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6 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Family Guy, Volume 3

Whereas All in the Family was all about the troubling racism and personal politics of the time, Family Guy takes on many of these same topics and then blurts them out like a tactless guy at a party that says exactly what he's thinking, without even a second thought about self-censorship.

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4 Jan 2006 // 1:00 AM

Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 1

Bringing together Three Stooges-style slapstick and Looney Tunes-ish physics, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers offers no in-between or subtlety.

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Home Improvement: The Complete Third Season

Home Improvement's third season is its best, as crack-up funny as it is heartfelt.

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Garfield: Cat Tales (Prime Time Gift Set)

Box set of early prime time specials features America's favorite sarcastic fat cat.

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The Ed Sullivan Show: Rock ‘N’ Roll Classics Box Set

The Byrds appear with a young David Crosby playing 'Mr. Tambourine Man', and a frantic Buddy Holly plays his guitar like he was punk rock's forefather.

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The Golden Girls: The Complete Third Season

They're charismatic and dead-on in their comic timing, especially Bea Arthur, who could very well be television's all-time coolest woman.

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22 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Christmas With SCTV

If you need a reason to buy the Christmas disc, the answer is John Candy.

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That ‘70s Show: Season Three

The show cleverly picks up on the aftermath of '60s revolutions and the Vietnam war, as well as the new decade's kitschy playfulness.

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16 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

24 - Season Four

All this torture is variously named, always painful, sometimes inhumane treatments of suspects or folks with info they're afraid to give up. Most everyone in 24 works in a hurry.

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Horatio Hornblower: Collector’s Edition

One wishes that the creators of the series had stuck more to the spirit of the Hornblower books than the letter, but Forester's fans are in their own way as rabid as Tolkien's or J.K. Rowling's, and they must be appeased.

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Project Runway: The Complete First Season

There is more to Project Runway than stereotypically 'gay' entertainment, even if it is relentlessly histrionic and campy.

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13 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Pioneers of Primetime

Combining personal stories with some historical commentary, Pioneers of Primetime covers both the personal and the epic sides of a media evolution.

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 8

What we have here is a reference book for rib tickling; a televisual tome where every possible pratfall or wicked witticism is stored for future, frequent use.

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The Dick Cavett Show—Ray Charles Collection

It's no secret that Dick Cavett loved Ray Charles' music.

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7 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

DuckTales - Volume One

Despite (or because of) its merry capitalism, DuckTales is reasonably adventurous, taking the characters from their home base of Duckburg to Egypt, Scotland, and the open seas.

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6 Dec 2005 // 1:00 AM

Jackass: The Box Set

The sketches designed to shock innocent passers-by on the street often suggest a destructive hostility beneath all the smirking. Candid Camera with a punch in the face.

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Extreme Makeover - Home Edition

The show is both inspiring and schmaltzy.

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The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection

The DVD set reminds us that John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a significant role in these issues while producing art and maintaining a sense of humor.

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The Kids in the Hall: Season Three

Once you've seen a few of those uncensored sketches, it's clear why Kids in the Hall was never so pleasing to mainstream viewers as SNL.

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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.

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