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Get a Life - The Complete Series is coming!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 27, 2012 03:40pm | Post a Comment


Get a Life
is finally coming to DVD (and Blu-Ray?). For those that don't know, Get a Life was a sitcom that aired on FOX between 23 September, 1990 and 8 March, 1992. It also may very well be the best thing that ever aired. 



The show starred the comedic visionary Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old man-child paperboy named Chris Peterson who initially lived about his parents' garage. His father was unmistakably played by his real-life father, Bob Elliot of radio's Matinee with Bob and Ray and TV's The Bob & Ray Show. Peterson later moved in with a cranky misanthrope named Gus (played by Brian Doyle Murray) after his parents filled his bedroom with cement to prevent his living there further. 




The show was created by Elliott, fellow Late Night with David Letterman writer, Adam Resnick; and writer/director David Mirkin. Its writers included, among others, Charlie Kaufman and Bob Odenkirk. After the phenomenon of Twin Peaks had occurred, networks seemed to be willing to allow for a greater degree of quirkiness in shows (e.g. Northern Exposure, Eerie, Indiana, Picket Fences, David Lynch's On the Air, &c) but Get a Life was (with the possible exception of On the Air) the most bizarre of the bunch. For a protagonist, Peterson was extremely irritating, stupid  and there was very little continuity from episode to episode -- Peterson died in twelve of them.




Most of the suits at FOX hated it -- describing the show as "disturbing" and Chris Elliot's character as "insane." The first time I saw it was when it premiered -- with the episode "Terror on the Hell Loop 2000." I hated it. The second time I saw it was a re-run of the same episode but something about it made me want to watch it again. I loved it. It quickly became the ONLY show I got excited about airing and, working at the time at Blimpie (and later, Hardee's), I always tried to make sure I had the night off. It was cancelled in 1992 (even as Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Herman's Head survived the axe). I used to look at the Nielsen listings and it was almost always near or on the bottom.




Despite it's unpopularity, I long suspected there was a dedicated cult following for the show and that seemed to be verified in 1999, when Dan "Dan the Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030) and Prince Paul (Stetsasonic, De La Soul, Gravediggaz) teamed up as Handsome Boy Modeling School, a reference to the series' second episode, "The Prettiest Week of My Life." Their debut album, So... How's Your Girl?, was filled with samples and references to Get a Life.

 
A year later, in 2000, Rhino Home Video stingily released a DVDs with a mere four episodes on it. I bought it. One of the nice special features, however, was the option of watching the show without a laugh track -- which added a whole, new dimension. In 2002 they released another DVD with just four episodes. I didn't buy it. Since there were only 35 half hour episodes, I figured that someday a proper "complete series" release would happen. In the mean time I watched Cabin Boy, Get a Life on Youtube and read and re-read his tell-all autobiography, Daddy's Boy -- A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father. I pretty much watched anything Elliott appeared in (thankfully, most of it was good). In 2007, I went to a taping of his series, Chrissy Plain & Simple, which didn't get picked up.


Get a Life - Complete Series - Shout Factory


Ten years of waiting are about to pay off. On 18 September, 2012, Shout Factory is releasing the entire thing in a 5-disc set. Break out your copy of Bent Fabric's Alley Cat and scream like you did when they cancelled Manimal!


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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood June 30

Posted by Amoebite, June 26, 2012 06:10pm | Post a Comment
SidewalkSaleVisit Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, June 30 from noon-5pm for our next sidewalk sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets and more all at great savings.

For those who can't make it out to the sale, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds.

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale
.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, 5/19

Posted by Amoebite, May 3, 2012 07:01pm | Post a Comment
SidewalkSaleJoin Amoeba Hollywood in front of the store on Saturday, May 19th from noon-5pm for our next sidewalk sale! Pick up some awesome deals on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets and more all at great savings.

For those who can't make it out to the sale, shop our Clearance section online for some sweet finds. It's just like being there!

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale
.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood, 3/24

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2012 05:09pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood is breaking out the balloons, the crates, and the deals for a sidewalk sale on Saturday, March 24th from noon-5pm (weather permitting, of course). There will be plenty of bargains on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets, toys, and more! 

All sidewalk sales are final
Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood on Feb 18

Posted by Amoebite, February 13, 2012 04:12pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood is breaking out the balloons, the crates, and the deals for a sidewalk sale on Saturday, February 18 from noon-5pm. There will be plenty of bargains on CDs, vinyl, DVDs, box sets, toys and more! See you there!

All sidewalk sales are final. Store credit cannot be used to purchase items from the sidewalk sale.

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood


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