PopMatters Picks:

The Best of TV on DVD

By PopMatters Staff

7 October 2007

7 Oct 2007 // 11:01 PM

Part 1 - All Time Classics

Where it all began... how TV became the cultural icon it is today, and the seminal shows that offered audiences a glimpse into the medium’s artistic potential.

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8 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Part 2 - Outsider Influences

TV was at a standstill. On one side -- the status quo. On the other -- the innovators from outside the mainstream. Guess who ended up winning the 'classics’ argument?

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9 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Part 3 - The New Networks

It would never work... no one challenged the reigning broadcast junta and survived. No surprise then that the upstarts snuck in and changed the face of TV forever.

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10 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Part 4 - Feasts from the Fringe

Cable created supply where there was little or no demand. Out of the myriad of subject specific programming, a few gemstones managed to shine.

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11 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Part 5 - Beyond the Envelope

The format forced the issue among cult and commercial products. And TV on DVD highlighted the cream of the creative, forward thinking crop.

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21 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Test Patterns: TV That Should Be on DVD

As a wrap up to the five-part Best of TV on DVD feature, we offer this partial wish list, this "where are they now?" wistfulness to some of our favorite forgotten shows that should be on DVD.

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Five Great TV Series to Discover on DVD

One of the greatest benefits that DVDs have bestowed is the ability to discover great TV series that we missed the first time around. Here are five great shows that anyone who loves quality TV should see if they haven't already.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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