The Sarah Silverman Program
GenreSitcom
Black comedy
Farce
Created bySarah Silverman
Dan Harmon
Rob Schrab
StarringSarah Silverman
Laura Silverman
Brian Posehn
Steve Agee
Jay Johnston
ComposerAdam Berry
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersSarah Silverman
Rob Schrab
Dan Sterling
Heidi Herzon
Production locationsHollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesEleven Eleven O' Clock Productions
Oil Factory, Inc.
Comedy Partners
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Surround 2.0 (seasons 1-2)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (season 3)
Original releaseFebruary 1, 2007 (2007-02-01) –
April 15, 2010 (2010-04-15)
External links
Website

The Sarah Silverman Program is an American television sitcom, which ran from February 1, 2007 to April 15, 2010 on Comedy Central[1] starring comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who created the series with Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab. The Sarah Silverman Program faced cancellation in 2009 when Comedy Central and the producers were unable to reach an agreement for the show's per-episode budget. LGBT-interest cable channel Logo stepped in to co-produce the third season.[2]

Premise

Episodes revolve around the adventures of Sarah and her friends in Valley Village, California, a district in the San Fernando Valley portion of Los Angeles that is portrayed as an autonomous city within the show. Silverman plays a fictionalized version of herself, a single, unemployed woman who leads an irresponsible life. Her most notable trait is her undiluted, childlike self-absorption, which commonly leads to awkward comedic situations in which she insults friends, family, and total strangers. The show tackled issues such as abortion, racism, and same-sex marriage; it was canceled after three seasons.[3] The show was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California.

Characters

Recurring characters

Episodes

Main article: List of The Sarah Silverman Program episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
16February 1, 2007 (2007-02-01)March 8, 2007 (2007-03-08)Comedy Central
216October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)December 11, 2008 (2008-12-11)
310February 4, 2010 (2010-02-04)April 15, 2010 (2010-04-15)

The 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike put The Sarah Silverman Program on hiatus in November 2007.[7] The second half of the second season began airing on October 8, 2008.[8] The third season premiered February 4, 2010.[9] The series's first TV-MA rated episode, "Just Breve" (episode 308), aired on April 1, 2010.

Reception

Sarah Silverman

The show's premiere drew impressive ratings, 1.8 million total viewers and 1.3 with the 18–49 demographic, making it "cable's biggest audience of the night."[10] The show had the single best debut ratings "for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series Drawn Together (2.2 million viewers) in 2004."[11] On February 12, 2007, eleven days after the show's premiere, Comedy Central announced that it had "ordered 16 new episodes for air this fall and next spring." The network claimed the early pickup was because in its first two weeks, "[the show] was the most-watched cable show in primetime among all key demos." Comedy Central called it "its most successful primetime launch in three years."[12]

The show also drew positive reviews. Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, said that the show was "bursting with imagination, audacity, rude charm, and a relentlessly funny worldview" and called the show "an offbeat gem."[13] Daniel Fierman of Entertainment Weekly called it "totally hilarious."[14] Tad Friend of The New Yorker called the show "The meanest sitcom in years – and one of the funniest."[15] Doug Elfman of The Chicago Sun-Times called the show "a live-action comedy as funny as Chappelle's Show."[16] Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the top 10 new TV series of 2007, ranking it at number six.[17] The show has also been praised for its non-stereotypical portrayal of a gay couple, resulting in a GLAAD Media Awards nomination.[18]

On July 16, 2009, Silverman was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on the series.

Home media

The complete series was released on DVD in 2012. The series is available in open matte 16:9 high definition on various online retailers. The blackface-themed episode "Face Wars" from the second season is not available online.

DVD releases

DVD name Release date No. of
episodes
Additional information
Season 1 October 2, 2007 6 Audio commentary, musical performances, karaoke sing-along, and never before seen extras. A Best Buy exclusive, comes with bonus disc of Sarah's various Comedy Central material from Roasts and Crank Yankers.
Season 2 (Volume 1) October 14, 2008 6 Audio commentary, digital shorts, behind-the-scenes footage, and the cast and creators at 2007's Comic-Con.
Season 2 (Volume 2) February 9, 2010 10
Season 3 December 18, 2012 10 A Writers Conversation, Odds 'N' Ends, original pilot, audition videos, and audio commentaries.
The Complete Series June 19, 2012 32

Soundtrack

A soundtrack album was released on March 2, 2010 entitled From Our Rears to Your Ears. It contains 99 tracks from the show's three seasons.

References

  1. ^ "See the World Through Sarah's Eyes" (Press release). Comedy Central. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2009-03-03). "Gay TV channel saving "Sarah Silverman"". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  3. ^ "Sarah Silverman Program canceled, no season four". TV Series Finale. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  4. ^ episode Doodie
  5. ^ Goodyear, Dana (2005-10-24). "Quiet Depravity". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2005-10-24.
  6. ^ "Duck". Sarah Silverman Online. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  7. ^ Keck, William (2007-11-13). "Actors lend support to writer's strike". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  8. ^ "The Totally Best Second Season Ever Continues... Emmy-Nominated "The Sarah Silverman Program" Returns Wednesday, October 8 at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central" (Press release). Comedy Central. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  9. ^ "Sarah Silverman Declares She's 'Literally' Team Conan, Offers Advice To Leno". Access Hollywood. January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010.
  10. ^ Crupi, Anthony (2007-02-05). "Comedy Central's Silverman Spells Ratings Gold". Mediaweek. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  11. ^ "'Silverman' Golden for Comedy Central". The Hollywood Reporter. Reuters. 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  12. ^ "Comedy's 'Silverman' Getting Renewed". Multichannel News. 2007-02-12. Archived from the original on 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  13. ^ Goodman, Tim (2007-01-31). "Silverman nails funny bone and all your buttons". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  14. ^ Fierman, Daniel (2007-01-24). "The Sarah Silverman Program". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  15. ^ Friend, Tad (2007-02-05). "Hostile Acts". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  16. ^ Elfman, Doug (2007-02-05). "Silverman wins with great offense". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  17. ^ Poniewozik, James (December 9, 2007). "50 Top 10 Lists of 2007 / Top 10 New TV Series". Time. Archived from the original on December 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  18. ^ "19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees". Archived from the original on 2008-06-14.