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Titus – Seasons Three


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



Titus was doing fairly well when the producers decided to start producing the show in digital High Definition.  It turns out this was just the beginning of permanently cutting down the show, which ended on Season Three never to be heard from again.  The series still made fun of dysfunctional families and dealt with a semi-alcoholic father (Stacy Keach) at home and mentally ill mother (Francis Fisher) in a mental institute.  Add a brother and ancillary characters and the show is a mess without focus, which become junkier by this time, just trying to do anything for laughs.


These final episodes are as follows, with audio commentary tracks indicated by an *:


1)     Racing In The Streets

2)     Amy’s Birthday

3)     Tommy’s Not Gay*

4)     Shannon’s Song

5)     Grad School

6)     Houseboat

7)     The Trial

8)     Grandma Titus*

9)     Errrr

10)  Tommy’s Crash

11)  Into Thin Air

12)  Too Damn Good

13)  Bachelor Party

14)  Hot Streak

15)  The Session

16)  Same Courtesy

17)  After Mrs. Shafter

18)  The Visit

19)  Insanity Genetic (two parts)*

20)  The Protector



Why the series and its creators (especially writers) thought this was working is very odd.  Did they follow demographics too much?  Phyllis Diller played the grandmother and should have made a more semi-regular character.  The occasional guest star like David Carradine helped, but the show was losing energy as it went along and the switch to HD may have made it even lazier.


The 1.33 X 1 image was taped in digital HD, versus film for the first two seasons.  I am surprised there is not much of a difference and though the DVD has definition limits and this still looks better than it did in its original broadcast, it is not the 1.78 X 1 aspect ratio.  Also, it is obvious the show was that flatly filmed in the first place, which does not help the longetivity of any production.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo again has no surround information and the fidelity is good enough.  Extras include a booklet inside the box that contains the four DVDs in two slender cases, a hidden intro by Titus on DVD 1 and three interviews on DVD 4.  That is less that the previous set, but then the series was just not as good and ended while it was ahead.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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