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Like Garry himself: aged but still funny
on November 4, 2010
How about we get the bad stuff out of the way first... the picture quality isn't amazing (as to be expected, it's early 90's standard def in full frame, at a time when having a 42" TV meant you must have been some sort of royalty) and the topical nature of the show within the show (as well as the show outside the show) means you might not get some of the jokes if you're younger or have forgotten your 90's references (a refresher: Dan Quayle was stupid, Bill Clinton was a pot smoker but not quite a womanizer yet, Ted Kennedy was a drunk and Madonna was... Madonna. There, all caught up).
As for the good... everything else! This is one of the most well written shows Television has ever seen. The show centers around Larry Sanders, a talk show host on a rival network (the network never seems to get named) to NBC and CBS, so he competes with Leno and Letterman. It's filmed in the single camera style that's become hugely popular these days with shows like The Office and Modern Family, and follows the day to day workings of a talk show as well as the personal lives of those involved with the show. Guests on the show play humorous send-ups of themselves, and as a fan of late night talk shows in the 90's, everything here seems genuine. The box set comes with every episode, all of the extras from previous box sets, new extras (including commentaries on select episodes and an introduction from Garry himself who's seen better days for sure) and a booklet about the show. If you enjoyed the show when it was first on, you'll really enjoy this. If you've never seen the show, get ready for a treat, assuming you have the right sense of humour (if you enjoy the UK version of The Office or Canadian shows like "Made in Canada" and "The Newsroom" which took on similar material, you'll enjoy this). If you're under 20... you're not going to get a lot of the jokes in Larry's monologues or some of the other references, so I'd suggest renting a season before buying to see if you'll like it. Another amazing box set by Shout! Also... around $100 for 6 seasons of an HBO show? Where are you going to see this kind of deal again!?