Primetime DVD Review: “Wonder Showzen: The Complete Series”

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“Wonder Showzen: The Complete Series” Review by Suzanne 3/10/21

This is a funny show from 2005-2006 that ran only two seasons. It’s a raunchy parody of shows like “Sesame Street,” but it’s for adults only. Some of it can be just gross. I’m sure it was shocking back then, but now it’s a little tame compared to some Adult Swim shows.

Similarly to “Robot Chicken,” it flows from one scenario to another in a haphazard manner. It’s not as funny as “Robot Chicken,” though.  The series uses old stock footage as well as clips of kids, and ugly puppets, for humor.

I think that if you’re sitting around late at night with your friends, drinking or smoking, it’s probably a lot funnier.

Sadly, there are no DVD extras or features on the set. It would have been nice to hear about the development of the show and where the people in it are now. Also, there is no closed captioning, so sometimes I had trouble understanding what was being said. I had to go to Paramount+ to watch most of the episodes. It’s streaming there – with the closed-captioning.

The series was already released previously on DVDs (one for each season), and apparently the packaging was much nicer. The only reason to buy this set is if you didn’t buy it the first time around or you really want it all in one set. Since there are only two seasons, that seems unlikely.

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From MTV and Paramount Home Entertainment, Wonder Showzen: The Complete Collection will be arriving on DVD this March.

Executive produced by Vernon Chatman (“South Park”) and John Lee (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday), Join in on the humor of the all-cynical and all-evil absurdist variety show. Catch all sixteen episodes of the dark comedy in a four-disc set filled with a variety of special features.

Wonder Showzen: The Complete Collection

Street Date: March 16, 2021

Format: DVD

Description: Wonder Showzen  parodies the classic educational PBS shows from the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films plus puppets from one’s worst nightmares. Starring Chatman as Chauncey, Lee as Wordsworth and Alyson Levy (“At Home with Amy Sedaris”) as Sthugar.

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