The Ben Stiller Show (1992)

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The Ben Stiller Show (1992)
The Ben Stiller Show (1992)
Premiere September 27, 1992
Finale January 17, 1993
Creator Ben Stiller
Judd Apatow
Network FOX
Style 30-minute sketch comedy
Company HBO Independent Productions
Seasons 1
Episodes 13 (1 unaired)
Origin USA

The Ben Stiller Show (1992–1993) was a sketch comedy series spun-off from the MTV series of the same name broadcast by FOX. The show was created by the series' namesake Ben Stiller as well as future filmmaker Judd Apatow and starred four central players: Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo and Bob Odenkirk.

In its time, The Ben Stiller Show was the only sketch comedy not to make use of a laugh track or a studio audience, a move which allowed it to stand out as biting satire in the form of sketch comedy. Much of the show parodied popular 1980s and early 1990s culture with sketches like "Low Budget Tales of Horror," which mocked Tales from the Crypt, and "The Grungues," a sitcom in the style of The Monkees set in Seattle during grunge's heyday.

Though critically acclaimed, the series was cancelled after 12 episodes by the network. It was awarded the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series posthumously, but the network did not see fit to bring it back. The series has been resurrected in reruns several times by networks like Comedy Central over the years, but the central players all went on to find success in other venues.

Contents

Cast

Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Ben Stiller Various 1
Andy Dick Various 1
Janeane Garofalo Various 1
Bob Odenkirk Various 1
Supporting/Recurring Cast
John F. O'Donohue Various 1
Judd Apatow Various 1
Dana Gould Various 1
Jeff Kahn Various 1

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
FOX
Season One September 27, 1992 January 17, 1993 13

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Ben Stiller Show June 4, 2002 2

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