The Red Green Show: The Delinquent Years DVD Review–Uproarious Import
Brace yourselves, folks, because I’ve got an absolute laugh riot for you today. Not only is what you’re about to hear about utterly hilarious, but the history behind it will be worth it too. Today we’re talking about The Red Green Show: The Delinquent Years, a copy of which the folks at Acorn Media sent out for me to review.
The Red Green Show, in case you’re not already familiar with it, follows the various colorful characters of the Possum Lodge. Headed up by Red Green, a dimwitted handyman, and joined by his nephew Harold, a gawky, geeky technical nerd that serves as both the show’s producer and Red’s chief foil, the rest of the Possum Lodge folks join in at random intervals to produce a sitcom of uproarious proportions.
The Red Green Show is best described as a series of small vignettes. For instance, we’ll start with Red and Harold, and then carry on to a variety of features from there. The exact contents change with each episode, but several installments make regular appearance. For instance, you’ll usually see a segment called “Travels With Bill”, in which Red and his friend Bill go on various traveling adventures in black and white silent movie style, while Red narrates. Later we’ll usually see The Handyman Corner, in which Red engages in some preposterous project often involving copious amounts of duct tape, or as he likes to refer to it, “the handyman’s secret weapon”.
The Red Green Show fairly sparkles with witty dialogue, as the various cast members describe their various fractured takes on life. And of course, the Possum Lodge crew engages in a host of outlandish events–for example, the first episode revolves around Possum Lodge’s staging of Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. This goes fine, until they discover that none of them are good runners, and their starter’s pistol fires live ammo. It’s taken out the bulls. From there, they search in vain for a replacement, including an elderly lion from a safari park and, eventually, minks. Needless to say neither will end well.
And it will go on like this, for nine disks, for fully forty seven episodes. It will be some of the funniest stuff you’ve ever seen, and you’ll be grateful for every minute. Why? Because you’ll be laughing through most of them.
When I was a kid, they ran this stuff on the local PBS station, and I looked forward to Saturday nights just for my shot of Red Green. It’s no different today, and frankly, every episode still makes me laugh. Some more so than others, of course, but no episode walks away without a chuckle somewhere.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives The Red Green Show: The Delinquent Years a full ten out of ten, because too much of it is a success. If you want nineteen hours of laughs, then you’ll do well to get your hands on this fantastic box set.