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Mission Hill - The Complete Series
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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.]]>
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
Top Customer Reviews
The series was ahead of its time ... on the wrong network, unfortunately. Were it a new series now, it might have been pitched to Comedy Central or Cartoon Network (Adult Swim) and survived not only to _finish_ the first season but for subsequent seasons as well.
The episodes have a slightly higher replay value than most series', a lot of the humor and in fact, some of the best humor is very subtle - such as the No Smoking sign in Jim's office. Moreover, the question everyone always asks is finally answered in the commentary, I am referring of course to the reason all of the characters appear to have Jaundice and yellow teeth. ;)
For ~$20, the two-disc set is well worth it - it would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone with a Kevin or Andy character in his or her own life. :)
Ron doesn't get to play Blue Monday at his party.
The strip club loses a lot of energy, with wimpier background music and lap dance music this is much less cool (and less hilarious).
The planatarium narration "First there was the Milky Way, then there was the Crab Nebula, then there was Judas Priest!" gets cut off and inferior music is used.
Kevin no longer gets to nerd up the Ferraro with Gordon Lightfoot. I believe some instrumental music (Scott Joplin?) is used instead.
Kevin's tie loses its ridiculous "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton, and it's replaced something like a Christmas jingle. (I think Jim's music cigarette also gets changed to the same song.)
There's no more Wackety Sax (sp?) when Kevin is swimming after the college recommedation from Wierdie's dead dad.
Worst of all, the wonderfully funny use of REM's "Everybody Hurts" as a "Real World: Mission Hill" castmember is hauled away in an ambulance is replaced with ambient filler on the DVD. When the cast of neighbors starts singing REM's song at the end, the DVD version gives you no reason for why they would choose the song, taking the joke away.
Anyway, this is from distant memory from the last time I watched the set, so I might have missed a few other changes. One exception is that I think the song from Run Lola Run stayed intact.
This music issue was the only problem with the DVDs for me. Everything else was first rate, and it's a gem of a show.Read more ›
This show was a great voice for Generation X. In the best episode of the short-lived series ("Unemployment, Part II"), Andy's without a job, and perfectly set to laze about at home, cashing his unemployment checks to fuel his malt liquor needs. In his mind, he's living the lifestyle people of his generation were encouraged to live. Andy gets kicked in the keister, though, when he finds out that his roommate Jim is leading the complete opposite life, without Andy having any clue. This kind of real-life insight set the show apart from more slapstick-inspired series like The Simpsons (where Homer seems to lose his job in every episode, which doesn't disrupt the family's life) or Family Guy (where everything seems to work out in the end, no matter what Peter ends up doing). That isn't to say Mission Hill is melodramatic. Far from it - this show is one of the funniest I've seen in years. But it's funny because the viewer is invited to share themselves with the characters.
This is the perfect DVD for fans of the show, and I think each fan should find some friends that didn't get to enjoy Mission Hill during its brief time on the air, and share this show with them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the series and this set that has all episodes. Only issue is 2 episodes have the audio encoding swapped (background become foreground).Published 6 months ago by William Mackey
I am still thrilled that I was able to find this. I loved Mission Hill back when it was on Adult Swim, but when it was taken off the air, I tried looking for a complete set, but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer Williams
Came with minor damage to the inside of the case. It bothers me a little but the disc was not damaged, so I'm happy overall.Published 10 months ago by xSilentKhaosx
5 stars for the quality of the show. Sad they weren't able to finish all the episodes they had storyboarded. Read morePublished 10 months ago by GShazam
Another adult swim show that wasnt give enough time to find its audience and canceled and filled with Family guy reruns. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mablade2