Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule

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Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule
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Title screen
Genre Alternative comedy
Surrealism
Avant-garde
Created by John C. Reilly
Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Starring John C. Reilly
Composer(s) Tim Heidecker
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 18 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) John C. Reilly
Tim Heidecker
Eric Wareheim
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s) Abso Lutely Productions
Williams Street
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original run May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Related shows Tom Goes to the Mayor
External links
Website

Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule is a spin-off of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! starring John C. Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule. The series premiered on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim, on May 16, 2010. The program follows Brule as he examines different facets of living. His severe naivety and social awkwardness generally lands him in embarrassing situations, though he largely remains ignorant. The series has completed three seasons of six episodes each.

Synopsis[edit]

The program follows Brule as he examines (or "checks out") different facets of living. His severe naivety and social awkwardness generally lands him in embarrassing situations, though he largely remains ignorant. Each episode begins with a poem or lyric pertaining to the subject of the show. Dr. Steve Brule credits the work, usually mispronouncing the author's name; his mispronunciations are a staple of the show (in one episode, he mispronounced the name of nutritionist Dr. Johnny Boden both as "Dr. Jimmy Brungus" and "Dr. Jungy Brogan.").

As the series progresses, he reveals shocking, and sometimes horrifying details about his past and personal life or his mother revealing that she would poison his food when he was a child to "slow him down.". The series also has recurring characters by the names of Terry Bruge-Hiplo, Doug Prishpreed and Carol Krabit, played by Robert Axelrod, Doug Foster and Carol Kraft, respectively. Terry, Doug, and Carol have interlude spots on the show announcing movie reviews, news updates, or fortunes, all in the same style of low-budget cable access segments.

Production[edit]

To simulate the poor quality of the video, the editors pipe their footage through a VCR (pictured) and hit the machine to simulate a jump in the vertical synchronization.

According to executive producer Tim Heidecker, Brule interviews real people, with their reactions in the series being genuine.[1] He states that the humor revolves around "not necessarily fooling these people. It’s more the character of Steve Brule being completely clueless and a really strange guy."[1] Heidecker states that his character is mostly improvised;[1] During an interview for Esquire, Reilly was asked about his experiences on the show.[2] Although Reilly did not mind answering the question, he preferred not to elaborate on his character Steve Brule.[2] He stated, "his persona would be more interesting if left a mystery", and felt the more he would elaborate on Brule's character the less interesting it would become to him.[2]

To achieve the artifact-ridden quality of the video, the editors pipe their footage through a videocassette recorder; the post-production crew hits the recorder in order to simulate a jump in the vertical synchronization.[3] In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Heidecker elaborated on the aesthetic quality of the series: "It's a show that genuinely feels like this guy made it himself. It’s as if it's 4:30 in the morning he had snuck into the studio to make this show without getting permission. It's bare bones. Lots of technical problems. Just a mess. The whole thing is a big mess. A big beautiful mess."[1]

Reception[edit]

Ross Luippold of The Huffington Post gave the series a positive review; he noted Reilly's performance, stating he "may be the only actor alive who can get away with starring in critically acclaimed films during Oscar season ... while concurrently starring in two Tim & Eric joints."[4] Lindsay Hurd of The Michigan Daily highlighted the stage design in her review; she stated "The show's set is just as amusing as Brule's lack of coherence ... [the series] amounts to a gaudy-but-comical set that oddly matches Brule's reporting style."[5] Casey Burchby of DVD Talk "highly recommended" the series' first and second DVD release.[6] He praised the eponymous character, stating "John C. Reilly's Dr. Steve Brule is one of the most likable characters in recent TV history."[6] While he praised the series as "a rare example of a well-developed and justified spinoff", he found the series best enjoyed "parceled out one at a time".[6]

In reviewing the first and second season DVD release, Luke Bonanno of DVDizzy praised Reilly's character; however, he was critical of reprising the "bold characters" of Wayne and Jan Skylar from Awesome Show, stating that "such [characters] just aren't a good fit here and weigh down on the humor."[7] He panned the network's lack of promotion for the series and wished for more episodes per season "even if making it with Tim and Eric had to be a creatively-liberating blast".[7] Dusty Somers of Blogcritics stated the portrayal of Dr. Brule "adds unexpected dimensions of naked vulnerability and a childlike fear of a world he doesn't understand."[8] Dawn Hunt of DVD Verdict gave the series 95 out of 100; he applauded the series as a "homage to the local cable access shows of the 1980s."[9] He compared the series to mockumentaries such as This Is Spinal Tap and stated that the visual look of the series "looks, feels, and sounds like it came straight from the MTV Generation."[9]

Episodes[edit]

The series has completed three seasons with six episodes each.[10] The first season premiered on May 16, 2010 in the United States; it concluded on June 20, 2010.[11] The second season premiered on March 18, 2012 in the United States; its season finale aired on April 22, 2012.[12] The third season premiered on February 27, 2014 and concluded on April 4, 2014.[13]

Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule series overview
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 6 May 16, 2010 (2010-05-16)[11] June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20)[11] October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)[14] TBA
2 March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)[12] April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22)[12] TBA
3[13] February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)[13] April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04) N/A

Home release[edit]

The combined first two seasons were released on DVD on October 16, 2012 in Region 1.[14] Entitled Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule: Season 1 & 2,[15] the DVD features episodes in production order.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Collis, Clark (May 7, 2010). "Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim on John C. Reilly's Awesome Show spin-off. For your health!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Katz, David (July 6, 2010). "Will the Real John C. Reilly Please Stand Up?". Esquire. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Prigge, Matt (March 1, 2012). "Eric Wareheim—From Tim and Eric—Says It's Really Hard to Make Crappy Movies". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ Luippold, Ross (March 19, 2012). "Dr. Steve Brule Goes Dumpster Diving In Check It Out! Season 2 Promo". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hurd, Lindsay (May 19, 2010). "A non-formulaic dose of TV doctor in Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Burchby, Casey (October 16, 2012). "Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule: Seasons 1 & 2". DVD Talk. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Bonanno, Luke (October 19, 2012). "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD Review". DVDizzy. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ Somers, Dusty (November 16, 2012). "DVD Review: Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule—Seasons One and Two". Blogcritics. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Hunt, Dawn (November 8, 2012). "Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule: Seasons 1 and 2". DVD Verdict. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule Episodes on Cartoon Network". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c "Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule Season 1 episodes". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule Season 2 episodes". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c Snierson, Dan (January 22, 2014). "John C. Reilly's Check It Out! gets return date from Adult Swim". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Lambert, David (August 27, 2012). "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule—[adult swim], Cartoon Network and Warner Announce Seasons 1 and 2". TVShowsonDVD.com. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule: Season 1 & 2". Amazon.com, Inc. ASIN B0048LPRDC. 

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