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Topic: Television series

How to Make It in America: The Complete First Season

Like 'Entourage,' minus all the douchiness.


Television series

Rod Lott
"How to Make It in America" is HBO's Rodney Dangerfield: It gets no respect. As critics creamed over the tediously paced "Boardwalk Empire," this eight-episode wonder seemed to escape mass-media's gaze. I can understand why: Who wants to see a show about two guys trying to launch a line of jeans?
 
Monday, October 3, 2011

Fringe: The Complete Third Season / Supernatural: The Complete Sixth Season / Nikita: The Complete First Season

For genre fans, entertainment is totally tubular.


Television series

Rod Lott
Thank God for networks like Fox and The CW, because on the Big Three, shows like "Fringe," "Supernatural" and "Nikita" would have been canceled by now, if ever given a chance to air at all. By appealing to a smaller audience — but that most highly coveted youth audience — edgier fare can flourish without having to pull monster ratings.
 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Downtown Abbey

Before season two starts, get hooked now.


Television series

Jenny Coon Peterson
Confession: I watched all seven episodes of “Downton Abbey” on DVD over the course of two days. Instead of reflecting on what that says about my laziness, let’s focus on what that says about this near-perfect British miniseries.
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXII

It’s ‘Time’ for another eight hours of deep-hurting hilarity.


Television series

Rod Lott
Another quarter, another “Mystery Science Theater 3000” release from Shout! Factory. While hell on the wallet, fervent fans of the series know each set is worth every penny and then some.
 
Friday, December 9, 2011

Bedlam: Season One

Has nothing to do with football, everything to do with ghosts.


Television series

Rod Lott
Bedlam Heights has an occupancy problem. Seems so few people wish to rent an apartment in a building that was once an insane asylum. Fewer when they learn the place is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents.
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Portlandia: Season One / The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Series One

Put a bird on it!


Television series

Rod Lott
IFC airs two comedies clearly too hip for the room ... which is why they’re on IFC, of course. Now that the first seasons of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” have hit DVD, those of us without the cable channel can see if we’ve been missing anything.
 
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mildred Pierce

Joan Crawford, you've been pwned.


Television series

Rod Lott
How does a director go from shooting a Barbie-dolls biography of doomed vocalist Karen Carpenter to a prestige miniseries starring perhaps the greatest screen actress of her generation?
 
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Delocated! Seasons 1 & 2

What’s behind the mask? It’s no ‘Venture Bros.,’ that’s for sure.


Television series

Rod Lott
As the years go by, I’m convinced Adult Swim will put just about anything on the air. Once home to some genuinely inventive programming, the late-night, big-people-only block on Cartoon Network increasingly airs shows that seem as if they required the haze of marijuana to be funny.
 
Monday, January 9, 2012

Justified: The Complete Second Season

The praise and prizes for this crime series are fully ‘Justified.’


Television series

Rod Lott
Season three of “Justified,” which kicked off last night, has some mighty big boots to fill. The 13 episodes of the second season prove that, and if you didn’t see them, grab the triple-disc DVD set pronto.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Modern Family: The Complete Second Season / The League: The Complete Season Two

One’s a monster hit. The other deserves to be.


Television series

Rod Lott
Two recent second-season Blu-ray releases of Fox's TV comedy hits are a show that everyone I know watches and an even better show that nobody I know watches. They are, respectively, "Modern Family" and "The League," and couldn't be more different.
 
Monday, January 23, 2012
 
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