TV Shows on DVD

Putting TV shows on DVD is a fantastically brilliant idea.  I love being able to discover older tv shows I missed out on when they aired or getting to watch the beginnings of a show still on so I can catch up.  I’ve started or continued watching A LOT lately.  I thank Netflix DVDs, Netflix watch instantly, and Hulu for allowing me to do so — What would I do without them??  (Especially since I don’t currently have cable.)

Here’s what I’ve been watching.  Maybe you’ll find some you’ve already discovered or should watch!  In no particular order…

Leverage

LeverageA fairly new show on TNT – it’s currently in the middle of its 2nd season.  It’s a humorous, smart, sexy look at a team of criminals doing good.  Think Ocean’s Eleven + Robin Hood.  All of the actors, including Timothy Hutton in the lead, are fantastic, but my 2 favorite characters are “hitter” Eliot (played by someone you may recognize from Angel!!!) and “thief” Parker (who I was reminded of while listening to Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree). Have I piqued your interest yet?

Watch newer episodes at tnt.com or all episodes on Netflix watch instantly.

Pushing Daisies

pushing-daisies A cancelled show that used to be on ABC, Pushing Daisies is one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen.  Seriously – check out that picture – gorgeous!  In this quirky crime-solving show that at times (like any good show) is like a soap opera, Ned has a gift to bring dead people back to life.  It comes with a few rules and he’s generally ok with that until he learns that his childhood love Charlotte aka Chuck has been murdered.  Rather than explain anymore of the plot & possibly confuse you, let me just say that Pushing Daisies has humor, quirkiness, mystery, love, stunning visuals, Jim Dale as a narrator and Kristin Chenoweth.  And holy crap, who doesn’t love Kristin Chenoweth?

You can watch the first 9 episodes at http://www.thewb.com!

Freaks and Geeks

freaks-geeksI’m new to Freaks and Geeks, which aired briefly on NBC back in 1999.  I’ve seen about 5 episodes so far, and I can’t say I loved it right away, but it’s growing on me.  I think the main reasons I don’t love it yet is because I’m not a huge fan of Seth Rogen or James Franco and I hate the character of Kim with a fiery passion.  BUT I do love Nick aka Jason Segel aka HIMYM’s Marshall.  And I like seeing main character Lindsay struggle to find a new place for herself in high school.  Freaks and Geeks was ranked on top tv shows lists from Time and Entertainment Weekly, so it’s definitely worth a shot!

The Big Bang Theory

bigbangJust about to start it’s 3rd season on CBS, The Big Bang Theory is basically a story of beauty meets brains:  Penny moves in across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon, two genius/nerds who are socially awkward, and Leonard falls in love with Penny instantly but isn’t sure how to move past being friends.  It’s an interesting concept but add in A TON of nerd jokes about science, comic books, and general geekiness plus Sheldon, who is extremely cranky and lacks a sense of humor and an understanding of social cues but ends up being hilarious and steals every scene & you have a pretty good show.

Trivia: Three regulars of Roseanne are on/have been on this show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

buffy-the-vampire-slayerOk, this one’s really a RE-discovery because I used to watch it when it was on tv.  I’ve been really wanting to rewatch the “Hush” and “Once More with Feeling” episodes, but I decided to go in order.  The first 3 seasons are currently on Hulu, so I’ve been going through them.  I’d forgotten how awesome Buffy is!  It’s so witty, and snarky, and teenager-y in a fabulous way.  Plus, hello Giles is one of the best fictional librarians of all time!  Actually, now that leads me to ponder what the list of best fictional librarians of all time would look like – but let’s save that for another time.

Buffy – hulu – go!

Next up for me:  Psych, Wonderfalls (more from the creator of Pushing Daisies and ngtJen promised me it is delightful), Sports Night (created by Aaron Sorkin & all I have left from him since finishing The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).  So what are YOU watching?  I love adding new shows to my “to-watch” list!

- Jill

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6 Responses to “TV Shows on DVD”


  1. 1 Abby September 8, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I love love love Freaks & Geeks!!!! I felt the same way about Kim at first, but I grew to love her. :) I really need to rewatch it.

    And Wonderfalls is amazing!!!!

    I am currently in the middle of Season 8 of Scrubs (via Netflix) and while I was sick I was marathoning The Office again.

    Thanks to this blog, I’ve put The 1900 House and others in that milieu on my Netflix queue.

  2. 2 ngtjennifer September 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I love TV on DVD too!!!!! My favorites to revisit over and over are Everwood, Arrested Development, Road to Avonlea, Firefly, Wonderfalls, and the UK Office.

    What did people do before TV on DVD……I honestly don’t know.

  3. 3 ngtjill September 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Oh wow, I am definitely going to keep watching if you somehow grew to love Kim!! And I’m glad to hear you think Wonderfalls is amazing too. That’s 2 votes – I’m bumping it up on my Netflix queue. I totally forgot about 1900 House! Thanks for the reminder!

  4. 4 ngtjill September 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Oh Jen, I’m in the middle of Firefly too! I really need to finish that one. And I think I should give Road to Avonlea a try too. So much TV to watch, yay! :)

  5. 5 Diana September 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Freaks and Geeks is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. I watched it on TV when it was first on and was totally sad when it was canceled. Kim does get better as the season goes on.

    Love Buffy as well. One of my favorite scenes in the series is from the episode when Buffy discovers that Angel’s a vampire. During the last scene, they embrace and her cross necklace burns into his skin. Sigh. So great.

    Wonderfalls is another great TV series. Very interesting and original concept.

    Does anyone here like My So-Called Life? That’s another show that I loved when it was on and have enjoyed on DVD.

    Extras starring Ricky Gervais is also pretty entertaining.

    Two new shows that I would recommend that aren’t out on DVD yet are Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and 10 Things I Hate About You on ABC Family. The latter will return in January.


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