Thursday, August 31, 2006

DVD Picks: Arresting TV

DVD Pick of the Week: "Arrested Development" Season Three. This is your chance to own the final season of one of television's most unique comedies. Though some storylines worked better than others, the brilliant cast (including Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Portia di Rossi, Will Arnett and David Cross among others) always made "AD" worth a half-hour of your time.

"AD" was one of those shows that was a bit ahead of its time, a little too quirky for the average viewer that would rather support more pedestrian efforts. I credit Fox for actually sticking with it for three years despite its low ratings, and letting the show go out on its own final note.

Other DVDs of note include the second season of "Desperate Housewives," which contains an unaired storyline involving Teri Hatcher's Susan. "DH" didn't live up to its outstanding first season, and shamefully wasted the talents of Alfre Woodard and other members of the cast. My biggest reason for recommending it is the outstanding work of Marcia Cross, who always shined with both humor and real depth of emotion. Watching Bree argue with her mother-in-law over what tie her late husband Rex would wear at his funeral was the highlight of "DH's" season.

"South Park," Season Eight is also being released, containing the "Passion of the Jew" episode, among others.

Next week's releases include season two of "Lost."


Zodin2008 said...

Sorry...can't get behind AD. You may say it was ahead of its time, I say it was just a show I hated.

Give me Scrubs and The Office, any day.

Matt said...

Zodin2008, you are wrong! Arrested Development was brilliant and dumb people just couldn't take the time to watch and enjoy an intelligent program. They are too busy dumbing themselves on CSI.

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