The Sarah Silverman Program.: Season 1, Episode 6

Batteries (8 Mar. 2007)

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Sarah searches for AA batteries and then sings a song about what is wrong with the world.

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Sarah searches for AA batteries and then sings a song about what is wrong with the world.

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This episode was originally titled "The Pilot" and was filmed as the pilot for the show. But it aired as the finale for the first season. See more »

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Sarah Silverman: [singing] I want to make the retarded resmarted.
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Season 1: Regularly funny and clever that mostly uses her stage personae in imaginative and funny ways
16 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sarah Silverman is not everyone's cup of tea and now and again I must admit that her "I am sweet but yet shocking" thing doesn't work for me. At times she can be crude without being funny or just be silly without being funny – unsurprisingly this makes her look crude or silly and not funny. I recently watched Jesus is Magic and was not overly impressed by the flow of the show as she had to leave pauses for the audience to react and it didn't build or move well. The sitcom is different though and it does move with a confident and an imaginative wit that makes it effortlessly enjoyable.

The plots are not the most realistic but mostly they are set up to make the best use of Silverman, who plays her character perfectly. She is the selfish, spoilt girl with barely any self-awareness and zero for anyone around her. This makes everything about her and it is very funny how this is delivered, particularly when she thinks she may have AIDS or many of the other things that she turns inwards and makes about herself. Mostly the dialogue allows for some really imaginative shock material that is well delivered and had me regularly laughing. The downside is that some of it is childish without being funny – but I was surprised by how infrequently this happened because mostly it was just funny. The pace and flow is much better than her live show as well because there are no pauses and "restarts" but rather a constant forward motion that does allow for a comedic momentum to be built up.

The supporting cast are not quite as good as Silverman but understandably as they are not the focal point. Sister Laura is solid as the put-upon one, Posehn and Agee are good even if their characters are pretty basic and unconvincing (and think about the context of the show that I'm still saying that!). Johnston is a nice part and does "straightman" well considering how alone in that he is.

Season 1 of this show was more than good enough to make me check out the second season when I get a chance. Perhaps it is helped by its short running time (season 2 is much longer) but I'll see. Season 1 though is fresh, funny and imaginative – it is not just about having a pretty girl saying rude words, it is about a selfish character being self-centred and unaware of others in very funny ways and, on that front it really works.


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