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TV on DVD – A bunch of series I like (GGG8)

Posted in Geeking Out, Technology by engtech on December 12, 2006

My list of gift suggestions continues. This time I’ll be focusing on TV shows.Watching an episodic TV series on DVD is more satisfying then arranging your life around a timeslot. 24 and Family Guy showed how big of a market this can be. There are now websites devoted to it like TVShowsOnDVD. The golden price point of around $25-$50 a season was reasonable and affordable. Then everything went downhill when the studios got greedy and decided to start releasing half-seasons.

This is a collection of series I own, and ones I’m thinking about owning (even if it means downloading a torrent.) This is what I like, and if your tastes match then you might find some other series to try out as well. If there’s something I’m missing that I’d like then leave a comment.

(photo by reddirtrose)

Shows I Own – Comedy

Ali G ShowIMDB Rating: 8.4/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Da Compleet Seereez Da Ali G Show – The Complete First Season Genres: Comedy, Talk-Show

Arrested DevelopmentIMDB Rating: 9.7/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Seasons 1-3 Plot: Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
Arrested Development – Season 1 Genres: Comedy

Family GuyIMDB Rating: 8.6/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Volume Four (Season Four Part 2) Plot: In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.
Family Guy – Volume 1: Seasons 1 & 2 Genres: Animation, Comedy

Chappelle’s ShowIMDB Rating: 9.0/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes (Uncensored) Chappelle’s Show – Season 1 Uncensored Genres: Comedy, Music

The OfficeIMDB Rating: 9.3/10, RT Rating: 8.6/10, RT Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB]
The Office Collection Plot: The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives.
The Office: The Complete First Series Starring: Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis
Genres: Television, Comedies, British, Comedy, Dance, Satire, British Television

(photo by drp)

Shows I Own – Sci-fi

Battlestar GalacticaIMDB Rating: 9.5/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Season 2.5 Plot: After losing the war against the Cylon robots, the Battlestar Galactica crew speed toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. Galactica Commander Adama (Olmos) and President Laura Roslin (McDonnell) face waning supplies, crushed morale, … and the credible threat Cylons aboard the ship.
Battlestar Galactica – Season 1 Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

FireflyIMDB Rating: 9.5/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Complete Series Serenity Director: Joss Whedon, Writer: Joss Whedon
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite
Genres: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Science-Fiction

Red DwarfIMDB Rating: 9.0/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Red Dwarf Series 1  2 Plot: The adventures of the last human being alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.
Red Dwarf – Series 1 & 2 Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The GalaxyIMDB Rating: 8.0/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2DVD) (1981) Plot: An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth’s destruction and go on a truly strange adventure as space hitchhikers.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The – Collector’s Edition Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Shows I Own – Other

24IMDB Rating: 9.2/10, RT Rating: 8.4/10, RT Overall: 100% [RT] [IMDB]
Season One Plot: Federal Agent Jack Bauer can’t afford to always play by the rules. As a member of the L.A. Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack must stop bombs, viruses, assassination attempts, and usually save someone he cares about at the same time. Every season of this series has 24 episodes, each unfolding in real time following a consecutive hour in one very bad day.
24 – Season One Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Haysbert, Sarah Clarke, Elisha Cuthbert, Leslie Hope, Xander Berkeley
Genres: Television, Action/Adventure, Action, Thriller, Assassins, Television/TV Series

House – [RT] [IMDB]
House M.D.: Season OneHouse M.D.: Season Two Plot: An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.
House – Season One Genres: Drama, Mystery

Six Feet UnderIMDB Rating: 9.2/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Complete Series Plot: A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional Pasadena family that runs an independent funeral home.
Six Feet Under – The Complete First Season Genres: Comedy, Drama

(photo by LeeLeFever_TwinF)

Shows I Should Download – Comedy

FuturamaIMDB Rating: 9.2/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Futurama V1 Plot: Fry, a pizza guy is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year’s Eve 2999.
Futurama – Volume 1 Genres: Animation, Sci-Fi, Comedy

Kids in the HallIMDB Rating: 8.5/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Complete Season 1 1989-1990 [4 Discs]The Best Of The Kids In The Hall Plot: The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.
The Kids in the Hall – Complete Season 1 Genres: Comedy

My Name Is EarlIMDB Rating: 9.0/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Season One Plot: A ne’er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization.
My Name is Earl – Season 1 Genres: Comedy

Pinky and the BrainIMDB Rating: 8.1/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Volume 1Pinky and the Brain Vol. 2 Plot: A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night.
Pinky and The Brain Vol. 1-2 Genres: Animation, Family, Comedy

Saturday Night Live: TV FunhouseIMDB Rating: 6.7/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse Plot: The classic late night live sketch comedy show.
ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Comedy, Music

ScrubsIMDB Rating: 9.4/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Complete First Season Scrubs – The Complete First Season Genres: Comedy, Drama

That’s My BushIMDB Rating: 6.8/10 [RT] [IMDB]
That's My Bush! ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Comedy

The Tick Vs. Season OneIMDB Rating: 7.9/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Tick Vs. Season One Plot: An invulnerable, somewhat dim, superhero protects The City from all manner of evil-doers.
ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

TickIMDB Rating: 6.8/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Entire Series Plot: The story of superhero The Tick, based on the popular comic book.
The Tick – Complete Series Genres: Comedy

Shows I Should Download – Sci-fi

Dark AngelIMDB Rating: 6.3/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Season 2 ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Action, Thriller

Doctor Who (2005)IMDB Rating: 8.4/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Doctor Who (2005): The Complete First Series (Boxed Set) Plot: The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.
ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

FarscapeIMDB Rating: 8.5/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Season 2 Plot: Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.
Farscape – Season 1: Vol. 1 Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Harsh RealmIMDB Rating: 6.3/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Complete Series Plot: Lt. Hobbes is sent into a VR wargame simulation where he is to terminate a renegade General who has taken control of the program.
Harsh Realm: The Complete Season Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Shows I Should Download – Fantasy

Dungeons and DragonsIMDB Rating: 7.8/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Complete Animated Series Plot: A group of kids are thrown into a world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant lusts for.
ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Record of Lodoss WarIMDB Rating: 7.5/10 [RT] [IMDB]
Episodes 1-13 (Collector's Edition) The Complete Series Plot: A group of medieval adventurers must participate in a war against dark forces in the land of Lodoss.
Record of Lodoss War – Collector’s Set Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Shows I Should Download – Other

Freaks and GeeksIMDB Rating: 9.5/10 [RT] [IMDB]
The Complete Series Freaks and Geeks – The Complete Series Genres: Comedy, Drama

Weeds – [RT] [IMDB]
Season 1 Plot: Comedy about a suburban mother turned marijuana dealer.
ROTTEN TOMATOES: Advanced Search Genres: Comedy, Crime

(photo by soviet)

I’ve made a list of all these shows in one place at Amazon. Looking at the product description on Amazon.ca will bring you to the Amazon for your country. FYI: This is a free blog hosted at wordpress.com and I don’t make any money from it. Gift Guide for Geeks is a series of posts I wrote for Christmas 2006 outlining what I thought would make for good gifts.

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  1. jaybird said, on December 12, 2006 at 8:12 am

    I’m enjoying Drawn Together atm. I finished watching Weeds a few weeks ago. Amazing show. I’ve been liking Daybreak — currently playing.

    Some good ones you’re missing:
    – Black Adder (mr bean guy)
    – Faulty Towers (monty python guy)
    – Curb Your Enthusiasm (seinfeld creator)
    – Seinfeld (although they don’t age well)
    – Bablyon 5
    – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    – Aaargh, It’s the Mr. Hell Show
    – if you want shows for your girlfriend, The O.C. and Sex in the City are tolerable. OC has a fairly decent comic nerd character.

  2. jaybird said, on December 12, 2006 at 8:15 am

    Spaced is awesome, it’s by the sean of the dead guys

  3. CajoleJuice said, on December 14, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    The American version of The Office is arguably just as good, if not better, than the British version. It’s definitely become much more over-the-top hilarious, if nothing else.

    I’ll also second the Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld recommendations.

    And it’s only a 10 episode mini-series, but Band of Brothers is probably the best war-related thing ever created.

  4. A.J. Valliant said, on December 15, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    I can’t watch the office as they do such amazing job of capturing the bosses akward creepiness it unerves me.

  5. engtech said, on December 15, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    Yeah, I found the Office hard to watch at points as well.

    Gareth was great, tho.

  6. asaa said, on February 15, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Although I agree with most of what has been said, I must say The shield is by far the best cop show on television and should be given a little notice.

  7. Brent said, on February 24, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Good to see Scrubs. I wuld add the following of my favs though:

    Malcolm in the Middle

  8. drmike said, on March 13, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    What? No Kim Possible?!?!?!? :)

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