Case Number 21764: Small Claims Court

ACCORDING TO JIM: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

Lionsgate // 2004 // 594 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // July 13th, 2011

The Charge

Comedy begins at home.

The Case

First things first: According to Jim ran for eight seasons and while it didn't set the ratings on fire, at least some people were watching. So it has an audience and there were viewers who obviously gleaned entertainment from Jim Belushi (Red Heat) and company.

All that to say I apologize in advance for dumping on your source of joy, because according to me According to Jim kind of blows. (That has to have been used somewhere before, right?)

I'm all for blue collar, relatively clean, three-camera sitcoms, but can someone at least try to toss in a joke or two that isn't utterly broad? That's the flavor of humor that awaits: hapless buffoonery from Jim (which often includes him lumbering around shirtless), smart-ass commentary from Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Father of the Bride), fat guy jokes from Andy (Larry Joe Campbell, Hall Pass), and precocious shenanigans from the kids, all of which is taken in by an eternally exasperated Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith, Melrose Place).

There are two main plotlines in Season Four: Jim's experience with the fertility process, complete with all the hilarious spooge-in-a-cup jokes that go with it, plus Dana's engagement and eventual wedding. Sandwiched among these plot threads are stories exploring Jim's self-loathing about his chick-flick affection, Jim growing a mustache, Jim's reluctance to accompany his wife to the opera, and a very special episode about the meaning of Christmas.

Twenty-seven episodes, jam-packed with easy gags and simplistic plotlines, encouraged by an over-enthusiastic studio audience and just enough home viewers to keep this gravy train rolling for another four seasons. If you're a Jim-ite, well...enjoy. Most anyone else seeking a sitcom that's better than sub-mediocre, look elsewhere.

The DVDs: Episodes look fine in their 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, with a 5.1 audio mix supplementing. Two featurettes are your extras -- a look back at Season 4 from the cast, and a segment on the show's child actors.

The Verdict

Thanks, but no thanks, Jim.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 60

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)

Subtitles:
* English (CC)

Running Time: 594 Minutes
Release Year: 2004
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Featurettes

Accomplices
* IMDb
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0285351/combined