You're Whole

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You're Whole
The letters "Y" and "W" in concentric circles
Series logo
Genre
Format Infomercial
Created by Michael Ian Black
Written by Michael Ian Black
Directed by Michael Showalter
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonathan Stern
  • Michael Ian Black
Producer(s)
  • Franny Baldwin
  • David Soldinger
Cinematography
  • Kevin Atkinson
  • Ron Egozi
Running time 11 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 16:9 1080i HDTV
Original run November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05) – present
Chronology
Related shows Paid Programming
External links
You're Whole Home
Production website

You're Whole is an American satirical television series created by Michael Ian Black for Adult Swim. It is presented as a parody of self-help infomercials and stars Black as the host, Randall Tyree Mandersohn. The series is directed by Michael Showalter, who has collaborated with Black in the past.

The series, which premiered on November 5, 2012, has aired two seasons totaling eight episodes. Both seasons were broadcast at 4:00 a.m. as part of DVR Theater on Adult Swim, and were promoted as a series of infomercials. Critical reception was positive, with many praising Black's performance while noting it to parody cultural appropriation. A live performance of the show, also featuring Black, was performed at the 2014 SF Sketchfest, and likewise received positive critical reception.

Synopsis[edit]

Each episode of the series is advertised as part of a larger DVD set consisting of 27 discs. The series features Micheal Ian Black as the host, Randall Tyree Mandersohn: a "totally blind" volleyball-obsessed self-help guru. Along with his wife, Pam (Cathy Shim), he aims to help people improve their lives using a system that uses a bizarre mixture of objects and actions.

Production[edit]

Michael Ian Black holding a microphone at a stand-up comedy performance
Micheal Showalter (left) directs the series, starring creator Michael Ian Black (right).

You're Whole is directed by Michael Showalter, who has collaborated with Black in the past.[1] The series, which presents itself as a parody self-help infomercials,[2] premiered on November 5, 2012, and has aired two seasons totaling eight episodes.[3][4] Actor Crista Flanagan indicated that the second season was filmed as recently as August 2013.[5]

Live performance[edit]

A live performance of the show, also featuring Black, was performed at the 2014 SF Sketchfest on January 31.[6][7] In addition to performing, Black and Showalter interlaced it with clips from the series, and Art Siriwatt of The Daily Californian observed Showalter to be the "straight man" to Black's antics, with both frequently breaking character. Siriwatt gave the performance a positive review, writing "the result was a concise, lighthearted performance that was faithful to the show."[7]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

You're Whole season 1 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date[3] Production
code
Viewers
(in millions)
1 1 "Smoothies/Pumpkins/Cookies" November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05) 101 0.993[8]
Highlights include: the SPC diet – consisting of smoothies, pumpkins and cookies.
2 2 "Finger Puppets/Saxophone/Fish Tank" November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12) 102 0.803[9]
Highlights include: Finger puppets, saxophones and fish tanks.
3 3 "Tools/Drawing Comics/Spin Class" November 19, 2012 (2012-11-19) 103 0.943[10]
Highlights include: Working with tools, drawing comics, and "spin class".

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

You're Whole season 2 episodes
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date[4] Production
code
Viewers
(in millions)
4 1 "Droppin' the 'G'/Ancient Egypt/Puffy Paints" November 4, 2013 (2013-11-04) 201 0.996[11]
Highlights include: ancient Egypt and "puffy paints".
5 2 "Lemonade/Fishing/Cupcakes" November 11, 2013 (2013-11-11) 202 1.027[12]
Highlights include: lemonade, fishing and cupcakes.
6 3 "Finding Love" November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18) 203 0.829[13]
Randall demonstrates how to find true love using his "Use The Tongue" method.
7 4 "Attitude" November 25, 2013 (2013-11-25) 204 0.903[14]
Randall addresses the topic of attitude, instructing his audience to walk like panthers while adding "SPiCE" to his "revolutionary" eating system.
8 5 "Propofol/Telescopes/Abraham Lincoln" December 2, 2013 (2013-12-02) 205 1.057[15]
Highlights include: propofol, telescopes and Abraham Lincoln.

Release and reception[edit]

The series premiered on November 5, 2012 on Adult Swim.[3] Advertised as a series of genuine infomercials, both seasons were broadcast at 4:00 a.m. as part of the network's DVR Theater block.[16] It was made available on YouTube on November 6, 2012.[2][17] Despite the series' 4 a.m. timeslot, considered a graveyard slot in U.S. dayparting,[18] the series premiered to 993,000 viewers.[8] The second season received 996,000 viewers, marking a slight increase, while both maintained a Nielsen household rating of 0.7.[8][11]

The series has received positive critical reception; some reviewers praised Michael Ian Black's performance and the satirizing of American gurus, namely through his casual racism[1] and cultural appropriation of foreign rituals.[19][20] Erik Adams of The A.V. Club found the series conveys itself "in a manner familiar to anyone who's ever killed time before daylight by flipping through their cable package."[1] Britt Hayes of ScreenCrush called the series "absolutely fantastic" and called Black's portrayal as a self-help guru "spot-on".[19] Similarly, Aisha Harris of Slate stated that "Black, who gives a wonderfully committed performance, has pretty much every common trope of the self-help craze covered."[20] She cited the parodying of American gurus who appropriate foreign customs for Western audiences as "perhaps the most scathing treatment".[20] Bradford Evans of Splitsider called the series "a more mainstream version" of Paid Programming, an unsuccessful pilot that was also pitched as a mock-infomercial.[21] He found that starring Black, "recognizable as a comedic actor," would lead to its success, "whereas neither Cross nor Benjamin appeared in Paid Programming, preferring to use unknown actors instead."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Adams, Erik (November 6, 2012). "Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter's new infomercial parody now available for people who enjoy sleeping". The A.V. Club. Chicago: Onion Inc. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b West, Kelly (November 6, 2012). "Michael Ian Black Enthuses About You're Whole: Watch Adult Swim's Infomercial Parody". Television Blend. Portland, Oregon, New York City and Los Angeles: Cinema Blend. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "You're Whole: Season 2012". Zap2it. Los Angeles: Tribune Media Services. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "You're Whole Season 2 episodes". TV Guide. New York City: CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Flanagan, Crista (August 5, 2013). "Adult Swim’s You’re Whole". Official website of Crista Flanagan. Los Angeles. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "You're Whole with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter". SF Sketchfest. San Francisco. December 11, 2013. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Siriwatt, Art (February 13, 2014). "SF Sketchfest reveals the real stories of comedians". The Daily Californian. San Francisco: The Independent Berkeley Student Publishing Company. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Berman, Marc (November 14, 2012). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Berman, Marc (November 23, 2012). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Berman, Marc (November 29, 2012). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Pucci, Douglas (November 12, 2013). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ Pucci, Douglas (November 19, 2013). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Pucci, Douglas (November 26, 2013). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Pucci, Douglas (December 4, 2013). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ Pucci, Douglas (December 10, 2013). "Adult Swim Weekly Ratings Scorecard". TV Media Insights. New York City: Cross MediaWorks. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "You're Whole promo". Adult Swim Video (Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System). November 5, 2012. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ Glazer, Eliot (November 6, 2012). "Watch Michael Ian Black's New Adult Swim Show, You're Whole". Vulture. New York City: New York Media. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ Nathanson, Jon (November 14, 2013). "The Economics of Infomercials". Priceonomics. San Francisco. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Hayes, Britt (December 6, 2012). "Michael Ian Black's You're Whole Series for Adult Swim is Hilarious, Of Course". ScreenCrush. New York City: ScreenCrush Network. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c Harris, Aisha (November 21, 2012). "One of TV's Best New Shows Is a Self-Help Infomercial". Slate. The Slate Group. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b Evans, Bradford (November 6, 2012). "Check Out Michael Ian Black's New Adult Swim Show You're Whole Right Here". Splitsider. New York City: The Awl. Archived from the original on July 8, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 

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