Why buy a collection of episodes from a TV series that lasted a mere two low-rated seasons? Because Get a Life was so far ahead of its time, TV still hasn't completely caught up yet. Chris Elliott, TV's original jackass, stars as Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old paperboy who still lives with his bathrobed and perpetually embarrassed parents (the venerable Bob Elliott and Elinor Donahue, who was "Princess" on Father Knows Best). The first slacker sitcom subverts conventions with its unapologetically obnoxious and delusional lead character in this well-chosen quartet of episodes. Chris auditions for a local theatre production, "Zoo Animals on Wheels." In "Married," he meets, marries, cheats on, and divorces a model all in one day. He is a fish out of water in "The Big City," and a man stuck with his father in a two-man sub lodged in his own bathtub in "Neptune 2000." Since its 1992 cancellation, Get a Life has taken on a life of its own, its legend perhaps enhanced by the fact that it has not been widely syndicated. For devoted fans, this collection is the next best thing to a Get a Life reunion (don't hold your breath). --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
How do you write comedy when the protagonist is so cut-off from the conventions of normal thought and behavior that the other charactersï¿½ reactions are little more than exasperated confusion? The answer is, ï¿½with great difficulty.ï¿½ Itï¿½s like trying to assemble a wooden structure without nails. Itï¿½s hard to get laughs through character interaction when the main character doesnï¿½t interact in any ï¿½normalï¿½ way with the other characters.
About all you can do is mine Chris Elliotï¿½s innate weirdness. So not only is ï¿½Get a Lifeï¿½ weird -- it's weird merely for the sake of being weird. The writers arenï¿½t worried whether the stories make sense, either practically or psychologically, because Chris Peterson neither worries nor makes sense. What other sitcom has ever shown a dummy of the main character being repeatedly run over by cars?
Clearly, ï¿½Get a Lifeï¿½ is a show about style, not content. In trying to be different from other sitcoms, the producers painted themselves into a corner thatï¿½s hard to maneuver in.
The reaction of some reviewers -- that ï¿½Get a Lifeï¿½ isnï¿½t as funny as they remembered ï¿½ isnï¿½t surprising.Read more ›
The show itself gets a 5 star rating, but as for the DVD:
1.) The picture quality on my 12 year old VHS tapes is better than the DVD. The DVD looks like it was filmed through cheesecloth. 40 year old shows like The Prisoner and the Avengers look great on DVD, why can't this younger show?
2.) Only four episodes on a disc?? Rip off. Again.
3.) Bonus Features: Weak. Interview w/ the Producer/Director David Mirkin and a Cast Filmography (WOW!). At least they didn't list "Interactive Menu" as a Bonus Feature ... or did they?
4.) Rhino pushed the release date out at least twice on this one. What's the problem with getting these out???
Rhino should release all the episodes, in order, all at once, in a 2 or 3 disk box set. This is such a pain. I'm glad I still have my VHS tapes.
Anyhow, if you can get by the picture quality, and you truly have a sense of humor you will love watching this show.
Most recent customer reviews
This DVD offers a rare opportunity to some of us; the diehard fans of this sitcom, which appeared on Fox Network in late 1980s and 1990s. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Rama Rao
Chris Elliott is one of the side-split-n-ist funny guys around!
ZOO ANIMALS ON WHEELS is BRILLIANT!!! and oddly enough, if it were a REAL show... Read more
Volume 2 is actually better than Volume 1. There is a well-made interview with the producer and he explained a large number of the questions I've always had about the series and... Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Roger S.
This show is a blast I recorded every episode back when it was on tv. I only hoped that one day I could have them on DVD. Why do they just have a handful of random episodes on it? Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2003
I have Volumes 1 and 2, and have ordered the latest release of this silly 90s TV show, but I must have more. Come on producers, stop teasing us. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2003
The whole "Get a life" series is awesome, they need to come out with more volumes, better yet, they just need to come out with the whole series on dvd, that would be the... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by Adam Teschke
I bought this because there is no other viable alternative on DVD. While I enjoyed the four episodes and the bonus interview was nice, this is no replacement for a complete... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2002 by Kevin Brown
Seriously, this show was unintelligent, childish, unreal and completly and utterly ignorant. Worst show ever....EVER. DO NOT BUY THIS GO**amn DVD.Published on Sept. 22 2002 by Seth Ellsworth
It seems that the episodes of "Get a Life" are being released in a manner such that the poorer episodes are released first to guarantee people will buy the entire set. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002
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