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Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Dave!Lately I find myself purchasing more DVDs of television shows than actual movies. I'm not sure why, unless it's because I am so desperate to watch good television that I'm having to go back in time to do it. Let's face it, when the most hyped program airing tonight is Who's Your Daddy (a reprehensible show that asks a woman to pick a father she's never known out of a group of potential daddies for big money) what other choice does a television junkie have? Here's what I've been watching lately...

Roswell: The Complete First Season. What is so shocking about this show is not how well written and acted it is, but that it ever managed to survive on television for three full seasons. Something this well done is usually lucky to last three episodes. Roswell is about a trio of young aliens trying to figure out who they really are and where they come from, all while trying to stay hidden from local law enforcement and FBI alien hunters in Roswell, New Mexico (home of the alleged UFO crash of 1947). Sure it sounds tacky, but the electric chemistry between the two leads (brooding alien Max played by Jason Behr, and his cute human love interest Liz played by Shiri Appleby) makes for compelling television. Season One was so good that I was compelled to immediately order up Season Two so I can keep watching. Highly recommended...


Tour of Duty: The Complete Second Season. I loathe most all war movies and war programs of any kind, because I think glamorizing something as tragic as war is pretty lame entertainment. But Tour of Duty was different and went as far as possible to depict the horrors of war within the guidelines of what television would allow. Despite the subject matter, the characters seemed more real... more human... than most any TV drama I've seen, which is why I think I enjoyed it so much. The first season started with new recruits being shipped off to Vietnam, unprepared for what they would find there. The second season continues the story of those characters who managed to survive, but suffers a bit with the addition of love interests for the primary leads of Goldman and Anderson. While the second season is inferior to the first (the move from Hawaii to L.A. for filming didn't help), it still comes highly recommended.

The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season. When I travel, there is always a few Simpsons DVDs in my bag because they are a guaranteed dose of funny when the perils of travel wear me down. Some consider Season Five to be the height of Simpson-y goodness that eventuated a gradual slide in quality with the following seasons, but I couldn't disagree more... I find The Simpsons just as entertaining and relevant today in Season Sixteen than it's ever been. That being said, Season Five is pretty amazing, and my only complaint is that they are not releasing the DVDs fast enough. Highly recommended.

Law & Order, Criminal Intent: The Third Year. Probably my favorite of the Law & Order franchise thanks to the brilliant chemistry between Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, the tales from the files of "New York's worst criminal offenders" are wonderfully brought to life thanks to clever writing and even more clever acting... this is the role D'Onofrio was born the play. While the content is top-notch, I am a little pissed that they've skipped over "The Second Year" and more than a little pissed that they've changed the look of the packaging from "The First Year." I hate, hate it when they change the packaging between seasons. Still, if police drama is your thing, you can't do much better than this... highly recommended.

Next on my list is Tru Calling: a good show that ended up being a great show by the end of the season, which is a real pity since it's been cancelled.

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  1. Dennis says:

    I buy a lot of TV DVD’s as well, but my Roswell cover looks different than yours. I have Star Trek: The Original Series and The Next Generation, which is a whole shelf in themselves. My current obsession is rewatching all the episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin off, Angel.

  2. Dave2 says:

    A list of TV shows I’m obsessed enough with to purchase on DVD is as follows: Angel, Buffy, Alias, Dark Angel (Season 1 only), Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, CSI, Dead Like Me, Coupling, Gilmore Girls, Farscape, Friends, The O.C., Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, Monk, Monarch of the Glen, Roswell, Sex & The City, The Simple Life, Red Dwarf, Six Feet Under, Sports Night, Tour of Duty, Tru Calling, The West Wing, The X-Files (Seasons 1-3 only), Star Trek (original series only), Mr. Show, Quantum Leap, Batman (animated), Justice League (animated), Superman (animated), Family Guy, Futurama, The Simpsons, and South Park.

    Hmmm… I guess that explains why I’m poor! 🙂

  3. Ben says:

    Wait, you’re a Simpsons, CSI, and Gilmore Girl fan?

    You have no idea how many Ben-Cool-Points

  4. Dave2 says:

    So many television series lose quality as the seasons progress… either running out of ideas or going in the wrong direction. All three of those shows continue to be excellent year after year, so it’s kind of difficult not to like them!

  5. Ben says:

    My thoughts exactly!

  6. michelle says:

    Roswell was a great show but I can’t believe you actually prefer Criminal Intent over SVU and the original!!
    Most everybody I know thinks that Vincent’s character is boorish, know-it-all and over acted.
    SVU is my personal Law and Order fave.

  7. Dave2 says:

    That pretty much sums up Vincent alright! I really like that he’s eccentric and seems to know a little bit about everything… and then to have a partner who can put up with it all makes for a terrific dynamic that I really enjoy watching. SVU is a very close second because, again, I think the cast works so well together. I stopped watching the original when the two new series came out (I like them both much better).

  8. Jay says:

    I love Roswell, Rumor has it they might make a movie. You show catch the cast on their new projects, There all great-I met JASON BEHR

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