One of my favourite shows from the mid 1990s was 'Dr. Katz'. The style isn't
typical of recent American TV, as it has a quiet pace, wit, absurd
humour and charm over frenentic tricks and loud gags. Wiki:
Dr. Katz was a professional psychotherapist who had famous comedians and
actors as patients, usually two per episode. The comedians' therapy sessions
generally consisted of them doing their onstage material while Dr. Katz
offered insights or simply let them rant. Meanwhile, therapy sessions
featuring actors and actresses offered more interpersonal dialogue between
Katz and his patient to better suit their predisposition. Dr. Katz is a very
laid-back, well-intentioned man who enjoys playing the guitar and spending
time at the bar with his friend Stanley and the bartender, Julie.
Interspersed with these scenes were scenes involving Dr. Katz's daily life,
which included his aimless, childish 24-year-old son, Ben (Jon Benjamin),
his uninterested and unhelpful secretary, Laura (Laura Silverman), and his
two friends: Stanley (Will LeBow), and the barmaid, Julie, voiced by one of
the show's producers, Julianne Shapiro. In later episodes, Todd (Todd
Barry), the video store clerk, became a regular character.
Each show would typically begin with Dr. Katz and Ben at breakfast and
initiating a plotline. These plots included events like Ben attempting to
become a radio personality, believing he is in possession of ESP, or the
moral conundrum he suffers after receiving a chain letter. The development
of these plotlines would occur in alternation with the segments between Dr.
Katz and his guests.
The show would end in a similar way each week: while Dr. Katz was in a
session with a patient, music signaling the close of the show would begin to
play. Katz would acknowledge it by saying, "Whoops, you know what the music
means... our time is up" or some variant thereof.
link will take you to the youtube page, which contains all 80+ episodes.
Note something interesting: watching Dr. Katz can make you
extremely relaxed, like a mental massage. It's a stress-buster for those who can't sleep. Put it on, and halfway through a second or third episode, the dreamlike quality of the show will work its magic.
"Whoops, you know what the music means... our time is up". I want that
engraved on my crypt.