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I was really bummed out when this series was canceled,
but I wasn't terribly surprised. There have been quite a few shows
where the lead character is very unlikable, including "Buffalo Bill",
"Action", "Becker" and this one, and they all have been canceled pretty
quickly. It wasn't until "Married with Children" came along that
any show had such unlikable characters. The only reason it
survived, I think, is because Al was such a hapless fool. You felt
sorry for him more than hated him. The stars of these other shows
were not as sympathetic. I guess people have trouble watching
shows about mean or worthless people.
I don't really care if the people on my screen are
likable, as long as they are entertaining. For a comedy, I only
demand that it is funny. I found Denis Leary and "The Job"
hysterical, so I loved it, and so did my husband. I think it also had a
bad time slot. It didn't seem like ABC had much confidence in it at
the time, either, because they kept moving it around.
Leary stars as a slightly crooked cop who is cheating on
his wife with his girlfriend. He also smokes heavily, pops pills and
has a drinking problem. His other buddies on the force are not much
different. They are rude, crude, and obnoxious, but they are also
funny and in some ways very real. The show, which lasted only 19
episodes, was about how his life was falling apart.
The show was often dark, but it was also
surprisingly original. If you like very funny, sarcastic TV, you
will love this. If you only like "gentle humor", then you probably
wouldn't like this. Give it a try!
The set comes with many great extras. Leary now has
the successful show on FX "Rescue Me". I'm sure we can thank that
show, at least in part, for the release of "The Job". Thank
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