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I am – Hercules!!

Weeds’ longest (15-episode) season was the one that let hard-drinking Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins) in on the secret the rest of Agrestic, Calif., already knew: her widowed suburban MILF pal Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) is the town’s newest marijuana kingpin. The season also featured Zooey Deshanel (very briefly) as a kidnapping ex-girlfriend, one of the Olsen twins as a dope-dispensing Jesus freak, and Matthew Modine as a horny development mogul with a bad dye job. Loved the Christian stuff generally and young Shane Botwin’s brush with Majestic’s pro-life zealot summer school in particular. And here’s a trend one hopes we see more of: As I type this, the DVD version is $25.99; the superior Blu-ray version is only $24.95.

Rescue Me’s fourth season saw Teddy get out of prison, Colleen start boning a musician, Jerry battle despair, Mike fall for a big-boned lady named Latrina, and Sean and Maggie dealing with marriage. Tommy sold his newborn and impersonated his Huey Lewis-lookin’ dead cousin. Co-creators Peter Tolan (“The Larry Sanders Show”) and Denis Leary are credited with the teleplays of eight of the season’s 13 episodes. Recurring guest stars included Gina Gershon, Jennifer Esposito, Susan Sarandon and Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange.

Buyer beware! Get Smart: The Complete Series is not the entire 138-episode 1965-1970 NBC/CBS series; it’s the terrible 7-episode 1995 Fox sitcom that starred Andy Dick as offspring Zach Smart. Dick would emigrate to “NewsRadio,” which launched the same year.

Mannix was created by Richard Levinson and William Link, who also created “Columbo,” and developed by Bruce Geller, who created “Mission: Impossible.” (“Mannix’s” theme music was written by “Impossible” composer Lalo Schifrin.) The first, 1967 season was about a hard-boiled Armenian-American P.I. who worked for a huge Los Angeles detective agency that employed a “computer” to solve cases. Joe Mannix, one gathers, would routinely outwit the machine. In all subsequent seasons, Mannix daringly employed a black secretary and worked out of his own agency while the boss character played by Joseph Campenella disappeared -- all of which may explains why the first season of episodes hitting DVD today was never part of the show’s syndication package. Lead Mike Connor won an Emmy for the part and the show was nominated for a best drama Emmy twice. It ran from 1967 to 1975, anchoring CBS’ 10 p.m. Saturday timeslot, the one many still associate with Carol Burnett, for years. I’ve not watched one episode ever.
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55% Off Belushi-era SNL!! The first two seasons are $31.49, pricing likely triggered by the new release of season three.

Mike Judge Collections!! $12.50/Volume!!
There are hundreds of titles involved. We thought readers might appreciate some alphabetical order:
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$15 Addams Family V1 V2 V3 Airline 1 American Dreams 1 Andy Milonakis Show 1 2 The Animation Show V1 V2 Arrested Development 3 Beavis and Butt-head V1 Black Donnellys: The Complete Series The Book of Daniel: The Complete Series Bullshit! 2 3 4 Charmed 1 2 Chico & Guapo 1 Crank Yankers 1 Criss Angel Mindfreak 1 Doogie Howser 4 Drawn Together 1 2 Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 2 Earth 2: The Complete Series Everybody Hates Chris 1 2 Falcon Beach 1 Flavor of Love 1 2 Frasier 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 11 God or the Girl Grounded For Life 1 4 The Hills 1 Human Giant 1 Invasion Earth Jamie Kennedy Experiment 1 2 3 Laguna Beach 1 2 The L Word 1 2 Mind of Mencia 1 2 3 NoTORIous: The Complete Series Reba 1 2 3 4 Renegade 1 Reno 911! 3 4 Rock of Love 1 Roseanne 4 5 6 7 8 9 Sabrina 1 2 Strangers With Candy 3 Stripperella 1 7th Heaven 1 2 3 4 Silk Stalkings 4 5 Sleeper Cell 1 2 Sliders 1 2 3 Spider-Man: The Complete MTV Series Stella 1 That’s My Bush: Definitive Collection Third Rock From The Sun 4 5 6 Touched By An Angel 1 2 21 Jump Street 5 Two-A-Days 1 Upright Citizens Brigade 1 2 Wings 1 2 3 Wonder Showzen 1 2

$20 The Amazing Race 1 7 America’s Next Top Model 1 Arrested Development 1 2 Becker 1 Beverly Hills 90210 1 2 Bullshit! 1 Charmed 3 4 5 6 7 8 Criss Angel Mindfreak 2 3 Diagnosis Murder 1 Digrassi The Next Generation 1 2 3 8th & Ocean 1 The Ellen Show: The Complete Series Family Guy V3 V4 Frasier 9 10 Girlfriends 1 2 3 Grosse Point: The Complete Series The Hills 2 How I Met Your Mother 12 Ice Road Truckers 1 I Love New York 1.x Instant Star 1 2 Joan of Arcadia 2 Keen Eddie: The Complete Series Lateline: The Complete Series Mad About You 1 Medium 1 Melrose Place 1 2 The Nanny 1 Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere Noah’s Arc 1 2 The Office 1 Painkiller Jane: The Complete Series The Practice 1 The Pretender 1 2 3 4 Renegade 2 3 Ren & Stimpy 1 2 3 4 5 Resurrection Blvd. 1 Rob & Big 1 2 Rollergirls 1 Rules of Engagement 1 Sabrina 3 The Sentinel 1 The Simpsons 1 2 3 4 5 6 Soul Food 1 21 Jump Street 4 Viva La Bam 4 5 Wildboyz 3 4 Will & Grace 1 2 3 4 5 Wings 4 6

$25 Bones 1 Boston Legal 1 The Commish 1 2 Dawson’s Creek 1 Diagnosis Murder 2 3 Digrassi The Next Generation 4 5 Dog Whisperer 1 2 Eureka 1 Family Guy V1 V2 Firefly: The Complete Series Jack of All Trades: The Complete Series The Joe Schmo Show 1 Mad About You 2 3 My Name Is Earl 1 2 The Nanny 2 Party of Five 1 2 Queer As Folk 1 2 3 The Simpsons 7 Soul Food 2 3 7th Heaven 5 The Simpsons 7 8 9 10 Stargate Atlantis 1 2 3 Stargate SG-1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ‘Til Death 1 Weeds 2 Weird Science 1 2

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Last Week Advantage: Superheroes Vol. 1 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything Cory in the House: New & Improved Edition DeGrassi: The Next Generation 6.x Go Lion The Grand: The Complete Series Gunsmoke 2.x Vol. 2 He-Man Vol. 2 Honeymooners: Color Episodes Vol. 3 Holocaust: The Complete Miniseries Intervention 1.x: Then and Now The Invaders 1.x Lipstick Jungle 1.x Love My Way 1.x MonsterQuest 1.x Rawhide 3.x Vol. 1 Wing Chun: The Complete Series
This Week

American Gangster 2.x

The Andromeda Strain: The Complete Miniseries

CHiPs 2.x

Dante's Cove 3.x

The Dead Zone 6.x

Doctor Who: Beneath The Surface Doctor Who Megaset One

Doctor Who: The Sea Devils

Doctor Who: The Silurians

Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep

Epic Conditions: The Weather Channel Epic Conditions: The Weather Channel (Blu-ray)

Fearless Planet Fearless Planet (Blu-ray)

Flavor of Love 3.x

Get Smart: The Complete 1995 Series

I Love New York 2.x

The Incredible Hulk 3.x

The Incredible Hulk 4.x

Kenny The Shark Vol. 3

Mannix 1.x

Meerkat Manor: Best of 2.x

Platinum Weddings: Best Of

Rescue Me 4.x

Storm Chasers: Perfect Disaster

Weeds 3.x

Weeds 3.x (Blu-ray)
Next Week Army Wives 1.x Boondocks 2.x Broken Trail: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray) Bump! American Southwest City of Vice: The Complete Miniseries Comedy Central's Home Grown Da Vinci's Inquest 3.x The Dukes of Hazzard: TV Movies Fantastic Four 1.x The Fugitive 2.x Vol. 1 Hawaii Five-0 4.x Home Improvement 8.x I Bet You 1.x Into Alaska With Jeff Corwin John Adams: The Complete Miniseries McLeod's Daughters 6.x My Boys 1.x The Odd Couple 4.x Pressure Cook 1.x 7th Heaven 6.x Soap: The Complete Series ($44.99 For Four Seasons!!) Tek War: The Complete Series Waiting For God 3.x What's Happening: The Complete Series
June 17 The All-New Popeye Hour Vol. 1 Brenner: Best Of Burn Notice 1.x Californication 1.x Dynasty 3.x Vol. 1 ER 9.x Galaxy High School: The Collection Get Smart: The Nude Bomb The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show: The Complete Series Inspector Gadget: Big Little Problem Jericho 2.x Meerkat Manor 3.x Naked Brother Band: Polar Bear Popeye Vol. 2 (1938-1940) The Real McCoys 3.x Sabrina The Teenage Witch 4.x Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Four Season Pack Sonic Underground: Vol. 2 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Lip Synchin' Transformers: The Animated Movie (2008) Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out Wanted Dead or Alive: Best Of
June 24 The Big Easy 1.x Criss Angel Mindfreak: Best Of 1.x/2.x Dogfights 2.x Dogfights: The Complete Series Early Edition 1.x

Futurama Movie II: Beast With A Billion Backs Ice Road Truckers: On and Off The Ice The New Adventures of Old Christine 2.x Ruth Rendell Mysteries Vol. 3 Tak and the Power of Juju: Trouble With Magic The Vice 2.x
July 1 Anglo Saxon Attitudes: The Complete Series Batman: The Movie (1966) Batman: The Movie (1966) (Blu-ray) The Closer 3.x The Legend of BraveStarr Vol. 2 Ganges: The Complete Series Ganges: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] The Legend of BraveStarr Vol. 2

Mad Men 1.x
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  • June 3, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by BrightEyes

    Team Losties

  • June 3, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    it's always sunny in philadelphia

    by BadMrWonka

    seasons 1 & 2 DVD's are in the top ten must haves in my opinion. SO good for repeat viewing! I can't WAIT to have season 3 so I can watch the dance off over and over...<p>in one scene, Charlie's friend spikes energy bars with sedatives during a dance til you drop competition. Charlie finds out, but keeps eating them anyway because, as he says, "I can handle my sedatives, bro".<p>cut to 20 minutes later, and,'s the youtube link to what happens...fucking HILARIOUS...<p>

  • June 3, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for The Wire Season Five

    by topher tencha

    I just finished seasons one through four and was completely blown away. I can't believe how tight the scripts are and how well the acting is. Sopranos, X-Files and Battlestar are all fantastic but none are consistently as strong in every episode as this one.

  • June 3, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    "Duckman" seasons 1 and 2.

    by Darkman

    There is not a 'It's about fucking time!' loud enough.

  • June 3, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    About freakin' time on Duckman

    by Richard Cranium

    I've been waiting on that one ever since they started putting TV shows on DVD.

  • June 3, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    The Hulk Lenticular Package

    by EriamJH

    You should always have your doctor check your Lenticular Package. "Turn your head and cough."

  • June 3, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    It's Always Sunny is great for "Day Man"

    by EriamJH

    Complete episodes can be watched at But I will still get the DVD. Season 3 highlights: Love what they've done with Frank, and the LSD-trip in the McPoyle's trailer with Charlie as dancing green man was priceless. But the best: "Day Man" song. Can't get the tune out of my head!!!

  • June 3, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Duckman: Homina Homina Haaa-wah!

    by binary

    Bernice: I didn't know you spoke Cherokee! 100% bought'd.

  • June 3, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Damnit, I want that sweet MadMen Lighter case

    by zer0cool2k2

    But I want the Blu-ray discs...Frak!

  • June 3, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    WTF is Lenticular?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Ahhh, who cares...

  • June 3, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That means one of those gimmicky packages that has one picture if you look at it from one angle, and a different picture if you look at it from another angle.

  • June 3, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Ok whats the deal with the freak out montage whenever they talk about Brian? What is that from? And why did they have to do it in every episode? <P> Also Big Bang Theory, one of the worst shows ever.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    that first Hulk cover looks suggestive...

    by Datascream

    ...and I can't stop laughing at it. oh and btw...when in the holy hell is "Journeyman" coming out!!?

  • June 3, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Jon Lovitz is my hero

    by jim

    because he beat up Andy Dick.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Holy fuck

    by Jason B. Swaim

    I think there needs to be a few more links to the videos. There are not enough. I only had to page down 100 times, not the usual 230923090349.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    I like Weeds but

    by Charlie Murphy

    it's a show I've always felt would work so much better as an hour-long. i remember watching the first season and, especially in the finale, thinking that. the scene near the end where nancy gathers all the recurring characters from the first year to start her own operation should have been epic, but with only five hours of development, it was just "oh, that's pretty cool". also the reveal that she just fucked a federal agent, wouldn't that have been a tremendously better WTF moment if the show had developed that relationship a bit more? anyway, i still very much enjoy the show, but i wondered if anyone else out there felt the same?

  • June 3, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by MonkeyAngst

    That is one disturbing cover for "Rescue Me."

  • June 3, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by LordPorkington

    The Spaced dvds have a feature called the 'Homage-O-Meter' which lets you know which movie they're referencing, such as 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind' when the housemates don their glasses and walk into the blinding light of Amber's party. Hopefully you'll be able to find out the answer to your question using that feature, or alternatively, they might mention it during the commentary. Good luck!

  • June 3, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    And also Series7...

    by LordPorkington

    Did they really do a montage of Brian in *every* episode? Which one do you mean? The one where he pricks his finger at the end as the camera spins around him? I'm sure they only did that two or three times over the course of both series, but I could be wrong. I bet my wife will know the answer to this one...

  • June 3, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Charlie Murphy

    by skimn

    I agree to a degree. I just watched seasons 1 & 2 last week, and it would be nice if the eps were at least 30 minutes long. Some ended at about the 26 minute mark. But I think the half hour format works just fine.<p>BTW, any series that makes Kevin Nealon funny is a fuckin' miracle. Can't wait to see season 3, after the "Tarantino-esqe" end to season 2.

  • June 3, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Enough with all the covers

    by Scooter McGavin

    for those of us on crappy computers, all those pictures are bringing our computers to a crawl. Can you limit it to under 20 for the future?

  • June 3, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Home Movies Complete Series: Director's Cuts...

    by DanielKurland

    coming out in September. Seeing Duckman up there is great.

  • June 3, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    It was a little eggargeration on my part. I am talking about when they show Brian going crazy while painting and there is loud music playing. They just seemed to do it a lot throughout the part of the series I saw, I don't think I've seen the whole series. Maybe just one season.

  • June 3, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Well then...

    by LordPorkington

    That was a bit of an eggargeration (sic) on your behalf then, wasn't it? There are some jokes that run through the spine of the series, but they certainly never over-do anything. If anything, it's purely for continuity. I highly recommend you buy the region 1 release and judge the show over the course of both series. Enjoy!

  • June 3, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    DUCKMAN! You put your down DOWN!

    by Billy Goat

    You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! <p>You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! <p>You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! <p>You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! <p>You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH! You thrust your pelvis, HUAH!

  • June 3, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Weeds Season1

    by KCViking

    Charlie Murphy-So season 1 of Weeds only had 10 episodes? Is my math correct? Never seen the show.Is it worth checking out? Thanks...

  • June 3, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by KCViking

    I've been hearing about that show for awhile now. Glad to see it's finally being released here in the states.

  • June 3, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by Charlie Murphy

    just 10 episodes, but definitely worth your time. It's rarely laugh out loud funny, but it's plenty engaging. the cast is great, the writing's pretty sharp, and the theme song has a way of making you hum along. definitely check it out.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Hey Charlie...

    by KCViking

    Thanks for the info! I've gotten some show recommendations from Herc & others on the board and have never been dissapointed! Looking forward to watching this.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Just to clarify....

    by KCViking

    Three shows for example...How I Met Your Mother,Gilmore Girls(thanks Herc.I had to turn in my man card for that!),Big Bang Theory.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Charlie Murphy

    i kept meaning to check that out on dvd, then last week i burned through the first two seasons in two and a half days. really surprisingly great tv.

  • June 3, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    oh and KC

    by Charlie Murphy

    sorry about the huge spoilers in my earlier post. they were just to make a point, but if you're planning on watching weeds soon, i hope you have a very short memory span because i literally gave away the two big cliffhangers from year one.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:01 p.m. CST


    by KCViking

    Don't worry...I do have a short memory.Once I see Mary-Louis Parker my brain turns to mush anyways...thanks again.

  • June 3, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by KCViking

    Gotta love Barney...

  • June 4, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Weeds: Season Three question

    by JohnIan

    This is to those who has bought the box. How many of you have messed up sets? My discs are scratched up (already made an exchange). On top of that many of the sets had loose discs. I gave mine a good shake, nothing. When I opened it, I had a disc explosion; two popped out. I know that this set is environmental friendly: the discs holders were made from recycled water bottles and the case is recycled paper. I'm not happy here. The box looks flimsy and the DVD holders look very cheap. This better not be a trend. I'm cool with recycled bottles (can or plastic), paper, cars (melted to make new ones) and such. But DVD packaging? NO.

  • June 4, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Rescue Me - WTF?

    by half vader

    Latrina? Is that a women's restroom?

  • June 4, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Lucas chose Obama. Here's Why!

    by PirateEmery

    A strong victory for Republicans today: George Lucas has come out in support of Barack Obama. Combine that with the fact that Harry came out to support Barack Obama, and the Republicans have a sure win in November!

  • June 4, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Mike_D


  • June 4, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Yes Duckman, baby.

    by half vader

    They should replace that "What the $#@!!&^@! you starin' at?" on the cover with "It's about @&^%#$#!!&*! time!" instead.

  • June 4, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Who gives a duck.

    by Snookeroo


  • June 4, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Do the Beavis and Butthead discs have the music video

    by Drunken Rage

    inserts? Always thought that was the funniest part of the show.

  • June 4, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Mannix is awesome-riffic

    by dannyocean

    Mannix was Chuck Norris before Chuck Norris was cool.

  • June 4, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    dogphart is into huffing jenkum!

    by eoneon

    leave Leary alone. rescue me is gr8

  • June 5, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by Sir Loin

    Those word haunted me until CANNON came along, in which case it was CANNON: A QUINN MARTIN PRODUCTION. Awesome. TONIGHT'S EPISODE: THE CASE OF THE MELTED MAN.

  • June 5, 2008, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Mary Louise Parker

    by kinksy

    Is the woman of a thousand expressions--all of them the same. Her eyes freak me out.

  • June 8, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by pr1c3y

  • June 8, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by pr1c3y

    Mary Louise Parker is a babe of goddess like standards plus she sells marijuana cakes so please do shut the fuck up before I cock slap you to death.