Thu., July 29, 7:30 p.m., Fri., July 30, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., Sat., July 31, 7 & 9 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. 2010
The still-missed MTV sketch show The State only ran from 1993 to 1995. You might be forgiven for not remembering this sub-Jeopardy factoid, because it was never mentioned in VH1's I Love the '90s series. Michael Ian Black, the prettiest of The State ensemble, was the breakout star of the whole I Love the (Insert Decade) fad of the early 2000s, a bill-paying mixed blessing. His wry, dry delivery worked well in that format, but the best Black is the play-it-straight maniac with a penchant for awkward absurdism. With the exception of his appearance in satirical camp favorite Wet Hot American Summer, Black has worked mostly in television, recently on Stella and Michael and Michael Have Issues: both hilarious, both for Comedy Central, both only running for one season, and both of which VH1 will ignore in I Vaguely Recall the Early 21st Century.