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The State

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The State

Release Date: July 14
Starring: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter, David Wain
Studio: MTV

MTV’s sketch show still mostly hilarious

Though extremely informed by the pop culture of its time, MTV sketch show The State has aged well.

Like its spiritual predecessors, Monty Python and The Kids in the Hall, its surreality remains at the very least interesting, if not outright hilarious—even now, when what it’s riffing on has long been forgotten. While old fans can see the show in its full glory (well, almost—unfortunately, due to licensing issues, the DVD is missing the show’s original soundtrack), they may be surprised that The State isn’t quite as sharp or weird as they remember—just like any other sketch show, it has some duds. Still, while it might not live up to its reputation, there’s no shame in being very good rather than mind-blowingly
amazing.