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Huff S1: Season 1

Hank Azaria , Paget Brewster , Dan Lerner , Daniel Attias    DVD
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In the complete first season of Huff, Dr. Craig "Huff" Huffstodt is a family man and a successful psychiatrist who gets a wake-up call when one of his patients, a 15-year-old boy, commits suicide during a therapy session. Huff's whole existence - as doctor, husband, father, son, brother, and friend - goes through a dramatic reawakening as he begins to question who he is, what he's made of, and how he fits in - anywhere.

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Dr. Craig Huffstodt (Hank Azaria, Shattered Glass) has it all--beautiful wife Beth (Paget Brewster, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), cute son Byrd (Anton Yelchin), sleek golden retriever, silver BMW, and tastefully-appointed model home. In the pilot, an inconsolable teenager pulls a gun out of his bag and shoots himself--right in the middle of a therapy session. Suddenly, Huff starts to question everything: the job, the marriage, life. Created by Bob Lowry (Any Day Now) and produced by Scott Winant (thirtysomething) for Showtime, Huff combines drama, comedy, flashbacks, and dream sequences to examine one "rich, guilt-ridden white man's" struggle with the Abyss. Sometimes it's Frasier, sometimes The Sopranos--sometimes American Beauty.

Appearances to the contrary, Huff's well-constructed façade is not without its fissures, and as Byrd ominously quotes in episode eight ("Cold Day in Shanghai"), "If you gaze for long into the Abyss, the Abyss also gazes into you--Nietzsche." Live-in mother Izzy (Emmy winner Blythe Danner) is a judgmental busybody, younger brother Teddy (Andy Comeau, Providence) is a sympathetic schizophrenic, and best buddy Russell (Oliver Platt having the time of his life) is a pill-popping, cocaine-snorting, booze-guzzling lawyer whose moral compass has been missing "ever since my daddy's sperm hit the egg." Then there's psychotic patient Melody (Lara Flynn Boyle, The Practice), smart-talking office manager Paula (Kimberly Russell), and homeless Hungarian musician István (Jack Laufer) who keeps crossing his path. (Does he really even exist?) Other recurring characters include Huff's estranged father, Ben (Robert Forster), and Beth's terminally ill mother, Madeline (Swoosie Kurtz). In its first year, Huff garnered seven Emmy nominations and was renewed for a second season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised March 10 2008
Format:DVD
I almost didn't watch this series. I had recorded it when it was on the Movie Network, but never got around to sitting down and watching it. Finally, because of a particularly bad snowstorm which kept me indoors, I decided to invest my time and give it a try. The first episode was interesting, but I was not hooked. However, before I knew it, all that changed. I spent the entire day watching this series and grew to love it more with each episode. It's funny, it's sad, it's haunting, it's so damn real! Every actor in it is wonderful - but a special nod goes to Oliver Platt (who chews up every scene he is in) and Blythe Danner. Even if the rest of the show stunk (which it does NOT) - these two make it worthwile! I can't wait to see the next season!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why was this show cancelled??! Feb. 18 2009
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Excellent acting and excellent writing....Huff is one of the best TV shows ever. It's a shame it was cancelled after only 2 seasons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best March 21 2006
By imsocrazy - Published on Amazon.com
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This and Weeds are the most entertaining shows on television. Hank Azaria is just incredible and the only person who could play Huff. Oliver Platt is an absolute comic genius and I am madly in love with him. He is in a class by himself and deserves his own 5 stars. The way the whole family interacts is so fascinating and complicated and keeps me wanting more. I have watched the whole first season again just because I can't get enough!!! Bring on season 2.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HBwho? March 17 2006
By Geonn W. Cannon - Published on Amazon.com
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Whenever people talk about the great shows pay cable has to offer, they always talk about HBO. Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Deadwood... Showtime never gets a mention, despite such great and innovative programs such as Dead Like Me, Jeremiah and now: Huff.

With Huff, like all their shows, Showtime manages to make a show with conflicted, real characters without resorting to graphic sex or violence. The language is still as harsh as ever, but it's nothing you probably wouldn't hear in the course of a day if you were in these situations.

Even if HBO gets all the press for their sex and violence, Showtime has another winner with Huff. Great stories, wonderfully real characters who - gasp! - make mistakes, amazing acting... Craig Huffstodt and Hank Azaria are two different people who happen to look and sound a lot alike, I must say. Paget Brewster is completely believable as the harried housewife and who would have thought Blythe Danner could be unlikeable?!

Give this show a chance. The storylines don't resolve at the end of one episode, the characters strike realistically and behave much as you'd expect while you're hoping and praying they won't be that self-destructive.

And hey, Bob Saget plays a drug-addicted former sitcom star in one episode. It's almost worth the price of the set alone. ;-D
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show on TV at a great price March 26 2006
By Douglas Mashkow - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Sopranos, Six Feet, etc., but I consider "Huff" the best show on television. Hank Azaria is great as usual, but the performances given by Blythe Danner and Oliver Platt are superlative, both deserving of "Best Supporting" Emmys.

With the price set at $25 (with a $25 rebate if you subscribe to Shotime), the DVD set is a great way to get acquainted with "Huff."
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the HYPE. May 23 2006
By StyleSnob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The First season of Huff is an addicting & well done show. It is up to par with other great cable TV shows like Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, & Weeds. It features a superb cast including, Hank Azaria, Paget Brewster, Blythe Danner, and Oliver Platt. The show has great mix of dark comedy and serious drama centering around Craig Huffstodt's (Hank Azaria)

life as a psychologist and his family & friends. There were a few weak storyline moments in the beginning of the season but the actors made it work and the season keeps getting stronger right up to the shocking finale! There are also fantastic guest appearances by Lara Flynn Boyle and Swoosie Kurtz.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you :-) April 17 2006
By Little Miss Cutey - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm about 2 episodes away from finishing my dvd set. It's been fun. I'd heard so many good things about it, and I know it's been an Emmy nominee for various reasons so I went ahead and ordered it since in Australia we don't get it (only got it in the last week around midnight showing).

Hank Azaria is great as I thought he might be as the lead as a psychiatrist Dr. Craig 'Huff' Huffstodt. That's basically what the show centers around - his work life (where he is dealing with a patients suicide), his family life (great wife, interfering mother, turbulent teen son) and his own feelings about all of the above.

This is a funny show, serious and moving. I really recommend it if you are a fan of a darker comedy with great story lines. To be honest, I cannot stand his friend who is played by Oliver Platt. He is the only negative for me. He is arrogant and cocky, but the other characters are fantastic (especially Blythe Danner - Huff's mother).
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