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Television Favorites: The Drew Carey Show

Warner Bros. // 1995 // 131 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Eric Profancik (Retired) // February 28th, 2006

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All Rise...

This DVD speaks to Judge Eric Profancik in ways only a true Ohioan can understand. Cleveland rocks!

Editor's Note

Our review of The Drew Carey Show: The Complete First Season, published April 24th, 2007, is also available.

The Charge

Moon over Parma, bring my love to me tonight.
Guide her to Cleveland, underneath your silvery light.
We're going bowlin' so don't loose her in Solon. Moon over Parma, tonight!

The Case

Have you read my dossier? Has it been a while and you don't recall it? Let me quote a pertinent section for you:

"As a native of Parma—not the one in Italy, but the one in the theme song to The Drew Carey Show…"

Yes, I'm from Parma, a suburb of Cleveland. I'm proud to say I grew up around Cleveland, and love the Browns and the Indians. Drew Carey is our favorite son. I didn't watch The Drew Carey Show right off the bat, but I quickly found it, caught up, and loved it. While twenty million shows are set in New York, Chicago, or Washington D.C., it was nice to see Cleveland as the backdrop for this one. It was fun to see the little references that only a native could understand, and it was a great boost for the city.

This "television favorites" release of the show contains six episodes from the first half of the show's run: "Pilot," "Playing the Unified Field" (Season 1), "We'll Remember Always, Evaluation Day," "Drew Blows His Promotion" (Season 2), "My Best Friend's Wedding" (Season 3), and "DrugCo" (Season 4). Initially, I thought this small set would be a variation on the "best of" theme; but after watching the disc, I realized these were not the best. This DVD does not really feel like a "best of" compilation, as it clearly misses some of the greatest episodes they did. Instead, it seems to focus more on their gimmicks. Such as? Their first dance sequence to "Five O'Clock World" in "Evaluation Day," extreme flatulence in "Promotion," cartoon antics with Daffy Duck in "Wedding," and the monkapotamus in "DrugCo." "Pilot" is stunt free—as it is the first episode—and "Field" is free too, unless Drew Carey dating Jamie Lee Curtis is a stunt…

My favorite episode on this disc is "Drew Blows His Promotion," because I'm a huge sucker for potty humor. I can't help but cry when farting goes awry. "DrugCo" is a solid chuckler too, even without the monkapotamus. Yet as funny as these two episodes are, the focus on gags over humor diminishes the set for the other shows aren't the best; in fact, "Wedding" is a pretty big downer. I'll just cut to the chase, and say this disc doesn't get a purchase recommendation. Wait for the full season releases to get the real best of the show.

If you happen to pick up this DVD—as a rental, perhaps—the overall quality of the episodes is pretty good, albeit "TV quality." "Pilot" is a bit soft, but things sharpen up and get better as we progress through the seasons. I detected no significant errors in either audio or video, so that's a plus. Outside of the six episodes, it's a bare-bones disc.

With that, I'm off to the Warsaw for a Buzz Beer.

Court adjourned.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 131 Minutes
Release Year: 1995
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Comedy
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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• Official Site
• Cleveland

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