A mockumentary following a police force as they deal with various perpetrators who are mostly supernatural in nature.
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I'm a zombie fan. That's why i checked out this show. But what hookedme was the humor. It's one of the most funny shows I've ever seen. Thecharacters are some of the most brilliant ones ever created. I justcan't get enough. I'm shocked that this show didn't get a secondseason. My guess (and hope) is that some other network will pick thisup, because this is too good to let go. I would consider this a top 5all time as far as comedy shows go. If you have not seen it, see it! Ifyou have seen it, buy the DVD when available. If you are the head of aTV network, please pick this show up and give it a much deserved season2 (and beyond).
I should have guessed that a show which has been on for an entireseason, but which has only 14 reviews here, might not be that great.With no offense intended to anyone who really enjoys the show, I haveto say that it just doesn't do anything for me. I'm a big zombie fan(and was around to watch MTV's first broadcast) but DV is not somethingI would ever intentionally watch. (OK, let me be clear...I obviouslywatched it intentionally and managed to make it through three episodesbefore I gave up.) My feeling is that it just doesn't know what it wants to be. It's aknock-off of "Cops," but it clearly doesn't understand what makes thatshow interesting and fun (except for the werewolf traffic stop at thevery end of the first episode). It's gory and violent, but not enoughto make it interesting. It's not intended to be suspenseful...and it'snot. The characters aren't very interesting, so I don't really carewhat's happening to them. And the humor is way too slapstick andunclever to make me laugh.So, why would I want to spend my time watching this? I don't. But I'mhappy for the fans who apparently do enjoy it.
I was on vacation with the family in Sanduskey, Ohio. Everyone else wasasleep in our hotel room, so i turned on the TV.. Flipping around icame to MTV, and some show that looked like a COPS rip-off with..wait.. what's that? ZOMBIES?I kept watching, and laughed my ass off.It is now airing on MUCHMUSIC here in Canada, and I've watched thefirst 3 episodes. I have fallen in love. Why had i not heard of thisshow until now? It deserves to be on a bigger network and get moreattention.It's got some sparkling writing, and the chemistry between the ensemblecast is electric. Most enjoyable show i've seen in a LONG time.Hope it survives!
Somebody said Zombies are the new vampires. I don't really care (sinceI like both so much), but I can't help but wonder why my favorite newshows have zombies (am I the only one with a countdown for The WalkingDead's second season?).Just like the old show COPS, Death Valley starts out with a chase, twocops following a bloody faced woman through a small convenience store.There's shaky video as the videographer (is that even the right termfor the person who follows the action?) chases after them and catchesthe shocking and somewhat funny conclusion to the chase.Anyway, I love this show. It has just the right amount of earnestpolice procedural to balance out the bloody gore and humor of copschasing after zombies and vampires in Los Angeles.If you think this will be a one hit wonder, think again, like othergood cop shows, it's the characters that really carry the show, but Iam hoping for some kind of overarching plot, maybe something to do witha vampire prostitution ring, werewolf mafia, zombie ultimate boxing,something ridiculous, of course.Death Valley hasn't hit a high with a cop like Captain Jim Dangle (myfave cop from Reno 911!) but you can't go wrong with characters like"John John" and my Death Valley favorite, Joe Stubeck, who made megiggle so much I almost spit out my coffee.Anyways, I'll be tuning in for more.
This show caught me completely off guard. When I was given this seriesas a gift by a friend I didn't know what to expect. Since then I'vefinished the first season and it's amazing! Imagine a Reno 911/The Office crossed with a more action filled TheWalking Dead/True Blood. Brilliant comedy mixed in with great actionand a little drama. Yes there are some plot inconsistencies as far asthe whole story about the camera crew following the cops but this showis so very different than anything else out there. While comedy showsare great I often find myself bored after watching a couple episodes ina row. Drama's are also pretty good but are actually a little drainingif you watch them all the time. This show has just the right mix ofeverything to keep you laughing, engrossed, and entertained. The characters may be unbelievable at times, but any good comedy showhas that. Look at Community and The Office. The point I'm making is ifyou're trying to find a series that is 'serious'and has a really rocksolid plot line, this isn't for you. But if your a guy (or girl!) wholoves action and comedy with a back-story and a little drama, this isdefinitively a show for you. Cops, Zombies, Vampires, andWerewolves.... What more could you want?
all i can say after viewing all three episodes is...WOW! i love reno911, i love anything to do with zombies, and the added vamps andwerewolves is just a plus, as there not the lame sort of vamps. thisshow has everything I've ever wanted, from the two bumbling idiot copsspewing one liners and eating choco tacos, to the two kick ass copsflirting with each other while dishing out punishment to all sorts ofghoulies. the gore is pretty decent for an mtv show, the humor is onpar with movies like super bad and the hangover, as well as shows likereno 911 and stuff like that, and the camera work isn't too bad either.i was expecting some horribly lame take on the genre by mtv...but theyactually made a new genre as far as TV shows go! i know i just said it,but the amount of gore, the action, and the comedy make this showpriceless. when the idiot cops were talking and the bigger one said "dou kiss your mother with that mouth?" and the other one said back "ifrench kiss my mother with this mouth...", "what?!!?", "oh yeah shesnot that hot...", "what!??"..."actually she is pretty hot"...i almostpee'd my pants lmao. just watch it
This show has been described as a mix between cops, or it's spoof reno911, and the walking death. While true, it does tend to lean more onthe horror part than on comedy, drawing in viewers with some goreadding some humor as a bonus. However, whenever the show attempts to befunny it get's little further than just attempting because it about asclichÃ© as it gets.The writing is bad, the dialogues are boring and the horror is not veryimpressive ( And who'd honestly expect anything else from MTV?). So allin all, there's little more than a load of campiness for lovers of thatsort.Something specific that put me off: you either make a mockumentary oryou don't. it makes little sense to add scenes that are not shot fromthe inner-show cameracrew because it defeats the whole purpose ofadding them in the first place. Plus if you overlay all scenes with asoundtrack, as you'd do with a regular horror movie, it furtherdecreases the believability of the documentary aspect.if the horror had been in function of the comedy, and the comedy on thelevel of say the office, it might have been a blast. Now it's just animproperly blended mix of one half of stale comedy and one half ofunimpressive horror.
This show is brilliant and incredibly well done horror comedy. Asothers have pointed out, "Death Valley" is essentially "Reno 911" withmonsters, very similar in vibe to the X-Files episode "X-Cops." As with"The Walking Dead," the special makeup effects are better than averagefor television. The cast are all seasoned actors who sell the story.The obviously high production values keep the show from sinking deepinto campiness.I was shocked to discover that this was actually an MTV production. Iwas less shocked to discover that MTV chose not to renew the series fora second season, since I have come to expect such moronic programmingmaneuvers from this network. Perhaps they needed more time slots forJackass reruns. That said, if you're not the kind of person who wouldenjoy Reno 911 with monsters, feel free to move on to Glee or House orwhatever you're thing is.
MTV appears to be on the comeback tip in recent weeks. "Awkward." isproving to be quite a nice distraction and is actually a veryinteresting teen comedy series. Before that, there was "Teen Wolf" and"The Hard Times of RJ Berger." "Jersey Shore" is probably my guiltiestof guilty pleasures. And now there is "Death Valley.""Death Valley" is an unusual blend of "Cops" and every gory specialeffects monster movie you could think of that's been a hit in the last40 years. "Death Valley" follows the Undead Task Force (UTF), a specialunit of the Los Angeles Police Department that specializes in casesthat have a supernatural twist to them: monsters. It seems that the"Death Valley" in question is not just home to humans, but also tozombies, werewolves, and vampires. And the cops of this special policeunit dispose of each menace accordingly to the traditional horror moviestandards (i.e., zombies have to be shot in the head).In time for Halloween, here is "Death Valley," MTV's take on popularhorror movie trends and cop shows. The show mercilessly skewers saidtrends while still trying to be respectful of the movies that playedinto its inspiration and influence. The show is not scary at all, atleast to adults like myself (I'm 26) or teenagers, but young childrenwould be advised to not watch this show not just because of the goryspecial effects, but also because of the salty language and sexualinnuendo (vampire prostitutes?).MTV seems to be coming back into an era of semi-decent programming with"Death Valley." "Awkward.," "Teen Wolf," and "The Hard Times of RJBerger" have also played significantly in helping MTV's return tosemi-decent cable programming. I just hope I haven't jinxed thischannel's chances of coming back, honestly, by singing such highpraises for its newest shows."Death Valley" - 10/10
Where the hell did this come from? I'm guessing the surprise mainstreamsuccess of The Walking Dead has opened the door for a whole new genreof horror/gore based TV series, and this one actually manages to havefun with it!The humour is low brow with an endless stream of one liners but I'm asucker for that when it's done well, and when you throw Vampires,Zombies and Werewolves into the mix you can't go wrong (as long as theeffects budget is there that is.)I've only seen one episode so far but I hope this takes off and doesn'tget cut-off mid season like some other gems that have come out recently(Walking Dead, V, etc)
Just finished the season finale of Death Valley and all I have to sayis, do not let this one go!! For one, you can't leave us hanging likethat!! Also this show is seriously great! There is such amazing talentwith these great actors and not to mention this show has me laughingnon-stop through the whole season! This show is everything in what ourgeneration loves now a days, horror and comedy! I for one am ahorror/comedy freak and this was the perfect show for me! I seriouslythink this show had such great potential, the only problem was noadvertisement! This is what killed the show, if it had advertised more,it would have succeeded tremendously among teens and adults. I alsofound out that the show only aired once a weeks, on a Monday with norepeats! And if you are wondering, yes this show is so good I waslooking to watch repeats! I seriously cant go another month withoutDeath Valley, this show is addicting! As Billy would say this show is"Laugh your balls off" funny! Keep Death Valley In conclusion, I haveseen too many shows go, and if not for my major campaigning to saveFox's comedy Breaking In, we would have lost another great show! Wecan't let this show get away, such great talent here and just a greatoverall show.
This show was a big surprise for me. Normally I am deeply bored with Zombies, especially with the recenttrends, which are seemingly bent on making Zombie movies and Zombieseries all around, only to mask the total lack of new ideas. It's like"I dunno which business I should run, so I open a beer shop, and peoplewill come and drink beer."'Death Valley' is very different. It combines a generic Policedepartment show with a Horror/Monster show and creates a newcomedy/action show, leaving the Police department part intact anddeveloping plot lines from the Monster part, all together in a scenarioof daily life, not the usual End-Of-The-World.The great thing with 'Death Valley' is, that it is intentionally funny,ridiculous and silly. In the first few episodes there are a few sceneswhere the concept is exaggerated, but it gets continuously better.Especially the Captain (great: Bryan Callen), obviously designed as alaughing stock, gets a profile and grows up with every episode.The serious part is also surprisingly well designed. For instance, inone episode, John-John (well played by Texas Battle), the team'sstrongest Zombie-basher, finds out that his father is now a Zombie,used in illegal Zombie fights like a dog. At this moment, all laughteris gone, and the show reaches another level of quality, which is rarefor action-comedies. In another episode, Stubeck (excellent: CharlieSanders) tries to get a Vampire hooker off the street, but fails. Whilethis is of course a clichÃ©, it has it's quality between all the cool(or sometimes not so cool) lines and gives the characters seriousbackground.The most funny episode for me up to now was, where Stubeck and hispartner Billy (perfect as a sex addict: Bryce Johnosn) have apresentation about their work at the Kindergarden where Stubeck'schildren are, and suddenly are both forced to handle a threat by aZombie prepared with a bomb, in front of the kids.The show is not perfect, but has much potential with the various storylines and conflicts opened in this first season. It is refreshing, welldirected and well cast. From my point of view it is good for a hit;hopefully the ratings will follow my impression and allow a second(third, fourth...) season.
When I first heard about this show I wrote it off as just anotherstupid MTV show. I never really gave it a chance when it finallystarted airing, I would watch a few mins of it every now and then but Inever really sat down and gav it a shot. Then finally once it appearedon Netflix I decided to watch the entire first (and last) season, andman did it surprise me.One of the main things that shocked me about this show was that itactually has a very interesting story, the episodes play off of eachother in a very cool way. I expected it to be a "Reno 911" rip off withzombies/werewolfs/and vampires thrown in, but it actually takes on alife of its own with nice plot twists and likable characters.All in all this is an excellent series with very few flaws. Its abummer that it was not renewed for a second season because this isreally a gem. Definitely check this out. 9/10
I feel like this show should be good. It has everything in place to bean interesting take on both horror and comedy genres. However, I thinkthe writing is where it all falls apart. The actors aren't bad,completely unbelievable at times though. All the characters areextremely flawed, so to imagine them lasting on any kind of policeforce is pretty far fetched. I know, ironic considering the subject ofthe show, but still. An example would be the captain, who is so farover the top ridiculous. He's like Michael Scott from the Office, buteven less believable, and he most likely ruins the show for me morethan anything else.The show itself, the major flaw is the fake story lines. Most segmentsdo a good job of reminding the viewer they are watching a documentary.Other scenes, like the high school party from episode three, should nothave been "viewed" as there was no film crew there to capture it. Therewere a few scenes from episode two that felt like filler. The captainand the rookie trying to kill a rat at someone's house? That went onfor far too long and was not even close to being funny.I would love to say this show was great, as I like mockumentaries and(some) horror films. If the show was simply just COPS with vampires,werewolves, and zombies, I would totally watch it. The writers andproducers need to just watch COPS, and then insert their charactersinto the same situation. The end of episode one used that idea, and itwas pretty funny. The cops pulled over a guy in the middle of turninginto a werewolf, who was interchangeable with a typical drunk driver.Funny stuff. Too bad the rest of the show isn't like that.On a side note, I'm really surprised this show is on Mtv and prettygraphic. The blood and gore are intense, on par with your standardhorror flick. And when did Mtv stop showing music videos?
A mix of Reno 911 and Zombieland, MTV's new mocumentary Death Valleyfollows the Undead Task Force. The UTF was created just one year beforeto combat the mysterious appearance of zombies, vampires, andwerewolves in California's San Fernando Valley.You might recognize Captain Dashell (Bryan Callen) as Eddie the weddingchapel owner from The Hangover. He's lost the accent and the overloadof affection but not the humor. Stubeck (Charlie Sanders) and Pierce(Bryce Johnson) are the dynamic moron duo. They are more worried aboutlooking cool and one-liners than doing a good job but they keep youlaughing. Rinaldi (Tania Raymonde) and John-John (Texas Battle) are theresident bad asses who kick butt and take names. They aren't afraid todo what they have to including take out one of their own, a zombiebitten camera man. And no good spoof would be complete without thenewbie, Kirsten (Caity Lotz). She may be new and the Captain may notbelieve in her but it's clear that she knows her stuff. But doubtfulshe'll ever get the credit. The show has an interesting take on the zombie/vampire phenomena.Zombies are a part of everyday life instead of an apocalypseoccurrence. The cops see zombies as just another criminal and take careof the problem like they would any other. Well, they beat them withbats and blow their brains out, so not exactly like any other. Vampiresare prostitutes who get paid in blood. The show pokes fun at thezombie/vampire genre and does a good job of it while not being mean.Best of all the camera people get in on the action which is somethingyou usually don't see. These supernatural happenings are everyday things. One of the cameramen even asks why people don't just move away instead of staying anddealing with the supernatural foes. The reply? It's their home, wouldyou leave? They make a good point. Except for the being undead anddrinking blood parts these cops seem to be dealing with the same thingsthat real cops handle every day. The show could be a commentary on thecraziness that people and cops are dealing with in the real world. Wemay not have zombies but we do have drugs, crime, and prostitution thatcan be just as bad. Although the show is full of laughs there is an overkill of sexualinnuendos. A few are funny but when they keep coming up they really getboring. There is a lack of back story. The audience is thrown into theaction immediately following two cops running after a zombie and that'sa little jolting for a first episode. This leaves you wondering wherethese supernatural beings even came from.If you like zombies and shows like Cops you will like this show. Thereare a lot of laughs to be had and lots of zombie killing. It's a nice30 minute show to watch and take a break from the stresses of lifewithout having to think too hard.
This show has a fresh take on a jaded topic of zombies in a way that'spretty cool. First it started with revised movies,books,comics and thelike.Now it has gotten so out of control that zombies are literallyeverywhere,much like the hypothetical plague itself. As I watched, Iwas kind of bored with the censorism of a very holy sh*t situationalcomedy and environment that truly needed to be let off of its leash. Tobe frank, this is a good show and an amazing idea that needs a newwriting staff as well as a new network to call home. Also,an hour runtime would greatly benefit a show to get the story across better asopposed to letting a week overlap from episode to episode. Please makeit so.
On TV, what I like to see are interesting characters who have greatinteractions & decent evolutions. To my surprise, this show isdelivering all of that! Forget all the gimmicks other reviewers are highlighting. This show ismore fiction than mockumentary - the camera-crew are actual charactersin the story and they have dialogue. The gore & supernatural elementsaren't the reason for the shows existence - they're used to create ahumorous & surreal environment.'Death Valley' IS a great "buddy cop" show. The characters are socharming. Each one is "fleshed out", with his/her own beliefs, quirks,skills. When they start interacting, it's just some of the besttelevision you'll ever see.The charm of this show is that the comedy is derived from thefriendships between these characters...not artificial & annoyingconflict. Because of their jobs (& the acting, & the writing)...you seea group that has a believable family bond. But because of their uniquecultural, moral, & even sexual baggages...you get hilariousinteractions & reactions whenever those baggages are brought up.Compare this to say...'The Office' (American version). In that show,all they do is parade out any number of ridiculously annoying mentalhandicaps (Michael, Dwight, Andy, Kelly, etc.). Their unsubtlestupidity & artificial conflicts are supposed to generate comedy.Another thing I'd like to highlight is that this show actually hasnumerous arcs!. Everything from the macro (police vs. demons) to themicro (Carla vs. John John) evolves as the show goes on. It's all donesubtly, but by the end of the season...there are pay-offs on all thesefronts (sort of!).When you add this show to 'Awkward', MTV starts to look like aformidable & respectable network. This is praise from someone who'snever...ever...thought highly of them.
Death Valley is one of my favourite things to watch on TV. Seriously,this is unlike any other type of thing I have watched includingvampires, zombies and werewolves. It's so cool. It's also extremelyfunny and it's not as serious as other TV programmes. This portraysthese three monsters in very different ways when being compared toother things which are along these lines. The Walking Dead is similarto this as it contains zombies, but in my opinion Death Valley is somuch better! It's more comical than serious and it's a really fun thingto watch. You don't get bored of it as there is always something goingon, and I think that also the characters in this are all hilarious! Ilove vampires and this is just one of the best TV programmes to watch.Seriously. I definitely recommend it to people, so watch it and findout just how epic it is for yourself!