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Sherlock: Season Two

Elementary? More like excellent.


Television series

Rod Lott
Dismiss any worries you have that the sophomore season of BBC's smash Sherlock may not live up to the first. It does. One could even argue for surpassing it, but such debate is needless; excellence is excellence.
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Killing: The Complete First Season

Not since Laura Palmer has a televised corpse been this captivating.


Television series

Rod Lott
Who killed Rosie Larsen? No, seriously, who killed Rosie Larsen?

 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eagleheart: Season One

Pretty arresting humor there, Chris Elliott.


Television series

Rod Lott
Consider the lines "I'm going to T.J. Maxx for a while. I'll catch up with you guys later" and "I always thought it was a myth, like fibromyalgia." Interest piqued? If yes, Eagleheart awaits!
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIII

'XXIII' marks the spot for laughs.


Television series

Rod Lott
Fans won't need much convincing (if at all) to plunk down their choice of currency for a purchase of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIII (that's "23," dummies), because by now, Shout! Factory's rep for packing these boxes with genuine care and irresistible extras is rock-solid.
 
Friday, March 30, 2012

Dark Shadows: Fan Favorites / The Best of Barnabas

Is the cult hit worth sinking your teeth into?


Television series

Rod Lott
Werewolves, exorcisms, vampires — and how's your family doing?
 
Friday, March 30, 2012

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

In fandom alone, this HBO series is king.


Television series

Rod Lott
At the risk of making me less popular than I already am, I don’t get the unconditional love for HBO’s Game of Thrones that suggests it is beyond criticism. A harmless crush, I understand; a vow of eternity, no. It’s too soon to be slipping a ring on its finger just yet, but as season two beckons, the potential certainly exists.
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Doctor Who: The Robots of Death

Who vs. ho-hum.


Television series

Rod Lott
From season 14 of the BBC’s crown jewel, Doctor Who, comes “The Robots of Death,” a four-part storyline, complete with cliffhangers every 24 minutes or so.
 
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Archie's Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series / Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete Series

Hey, kids!


Television series

Rod Lott
Being a child of the 1970s, there's an entire generation's worth of cartoons I missed out on, and they all seem to come from the same studio: DIC Entertainment. By the time DIC came to prominence with Inspector Gadget in 1983, I was too old, and Saturday mornings were better spent on sleep.
 
Friday, March 2, 2012

Police Woman: Season Two

Starring sigh Angie Dickinson in various revealing outfits.


Television series

Rod Lott
Angie Dickinson broke ground by starring as Sgt. Pepper Anderson in “Police Woman,” as it was the first hour drama fronted by a woman to become a hit.
 
Friday, February 10, 2012

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation — Grave Danger

Whooooo are you? Quentin Tarantino.


Television series

Rod Lott
In inversion relation to his relationship with film, Quentin Tarantino's track record in television has been less than stellar.
 
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

30 Rock: Season 5

Still TV’s snappiest half-hour.


Television series

Rod Lott
Since moving homes roughly a year ago, my whole life got thrown for a loop. One notable, although not Earth-shattering bit of fallout was not being able to watch “30 Rock” every week. My schedule forced me to wait for the DVD set.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns

A ripping good British crime series.


Television series

Rod Lott
London authorities’ golden boy Joe Chandler inherits a whopper of an investigation in his new position as DI (that stands for “Detective Inspector,” you Yanks): a young woman’s murder whose details appear to mirror those of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims in his infamous 1880s spree.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Modern Family: The Complete Second Season / The League: The Complete Season Two

One’s a monster hit. The other deserves to be.


Television series

Rod Lott
Two recent second-season Blu-ray releases of Fox's TV comedy hits are a show that everyone I know watches and an even better show that nobody I know watches. They are, respectively, "Modern Family" and "The League," and couldn't be more different.
 
Monday, January 23, 2012

Justified: The Complete Second Season

The praise and prizes for this crime series are fully ‘Justified.’


Television series

Rod Lott
Season three of “Justified,” which kicked off last night, has some mighty big boots to fill. The 13 episodes of the second season prove that, and if you didn’t see them, grab the triple-disc DVD set pronto.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Delocated! Seasons 1 & 2

What’s behind the mask? It’s no ‘Venture Bros.,’ that’s for sure.


Television series

Rod Lott
As the years go by, I’m convinced Adult Swim will put just about anything on the air. Once home to some genuinely inventive programming, the late-night, big-people-only block on Cartoon Network increasingly airs shows that seem as if they required the haze of marijuana to be funny.
 
Monday, January 9, 2012
 
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