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The Job - The Complete Series
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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.
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
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1, 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches; 11.2 Ounces
- Director : Tucker Gates
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 30 minutes
- Release date : May 24, 2005
- Actors : Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Diane Farr, Bill Nunn, John Ortiz
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B0007NN6JC
- Writers : Denis Leary, Peter Tolan
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If you're a "Rescue Me" fan then you'll recognize several of the same actors are in both series (Not usually to the same extent as they wer in The Job) The humor from the job transferred easily into Rescue, but The Job was basically a comedy where as Rescue is more of a comedy drama.
If you're a fan of Rescue Me then you really should get this series. There are some episodes that are so funny all the way through that my stomache was sore from laughing so much. One of my favorites was when the detectives from the precinct of the main characters was called to invesitgate a corpse of some homeless guy. After questioning a witness they figured that the detective for the adjoining precinct had lifted the body over the fence so that he wouldn't be stuck with the paper work. So the same body kept getting dumped back and forth in different locations until someone at the newspaper caught wind of a series of bodies being found in the two precincts as if there was some muder spree going on.
The Job was so funny and original that I just couldn't believe the show would get axed before it had time to build a bigger audience....Anyway this is a damn good laugh though and through....The bonus interviews were pretty good too.
In some ways, I find The Job more entertaining than Rescue Me. Its humor is less dark and less threatening. Rescue Me is more visceral. The Job is more clearly a satire and less emotionally demanding. It tickles rather than smacking the viewer.
Leary is the star of The Job, but the ensemble cast is outstanding and each character and actor adds much to each show. It is worth mentioning the some of the other members of The Job cast--in particular Diane Farr and Lenny Clark--also show up in Rescue Me.
The series is unconventional in characters, plots, language, drama and presentation. Mike McNeil, the Leary character, is a lovable scoundrel whose approach to police work is both insulting to and appreciative of actual police behavior. A sensational send up of policing and police dramas and comedies, this series presents police and criminals as human failures. Not entirely real world, but amusing. It is a priceless commentary on the job and its tensions, pressures and the tragic human comedy of the dirty work of crime and punishment.
The fact that the show was filmed entirely on location in New York harkens back to earlier TV police drama like the Naked City. The setting is nearly as important as the action and the dialog. The city scene infiltrates every aspect of the show.
The special features such as the commentaries of Leary and Tolan and cast interviews increase the value of the DVD set and enliven appreciation of the series' artistic achievements.
The Job stars Denis Leary as NYC detective Mike McNeil as a cop with typical drinking, smoking, self-medicating, and girlfriend/marriage issues. While out of the house, he manages to cope in rather "unorthodox" ways (i.e indulging in his vices) with his girlfriend on the side.
At work Leary is joined by many other cast members (Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara, and Diane Farr) that are recognizable from Rescue Me that makeup an absurd rag-tag bunch of detectives that take on some rather strange cases (involving anything from chasing a man in a wheelchair, and almost losing him, protecting movie stars Elizabeth Hurley and Gina Gershon, and spying on women using a telescope from evidence lockup). I don't know if I laughed more at the humor itself or just thinking of the fact that ABC was owned by Disney by this time and they actually let this air...for TWO SEASONS!
This show is not based on typical police procedurals like NYPD Blue or Law & Order. The Job is more of a short comedy sitcom that dwells on the ridiculous events that seem to happen on a day to day basis for Det. McNeill and his squad, landing him in hot water with their Captain. The Job does not always end up with an arrest in every instance.
Special features includes standard gag reels, interviews, and promo commercials. Some select episodes also include a commentary for that particular episode. The commentary must have been done quite some time after the show and well into a season or two of Rescue Me, because creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan bring Rescue Me into the mix of the commentary many times. So you probably won't get commentary that properly reflects the creators of this show as how this show ties into Rescue Me as a building block to the FX big leagues.
If you like Rescue Me, this one is worth it.