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The Loop - Season One



DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $19.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 7
Running Time: 153 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 6 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English and Spanish subtitles; Closed-Captioned
Special Features: “Thesis: Work vs. Play” featurette.


Sam Sullivan is the newest executive at TransAlliance Airways, which proves that he has worked his way up to the top of the ladder with the help of his loving and supporting family, right? Wrong! He is just a recent college graduate in his 20s living with his party animal roommates that are not even close to growing up! And that is what “The Loop” is all about.

For those that may have missed it (and I guess you may have seen an episode or two after an airing of “American Idol”), “The Loop” is (or was… you can never assume anything that has been renewed on Fox will actually come back) a sitcom that premiered in March 2006 about Sam Sullivan (Bret Harrison), an airline executive that seems to do his job well because of (not despite) his roommates that cause chaos at home, which include his brother Sully (Eric Christian Olsen), Piper (Amanda Loncar), and Lizzy (Sarah Mason). But even better than his home life are his coworkers, including Meryl (Mimi Rogers) and Darcy (Joy Osmanski). Despite all of that, the best character in the show is Sam’s boss at work, Russ (Philip Baker Hall), who is demanding and ever-so-slightly insane, but highly appreciative of the work of Sam (or “Thesis” as he calls him).

Season One contains all seven episodes of this series that aired in 2006.

Episodes Included / Notable Guest Stars:

The first season was a very short season (the second season is going to be short too, when and if that ever airs), containing just seven episodes, so I’ll just briefly talk about all of them. In the “Pilot” episode, Sam is trying to plan a party for Piper, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend. Can Sam get her back with her boyfriend before her birthday, or would it just serve his own selfish interests for her to NOT get her boyfriend back? In “Jack Air,” Sam has to come up with a plan for a budget airline for his corporation, but he has just taken the tequila challenge the night before! How will he come up with a plan for the next morning when he is recovering? Sam is determined to get an old girlfriend back, at any cost, in “Tiger Express.” Sam is having some “groin pains” in “Trouble in the Saddle;” how will he be able to work? In “Year of the Dog,” Sully starts a dog-sitting business… but needless to say, this is going to interfere with Sam’s work as usual! In “Bear Drop Soup,” Sam has been promoted at work, but how will his coworkers handle it? Finally, the season ends with “Rusty Trombone,” where Sam has to sneak out of work to meet Piper at a Dandy Warhols concert. Adam Brody (The OC) has an appearance in this episode.


There is only one disc, so the packaging is a basic Amaray case with just a cast photo on the front. Inside, you will find the disc (with artwork of Sam wearing two different shoes) and a page describing each of the episodes on the disc. Clearly, there is not much to say, but the packaging is adequate and what you would expect for a single disc release.

Menu Design and Navigation:

They went very basic on the menus too, basically when you put the disc in, you get a menu with a listing of all of the episodes on the disc (with Play All at the top of the list and Special Features option at the bottom of the list). When you select an episode, you go to a submenu that has a snapshot from the episode along with options of Play Episode, Scene Selection, and Languages. Scenes and chapter stops are placed at all of the appropriate spots in the episodes (i.e. the commercial breaks).

Video and Audio Quality:

The episodes aren’t even a year old yet (the series premiered in mid-March 2006), so as one would expect, they look and sound pretty much perfect on DVD. The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen for those that love that kind of thing (some DVD-philes may be surprised to know that some people prefer full screen because that fits the dimensions of their standard television sets, I’m not saying I’m one of those people but I’m just saying such people exist), and the audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.0 surround sound. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish, and there are closed-captions as well. The episodes all run at about 21:30-22:00 each, and I don’t believe that there could possibly be anything missing from any of these episodes considering, but you never know these days (they all look fine as far as I could tell though, but to be fair, I only watched about half of the episodes when they aired on Fox).

Special Features:

There is only one special feature on the set, but it is really adequate considering that the show isn’t all that big. “Thesis: Work vs. Play” (6:55) is really nothing more than a short interview session with the stars and creators of the series (they are all there). And really, there isn’t enough about the show to even talk about in seven minutes, so if anything, this special feature may have been too long. If the show goes on and becomes successful (which given the history of pretty much any Fox sitcom in the past 10 years, that probably WON’T happen), it would be nice to see more special features similar to this one. Season two premieres this June on Fox.

Final Comments:

I actually think that this isn’t a bad show, and I think that it actually is a fresh show in the bizarre mix of bad shows that are on the air today. Fox is supposed to be bringing this back for a second season this June, where it’ll be retooled, but I’m hoping it isn’t retooled for the worse. It would be nice to see more of the episodes focusing on Sam’s work life instead of his home life, because his work life is the really funny part of the show (though I think it still needs to have some emphasis on his life with his roommates too in order to keep the general theme of the show intact). You should at least try the show if you are a fan of sitcoms kind of like the ones on the NBC Thursday night lineup, that is as long as you aren’t tied up in the loop!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 03/07/07

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