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Numb3rs - The Complete First Season
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The DVD set features episode commentary by cast and crew, and a peek at the unaired pilot that starred many different actors (including Anna Deveare Smith and Michael Rooker) who were dropped when the episode was overhauled. Morrow, who wasn't even in the pilot, was cast later with Judd Hirsch as their father to replace the original (blonder) actors because, as producers admitted, casting Krumholtz as Charlie took the family in an "ethnically specific direction." The jokes also abound in a behind-the-scenes featurette, where Morrow defines the series as "Rain Man plus an extra Jew." --Ellen A. Kim
- 13 episodes on four discs
- "Crunching Numb3rs: Season One" featurette
- Point of Origin: Inside the unaired pilot
- Audition reels with optional commentary by Mark Saks
- Do the Math: The Caltech analysis
- Charlievision: FX sequences 1.0
- Blooper reel
Top Customer Reviews
So what makes this show so good? Lots of things, I suppose. I particularly like the combination of Charlie and Don as a crime-fighting team, their skills and personalities complimenting each other. With Charlie you get the latest incarnation of the classic figure of the detective who uses reason and logic to solve the crime (going all the way back to Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin in "The Purloined Letter" not to mention Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes), and with Don you of course get the cop with a badge and a gun who saves the day (a mainstay of American TV for decades). That said, both actors flesh these archetypes out really well into individual characters, and their brotherly interaction (with a dash of sibling rivalry) creates just the right dynamic.
The math angle is handled extremely well, too.Read more ›
Teachers out there may not be aware that the show has a web site that offers lessons based on each episode. Upper level middle and high school students can be challenged by these activities created with help from Texas Instruments and The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I am pleased to say some of the authors also participated in the Rutgers Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics, a course I had the pleasure of taking way back in 1996. Check out the NUMB3RS website at
I'm 48 and I love it but so do my 20,17 and 14 year olds. It also doesn't have gratuitous sex or violence. It seems like old fashioned story telling. I would compare it to Monk in terms of good family viewing.
These guys should get some kind of congressional medal or something.
The good guys are good guys - even though they're normal.
Math, science, logic and thinking are all GOOD THINGS - but not deified.
Even the geek is a good guy and his friends actually watch out for him.
No gratuitous immorality or bad language - isn't that amazing?
Sure, sometimes there's a bit of a leap and occasionally conclusions are drawn that aren't necessarily inevitable, but it's a good show.
It's even entertaining.
Maybe these guys could take over PBS?
Here's an idea. Someone should write a book that takes each episode and fully explains the math and the concepts involved. The audience is already interested.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the series, I enjoyed this season.. and the subsequent..!.Published 3 days ago by Ernesto E.
Really enjoyable police drama without all the gratuitous violence and foul language. I look forward to watching the entire series.Published 5 days ago by txtom
I love it! Being a geeky sort of person, I find it interesting the way they present the cases. Although, the format of how they present each story seems redundant, I still enjoyed... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Nancy