Before the Internet, before reality TV, no one saw what television could be more humorously and with more vision than Garry Shandling. In 1986, Garry Shandling was poised to become a permanent guest host on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. Instead he took a chance on an offer from fledgling cable network Showtime to create his own television series. No questions asked.
A surreal look at the daily life of a young single man who is a comedian, It's Garry Shandling's Show was not a typical sitcom. Shandling would break the fourth wall to include the studio audience and the viewers at home in on the actual making of the show.
Experimenting with the sitcom form meant inviting the audience onto the set playing with the passage of time and generally exploding the genre and making art of the debris. Teaming up with Saturday Night Live veteran Alan Zweibel the two men 'put on a fourth-grade play' every week for four seasons.
With a crew of talented young writers, television history was made. From its unforgettable theme song to its closing credits It's Garry Shandling's Show was award-winning mind-bending television and its influence is clearly seen in the best TV comedies through the decades to follow.
Getting There - The Road To The Show
Television Parts - Sketches ('Garry Dates Miss Maryland' and 'Garry's Car')
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Classification: M (Coarse language)
Number of Discs: 4
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 3rd August 2011
Running Time: 550.0 mins