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The Sarah Silverman Program - Season Two, Vol. One - comedy television series DVD / Comedy Central DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 3 1/2 stars
Actors: Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn, Steve Agee, Jay Johnston
  Studio: Paramount /
Comedy Central
DVD release: 14 October 2008   Runtime: 132 minutes
(2 discs)
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
Features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital Stereo), The Cast and Creators at 2007's Comic-Con, Steve and Brian's Basement Adventure, Brian's New Office, Cookie Party - Cookies Come Alive! Parts I-III, The Video Game, Additional scenes, Audio commentary, Comedy Central featurettes (South Park - Mr. Cartmanez; The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Baracknophobia, The Colbert Report - The Cookie Monster; Reno 911! - Prostitution Sting)

The Sarah Silverman Program is not for everyone. Her brand of humor is raw, and she's not afraid to seem bigoted or racist for a laugh. Her eponymous character, I hope, is not quite like her. It couldn't possibly be. One episode of the second season has her lamenting how difficult it is to be Jewish. When a black man overhears her, he takes issue with her complaint. She argues that they should trade places for a day to discover who's right (she knows an awesome makeup artist). She emerges from his makeup chair in blackface and proceeds to offend her entire community. Her character is so oblivious to the obvious offense she's perpetrated that it works and it's funny.

The show isn't primarily about anything. As far as we can tell, Sarah doesn't even have a job, nor do her gay friends from across the hall, Brian and Steve (Brian Posehn and Steve Agee). Her sister Laura (Laura Silverman) and her boyfriend, Jay McPherson (Jay Johnston), do work and represent the more responsible sector of society.

The show is funny, irreverent and not to be watched around children. As in most Comedy Central DVD releases, the expletives are un-bleeped. I'm no prude, but in some cases, I think this takes some impact from the swearing. Would it kill them to put an alternate audio track in?

There are six episodes from season two on disk one (thus the volume one in the title):
  • Bored of the Rings
  • Joan of Arf
  • Face Wars
  • Doodie
  • Ah, Men
  • Maid to Border
The second disk contains special cartoons and what they call "Nuggets" - short little bits of program mostly excluding Sarah but showing a bit more of other characters.

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Vol. One is good fun, but I wonder why they decided to separate the season into volumes. Six episodes are great but leave one wanting for more.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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