The Series (3.5/5)
The 90's were basically the last stand for sitcoms. It is basically like there was an explosion of comedy writers out in TV land, and studios picked up the pieces, and forced them to write various cliché comedy fodder in endless configuration. This created numerous success stories like Seinfeld and Friends while other less successful ventures (to put it nicely) like House Rules and Boston Commons.
Into this mess of sitcom insanity came ABC's Wednesday night entry Two Guys and a Girl, which will always be the answer to the trivia question "What was that show Ryan Reynolds was on before he made movies?" Two Guys and a Girl (which started out as Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place), is the definition of a 90's hangout comedy. The series involves 2 college seniors (the guys) Pete (Richard Ruccolo) and Berg (Ryan "Deadpool" Reynolds), who are struggling to figure out what they want to do with their lives. In their non-school hours, they work at a local pizza joint (at least in the first 2 seasons), and hang out with Sharon (the girl, Traylor Howard).
That is basically the whole set up for the show. Sharon works PR for a chemical company, hates her job, and gets made fun of for it. Pete can't decide the direction he wants to take for his life, and keeps changing careers, and majors, and sort of comes off loser-ish, and Berg is the charismatic leading man. Season 2 introduces Nathan Fillon (Firefly, Slither) as Johnny who ends up as Sharon's love interest.
The show is interesting, as though mostly cliché in it's approach to comedy, in it's attempt to stay on the air it takes a sort of anything goes approach to its writing and creates an air of sitcom experimentation. Thus, you see a lot of the writers and creatives throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks, and in a way that makes the show more interesting than more successful shows, and other outright failures of the period. Also, seasons 2,3, and 4 feature Halloween episodes that are some of the series highlights. These are totally playful, and a blast to watch, and the series is recommended a bit more just based on those alone.
Shout! Factory have presented Two Guys and a Girl in it's native 1:33:1 aspect ratio in a 1080p transfer. The transfers are solid for the most part, decent detail though minor softness does creep in from time to time. I didn't expect any sort of restoration on these, so I am overall pleased with the results.
The audio is presented Dolby Digital 2.0 in English with the dialogue and music for the show coming across nicely, and nothing to really complain about.
The alternate series finale, I guess that's an extra.
A sort of cliche, but fun sitcom from the 90's gets a quite solid DVD release from Shout! Factory. There are no real extras present to speak and the A/V quality isn't outstanding. I'd say RENT IT if you can.