2007 Holiday Gift Guide: A Series Addiction


Here in Los Angeles, there are rumours that the strike will go through February or April. Meanwhile reality TV agents will be wrapping their gifts in hundred dollar bills. It’s going to be a long, cold winter for those of us addicted to scripted television. TiVo sets around the world will be scratching their heads and we may have to break out the board games. Here are some box sets to tide us over…

24: Season Six
DVD / Fox Home Entertainment

Oh, Jack. The crazy plot of last season has him being returned to the U.S. Government like a Pottery Barn sale item. The upcoming season, partially shot in Washington, D.C., has garnered quite a bit of attention from fans and strike-watchers alike. So when season seven starts up, you’d best have your ducks in a row by having taken notes on all the inner-workings of number six. And is Tony really coming back? C’mon now!

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The Best of Crank Yankers
DVD / Comedy Central DVD

On the back of this box, you will note that it reads: “The Laughter. The Tears. The Vomit.” That pretty much sums it up, right? In this ‘best of’ collection, there are 50 favorites put together on one DVD. Puppets are funny, especially when they’re dirty. Surely, there is some kooky comedy fan on your list, for which this DVD is an easy match.
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Dirt: The Complete First Season
DVD / Buena Vista Home Entertainment

If you never took a look at Courtney Cox in this series, we suggest you do. It’s coming back for a second season, and she’s crazy terrific in it. Plus, we are more celeb-obsessed than ever before, so take a look through this lens for once. Lots of conniving and canoodling going on with the characters here. They’re all somehow entrenched in the lives of the faux Celebes who are bait for the money shots, so there’s never a dull moment.
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Lost: The Complete Third Season
DVD / Buena Vista Home Entertainment

This series is way too broken up for us to stay abreast of the islander’s goings-on. So, as you may imagine, we are happy to have this one on the coffee table, ready to go. In addition to all of season three, there are over six hours of additional features and stuff. The stuff includes ‘The World of the Others,’ flashbacks, on location material, deleted scenes and bloopers. Love it. Who knows where the series is going, but this will certainly do to get us through the dry spell.
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Melrose Place: Third Season
DVD / Paramount Home Video

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: groundbreaking! The hair, the wardrobe, the very mid-90’s Aaron Spelling of it all! Nearly 24 hours are in this box filled with all the tawdry sex-scandalous-ishness you can get into one poolside setting. There are 30 episodes in this season; it’s like the golden age of television. Ish. Not quite ‘I Love Lucy,’ but enjoyable nonetheless.
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One Tree Hill: The Complete Fourth Season
DVD / Warner Home Video

Ok, so we honestly have no idea what’s going on with this show. Is it still on? Anyway, the fourth season is here on DVD. While the high drama of its characters might be totes ‘GH,’ if you watch more than three minutes, you could very well be sucked into their world. Mouths agape, wondering what’s going to happen next, you can then move onto the gag reel, commentary and special features.

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Shark: Season One
DVD / Fox Home Entertainment

With a great cast that includes James Woods, Jeri Ryan and Samuel Page, this is a series that deserves a second look. There’s a featurette on creating the show, a gag reel and deleted scenes. It’s a show about lawyers, which always go over pretty well. That or doctors and cops. The people like that sort of thing. And, James Woods is pretty awesome, so there’s that.
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Shark Week: 20th Anniversary Collection
DVD / Discovery/Image Entertainment

We didn’t realize that this series was twenty years old, but we do look forward to it every year. Sharks are cool, and this series has got some of the juiciest material since Peter Benchley. Spread out over four discs, this set allows us to see the rescuers, the attackers, the Great White chasers, and the evolution of these nibbly creatures. Kids love this stuff, but we didn’t feel it was appropriate to throw it in JoyHog, Jr.
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Twin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition
DVD / Paramount Home Video

Talk about creepy. While the man under the fan disturbed many of us as children, perhaps we can get past that to enjoy the deluxe-ness of this box set. This one offers a look at the 2006 Twin Peaks Festival with the “Peaks Freaks,” the Kyle McLachlan ‘SNL’ sketch, deleted scenes, as well as all 29 episodes plus the original pilot. Finally, there’s the international version of the pilot, which has all the über-fans a-buzzing.
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The Wire: The Complete Fourth Season
DVD / HBO Home Video

In January we will see the start of the fifth and final season of this very clever program. Don’t blink, because you might miss key plot points! It’s got new drug lords hitting the streets of Baltimore and, of course, Mr. Dominic West. There’s also a two-part documentary and six audio commentaries with David Simon. It may look awkward under the tree, but you can keep it in the gift bag until the family values team leaves the house.

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