God, the Devil and Bob – The Complete Series

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Alan Cumming, James Garner, French Stewart, Laurie Metcalf, Kath Soucie, Nancy Cartwright
Written By: Matthew Carlson, Gary Murphy
Directed By: Jeff DeGrandis, Dan Fausett
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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It’s another cartoon TV show that never made it past the first season. Actually, I don’t even think it made it through a whole season. I assume it was cancelled partway through, but they decided to release all 13 episodes on DVD.

The premise is as follows: God (voiced by James Garner) is getting fed up with his creation of man and is about to get rid of the whole universe and start again from scratch. Not quite ready to scrap everything, he decides to give Man a second chance. If one person can prove that the world is worth saving, he will spare it all. Being a “sporting” kind of God, he lets the Devil (Alan Cumming) pick the representative for humanity. The Devil picks Bob Alman (French Stewart).

I will say this, I liked this show. The humor was mostly dry, kind of subdued, but there were still elements of slapstick which combined nicely. I liked their depiction of God as all-knowing, yet having the qualities of humans which are supposedly made in his image. The Devil was kind of whiny, which could get really annoying, but it was amusing enough when the two of them were in the same scene.

With that said, I can understand why the show was cancelled. It took a couple episodes to warm up enough to the characters to make you want to watch more episodes which you can do when you have them all in front of you, but on a week to week basis, it was obviously rough.. A lot of the humor was religious based, so if you aren’t familiar with Christianity, you wouldn’t get all the jokes… and chances are, if you’re that knowledgeable with the religious aspects, you have no sense of humor anyway.

Commentary by the creators on select episodes
Audition Tapes

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Bob Gets Committed, Date From Hell, Bob’s Father, Bob Gets Involved
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 338 minutes
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