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Red Green Show: 2000 Season, The (DVD Review)

7 Sep, 2008 By: Kyra Kudick

Red Green Show

Street 9/16/08
$39.99 three-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Steve Smith, Patrick McKenna, Rick Green, Bob Bainborough.

For those who have never had the pleasure of viewing "The Red Green Show," it almost defies description. Imagine a parody of a Canadian cable-access variety show, filmed by quirky, inept middle-aged members of a sportsmen's lodge, with segments ranging from do-it-yourself home improvement to marriage advice.

The show aired on PBS from 1991 to 2006, with a varying cast of characters, but always including Red Green (Steve Smith), the leader of Possum Lodge, a self-proclaimed handyman who believes everything can be fixed with duct tape and finishes every Handyman Corner segment with the saying: "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy."

Newbie viewers probably shouldn't start with the 2000 season, as some of the jokes are better enjoyed by long-term fans. However, anyone who gets a kick out of make-shift handyman adventures will enjoy the stunts of this season — from the snowmobile crafted from an old water heater, some Duraflame logs and pair of water skis, to the swamp boat made from an overturned van (you just need to see it).

Some of my favorite segments of the show involve Red giving sage advice on marriage and aging from behind his fly-tying desk. The 2000 season does not disappoint in this area — including an episode in which he suggests that if you are going to argue with your wife, you should be sure to have the truth, an expert and her best friend on your side.

As with any show that runs for several seasons, fans can expect to face some disenchantment along the way as things change. But the show's overall appeal is still intact — the projects are still absurd and Red is just as charmingly lazy as ever. The 2000 season is still a good buy for collectors.

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