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Family Business

The Complete Second Season (Showtime-2005)

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Copyright ©2005 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: February 22, 2005.

It seems that reality TV will pounce upon any sordid or degrading subject that might drum up some voyeuristic interest in a holier-than-thou audience base.  So, it was only a matter of time that there would be a show focusing on the circus world behind the scenes of pornography.

Truth is, it makes for an interesting subject.  Pornography is one of the few recession-proof industries in the world (the others are war and chocolate).  Billions of dollars are spent on porn yearly and yet most of their audience would never admit to partaking of it.  It’s an interesting way of skewing the whole thing; pleasure as business, sex as a nine-to-five job.  If you make a living at fucking, do you want to take the job home with you?  Does it all just get silly and dull?  Besides, the series runs on Showtime, so the profession throws the door wide open to lots o’ gratuitous nudity. 

Family Business sets its sights on Adam Glasser, a creator of “adult entertainment” who goes by the not-very-adult stage name of Seymore Butts.  Despite his extreme career, Glasser seems normal in most ways.  He’s in his early 40s.  He’s a savvy businessman.  He loves his son.  He will give his time and money to causes he believes in.  He’s Jewish, though not particularly religious.  He’s a busy, driven man.  (“I usually masturbate about this time of day,” Adam tells one interviewer.)  He works with his family, is a loyal friend and he has the worst hair on TV this side of Donald Trump. 

It’s ironic that despite his somewhat looked-down-upon line of business, it turns out that Adam Glasser is much more likable and much less of a whore than, say, Paris Hilton or Omorosa.

In a promo short that is included as a bonus on this DVD set, Glasser is asked to compare his show to the once-popular MTV reality series The Osbornes.  “The Osbornes are these crazy people being shown in the normal world,” he explains.  “We’re these normal people being shown in somewhat of a crazy world.” 

Adam is a single father and just a bit lonely.  His mother Lila has a touch of yenta in her, constantly trying to set him up on blind dates.  “I’m very aware of how busy Adam is,” Lila explains when fixing her son up for a round of speed dating.  “He does have a lot on his plate.  However, thirty girls in one night?  How could he go wrong?”  At this point, Adam seems tired of all the dating, but he adores his mother and will always humor her in her attempts to find him true love.

The pornographers-need-love-too storyline pretty much fizzles out after a few episodes (it probably got more play in the first season, which I’ve never seen).  Instead, the show peers into his more intriguing business life.  Adam seems like a cool boss.  He is very supportive of his employees’ and performers’ ambitions and does genuinely seem to care about them (“Don’t hurt your back,” he warns an actress during a particularly gymnastic love scene.). 

Still, even if some of it is staged, it turns out that it makes for some funny, interesting and surprisingly entertaining viewing.  Family Business is not for everyone, but it does shine a light on an industry that spends most of the time in the dark.  Besides, without seeing this series, what are the chances that you’ll ever get to know what a reverse pile driver or a reverse Asian cowgirl is? 

 Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright ©2005 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: February 22, 2005.

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