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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
In Defense of Tracey..., 20 February 2002
I would like to defend Tracey Ullman from a brutally uninformed commentator who slammed Tracey and her show for reinforcing negative stereotypes. I must say, YOU HAVE MISSED THE POINT! Tracey Ullman is a brilliantly talented performer. However, why is that a black comedian can get on stage, slam whites, Jews, Asians, women and police and use the "F" word ad nauseum and we praise them for being masters! Talk about your double-edge sword!
5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Why can't all shows be like this!, 5 November 2000
Author: lightyears from Limerick, Ireland
This is one of the funniest shows on TV!! Tracey Ulmann plays a variety of different characters and each week it's given a different theme such a Tracey takes on... fashion, death, age, music, change ...etc... My favourite character is Linda Granger but I love them all. Tracey is amazingly transformed into each character - sometimes you have to check the credits/ Tracey Takes On home page to see if it actually was her - eg. the NYC cab driver. Watch it whenever you get a chance - it's not the type of thing that you love the first time it visits but i becomes the type of thing that you love and pine for the next series!!! Unmissable.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Love It, Wish It Were Still On, 25 November 2001
A charming blend of old favorites (Kay), new faces (Linda Granger, Ruby Romaine), strong guest stars, and inventive sketches. My favorites were Ruby and Linda, but I loved nearly every single one. A truly entertaining and wildly creative series, and a superb showcase for Tracey.
4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
I Saw One Episode..., 15 November 2004
Author: gluba2000 from South Boston, Massachusetts
I saw one episode of this and thought it was hilarious!
I saw it when DirecTV had a free preview weekend for those movie channels and I thought the show was hilarious!
It was the class reunion episode and it was brilliant!
Tracey Ullman has talent (and I'm only judging from that one episode that I saw and the clips from some compilation show about it...)
I had seen something before with people talking about the show and saying how great it was and it showed clips.
Too bad I couldn't have seen some more episodes because it was very funny...
If you have HBO and see that this is on then watch it, it's a very funny show!
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
So funny, 9 February 2001
I love this show. If you don't have HBO I suggest you run out and rent a few videos. This is sketch comedy at its best. She takes on any and every character you could imagine. The gay airline steward, Trevor. Then there's a Leslie Abrahamson type attorney, Sydney. Former make-up artist to the stars turned lush Ruby Romaine. The list goes on and on. If you're an Tracy Ullman fan you won't be disappointed. Check it out!
Sketch series featuring the comedian playing multiple roles, 22 August 2011
Author: oscar-35 from working in Movieland
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*Spoiler/plot- 1996, Rather mad TV sketch characters comedy series,
Tracey Ullman is a sleazy, tough talking New Yorker, an opinionated
shop owner, an earthy make-up artist, a gay male flight attendant or
what? This hit is all of the above? The answer is 'all of the above'.
The series featuring the comedian playing multiple roles with each
episode devoted to a specific theme of watching the human condition.
*Special Stars- Tracey Ullman
*Theme- People are funny and act odd in public.
*Based on- Tracey Ullman writing and character comedy from observational situations in the USA .
*Trivia/location/goofs- This series was developed out of the cartoon TV show. 'The Simpsons'. It is shot in Los Angeles. This show was nominated for TV's 'Emmy".
*Emotion- This film provides us with an comedy experience of the like as Lucille Ball or Carol Burnet at the height of their two careers. It is a unforgettable funny show for anyone. This film was full of great comedic performances that have become 'staples' of Ullman on camera history. Ullman shows us a feel good funny show.
1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
BRILLIANT, 11 October 2000
Author: wsteele4 from Texas, USA
This series is destined to become a classic.
It is outstanding in every way.
The writing has intelligence and true insight.
It's loaded with witty references to the American Pop Culture wasteland
to the broken dreams at the bottom of the Hollywood foodchain.
The performances, especially Ullman's, are flawless.
An exceptional supporting cast.
Only HBO and British television can produce comedy of this calibre.
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Promising but ultimately disappointing., 17 July 2001
American comedy series in which British-born Ullman `takes on' a particular
subject each episode and parodies it through various characters.
Tracey Ullman is, without doubt, a very talented performer. Accomplished actress, singer (with some hit singles to her name), dancer, comedienne, television personality - she can do it all. Assuming countless guises in this show (all convincing and some completely unrecognizable), she proves that if you were casting a film, one only need cast Ullman for ninety percent of the characters.
Unfortunately, it's the material which lets her down. Lame jokes, unfunny skits and poor writing sink what could have been a terrific series. Understandably, it's geared for an American audience, with in-jokes and a very American point of view - most of which fell completely flat in front of this Australian. In addition, her likeable characters seem to feature much less than the loud-mouthed, obnoxious ones.
Had Tracey enlisted some better writers, the show would've been a winner. Still, she performs admirably given what she's got and the show is tolerable, simply to watch Ullman's ability to portray so many characters believably.
2 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Easily the WORST piece of rancid crap on TV today- this "show" must go away...fast!, 3 May 1999
Author: Chris Boyle from North Massapequa
"Tracey takes on" is a sketch comedy show on HBO, and each episode finds Tracey Ullman in a well-done disguise (ala Eddie Murphy in Coming To America), making fun of some minority group or whatever. It's a shame, however, that Tracey's talents lie not the least bit with comedy, for the show totally sucks, and sucks hard. Each "character" she portrays is a racist sterotype (the Black "homegirl" airport clerk, the Korean grocery store owner, the Jewish "yenta", the Arab taxi driver, etc...), and they aren't even clever parodies- she just kills the viewer slowly and painfully by acting how she thinks these people must act- black people speaking hardcore jive and the like. The skits themselves aren't the least bit funny, unless you maybe beat yourself senseless over the head with a dead skunk for about an hour or two, and THEN only maybe. What I want to know is who the hell's been signing the checks for this show? Do they really look at this mess and say, "Damn, that's quality entertainment! Next let's make a Cool As Ice series! Call Vanilla Ice, quick!" Anyway, in case you couldn't tell by my rant, Tracey Takes On is horrible and must be cancelled instantly, with all copies of previous episodes destroyed by a great big bonfire that I personally will dance around. Humanity will only prosper.
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