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The Simpsons: The Complete Eighth Season

The Simpsons deals with the serious issues -- repression, crises of faith, and fractured families -- that most sitcoms either ignore or confine to "special" quasi-dramatic episodes.

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4 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

8th & Ocean: The Complete First Season

Ah, to be young, rich, and ridiculously good-looking. This is the 'plight' that befalls the models in MTV's 8th & Ocean.

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3 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Stella: Season One

Stella -- not a sketch comedy, not a sitcom, and certainly not the Marx Brothers -- forges a brand of television comedy all its own.

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26 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Personal Best of Monty Pythons Flying Circus

A nostalgia-tinged scrapbook satisfying to only the most ardent of collectors.

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21 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Tomorrow Show: Tom Snyders Electric Kool-Aid Talk Show

For the Deadhead completist, this may make the DVD a worthwhile addition to their library. For everyone else, it’s useful only as an example of arrogance run wild.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Digging for the Truth - The Complete Season 1

Digging for the Truth ads an element of adventure to historical research that, whether concocted at points or not, can foster an interest in the ancient world among even the most casual viewer.

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15 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series

The Weird Al Show is a schizophrenic beast -- too goofy and beset with moral lessons for the hip and ironic crowd, but also far too winking and full of deadpan humor for the children for whom it was designed.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp

Though definitely dated in its approach to the material, and losing a bit of its laughable luster along the way, Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp still stands as a wonderful reminder of the days when being an operative was the height of considered cool.

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Beavis & Butt-head - The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 3: The Mike Judge Collection, Vol. 3

If interest in these home-video incarnations of Beavis & Butthead sparks interest in a movie sequel, chalk it up to another one of Judge's low-key negotiations gone good.

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Flying Nun: The Complete Second Season

Mary Poppins had nothing over Sister Bertrille.

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11 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Arrested Development: Season 3

As an epitaph, there can be none more fitting than the fact that Arrested Development never stooped to conquer. Its influence will be felt for generations to come.

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Prison Break - Season One

Fox's preposterous prison serial cranks the lunacy and thrills up to 11 in its oversized and rollicking inaugural season.

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Best of The Awful Truth

There are seeds of Moore's burgeoning, more focused agendas to be found here, and one gets the sense he only needed to break free of the instant gratification of television and return to long-form storytelling to be as incisive as his films show he could be.

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Laguna Beach: The Complete Second Season

Cracks never form in the sun-drenched, attractive suburban universe that MTV creates out of Laguna Beach.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Family: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Though Family deserves credit for pioneering risky subject matter on network television, its legacy is found in clichéd after school specials, the very-special-episodes of '80s TV shows, and prime time teen melodramas.

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Candid Camera Greatest Moments

Smile, you're watching Candid Camera!

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28 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

McCallum: The Complete Series

McCallum is a grittier yet more thoughtful take on the forensic "whodunit" show; more dependent on building atmosphere and brooding suspense than continuous scenes of kicking down doors and chasing down suspects.

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Home Improvement: The Complete Fourth Season

In its fourth season, Home Improvement shifts away from its focus on Tim's conventional masculinity to the family's "development."

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The Avengers 62 - Complete Set

A festive concoction of leather-clad espionage, noir, and '60s pop art kitsch.

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Frasier: The Complete Eighth Season

All Frasier's bad behavior seems headed toward a climax, or at least a confrontation.

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