Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist - Season Two
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The complete second season of Dr. Katz.
In its 13 episodes, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist: Season Two shows that not much has changed in the life of mild-mannered psychologist Dr. Katz (voiced by comic actor Jonathan Katz). His grown-up, loser son, Ben (H. Jon Benjamin), continues to spend his days inching toward one or another imagined destiny, absolutely dependent on his tolerant if frustrated dad, yet resentful that the elder Katz advises him on his idiotic quests to nowhere. Meanwhile, Katz's professional life remains a succession of loony sessions with the likes of Ray Romano, Janeane Garofalo, Joy Behar, Emo Phillips, Steven Wright, and Garry Shandling. Nothing has changed about the appalling work ethic of receptionist Laura (Laura Silverman), who pilfers office supplies, ties up every phone line on personal business, and rebuffs Ben's daily efforts to impress her with one or another claim to his uniqueness.
"Bystander Ben" finds the eponymous goofball quoted in a local newspaper as a fully-identified witness to a crime. Convinced he's riding a wave of media fame, Ben misses the big picture: the yet-to-be-captured criminals can identify him. In "Real Estate," Ben considers finding an apartment of his own, leaving such minor details as a lack of income for later consideration. "Glasses" features Dr. Katz in an unusually narcissistic mode, trying to update his personal appearance with a hip pair of reading glasses that make his face look like it's in a fishbowl. "Drinky the Drunk Guy" is a very funny episode in which Ben confronts his father in the most obnoxious terms about what he perceives as Dr. Katz's drinking problem. "A Journey for the Betterment of People" and "ESP" are also great Ben-centric tales, the former concerning Ben's sudden desire to save prostitutes from a life of exploitation, and the latter about his strong belief that he suddenly has the power to read minds. ("Can you read my mind?" the disgusted Laura asks.) An excellent set. --Tom Keogh
- All 13 episodes from the 1995-96 season on 2 discs
- Checking In: Follow Up Visits with Former Patients Emo Philips, Joy Behar, and Steven Wright
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I find that Garry Shandling and Kevin Meaney come across as the most consistently neurotic, but Ray Romano is my favorite guest this season, as he is so hilariously dysfunctional in this show (versus his own prime time show) that the dichotomy is extraordinary.
Jonathan Katz anchors the production as the divorced, slightly neurotic psychiatrist. H. Jon Benjamin is perfect as his slacker son, Ben, who is pitiful, yet hilarious in his approach to life (and especially women.) This is the show that made "Squigglevision" famous, which annoys some people, but I find endearing in its cheesiness. The two DVD set also has a couple of extras such as audio commentaries and follow ups with former patients like Steven Wright (who seems the genuinely least sane of the guests) and Emo Philips (whose voice may be the most grating in history.)
This is a smart cartoon for adults, and while it's not for everyone, it does what it does exceptionally well.