In Living Color: Season One

In Living Color: Season One
Cast: Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans
Studio: Fox
Rating: 5.5/10

Corporate Line: This is the first season of the comedy that crossed every line with their raunchy, crude humor and introduced a new generation of talent including Jim Carrey, The Wayans and many more. See classic sketches Men on Film and Homey the Clown on this 3-disc set that is loaded with behind the scenes extras.

The Good: Homey D. Clown played by Damon Wayans is still hiliarious. The Wrath of Farrakhan is another hilarious skit with Jim Carrey doing a way over the top Captain Kirk. Actually most of Jim Carrey’s skits are funny. You can see why he became such a huge star. Anton the Wino, Damon Wayans, is great. And of course Men In Film steals the show. Damon shines again.

The Bad: The biggest issue was how weak the skits without Damon Wayans or Jim Carrey in them. Keenan Ivory Wayans’ skits are the weakest. Not to mention his ego is huge. He starts every show by boring us to death with introduction that are the same weak after week and is always in the opening skit, which often are the worst. There are so many weak skits that you find yourself skipping through them after about five minutes of wondering where its going. The Wayans sister and the other females are far from funny.

The inability to skip to each scene is a bad move. You skip ahead and you jump 2-3 skits, it makes no sense. One skip ahead and we went from the six minute mark to the 18 minute mark and missed three skits. Does that make sense?

Extras: The extras are weak. The only cast member to do a commentary is Tommy Davidson and David Allen Grier, and I’m guessing they had nothing better to do. The Fly Girl featurette is boring. Rosie Perez drowns on and on about absolutely nothing.

Frankly: The show is very dated and that didn’t have to be the beginning of the end however I remember it being funnier. But that was the following seasons when Jim Carrey brings in new characters like Fire Marshall Bill and Damon Wayans perfects his characters. The good skits would have fit into two episodes so you actually have a good thirteen episodes each, if you are lucky, have two good skits in each episode.

+ Charlie Craine

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