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It's Garry Shandling's Show: Season 1

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All 16 Original Episodes From Season One

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.

Bonus Features

* 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

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00317LMAG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It's Garry Shandling's Show: Season 1" on IMDb

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Garry Shandling gets started here in situation comedy, but he turns the genre upside down in a way that help establish (in 1986) a place for comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld to become legitimate television sit-com personalities. The writing of this show rivals that of Seinfeld, but what has always made this thing click for me is the direct contact with the audience, both in the studio and through the TV screen. His idea of admitting he's doing a television show before a live audience -- showing the audience and even, in one episode, appearing to invite them onto the set of his home while his is on another set. It's pure craziness from the start. Even the theme song is classic. This is a four-disc set that includes some commentary and a few outtakes, as well as an interview with Shandling, post-Larry Sanders. Most definitely worth the price, although I would suggest buying the set containing the entire series.
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Before Seinfeld, there was Garry Shandling. This sitcom still holds up today as one of the most inventive, creative and groundbreaking TV shows in history. It's the classic, "talk to the viewer" TV format and no one pulls this off better than Shandling. While the rest of the cast never plays to the audience, Shandling makes playing both sides of the camera look effortless and easy. Silly plots make this series even more hysterical. I have to buy the complete series. Enjoy!
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I remember liking this show when it was on Showtime but I did not remember how much the audience was involved in the show. I still liked the show but not as much as I did. I thought the Red Buttons episode best but they are all funny.
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I recall watching almost every episode of this show on Showtime back in the day and have long since thought about it all these years later. Was great to re-watch some episodes now. The Idea, conception and interpretation of this show has always been a favorite
to use as example of what can be done when actual creative people come together to create something fresh.
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If you are a fan of Garry Shandling, this is a must. Overall, as a sitcom, the episodes are dated and the format (even if very creative in originality) makes them hard to get through at times. It had its good points and bad. You won't be throwing away your money, but I would not rank it as a favorite by any means. Try the Larry Sander's Show instead.
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This comedy series did not exactly 'tear it up' when first broadcast. Garry Shandling was(is) an innovative and insightful comic who only really showed his full-qualities when he made his follow-up show: The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling is a 'New York' type of comedian with that sort of humor and voice. Now, he's not nearly as ascerbic or controversial as many of that ilk, but he's clearly not from 'Muskogee'.
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...
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Way ahead of its time in its breaking of the "Fourth Wall," and in looking at television itself in an ironic way. And needless to say, really, really funny. Hard to believe the show is 30 years old (except for the hairstyles).
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Unfortunately does not live up to my memories of the show. I guess the biggest disappointment and reason for the low rating is the damn audience laughter. It sounds like a laugh track and is incredibly loud, way louder than the dialogue from the show. I mean REALLY loud - so distracting and annoying. I don't need and don't want the audiences enhanced laughing to let me know what is funny. And don't get me started on the ear-splitting clapping which starts off each show when Shandling walks onstage...and seems to last forever. For those reasons alone I can't bring myself to watch anymore beyond the first disk. As for the show itself? It's not bad and is mostly humorous. I like the premise and that Shandling talks to the camera as if we are invisible conspirators? voyeurs? surely not participants? And I would pay extra for a DVD that had the extra loud laughing and clapping edited out. This noise irritation is what keeps me from watching the few sitcoms that might otherwise be watchable.
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