Unless you're a prostitution whore, there's something for everyone in this week's TV-on-DVD releases. Actually, if you're a prostitution whore who once got arrested by Steven Seagal, you might be in luck.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Season One Everyone with too much free time on their hands has their favorite group of Real Housewives, be they in Orange County, New York, Atlanta, or New Jersey. But you can't deny that the questionable taste levels and dredging up of criminal pasts made the first season of NJ an instant classic. The discovery that one of them was involved in an extortion scheme so insidious it was made into a book injected liquid drama into the show, and it led to table-flipping, accusations of betrayal and the phrase "prostitution whore." Own a copy of the historical record today, and show your great-grandkids down the road.
Steven Seagal, Lawman: The Complete Season One
Sure, you own Above the Law on DVD, but what about Beholden to the Law? Seagal proves that he can function within the rules of society in this reality series following his time with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana, and at no time does he throw anyone out a window, break a pool cue across anyone's head, or snap anyone's neck with his aikido.
Rhoda: Season Two
This spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show managed to beat its parent show in the ratings with its story of a window dresser and her wrecking-company-owning husband living in New York. All credit goes to the show's beloved star Valerie Harper, although the future voice of Marge Simpson, Julie Kavner (playing Rhoda's sister Brenda), may have also had something to do with it.
Deadliest Catch: Season Five
Next month sees the return of Deadliest Catch to TV, so why not catch up on all of the crabs that were caught last season with the DVD set? You must count every single crab.
The Story of Math
Only the British would find a way to make a TV series about mathematics interesting. The history of sums is traced from ancient Egypt to modern-day America by an Oxford professor, and along the way he explains where "zero" came from and what the as-yet-unsolved Riemann hypothesis is. He also gets in some bar fights in South Boston and talks to his invisible friend. How do ya like them apples?
The Abbot & Costello Show: The Complete Series
Credited by Jerry Seinfeld himself as an inspiration for Seinfeld, this series featured 52 episodes of classic vaudeville comedy sketches starring the great comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, as well as former third Stooge Joe Besser as a man named "Stinky" and a chimp who dressed like Costello and was named "Bingo." There, that's four reasons to buy this thing right there.
The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty -- Season 1
It's amazing what bad timing and media over-exposure can do to an otherwise interesting idea for a series.
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