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TV on DVD: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

by Zach Oat September 29, 2009 1:47 pm
TV on DVD: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More TV this week, including a couple of awesome British shows, a few truly good cartoons, one show that's only on the Internet, and a few shows we still can't believe they put on television at all. Were they actually taking crazy pills?

How I Met Your Mother: Season 4
In the four years of cock-teasing this show has foisted upon us, Season 4 had the second-biggest tease, but it also managed to come through on some of its teasery. Second only to the Robin debacle was the near-Mothering of Stella, who left Ted at the altar at the beginning of this season. One might also say the tease of Ted ever becoming a successful architect was also put to rest here, as he accepted a teaching position by season's end. But we were thrown a bone in the Barney-Robin relationship, which culminated in a kiss in the season finale and still seems to be going strong. But tease or no tease, it's still one of the funniest shows on television. You bought Big Bang Theory last week, right? Well, here's your bookend.

Foyle's War: Series 1-5
Even when there's a war on, there's still crime. In this series of British telefilms, Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle solves murders and ends war profiteering committed in and around Hastings, England, between 1940 and 1945, and now you can own the first six seasons (packaged as five "sets" in the U.S.) -- 19 movies total -- in one handy 19-disc set. Starring Michael Kitchen as Foyle, Honeysuckle Weeks as his driver Sam and Julian Ovenden as Foyle's pilot son Andrew, which means we get the occasional batch of RAF banter. "Cabbage crates coming over the briny!"

Life on Mars: The Complete Series
Not the British series, the American one. So this is one glorious season of Harvey Keitel wearing vintage clothing and Michael Imperioli wearing a luxurious mustache.

The Guild: Seasons 1 & 2
It's technically not on TV, but it's definitely a show, and a damn good one, as far as Internet-only programs about MMORPG-playing geeks go. Felicia Day of Buffy, Dollhouseand Dr. Horrible fame is the most unrealistically pretty geek you will ever meet ("Date my avatar," indeed!), and if you're not watching Season 3, with guest a kilt-wearing Wil Wheaton, you should be.

Kings: Season 1
A modern-day fantasy based on a Bible story and set in an alternate reality? And it failed to find a following, you say? How peculiar!

Cobra: The Complete Series
This TV series, starring American Ninja Michael Dudikoff and the principal from Back to the Future, was about an ex-Navy SEAL who went AWOL to tech Inuit children, got shot in the face and was recruited into an undercover anti-crime agency called Cobra, which had less to do with health insurance and more to do with the fact that Dudikoff was given a classic Cobra to drive around in and help people. Despite all of this, more episodes of this were produced than of Kings.

Also out this week:
Midsomer Murders: Set 13 If there's one thing this series (and Hot Fuzz) have taught us, it's that English villages are hotbeds for murder.
The Unit: Season 4 The final Unit. This hereby completes your collection of Units.
CSI NY: The Complete Fifth Season How has CSI had a spin-off for five years, and NCIS just got one now? Crazy!.
He-Man & the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Series Admit it -- the original He-Man cartoon wasn't very good. This one is much better. It may even be better than teh Dolph Lundgren movie
Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years This is a real thing?
Daybreak: The Complete Series I think I remember this show. Did it have vampires in it?
The Patty Duke Show: Season 1 For all you Nick at Nite lovers out there. .
The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Collection Featuring Garfield as the voice of Bill Murray, long before Bill Murray provided the voice for Garfield. I just blew your mind.

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