellent.
Much like Firefly ~ I'm super sad this only lasted 12 episodes.

One thing of note - They have the idea of a Zombie as 'Fresh' and 'Stale.' Meaning, the fresh ones move faster than the older ones. I own over 110 zombie movies, and I've never seen this theory before. It's kind of a cool notion, for zombies.

You could say that the series has a main arc. Basically, the Vampires are the main antagonist.
It's also funny how the show pits real life crime in terms of horror-comedy. Example - The Vampires want blood. Therefore, they sell their bodies through prostitution, for blood. It's like a RL concept, prostitution for drugs. Not like prostitution is a funny concept - just funny how they executed the two in a horror-comedy tv series manner.

On a scale of 1 to five, the acting for all characters was a solid 4, maybe a five. The chief, with his incoherent wisdom, was a riot.
Again, face value, each of the talent did a good job at their character.

I've seen horrible movies - But for anyone I felt would like this mishmash genre - I would totally recommend this series.
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on July 1, 2012
Death Valley is an original series from MTV. It's got zombies, werewolves, vampires, action, and wisecracking cops. All of that combined adds up to awesomeness. My only complaint is that the episodes were too short. Since the show deals with so many subplots, it would have probably worked better as an hour-long series instead of a half-hour series. When the only complaint is that the show should have been longer, you know it's good. Unfortunately, MTV cancelled the show. I highly doubt more people would rather see Jersey Shore than this, but okay.
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on October 7, 2015
everybody else has already said it , but this is just hysterical: It's funny, it's witty, it's (uhm?) real(?). I laugh out loud watching it and the acting it usually terrific; it had to be a blast to make, and you can feel it.cast is amazingly good together. Give it two episodes, if you are starting to laugh and enjoy ', well it just gets better. Uneven, but worth every minute.
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on March 19, 2012
How I pray that this brilliant delightful witty show will return. What makes it work is that it's done absolutely straight and delivered by an outstanding ensemble of talented actors. Also, the make-ups and FX are seamless.
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on January 30, 2014
I am so glad this is available. A wildly funny & gory send up of Valley Life meets the flesheaters, the bloodsuckers & the furry. Stereotypes collide in loopily over-the-top & imaginative vignettes & storylines. The stream-of-consciousness riffs by the captain, who completely lacks any self-censoring & who is oblivious to his inappropriateness (& sometimes his surroundings), are absolutely hysterical.
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