Men Behaving Badly - The Complete Series
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35 Hilarious Episodes, Including 7 Never Seen On TV!
Want to know what "real men" are like? Best friends and roommates, Kevin (Ron Eldard, E.R.) and Jamie (Rob Schneider, Deuce Bigelow) are devoted to prolonging their adolescence. Kevin's girlfriend, Sarah (Justine Bateman, Family Ties), is determined to civilize Kevin, but his bad-boy charisma teamed with Jamie's immoral support are hard to fight.
In the irreverent sitcom's second (and final) season, Jamie takes on a new roommate, Steve (Ken Marino, Veronica Mars), who's equally keen on reclaiming that "boyish charm."
Based on the hit British series, NBC's Men Behaving Badly was originally broadcast from 1996 to 1997. It pushed the boundaries of sitcom humor to all new extremes, promising 22 full minutes of laughter in every episode!
Retrosexuals are back, baby, and between "Man Laws" and Rob Schneider's unaccountably successful film career, this short-lived 1996 Americanized remake of the popular Britcom should behave much better on DVD than it did in the Nielsen ratings. Schneider stars with Ron Eldard (ER) as Jamie and Kevin, childhood friends and roommates. Jamie puts the "id" in idiot with his Kramer-like body spasms and double takes whenever in the presence of a hot babe. He's the slacker type who uses underpants as a coffee filter and endangers an impending job interview so he can surreptitiously rummage through the belongings of his beautiful new neighbor who has unwisely given him her keys. "First impressions can be unfair," she tells him, "but you really seem like a jerk." That's an understatement. Kevin has a slightly more evolved attitude toward women (in the first episode, he queries whether sex is still consensual if his partner falls asleep during it). He at least has a girlfriend, Sarah (Justine Bateman of Family Ties). While the pathetic Jamie struggles just to get to first base, Kevin wrestles with his commitment issues. The situations are predictable (in one episode, Jamie pretends to have a child so he can date a single mother) as are many of the jokes. "They're tire models," Jamie states in one episode during a disastrous double date. "They're used to being rotated."). But you've got to admire Schneider's steadfast commitment to his rude muse without regard for audience empathy.
Eldard and Bateman departed after the end of the first season, but hold those jumping sharks. Schneider took top billing and welcomed a new and equally stunted roommate, Steve (Ken Marino). Both were well matched with female foils. Dina Spybey, who has a young Goldie Hawn's ditzy charm, enjoys an expanded role as Jamie's neighbor, Brenda; Jenica Bergere is Steve's new girlfriend, Katie. Men Behaving Badly may not rank in the "Must-See" pantheon, but especially for Schneider fans, it makes for great boys' night in viewing. Beer, chips, and supermodels not included. --Donald LiebensonSee all Editorial Reviews
- 35 episodes on four discs
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***updated note: closed captioning is surprisingly not available on this dvd- the only negative thing I have to say about it.
I, myself, preferred the 2nd season episodes. The first season was funny, but they were tinkering with it too much. Several actors came and went as new characters were written in, and then, written out of the series. Julia Campbell was in a handful of season 1 shows, but then left the series during season 1. I think that the cast and the characters of the 2nd season were much stronger, and I just wish that there could've been another season or two with this ensemble!
So, if you like Rob Schneider's type of comedy, do yourself a favor and buy this DVD set! It's worth every penny!
Even though I lost interest early into the Season 2 run, I did watch all of the Season 2 episodes this time around, and most of them were entertaining, just not as funny as the earlier Season 1 episodes. If you watch the last unaired episode, Carpe Dino, you will see a very young Drake Bell (Drake & Josh).
Either way, if you enjoyed this show during the mid-90's, this DVD set will bring back these episodes, and you will also get to see the 7 unaired ones.