The Best of Whose Line is it Anyway?

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  • No one gets voted off the show. That would be too easy. Instead contestants face crueler fates: be a fish on a TV dating show, Adam and Eve when they first converse, a doo-wop group singing about a girl (and a tragic taxidermy accident). We?re not making this up. They are. Host Drew Carey, a clever crew of comedy regulars and special guests (David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Jerry Springer, Ri

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No one gets voted off the show. That would be too easy. Instead contestants face crueler fates: be a fish on a TV dating show, Adam and Eve when they first converse, a doo-wop group singing about a girl (and a tragic taxidermy accident). We’re not making this up. They are. Host Drew Carey, a clever crew of comedy regulars and special guests (David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Jerry Springer, Richard Simmons, bodybuilder Jane Tricker and more) come up with funny-on-the-… More >>

The Best of Whose Line is it Anyway?

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  1. I used to be a Whose Line fan. Seen every episode more than once. Have all the other DVD releases. Heck, I’ll get the (first) season two set if and when it’s ultimately released. But the episodes on this set are shameful.

    Firstly, I’m apparently in the minority when I consider the Richard Simmons show to be one of the worst ever. And I’m counting some of the really highbrow British shows from 1988. It’s weird how scripted a show about off-the-cuff-iness has actually gotten.

    The inclusion of special guests for cheap laughs is pretty much a middle finger to the other “guest” in the show – particularly Greg Proops. Were they included for ratings’ sake? If so, it sure didn’t help!

    The episodes on this set were not that funny, in all honesty. They seemed to have chosen episodes with celebrity guests or shock humour. And quite a few episodes reuse the same joke three or four times in the same show.

    Now, I completely understand the use of running gags or inside jokes. I have no problem with them being repeated here and there. But they were increasingly reused in lieu of an actual punchline.

    This set is not without its positive marks though. Two of the episodes – 401 and 611 were very good. 611 did include a guest, bodybuilder Jane Tricker, but she was treated like an audience member, so it didn’t distract from the usual precedings. And while 401 included a quirk for no reason but a reason to kiss everyone, the other games were quite memorable. Jeff Davis is awesome.

    Included in this set is the “Best Of” special. It’s also the only reason I would ever actually purchase this set. It aired on ABC twice. And only twice. And featured deleted and extended games from season two. It’s a very good special, even though it also had moments like the ones I already complained about.

    If kissing, gay jokes, and pointless cameos are your thing, by all means, pick this set up. Just, they’re not *my* thing, so I can’t rate this positively at all. Especially when it’s just a “best of” set, and not a full season, or even a volume of a season.

    Come on Warner Bros. Bring us season two. You know you want to!
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Other DVDs in the series were much better. I don’t know why they say it’s uncensored. It’s all “G” rated. It’s ok, but not great. I wouldn’t buy it again.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Other reviews have already told you what is coming out on this release. Some have professed their love of the line-up while others have jeered and booed in ways that seemed to hint toward anarchy and rioting. What all of them have in common though is a fear that this release might be a harbinger of doom for further season releases. I admit, I briefly held that fear as well, but then I remembered something. That something happens to be Night Court. See, season one of Night Court was released in 2005. Season two was not released until this past February, just five days shy of a full four years between the releases. Warner seems to release these weird little collections as a way to test the market before committing to a project.

    I am not sure if Warner Home Video has some madman at the controls who methodical sifts through all related materials in a quest to create the perfect release or they are just really lazy. Either way, a complete season one is most likely on the way, to be followed by a complete season two (and so forth). The real mystery here is how long are we going to have to wait?
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I really love this DVD of Whos Line is it Anyway? Really great. Delivery was awesome couldn’t ask for more GREAT JOB!! I am a happy happy customer.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Whose Line Is It Anyway? was and remains one of my all time television shows. However, I must be slightly skeptical about the approach taken here. As said in another review I read, what does this “Best Of” mean exactly for the future DVD releases of the franchise. First of all, I think Warner Bros got Season 1 all wrong by releasing two different volumes. The two volumes still didn’t have all of the episodes from Season 1! I’ve been hopelessly waiting for Vol 3 of Season 1 to come out and this is the next best thing. They should have collaborated all of the Season 1 episodes and for ten bucks more, released a full season 1 uncensored with bonus footage and taken that approach.

    That being said, it is what it is, and fans will now have to just wait and see what Warner decides to do. I give five stars for the show, but not too much credit on how they are handling their DVD releases. And plus, this DVD is missing the Robin Williams episode, one of my all time favs. I will still purchase this DVD though, but that’s the trap of starting a DVD series collection I suppose.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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