Titus is the wonderfully creative dark comedy of a Tv show from the mind of Christopher Titus. Titus was shown on the Fox channel.
The show's basic premise is simple. The daily life of Christopher Titus and his family. Though Titus does have a great twist. Unlike other shows, Titus doesn't have a perfect ending, perfect family or a perfect scenario. Titus talks to the viewer. His brother is a vegetable. His father is an alcoholic. His girlfriend looks perfect but her family is worse than the Titus family. His best friend is an effeminate man. Finally, his mother is a psycho.
Titus is a show that doesn't shy away from certain topics. To start with sexual harassment is one of the first topics it dealt with. A few other "touchy" subjects touched on..
Of course this makes it sound controversial, while it is to an extent, it also tends to make light of many of the topics and allow the viewer to laugh. The show ends up being quite humorous while still being quite dark. Some of these topics turn out to be almost weekly topics on the show.
To discuss the show requires one to discuss the characters and their interactions. Christopher Titus is a hot rod mechanic who is dating a girl name Erin. He talks directly to the viewer in a black and white monologue type scene that is interlaced with the episode.
Christopher's father is Ken Titus, played by Stacy Keach. He is an alcoholic abusive father. He has already had five wives and many more sexual partners. He has made Christopher's and Dave's life a living hell from his pressure and constant negativity. Overall he is normally the villain in the show, but also he saves Christopher and Dave from almost as many problems as he causes. He has two children, Christopher from his first wife, Juanita, and Dave was left with him from his third wife.
Dave is played by Zack Ward. Dave is the comic relief for most of the show. He appears cartoonish and his actions normally tend to lean towards idiotic. Dave was left with Ken when his mother had enough and left. Unfortunately he entered into Ken's house at the age of 5 but he was protected by Christopher most of the time. Unfortunately Dave was not pressured like Ken and turned into a drug user with an extremely low IQ. Dave is always around Christopher and is quick comedic in his actions.
Christopher's best friend is Tommy Shafter, played by David Shatraw. Tommy is an effeminate man who appears to be homosexual in all his actions, but protests his heterosexuality. He also works with Christopher at the hod rod shop. He is over enthusiastic and the normal guy on the show. By normal it means the guy who didn't have any problems in his life. He gets very stressed out when he has a problem.
Erin Fitzpatrick is the Christopher'ssgirlfriend, played by Cynthia Watros. Erin also came from a bad household, only Erin's family is all drug addicts, crooks, and just plain sleaze bags. Erin is a great comfort to Christopher because she has been through almost the exact same stuff.
Juanita Titus is Christopher Titus' mom. She has actually been played by three different actresses, Christine Estabrook, Frances Fisher, and Connie Stevens. She is a truly psychotic woman who has attempted to murder her ex-husband, Ken Titus. Juanita has been paroled many times and finally started dating her psychiatrist. Her psychiatrist, Bill was killed by Juanita at the first attempted marriage between Christopher and Erin.
The beautiful thing about the show is that everything is the opposite of what Tv would show you. A perfect example of how to explain this show is to think of the anti-Wonder Years.
Fox has canceled the series after three season. The final four episodes were aired on July 29th and August 5th, two episodes on each night.
On the July 29th two new episodes came on.
In the first episode Tommy's mom is dating Ken, she ends up dating both her husband and Ken Titus.
In the second episode Christopher and Erin try to adopt Amy, but when the person from child services come, Christopher finds his mom had killed again.
On August 6th two move episodes were aired.
In the first episode Titus and his friends have a problem on the flight back from Titus' mom's funeral and a piece of turkey sparked the memory of his mom. His mom's only good memory was of how great thanksgiving was. Meanwhile Dave makes the bathroom into a personal..... something?
In the second episode Titus is arrested by the FBI after getting off the plane and the family must commit him to a mental hospital to save themselves. Otherwise they all will get 20 years in county.
There also appears to be ONE more episode on the 12th.. this is not confirmed by many sources but there is one show that has not aired (pulled because it dealt with child molestation.)