5000 Episodes and No Commercials. The Ultimate Guide to TV by David Hofstede

By David Hofstede

Groundbreaking! Does for television indicates what Leonard Maltin's publications do for video clips! put out of your mind videos! revenues of television DVDs are outpacing all different different types, in keeping with Video shop journal. The Simpsons, 24, misplaced, determined Housewives, Alias, even previous chestnuts like Columbo and Home Improvement are blowing out of the shops as enthusiasts and creditors rush to shop for their favourite indicates, compact and whole. How do purchasers recognize which indicates are the simplest, which season includes that favourite second, which episode positive aspects that visitor famous person? They don't--not with out their trusty reproduction of 5,000 Episodes No Commercials which supplies complete details on each sitcom and drama published on DVD, no matter if in season-by-season units, person episodes, best-of compilations, specials, or made-for-TV videos. virtually 500 pages of listings comprise 12 months of unique airing, details on audio and video caliber, extras, Easter eggs, and extra. each sofa potato is certain to heave up off the...

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0 To the extent that all classic TV programs are security blankets for those who grew up on them, there’s still something more profound in the comfort derived from an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Maybe it’s the town of Mayberry, which can seem like the most idyllic place on Earth after enduring the daily inconsiderations of modern life. Even the city-bred among us who would go stir crazy in a small town can indulge vicariously in church picnics, fishing holes, and chicken and dumplings for Sunday dinner.

EXTRAS: None. Are You Being Served? 0 Proving the sophisticated Brits weren’t above the lowest of lowbrow humor, Are You Being Served? was a popular import in the 1980s when it crossed the pond via PBS, having already earned enormous ratings in its homeland over ten seasons. Critics hated the scatological humor, the silly sex jokes, and the effeminate portrayal of Mr. Humphries by John Inman, but as usual nobody cared. Few series could get more laughs out of funny costumes or a racy double-entendre.

Flyer commercial. 0 The thing about whimsy is it’s sometimes hard to know when to stop. Some shows have just a dash of this silly, surreal quality, while others dive in and wallow. Of these, only a few get it right. The Adventures of Pete & Pete joins Rocky & Bullwinkle near the top of TV’s whimsical wonders, though as with the moose and squirrel, most of its more bizarre conceits were probably wasted on a preteen audience. Though the video quality could be much better, here’s a chance to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with Nickelodeon’s most subversive series.

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