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The Best Television Series on DVD

Sasja Frahm Olesen
The list author says: "After growing up with a heart felt disdain for tv series, I met Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the late nineties, and since then I have to have a tv series to watch. Here are my favorites in order of excellence."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Series (Seasons 1-7) (2010) 39 Disc
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Complete Series (Seasons 1-7) (2010) 39 Disc
"A unique combination of horror, drama, quibs, metaphor, action, wit and strong characters expertly mixed to create a masterpiece.  Each season adds something new and exciting.  Also for adults."
Firefly: The Complete Series
Firefly: The Complete Series
"Drama, action and wit - a show doesn't get much better than this.  The latest and best installment of Joss Whedon's trade mark cross-genre writing.  Got the axe far too soon, but stil a gem. Get the movie sequel 'Serenity', too."
Angel: The Complete Series (Collector's Set)
Angel: The Complete Series (Collector's Set)
"A darker angle on the metaphorfilled, actionpacked, witty horror-drama world that Buffy kicked off."
The Vampire Diaries: Season 2
The Vampire Diaries: Season 2
"Do not let the tired predictability of the first couple of episodes cheat you out of enjoying this surprisingly well thought out and fast paced hit series."
House, M.D.: Seasons 1-5 Collection
House, M.D.: Seasons 1-5 Collection
"Enjoy the sarcastic wit and smart dialogue. Amazing how interesting these medical mysteries can be even though you only understand one tenth of the medical lingo."
The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection
The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection
"An entertaining peek into the White House, with a witty, fast paced dialogue, interesting characters and thought provoking political and ethical issues. Takes a dip in its fourth season, but still supremely watchable."
Veronica Mars: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-3)
Veronica Mars: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-3)
"Smart writing, good pace, interesting plot lines, real emotion. Teen show, but not dumb. Feisty heroine. Why on earth did it get the axe? The end of third season does leave you hanging, but I still recommend the ride. Buffy meets Marlowe."
Six Feet Under - The Complete Series Gift Set
Six Feet Under - The Complete Series Gift Set
"Dark humour and decidedly real and likeable though twisted characters.  Not your average television show - in the best way."
Bones: Seasons 1-5
Bones: Seasons 1-5
"Great chemistry, persons you care about and some decent plots make you forget the gore, unbelievable gadgets and cliches."
Prime Suspect: Complete Collection - 10-DVD Box Set ( Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]
Prime Suspect: Complete Collection - 10-DVD Box Set ( Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - United Kingdom ]
"Excellent British crime fiction. Helen Mirren is the hard boiled and flawed female police officer who gets the job done in a hostile male environment."
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection
"A nice warm blanket, witty, fast paced, non-pc enough to keep you entertained, while charming enough to be feel-good stuff."
Inspector Morse - Complete Collection
Inspector Morse - Complete Collection
"Another classic in British crime. Set in beautiful Oxford and always introducing interesting characters and twists."
Lie To Me: Season 3
Lie To Me: Season 3
"A company specialises in spotting the tell tale signs that someone is lying. Has strong similarities with House, except the science this time is actually worth hearing, and the characters are slightly less clearly drawn and therefore less interesting. Also a little heavy-handed on the moralising."
Dollhouse: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Dollhouse: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
"Whedon's newest and weakest series, though that won't tell you much. Very sleek and sorely lacking the usual laughs, but still thoughtful and entertaining at the same time. Looking forward to season 2."
Ally McBeal: The Complete Series (Includes Soundtrack)
Ally McBeal: The Complete Series (Includes Soundtrack)
"Ally McBeal at its best (and earliest) is laugh-out-loud funny entertainment with a thoughtful point or two in each episode."
Friends - The One with All Ten Seasons (Limited Edition)
Friends - The One with All Ten Seasons (Limited Edition)
"Lighthearted, harmless fluff centered on six young New Yorkers to make you feel good for half an hour.  Enjoy them one episode at a time, and chances are you'll keep enjoying them for some time."
Wonderfalls - The Complete Series
Wonderfalls - The Complete Series
"Hilarious and quirky comedy about a regular slacker in a special situation.  Great characters and a lot of creativity."
Tru Calling: Season 1
Tru Calling: Season 1
"Nice try at a very normal seeming superheroine in a present day setting.  In spite of some clunky dialogue and predictable storylines, this could have grown to something better had Fox not axed it."
Dark Angel - The Complete First Season
Dark Angel - The Complete First Season
"A science fiction show in a post-apocalyptic city, where a genetically created girl comes to terms with her past.  Interesting world and setup, marred by some bad acting and boring dialogue."
Heroes - Season One
Heroes - Season One
"X-men for television!  Works great and has a very enjoyable comic-book feel. First season head and shoulders over subsequent seasons, unfortunately."
Deadwood: The Complete Seasons 1-3
Deadwood: The Complete Seasons 1-3
"The wild west as you've never met it before - the language is so extremely expressive, poetic swearing if that even makes sense.  Try it and be surprised."
Scrubs: The Complete Collection
Scrubs: The Complete Collection
"Comic, but affectionate look at life in the hospital and in general."
Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
"A masterful first season, with intrigue, murder, sex and the Gods' secret meddling clearly felt, is let down by an uninspired season two."
Battlestar Galactica  - Season One
Battlestar Galactica - Season One
"Finally, some decent scifi.  Interesting characters, decent acting, good plot, believable setting. Sadly jumps the shark for me in the second season with the religious plot."
Lost - The Complete First Season
Lost - The Complete First Season
"Character driven drama and suspense aplenty as a group of survivors after a plane crash find themselves on a tropical, secretive island."
True Blood: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
True Blood: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
"A vampire story with both political and erotic themes."
MI-5, Volumes 1 and 2
MI-5, Volumes 1 and 2
"BBC has created this cool spy series."
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seasons 1-5
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seasons 1-5
"Brilliant comedy, the archetypical 30-something females on Wisteria Lane have become a classic"
Xena: Warrior Princess The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6 Bundle)
Xena: Warrior Princess The Complete Series (Seasons 1-6 Bundle)
"In a series of swashbuckling adventures, the freshly shaved and made-up veteran and her innocent side-kick travel the ancient world.  The quality is everything from brilliant to terrible."
Joan of Arcadia - The First Season
Joan of Arcadia - The First Season
"A teenager talks to God in the guise of various ordinary looking persons - not too sweet or religious, but a little repetitive in its humor and dramatic effects. Try the edgier Wonderfalls, too!"
Weeds - Seasons 1-3 [Blu-ray] (Amazon.com Exclusive)
Weeds - Seasons 1-3 [Blu-ray] (Amazon.com Exclusive)
"Desperate Housewives with a darker edge - gets funnier and funnier. Parker is delightful as always and makes the most outragious stories seem perfectly plausible."
Alias - The Complete Collection (Seasons 1-5 + Rambaldi artifact box)
Alias - The Complete Collection (Seasons 1-5 + Rambaldi artifact box)
""Bond meets Buffy" is not a bad description.  You get entertainment, great action and excitement but the story arc is not the best and the episodes can be repetitious.  Later seasons lose steam."
Grey's Anatomy: Season 1
Grey's Anatomy: Season 1
"Life as a budding surgeon is tough, but the tested and tried setting gets a lift from some good characterisation and unsentimental story telling.  Subsequent seasons are not as good, unfortunately."
The 4400 - The Complete First Season
The 4400 - The Complete First Season
"X-files for a new generation - only this time, they've clearly thought the story through to the end.  Fortunately."
The Closer: The Complete Seasons 1-4
The Closer: The Complete Seasons 1-4
"The fantastic Prime Suspect is a clear inspiration for this tale of hardcore female police officer in an unfriendly male environment."
Numb3rs: Seasons 1-5
Numb3rs: Seasons 1-5
"Fun with math - sometimes really interesting and believable, sometimes the math is just a little too magical. Would benefit from more interesting characterisations."
Criminal Minds - Seasons 1-3
Criminal Minds - Seasons 1-3
"For once, the psychologists are our heroes, and it's usually an interesting ride. Unfortunately, the dialogue is pretty uninspired."
Smallville: The Complete Seasons 1-8
Smallville: The Complete Seasons 1-8
"Superman's growing up in Smallville, and at its best Smallville's episodes remind you of early Buffy.  But the picture perfect family life, boring gender characterisation and lack of humor are more appropriate for a cereal commercial.  As the seasons drag on the main characters' lack of acting skills start to annoy."
Supernatural: The Complete Seasons 1-4
Supernatural: The Complete Seasons 1-4
"Ghosts and other phenomena aplenty, should really be more fun than it is."
Being Human: Season 3
Being Human: Season 3
"Just love the idea of the supernatural in the English suburbs. Not all that original and surprising in its first season, but I hope it will come."