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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 20, 2000
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Cynthia Watros, Zack Ward, David Shatraw
  • Summary: This half-hour comedy chronicles the hilarious world of Christopher Titus and his totally messed-up poor white trash family. Between his drunken father, his dimwitted brother, and his goody-goody best friend, it's amazing Titus is alive, let alone engaged to a "normal" girl.

    Titus
    adapted Christopher Titus' stand-up routine in a novel way: each episode is narrated by Titus from a black & white "Neutral Space," from which he comments on the events as they unfold, punctuated by short, surreal flashbacks to his childhood and adolescence. The hilarious interplay between these three levels of narrative is sometimes amazingly complex and even contradictory, highlighting the exceedingly black nature of the show's humor. Alas, the Fox network lived up to its history of commissioning innovative television and then sabotaging it; the third and blackest season was made particularly incoherent by showing the sequences out of logical order.

    Titus never made it to syndication, and is currently unavailable — a buried gem — until its release on DVD in September 2005.
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    The talking-to-the-audience material is shot in black and white to signify its staged artiness, but it also makes the show's standard sitcom scenes seem even livelier than they are — a canny strategy.
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 28, 2013
    70
    Making audiences feel weird merely for laughing is a sign of something quite wrong, or quite right; here it's mostly the latter.
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    42
    If all this sounds more painful than funny, you've hit on the show's main problem.