Mission Hill - The Complete Series
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Mission Hill: The Complete Series (DVD)
It's just around the corner and close to home- a funky, colorful neighborhood where a college degree can bring you an exciting career in retail sales. Welcome to your world: Mission Hill. Meet overqualified, underemployed, 24-year-old Andy French. Ambition: to be a cartoonist. Occupation: salesman at Waterbed World. Hobby: Where's the party? But responsibility soon knocks on the door of the loft apartment Andy shares with two fellow slackers when Kevin, a nerdy 17 -year-old who wears his SAT score on his shirt and his admiration for big brother Andy on his sleeve, moves in. And, for good measure, so does the French family's dog. Friends, roomies, canines, countrymen: lend me your beers. They're all part of the daze of Andy's life. And all here in this Complete Series DVD Set.]]>
A colorful cross between the graphic art of Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) and the TV work of Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks), Mission Hill centers around 24-year-old slacker Andy French (Wallace Langham, CSI). A wannabe-cartoonist, Andy works at Waterbed World with part-time girlfriend Gwen (Jane Wiedlin, the Go-Gos). In the pilot, his nerdy 17-year-old brother, Kevin (Scott Menville, The Wonder Years)--beer-swilling pooch, Stogie, in tow--moves in with Andy and spacey roommates Jim (Brian Posehn, Mr. Show) and Posey (Vicki Lewis, Newsradio) when the French parents relocate to Wyoming.
Created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons), Mission Hill began life on the WB, but was unjustly axed after six episodes. As Andy notes in "Andy vs. the Real World," "I'm not MTV material. Hell, I'm barely WB material." The hand-drawn 'toon was a better fit for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim animation block, which aired the remaining seven. (Five more were written, but not produced.) During its run, Andy and Kevin meander through their share of mishaps. They include Kevin accidentally burning down pal Georges mini-mart in "Kevin's Problem," the brothers falling for George's sister in "Andy and Kevin Make a Friend," and Andy losing his job in "Unemployment Part One."
Guest voices include David Clennon (thirtysomething) as Jim's boss ("Unemployment Part Two") and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle) as the strange object of Kevin's affection ("Kevin Finds Love"). Other voices include Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Dave Thomas (SCTV), who voice a variety of characters. Cake performed the funky title theme ("Italian Leather Sofa"); although not all of the other alt-rock acts featured in the show made it to DVD. Fun fact: Kevin's gravel-voiced gay neighbor, Gus (Nick Jameson, Foghat), was based on tough guy Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Mission Hill chronicles the lives of the French brothers and their wacky roomies and neighbors of their tenant building in Mission Hill (which, according to the creators' commentary, is based on the Wicker Park community in Chicago). Although the show originally aired in 2000 (i think) on the WB (young teen girl's network...bad place for this show, hence the cancellation) it does a great job of poking fun at the pop culture of today. I find myself able to empathize with Andy French, the main character of the show, who is a 24 year-old wannabe cartoonist (like me, only I'm a 3D artist) working at a water bed store that has to take on Kevin, his younger 17 year old brother, as a roomie so that Kevin can continue to go to school in the area in the event of his parents moving to another state . Ensuing are many great comedic moments between the rival siblings and the ensuing adventures of their roommates and neighbors, which are interwoven so well in the show.
As other reviewers have noted, there are audio 'problems' throughout some episodes simply because of rights issues with songs. In the episode 'Unemployment Part 1' there is a moment where it even appears that music was used to cover up some dialog, for reasons to me unknown (never saw this episode on TV...put it back on Adult Swim!). All other music missing or replaced is a simple case of not being able to get rights to use it on the DVD because the studio didn't want to pay for the royalties, I'm guessing. Damn those music labels and their greed...anywho, it's a small price to pay to have a fantastic show like this on hand to watch whenever you feel like some quality TV viewing.
I can only hope that enough people buy this DVD set to produce enough interest from Paramount to restart production of this show and bring back all the fantastic people involved in making this show what it was. If a crappy show like Family Guy can come back from the dead, surely a genius show like this can...though I fear it will not happen.
Great Show all around, a genuine cult classic.
I love the snarky attitude Mission Hill offers, it's comedy,wit,and it was definitely ahead of it's time, wish they would bring the show back </3