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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

Yo Gabba Gabba!: Party in a Box!

There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.


Television series

Rod Lott
Strictly guessing here, but there must be some language in the world in which the phrase “Yo Gabba Gabba!” translates to "kids get high." Maybe in Hipsterville. Either way, this is not a complaint.
 
Friday, July 29, 2011

The Cape: The Complete Series

BAM! POW! MEH!


Television series

Rod Lott
Seeing superheroes used to be a mainstay on the tube before finding their footing on cinema screens, which may explain why NBC’s 2011 midseason entry “The Cape” was met with such indifference. Why bother to tune in for what is done better on a nine-digit budget?
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

True Blood: The Complete Third Season / Being Human: Season Three

Sink your teeth into two great sets


Television series

Rod Lott
Season three of HBO's wildly popular "True Blood" started off fine with a first episode that firmly introduced werewolves into the vampire series.
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

Murdoch Mysteries: Season 3

It’s like ‘CSI’ with manners


Television series

Rod Lott
Appearing on the cover of the Blu-ray season of "Murdoch Mysteries"' third season is the tagline, "Forensic Sleuthing in the Age of Invention."
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

Warehouse 13: Season Two

Syfy's slyest series


Television series

Rod Lott
Proof Syfy viewers can have great taste: "Warehouse 13" is the cable channel's most successful original series. And it's not totally geeky.
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

The FBI: The First Season: Part One

Classic-tube comfort from producer Quinn Martin


Television series

Rod Lott
After all these years, now I know whose credits “Police Squad!” was making fun of.
 
Friday, June 24, 2011

Wired

Cash in on a British financial thriller


Television series

Rod Lott
Like “Traffik” or “State of Play,” the 2008 ITV production “Wired” is a British limited TV series whose story is told via interlocking and overlapping arcs. Instead of drugs and political scandals, the name of the dangerous game here is the world of banking.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Haven: The Complete First Season

A fun supernatural show on the rise


Television series

Rod Lott
It’s strange that Syfy’s “Haven” is the first ongoing television series based on a Stephen King work, because you quickly forget it is.
 
Friday, June 17, 2011

Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season / The Big C: The Complete First Season

Two great buys of two great shows


Television series

Rod Lott
As if you needed more evidence that cable TV has network TV in a now-years-long creative choke hold, the junior and freshman seasons of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and Showtime’s “The Big C,” respectively, are now on home video.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Robin of Sherwood: Set 1

An ‘80s Robin Hood series takes a ‘bow’ on Blu-ray


Television series

Rod Lott
On screens big and small, folk hero Robin Hood has been portrayed by everyone from Russell Crowe and Sean Connery to Kevin Costner and a cartoon fox.
 
Monday, June 6, 2011

The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town

KITH makes a welcome return to comedy


Television series

Rod Lott
Aren’t reunions great?
 
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Identity

Who are you, really? This solid UK crime series aims to find out


Television series

Rod Lott
Although the British series “Identity” lasted all of six episodes, it’s due to be remade for American prime-time audiences. I’ll tell you now, it won’t be better than the original recipe.
 
Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Feathered Serpent: Complete Series

Bizarre, but interesting


Television series

Rod Lott
When I was a kid — the 1970s, for you historians and my eventual biographer — British shows airing on PBS creeped me out.
 
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Covert Affairs: Season One

Spy show wants to be sassy, doesn't always deliver


Television series

Rod Lott
USA — and now your DVD player — is the perfect home for a series like “Covert Affairs”: It’s light, breezy and mildly entertaining.
 
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
 
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