The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Volume One

The Sarah Silverman Program

On DVD: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Is this what passes for funny these days? I’m more out of touch than I thought.  Okay, let’s back up. Time for a quick history lesson. Yours truly grew up on a steady diet of the 3 Stooges, classic Mel Blanc and Tex Avery cartoons, radio comedy shows (Stan Freberg and the like), The Marx Brothers and Monty Python. I’d like to think that it was a firm foundation of comedic appreciation for the years to come.

And since then I’ve fallen in love with the like of Will Ferrell, Judd Apatow, Ben Stiller, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan…not to mention the brains behind shows like The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy. I say all that as an attempt to demonstrate the wide and varying nature of my tastes for what is funny.

But this show simply isn’t. It’s not funny. Not in the least. I don’t think I laughed once while watching. I get that part of Sarah Silverman’s shtick is pushing the boundaries so far over the edge that it becomes offensively funny (something that the South Park guys have honed to a finely sharpened blade of wit and satire). I understand that…but there’s a big difference between having that as a goal and actually accomplishing it.

Making fun of conservative types has been done. It’ll take something more than a bunch of nut jobs who want to blow up an abortion clinic to say something new and funny about people’s political/social/religious beliefs. Lampooning geeks who play Dungeons and Dragons is also played out. If you want a good take on that, check out Freaks and Geeks. It’s done a lot funnier and with more heart.

And then on top of that, the makers of this DVD set insult your wallet by only including 6 episodes out of the 13 that made up season two. Granted, you get an extra disc of bonuses, but come on. Splitting up a 13-episode season into two volumes? That’s just ridiculous.

In the end, this set offends on two levels: passing itself off as comedy and passing itself off as a worthwhile purchase. No thanks.

Jeremy Hunt
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