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Monday, August 14 2006

The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Complete Fourth Season

Season four features less Moore, and more of Mary's supporting cast. But this expansive view is a good thing.


Tuesday, August 8 2006

An Early Frost

Despite adhering to rigid Standards and Practice regulations, An Early Frost still resonates, thanks in large part to an intelligent script, committed performances and filmmakers who knew they an important story to tell.


Friday, August 4 2006

Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes

Kricfalusi hopes that sales of the Ren & Stimpy DVDs will lead to a commercial rebirth, giving him the chance to make more episodes and release them on the digital format, untouched and uncensored.


Tuesday, August 1 2006

The Time Tunnel Volume 2

Watching The Time Tunnel raises interesting questions about TV entertainment from generation to generation; namely, might our slow-motion bullet dodging kung-fu action and Philip K. Dickian rotoscoping innovations look as silly to audiences of the future as the face-painted aliens of 1967 do today?


Monday, July 31 2006

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season One, Vol. Two

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is typically more caught up in stories about deterrence than outright conflict; hence, the talking heads and surprising paucity of giant monsters.


Good Times: The Sixth Season

Good Times quickly abandoned its original intent for easy laughs, leaving the house divided, but funny, nonetheless.


Friday, July 28 2006

30 Days - Season 1

A mix of entertaining personal stories and informational segments that address larger issues, this is reminiscent of the better moments of Michael Moore's The Awful Truth -- only with a more charismatic host.


Wednesday, July 26 2006

The Big Valley: Season One

Tensions caused by the growth of urbanization and industrialization and the dying out of the frontier, the excesses of the robber barons and the risk they pose to democracy, and the angst of Civil War veterans trying to find their place in the world, again, set the stage for this virtuous, wealthy, 19th century family.


Cheers: The Complete Eighth Season

The classic Woody one-liner doesn't further a plot, but it does reaffirm his earnest oddness.


Tuesday, July 25 2006

M*A*S*H Season Ten: Collector’s Edition

For those not already familiar with the good old 4077th, its seasons with single digits are always the best places to start any new tour of duty. Few will be disappointed by this set.


Thursday, July 20 2006

Dharma & Greg: Season One

First aired in 1997, Dharma and Greg is almost old enough to be considered retro, along with songs from the '90s.


Wednesday, July 12 2006

Mission Hill: The Complete Series

The 1999 WB show remains firmly grounded in the emotional realities of Kevin's attempt to survive high school despite his nerdish tendencies, and Andy's constant struggle between his aspirations and his apathy.


Monday, July 10 2006

Deadwood: The Complete Second Season

For those who have taken the time to appreciate its oily charms, the subtle shifts in dynamics between the show's unreliable heroes and villains, and its unparalleled ensemble of character actors, Deadwood is one of the most arresting and original series in TV history.


Wednesday, July 5 2006

Strangers with Candy: The Complete Series

Not only does the humor hold up with amazing buoyancy, but it also remains edgier and more topical than most current programming on basic cable TV.


Tuesday, June 27 2006

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Bellisario's cast, dialogue, and wild collection of jokes, in-jokes, and meta-jokes, however? These are such stuff as dreams are made of.


Monday, June 26 2006

Strangers with Candy: The Complete Series

Not only does the humor hold up with amazing buoyancy, but it also remains edgier and more topical than most current programming on basic cable TV.


Monday, June 12 2006

Beavis & Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 2 (2006) - PopMatters Film Review

In the mid-'90s, Beavis was a weird wake-up call for parents who were clueless about their children's destructive drives. Now it's a backwards glance at a demographic gone demented.


Monday, June 5 2006

The Wild Wild West: The Complete First Season

Constructed on a base of likeable characters, the tenor of The Wild Wild West changed from episode to episode, as directors and writers interpreted the world as they wish.


NCIS: The Complete First Season

Bellisario's cast, dialogue, and wild collection of jokes, in-jokes, and meta-jokes, however? These are such stuff as dreams are made of.


Monday, May 29 2006

The Kids in the Hall: Complete Season 4

If we share Freud's liberationist stance on the power of humor, then no sketch comedy series is more pure and direct in its dissident hilarity than The Kids in the Hall.


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