Laura

dr-katz Isis and I have been renting Dr. Katz lately. TV on DVD is really, really nice. You can watch old shows, new shows, whenever you want. Also cool is being able to watch the arch of a season in a compressed timeline. You see a lot of small details (themes, recurring characters, little in-jokes) that I never noticed before.

As we’ve been watching, I became curious about the character Laura, Dr. Katz’s receptionist and Ben Katz’s love interest. She pretty much has the run of Dr. Katz’s office; the surprising thing is that she does any work at all. She knows she has a good situation; she can pretty much walk all over the passive Dr. Katz. The biggest drawback to her job (besides the work, which she openly despises) is having to deal constantly with Ben, who will call and stop by throughout the day ostensibly to talk to his dad but really to talk to her.laura

After watching a good number of episodes, the characters’ backstories have begun to emerge. Dr. Katz used to be a folk singer, he got divorced and now lives with his grown son. Ben is perpetually trying to hide from life. He comes up with job ideas that are so far fetched they will never succeed. The real mystery is Laura.

How long has she lived in the city? What jobs did she have before this one? I could see her as a barista before she saw the ad for receptionist that changed her life. The bored, aloof expression she keeps seems to communicate coffeehouse malaise.

It seems as though she has a boyfriend (or boyfriends) in Europe. Dr. Katz has had to question her about her expensive long-distance calls during office hours. She, of course, doesn’t have to pay for them. What kind of a man would Laura even be attracted to? A hipster? A soccer player? An egghead? The only thing I can rule out with certainty is every single patient Dr. Katz sees. Which is probably for the best. Do you want to meet someone at a therapist’s office?laura2

These questions may never be answered. All I know is there are 8 more DVDs of Dr. Katz waiting for us, if we choose to rent them. Maybe one of the discs will unlock the secret life of Laura. Maybe she will remain an enigma, forever belittling Ben and every patient who walks through Dr. Katz’s door.


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  1. Nate and Jeff Bowler, Co-Captains says:

    I watched this show about 4 times, but remember really liking it. What’s really cool is how well the artists drew Laura exactly how you describe her personality.

    nwb

  2. Kid Shay says:

    For being a show comprised mainly of head shots, it is incredible how much of the characters’ personalities you could see. Dr. Katz is one of my favorite Comedy Central shows.

    One other thing I forgot to mention in the post was that the actress who voiced Laura is also the sister of Sarah Silverman. Which probably explains the meanness in her personality.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My review:
    Cartoon for the not-so-stupid in "squigglevision". Some 'popular' comedians a decade ago just weren't funny. I will find the woman that played the secretary, and she will be my wife. The production value decreases as the seasons progress, plus there's that whole "running out of GOOD comedians" thing they had to deal with. The Romano episodes. Trust me.

  4. Kid Shay says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Anon. I totally agree with you about the Romano episodes. Did you catch the series finale? Conan O'Brien!

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