Hello readers, I had thought about doing a piece or two on the short-lived sitcom called “Method & Red.” However, I was torn between doing a review of the series as a whole or doing separate pieces on the individual episodes. I also plan to do a review on the movie, “How High” in the future, but at the moment I want to talk about the TV show, which also starred Method Man and Redman.
Looking back on this show, I recall that it was a vehicle for Method Man and Redman to become promising TV stars and if I recall, Meth was actually one of the show’s producers. The two rappers played fictionalized versions of themselves on this show and they lived in a New Jersey suburb. They lived next door to the show’s antagonist, Nancy Blaford, played by Beth Littleford, a realtor who had it in for the duo, though her husband and son didn’t seem to mind them, if like them. Well, I recall that the son thought they were cool, enough that in one episode he wanted them to appear at his birthday to help improve it over some Power Ranger-esque entertainers. That actually was one of the few episodes that I remember, along with an episode that had Kenny Loggins appear.
If I remember correctly, one of the show’s primary problems was the laugh-track. During the year which this show aired, 2004, Fox had other sitcoms that were shot on-location and did not use laugh-tracks. The primary examples of this were “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Arrested Development,” both of which were relatively well-received by critics and fans alike. “Method and Red” was shot on-location, but it had awkward moments in which a joke was told and you heard a laugh-track right after that. According to a lot of sources, Method Man was not fond of the show’s direction and editing. He wanted it to be like the aforementioned shows.
According to an article from the Village Voice, “Method & Red” was never technically cancelled, as it was put on extended hiatus to be retooled. Meth made it public about his disdain about the show’s direction. Of course, it had never come back, which made the show dead in the water, not to mention that Method Man and Redman went back to their respective careers.
Now that I think about it, the show came on the same year that Method Man had released “Tical 0: The Prequel,” a critical disappointment (I wasn’t too fond of that album either, except for a few songs). I wondered if his other career choices were the reason that his third album was not that great. I must add that Meth had also appeared in the movie, “Soul Plane,” which also came out the same year that this show did. Also, Redman had faced another push-back in his “Red Gone Wild” album, which was supposed to be released around that time, but was still pushed back until 2007.
Apart from the laugh track, I remember being entertained by this show in spite of its problems. It has been quite a long time since I have seen the episodes, which is why I wanted to review the episodes. There were 13 episodes overall, nine of which actually aired. I wonder if there will be a way to watch the other four one day, though I doubt it. I even have my doubts that there is even a demand for a DVD release that will include the unaired four episodes. If there was, I wonder Method Man and Redman would provide commentary and/or different versions of the episodes without the stupid laugh track. The episodes are also on YouTube, so I will critique all nine of them eventually. Will I think that they hold up? Probably not, but that is all the more reason for me to write about this short-lived TV show. At least “Eve” lasted two or three seasons, which is another TV sitcom that featured a rapper. I still wonder if Fox had planned on airing the other four episodes, as Wikipedia showed the dates that they were supposed to air. It was probably around the time that Meth had talked about the problems that the network decided not to do it. Nobody except Fox and Method Man really know about this.