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1
Release Date:
27 September 1992 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
This comedy/variety show specialized in parodies of movies and television shows and commercials. Often... See more »
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Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
Should have stayed in the vault.... See more (27 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 21)

Ben Stiller ... Various Characters / ... (13 episodes, 1992-1993)

Andy Dick ... Various Characters (13 episodes, 1992-1993)

Janeane Garofalo ... Various Characters (13 episodes, 1992-1993)

Bob Odenkirk ... Various Characters (13 episodes, 1992-1993)

John F. O'Donohue ... Various Characters / ... (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Farzad Aghili ... Ben's Neighbor (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
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Series Directed by
John Fortenberry (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ben Stiller (9 episodes, 1992-1993)
Troy Miller (7 episodes, 1992)
Paul Miller (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Writing credits
Judd Apatow (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeff Kahn (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ben Stiller (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert Cohen (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Cross (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Brent Forrester (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Janeane Garofalo (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bruce Kirschbaum (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bob Odenkirk (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Sultan Pepper (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Dino Stamatopoulos (12 episodes, 1992-1993)

Series Produced by
Judd Apatow .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Robert Caplain .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
John Fortenberry .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Michael Jay Hill .... line producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
James Jones .... producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeff Kahn .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Charlotte Bowen Roewe .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ben Stiller .... producer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Bruce Kirschbaum .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Denis Biggs .... line producer (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Original Music by
Greg O'Connor (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Cinematography by
Russ T. Alsobrook (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Clyde W. Smith (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Film Editing by
Kurt Heydle (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Vic Lowrey (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Richard LaBrie (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Casting by
Bonita Pietila (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Cheryl Bayer (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Production Design by
Sharon Seymour (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jeff Knipp (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin (13 episodes, 1992-1993)

Michele Munoz (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Julie Carnahan (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michael Burnett .... makeup designer / special makeup effects artist (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Dianne Roberson .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Peggy Nichols .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1992-1993)
Barbara Gotschall .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Felicia Linsky .... makeup department head / makeup artist (7 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Production Management
John Dalve .... production supervisor (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Fuchs .... associate director (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Art Department
Scott Tabor .... property master (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeff Wunderlich .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeff White .... assistant property master (11 episodes, 1992-1993)

Michael Krantz .... art department production assistant (unknown episodes)
Mark Sakamoto .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Thomas Brandau .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer (5 episodes, 1992)
J. Stanley Johnston .... post-production sound (3 episodes, 1992)

David Weinstock .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Thomas M. Ficke .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1992)
Michael Owen .... stunts (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Farley .... key grip (11 episodes, 1992-1993)
Gerd Zimmermann .... grip / key grip (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Michael T. Balog .... gaffer (8 episodes, 1992)
Patti Lee .... best person / electrician (7 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeff Mirowski .... grip (7 episodes, 1992-1993)
Brian Bernstein .... first assistant camera (6 episodes, 1992-1993)
Andrea Chesney .... second assistant camera (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jeff Zucker .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Curtis Bradford .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy J. Greiner .... key costumer (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Philip Mershon .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Editorial Department
Michael Bateman .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Location Management
Ashley R. Friedman .... location manager (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Music Department
Dweezil Zappa .... composer: theme music / composer: additional music (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Marc David Decker .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 1992)
John Zonars .... music supervisor (3 episodes, 1992)
Scott Roewe .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Transportation Department
Bruce Comtois .... transportation coordinator (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Other crew
Jack Giarraputo .... assistant to Judd Apatow (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rob Hammersley .... writers assistant (13 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joann Kamay .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1992-1993)
Cheryl Starbuck .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 1992-1993)
Krista Larson .... production auditor (7 episodes, 1992-1993)

Tom Bell .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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306 min | 30 min (13 episodes)
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Trivia:
In college, playwright Jenelle Riley wrote her graduate thesis on The Ben Stiller Show's effect on comedy. It was subsequently published rumored to be used as an aid when putting together the DVD.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The timestamps on Ben's video diary segments never increment, even though the individual segments usually last more than a minute. This is probably due to the fact that they were added in post-production, and weren't a result of a real camcorder's time/date stamp.See more »
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Should have stayed in the vault...., 25 March 2008
Author: GrigoryGirl from United States

This is one of those "legendary" TV shows that first appeared in 1992, but then got canceled almost immediately. It gathered a reputation that far exceeded what it actually was, because so many people hadn't seen it, so they thought it was something brilliant that the evil studio networks didn't get. Well, it turned out that the network (in this case Fox) was correct in canceling it, as it is not a particularly good show, but in fact, a lousy one. I saw this show (well, the first 8 episodes) a few years back, and it was painfully bad. The material is mostly parodies from the 1990's (like Beverly Hills 90210, Studs), and unless you're an expert on pop culture from that era, you're not going to get the references. This is always a problem with topical comedy, as it dates immediately and can never been seen outside the time it was made. Even if you do get the references, it's still not particularly funny. There are a few laughs here and there (the B-minus time traveler sketch is the funniest, with Janeane Garofalo playing the not too bright time traveler. Janeane is probably not the best person to play an idiot, as she is quite brilliant in real life), but mostly it's tired, dated, and very full of itself, a quintessential quality of comedy in the smug, "ironic" 90's.

It was probably better if it had stayed in the vault. It did jump start the career of four people (Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, and Bob Odenkirk). Ben has gone on to playing neurotic nerdy types that constantly get dumped on. Andy Dick went on to sitcoms and now is indulging in typically idiotic, drug induced celebrity behaviour. Bob Odenkirk went on to Mr. Show (a better show than this one, but a bit overrated). Janeane Garofalo (who I think is the most talented of the bunch) went on to star in many films and TV shows, most of which are not particularly good. It's a waste as she is the best thing in many of her projects. Overall, The Ben Stiller Show is a major disappointment.

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