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Titus - Season 3
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This half-hour comedy chronicles the hilarious world of Christopher Titus and his totally messed-up poor white trash family. Between his drunken father, his dimwitted brother, and his goody-goody best friend, it's amazing Titus is alive, let alone engaged to a "normal" girl.
The comedic chronicles of Christopher Titus's profoundly dysfunctional family came to an end with Titus's third season (2001-2002), and while it's not known if Titus and his co-producers knew that the bell was tolling for their risky show, the go-for-broke tone of these episodes certainly suggests that they weren't going to leave the airwaves without raising a ruckus. How else to explain such hit-the-brakes storylines as "The Trial," which has Titus's mother (played in this season by Connie Stevens) facing a jury for the murder of her abusive husband (with former spouse Ken Titus, played by the consistently uproarious Stacey Keach, itching to testify against her), or the verboten romance between Tommy (David Shawtraw) and Titus's pregnant sister (Elizabeth Berkely) in "Tommy's Crush," or the two-parter "Insanity Genetic," where Titus's fears that his family's instability might threaten his relationship with Erin (Lost's Cynthia Watros) land him in jail. The episodes compiled in this set are raw, occasionally taboo, and definitely not TV Family Night material (although maybe they should be), but series fans and those looking for comedy with some emotional bite will appreciate that this underappreciated series has finally made it to DVD. The set includes commentary by Titus and co-producers Brian Hargrove and Jack Kenney, and interviews with Keach, Watros, and Zack Ward, who played Titus's brother Dave. --Paul Gaita
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I bought Season 1 & 2 just a couple years ago, for $20 total. -NEW
I spent $50 on Season 3, USED.
The show is Epic. Tons of hard-hitting laughs. Of Course there are ups and Downs, sure, but that's no reason for a Show to get Cancelled.
They need to release a Blu-Ray version.
The third season deals with the darkest of all possible subjects, taken largely from Christopher Titus' own life. Most difficult is the subject of his mother's insanity and suicide, and coming to terms with the fears that it may be genetic. The episode "Tommy's Not Gay" is also extremely powerful (especially the black and white segments,) but for me the most difficult episode was the final episode "The Protector" which deals with child abuse. While I was never abused, I have seen the aftermath. It is a tragedy of the highest magnitude, and the manner in which "Titus" dealt with it in the final episode is both a cautionary tale to parents and other "protectors" and an indictment of abusers. I thought the resolution in that episode was absolutely perfect: seeing the principal finally allied for good with the ones he was charged to protect was a stunning moment of moral clarity. Heavy stuff, this, but important to see.
"Titus" is an extremely unconventional show, but a show with extreme merit. I can't recommend this series enough.
The third season pushes the envelope more than the first two seasons did combined. This season of the show hits you with many hilariously funny jokes and then provides many serious and provocative moments regarding homosexuality, suicide, molestation, etc. This season is darker, but the genius comes out of that. The formula for the third season of Titus is raw, hilarious, touching, and distressing all at the same time. The show about Titus' mom is a perfect example. I won't ruin it for those who haven't seen it, but those of you who have seen it know what I mean.
It's really hard to explain to those who haven't seen the show. There truly has never been a show before or since that can think of that is like Titus. I don't want to make it sound like the show is dreary because it isn't. It's funny, but also insightful. The season contains 21 episodes:
01 Racing In The Streets: Titus, still recovering from his drag racing accident, decides to street race for money. Erin tries to stop him
02 Amy's Birthday: Erin throws her neice Amy a surprise party. After seeing how Amy's living, Erin tries to fix the problem.
03 Tommy's Not Gay: Tommy reveals shocking news: His father is gay. Titus tries to mend the father-son relationship and also get back at two guys who assualted Tommy's father.
04 Shannon's Song: Titus' sister Shannon (Elizabeth Berkely) shows up from Africa and quickly grabs everyones attention...away from Titus.
05 Grad School: Erin interns as a social worker, but quickly gets in over her head.
06 Houseboat: Erin wants to bring the spirit of Christmas to Christopher's father, Ken Titus. They decide a houseboat is the best place to corner Ken, but Chistopher finds it the perfect opportunity to get revenge on his father
07 The Trial: Titus' mother, Juanita, is on trial for killing her abusive boyfriend at Erin and Christopher's wedding. Titus fights to save his mother from being found guilty.
08 Grandma Titus: Titus' grandmother (Phyllis Diller), affected by Alzheimer's, shows up at a high school. Titus is called to deal with the situation which is only hampered by the fact that he thought she was dead.
09 Errrr: Trying to stop Amy from committing suicide, Titus recalls the story of he and Erin's first disastorous meeting.
10 Tommy's Crush: Tommy and Titus' sister Shannon have an affair
11 Into Thin Air: On a ski trip, Titus tells Dave his girlfriend is cheating on him. Both end up stranded on a cliff, but Titus wants Dave to become a man and save himself.
12 Too Damn Good: a Ford representative (Frankie Muniz) pays Titus to design a car, but he has a mental block...his father
13 Bachelor Party: On the way to a bachelor party in Las Vegas, Titus runs into a rural diner and a pregnant woman.
14 Hot Streak: Wanting his father's respect, Titus brings him to the Bahamas along with Tommy, Dave, and Erin. Titus doesn't know what to do when Ken has a heart attack while enjoying his favorite things: gambling, smoking, and drinking, all at the same time.
15 The Session: Erin drags Titus to family therapy. Things quickly go awry
16 Same Courtesy: Titus plots his revenge for being embarassed at the therapy session
17 After Mrs. Shafter: Ken is after Tommy's mom, much to the horror of Tommy.
18 The Visit: Titus and Erin's plans to adopt Amy are turned upside down when both the social worker and Titus's mother, whose says she's just killed again, show up at the same time.
19 Insanity Genetic Pt. 1: While aboard an airplane, Titus wonders if his mother's insanity might be genetic.
20 Insanity Genetic Pt. 2: The incident onboard the airplane leaves Titus with the prospect of going to jail or being committed
21 Protector: Titus seeks out a kid who's been harassing Amy
It's a shame the show got canceled. Few shows actually make me laugh out loud. Titus was one of them. It was a breath of fresh air from all the crap that's on TV. I wish it was still here, but at least we finally have the DVDs to enjoy. Stacey Keach deserves a round of applause for portraying one of the funniest characters I've ever seen. Bow down to Titus. Thanks for the laughs