Sunday, July 26, 2009

DVD of th Week: The State

I'm glad that today is the last day of Comic Con so I can stop feeling incredibly envious of all the cool geeks and nerds who've enjoyed a weekend of screenings, panels and celebrity runs ins I've been missing 3000 miles away.

However, I am filling the void. The Complete series of The State came out on on DVD on July 14th, and I'm wallowing in its super fun-ness. The DVD drought for The State languished, much in the same way as It's Garry Shandling's Show. Like Shandling, episodes of The State, which aired from 1993 thru 1995 on MTV, were locked away from the public, hard to find for home consumption for years, give or take the old VHS and poorly transferred uploads on YouTube. In the case of The State, this was due in part to a tangle of music rights issues. But the gods of TV worked their way around that hurdle and finally got on board by spreading The State love on disk. It's a blast to see David Wain, Ken Marino, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Kevin Allison, Joe Lo Truglia, Ben Garant, Michael Patrick Jann, Todd Holoubek, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black back in the day. This is the nucleus group that spawned or appeared in Reno 911, Stella, Party Down, Wet Hot American Summer and many more collaborations. They were so young back then. Hell, we all were.

The State DVD

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