Titus: Season 1 & 2
DVD Reviews | Jul 21st, 2005
Starring Christopher Titus, Stacy Keach, Zack Ward, Cynthia Watros, David Shatraw
Studio: Anchor Bay
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Titus has to be one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and one of the DVDs I’ve been waiting years for! Fans aren’t just getting the first season, but both seasons 1 and 2!
Titus is about Christopher Titus and his crazy dysfunctional family, which is based on his real life. Christopher has his own hot rod company with his friend Tommy (David Shatraw), and his brother Dave (Zack Ward, aka: Scott Farcus’ from Christmas Story). They design & build custom hot rods. Dave is really stupid but really crazy and OUT THERE. Tommy is often mistaken for being gay because he’s a sissy, and over-dramatic. Hey, I’m sure gay people even say how gay he acted haha. Titus has a hot girlfriend named Erin (Cynthia Watros) who’s very supportive of him and usually gets pissed off at him during each episode. Titus’ Father played by Stacy Keach (Cheech and Chong movies) is probably the highlight of the series and is just absolutely hilarious. Some of the episodes in the first 2 seasons consist of Titus thinking his Father is dead in his room but won’t get him out of there, his Father pressing charges on Dave for moving out of his house, bridge jumping and almost dying, having an intervention for his Father for having a non-drinking problem, and lots more like that. You can kind of tell what type of episodes you get just with those descriptions.
This show isn’t like other sitcoms, and is quite the opposite. Think ‘All in the Family’ meets ‘Family Guy’ and you have Titus. Titus and Family Guy are similar because they have funny flashbacks, and really make the shows what they are. They both have the same style. Plus the show isn’t like other family sitcoms because it’s totally dysfunctional. Well if you exclude Married with Children and All in the Family. Like I said above, without Stacey Keach playing Papa Titus, I don’t think the show would have been as funny. Most of the funny lines come from him, and I think, he’s one of the funniest dads in TV history. Just the line delivery and the jokes were dead-on PERFECT! But you have to give the rest of the cast credit because they were just as good as Keach. Titus is funny, and has a lot of great moments in flashbacks. Err! But I think Tommy and Dave were funnier mainly because of their characters. The more girlie Tommy got, the funnier he was and the more dumber Dave got, the funnier he was. The episodes got better and better as the episodes progressed and I’m still upset Fox pulled the plug on the show. Perhaps if they kept the show in one time slot, maybe more people would have watched it. They should have watched it for Cynthia Watros alone! Man, was she a looker or what? She later went on to be on the Drew Carey Show. That certainly kept my appeal but from what I gathered, Titus wasn’t doing bad in the ratings at all. They had one of the highest ratings for a series premiere since the Simpsons. I’m hoping this DVD sparks something like it has for Family Guy and Firefly. Titus: The Movie? That would sooo rock!
The extras contain a few audio commentaries, a featurette called “Hard Laughs”, a promo and some rehearsal footage. I didn’t listen to the audio commentaries yet because I haven’t seen these episodes in awhile so I wanted to watch them. I plan on listening to the commentaries though because I’m sure Titus and the other creators have some funny, interesting things to say. The featurette was about a half hour long and was pretty good. Titus talked about how most of this stuff seen on the show was actually true, which is actually quite frightening. You also get to see a lot of funny clips from the show and it was worth watching if you enjoy the show.
So what else can I say? I love this TV show and wish it was still on the air because I’m sure Titus had many funny scenarios up his sleeve. The cast was great, the episodes were absolutely hilarious and probably one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen. You definitely have to have a sick, twisted sense of humor to enjoy some of the jokes. I definitely recommend watching the show if you like shows like Family Guy, Married With Children and All in the Family. Hurry up and buy this DVD so they can release the rest of the seasons on DVD!
Commentary from Christopher Titus as well as Creators Brian Hargrove and Jack Kenny
Hard Laughs – New Interview with Christopher Titus
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: Dad’s Dead, Dave Moves Out, Surprise Party, Tommy’s Girlfriend, When I Say Jump
Running Time: 760 minutes