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TV on DVD: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

by Zach Oat August 25, 2009 2:39 pm
TV on DVD: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Welcome to the new all-TV edition of I Want My DVD! With the fall TV season on the verge of exploding all over our faces (provided that our faces are pointed at the television), the TV-on-DVD stream is in full force. Check out our guide to new and old TV shows that are just now hitting stores. Not included: most 1960s cowboy TV shows. Sorry, that's how we roll.

Californication: The Complete Second Season
If Saturday Night Live is to be believed, this is Bill Clinton's favorite show, because the sex scenes are "so real David Duchovny had to go to sex rehab." While there is certainly a lot of sex in this series, we have fun watching Duchovny stumble through life trying to avoid having sex with people. It's like a sequel to The X-Files in which Mulder ceases believing, or even wanting to believe, or maybe a prequel to Red Shoe Diaries, before everyone started sending him dirty letters.

Gossip Girl: The Complete Second Season
Ah, those senior year memories: adultery, blackmail, sex with teachers, corporate overthrows, guerrilla fashion shows, long-lost siblings uncovered, step-incest averted... and the second season of our favorite CW show was pretty fun, too.

Lie to Me: Season One
Tim Roth knows when I'm lying? I cannot think of a scarier premise for a TV show.

Lie to Me: Season One
Tim Roth knows when I'm lying? I cannot think of a scarier premise for a TV show.

thirtysomething: The Complete Season One
How has it taken this long for one of the most influential TV shows of the modern era to come to DVD? After twentysomething years, we finally get our own personal copy of the show that launched a thousand... uh, shows.

Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
If you're a hardcore DC comics fan, you could do worse than this season, which has minimal Lex Luthor/Lana Lang involvement, and a new comic-character cameo in almost every episode. Zatanna, Maxima, Toyman, Persuader, Parasite, Doomsday, the Legion of Superheroes... some of them are even comic-accurate! And while he's more Red-Blue Blur than Superman, Tom Welling is still a moderately better rendition of the Man of Steel than Brandon Routh in Superman Returns.

House, M.D.: Season 5
Five seasons of cranky Hugh Laurie? That requires some kind of a DVD release! Oh, and here it is.

Life: Season Two
Rest in peace, Life. Rest in peace.

Samantha Who: The Complete Second Season
...Rest in peace, Life. Rest in peace.

One Tree Hill: The Complete Sixth Season
This also came out this week.

Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season
This, too.

NCIS: The Complete Sixth Season
And this. But apparently every single one of you knows this and bought five copies. Who are you people?

Booker
The entire run of Richard Grieco's magnum opus is now available for purchase. Didn't know he had a magnum opus, did you? Well, if he did, it was likely this spin-off of 21 Jump Street. What, you thought it was If Looks Could Kill? Please.

Wiseguy: The Complete First Season
One of the first primetime shows to use story arcs, this 1987 crime drama about an undercover FBI agent made Ken Wahl into a star, right before he faded from the public eye completely. We smell a comeback! ...Not really.

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