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Community: The Complete Second Season / The Office: Season Seven / Parks and Recreation: Season Three

Let's all be there!


Television series

Rod Lott
Not to sound all VH1 on you, but, hey, remember the '80s? Specifically, Thursday nights watching television? All of America tuned in to NBC for two solid hours of sitcoms — in order, "The Cosby Show," "Family Ties," "Cheers" and "Night Court." 'Twas a glorious time!
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Camelot: The Complete First Season

Way better than 'Spartacus.'


Television series

Rod Lott
Certainly the ratings success of Starz's "Spartacus" franchise spawned "Camelot," culled from the same cloth of merging the historical with the hotties. I liked it much more. So, naturally, it's been canceled, despite the "First Season" subtitle of the Blu-ray and DVD sets' covers.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Dexter: The Fifth Season

Lab results prove this series is still killer.


Television series

Rod Lott
When season four of "Dexter" ended with our favorite forensics scientist/serial killer (Michael C. Hall) defeating the Trinity Killer (John Lithgow), only to find himself outsmarted in the final moments, viewers gasped and thought, "Wow! How are they going to top that?"
 
Monday, September 12, 2011

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena: The Complete Collection

Still bloody, still boobies.


Television series

Rod Lott
When life gave cable channel Starz lemons (in the form of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" star Andrew Whitfield getting cancer, thereby jeopardizing a second season of the breakout hit), it made lemonade (in the form of a prequel, "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena"). The thirsty public lapped the batch up, because it tasted just like the original.
 
Monday, August 29, 2011

An American Family: Anniversary Edition

When it comes to reality TV, forget ‘Survivor.’


Television series

Rod Lott
Perhaps the ultimate reality television series, 1973’s “An American Family” spent seven months with Santa Barbara’s Loud clan in order to carve 12 hour-long episodes for PBS. The cinéma vérité series was a cultural phenomenon, and you can’t change a channel today without feeling some of its aftershocks.
 
Friday, August 26, 2011

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos: The Hands of Fate — Special Edition

The Master approves.


Television series

Rod Lott
“Manos: The Hands of Fate” is the single-best episode in the 10 seasons of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” period. End of debate.
 
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Man from Atlantis: The Complete TV Movies Collection / The Complete Television Series

Before ‘Dallas,’ Patrick Duffy made a splash as a waterlogged wonder.


Television series

Rod Lott
Being all of 6 years old during its brief run on the tube, I have only vague memories of “Man from Atlantis,” Patrick Duffy’s pre-“Dallas” TV series that has become a sci-fi cult hit ever since.
 
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Movie Collection — Set 6

It's no mystery: 'Poirot' has power.


Television series

Rod Lott
Most everything PBS imports from the UK for American broadcast on its long-running "Masterpiece Mystery!" showcase is worthwhile viewing, and the long-running "Agatha Christie's Poirot" is no exception.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series

Before ‘Miracle Day,’ the show was a BBC miracle.


Television series

Rod Lott
With “Torchwood: Miracle Day” burning up the ratings for cable outlet Starz, you can see where it all began in one high-def package with “Torchwood: The Complete Original UK Series.” The 12-di
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Supernatural: The Anime Series

TV terror gets 'tooned.


Television series

Rod Lott
Since the CW cult hit horror "Supernatural" already had spun off into novels and comics years ago, why not cartoons? It's only natural, and the colorful, creepy Japanimation style makes a suitable fit.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking

Meditate on this: 'Zen' makes for excellent viewing.


Television series

Rod Lott
BBC's procedural mystery "Zen" is so good, it stands right alongside the superlative "Sherlock" and "Luther" in my book. Based on Michael Dibdin's series of 11 novels of Italy's antiheroic Detective Aurelio Zen, the show's first season is comprised of three 90-minute episodes, each at a quality equal to or above most feature films.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Conan the Adventurer: Season One

By Crom, it’s cheese with muscles!


Television series

Rod Lott
The Conan on display in the children’s cartoon of the early ’90s isn’t the Conan I know from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of the early ’80s or the Robert E. Howard stories of the early ’30s.
 
Friday, August 5, 2011

MST3K vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXI

Gamera is really neat / He is filled with turtle meat!


Television series

Rod Lott
This collection of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" episodes is special for several reasons:
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Second Season

HBO's sauciest series scores another homer


Television series

Rod Lott
When we last saw egotistical, repulsive, overweight, rude, crude, arrogant, self-centered, self-destructive, alcoholic, weed-smoking, coke-snorting former pro baseball player Kenny Powers, he had left the love of his life on the side of the road and high-tailed it to Mexico, the no-good bum.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

Burn Notice: Season Four

Crime series is reduced to near-cinders.


Television series

Rod Lott
Once upon a time, "Burn Notice" was appointment television for me.
 
Friday, July 29, 2011
 
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