Top Ten TV Shows on DVD for People Who Don't Watch TV

A Listmania! list by marvista2004
 
The Sopranos: Season 1
1.  The Sopranos: Season 1 DVD ~ James Gandolfini
The list author says:
  "Best TV on DVD period - All 6 seasons of "The Sopranos."  Highly addictive. Excellent ensemble cast.  Production values comparable to feature-length movies.  No commercials = addition by subtraction."
$25.99   Used & New from: $1.68
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,457 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Wire: Season 1
2.  The Wire: Season 1 DVD ~ Dominic West
The list author says:
  "A superb Season 1 and even better Season 2 invite comparisons with "The Sopranos" and "The Godfather."  Complex and nuanced storyline, with writing so good you may want to turn on the subtitles.  In an extended tour-de-force, each of the 5 seasons took on a different urban theme: the drug trade, policing, politics, unions, and schools."
$21.65   Used & New from: $11.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,762 customer reviews)

Deadwood: Season 1
3.  Deadwood: Season 1 DVD ~ Molly Parker
The list author says:
  "This harsh, brutal show will offend many with its bracing violence and language, but underneath lies a rich vein of lyricism. Viewers may need to see 4 or more episodes before appreciating "Deadwood.""
$17.99   Used & New from: $11.22
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,092 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Mad Men: Season 1
4.  Mad Men: Season 1 DVD ~ Jon Hamm
The list author says:
  "Seasons 1-3 of this Emmy award-winning AMC series about a Madison Avenue advertising agency looks drop-dead gorgeous on screen and provides a fascinating trip back to Manhattan circa the early 1960s.  The storylines have an ingenious structure where the various advertising campaigns "under development" reflect not only trends in '60s society but also the narrative arcs of its main characters."
$9.98   Used & New from: $4.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (718 customer reviews) | 13 customer discussions

Breaking Bad: Season 1
5.  Breaking Bad: Season 1 DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
The list author says:
  ""Breaking Bad" is a one-of-a-kind series that is deliriously accessible, outrageous, and hilarious at the same time.  This subversive, transgressive show leads one repeatedly to ask: "Was this really on TV?" Exceptional writing and acting throughout characterize this smart, adult, controversial & funny show."
$14.96   Used & New from: $4.98
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,797 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

The West Wing: Season 1
6.  The West Wing: Season 1 DVD ~ Martin Sheen
The list author says:
  "Seasons 1-4 of "West Wing" sparkle with terrific writing and ensemble cast. Features intricate, multi-year storyline. NOTE: First 3 episodes of Season 2 and final 8 episodes of Season 4 are subpar."
$25.49   Used & New from: $4.59
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,292 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Foyle's War: Set 1 (The German Woman / The White Feather / A Lesson In Murder / Eagle Day)
7.  Foyle's War: Set 1 (The German Woman / The White Feather / A Lesson In Murder / Eagle Day) DVD ~ Michael Kitchen
The list author says:
  "Unlike any other Top 10 show.  Seasons 1-6 of this BBC WWII-era drama gleam with astonishing historical detail.  Less Is More: Every season has only 4 100-minute episodes, each like its own movie."
$36.67   Used & New from: $19.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,006 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Babylon 5: Season 2
8.  Babylon 5: Season 2 DVD ~ Bruce Boxleitner
The list author says:
  "Surprise pick = Seasons 2-4 of Babylon 5.  Creator J. Michael Straczynski wrote all 66 episodes himself, winning 2 Hugo awards.  NOTE: Season 1 can be skipped; only 2nd half of Season 5 worthwhile."
$36.67   Used & New from: $1.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)

Six Feet Under: Season 1
9.  Six Feet Under: Season 1 DVD ~ Frances Conroy
The list author says:
  "Seasons 1-5 thrive on psychological turmoil. With its mix of "normal" & "extreme" characters, this series explores the deep fault lines that lie beneath families, relationships, and personal identity."
$21.99   Used & New from: $0.48
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,727 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Damages: Season 1
10.  Damages: Season 1 DVD ~ Glenn Close
The list author says:
  "This FX series stars Glenn Close as a ruthless high-powered NYC attorney. Plot twists, nonlinear storylines and top-notch acting make this series intellectually, psychologically and emotionally satisfying.  The pilot episode concludes with a jaw-dropping surprise that epitomizes the series' dark and unpredictable storyline."
$9.96   Used & New from: $1.08
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (773 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Entourage: Season 1
11.  Entourage: Season 1 DVD ~ Kevin Connolly
The list author says:
  "THE NEXT SEVEN(in order): #11 - Sherlock; #12 - Sons of Anarchy; #13 - The Shield; #14 - True Blood; #15 - Battlestar Galactica (re-imagined 2004 version); #16 - Entourage; #17 - Brotherhood."
$9.99   Used & New from: $1.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Sherlock: Season 1
12.  Sherlock: Season 1 DVD ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
The list author says:
  "This fantastic re-imagining of Sherlock as a brash young man in modern London (and Watson as a newly-returned veteran from the war in Afghanistan) charms and dazzles.  Rat-a-tat-tat dialogue complements amazing visuals and dark storylines. Season 1 of this BBC series consists of 3 90-minute episodes."
$23.56   Used & New from: $12.83
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,340 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

Sons of Anarchy: Season 1
13.  Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 DVD ~ Charlie Hunnam
The list author says:
  "Seasons 1 and 2 of Sons of Anarchy continues the nasty, abrasive, TV-MA tradition of The Shield, combines it with the narrative of "Hamlet," and plunks it down in a Hells Angels-style motorcycle club in Northern California. Episode #8 "The Pull" catapults the series into a whole different orbit and the final 6 episodes of Season 1 (plus all of Season Two) are consistently excellent and riveting."
$19.96   Used & New from: $10.19
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,477 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Shield - The Complete First Season
14.  The Shield - The Complete First Season DVD ~ Michael Chiklis
The list author says:
  "Seasons 1-6 of The Shield are gritty & edgy, with plenty of R-rated nastiness and explicit violence. Shocking, abrasive & irreverent. Has original look & feel with kinetic, handheld camera work."
$24.50   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,590 customer reviews)

True Blood: Season 1
15.  True Blood: Season 1 DVD ~ Anna Paquin
The list author says:
  "This series directed by the multi-talented writer/producer/director Alan Ball (writer of film "American Beauty"; creator/producer of HBO series "Six Feet Under") is a genre mashup: Southern Gothic, vampire, serial killer, camp, Romeo & Juliet, and social satire (among others). A fun, unusual and entertaining series replete with edgy, intriguing characters."
$17.99   Used & New from: $7.25
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,941 customer reviews) | 35 customer discussions

Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20)
16.  Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20) DVD ~ Edward James Olmos
The list author says:
  "Seasons 1-4 of this "reimagined" Battlestar Galactica feature excellent writing and sustained interludes of sheer bravura. At its best, this series features some narrative arcs and cliffhangers that are both imaginative and spellbinding."
$14.83   Used & New from: $6.97
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

Entourage: The Complete Second Season (DVD-3 Discs)
17.  Entourage: The Complete Second Season (DVD-3 Discs) DVD ~ Kevin Connolly
The list author says:
  "This funny, lightweight show about four guys "living the life" in Los Angeles is hugely entertaining.  Crosses "The Office" (from BBC) with Swingers & Spinal Tap. Seasons 1 & 2 brim with style and attitude."
$9.99   Used & New from: $3.57
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Brotherhood - The Complete First Season
18.  Brotherhood - The Complete First Season DVD ~ Jason Isaacs
The list author says:
  "A solid show that has been widely (and justifiably) praised in reviews for its excellent writing and acting. Doesn't take on the "big ideas" to the same extent as other politics-savvy shows like The Wire, The West Wing or Deadwood but has a distinct sense of place through its evocative, gritty shooting locations in Providence."
$22.07   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)

Mad Men: Season 4
19.  Mad Men: Season 4 DVD ~ Jon Hamm
The list author says:
  "CURRENTLY WATCHING:  Season 4 of Mad Men released on DVD in late March 2011."
$9.46   Used & New from: $7.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews) | 15 customer discussions

Treme: Season 1
20.  Treme: Season 1 DVD ~ Steve Zahn
The list author says:
  "IN QUEUE:  Treme released on DVD in late March 2011.  Also awaiting the eventual DVD release of Rubicon and Boardwalk Empire."
$14.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (951 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Foyle's War: Set Six
21.  Foyle's War: Set Six DVD ~ Michael Kitchen
The list author says:
  "Foyle's War returns for a three-episode encore in this superb series."
$37.99   Used & New from: $14.08
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Carnivale: Season 1
22.  Carnivale: Season 1 DVD ~ Guy Chapman (II)
The list author says:
  "Best of the Rest - A second tier of "TV on DVD for people who don't watch TV":  Castle, Glee, In Plain Sight, Carnivale, Friday Night Lights, CSI, Lost, The Simpsons, MI-5, Oz, The Tudors, My So-Called Life, Northern Exposure, Murder One, Boomtown, Firefly & Poirot."
$26.50   Used & New from: $2.55
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,649 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Monk - Season One
23.  Monk - Season One DVD ~ Tony Shalhoub
The list author says:
  "Best of the Rest (cont.):  Monk, Rome, Farscape, Horatio Hornblower, The Office (BBC version), Freaks and Geeks, All Creatures Great and Small, and Prime Suspect.  "Reference" section follows featuring selected DVD titles cited above."
$14.88   Used & New from: $1.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Castle: Season 1
24.  Castle: Season 1 DVD ~ Nathan Fillion
The list author says:
  "This comedy-drama from ABC pairs a male best-selling crime novelist with a female NYPD homicide detective.  This show nods and winks at its own formulaic genre with non-stop banter between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic that is clever, witty & bright.  Fantastic writing by a team that clearly has an ear for dialogue.  Whimsical & charming "PG" show with mainstream appeal."
$14.96   Used & New from: $7.52
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (976 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Castle: Season 2
25.  Castle: Season 2 DVD ~ Nathan Fillion
The list author says:
  "Season Two of Castle features sharp, sparkling dialogue and repartee reminiscent of The Rockford Files.  Many (but not all) of the Season Two episodes are clever, fun and well-written."
$14.96   Used & New from: $7.89
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (710 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Glee: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Road to Sectionals
26.  Glee: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Road to Sectionals DVD ~ Cory Monteith
The list author says:
  "Fun and satiric Fox series.  Each episode features at least one "set piece" involving an amazing musical performance by a show choir.  Thoroughly enjoyable, this show can make you laugh, smile, dance and, above all, sing."
$4.41   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews) | 11 customer discussions

Mad Men: Season 3
27.  Mad Men: Season 3 DVD ~ Jon Hamm
The list author says:
  "Season 3 of Mad Men continues to immerse viewers in a slice of the early 1960s with its astonishing attention to detail and dazzling writing.  Mad Men is a feast for the eye, the mind, and the mind's eye."
$16.99   Used & New from: $5.27
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Sons of Anarchy: Season 2
28.  Sons of Anarchy: Season 2 DVD ~ Ron Perlman
The list author says:
  "Sons of Anarchy guns the engine and peels off from the very first episode of Season 2.  This series has found its sweet spot and the talented ensemble of writers, directors and actors show every intention of keeping it there.  Season Two is gritty, compelling and addictive, exploring on multiple levels the issues of transplantation, adaptation and rejection."
$19.96   Used & New from: $10.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,073 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Breaking Bad: Season 2
29.  Breaking Bad: Season 2 DVD ~ Bryan Cranston
The list author says:
  "Even more subversive, nuanced, funny (at times) and memorable than the very good Season One. Every episode delivers sharp writing and unforgettable situations.  This series delves into human relationships, morals, and the psyche in highly provocative ways that stick with you long after the credits roll.  The tone of the writing grows progressively dark and serious, with a bleak finale."
$14.57   Used & New from: $4.29
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,095 customer reviews) | 10 customer discussions

True Blood: Season 2
30.  True Blood: Season 2 DVD ~ Various
The list author says:
  "In its second season, True Blood provides "more" of just about everything.  Compared to the inaugural season, Season Two is edgier, weirder, darker, racier and more unpredictable.  The storyline still works on several different levels at once, including the personal, the family/tribe, and society at large.  Provocative with lots of embedded social commentary and critique."
$17.99   Used & New from: $10.48
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,310 customer reviews) | 26 customer discussions

In Plain Sight: Season 1
31.  In Plain Sight: Season 1 DVD ~ Mary McCormack
The list author says:
  "Sharply written and heavy with world-weariness, this USA Network series about the Witness Protection Program is surprisingly good.  Deliberately different, all the way down to its location - set (and shot) in Albuquerque.  Mary McCormack is fabulous in the lead role.  NOTE = 2-episode "finale" disappoints, with steep nosedive into TV cliche-land."
$12.96   Used & New from: $8.96
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Damages: Season 2
32.  Damages: Season 2 DVD ~ Glenn Close
The list author says:
  "Glenn Close won back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2008 and 2009 for her remarkable performances in Seasons 1 & 2 of "Damages." The plot gets a little convoluted in Season 2 - nothing is as it appears - but the ride remains eminently worthwhile."
$16.15   Used & New from: $2.90
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Murder One - The Complete First Season
33.  Murder One - The Complete First Season DVD ~ Daniel Benzali
The list author says:
  "Groundbreaking for its time - one story line over 23 episodes. Fantastic performances by Stanley Tucci & Daniel Benzali, but uneven writing & acting overall. Strong start and finish; sags in middle."
$25.80   Used & New from: $10.18
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

The West Wing: Season 4
34.  The West Wing: Season 4 DVD ~ Martin Sheen
The list author says:
  "The first 15 episodes represent West Wing's last "good" year - creator/writer Aaron Sorkin, director Thomas Schlamme & actor Rob Lowe all left after Season 4.  Season falters badly in its final third."
$26.00   Used & New from: $6.79
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Six Feet Under - The Complete Fifth Season
35.  Six Feet Under - The Complete Fifth Season DVD ~ Frances Conroy
The list author says:
  "Season 5 is thoroughly satisfying in every way and on every level.  As profound, unique and extraordinary in its own way as Season 1.  Final episode arguably the best hour of any TV show - ever."
$29.99   Used & New from: $7.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,081 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Shield - The Complete Fourth Season
36.  The Shield - The Complete Fourth Season DVD ~ Michael Chiklis
The list author says:
  "High on shock factor, this show also has well-defined characters and good acting.  The unique cinematography sets "The Shield" apart from other cop shows.  NOTE:  Definitely NOT for children."
$19.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Deadwood: Season 2
37.  Deadwood: Season 2 DVD ~ Timothy Olyphant
The list author says:
  "Deadwood does not offer its viewers the easy pleasures of a saloon, brothel, or gambling hall - on the contrary, it extends an invitation to take up a pickaxe and explore its bonanza of a claim."
$17.99   Used & New from: $11.79
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,260 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Shield - Season 5 (4 Disks)
38.  The Shield - Season 5 (4 Disks) 
The list author says:
  "The fifth year of "The Shield" features an absolutely riveting, series-long acting performance by guest star Forest Whitaker.  Whitaker's complex, multi-faceted character slowly unravels before our eyes, and constitutes the most robust, nuanced individual to yet appear on "The Shield.""
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)

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The Wire: Season 3
39.  The Wire: Season 3 DVD ~ Dominic West
The list author says:
  "Season 3 delivers yet again: "The Wire" remains extraordinarily well-conceived and rewards close viewing for those who wish to delve into its many layers. Essentially a novel that happens to be on TV."
$35.98   Used & New from: $24.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,878 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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