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The Job: The Complete Series

Denis Leary , Lenny Clarke , Tucker Gates    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The critically-acclaimed, gritty comedy starring Denis Leary now on DVD! All 19 episodes on 4 DVDs!

Mike McNeil (Denis Leary) is a self-medicating, hard-drinking, decorated New York City detective with a wife, a mistress and a crush on a coworker. Surrounded by a partner and fellow squad members who are just as colorful, McNeil pursues his uniquely unconventional, yet effective, approach to crime solving while attempting to manage the chaos of his personal life.

Originally broadcast on ABC in 2001, The Job was shot entirely on location in New York City, giving the show a gritty look to match its always edgy comedy.

Special Features:
Interview/Commentary with creators Denis Leary & Peter Tolan Gag Reel


Network television says they want original programs, but they don't always know what to do with them. Case in point: The Job, the late lamented series that lasted but 19 episodes before being unceremoniously yanked by ABC. So long Mike McNeil; we hardly knew ye. But what we did see of Denis Leary's working class anti-hero made for arrestingly funny television. McNeil, a cop, smokes, drinks, pops pills, and juggles a wife and girlfriend. And it's all beginning to catch up with him. "This stuff is Biblical," notes his partner, an African American whom the squad has nicknamed "Pip" (as in Gladys Knight and the...). The Job is not your typical workplace sitcom. There is no laugh track. Based on a real cop whom Leary befriended while researching his role in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, The Job has the raw sound, rough language, and gritty look and texture of authenticity. It was shot documentary-style on location in New York. The focus of the series is more personal and less procedural than other cop shows. We get to know intimately this flawed and funny close-knit band of brothers, including straight-arrow Pip (Bill Nunn); Frank (Lenny Clarke), an old school cop and great bear of a man; and Det. Jan Fendrich (Diane Farr), a capable member of this boys' club in the classic Howard Hawks tradition, and who perhaps might have become a love interest for Mike had the series continued.

A series benchmark is "Barbeque," in which an anniversary party hosted by Pip and his commanding wife, Adina, inexorably descends into chaos when McNeil and company disregard Adnia's "no alcohol" edict. Another classic is the episode in which McNeil suspects that Frank is gay. While it does not jibe with Internet episode guides, the episode chronology on this four-disc set builds to a powerful climax, with Mike's girlfriend en route to confront his long-suffering wife (who may herself be having an affair), and Pip considering cheating on Adina with an old flame, all scored to the Ramones' pounding rendition of "Wonderful World." Whether it was ahead of its time, a victim of network neglect and mishandling, or just too dramatically different, The Job was too good for prime time. That it led to Leary's new hit series, Rescue Me, is small comfort. For faithful and frustrated viewers, it's great to have McNeil back on The Job. --Donald Liebenson

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Job-The Complete Series July 2 2005
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This DVD set of the TV show The Job is wonderful. I only wish that there were more episodes to watch. If you like Denis Leary, or funny shows that don't contain laugh tracks, but have hilarious, acidic humor, this is the DVD collection for you. Money very well spent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now we know what's wrong with network TV Sept. 15 2009
I was shocked when the TV network canceled this amazing show. I guess the big three, ABC, NBC and CBS, think that those ridiculous Reality Shows are more entertaining than a creative idea and excellent writing. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see where Rescue Me came from. Change the workplace from the precinct to the fire hall, and you have the same show. This short series is an absolute must for fans of Denis Leary and Rescue Me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Shabby Jan. 17 2011
By Devoo55
Unlike other reviews, I don't believe this was the best TV show ever. I LOVE Denis Leary and was happy with his part in the show, but I can't say the same about the other actors. For it to be strictly a comedy show I was disappointed. It just wasn't that funny... The small amount of episodes are worth viewing, but possibly not worth watching over again. Best to go with Rescue Me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On The Job Hits The Mark Sept. 24 2009
Funny, fast, and over too quick. That's got to be a good sign, right? Leary pre-dates his excellent RESCUE ME with this take on NY cops. As a retired cop myself I can appreciate the gallows humour. That's how we got through the day. This is a good way to get through the evening. A couple of episodes at a time.Blue Knight, White Cross
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHY??? That is all I can say! Sept. 21 2010
Why did they ever cancel this show, it is absolutely FUNNY!
It seems amazing that all the good, realistic, funny shows get cancelled.
Now, we have to put up with so called "Reality Shows" BLECH!!!
Good One Mr. Leary!!
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