It's Garry Shandling's Show: Season 1
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Before the Internet, before reality TV, no one saw what television could be more humorously and with more vision than Garry Shandling. In 1986 Garry Shandling was poised to become a permanent guest host on Johnny Carsons The Tonight Show. Instead, he took a chance on an offer from fledgling cable network Showtime to create his own television series. No questions asked.
A surreal look at the daily life of a young single man who is a comedian, Its Garry Shandlings Show was not a typical sitcom: Shandling would break the fourth wall to include the studio audience and the viewers at home in on the actual making of the show. Experimenting with the sitcom form meant inviting the audience onto the set, playing with the passage of time and generally exploding the genre and making art of the debris.
Teaming up with Saturday Night Live veteran Alan Zweibel, the two men 'put on a fourth-grade play' every week for four seasons. With a crew of talented young writers (including Tom Gammill and Max Pross, who would go on to write Seinfeld and produce The Simpsons, and Ed Solomon, who wrote Men In Black), television history was made. From its unforgettable theme song to its closing credits, Its Garry Shandlings Show was award-winning, mind-bending television, and its influence is clearly seen in the best TV comedies through the decades to follow.
* Getting There: The Road To The Show: Garry Shandling takes us from the Engineering Department at the University of Arizona to Its Garry Shandlings Show
* Television Parts: Sketches. The two segments of Michael Nesmiths groundbreaking television series that inspired the show
* Commentaries by Garry Shandling, Alan Zweibel, Tom Gammill, Max Pross and Ed Solomon
* It Only Looks Easy: Outtakes
Top Customer Reviews
to use as example of what can be done when actual creative people come together to create something fresh.
Some loved the show for its gentle humor, its self-effacing humble host(Shandling), the cast of supporting actors, none of whom were household names then(or ever), etc. The normal show had Shandling playing a comedian living in the LA area, having funny altercations with his condo-association, the maid, his neighbors, etc. Every show was well-written with thoughtful, if mild, humor. In that way, he seemed like a NY type comic, but he was as far from Howard Stern(for example) as was possible. Well, it was LA, after all, and not New York...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this show. Lots of imitators since it was on, but it was groundbreaking in its time.Published 2 days ago by E. Steinberg
After three decades, this show is still laugh-out-loud funny and shockingly brilliant. So why aren't the other seasons available for streaming?Published 2 months ago by Liz