Dr. Katz Professional Therapist - The Complete Series
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Comedy Central's first hit animated series - the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist - is now available in this epic thirteen-disc collection. From living with his deadbeat son Ben to his day-to-day dealings with his stunningly sarcastic secretary Laura, join therapist Jonathan Katz as he picks the brains of Ray Romano, Rodney Dangerfield, Dave Chappelle and more of your favorite stand-ups. So lie down on the couch, relax and bask in the glory of the funniest (and slightly troubled) comedic minds to ever wander into the office of Dr. Katz, professional therapist.
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One of the weaknesses, however, is that too many of the guest comedians simply used Dr. Katz's couch as a platform for their shtick. The comedians that approached this concept in the manner it deserved not only made their respective episode(s) great, they won over audience that they might not have won over otherwise. The best guest comedians were Emo Philips, Steven Wright, and the incredible Dom Irrera! The latter made more appearances than any other comedian and, yet, I never tired of his contributions because he did not treat the couch as just another gig. I suppose it also doesn't help much that I absolutely, positively loath Ray Romano. Thank God he finally stop showing up for his appointments because, quite frankly, there is no helping him!
All in all, this is a very good purchase. At times it's mixed bag, but when it is on it is really on. If you don't believe, just watch "Mask" from season four.
After Ben's stuffed animal, Bully, is accidentally thrown away:
Ben: I have human friends, too.
Dr. Katz: Well, would you keep them in the linen closet?
Ben: Would you throw them out?
Dr. Katz: Touché, my young son.
Sometimes when you revisit and old favourite it can be a disappointment. What you remember as hilarious doesn't even raise a titter anymore. Thankfully, that wasn't the case with Dr Katz. It is as fresh, funny and relevant today as it was when I first saw it in the 90s.
Each episode features two or three leading comedians as Dr Katz's clients. Some of the patients have gone on to illustrious careers since the series was first showm. Joy Behar, Ray Romano, Conan O'Brien, Louis C. K., Patton Oswalt and many, many more. All brilliant, all funny. The other regulars are genius too. Dr Katz's son Ben reminds me so much of my own son. Laura the secretary is played brilliantly by Laura Silverman, sister of Sarah.
The collection is so comprehensive that I haven't yet had time to watch all 13 discs, but so far it has been comedy gold. My only complaints being that this is in US region, so not easy to play in Australia, and that three episodes on one disc appear to be unplayable. Hopefully the remainder will be fine. It was only the inability to play these episodes that stopped me from giving this purchase the highhest rating.
All in all, highly recommended.
The menus are fairly easy to navigate and provide the names of the comedians and air date of each episode. The video looks good in either widescreen or 4x3 aspects (to me anyway) and none of the image is cut off in either aspect. I can't tell if that's due to the original format or anamorphic formatting on the DVD, but it seems to work.
The only nit I have to pick, and it's a small one, is that they may have purposefully split each season to two disks to jack up the price but it's not enough of a drawback to drop a star.
Regarding the show itself, it had been a while since I'd seen the last episodes and I was pleased that the show was pretty consistent from season-to-season. Some additional background music and transition scenes are mixed in around the 4th-5th seasons and some color creeps into the original b&w backgrounds, but the style of dialogue remains about the same which is impressive over so many seasons.