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TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 9, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

These guys truly are in a league of their own.

The League: Season 3
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 7
Over the course of its three-season run (the fourth year is set to kick off on October 11), FX's The League has grown into one of the funniest TV comedies around, moving beyond its fantasy football hook to become a wacky, whacked-out portrait of a group of friends who both love and love to hate each other. The ensemble -- which includes Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and frequent scene-stealing guest star Jason "Rafi" Mantzoukas -- has gotten stronger with each passing year as well, taking advantage of the show's improvisational nature to push the comedy in some crazy directions. Season 3 kicked off with a guest spot from Seth Rogen, playing Rafi's pal Dirty Randy (other celebrity cameos over the course of the 13-episode run include Ray Liotta, Jeff Goldblum and Sarah Silverman) and went on to feature such highlights as a memorable Thanksgiving episode and My-face, a real-life (literally) social network. If The League is the junior guy on the FX scene, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been cracking us up for seven years now (Season 8 also begins on October 11) with its unique combination of outrageousness, shamelessness and fearlessness. The show's seventh season sends the cast off to the Jersey Shore (no Snooki sightings, fortunately), finds them staging a fake baby funeral and show up their old high school rivals with an awesome dance routine at their reunion. Only in Philadelphia...
Extras: The League comes with 10 extended episodes, a huge batch of deleted scenes and a gag reel. Always Sunny offers commentary tracks on four episodes, a gag reel and a wacky tour of the City of Brotherly Love.
Click here to see some of the outrageous moments that only Sunny can pull off

Whitney: Season One
One of last season's worst series, we still stuck with Whitney throughout its run simply to see how much more terrible it could possibly get. The answer? Pretty darn terrible. Whitney Cummings may be a talented stand-up in her own right (we'll leave that up to your own judgment) but network television just seems to stifle her comic voice. A strained relationship comedy about a couple (Cummings and Chris D'Elia, who suffers through the ordeal like a champ) that's completely committed to not taking their relationship to the alter, Whitney might work on a network like HBO, where the writers would be allowed to tackle the show's dominant subject -- sex -- head on without constantly toning it down to placate NBC's standards and practices department. On network TV though, it's more like listening to a grade schooler who has just learned their first few dirty words.
Extras: Commentary tracks with Cummings and D'Elia on select episodes, deleted scenes and a gag reel, which is probably funnier than the actual show.
Click here to see our take on the Whitney Season 1 finale

Bones: The Complete Seventh Season
If you had told us way back in 2005 that David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel would still be solving crimes as Agent Booth and Dr. "Bones" Brennan seven years later (Season 8 commenced last night), we probably would have thought you were from Pylea or something. But Bones has become a Fox primetime staple, surviving multiple timeslot changes to cultivate a dedicated fanbase, who are apparently even willing to put up with one of those guaranteed showkillers: a new baby. That's right, the big development of Season 7 was that Brennan and Booth welcomed a daughter into their ultra-busy lives. Hope the kid likes playing with bone fragments...
Extras: An audio commentary on one episode, two deleted scenes, a gag reel and two featurettes.

Also on DVD:
Care Bear countdown! The original '80s series starring those loveable, huggable and just slightly freaky tummy-powered bears arrives on DVD with the box set The Care Bears: The Original Series Collection. But what we really want to know is, when are we getting a Blu-ray version of The Care Bears Movie? Also one for the '80s nostalgia file is Snorks: The Complete First Season, available through Warner Archive's manufactured on demand DVD service. And in other kiddie entertainment, Happiness is Peanuts: Go Snoopy Go, puts the baseball-themed It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown on disc just in time for playoff season and rounds that special out with a few episodes from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. Happiness is a warm, baseball-playing puppy.

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