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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.

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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.

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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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Wings: The Complete First and Second Seasons

It appears from these first episodes that Wings' purpose is defined: it's The Odd Couple with planes.

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22 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

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.

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The Bugaloos: The Complete Series

While many consider Sid and Marty some drug-addled anarchists out to corrupt the youth of America, The Bugaloos is actually the closest their creations ever came to capturing the spectral and sonic situations of the '60s.

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15 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

That Girl: Season One

It could be legitimately argued that Ann Marie was a highly manipulative female; not because she had a thing for male emasculation, but because anyone who came under the spell of her sparkling smile or got in the way of her unstoppable joie de vivre necessarily became road kill.

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15 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Home Movies: Season 4

Knowing that Brendan Small continues to dabble in music, it's easy to read this season, and the bittersweet (and hilarious) 'Focus Grill' in particular, as his transition away from childhood things.

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8 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

That 70s Show: Season 4

From commonalities to clichés, That 70s Show runs the gamut.

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Sergeant Bilko - 50th Anniversary Edition (The Phil Silvers Show)

The first episode, 'New Recruits', is a wonderful introduction, establishing not only characters and set-up, but also the series' underlying morality.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season

The girls are back. And, as demonstrated in The Golden Girls: The Complete Fifth Season, the series' original sophistication has come back with them.

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8 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist: Season One

Dr. Katz relies on the familiar conceit that comedy is therapy, for performers and for us.

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1 May 2006 // 4:00 PM

Red Sox vs. Yankees: The Ultimate Rivalry

Red Sox vs. Yankees comes off as little more than an ill-conceived plan to exploit our collective love of a suddenly downtrodden rivalry for monetary gain.

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King of the Hill: The Complete Season Six

King of the Hill: The Complete Sixth Season, like the last few Hill DVD sets, suffers from underappreciation, yet it's one of the few recent sitcoms worth talking about.

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I Love Lucy: The Complete Sixth Season

In the end, the grind was just too great, though I Love Lucy was still the number one show when it closed up shop.

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Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons

Whereas Dinosaurs' message-based storytelling would have seemed preachy in the mouths of live-action performers, a seven-foot tall Megalosaurus can get downright nasty when inveighing on the ills of modern, er, prehistoric society.

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1 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Destination America: The People and Cultures That Created a Nation

The series emphasizes how admirable immigration policies have made the U.S. prosperous and intellectually robust. Unfortunately, this sometimes has the effect of glossing over history's complications.

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American Masters - Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea

The documentary argues that Hemingway tried to answer Ezra Pound's call to 'make it new'. His version of new was compressed: his language -- so precise, so alienated -- formed infamously short, tough sentences.

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The Sentinel - The Complete First Season

As The Sentinel can't decide whether it's a superheroic sci-fi drama or a police procedural featuring a walking, talking C.S.I. lab, it lingers somewhere in between.

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Wonder Showzen: Season One

Wonder Showzen's signature mix of the disturbing and the absurd makes for searing satire and whipsmart TV.

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