The Ben Stiller Show (1992)

The Ben Stiller Show aired on a fledgling FOX for less than a full season with the worst ratings of the year. The poster child for unseen talent the show had the titular Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk and (to a lesser extent) David Cross of Mr. Show Fame, A pre-political Janeane Garofalo and a still-functioning Andy Dick. The show also had a string of guest stars who had no business being on the show.
The show has definite highs and lows, but the most interesting thing about it is that a large percentage of the shows were written by Bob Odenkirk, making the show something of a preview for Mr. Show.

The Ben Stiller Show aired on a fledgling FOX for less than a full season with the worst ratings of the year. The poster child for unseen talent the show had the titular Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk and (to a lesser extent) David Cross of Mr. Show Fame, A pre-political Janeane Garofalo and a still-functioning Andy Dick. The show also had a string of guest stars who had no business being on the show.
The show has definite highs and lows, but the most interesting thing about it is that a large percentage of the shows were written by Bob Odenkirk, making the show something of a preview for Mr. Show. The beginnings of the show are really apparent in the later episodes. The show also has some fun parodies, but if you don’t remember the early 90s they will likely be references you just don’t get.
Extras are not that great, but it is hard to have extra media from an unpopular show more than a decade old. The commentaries are available for about half the episodes, and only about half of those include Bob and David. The commentaries are also pretty repetitive, with the same stories being told and mostly just them talking about who did what. The outtakes and cut things are, as usual, things that should have been cut.

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