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Sure, DVDs are slightly old-school in this age of stream-
ing media. But a boxed set of a great TV show has elegance
that goes beyond the episodes it has compiled. And it s a
welcome backup when your cable or Internet goes on the
fritz. Here are some DVD suggestions, listed decade by
decade from TV s infancy.
I Love Lucy (The Complete Series) (Paramount Home Video;
US$79.99). Better than a flask of Vitameatavegamin, this 33-disk
collection rounds up all the antics of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel on
TV's first great situation comedy.
Sgt Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show (The Complete Series)
(Shout! Factory; US$129.99). This classic military comedy,
which aired from 1955 to 1959, was also known as You'll
Never Get Rich. But by any name, it's a wonderfully
irreverent exception to early sitcoms as it highlights the
cagey Sgt Ernie Bilko with his Army scams, which usually
result in unforeseen fallout.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (The Complete Remastered
Series) (Image Entertainment; US$199.98). Ohhh, Rob!
This domestic-and-workplace sitcom stars Van Dyke as a
harried comedy writer and Mary Tyler Moore as his lovely
wife in a rich blend of sophisticated humour leavened with
hijinks and the well-timed pratfall.
Star Trek (The Complete Series) (Paramount Home
Video; US$79.99). Boldly return to the sci-fi series that
boldly started it all, starring William Shatner, Leonard
Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei and the other
frontier-seekers on the Starship Enterprise.
Great American Dream Machine (The Complete
Series) (Entertainment One; US$39.99). Largely forgotten
today, it predated Six Flags' Great American Scream
Machine as well as Saturday Night Live, but this satirical
variety series aired on PBS from 1971 through 1973 with
cutting-edge skits and political humour from the likes of
future SNL-ers Chevy Chase and Albert Brooks.
Little House on the Prairie (The Complete Series,
Deluxe Remastered) (Lionsgate Films, US$149.98). A rosy,
heartwarming portrait of pioneer life, it premiered in 1974
and aired for nine seasons, with Michael Landon starring
as the patriarch of the Ingalls clan and Melissa Gilbert as
his adorable daughter Laura.
The Wonder Years (The Complete Series) (Time
Life/WEA, US$199.95). Available on DVD for the first time,
this beloved series follows sixth-grader Kevin Arnold (Fred
Savage) as he experiences childhood and other challenges
of American life circa 1968 (not to mention his first kiss).
The Thorn Birds (Warner Home Video, US$29.98).
Originally airing in 1983, it reigns as the second-highest-
rated miniseries ever (bested only by Roots), based on the
best-selling novel that follows a priest and his struggles
between his spiritual calling and his carnal lusts.
Friends (The Complete Series) (Warner Home Video;
US$202.92). Six young caffeine comrades bonded in
Manhattan for a decade on one of TV's most successful
sitcoms. In this collection, all 236 episodes are there for
The West Wing (The Complete Series) (Warner Home
Video; US$299.98). Who wouldn't love a man in the White
House like Josiah Bartlet? Well, probably a lot of people.
But that takes nothing away from this glorious series,
which, in the guise of a realistic portrait of Washington, put
an aspirationally noble face on politics.
Foyle's War (The Complete Saga) (Acorn Media;
US$199.99). Michael Kitchen stars as Detective Chief
Superintendent Christopher Foyle, who investigates crimes
on the home front during World War II, then
counterintelligence threats at the dawn of the Cold War.
Mad Men (The Complete Collection) (Lionsgate Films;
US$209.97). It premiered in 2007 and, during its seven
extraordinary seasons, tracked adman Don Draper's
journey through the 1960s before ending with a sly smile
and a Coke commercial. Revisit its glamorous, gin-soaked
New York of a half-century ago in these 92 episodes.
Justified (The Complete Series) (Sony Pictures Home
Entertainment; US$149.99). Sassy, unflappable US
Marshal Raylan Givens went head-to-head with cunning
Kentucky outlaw Boyd Crowder for six sizzling, backwoods
seasons that concluded last April.
Downton Abbey (Seasons 1-5) (PBS; US$120.97). Get
ready for the return of the Crawleys for their sixth and
final season in January with this collection of all five
seasons of romance, tears, elegance (and good old-
fashioned melodrama) that have unfolded until now. (AP)
• Most of these DVD sets can be ordered online, prices
quoted are approximate and can vary depending on website.
Friends is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, but you'd have to
shell out a cool US$200 for a box set with all ten seasons of the show.
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