This review includes an exclusive clip. The first season of The Bill Engvall Show is good stuff. This is somewhat surprising considering how abysmally dreadful some of the other Blue Collar Comedy side projects like the Ron White Show or Delta Farce have been. In fact, this situation comedy is extremely well-written, the main cast is solid, and the storylines are pretty original for a TV show.
Listen to our interview with Bill Engvall about Season 3 airing Saturdays on TBS starting 07/18/09
Engvall plays family therapist Bill Peterson. He has a lovely TV wife and three kids: a somewhat spaced out in himself son, a very cute daughter, and a too intelligent for his own good ten-year old. Of course, the kids have smart replies to their parents but they also more believable than most TV sitcom kids.
The shows are centered around Bill's family life. This is a good thing considering the scenes at the office are pretty lame and feature some very weak actors. Unfortunately, the show opens with those scenes.
The supporting actors like Tim Meadows who plays the best friend and the actress who plays Bill's mother could be better.
What stands out most here is how smart the writing is. I cannot remember the last situation comedy that used Ulysses as a way to make a point. The storylines, such as Bill being an overeager football dad, his getting Chris Isaac tickets for his wife and learning she had a fling with him, are pretty original. Isaac gets a cameo in the ticket episode.
Not all shows are stellar: the how Bill and Susan met episode, the karaoke show, and Bill's birthday show are lame.
Special features on The Bill Engvall Show The Complete First Season are the usual stuff like interviews with the cast and a tour of the set. There is a really, really lame segment where Engvall answers some fake fan letters.
Other Bill Engvall Reviews
Cheap Drunk: An Autobiography: funny jokes by a solid stand up comic
Now That's Awesome: a pretty good comedy CD
Here's Your Sign and Dorkfish: Your basic blue collar comedy CDs Good stuff.
A Decade Of Laughs: A Decade Of Laughs: the title for this comedy cd says it all.
The Bill Engvall Show Season 2 - TBS Saturdays 8 P.M. Starts 11/15/08: Very good situation comedy features a Blue Collar Comedy comic.
Here's Your Sign: 2004 Comedy Central special is best Bill Engvall stand-up show to date.
The Bill Engvall Show Season 3 - TBS starting 07/18/09: Smart, family friendly situation comedy back for season 3 and as good as ever.
Aged and Confused CD Version: Very good clean comedy but not as great as others by this comic.
Aged and Confused (2009): Pretty good comedy CD will please Engvall fans.
Aged and Confused DVD version: Pretty good show will please the comic's fans.