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The complete series of the TV show Wonderfalls.
Wonderfalls is probably the most hilarious show you've never seen. An hour-long "dramedy" about a young woman who hears the voices of inanimate objects--which instruct her to help out total strangers--the show aired on Fox in early 2004 to critical acclaim and dismal ratings. After airing four times in terrible time slots, the show was quickly canceled, but not before a hue and cry from a small but fervently devoted cadre of fans went up, begging for all 13 episodes to be released on DVD. Thus, the highest-profile DVD release of a canceled show was born, and the nine unaired episodes of Wonderfalls are finally seeing the light of day.
You may be wondering: is it worth it to check out a show that was axed so quickly? The answer is an unqualified yes, as Wonderfalls is quirky without being precious, sardonic without being bitter, and smart without being a show-off about it. Jaye (Caroline Dhavernas) is a graduate of Brown University who's opted not to put her education to work, and instead lives in a trailer and works at a tourist shop in Niagara Falls, to the consternation of her affluent, successful family. All seems to be going well for this self-proclaimed slacker, until one day a small toy lion speaks to her in enigmatic epigrams, commanding her to help people. Loath to deal in any compassionate way with the rest of humanity, Jaye warily obeys, if only to make the voices stop. Soon, though, she finds herself to be an unwilling humanitarian and accidental hero when more inanimate objects start talking to her, and more people turn out to need her help.
The premise may sound a bit too off-the-beaten-path, but Wonderfalls' meddling with the ethereal was grounded in a keen awareness of post-college life and the travails befalling young twentysomethings who had no idea where their life was going. And instead of being sanctimonious or inspiring, the show was instead a complex mix of the heartfelt and the angsty, and Dhavernas was one of the most cynically hopeful heroines to grace the small screen. The rest of the cast was also topnotch, including Kate Finneran as Jaye's high-strung sister, Diana Scarwid as her caustic mother, and Tyron Leitso as bartender Eric, whose tentative romance with Jaye was both affecting and hilarious. Think of Wonderfalls as less of a failure and more of a rare opportunity to see some of the most creative television in recent memory. --Mark Englehart
- All 13 episodes, including 9 that never aired
- Selected episode commentary by Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Todd Holland, Bryan Fuller, and Scotch Ellis Loring
- "Greetings from Wonderfalls" documentary
- Visual effects featurette
- Andy Partridge music video: I Wonder Why the Wonderfalls
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Jaye is a bit of an outcast...she doesn't really like anybody and she's decided that the best way to cope with Life is to withdraw from it totally and interact with folks as little as possible. That works out okay for her until she gets bumped on the head--and suddenly animal figurines (dolls/shirts/etc.) start talking to her. What they TELL her is rather cryptic and doesn't seem to much sense, but it always ends up for the best by the end of the show. Through this FAR too short mid-season replacement that died Jaye begins to open up, helps kindle new romance and rekindle old ones, and eventually (in a completely cryptic fashion of course) finds out WHY animals talk to her.
It's quirky. It's weird. It's fun. And if you like one, you'll like them all.
If you like dry humor, get this. If you like quirky characters and bizarre situations, get this. If you're a fan of shows like "Pushing Daisies" or "Dead Like Me', GET THIS. It's like "Firefly"....you'll be banging your head wishing for just one more....
Caroline Dhavernas did a brilliant job conveying the coddled twenty-something's boredom, frustration, fear and even rage over being "chosen" for what a Native American friend tells her is a great gift but what feels like creeping insanity. The series features Fuller's trademark edgy sense of humor and quirky characters. Supporting cast includes breakout performances by then-unknowns Lee Pace, Tracie Thoms, and Neil Grayston, as well as seasoned veterans Diana Scarwid and Willam Sadler.
I can't over-emphasize how much I like this show. I can probably name my all-time favorite television shows on one hand and this one would be number one every time. 13 episodes - each one golden. And Family Matters (Urkel) was on for 215 episodes.
Life isn't fair. I don't expect it to be but ... come on!!
Her family tells her that she has "episodes" that take an unexpected twist when wax lion figure begins to talk to her. Soon, Jaye begins doing everything the inanimate objects tell her to do no matter what or they will not stop talking and annoying her. Jaye begins to change other people's lives in unexpected ways that make this show a high quality that shouldn't have been cancelled way too soon. If you want a good laugh, I would recommend Wonderfalls. Another great Bryan Fuller TV series gone before it got the chance to shine! Highly recommended!
Along with Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, this wrongfully cancelled series is a delight! I don't know what it is with networks and Brian Fuller. He is a fountain of creativity, humor, set design brilliance, and yet, Dead Like me only lasted two seasons. Pushing Daisies sort of made it through two seasons with ABC pigeon-holing it so it was next to impossible to see the last five or so episodes. This, the refreshing and bright Wonderfalls, lasted a couple of episodes before it was yanked. It just proves how little commercial TV knows about quality programming. Watch this series if you want something original and truly funny! The sets are great, and the talking toys, although totally bogus, are a riot, especially with their effect on the plot and its twists. Wonderfalls is wonderful! That simple.
Sadly, the 3rd of my three discs in the set arrived damaged...that this went un-noticed for so long is just bad luck - but I sure do wish I could watch those last five episodes since there were so few episodes made.