Mr. Jack and Sweet Stephen cruise aimlessly through the streets of LA speculating about life, death, divine will and the force of power that predetermines their existence. Mr. Jack attempts... See full summary »
A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.
Zach and Avery Treus are brothers, roomates and aspiring novelists. After two years of scraping by in pursuit of their dreams, older brother Avery's ambition seems to have faded. As he ... See full summary »
The two completed episodes of this show are floating around the internet, along with some extra deleted scenes. Mr. Show is probably my favorite all-time sketch show, and "Next!" is basically Mr. Show II, the network version. Bob Odenkirk, Jay Johnstone, Jill Talley and Jerry Minor are in almost every scene, and there are clutch appearances from David Cross & Brian Posehn as well. The sensibility is somewhat similar to Mr. Show's 4th season, dark and weird at times, Bob playing lots of arrogant frustrated guys, the way he does so well.Fred Armisen and Galifianakis were clutch additions to the cast, and both went on to success on other shows.
Mr. Show, of course was, on HBO, and this was developed for Fox. As you might imagine, the humor is dumbed down a bit for network audiences; there are some poop jokes, nerds in chat rooms are zinged, and the recurring segment with Fred Armisen as a German version of James Lipton who cruelly mocks his guests is just plain unfunny.
But there are some insanely great skits as well; the newscasts are great, Jay and Bob as inept car salesmen, Fred Armisen in an airport security training video reminiscent of F.F. Woodycook's. It's a damn shame this got passed over. MadTV has been on the air for 13 years, and has sucked for the last 10.
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