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The State was the coolest sketch comedy show on TV in the early 1990's, and due to overwhelming demand, it's being released from the MTV vault and introduced to the digital age. Season 1 of The State exhibits the show's humble beginnings, and the birth of some of its most popular characters: groove-happy hipsters LeVon and Barry (Michael Ian Black and Thomas Lennon), grungy teen-malcontent Doug (Michael Showalter), and the guy who comes in and says his catch phrase over and over again, Louie (Ken Marino)! These actors and the rest of the eleven member cast -- Kevin Allison (Orange Quarters, Best Week Ever), Ben Garant (Reno 911!, Herbie: Fully Loaded), Todd Holoubek (You Wrote It, You Watch It), Michael Patrick Jann (Drop Dead Gorgeous), Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!, Viva Variety), Joe Lo Truglio (Hitch), and David Wain (Stella, Wet Hot American Summer) -- also doubled as the writing team and crew during the cult classic's five-episode first season. The comedy is old school but the writing is still as fresh as ever and now you can take it wherever you go, "aww yeah, baby!"
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||Boogeyman, Lenny Lipton Show, Krispy Pops, Hormones, Hops Plus, Free Your Mind (Clown/Pirate), Chip's Party, Hypothetical Question, On-air Personality, Mudwrestler, Eating and Swimming, and Forever.||20:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||Fluffy Soft, Gang Fight, $7,000 Pyramid, Old Fashioned Guy, Cereal Commercial, Mouse Problem, Doug & Dad, Capt. Monterey Jack (Lights), Old Fashioned Guy II, Bigfoot in Office, and Louie.||20:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||Boogeyman II, Capt. Monterey Jack (Shoes), Pies, Thanksgiving Dinner, MTV Sports, Chips Commercial, Antonio, Tape People, Free Your Mind (Tapeface), Chair Wrestling, Mr. Magina, Gilbert Link, and Crackers.||20:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||Disclaimer, Cute, Ride, Doug & Principal, Don Law, Light Coma, Old Fashioned Guy III, Pants, Capt. Monterey Jack (Cheese), On the Table, and $240 Worth of Pudding.||19:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||God is Dead, Mind Match, Grandma's Potato Chowder, Hot Pursuits, Free Your Mind (Smoker), James Dixon: Guidance Counselor, Attack of the Killer Robots, Cindy, Old Fashioned Guy IV, On-air Personality (Youth Conference), Lunch with The State, Missy Von Kimmelman, Old Fashioned Guy V, and Louie II.||21:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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WARNING - Missing the Tunes...
iTunes doesn't tell you this in advance, but these episodes are not exactly the same as what originally aired. The music that was used in the shows has by-and-large been replaced with royalty-free facsimiles. For example, remember the "Pants" sketch with the song Cannonball by The Breeders featured, ahem, prominently? Well here, instead, you get some sort of Cannon Ball-esque song that is just different enough to avoid being able to be sued and to completely ruins the sketch. There are many other examples of this. It's not iTunes fault, as I'm sure it was too expensive to get the rights to include these songs or whatever. But they should have warned me before I bought it, so I wouldn't have to be surprised/disappointed when watching. Now you can know.
Pretty much the funniest show ever - and the music doesn't matter!
First and foremost, the music you'll hear on these episodes is the original music put in by The State and Craig Wedren. When the shows were aired, MTV replaced the music with the pop music you're used to. THESE SONGS WERE NOT INTENDED BY THE STATE! MTV WANTED TO SELL THEIR OWN MUSIC! I had to get that off my chest because this is all anyone talks about. That said, this is one of the most creative, funniest shows I've ever seen. This is dumb comedy for the thinking audience. There's low-grade humor like MadTV, which goes for the lowest common denominator, and there's this, which begs you to consider the concepts of the sketches. Supreme writing, amazing performances, wonderful execution, despite MTV being unfair. If this show had been on Comedy Central (I think it was around then) it would have lasted longer. Here's a note for fans: If you want to see the second half of the season on here, you need to purchase these episodes, or else the rest of the season won't ever become available. So please please please enjoy these!
What's with the music?
I'm ecstatic to finally see The State at long last in a legal digital format. Finally, I don't have to worry about my old videotapes wearing out or breaking on me. Sadly, the soundtracks on these sketches have been changed. Barry & Levon no longer have Sexual Healing, and they've been completely re-dubbed. Likewise, the "I love pants" sketch no longer bears The Breeders, and isn't nearly as funny without the original music it was written around. Still, it's The State, after a long decade we can finally sink into some of the 90's best underground comedy. It's a no-brainer, pick this one up.