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Luther: Season Two

Arresting TV, in more ways than one.


Television series

Rod Lott
For its second season, BBC's Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated "Luther" was reduced from six episodes to four, but nothing else has been sacrificed. It remains stunningly good television.
 
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mildred Pierce

Joan Crawford, you've been pwned.


Television series

Rod Lott
How does a director go from shooting a Barbie-dolls biography of doomed vocalist Karen Carpenter to a prestige miniseries starring perhaps the greatest screen actress of her generation?
 
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Portlandia: Season One / The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Series One

Put a bird on it!


Television series

Rod Lott
IFC airs two comedies clearly too hip for the room ... which is why they’re on IFC, of course. Now that the first seasons of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” have hit DVD, those of us without the cable channel can see if we’ve been missing anything.
 
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bedlam: Season One

Has nothing to do with football, everything to do with ghosts.


Television series

Rod Lott
Bedlam Heights has an occupancy problem. Seems so few people wish to rent an apartment in a building that was once an insane asylum. Fewer when they learn the place is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents.
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Look: Season 1

Watch Big Brother watching you.


Television series

Rod Lott
Showtime's series of "Look" is basically just an extension of Adam Rifkin's 2007 film of the same name, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
 
Monday, December 19, 2011

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXII

It’s ‘Time’ for another eight hours of deep-hurting hilarity.


Television series

Rod Lott
Another quarter, another “Mystery Science Theater 3000” release from Shout! Factory. While hell on the wallet, fervent fans of the series know each set is worth every penny and then some.
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Downtown Abbey

Before season two starts, get hooked now.


Television series

Jenny Coon Peterson
Confession: I watched all seven episodes of “Downton Abbey” on DVD over the course of two days. Instead of reflecting on what that says about my laziness, let’s focus on what that says about this near-perfect British miniseries.
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Case Histories

Get on the 'Case.'


Television series

Rod Lott
Adapting Kate Atkinson's literate mystery novels couldn't have been easy, but the BBC series "Case Histories" did it not only admirably, but wonderfully. Fresh from its American airings on PBS, all six episodes have been collected into a double-disc set with infinite repeat value.
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fringe: The Complete Third Season / Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season / Nikita: The Complete First Season

For genre fans, entertainment is totally tubular.


Television series

Rod Lott
Thank God for networks like Fox and The CW, because on the Big Three, shows like "Fringe," "Supernatural" and "Nikita" would have been canceled by now, if ever given a chance to air at all. By appealing to a smaller audience — but that most highly coveted youth audience — edgier fare can flourish without having to pull monster ratings.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Hung: The Complete Second Season

Everywhere he goes, he's just a gigolo.


Television series

Rod Lott
HBO's "Hung" must be one of the most under-the-radar shows of high quality on the tube. I hear everybody talking about "Boardwalk Empire," but not a peep about about this half-hour dramedy, now with two strong seasons under its belt. Their loss.
 
Monday, October 10, 2011

Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

It’s Hammer time.


Television series

Rod Lott
I've only read a few of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer novels, but that's enough to know that the private investigator of "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" TV series is not the same guy.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Hour

Tick-tock and you don't stop. Or do you?


Television series

Rod Lott
All signs pointed to me liking "The Hour":
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

How to Make It in America: The Complete First Season

Like 'Entourage,' minus all the douchiness.


Television series

Rod Lott
"How to Make It in America" is HBO's Rodney Dangerfield: It gets no respect. As critics creamed over the tediously paced "Boardwalk Empire," this eight-episode wonder seemed to escape mass-media's gaze. I can understand why: Who wants to see a show about two guys trying to launch a line of jeans?
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Shaft: The TV Movie Collection / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: 8-Movie Collection

Get 'Shaft'ed and cry 'U.N.C.L.E.' with these TV sets.


Television series

Rod Lott
Richard Roundtree is there, and so is Isaac Hayes' iconic, Oscar-winning theme, but "Shaft: The TV Movie Collection" isn't quite the "Shaft" of the 1970's feature-film trilogy. The operative word there: "TV," which means little of the R-rated shenanigans that made the character so popular.
 
Friday, September 30, 2011

Police Story: Season One

The arresting ’70s crime classic was worth the wait.


Television series

Rod Lott
Far too young to catch it when it debuted in 1973, I’ve literally waited decades to set my eyes on “Police Story,” the NBC anthology series that broke the mold for cops on the tube by adding realism. Reading creator Joseph Wambaugh’s recent episodic novels about Hollywood cops only strengthened my thirst.
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
 
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