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Martin Milner (Tod Stiles) and George Maharis (Buz Murdock) star in this classic television drama about a couple of young guys who set out to see America in a brand new 1961 Corvette drop top.
What makes this show truly unique is that it was filmed in a different U.S. city each week, giving us a stark glance at what living in America looked like in 1960. It was a vastly different landscape, people lived a lot closer to the dirt back then. (I'll bet that decrepit New Orleans dock in episode three is a multi-million dollar condo development if it wasn't washed away by the levy failure.)
No television show had ever attempted anything on this grand a scale before, the technology necessary to make mobile TV production a practical enterprise had just been made available.
The last of the classic variety shows and one of the finest TV programs of all time, The Muppet Show Season 2 is an unrestrained delight from start to finish. This amazing production lit up the screens when it debuted in 1976 and the second season may be the best of the series' run.
The sing-alongable theme song. The incredible guest stars. The crazy costumes. Pigs in space. The crabby guys in the balcony. The love / hate relationship between Piggy and Kermit. All here to relive or experience for the first time. If you are encountering The Muppet Show for the first time, what a treat you're in for; if you watched the show as a youngster you may find yourself uncontrollably singing along with the bizarrely choreographed Tin Pan Alley tunes.
No question, this is Muppet-mania at its peak, before the many hit movies and Muppets on Ice diluted the product. How wonderful to see the delightful Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy and Miss Piggy trading barbs that could have come right out of radio. (In fact, some of the jokes do harken from Bergen's radio days.)
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I selected these sets not so much for the extras or bonus features but based solely on the content of the programs - after all, that's the main reason you buy TV shows on DVD.
10: ‘24’ - Season 7
9: Lost: The Complete Fifth Season
8: 30 Rock - Season Three
7: The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season
6: The Tudors - Season Two
The Tudors is a visually stunning representation of a tumultuous past, you'll find yourself thoroughly immersed in the richness of the scenery, the depth and breadth of the storyline, and the breathtaking narcissism that is brought to life so vividly. This is the story of King Henry VIII, before he became the corpulent ruler we tend to think of, and the creation of the Church of England amid the machinations of that medieval homewrecker Anne Boleyn.
5: Rome: The Complete SeriesRome, undoubtedly one of the finest historical dramas the television medium has ever created, has been released in a gorgeous, fully appointed package, a handsome book style box with the 11 discs encased in pictorial cardboard page sleeves with a foldout booklet that helps you keep track of who's who. It's a release richly appointed with numerous film features that detail both the making of the production as well as giving the viewer some historical perspective. Every aspect of this production was tip top, maybe they fudged the history a little for dramatic reasons, but this was a fascinating storyline from start to finish, a deliriously devastating adventure of epic proportions. Intrigue drips from every frame, with art direction so rich you can almost smell the bathhouse sweat and misting magic potions that permeate the smokey atmosphere.
4: Eastbound and Down -
3: Big Love: The Complete Third Season
2: The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete Fifth Season
The long awaited DVD release of the fifth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show is now available. If there's an award for austere packaging this one would walk away with the prize - no liner notes or even a list of episodes - nothing. Even the DVD navigation is awkward. But aside from that there's nothing to complain about - not when you've got a collection of some of the funniest sitcoms in TV history, every one a jewel.
1: Rescue Me: Season 5 Part One
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Bounty Hunter Duane Lee Chapman (aka Dog) and his
family operate a storefront Hawaiian bail bond business where, fortunately
for the viewing public, some of their clients try to skip out on their
responsibilities and have to be dragged kicking and screaming back
to jail. But not before the family dispenses some sound advice and
try to wring out a moment of redemption.
I didn't just watch this thrilling series, I devoured it, watching all 6 episodes at a sitting. It's that good. These compelling documentaries (contained on two discs) are powerfully riveting, a fascinating glimpse into the underworld of gangs and drug thugs that will have you bug eyed and thanking the gods that you didn't live in the vicinity of these modern day street warriors. You'll find the sweeping stories of legendary African-American gangstas, thieves and drug slingers like Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the Chamber Brothers, Lorenzo "Fat Cat" Nichols, Dino & Troy Smith and Leroy "Nicky" Barnes among others, told through interviews with the surviving perps, family members and associates. Many of these interviews take place in prison - for obvious reasons.
When I lived in LA I had friends who were in the gangs and they were great guys with loads of heart. They weren't drug dealers or involved in some of the worst activity, at least I suspect they weren't, they didn't talk much about the details, obviously. That's what this show does so well - it doesn't lionize these guys but reveals in rich detail the complexity behind these real people that got caught up in events (largely of their own making) that spiraled out of control.
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