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Stacked: The Complete Series

Fox // Unrated // December 12, 2006
List Price: $29.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted January 3, 2007 | E-mail the Author
The Series

It's a Fox sitcom about a blonde with huge jugs who works in a bookstore.

If you need more of a description than that, I worry about you.

Every bit as canned, obvious and insipid as you'd have every reason to logically expect, Stacked is even worse than awful -- because it actually houses a few small assets, all of which are squandered in the name of obvious tit jokes and really awful writing. Wedged helplessly into the amateurish folds of Stacked and its monumentally conventional trappings are a few really funny people: As a clueless professor, Christopher Lloyd is as weirdly amusing as ever; newcomer Brian Scolaro offers a blustery delivery style that'd work a whole lot better were the Barney Rubble-esque actor given some quality material; and the lovably chunky Marissa Winokur, who comes off like the long-lost sister of the late, great Wendie Jo Sperber -- and delivers almost all of the laughs that Stacked has to offer.

The star (of course) is Pamela Anderson, she of the self-deprecating sluttiness and outrageously fake knockers. And while it's great that Pammy has a really great sense of humor regarding her well-earned reputation, the simple truth is that her comedy skills exhibit more suck than her sex tape does.

Plot: Bimbo + Bookstore + Laugh Track = Stacked

Frankly I'm stunned the thing lasted a full twenty episodes, but while it'd be exceedingly easy to call the series a complete and total failure, the truth is that it's not: A few of the actors snare a few solid gags every second or third episode, the quality of which serve to remind the viewer that the Stacked writers do have some talent; they just don't seem to be trying very hard. Guest stars like Paget Brewster, Tony Hale, Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra and Jenny McCarthy are peppered throughout the season, none of whom can do a whole lot to alleviate the tedious 'obvious set-up / corny punch-line / raucous laugh track' approach.

In an effort to give Stacked some sort of half-baked Ross & Rachel dynamics, the Stacked makers give Anderson a love interest that comes in the form of puckered-butt store manager Elon Gold. Again, with better material Gold could make for a suitably amusing nebbish, but he and Pam are given such stock-stupid sitcom conventions to work with... Hell, even her cleavage gets boring after an episode or two.

Episode List

Disc 1

Pilot (04/13/05)
Beat the Candidate (04/20/05)
A Fan for All Seasons (04/27/05)
Gavin's Pipe Dream (05/11/05)
The Ex-Appeal (05/18/05)
Nobody Says I Love You (11/09/05)
Two Faces of Eve (11/16/05)

Disc 2

Darling Nikki (11/30/05)
Crazy Ray (12/07/05)
iPod (12/14/05)
Heavy Meddle (12/21/05)
Goodwizzle Hunting (12/28/05)
After Party (01/04/06)
Romancing the Stones (01/11/06)

Disc 3

You're Getting Sleepy (unaired)
The Third Date (unaired)
The Day the Music Died (unaired)
Poker (unaired)
The Headmaster (unaired)

The DVD

Audio/Video: The episodes are presented in an anamorphic widescreen format, for some crazy reason. The picture quality would be strengthened by the aspect ratio ... if it weren't one of the most generically directed sitcom I've ever seen. Audio is Dolby Surround, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish.

Extras: On disc 3 you'll find a trio of fluffy featurettes:

Nipplegate: Getting Dressed with Pamela (7:08) is a bunch of clip-laden fluff about the costume design ... or lack thereof.

Show Us Your Bloopers is a 5-minute flub reel. A little bit funny, but you will get to see Christopher Lloyd making out with Jenny McCarthy!

Skyler's Guide to Dating (9:50) is ... just a bunch of clips from the 19 episodes you just watched. Weird.

Final Thoughts

Exactly as bad as I thought it'd be, only with a few small glimmers of solid humor that made me annoyed there weren't more, Stacked is one of the most basic examples of Sitcom I've ever seen, and (for the most part) it sure ain't pretty.

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