Directed by Rob Schrab, Wayne McClammy, Steven K. Tsuchida
Starring Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee
When Sarah Silverman isn’t making jokes about her boyfriend’s testicles or what her grandmother smells like on stage, she and her sister star in this Comedy Central series. The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Volume One was recently released on DVD.
If you are unfamiliar with the term show, let me give a quick catch up. Silverman plays a fictionalized version of herself, an unemployed woman who leads a fun but seemingly irresponsible life. Sarah’s real-life older sister, Laura Silverman, plays her responsible younger sister of the same name. She takes care of Sarah, despite the chaos she brings down around them. Laura pays Sarah’s rent and helps her out in most situations. Sarah and Laura have a gay couple, Brian and Steve (Brian Posehn and Steve Agee) that they are friends with.
Sarah’s childlike ways and biting and politically incorrect humor routinely gets her into trouble that her more responsible sister or Brian and Steve have to bail her out of.
The following episodes are included in this release:
Bored of the Rings finds Sarah obsessed with lemon bars and getting involved in anti-abortionists. Brian’s recent confession to loving Dungeons and Dragons causes trouble between himself and Steve.
Face Wars finds Sarah fighting with a waiter on who has it worse, Jewish people or African Americans. So, they trade places and everyone has an eye opening experience.
Joan of Arf is the episode you will not believe. When Sarah’s dog will not stop licking himself, she takes a taste for herself to see what he likes so much. Soon, her dog is put in protective custody and Sarah must go to court to get him back home.
In Doody, Sarah and Laura discover their mother’s grave has been defiled. They must go on a cookie making game show (yes, you read that right) in order to save the day and put things right.
Ah, Men finds Sarah worrying over her relationship with God. Not because of her lack of faith, but because he hasn’t called her since they slept together. People, I told you this show was politically incorrect! Anyway, She keeps him along so that she will have the coolest boyfriend at her upcoming high school reunion.
Maid to Order has Sarah firing her maid because she thinks she has stolen one of her prized Happy Meal toys. After learning more and finding out she cannot take care of herself, Sarah goes to Mexico to find her.
If you like Sarah’s unapologetically racy and scathing sense of humor, you are going to love this show. Although, sometimes she seems to be trying really hard to try to offend, but I still enjoyed it. Steve Agee and Brian Posehn are a great addition to the show too.
If you don’t like Sarah Silverman, I can’t imagine this show changing your mind. Decide for yourself which side you are on. You know if this belongs on your shelf or not. I like her, so it goes on my shelf.
The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Volume One is presented in the original full frame aspect ratio. The colors are vibrant and this looks about as good as a lower budget cable show can.
The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Volume One is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo. Not much to say here, the dialogue is clear and mixed well.
The Packaging and Bonus Features
The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Volume One is presented in a two disc amaray case with appropriate artwork gracing the cover.
Some nice bonus features await your perusal on this release. There are additional short films, both animated and live action that feature the cast. There are audio commentaries with Silverman and others. There is a featurette with the cast taking questions at 2007 San Diego Comic Con that is really funny.
Some behind the scenes footage and other promotional material for other Comedy Central release round out what is offered in this release.
It feels a bit on the skimpy side, but this is only volume one of the second season. So, there should be more the next time around.
Overall (Not an Average) 7/10
The Series 8/10
The Video 6/10
The Audio 7/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 6/10
Overall (Not an Average) 7/10