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The Job - The Complete Series

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Product Description

The critically-acclaimed, gritty comedy starring Denis Leary now on DVD! All 19 episodes on 4 DVDs!

Mike McNeil (Denis Leary) is a self-medicating, hard-drinking, decorated New York City detective with a wife, a mistress and a crush on a coworker. Surrounded by a partner and fellow squad members who are just as colorful, McNeil pursues his uniquely unconventional, yet effective, approach to crime solving while attempting to manage the chaos of his personal life.

Originally broadcast on ABC in 2001, The Job was shot entirely on location in New York City, giving the show a gritty look to match its always edgy comedy.

Special Features:
Interview/Commentary with creators Denis Leary & Peter Tolan Gag Reel

Network television says they want original programs, but they don't always know what to do with them. Case in point: The Job, the late lamented series that lasted but 19 episodes before being unceremoniously yanked by ABC. So long Mike McNeil; we hardly knew ye. But what we did see of Denis Leary's working class anti-hero made for arrestingly funny television. McNeil, a cop, smokes, drinks, pops pills, and juggles a wife and girlfriend. And it's all beginning to catch up with him. "This stuff is Biblical," notes his partner, an African American whom the squad has nicknamed "Pip" (as in Gladys Knight and the...). The Job is not your typical workplace sitcom. There is no laugh track. Based on a real cop whom Leary befriended while researching his role in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, The Job has the raw sound, rough language, and gritty look and texture of authenticity. It was shot documentary-style on location in New York. The focus of the series is more personal and less procedural than other cop shows. We get to know intimately this flawed and funny close-knit band of brothers, including straight-arrow Pip (Bill Nunn); Frank (Lenny Clarke), an old school cop and great bear of a man; and Det. Jan Fendrich (Diane Farr), a capable member of this boys' club in the classic Howard Hawks tradition, and who perhaps might have become a love interest for Mike had the series continued.

A series benchmark is "Barbeque," in which an anniversary party hosted by Pip and his commanding wife, Adina, inexorably descends into chaos when McNeil and company disregard Adnia's "no alcohol" edict. Another classic is the episode in which McNeil suspects that Frank is gay. While it does not jibe with Internet episode guides, the episode chronology on this four-disc set builds to a powerful climax, with Mike's girlfriend en route to confront his long-suffering wife (who may herself be having an affair), and Pip considering cheating on Adina with an old flame, all scored to the Ramones' pounding rendition of "Wonderful World." Whether it was ahead of its time, a victim of network neglect and mishandling, or just too dramatically different, The Job was too good for prime time. That it led to Leary's new hit series, Rescue Me, is small comfort. For faithful and frustrated viewers, it's great to have McNeil back on The Job. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Commentary by creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan on five episodes
  • Interview with Denis Leary and Peter Tolan
  • Gag reel
  • Series premiere promo spots
  • Behind-the-scenes-footage
  • On-the-set cast interviews
  • On-location interview with Peter Tolan

Product Details

  • Actors: Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Diane Farr, Bill Nunn, John Ortiz
  • Directors: Tucker Gates
  • Writers: Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NN6JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Job - The Complete Series" on IMDb

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As a mid-season filler for "NYPD Blue", "The Job" turned out to be one of the best shows aired in a long time. With a sharp-witted irreverant script and a uniformly great cast, it should have run longer than 19 episodes.

Denis Leary, co-creator, co-producer and co-writer (with Peter Tolan) stars as unscrupulous Mike MacNeil, a pill-popping chain-smoking NYC Detective trying to keep his wife/family, 26 year old girlfriend and job all in balance. When the show ended, everything was unravelling in his life....

The rest of the cast is just too good to single anyone out, even with the recurring "guest" roles - with one stand out there being Janet Hubert-Whitten. Although listed as appearing in only four episodes as Bill Nunn's (Pip) iron fisted domineering wife Adina, her presence is felt in nearly every episode looming over the whipped Pip like a dark menacing cloud.

Nothing whatever is sacred whether it be race, religion or severed body parts. Case in point would be Lt. Williams, played in the pilot episode by Richard Gant, who can't remember the two Hispanic detective's names and calls them rice and beans ("I've been a detective for 36 years...I'm too old to learn new names")

While many things in the show would be offensive if they were played straight, the brilliant scripts don't pull it's punches on any topic and delivers dead-pan humor with gleeful zest.

The four DVD set comes nicely packaged and has few, but substantial extras, including interviews and a gag reel. Definitely one of the best releases of the year!
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This was probably my favorite t.v. show ever. It was brilliant. Every episode made me laugh out loud and not very many shows make me do that. In fact, for the most part, I hate t.v. But 'The Job' was not only clever, intelligent and funny, but the casting was perfect and it had believable and fascinating characters.

I'm sure Denis Leary's character being addicted to painkillers was too controversial for an ABC show. But I found it to be very insightful because there are tons of everyday working class people addicted to painkillers and you'd never know it. (Doctors really do hand out Vicodin like candy these days and many people get seriously addicted to the stuff and it's more serious than a lot of people realize.) Mike McNeil had demons, but the writing never became wishy-washy....instead, the humor surfaced bigtime and it made for an entertaining show.

I also appreciated how Denis Leary's character did some of the most despicable things, yet he was still so lovable. The writing was simply hilarious. I loved how he put Robert Kelley in an episode playing a character named 'Luiz' when Robert Kelley in his stand up act talks about how annoying it is that everyone in L.A. always thinks he's Hispanic when he's IRISH! Hahaha.

Probably what I liked most about the show though was its top notch writing and comedic intuition- they really knew how to cut the fat, there were no pointless scenes, uninteresting characters, etc. I might be the only one who feels this way, but to me each episode was almost like a mini-movie. They were so perfect!

Anyway, this was a brilliant show. The characters found themselves in some of the most absurd and ridiculous scenerios that you'll remember for years. Insanely original. You won't be disappointed if you watch it.
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Think of the job as a comedy Hill Street Blues..a Gritter Barney Miller..

In 2001, Denis Leary created the Job with Peter Toland (who also created Rescue Me).It was an ensemble cast that meshed as well together. It was too bad ABC could not stay the course and would not let this show grow. The complete series only lasted 19 episodes, but they are as good in 2007 as the espisodes were in the year 2001.

Leary plasys Mike McNeil, a tough as nails cop who has an opinon on everything. He is partner with Pip (Bill Nunn), who is McNeil friend and voice of reason. Diane Farr (Numb3rs),Lenny Clarke and Keith David (the voice of Spawn-the HBO cartoon) are supporting players, as was the crew in Barney Miller was to Hal Linden.

The comedic timing in every day situations makes this show work and make this show as timely as it was in 2001. My favorite episodes are both on the first disk, Elizabeth (with Special Guest Star Elizabeth Hurley ) and Bathroom (where Mike is held at gunpoint in a john)

ABC, you canceled Kevin Smith's Clerks the Cartoon and This show, maybe you need to think before you cancel quality and niche shows. Both complete shows on DVD and well worth to buy


Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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It was on the set of 1999's The Thomas Crown Affair where acid-tongued comedian/actor Denis Leary met Mike Charles, a New York City cop and technical advisor on the film. Sharing a sense of humor and a working-class Irish background, the two clicked so well Leary decided to turn the veteran detective's stories into his first TV series. Originally planned for a series run on HBO, it wasn't until Peter Tolan (The Larry Sanders Show) came on as executive producer that ABC got interested, offering a bigger budget. In exchange for giving up cable's freedom to use the "F-word," ABC let Leary "do the show his way." The result was The Job, an acerbic crossing of Hill Street Blues with NYPD Blue and Barney Miller.

Denis Leary plays Mike McNeil, a good cop with a bad attitude who's made a name for himself by bending the rules; juggling "the job," a suburban wife (Wendy Makkena), a manhattan girlfriend (Karyn Parsons), too much booze and too many pills. Armed with a superbly hilarious ensemble cast and smart & edgy writing, The Job was easily the funniest new show of 2001. The unforgettable supporting cast includes Bill Nunn (Do The Right Thing, Spider-Man films) as Mike's partner Pip Phillips; gorgeous Diane Farr (Roswell, Loveline) as Det. Jan Fendrich; Adam Ferrara and Lenny Clarke as detectives Tommy Manetti & Frank Harrigan; Julian Acosta and John Ortiz as rookie detectives Al Rodriguez & Ruben Sommariba; and Keith David (The Thing, Gargoyles) as Mike's frustrated boss Lt. Tom Williams.

With all 19 episodes from the critically-acclaimed series, it's laughter in the first degree with The Job - The Complete Series. Guest stars include Elizabeth Hurley, Gina Gershon and Janet Hubert-Whitten among others.
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