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The Ben Stiller Show

1 Season

Season 1
4.0 out of 5 stars (98) IMDb 7.2/10

Before Zoolander, Night at the Museum, Dodgeball and Meet the Parents there was The Ben Stiller Show! Get a glimpse of Stiller's early years in this acclaimed but short-lived comedy series. Launched in 1992, the ingeniously funny television sketch series earned an Emmy for comedic writing and became the darling of widespread critical acclaim. Get ready for the funniest show you never saw!

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Andy Dick

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Season 1
1. 101
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The cast introduces several comedy sketches, including: U2:The Early Years in which Ben Stiller impersonates Bono of U2 as the Patridge Family; Cape Munster - a parody of Cape Fear with Stiller as an adult Eddie Munster; Ben's Video Diary; What is Sexy?

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 27, 1992
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2. 102

Special guest star BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Tom Cruise: Dress Casual in which Stiller spoofs Tom Cruise re-enacting some of his most famous roles in a Broadway performance;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 4, 1992
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3. 103

Special guest star JAMES DOOHAN ("Star Trek") joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Legends Of Springsteen; Amish Studs; Michael Pheret,Talent Agency with Run-DMC; Legends Of Springsteen, Part 2;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: October 18, 1992
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4. 104

From trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, the cast introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Skank Goes Blind with Todd Bridges; "Cops" in Ancient Egypt; Ben Stiller's Music News; Low-Budget Tales of Cliched Horror; B-Minus Time Traveler;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: October 25, 1992
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5. 105

Special guest star COLIN QUINN joins the cast at a train station to introduce several comedy sketches.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: November 1, 1992
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6. 106

Special guest star SARAH JESSICA PARKER joins the cast on a picnic and introduces several comedy sketches.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: November 8, 1992
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7. 107

Special guest star ROB MORROW joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Counting with Bruce Springsteen; Grady's Oats with Dana Gould; The Grungies; Ben Stiller's Wheel Of Filler-Jewish Fly Guys;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: November 15, 1992
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8. 108

Special guest star GARRY SHANDLING joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Hair Styling with Bruce featuring Gary Coleman; Woody Allen's Bride Of Frankenstein; Club Fredrick; Michael Pheret with Alex Karras;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: December 6, 1992
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8. The Ben Stiller Show: Season 1 Episode 8

Special guest star GARRY SHANDLING joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Hair Styling with Bruce featuring Gary Coleman; Woody Allen's Bride Of Frankenstein; Club Fredrick; Michael Pheret with Alex Karras;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: December 6, 1992
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10. 110

Special guest star DENNIS MILLER ("Saturday Night Live") joins the cast to introduce several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Three Men and an Old Man with Stiller as Steve Guttenberg "Manson" TV Show;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 20, 1992
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11. 111

From a beach, the cast introduces several comedy sketches. FRED WILLARD (Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman) guest stars. Sketches include: Relaxation Tape No. 2; Roundtable; Ben, Janeane And Andy on Beach;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: January 3, 1993
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12. 112

The cast introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: A Few Good Scouts - a parody of A Few Good Men; "Cops" in Medieval Times; Ben Stiller's Music News with Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg) and Casey Kasem;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 17, 1993
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13. 113

The cast introduces several comedy sketches. Sketches include: Zoo TV At Night in which Stiller does his parody of Bono of U2; Otto The Anti-Cupid; Kreepee Board; Michael Pheret, Weasel Agent with Howie Mandell;

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 24, 1993
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Format: DVD
Sometimes the memory is much better than the reality. I had fond memories of this show. While reviewing the DVDs recently, I realized that the one or two sketches I remember as being hilarious were indeed funny, but just. The other sketches were of rather poor quality. I wanted badly to like it, but it was rather embarassing; It was one of those shows that you brag to all your friends about how much they'll like it, only to shift uncomfortably as it unfolds before your eyes. One of those 'rent-before-you-buy's for sure.
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This compilation is one of those DVDs that has been long overdue. After looking desperately for chances to see this "one season" wonder on Comedy Central years back, I was pleased to find out recently that I could see the entire season for a little more than twenty dollars by buying it online.
The DVD chronicles the 12 episodes of Ben Stiller's Show, which ran on MTV from 1992 to 1993. The cast includes Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo (remember her?), Andy Dick and Bob Odenkirk doing sketches and parodies of popular early 90s shows, commercials and fads. There is also one unaired episode included, as well as commentaries and outtakes from a few of the episodes.
This show mocks the aggravations of trendy television that sprang up in the late 80s/early 90s. There are plenty of stabs at FOX's "rich" kids shows, Hollywood blockbuster movies, commercials and MTV shows. For instance, there is a running parody called "Melrose Heights 90210-2402" which pokes fun at the over dramatization and hipness of yuppie-teen television that came to prominence with Melrose Place and Beverly Hills. There is also "Legends of Springsteen", where we learn the many achievements of the legendary "Boss" (such as how he fought off alien invaders at a cafe). Another highlight is "The Grungies" segment, which mocks the Grunge "X" Generation movement of the early 90s (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc) by combining it with the popular 60s show "The Monkees." It is also has a scattering of action movie skits that mimic action movies: Die Hard 12: Die Hungry, Cape Munster, and Advantage Agassi (Andre Agassi as a tennis-playing, crime fighter in a prototypical cheesy B-Movie subplot). Numerous commercials (What is sexy?, the "Pig" Latin singer), a mockumentary of U2 (Stiller as Bono), Ben's Video Diary, and Headslammer's Ball are other notable segments included.
An excellent buy for a Ben Stiller fan, and definitely worth a shot if you are unfamiliar with the show. Essentially, this is smart comedy.
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Format: DVD
Fans of the show can finally retire their decade old VHS tapes. All twelve original episodes are here, plus the thirteenth episode that only aired on the Comedy Channel.
Aside from the shows themselves, which most people looking at this page are already sold on, fans need to get this DVD set to hear the commentary. Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk are all in the commentary tracks. The commentary is generally fun and any serious fan must listen to the commentary tracks to hear the following:
1) How Ben Stiller assembled this now legendary cast.
2) A story about Ben meeting Bruce Springsteen, who is a subject of several skits in the show.
3) How the cast felt about the show's cancellation.
4) How the cast feels about the show relative to their later works.
5) How the fledgling Fox Network felt about the show's parodies of "Cops", "90210", and the Fox Network.
6) Guests that they tried to secure for the segments between the sketches.
7) How Janeane feels about bike shorts.
8) How they tricked Adam West into impersonating Adam West.
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Best:
1) The humor was free-flowing and one skit drifted quickly into another.
2) Once you start watching an episode, you're hooked until it's over. All 12 (actually 13) episodes, plus bonus skits, are easy to watch back-to-back with plenty of good places to pause.
3) Many of the skits were absolutely roll-around hilarious.
4) The commentaries and behind-the-scenes features tell you everything you need to know about the series and why it was cancelled.
Worst:
1) The celebrity guests rarely participated in skits and sometimes had nothing entertaining to say or do.
2) Some camera shots, especially the outdoor scenes, had a very low-budget look.
3) Many of the joke references require you to have a knowledge of 1980's TV series to really understand.
Recommendation:
The price is good, the special features are generous and it's hours of entertainment with a high rewatch value. Get it - definitely.
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Hilarious, smart, and hip (for 1992), Ben Stiller's comedy incubator (i.e. Bob Odenkirk, Jeanine Garafalo, Andy Dick, David Cross, Dana Gould, Dino "Starburns" Stamatopolous, and Judd Apatow, to name a few...including a budding Derek Zoolander character), killed in its prime, holds up both as time-capsule of comedy history, and genuinely funny satire. Sure it helps to know a little about Normal Fell, Sherman Hemsley or Butch Patrick, but many of the less topical sketches remain just as intelligent, ridiculous, and hilarious today. I think it might have been a greater tragedy if it hadn't received a posthumous Emmy or if its cast hadn't managed long careers in comedy, but still, it's a shame more people didn't appreciate the genius at the time.
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