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Numb3rs - The Complete First Season (2005)

Rob Morrow , David Krumholtz  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 544 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ERVJKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Numb3rs - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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

Editorial Reviews

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"Everything is numbers," states Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) in the pilot of Numb3rs, a satisfying (and educational!) new crime drama. Executive-produced by brothers/film directors Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Tony Scott (Top Gun), it's like CSI with algorithms and probabilities instead of blood spatter and DNA swabs, which separates it from the slew of gruesome forensics-centered cop shows currently on the air. In this case, it's a brains-vs.-brawn matchup: a brilliant math professor (Krumholtz) consulting on crimes for an FBI agent (Rob Morrow) who happens to be his older brother. While Don, Morrow's character, busts the baddies with his team of agents, Charlie's scribbling formulas on chalkboards and statistically deducting a rapist's next target by comparing his pattern to a sprinkler system. (Yes, it sounds geekier than it is). As the show progresses, Charlie--not yet desensitized to people's fates relying on his findings--takes it harder and harder when his hypotheses don't always result in justice. It sounds very cerebral, but the cops and robbers concept plus brother-to-brother dynamics make it all go down easy. There's an unpretentious way the premise is executed, which ends up making math--get this--fun.

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

Product Description

FBI Special Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) recruits his mathematical genius brother Charlie (David Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles. The two brothers take on the most confounding criminal cases from a very distinctive perspective. Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) is Charlie's friend and colleague who urges Charlie to focus more on his university studies than on FBI business. Don and Charlie's father, Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch), is pleased to see his two sons working together, but fears their competitive nature will lead to trouble.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It All Adds Up June 2, 2006
Format:DVD
Yes, this is a great TV show--and I don't say this lightly. I'm not much of a TV watcher generally speaking, but "Numb3rs" has really impressed me as a quality show from the get-go. My spouse and I always make it a point to be home Friday night to catch the latest episode, so we were both pretty excited that season one has been released on DVD. Since we don't have cable, and surrounding high-rise buildings hinder antenna reception (ah, yes, life in the big city), it has been especially nice to see the episodes again, only this time in clear and crisp digital.

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.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We All Use Math Everyday" April 16, 2006
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"We all use math everyday" says Charlie Eppes, the lead character in the CBS mathematical drama NUMB3RS. Trying to convince an 8th grade math class about that became easier with this show on the air. I've enjoyed the show since day one. Crime drama that makes you think.

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

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful,entertaining, challenging July 8, 2006
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I don't watch much television because I don't find it very compelling. I started watching numbers because I'm a high school math teacher and they have great tie-ins to the classroom. I kept watching it because the characters are engaging, the stories are fascinating and the math is great! I really like the family dynamics, I like the interplay between the characters who see the world so differently. I like that each show leaves you thinking.

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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cop show with a difference March 13, 2006
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I don't watch a lot of TV, but I never miss this one. The scenarios are interesting and fun. I enjoy all of the characters, especially Professor Larry Fleinhardt. Unlike another reviewer whom I disagree with, his part is critical to filling out the story each week. Whoever thought of a show using mathematicians to work with the FBI should be applauded. In a time when mathematics is placed well behind sports in our schools it is great to have a show demonstrating to our children how important math is in our world and what practical applications there are in even the most unlikely places. I love the mathematical models and studies presented each week in a way that is understandable to those of us who are not mathematicians. It almost makes me wish that I were a mathematician. What a dreary sounding job, and yet, it really comes to life in this show.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Math Comparison March 19, 2006
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My father is a math teacher at the local University, so we all sit down on friday night to enjoy a cop show (my favorite kind) and my father will point out all the improbabilities. He actually knows the consultant for this show, who works at CalTech. The Numb3rs people actually get the math right most of the time. This is one of my all time favorite shows
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Numb3rs: The New TV Phenomenon May 9, 2006
Format:DVD
I have watched Numb3rs ever since it came out and it became my favorite show. I saw every episode of the first season and I thought the show turned out to be one of the biggest tv hits this century. I can't hardly wait to see the current seasons' finale. I know many people who praise the show for it's excellence and the enjoyment the viewers recieve. I apprieciate the skill and mastery with which the actors do their job. We are glad they do what they do and love the show for it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible packaging June 9, 2006
Format:DVD
This 4 disk set of wonderful shows comes in packaging designed to be seriously damaged. The hard, clear plastic case is brittle, and easily damaged in shipping. The disk case slides out of the overcase on the bottom, almost guaranteeing the case will hit the floor every time it's removed from a shelf. The disks overlap inside the case, rubbing against each other. And the disk case is not designed to close (only fold), so the disks fall out almost automatically.

The Amazon vendor I purchased from was very helpful in replacing my damaged disks and case -- but the packaging is a disgrace. Obviously CBS/Paramount took the cheapest option available.

Would recommend you purchase in-person, to avoid some of the damage which can occur in shipping.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Numbers add up
I like the program for the wit and characters. But the background "music" is too loud, overwhelming and grim. It could also use a little more lightness.
Published 1 day ago by Betsy Sears
5.0 out of 5 stars Fav series from the late 90's
Every bit as good as I remembered. Don't think it was originally HD but it is formatted for widescreen presentation. Looks good.
Published 4 days ago by Richard M. Provost
3.0 out of 5 stars Heads so high in the clouds, I wonder what they're breathing?
I love mysteries, and I got my money's worth out of the series (I saw it for free on Netflix), so I really shouldn't complain overly. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Louis O. Northern
5.0 out of 5 stars Numb3rs, Engages Your Brain
Numb3rs is for those of us who enjoy intelligent tv. It has a great cast of characters played by excellent actors. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Florimel of Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this on tv
And now love it on Amazon Prime instant video. Some of the story lines are a bit heavy, but after all, it's a cop show. But the real identity of it. is the math.. Read more
Published 5 days ago by angelbear
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but..
The idea of this show is great, I used to watch it when I was a teenager. But now that I'm a Criminal Justice student, this show is kind of horrifying. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars piercyclan
My family has always loved this show. We were saddened when it was cancelled and are very happy with Amazon Prime for providing the episodes to us.
Published 7 days ago by Patrick S Piercy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show
Great concept, interesting stories, holds your attention. Sorry the series was canceled. Check it out if you like crime shows.
Published 7 days ago by Miss Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Good couple time...
I enjoy a show that has some realism and being married to a police officer that enjoys seeing crimes that are more realistic then adding the math in sucks you right in. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nikwai J. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars numbers
This series is okay - it has more entertaining moments than dull. The premise is good but at times the math angle is overdone and produces a few yawns.
Published 13 days ago by j
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