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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2006
This is still one of my favorite shows ever: roommates Curtis (whose dislike of leaving the house and attachment to TV have reached the point of being mental health issues) and Nathan (with anger management and anal retentive issues of his own) barely manage to co-exist in their Kensington Market apartment. In the first episode, the arrival of Nathan's newly-homeless girlfriend Hope coincides with an incident that pushes Nathan over the edge and takes the show in a very different direction from what I had expected. I hesitate to say anything else, because if you've seen the show you don't need the plot described, and if you haven't seen it, I don't want to ruin any surprises.

The show takes characters that some people would dismiss as slackers or losers and makes them sympathetic. It's not that it excuses their behavior or makes it appealing, but the viewer does come to understand what's going on inside their heads and lives that drives Curtis to double-rent every square inch of the apartment and Hope to agree to live in a closet. Bruce McCulloch is great as slightly menacing Rex Reilly, whose Jerry Springer-like talk show is the "high" point of Curtis' day. There's also a parade of new roommates, most of whom don't even last a full episode due to either their own issues or their inability to deal with the issues of Curtis.

The second season is not as strong as the first, in my opinion. After the opening episode, which focused on Nathan's struggle to adapt after his conviction, the second season was more over-the-top. It's still good television ("Klan Bake" in particular cracks me up every time) but the pathos that worked so well in the first season wasn't there. Bruce McCulloch was also replaced by Mark McKinney, who played Rex Reilly in a completely different manner; I understand why, but still preferred Season 1 Rex.

There isn't really a category to describe "Twitch City". It's definitely not a "dramedy" although it's got both hilarious and tense/sad moments, it doesn't have a laugh track, it's not afraid to get bizarre. If you've got a darker sense of humor, you should definitely check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2007
The Wikipedia entry for Twitch City claims that an Australian television critic called it the best television show ever made. That may be going a bit too far, but if you have a soft spot for quirky Can-con, oddball sitcoms, talking cats, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar, Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, or if you're just a collector of Canadiana, you must get this 2-DVD set! A rare case of a TV show skewering TV without being pedantic or trite, it really is a must-see classic of Canadian comedy. These 13 episodes channel that mysterious Canadian sitcom vibe (from Beachcombers to Seeing Things - and King of Kensington, of course) while brilliantly parodying the mind numbing Jerry Springer-style talk-shows and late-night B-movie silliness that seemed to fill the airwaves in the 90s. It's full of Can-con in-jokes and a surreal Kensington Market vibe - imagine David Cronenberg directing 13 lost episodes of Three's Company... or not. OK, it defies description. Get it! Watch it! It's freakin' awesome! (CC Cupid.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2007
I loved this show when it came on broadcast TV. Back then it was all I had and I thought Twitch City was brilliant Class A stuff. These DVD's filled in the episodes I missed, and am so glad they've been made available for a very under rated show. THAT SAID... the old VHS recordings I made (on extended play at that) captured using RABBIT EAR antenae were of higher quality than these DVD's. Grainy and poorly transferred. The overall layout is good, and I'm still glad to have them and I assume this show was not shot with huge budget cameras to begin with, but I think they coulda done better than this. Quality wise, worse than a cheap foreign knockoff you'd get ripped off on ebay or something.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2007
as stated in another review, this show is excellent but the quality of the dvds is disgraceful (as is with many other vsc releases). I noticed as soon as I opened the case that the first disc has episodes 1 to 7 and the second has 8 to 13, why would they not be separated by seasons with 1 to 6 on the first disc? This was a minor detail but still shows the lack of attention vsc has put into this set. I put the first episode on and immediately noticed the grainy picture. I got out a homemade dvd-r I made of the program 3 years ago when it aired on showcase and compared the two, the picture on the dvd-r was much much clearer than the one vsc put out. If you can I would suggest catching this program on tv rather than shelling out hard-earned cash on a sub par product.
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on September 2, 2012
Canadian produced DVDs really seem to be an afterthought. This is a great series and if this is the only way to see it, then grab it. However things get off to a bad start just with the cover. Look at that. One of the more garish covers I have ever seen on a recent DVD, let alone for a (in my opinion) classic series. Add to that the bizarre choice not to divide the two disks by series 1 and 2, the poor picture quality, and the commentaries that only last a couple episodes and I was disappointed. C'mon Canada. We do make a amazing films. Why aren't there great DVD versions of 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould, the films of Robert LePage, a new version of Last Night, I could go on.
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on September 17, 2013
Probably much funnier for Canadians than anyone else, but a prophetic comment from the 90's about the state of entertainment and how people are interacting with it. Some very good episodes, mostly decent episodes, a couple of real stinkers. I suspect the filmmakers were pretty high throughout the production process.
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on April 23, 2015
So nice to have the whole pristine set, I used to have it on VHS back in the olden days
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on March 8, 2015
Some of the finest Canadian comedy ever made.
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