Channel Surfer: 'Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth'
In a time of darkness, when the old world was dying, there was a duo, men who led the world through the shadows. They fought demons, clashed with mighty dragons, and spawned with angels. They were Tenacious D! And it turns out they had a TV show on HBO.
Original Run: 1997-2000
Premise: Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth is about Jack Black and Kyle Glass, or Tenacious D, the greatest band on Earth.
Trying to explain Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth is like trying to explain oxygen to a fish. The fish may get the general idea, but it won’t truly understand until they experience it first-hand. Even then, the concept may be too extreme for them to handle, but those that do, become higher level beings. What I’m trying to say is, people who like Tenacious D, the greatest band on Earth, are better than everyone else, and deserve your worship and respect.
But what about the show? Is Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth as transcendent as Tenacious D, the greatest band on Earth? No, not even close. The problem with Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth, is that it’s not that funny. It employs an oddball sense of humor that generally only appeals to a very small demographic. For example, there is one episode where the duo try to improve their music skills by finding the legendary Sasquatch. The rest of the episode was fart and sex jokes. The show’s too weird to be low brow, but it’s also too stupid to be high brow. It’s sort of in, well not the middle, but somewhere in the bottom half.
The only real benefit of watching the show is getting to hear early versions of Tenacious D’s, the greatest band on Earth’s, songs. A lot of the music from the show was used for their first album, Tenacious D. Not only that, but the band’s movie, Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, follows the show’s continuity, which inspired their second album. The show really adds a lot of context to the songs in the first two albums. However, since the albums already stand so well by themselves, such context is not required to enjoy them.
As much as I love Tenacious D, the greatest band on Earth, I cannot recommend Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth. There are just too few episodes, and none of them appealed to me. If you really want to watch Jack Black and Kyle Glass do their thing, go watch Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny. Or better yet, buy their albums and finally become a worthwhile person.