In a stunning conflict of interest, Judge Cynthia Boris reviews a DVD in which she acted. Can she maintain her objectivity...or will the Scales of Justice be tipped?
Redneck Dictionary: Mantle
If your cousin is also your stepfather and your wife's son, then you might be
Facts of the Case
Blue Collar TV was born of Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might be a Redneck" stand-up comedy routine. (You Might Be A Redneck if…your coffee table is also a cooler.) The show stars Foxworthy, Bill Engvall (the most normal of the three) and Larry the Cable Guy (Git-R-Done!). They're backed up by an ensemble cast that includes Gary Anthony Williams (Malcolm in the Middle, Soul Plane), Ashley Drane (That's So Raven), and Brooke Dillman (Six Feet Under).
As with the first season, this season of Blue Collar TV was filmed on tour with a very large, on-camera live audience (as opposed to the live audiences used in traditional sitcoms). Each week, the series opens with a Foxworthy monologue where he announces the week's theme. This is followed by three or more sketches, a visit to the Redneck Dictionary, and finally, the three stars back on stage telling stories.
There are only thirteen episodes in the second season, as the show was abruptly canceled by the WB. So this is your last and final chance to enjoy the comedy stylings of the Blue Collar TV crew.
• Bad Habits
Impossible as it may seem, Season Two of Blue Collar TV is actually cruder and more lowbrow than Season One. TV and movie parodies rule, with segments such as Million Dollar Boobies (which has a well-endowed Dolly Parton boxing for her life), CSI Mayberry and The PC Dukes of Hazzard. Sadly the White Trash Days of Our Lives sketch is overused and not so funny, while The Redneck Yard of the Week lost its appeal weeks ago.
This season features a few musical guests to perk up the episodes, including Deanna Carter, Van Zant, Trick Pony, and Travis Tritt. Tritt even makes a sketch appearance, patiently accepting the "Tote-tumpable" squeals of the Totes Girls.
The DVD set is packaged with two discs in a hinged multi-disc case—which always screams 'cheap' to me. The onscreen menu is backed by that great guitar riff that is the Blue Collar TV theme, and your navigational choices are clearly marked. The show is only year old, so the video and sound are as they should be—nothing different from the original run.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
The only real complaint I have about this DVD set is the lack of special features. Banned from the Booth is a series of unused scenes from their regular skit The What Burns Me Booth. Perhaps these particular cuts were deemed to be too controversial since they parody President Bush, Star Jones and Anna Nicole Smith. Or maybe they were cut because they're just not that funny. The only other feature is a set of unaired sketches—one of which, the Cindy Crawford Gym sketch, includes yours truly, so I guess I can't complain about that.
Overall, the second season of Blue Collar TV looks pretty much like the first. If you can't get enough of Foxworthy's redneck humor, then by all means, buy it and enjoy. Personally, I have my own reasons for owning Blue Collar TV: The Complete Second Season and that's because I'm in it. I'm a waitress in the Fuglies sketch, a boxing match fan in the Million Dollar Boobies sketch, and an angry patron at the Cindy Crawford Gym. It's my first appearance on DVD, so for that, I have to give this show a few extra Brownie points.
I find Blue Collar TV: The Complete Second Season guilty of disorderly conduct and I sentence the participants to find work elsewhere. This show has been canceled.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
• Banned From the Booth
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