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Titus - Seasons 1 & 2

4.9 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Titus guides us through his world, which includes a drunken father, a dimwitted brother, a goody-goody best friend and a surprisingly "normal" girlfriend.

Special Features

  • Commentaries with Christopher Titus and creators Brian Hargrove and Jack Kenny
  • Hard Laughs: an all-new interview with Christopher Titus
  • Promo
  • Rehearsal footage
  • Eight-page journal with notes written by Christopher Titus

Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Titus, Cynthia Watros, Zack Ward, David Shatraw, Stacy Keach
  • Directors: Bill Shea, Brian Hargrove, David Lee, Gary Shimokawa, Howard Murray
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 760 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009K8LCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Titus - Seasons 1 & 2" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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It truly is a shame that FOX's Titus only lasted three seasons, although, in retrospect, it's amazing that it even did last that long. The material is probably the darkest stuff I've seen on television (and this is a comedy, remember), the budget must have been tiny (there were only three main sets, and everything else looked recycled). The show survived on its merit, but fortunately, it deserved all the acclaim it got, plus much more.

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.
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I do not watch much television, probably less than an hour a week on average. One of the extremely rare series that I sought out was "Titus," a masterwork which was cancelled before its time, after three short, but brilliant, years. Most good comedy comes out of tragedy, and certainly Christopher Titus has had more than his share. His father was serially divorced, his mother was insane and later committed suicide, yet he was able to take that personal pain and turn it into a darkly funny stand-up act, and later this show.

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.
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Every so often, a TV comedy comes along that is truly edgy and different, where you find yourself wincing and thinking "did he really just say that," right before you laugh. Being edgy and different is not the same thing as being gratuitously offensive and crude, but rather is a function of diving deep into our psyche and our socialization and bringing up the nuggets of comedy hiding there. For example, "Titus" is perhaps the only show in television history where an episode deals with the domestic abuse of a man by his old girlfriend - and it's comedy gold, without being a "very special episode of Titus"! "Titus" manages to walk the fine line of making light of the emotions and reactions that surround the horrific, without making light of the horrific itself. Indeed, part of why "Titus" is so good is that we get nuggets of dramatic honesty from the characters that make us care about them, and in turn that makes the comedy even funnier.

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.
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