The Loop: Season One


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Rating: Not Rated

Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan
Eric Christian Olsen as Sully Sullivan
Mimi Rogers as Meryl
Philip Baker Hall as Russ
Joy Osmanski as Darcy
Amanda Loncar as Piper
Sarah Mason as Lizzy

Special Features:
7 episodes on one disc
“Thesis: Work vs. Play” featurette

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
English Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 153 Minutes

The following is from the DVD cover:

“Meet twenty-something Sam Sullivan, the youngest executive at a major airline, and the first among his friends to land a real job. Half slacker, half suit, Sam precariously straddles both worlds as his desire to climb the corporate ladder is matched only by his desire-and ability-to party hardy with his wild and crazy roommates. There’s Sully, Sam’s hedonistic older brother who refuses to grow up, Piper, Sam’s college buddy whom he secretly has a crush on, and Lizzy, the ditzy bartender who keeps the party rolling!”

“The Loop: Season One” is not rated.

I missed “The Loop” when it first aired on Fox. Now having seen it on DVD, I can say it’s kind of a cross between “The Office” and “Scrubs,” just not as funny. It’s obvious that they’re trying to target twenty-somethings who are transitioning from the party/college lifestyle to working professionals. There’s plenty of comedy potential there and “The Loop” certainly takes advantage of it. Sam is constantly torn between hanging out with his friends and making his job a priority. He deals with overbearing bosses, jealous peers, and the corporate ladder. Anyone who has worked in a corporate environment will appreciate the humor. However, “The Loop” tries a little too hard to get laughs at times. In one episode Sam is seen riding a little girl’s bike while wearing a pink helmet. In the same episode, we see him wearing a pirate hat to a board meeting. It seemed way too desperate considering they were getting good laughs elsewhere. That seems especially the case for Mimi Rogers who I usually like. In “The Loop,” she’s Sam’s boss and constantly makes sexual advances on him. In the real world he’d sue the airline for sexual harassment, collect millions of dollars, and live happily ever after.

If you like the manic, over the top comedy of “Scrubs” or the corporate humor of “The Office” or “Dilbert,” then you’re probably a good candidate for enjoying “The Loop.” Hopefully their second season falls into a better rhythm.

The DVD only has one bonus feature. It’s a ‘making of’ featurette entitled “Thesis: Work vs. Play”. It has your standard items like interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage, and other stuff.