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New TV DVDs for Jan. 12: 'The Simpsons,' 'ER' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 12th 2010 8:30AM
If you're like us, you're probably still digging yourself out form the pile of random junk your family got you for Christmas or Hanukkah. And while the fact that you don't own a pet shouldn't keep you from enjoying the doggie sweater your aunt bought for you, we've come up with a pretty good work around for this particular problem: return it all and buy some sweet DVDs with the store credit instead.

And the first thing you might want to purchase is 'The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season.' Cleverly released to coincide with Fox's big 20th anniversary celebration this week, this set will give you all 'The Simpsons' you need to tide you over until season 21 arrives.If you're like us, you're probably still digging yourself out form the pile of random junk your family got you for Christmas or Hanukkah. And while the fact that you don't own a pet shouldn't keep you from enjoying the doggie sweater your aunt bought for you, we've come up with a pretty good work around for this particular problem: return it all and buy some sweet DVDs with the store credit instead.

And the first thing you might want to purchase is 'The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season.' Cleverly released to coincide with Fox's big 20th anniversary celebration this week, this set will give you all 'The Simpsons' you need to tide you over until season 21 arrives.

Another beloved series also hits the shelves this week is 'ER.' While it doesn't feature nearly as many four-toed people apparently made of yellow sponge cake, 'ER: The Complete Twelfth Season' does have Mekhi Phifer, and that dude knows Eminem. So that's pretty awesome.

Even more awesome: 'Jon & Kate Plus 8.' Yes, America's favorite sweethearts are back with 'Jon & Kate Plus 8: Season 5 -- Big Changes,' where these two lovebirds continue their inspirational tale of... wait, what's that. Oh.

Moving along. 'Robin Hood: Season Three' lands today, bringing the world the story of one person's struggles to overcome the stifling, autocratic hand of injustice and despair. No, we're not still talking about Jon & Kate; in this case it's 'Robin Hood' and his fight against the forces of the Sheriff of Nottingham.

You know who we always thought would made a really good Robin Hood? Ted Danson. Okay, not really, but that's how we decided to segue into this blurb about the release of 'Becker: The Third Season.' You remember 'Becker,' right? It's the one where Danson eventually decided to stop using hair coloring. He's much cooler as a silver fox anyhow.

'Becker' isn't the only chestnut being dragged up out of the vault of forgotten television hits: 'Route 66: Season Three' also makes an appearance in stores this week. For the kids out there, 'Route 66' did everything 'Supernatural' is doing today, only back in the early 60's they didn't show quite so much demonic murderizing. But otherwise, it's basically the same show.

'Fame,' on the other hand, has no peers when it comes to dance-themed drama on television (and stage and film). 'Fame: Season Two' collects over a thousand minutes of vintage 80's dance numbers into one amazing package. Who needs 'So You Think You Can Dance' now?

Finally, this fairly light week of releases brings us not one, but two collections from the good car people at 'Top Gear.' 'Top Gear: The Complete Season 11' and 'Top Gear: The Complete Season 12' both feature some of the rootinest, tootinest high speed antics on cable, as a team of top British drivers and engineers pushes both driving and television to the limit. Now if only they'd do it on Route 66 while fighting demons, then they'd really have something.

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