Everybody Hates Chris: The Third Season (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Paramount || NR - 320 minutes - $39.98 || August 26, 2008
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2008-09-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Chris Rock, Vincent Martella, Tequan Richmond, Tyler James Williams, Tichina Arnold, Terry Crews, Imani Hakim


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Gag Reel
  • More Ms. Morelloisms
  • Director Webisodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Off the Cuff Interviews
  • Chris V.O. Session Unplugged
  • Slaver Slav Music Video
  • Location, Location, Location


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

I gave practically a rave in my season 2 review of “Everybody Hates Chris” and for the most part, very little has changed about my initial description of the show.

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Premise (from the season two review): For those who haven't seen it, “Everybody Hates Chris” is a fictionalized account of how comedian Chris Rock grew up. The show follows his family and their daily trials and tribulations. There's Julius, Chris's father who works two jobs and is notoriously thrifty, Rochelle, Chris's mom who yells a lot and loves chocolate, his younger brother Drew who loves hockey and is great with women, and his youngest sister, Tanya who's obsessed with (now) washed up R and B singer, Billy Ocean.

The show also follows Chris at school (where he hangs out with his friend Greg and deals with a bully named Carusso) and through his neighborhood (working for the neighborhood grocer, Doc and dealing with various neighborhood weirdoes).

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The series is still about Chris Rock as a boy living in a poor neighborhood with his family and dealing with everyday life as a kid. The difference between season 2 and 3 is there's very LITTLE difference between them. With season 1 and 2 it wasn't a problem because everything was so funny, you didn't care. Not so much in the third season because for every good/great episode (‘Everybody Hates Driving’ or ‘Everybody Hates the Ninth Grade Dance’), there are the ones that are either junk (‘Everybody Hates Gretzky’) or just plain odd (‘Everybody Hates Kwanzaa’ -- which had a nice story for one of the oddball neighborhood people but the family story was just an bit too out there). Despite all of this, the show's actors still roll with it and bring the laughter and there's not a single episode that isn't at least chuckle worthy.

In a TV landscape where thankfully network sitcoms are slowly becoming funny again, this one is still a keeper.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN:
01. Everybody Hates the Guidance Counselor
02. Everybody Hates Caruso
03. Everybody Hates Driving
04. Everybody Hates Blackie
05. Everybody Hates the Bachelor Pad
06. Everybody Hates Bed-Stuy
07. Everybody Hates Houseguests
08. Everybody Hates Minimum Wage
09. Everybody Hates the New Kid
10. Everybody Hates Kwanza
11. Everybody Hates the Port Authority
12. Everybody Hates Bad Boys
13. Everybody Hates the First Kiss
14. Everybody Hates Easter
15. Everybody Hates Gretzky
16. Everybody Hates the BFD
17. Everybody Hates Ex-Cons
18. Everybody Hates Earth Day
19. Everybody Hates Being Cool
20. Everybody Hates the Ninth-Grade Dance
21. Everybody Hates Mother’s Day



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentaries (2) - They're okay, nothing special. Creator/writer/executive producer Ali LeRoi's is the better of the two as you get more insight about what goes into an episode but (Vincent) Martella's isn't awful or anything. I think it was just a bit awkward without at least one of the other kids there with him.

More Ms. Morelloisms - I LOVE this. Jacqueline Mazerella who plays Morello is shown in a compilation of all of her unintentionally racist comments she whips out through season 3.

Director Webisodes - They're pretty good but not great. At this point in the DVD series, I'm really starting to crave some more in-depth director docs from this show but these are just long enough to keep you interested, especially here where they're on every episode. The deleted scenes are hit and miss.

Off the Cuff Interviews - Starts off just being actors babbling nonsense but as the doc progresses it slowly turns into little mini-discussions about every character on the show. Starts bad but ends up actually being pretty decent.

Chris V.O. Session Unplugged - Probably my favorite feature, this one is a look at how they record Chris Rock's many, MANY voiceover sessions for his narrarating of the show. Lots of funny little improv stuff and they take you through the whole process. As a huge fan of voiceover actors I eat this stuff up.

Location, Location, Location is a guided look by the show's production designer on how the show's producers continually are able to dress and redress sets and make the most of the show's minimal budget. It's very impressive and I'm always amazed how talented an lot of people can be with so little dough to do it with.

Slaver Slav Music Video - As you can probably guess, it's a music video spoof of rapper Flava Flav that appears on an episode of this season but here you get the FULL version.

The set also includes a gag reel and some standard deleted scenes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Same as last time. Looks and sounds great. Not high quality, but still pretty good. The show is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.78 AR) and sports a Dolby 5.1 track.



.::OVERALL::.

Although the episodes of season three are weaker than the previous two seasons, they're still funny and the extras make it well worth your time if you're an fan or just an fan of good quality sitcom entertainment. Thumbs up.