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New TV DVDs for Nov. 17: 'Sopranos,' 'Farscape' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 17th 2009 3:00PM
Thanksgiving is next week, and you know what that means: Black Friday and a horde of unparalleled shopping opportunities. It's the time of the year when studios give thanks for their inventory of hot TV properties and hope that consumers give thanks for the chance to buy them up. Ah, the holidays!

It's an especially heartwarming time for fans of great programming, of course, and this week really kicks the pre-Christmas frenzy into full gear with a slate of high-profile offerings sure to make any fan act a little extra nice just in case Santa is watching. So check out our list of the top DVD releases of the week and start making your own list, because it's the time of the season... for watching television.Thanksgiving is next week, and you know what that means: Black Friday and a horde of unparalleled shopping opportunities. It's the time of the year when studios give thanks for their inventory of hot TV properties and hope that consumers give thanks for the chance to buy them up. Ah, the holidays!

It's an especially heartwarming time for fans of great programming, of course, and this week really kicks the pre-Christmas frenzy into full gear with a slate of high-profile offerings sure to make any fan act a little extra nice just in case Santa is watching. So check out our list of the top DVD releases of the week and start making your own list, because it's the time of the season... for watching television.

Headlining the impressive pack of releases this week is 'The Sopranos: the Complete Series', which gathers all six seasons of HBO's beloved gangster drama 'The Sopranos' into a massive 30-disc doorstop.

'The Sopranos' isn't the only acclaimed series from HBO getting the box set treatment; the cult period hit 'Rome' is also being collected in 'Rome: The Complete Series'.

Completists and fans of science fiction will also want to check out 'Farscape: the Complete Season', which gathers up the Jim Henson Company space epic 'Farscape' and provides over 4000 minutes of "Pigs in Space". Okay, not really, but how great would that be?

'Farscape' has some competition for the hearts and wallets of sci-fi geeks, however, as both 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek: the Next Generation' come out with new "best of" sets. 'The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series, Vol. 2' features the fan favorite episode 'A Piece of the Action', while 'The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation Vol. 2' includes the mind-bending time-loop classic 'Cause and Effect'.

Over in the comedy aisle, there are a few notable releases, topped by the 'It's Always Sunny In Phildelphia' holiday special 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: It's A Very Sunny Christmas'.

'Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season' also hits shelves this week, but fans trying to put together a complete library of 'Scrubs' will have to keep waiting, because at this rate the show will outlast the polar ice cap.

Not so fortunate in the longevity department was cult classic 'Andy Barker, P. I.'. Fans can now relive those ever so brief glory days, however, thanks to the release of 'Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series'.

Another niche show finally being collected is 'Drawn Together' The high concept series about cartoon archtypes gathered together for a reality show featured decidedly low concept humor which you can enjoy to the fullest with the 'Drawn Together -- The Complete Series' box set.

Speaking of high concept, the idea of a detective show about a gumshoe with social anxiety disorders seemed a bit out there back when 'Monk' debuted. Several hit seasons later, and the show is able to put out releases such as 'Monk: Best of Monk'. Any time you have a "best of" set, you're probably doing pretty well.

Finally, television fans with long memories and long patience can relax, because '7th Heaven', which was a big hit back in the 90's from what we're told, has at last gotten around to releasing '7th Heaven: The Ninth Season'. And this just in: '7th Heaven' ran for more than nine seasons! Who knew, right?

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