Creator/Producer Chuck Lorre has a knack for keeping the comedy hits coming, from The Big Bang Theory to the his latest one on Netflix and now available on home video, The Kominsky Method: The Complete First Season. If you’re a fan of Lorre and his shows, or just want to check out a good “dramedy”, you’ll want to see the method to the madness here.
Michael Douglas stars as Sandy Kominsky, an old man in a world ran by young people who strives to be a great actor but has to settle being an acting coach at a studio ran by him and his daughter. The only true friend he has is his long-time agent Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin), and the two hangout and talk about the ups and downs of their lives while also confronting being old, health problems, and people they know who also have problems. From Norman’s wife battling cancer, to other troubles that arise as the series goes on, the two have a special friendship they’ll lean on quite a bit as they endure good times and bad.
I’ve always been a fan of Michael Douglas ever since I saw Romancing the Stone as a kid in the 80s, so it was nice seeing him in this series along with the great Alan Arkin. The two play off each other really well, whether it be for laughs or the serious dramatic moments that switch between the two so much that you’ll binge watch these eight episodes and push on to the recently released second season.
I was hoping for some special features to go along with this show, but sadly there isn’t any. It makes sense seeing that Warner Bros was able to cram the episodes onto one DVD disc I was sent to review, but you’d think there would be some behind the scenes featurettes or cast and crew interviews to give more insight on how the show came to be, etc.
The lack of special features aside, The Kominsky Method: The Complete First Season is a great “dramedy” to check out with great actors and even greater cameo appearances (I smiled seeing Danny DeVito guest starring on some of the episodes as it was awesome having him and Douglas on the screen together since their Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile days). Go ahead and check out the sometimes funny, sometimes sad method to the madness here, it’s worth it.