The Drew Carey Show: Season 1
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One of television's brightest comedy sensations, Drew Carey headlines as an average, single everyday Cleveland guy with an underwhelming job and some unfulfilled dreams, struggling to stay financially and romantically afloat in an unpredictable era. This half-hour comedy depicts the life of a wannabe upwardly mobile guy whose looks, well, wouldn't get him work modeling Speedos, but at least he's got a brain and a steady supply of perspective and attitude from his lifelong pals, Oswald (DIEDRICH BADER), Lewis (RYAN STILES) and Kate (CHRISTA MILLER). On the other hand, Drew's omnipresent office nemesis, the cosmetically challenged Mimi (KATHY KINNEY) delights in spreading her own version of hell into both Drew's private and professional lives. Add to this Drew's ruthless English boss, Nigel Wick (CRAIG FERGUSON), and his insatiable need to find new and more sadistic methods of firing employees and it's clear: THE DREW CAREY SHOW is a lot like real life. Just a whole lot funnier.]]>
After the enormously telegenic Friends cast, Drew and company are "a cold little splash of reality," portraying relatable, regular people. In this first season, the series is still finding its feet (enjoy them while you can: Drew's hillbilly neighbors, and the voice of Kevin Pollack as Drew's abusive boss, Mr. Bell). But by season's end, as guest star Jamie Lee Curtis (as Drew's hard-partying barber) polkas with Mimi in the hilarious episode "Playing the Unified Field," the series has established its spontaneous, off-center niche. While there are no episode commentaries, this set puts in some valuable overtime with "Life Inside a Cubicle," a retrospective in which cast and series creators reflect on the series' rocky beginnings. --Donald Liebenson
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Jerry Seinfeld is about as funny as a bag of toenail clippings! The Drew Carey Show blows Seinfeld out of the water, and then some! Everyone on this show is hilarous, and it's not a comedy all of the time. Sometimes there's drama when Drew has just been dumped by a women, or when he loses his job, or any of the miscellanious things life throws at us. Here's info about the show and the characters you're going to love and relate to:
Drew Allison Carey (Drew Carey) - The protagonist. Forty-something assistant director of personnel at a department store in Cleveland. He's very much the lovable loser, though it should be noted that he's the most successful of his group of friends. Original founder and owner of Buzz Beer (a special brew the gang makes containing coffee and beer. The brewery is in Drew's garage). A perpetual "nice guy." Has a long-standing feud with Mimi Bobeck, aspects of which include: Destroying Mimi's clothes, shredding her vacation requests and masquerading as Antonio Banderas to taunt her.
Lewis Kiniski (Ryan Stiles) - Forms a double-act with Oswald. Lewis is the tall, lanky, blond, insane one. Lewis can be counted on to nonchalantly say bizarre and offensive things. He possesses an IQ of 180. He's a janitor in his forties that works for a company called DrugCo. He notes in one episode that due to accidentally releasing a virus into the population he was busted down to janitor from a position that required he wear a labcoat. It's uncertain if he was a scientist or lab assistant, though it's possible he was joking.Read more ›
Although unfulfilled professionally, Drew is sustained by his longstanding friendship with pals Oswald (Diedrich Bader), Lewis (Ryan Stiles), and Kate (Christa Miller). While the four pals all find humor in being losers - a fact typically pointed out by Drew's cosmetics-challenged co-worker/arch enemy Mimi (Kathy Kinney) - only Drew cares about getting ahead on the job, but his prospects are few and fleeting.
Like the rest of us, according to producer Bruce Helford, Drew's trying to juggle a life and a career and get through the day with a bit of dignity left. He takes his lumps, then goes home and feels better by hanging out with his pals at the Warsaw tavern. For me and my friends, it's the local IHOP. Initially branded as yet another one of the many Friends clone shows to appear during its freshman season (1995-1996), The Drew Carey Show immediately stood out from the pack with its unique brand of humor, going on to become one of ABC's longer-running hit comedies (9 seasons). It's good to see the show finally packaged in a season set DVD release. Hopefully, the first of many to come.
The Drew Carey Show - The Complete First Season is a 4-disc (489 min.) set featuring all 22 episodes in Full Frame (1.33:1) video, plus the following Special Features: "1-900-MIMI" and "Life Inside a Cubicle" featurette.Read more ›
This review is not so much about specific episodes as it is a synopsis of the show from it's beginnings to it's untimely demise. I can honestly say that I found enjoyment and laughter in every single episode and I look forward to buying all the seasons for this show.
I'd like to see some outtakes and cast interviews added to future releases. The cast was a great combination of people who were as funny off the set as they were on. Personally, I feel Ryan Stiles has a lot of room to grow from this series and show creators/producers/writers are missing the boat on this highly talented comedian (as long as they don't write him into a box; his creativity would be an asset to any script) and what he could do for their show(s).
While I'm on it, there should be a show that brings Ryan and a couple other incredibly talented individuals from "Whose Line", namely Collin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, together in their own sitcom. I believe, with the right sitcom/script, that they could definitely have the next top comedy since The Drew Carey Show. The improvisational possibilities would be outrageous.
Other shows that have shown similar qualities since Drew Carey are "Two and a Half Men" and "Scrubs". If you liked The Drew Carey Show, these would be welcomed additions to your sitcom DVD library.
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I would like to watch all of season one but can only get the first episode which is why I cannot give it five stars.Published 1 day ago by DCRob
My favorite comedy series of all times are: The Drew Carey Show and the Mary Tyler More Show. I am happy to be able to see the first year's episodes of the Drew Carey Show on the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Thomas A Carney
This show brought back memories back in the day I missed it now I can watch it again awesomePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer my phone told me that they delivered my order but I did not recover it because I was
Great show. I just wish there were more seasons. The Drugco episode is my favorite one.Published 1 month ago by Zenaido A.R.
Nice humor for when you've reached the age of full time being an adult and no where near retirement to make it end.Published 1 month ago by Morgan
Everything was great, packaged very well and the product was better than described.Published 2 months ago by Earl Cromie