The State Finally Gets a DVD release – 16 Years Later

To comedy fans, the release of The State on DVD has been as long-awaited (and seemingly as likely) as the unveiling of Guns ‘N Roses’ Chinese Democracy. Of course, against all odds, that album did finally come out, so perhaps there’s a domino effect at work here. MTV Networks has announced a July 14th street date for a five-disc DVD set collecting the entire run of the cult sketch-comedy series — over 16 years after the show originally debuted on MTV. After the jump, watch the DVD trailer and clips of some of the series’ best moments. Be sure to share your own fondest State memories in the comments!

(PS: Nice work MTV. Now let’s get the Sifl & Olly set out!)

Members of the comedy troupe, which originally formed at NYU, have since gone on to bring us everything from Reno 911 and Stella to Wet Hot American Summer. Among others, the show introduced the world to Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, David Wain, Thomas Lennon, and Joe Lo Truglio.  Here are some of the highlights.


Doug – The show’s slacker king was a favorite recurring character. With his catchphrase, “I’m outta heeere,” Doug rebelled against everything he could — despite the fact the fact there was never anything for him to rebel against.

Louie – Another recurring character, Louie had a catchphrase of his own: “I’m gonna dip my balls in it!” He would always reveal a pair of ping-pong balls at the end to keep things clean, but somehow this never stopped being funny.

Barry and Levon – These two sweet talkers just got themselves $240 worth of pudding. “Sexual Healing” provides the soundtrack; the pudding provides the rest.

Chicken Sandwich – Everyone is bound to play favorites, but this sketch is pretty much our hands-down favorite. Poor little Carl. We wouldn’t want him to do his job!

Have a favorite of your own? Let us know below!