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Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

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  • Actors: Jonathan Katz, H. Jon Benjamin, Laura Silverman, Julianne Bond, Tom Kenny
  • Writers: Adam Simha, Al Franken, Amy MacDonald, Andre Lyman, Andy Kindler
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 13
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • Release Date: Nov. 20 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000UX6TIY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,904 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Format: DVD
The packaging for this set is excellent. The outer box is thick and durable, but it isn't bulky. It also looks very elegant, if you are concerned with such things. The hinges for the tray stack inside could probably be a big stronger or more substantial considering the great number of disks contained in it, but aside from having to be a bit careful with it it is not a defect.

Content and Features:
The content is as advertised, all six seasons on 13 disks, complete and unabridged. All of the "lost" episodes featuring Dave Attell and Conan Obrien are included intact, which means if you are an old school fan of the show there should still be something new to see. As for the transfers, they are a perfect compliment to such a graphically advanced and visually driven show, OH, I mean they are way better than they need to be considering how comically crude and limited the animation is. The transfers are actually first class all around, and the line quality and colour looks better than I have ever seen it, when even the most sophisticatedly animated films and shows often have trouble in this area when making a jump to DVD. The first two seasons have several commentaries, the same content exactly as the previous two single season releases. The set also has the video recording of the live stage play with the regular cast with guests like Andy Kindler and Kathy Griffin, which is all good stuff. The set also has a completely awesome 28 page quasi comic book based on the show which I wont ruin by explaining too much.
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This show it just hilarious and I bought it for my husband. Discs were all in good shape.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7dc9d74) out of 5 stars 89 reviews
116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
By Dale Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Why does the Product Details not include a section for DVD extras?

* 13-disc set including every episode
* three "lost" episodes featuring Dave Atell, Whoopi Goldberg and Conan O'Brien
* An Evening with Dr. Katz: Live from the Comedy Central Stage with Maria Bamford, Kathy Griffin, Andy Kindler, Paul F. Tompkins and series co-stars H. Jon Benjamin and Laura Silverman
* 28-page booklet, with an introduction from Dr. Katz and memoirs from his favorite patients
* The Bibliography of Dr. Katz
* "Short Attention Span Theater" shorts
* "Shrink Wrapped" - an original Squigglevision short
* Checking In: Dr. Katz follows up with former patients Dave Atell, Joy Behar, Emo Philips and Steven Wright
* Audio commentary by Jonathan Katz, H. Jon Benjamin, Ray Romano, Laura Silverman and Tom Snyder
47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7fa0498) out of 5 stars Wow, am I excited about this Aug. 21 2007
By Barno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I remember watching this show late at night with my college roommates and laughing hysterically. Over the past few years, I have been looking for it. I was happy with the first two seasons coming out of DVD and caught a few episodes on Comedy Central "On Demand" through my cable. I was not disappointed. It is still hilarious. It looked to be in jeopardy of being shelved, but thankfully the full-set is coming.
For anyone wondering, the animation is crude, bordering on annoying. But that isn't the selling point. It could be a radio show and it would be hilarious. About 1/2 of the show takes place in Dr. Katz's office as he has therapy sessions with well known stand-up comedians. Most of it is them doing some of their stand-up material and Dr. Katz reacting. This is the most hit or miss part of the show for me. 75% of the comedians are funny. Big names too. Ray Romano, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, etc. The part of the show that never missed for me was the storyline surrounding Ben Katz. Perhaps my favorite character of all time on television. He never misses. He makes me laugh every episode. His interactions with Dr.l Katz, Laura (the receptionist), and anyone else he encounters are very funny.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa853bc84) out of 5 stars Well packaged DVD set, no commercials May 3 2008
By JBinDC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD set is well designed. All the disks are stored in a single case that's easy to flip through. Each season is split into 2 DVDs of 6-7 episodes each and the seasons have matching colors. The complete series DVDs don't have the obnoxious advertisements that you had to skip through before the menu in the previously released DVDs.

The menus are fairly easy to navigate and provide the names of the comedians and air date of each episode. The video looks good in either widescreen or 4x3 aspects (to me anyway) and none of the image is cut off in either aspect. I can't tell if that's due to the original format or anamorphic formatting on the DVD, but it seems to work.

The only nit I have to pick, and it's a small one, is that they may have purposefully split each season to two disks to jack up the price but it's not enough of a drawback to drop a star.

Regarding the show itself, it had been a while since I'd seen the last episodes and I was pleased that the show was pretty consistent from season-to-season. Some additional background music and transition scenes are mixed in around the 4th-5th seasons and some color creeps into the original b&w backgrounds, but the style of dialogue remains about the same which is impressive over so many seasons.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7f99df8) out of 5 stars DR. KATZ HEAVEN! This box is the DEFINITIVE release! June 25 2008
By Patrick Ranieri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This 13(!!) disc "raised" coverart box set contains a booklet, all 48 (44?) original episodes, plus lost episodes, shorts AND a Comedy Central special featuring a REAL LIFE Dr. Katz skit! Damn, is Laura HOT! ;) It was surreal to see the characters in real life doing what they do best. Totally amazing! I'll treasure this box till the day I die! AND don't forget, at this time you can only individually purchase seasons 1+2 on DVD! This box is the ONLY way to get everything ever made in this series on DVD! One of the best, if not THE best, program Comedy Central ever aired! ONLY drawback is lack of audio commentary track for most episodes.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8095d50) out of 5 stars Five stars for content! (minus one for poor digitizing) May 31 2008
By Tim Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is the best comedy show of the early '90's that most people have never heard of! It's one of my favorite comedy shows of all time. The interplay between Dr. Katz, his son Ben, and his receptionist Laura ranges from humorous to side-splitting. His "patients" are all comedians of the time, and are all hilarious -- some better than others, but all great.

My one complaint about this set is the visual quality. I had most of the shows home-recorded on VHS tapes at the lowest-quality setting. Nevertheless, the quality of those VHS tapes was substantially better than on these DVDs. I'm not a video expert, but the "squiggle-vision" which seemed fine on the broadcasts in the 90's (analog?) has been digitized on these DVDs at a low resolution. The viewer is constantly aware of very large black pixels that keep moving around the character's outlines. These episodes should have been digitized at twice the resolution -- the pixels would be smaller and the overall effect wouldn't be so distracting.

However, I'm a huge fan of Dr. Katz, and this set is worth it. My brain can come to ignore the poor pixelation and just take in the show itself. And If they ever decide to come out with a better quality set in the future, I'll probably buy that as a replacement.