Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Thirteen: 13 TV Shows On DVD

The West Wing title screenImage via Wikipedia

For this edition of Thursday Thirteen I'm going to list 13 TV Shows that I own on DVD. I'm only listing 13 shows that are complete, shows that have finished their run and are now collected in their entirety on DVD.

As a side note I have a question: What happened to the Thursday Thirteen site?

1) The West Wing: It's hard to pick my absolute favorite television show but this one would be in the running for first place. Created by Aaron Sorkin it showed us what our politicians could be.

2) Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Like I said I would have trouble picking my number one pick for favorite show ever but this one would be in contention. I named my dog after Buffy.

3) Angel: The spin off from Buffy and another great from the mind of Joss Whedon.

4) Veronica Mars: It only lasted three seasons but to me this show was the spiritual heir of Buffy. No supernatural elements but Veronica owed a lot to Buffy. There's talk of a big screen movie in the works.

5) Arrested Development: This is one of those shows I never watched while it was on TV. Critics were crazy over it and I think their enthusiasm for it turned me off. I finally picked up the first season on DVD after a friend raved over it and I saw it on sale for such a cheap price I figured it was worth a chance. I'm glad I did. The critics were right, this is one of the funniest shows ever.

6) Alias: I'm in love with Jennifer Garner, it's as simple as that. A spy show that you never knew who was the good guy or who was the bad guy. From the creator J.J. Abrahams who would later have a hand in creating Lost.

7) Homicide: The best cop show on network tv. From Barry Levison who was the man behind Diner and a host of other good movies and journalist David Simon came a cop show based in Baltimore.

8) The Wire: After Homicide David Simon went to HBO and created one of the best shows ever. Set in Baltimore and a cop show this was so much more. I am in awe of this show it's so good.

9) Wonderfalls: This show was created by Bryan Fuller, who went on to create Pushing Daises and Tim Minear who was a writer on Angel and Firefly. It was about a young girl who talked to various animal figurines. The show as canceled after just four episodes but when the DVD was issued it contained 13 episodes, including the ones never shown. This is such a fun, feel good show.

10) Sportsnight: Created by the genius behind West Wing Aaron Sorkin. This series only lasted two seasons before it ended. Full of the type of writing and direction that would make The West Wing so good.

11) Northern Exposure: Set in an Alaska before Sarah Palin. This is one of my favorite shows. It mixed fantasy with reality in such an unusual way. A very unique show.

12) MASH: One of the greatest shows ever on TV. When I first bought a VCR years ago one of the first things I attempted to do was tape every episode of MASH. At the time it wasn't that difficult as there always seemed to be an episode of MASH on somewhere. The problem was the commericals and they never played them in order. This was way before DVDs and the thought of putting an entire television show in a collection.

13) Firefly: The third series from the creator of Buffy. Joss Whedon created this show only to see it not even finish its first season run. I think this show had the potential to be as good or even better than Buffy it had continued. In its short run it really made an impression on me.

Ok, there you have it. Thirteen shows that are no longer on the small screen but will still live on in their DVD collections.
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1 comment:

Travis said...

You have a bunch on that list that I also enjoy. I would rank West Wing and Buffy 1 & 2 as you did.

I also love Sports Night and Firefly.

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