Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist- Season Two

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Dr. Jonathan Katz (voiced by Jonathan Katz) is a professional therapist, with some of the most unusual patients around. He deals with all kinds of folks, most of whom prefer to crack jokes while on his couch, as opposed to share their personal insights. But even with the toughest patients, Dr. Katz offers his best advice, even if it isn’t what they want to hear. His receptionist Laura provides him more static, as she sounds off on him regularly and treats Ben like a second class citizen. As strange as his professional life can be, his personal life is even more unpredictable, with just as much neurosis. The good doctor shares an apartment with his son Ben (H. Jon Benjamin), a shiftless dude who has no ambition whatsoever. Ben is lazy and does nothing with his life, outside of argue with his father and sleep. As you’d expect, the two often bicker and Dr. Katz tries to push his son toward a more fulfilling life, but Ben resists with great force. In his own spare time, the doctor likes to relax and have a few drinks with friends at a local bar. Can Dr. Katz keep his offbeat professional life and his trying personal life in balance and if not, will he soon have to counsel himself?

The shakiest doctor in television history is back, as we now have the second season of Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. This show was produced when much of the channel’s content was stand up material, so of course, the show features a host of stand up comedians. In addition to Jonathan Katz in the title role, we have appearances from folks like Sandra Bernhard, Garry Shandling, Janeane Garofalo, Joy Behar, and Ray Romano. So a nice assortment of stand up workers to be found and those are just some of the talented folks involved in this season. The result however is inconsistent, some of the episodes are hilarious, while others fall so flat, you’ll cringe. The writing is passable, but never rises above average and when it does work, it is more due to the voice talent. As far as animation, this is some of the worst you’ll ever see, as if it were done with the basic Paint program and little else. The process is called Squiggle Vision and while an eye sore here, it has been used with better success since. This second season is one of the show’s better offerings and if you like the show, you’ll love these thirteen episodes. But the low rent animation and dry humor will turn some off, so unless you’ve seen the show before, a rental is suggested.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here are low rent and for some folks, bound to be hard to watch. The Squiggle Vision process isn’t so much animated, as a false state of animation, one which I am sure has caused some seizures at some point. So as far as style, these episodes look terrible, but they’re supposed to come off like that. So this transfer does what it should, it presents the material as it was intended, so in this case, a terrible presentation. The colors and contrast are in order, but they’re so basic in design, it would take an untrained ape to throw off the transfer in those respects. So while the episodes don’t look good, they look as good as they can, which is what matters.

Audio: How does it sound?

A basic, but acceptable soundtrack is used here, which seems to be adequate, though unimpressive. As this is a dialogue driven comedy however, I’m not sure how much more we could expect in terms of audio presence. The dialogue is smooth and crisp also, which is good news, since the bulk of the show is dialogue from the various comics involved. This is as basic and unremarkable as it gets, but since the material is well served, I can’t see any reason to complain.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Jonathan Katz, Laura Silverman, and Tom Snyder provide audio comments on some episodes, with a focus on humor over substance. Then again, I can’t imagine much technical depth here, so the stories about the comics are what you’d expect. Not hilarious stuff by any means, but better than I anticipated, so fans should enjoy these sessions. This release also includes bonus sessions with a few patients, just in case you didn’t get enough in the normal episodes.

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