I have always liked Gerry Dee as a comedian. In fact, back during my days managing a retail music store, we had an in-store autograph session with Gerry that some genius scheduled for 4pm on a Thursday night. Needless to say in the two hours he was at my store, there were very few visitors, although one kid worshipped Gerry and that seemed to make it worth it. But we had a great time hosting Gerry; he was kind, humble and very funny. He took it all in stride and had a good time regardless of the circumstances. When I heard Gerry was getting his own CBC TV show, I was ecstatic, especially since it was based on Gerry’s own experiences as a teacher.
After years of being a substitute teacher, Gerry Duncan (Dee) has finally got a full time position teaching at the prestigious Xavier Academy. Unfortunately for Gerry, he is assigned to be teaching social studies, a far cry from his training in Phys Ed. Along with an eccentric cast of characters teaching alongside him, Gerry does his best to get through each day teaching kids about things he knows nothing about while balancing a less than stellar personal life.
After the first episode of Mr. D, I was sold. Gerry Dee just fits the material so perfectly; the show flows with ease and is full of Dee’s signature style of humor. With a great cast of Canadian comic talent including Jonathan Torrens, Mark Forward, Bette MacDonald and Naomi Snieckus, there is no shortage of hilarious hijinks when this group of misfits is called upon to run a private school. And you can tell Dee has been through this situation in real life, his performance in the show reeks of authenticity. Every episode has me laughing my ass off and I am pretty sure it is destined to become a Canadian classic alongside Corner Gas. At least I hope so, it deserves to.
Mr. D: The Complete First Season contains all 12 season one episodes and a selection of special features.
Available February 26, 2013 on DVD.