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Murder Investigation Team: Series One

An effective, well-written police procedural


Television series

Rod Lott
Lest you think "MIT: Murder Investigation Team" sounds suspiciously like the UK’s answer to our “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” well, yeah, you’d be right.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Mad Men: Season Four

Should ensure a fourth Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series


Television series

Rod Lott
In case you haven’t heard by now, the bad news: Season five of “Mad Men,” which should have premiered late this summer, has been delayed until 2012.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Emergency!: The Final Rescues

Fan of action dramas of the 1970s? Grab this one, stat!


Television series

Rod Lott
My mom likes to tell the story of the time our dishwasher caught ablaze, and the pre-K me was upset that the firemen who arrived to put it out interrupted my regular viewing of “Emergency!” Hey, kids love sirens.
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011

In Plain Sight: Season Three

A good crime drama, and better than 'Monk'


Television series

Rod Lott
Among USA's lineup of original programming, "Burn Notice" gets most of the heat, and "In Plain Sight" almost none. Even though the former handily bests the latter, “Sight” is still good.
 
Friday, March 25, 2011

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

Quite good, but a bit repetitious


Television series

Rod Lott
I had no doubt “The Walking Dead” was going to be a smash upon its Halloween premiere on AMC, the cable network that shepherded the rather edgy “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” to similar critical and commercial heights.
 
Monday, March 7, 2011

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XX


Television series

Rod Lott
Funny how some copies of Shout! Factory’s box set of “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XX” come with a stress ball, as the show itself is enough of a stress reliever.
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pioneers of Television: Season 2

A little shallow, but entertaining


Television series

Rod Lott
Season two of PBS’ “Pioneers of Television” documentary series hits DVD in one set or in four separate editions, each devoting one hour to a specific genre: “Crime Dramas,” “Local Kids’ TV,” “Science Fiction” and “Westerns.”
 
Monday, February 21, 2011

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

Great for fans, a bit zany for newcomers


Television series

Rod Lott
You may question the decision to release "Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol" in February.
 
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Justified: The Complete First Season

Addictive viewing


Television series

Rod Lott
Sometimes I make mistakes. For the sake of this review, my most egregious recent error was not catching "Justified" when it aired on FX last spring. I just assumed it was an update of "McCloud" and paid no mind.
 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dirty Tricks

Nothing if not dirty (read: good!)


Television series

Rod Lott
When you use the title "Dirty Tricks," you'd better not play nice.
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Archer: The Complete Season One

Funny and actually scripted!


Television series

Rod Lott
FX's "Archer" is the funniest animated series for adults since "The Venture Bros." first hit the airwaves in 2003.
 
Friday, January 21, 2011

The Six Million Dollar Man: The Complete Collection

40 discs. 40.


Television series

Rod Lott
They can rebuild him. They have the technology.
 
Friday, January 21, 2011

Top Shot: Season One

Gun porn, but amusing for a while


Television series

Rod Lott
What do you get when you combine 15 men, one woman and enough weapons to arm an insurgency? "Top Shot," a History Channel series that's nothing if not well-loaded. Its first season is now available in a four-disc set.
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nite Tales: The Series


Television series

Rod Lott
There's nothing wrong with the idea of an urban take on "Tales from the Crypt." It's been done successfully before, in 1995's "Tales from the Hood."
 
Monday, January 17, 2011

Funny or Die Presents: The Complete First Season


Television series

Rod Lott
A simple litmus test: If you like the Interwebs version, you'll like the cathode one, too.
 
Monday, January 17, 2011
 
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