Titus - Seasons 1 & 2
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- Commentaries with Christopher Titus and creators Brian Hargrove and Jack Kenny
- Hard Laughs: an all-new interview with Christopher Titus
- Rehearsal footage
- Eight-page journal with notes written by Christopher Titus
Top Customer Reviews
The show Titus is based off of comedian Christopher Titus' one man stage show entitled Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding, which in turn was based on his real life. In fact, the members of Titus' family had to sign release forms, as the show was so close to real life. Titus plays himself, a custom car shop owner who comes from a very dysfunctional family. His father Ken Titus (Stacey Keach) is a womanizing alcoholic who takes the term "tough love" to a whole new level. His mother Juanita (Julie Wagner/Frances Fisher) is a manic-depressive schizophrenic who, on many occasions, tried to kill Ken. Half-brother Dave (Zack Ward) is a marijuana-smoking, unintelligent man-boy. Titus' "normal" friend Tommy Shafter (David Shatraw) is sensitive and effeminante, which leads to him being at the butt of a lot of Ken's jokes. Erin Fitzpatrick (Cynthia Watros) is Titus' loving (but equally screwed up) girlfriend. She also comes from a dysfunctional family, but she does everything she can to forget about it.
The stories are told in a very interesting way; as everything is going on, there are frequent asides from Titus in a black and white "neutral space" where he narrates, comments, and sets up jokes. A lot of the dialogue in the neutral space comes directly from Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding.Read more ›
This show broke new ground, and Fox was brave to let the show explore taboo areas such as divorce, abuse, insanity, and general familial dysfunction. The writing, direction, cinematography (it was the first show in High Definition), and most of all acting are perfect. Christopher Titus plays himself, the beautiful Cynthia Watros plays Erin, his girlfriend, and best of all Stacey Keach plays his dad. For my money Keach as Ken Titus is one of the greatest performances ever in prime time. The remaining cast is equally brilliant, and the guest stars (David Hyde Pierce, Jay Leno, etc.) are delightful.
The show is unique in its construction, and the black and white narrated segments are some of the best scenes ever filmed. Most are very funny, though some are powerful social commentary (a trend that became even more pronounced in season three.)
This show is truly unique: it takes situation comedy to a totally new level, and while it sometimes makes the viewer uncomfortable, it also challenges the viewer to look at themselves, their own fears, biases, and prejudices, and in the final analysis that's a good thing.
I can't recommend "Titus" highly enough. Yes it's very funny, but it's a lot more than that.
The special features describe how "Titus" came to be, and the commentary tracks, unusual for a comedy show, are interesting and informative.
The first few episodes are taken directly from Christopher Titus' excellent "Norman Rockwell is Bleeding" comedy show, which is still broadcast from time to time on Comedy Central. It's well worth watching if you have a chance. If you like that, you will love this box set.
In my opinion, the first two seasons are the best, so this is the box set to get if you're going to get just one. Although after you buy this, you will buy Season 3 anyway. Season 3 is still funny, and better than most things on TV today, but the addition of Erin's niece to the cast in season 3 was a less-than-inspired idea that drags down some of those episodes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This show is hillarious. I make all my friends watch it at least once. It won't dissapointPublished 6 months ago by Bakinmecrazy
This was the best TV show of all time! It really sucks that it didn't last longer. I didn't didnt buy from Amazon but i did score this beauty at a pawn shop for only $20. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kasey
Really liked Titus when it was on tv. Two seasons of crazy sitcom humor based somewhat on his real life.Published 9 months ago by Tattooed Soul
Great price and great condition! Shipped fast and is hilarious! My boyfriend is so happy to have these since Titus is his favorite comedian!Published 10 months ago by Irishdreamgirl
Funny. Titus is unbelievably crazy. We used to watch him all the time. Can't wait for Season 3.Published 11 months ago by David Merrell