With the success of the Man Show Season 1, the hosts were able to get a lot more guest stars to join them in cameo roles, from porn stars, Ginger Lynn, Alexa Rae, Cheyenne Silver, Kobe Tai, Ron Jeremy, and others, to athletes like Karl Malone, Bill Anderson, Jesse Hernandez, to mainstream stars like Natasha Henstridge and Dick Van Patten, to other cable notables like Ben Stein, the show had people flocking to get on an episode for kicks. The fact that so many of these stars (in their own fields) went on without being credited is a testament to the show's popularity.
The show was a half hour skit-based comedy series, much like MAD TV or Saturday Night Live, just much funnier and more focused on topics men laugh at; porn, beer, sports, and nagging wives. There was usually a couple of main sketches per show, a few shorter segments to fill it out with, like Polls, Monkey's in clothes acting like humans, and beer drinking, with the show ending each week with a bunch of scantily clad women bouncing around on trampolines. If this sounds like a perfect format, you'd be right. The show's dancers for season two included Chanie Costello, Julie Costello, Angelique Gorges, Paula Harrison, Vanessa Kay, Dani Lee, Niki Pulliam, Nicole Rodriguez, and Suzanne Talhouk, each looking very appealing to this reviewer's eye.
Like Man Show, Season 1, Volume 1 and Man Show, Season 1, Volume 2, the show continued to improve as the format really found it's niche. The hosts remained unapologetic about their choice of subject matter and there was more nudity in this boxed set for fans of that kind of thing. From the topless flash by Alex Rae in episode 18 to Busty Heart losing her top when crushing beer cans in the following episode (and it was a huge breast) to the numerous ass shots and glimpses of other body parts throughout the season, fans will appreciate that not all the original episodes were pixilated to cover up the nudity (there was a lot of that though too-it was how they were shot). Here's a look at the season's episodes in the order they were shot, along with the airdates:
Episode 201: More Juggies!: 6/18/2000:
Episode 202: Powerful Women: 7/9/2000:
Episode 203: The Man Show Boy: 6/25/2000:
Episode 204: Husbandly Duties: 7/2/2000:
Episode 205: We Donate To Charity: 8/13/2000:
Episode 206: TV Shows: 7/30/2000:
Episode 207: Work Place Behavior: 1/21/2001:
Episode 208: For Women: How To Get A Man: 8/6/2000:
Episode 209: Teaching Women About The Workplace: 2/18/2001:
Episode 210: Will You Buy Me A Beer?: 7/16/2000:
Episode 211: Election Smear Campaigns: 9/3/2000:
Episode 212: International Customs About Sex: 3/11/2001:
Episode 213: Hef's House: 9/10/2000:
Episode 214: Myth & Facts About College: 8/27/2000:
Episode 215: Introducing Karl Malone: 7/23/2000:
Episode 216: Benny Hill: 12/10/2000:
Episode 217: Juggy Training: 12/3/2000:
Episode 218: Credit Cards: 2/4/2001:
Episode 219: Girl Scouts: 1/7/2001:
Episode 220: Car Show: 1/14/2001:
Episode 221: Holiday Show: 12/17/2000:
Episode 222: Sex Show: 2/11/2001:
Episode 223: Sports Show: 8/20/2000:
Episode 224: Laziness: 3/4/2001:
Episode 225: Phone Sex: 2/25/2001:
Episode 226: Jamaica: 3/25/2001:
The good news is that someone listened to the fans and decided to release the entire season in a single set. Further, there were four episodes per DVD (except the last one), helping make the episodes look better than ever. The bonus material was a bit light but had some new material by Adam Carolla and with a decent price, made this one well worth a rating of Highly Recommended. I'd have liked to see some audio commentaries by Jimmy and Adam as well as more nudity in the extras but maybe in the third season, they'll get to doing some of those too.
Picture: The picture was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color aspect ratio it was originally shot in. For the most part, it looked crisp and clear with few problems worth mentioning. The haloing effect that some fans have observed on earlier episodes was not noticeable and any compression artifacts were minimal except on a couple moments during the sixth disc (there were more episodes and all the extras).
Sound: The audio was presented in the usual 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English. It was clear with minimal separation but sounded better than my cable system ever sounded (on a good day, no less!). If you're expecting the audio track to be good enough to showcase your new $25,000 speakers, forget about it but it was as clear as you could hope for.
Extras: The extras here were fairly tame. It started off with three short Karl Malone segments; On Reading, On Ghosts, and On Superheroes; had a short commercial parody on the Osbournes called, appropriately enough, The Juggbournes, but then showed Adam Carolla in a few new skits, Tobias Cats and What's With The Attitude? Both of Adam's features were too short but they captured the humor of his earlier work (I just wish Jimmy could've taken part in them). There were also four Man Show Miracles: Tagged Up, Lost Weight After Marriage, Packed Efficiently, and Leftovers, but each seemed like forced humor to me. Lastly, the DVD had a bit over five minutes of Juggies on trampolines. I think skimpier outfits and a longer running time are called for in the next season set. The box itself was one of the six-disc foldout types that have become increasingly popular with nice pictures and some liner notes. One interesting fact is that the liner notes had listed five episodes per DVD but the show was actually four shows per disc (except for the last one). I guess quality control let it slip but I'm glad since it helped keep the first five DVD's looking good.
Final Thoughts: I liked this season set a whole lot, much like Man Show, Season 1, Volume 1 and Man Show, Season 1, Volume 2. With the current hosts doing so poorly, I think these sets are a good way to capture all the best fun for replay value. From the solid picture and sound, to the great humor and gags, this is one DVD set you're going to want to check out as a keeper!
Ziggy Sokky, Ziggy Sokky, Hoy! Hoy! Hoy!