The Red Green Show: The Geezer Years, Seasons 2003-2005 DVD review - still red green after all these years

The long-running Canadian television show featuring an outdoorsman with his own cable access show, a plethora of duct tape, and his crazy adventures with his lodge buddies at Possum Lodge has released its final DVD set.

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The final three seasons of the show that ran for fifteen years is on nine discs and contains 55 episodes.

While the show winds down to its inevitable conclusion, it doesn’t stray from the popular format it is known for. As always, each episode starts with a simple introduction by Red (Steve Smith) followed by some outlandish event that could only happen at the Possum Lodge. As the story unfolds during the half-hour show, it is broken up by various skits such as “The Experts”, “The Handyman’s Corner”, and “The possum Lodge Word Game.”

Even though the structure is very formulaic, it also contains a lot of continuity with all of the major characters. The best example is represented by Harold (Patrick McKenna), who starts off as Red’s nerdy nephew who runs all the technological aspects of the show, eventually moves away to the big city, returns as the lake’s P.R. representative, and during the last three seasons falls in love with a female version of himself and gets married in the series finale.

On the DVD there are a couple of brief introductions by Steve Smith that are so short that you wonder why they were even on the DVD in the first place. A more in-depth look into the show would have been more worthwhile.

The only real feature is “Red Green’s Hindsight is 20/20”.It’s buried on Disc three of the 2003 episodes. Set in the documentary format, it goes through the creating of the show and the discussion of all of the major characters. But instead of talking to the actors, it is discussed through the eyes of the characters and is mixed with footage from the series.

After 15 seasons The Red Green Show is just as fresh and entertaining as it always has been. At least that is what I thought before I watched the series finale. It is great that the show ends with an actual ending and they acknowledge the viewers by wrapping up a few loose ends, mentioning it during the broadcast and by having a brief synopsis of what happened to all the characters after the final show. But during the last “Adventures with Bill,” segment you get to see a number of clips from the first few seasons. And after seeing those you are suddenly struck by how much the show has changed. It was more free form, a lot zanier, and like many other great television shows that have come and gone before, the earliest seasons were really the best and what truly hooked you for the fifteen-year ride.

By Todd Karella

About the author

After doing a few film reviews during an internship with the L.A. Times Todd learned how much he enjoyed it. He has written articles for the Daily Pilot, Blog Critics and is a former member of the Masked Movie Snobs.

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