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Five boxed sets for Valentine's Day

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 10th 2009 10:03AM
Beauty and the BeastValentine's Day is on a Saturday this year, so why not eschew the whole dinner and a night out routine for a day in from the cold watching TV boxed sets on DVD? What better gift is there than an entire day of laziness catching up on those boxed sets you got for Christmas and have had no time to watch? But choose carefully. No one can take a whole day of Rock of Love or Matlock.

Beauty and the Beast: The Complete Series - A tolerable "chick flick" type series, you can probably get away with watching just the first two seasons, before Linda Hamilton left and her character was killed off. And once your significant other gets used to the idea of Ron Perlman in Beast make-up, maybe you can convince her to watch Hellboy with you.

The Office
(American Version) - No offense to the superb British original, but the ever-changing romance between Jim and Pam makes this an obvious Valentine's Day choice. It's cute without being cloying, and often fairly realistic, set against the more loony antics of clueless boss Michael Scott and scheming underling Dwight.

Soap - This late-70s gem is often under-appreciated, but it has held up well over the years. Ostensibly a send-up of soap operas, it's smSoapart writing and excellent ensemble cast (with stand-outs Richard Mulligan, Billy Crystal, and Katherine Helmond) lifted it above simple parody. It featured everything, from TV taboos like homosexuality (Crystal's character Jody was never an easy caricature) to cults and alien abduction. It's also serialized, making for a more satisfying marathon experience.

Moonlighting - Another obvious choice. Bruce Willis had hair and developed his trademark smirk. Cybill Shepherd was an independent, attractive working woman. And watching it on DVD, you can stop before the romance spoDr. Whoils the whole thing, and you can forward past the sappy theme music.

Doctor Who - There have to be some out there looking for a day of geek love, and Doctor Who is the perfect series for it. You avoid the whole Star Trek/Star Wars schism entirely, and watch a well-written, well-acted show with an incredibly intricate history. There is always more to learn, and you'll probably have a lot of questions after a full day of watching, which might necessitate a Sunday marathon encore.

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StillBash

Buffy and Angel. I mean that one has Love Story written all over it in every season.

Dr. Who and Soap? Don't think so...

February 10 2009 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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