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15 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Arrested Development: Season Two

Twenty-two minutes of a single episode of Arrested Development is still funnier than an entire night of Must-See TV.

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14 Nov 2005 // 1:00 AM

Home Movies: Season Three

The episodes are probably the best of the series. But honestly, an eight-year-old kid could make a better DVD.

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America’s Funniest Home Videos: Home for the Holidays

Get rid of the host's doofy vocal commentary and cartoon sound effects, and some of the clips are downright ruthless.

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The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken

A.P. Carter and his friend, black musician Lesley 'Esley' Riddle, would go door to door looking for examples of traditional music, a bold act in Jim Crow America.

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Beavis & Butt-head, Vol. 1 - The Mike Judge Collection

With this DVD collection, Beavis and Butt-head may emerge better equipped to claim a spot in animation history.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus: 16 Ton Megaset Collection

In the heavenly hierarchy of humor, Monty Python's Flying Circus is God. Its four-year run on the BBC resulted in 45 stellar examples of superior sketch comedy.

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Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats

I realize this is all meant to be hilarious, but the cat is essentially terrorizing his friends and neighbors.

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The Amazing Race - The Complete First Season

The Amazing Race sets its participants a wide range of daunting and occasionally hilarious challenges. It's a kibbitzer's dream.

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31 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Profit: The Complete Series

A TV show with an interesting premise, crisp writing, darkly compelling protagonist, and loads of critical praise usually generates thoughts of Emmys, Golden Globes, and long-haul success. Instead, Profit was canned after four episodes.

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South Park: The Complete Sixth Season

Regardless of their childishness, the protagonists of South Park are, like their creators, fundamentally decent (except for Cartman, who represents the zenith of selfish indecency).

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The Saint: The Early Episodes, Set 2

The Saint reveals some complexity in the way it combines Templar's capitalistic values and Moore's arresting masculinity.

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Ken Burns: American Lives

Ken Burns is both goofy and deep. He even laughs about wearing people out with the interminable length of his films.

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Power Rangers S.P.D. Vol. 2: Stakeout / Power Rangers S.P.D. Vol. 3: Wired

The problem: invading aliens. The solution: precocious teenagers. Isn't that always how we save the universe?

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The Legend of Zelda: The Complete Animated Series

Zelda, when not accompanying Link on Triforce retrieval missions or being kidnapped, is bafflingly obsessed with cleaning the castle.

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Count Duckula - The Complete First Season

Despite the sheen of ostensible family-friendly cartoon antics, the series consistently hinges on the trio's passive-aggressive loathing for one another.

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Once and Again: The Complete Second Season

Some of us want to see messy, contradictory lives on screen. We find escape enough in knowing that, as much as the problems feel familiar, they are not precisely our own.

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Drawn Together - Season One

The roommates are dysfunctional, narcissistic wrecks who fall in and out of fake love, toasty hot tubs, and bottomless Jack Daniels bottles (literally, since this is a cartoon).

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Twelfth Night (1988): Anton Lesser, Richard Briers, Abigail McKern, Caroline Langrishe

Meticulously straightforward, Paul Kafno's direction of Twelfth Night suits Kenneth Branagh's inconspicuous stage direction.

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Benny Hill: The Early Naughty Years - Complete and Unadulterated (Volume 3)

Benny Hill will always be the bastard stepchild of British sketch comedy.

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Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin - The Untold Story

Stewie's time-continuum meddling focuses on insuring that he ends up with a non-retail job and a more tastefully decorated apartment. This is not 12 Monkeys.

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