Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Season 1
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- Six episodes
- Commentary by Dave Attell, H. Jon Benjamin, Jonathan Katz, Ray Romano, and Tom Snyder
- The Biography of Dr. Katz
- "Short Attention Span Theater" shorts
- "Shrink Wrapped": an original Squigglevision short
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Dr Katz employs a novel animation technique called Squigglevision, which can be visually annoying to some people.Read more ›
The disc comes in a clear plastic DVD case to allow the episode information to be seen on the back of the cover insert when you open the case. This is handy since there's no need for chapter listings, however the clear plastic makes the case much flimsier than more common packaging.
The main menu is of course done in the signature Dr. Katz style. An image of Katz is animated in Squiggle-Vision to lip-synch with several psychiatric phrases from the show as the theme song plays. After it repeats once, the music stops and Katz just sort of stares at you and occasionally glances at the menu selection.
As any Dr. Katz fan should know, the PC-based animation won't win any awards. Though the picture is clearer than it's ever been, the minimalist style of the pixelated MS-DOS scenes and monophonic audio mean you won't need to hold out for an HD version. The show is presented in full screen as originally aired, although it is framed in fake widescreen that is not anamorphic. Considering the quality, it's probably better when viewed small anyway.
On the selection menu, there are six commentaries spread across five episodes. Four of them are by Jonathan Katz, H. Jon "Ben Katz" Benjamin, and series creator Tom Snyder (not the talk show host), and are as informative as you'd want and hilarious as you'd expect from the cast of an improvised comedy show.Read more ›
This show is THE seminal TV show and served as the launching pads for all of the best modern-era TV shows out there. Everything from Raymond to Chapelle to Insomniac - point a finger at a successful show and there exists a great likelihood that it has its roots on this show. Obviously there is the connection to each comedian's stand-up material, but this showcase - the straightman Doc with his neurotic patients (even David Duchovny came across as incredibly funny on this show) delivering their material - the way it was presented, and the underlying subtleties of his relationship with Ben, Laura, et al, those kind of sophisticated machinations no longer exist on TV.
It is wit and humor of a bygone era and I for one was fortunate enough to have taped every episode when it ran in marathon form on Comedy Central at the tail end of my college years, thus I have had the pleasure of having the entire episodic catalog in my constant possession for nearly 10 years. The fact that it is coming out officially on DVD is a huge triumph and one I am so excited to partake of as a consumer. Truly timeless - a collection of all the greatest humor of the late 20th century all in the same recognizable format and the catchy jazz loops to complement the squiggles. Simply put - the greatest TV show ever made.
And for anyone who has yet to see Jon Katz live - it is worth every moment and every penny. He came to Jimmy Tingle's near Boston last year or so and it was as if I could have died and gone to Heaven. None before and none after.
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what can I say? if you like dry humour, this is about as dry as your grandma's 3-month-old carrot cake. and who doesn't like squiggle-vision animation? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Excellent Dry Verb
This cartoon allows me to take a break and smile while I put the cares of the world on hold.Published on June 6, 2013 by Thomas Byrd
I normally don't watch animated film much, but when I stumbled onto this tv show years ago I became immediately hooked because it is totally fascinating to watch, as this... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by JimB
THE DVDS CAME TO ME AS PROMISED IN MINT CONDITION . DR KATZ IS AN AWESOME ANIMATED SHOW . I WISH IT WAS STILL ON .Published on May 6, 2010 by John T. Wolf