Like it or not, the 'Sarah Silverman Program' lasted three season. The first two seasons were a bit uneven, so how would the third season hold up?
Topics addressed in this season include: hermaphrodites, children's television, deadly pranks, write-in candidates, imaginary friends, mental retardation, jam bands, robot babies, sketchy vans, and competing Holocaust memorials.
This season is probably the strangest of them all. Where the second season eventually found a nice balance between offensively gross and clever sight gags, we get a healthy dose of bizarre here. Perhaps the creators thought they might as well indulge any strange whims or ideas that came to mind. Some of it works very nicely, but there are some odd visuals which are a mixed bag.
The low point might be an episode that Sarah narrates which have Steve and Brian caring for a homicidal robot baby. It isn't so much funny as it is deliriously violent and dark, but not effective. In fact, while the first half or so of the season is rather strong, it loses a bit of steam as it goes on. The final episode is good, but maybe the show wound things up at the right time. There are only ten episodes this time.
We finally get a little progress, growth, and backstory from the supporting characters. This has been a long time coming. In the case of Steve and Brian, their arrested development is integral to their characters but it's nice to learn a little about where they come from. A few relationships actually take the next step in this season, though there is absolutely no consequence in the subsequent episodes.
Special features include: a conversation with the writers and creators, a live Q and A, behind the scenes of each episode, the original pilot, a few animated shorts, and commentary. The special features here are, by far, the best in the series. It equate to a clearinghouse.
For the most part, 'The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Three' is a respectable swan song for the show. This was a series that straddled the line between brilliant and mind-numbingly stupid, teetering precariously between the two.
It wasn't perfect but it was a worthwhile show for those who weren't afraid to get a bit immature once in awhile.
Add an extra half star to the rating.
Not rated Approx 210 minutes 2010/ DVD release date 2012