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New TV DVDs for Jan. 26: 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' 'Southland' & More

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 26th 2010 11:00AM
This coming Sunday, the NFL celebrates a successful season by putting on their annual Pro Bowl exhibition. But while it's touted as a showcase for the league's best and brightest talents, in truth most real football stars sit out the game, meaning the teams on the field are usually a bunch of unknowns, future talents and once weres. In other words, a lot like this week's DVD releases.

Oh, that's not to say that there aren't some charming little finds among today's crop, but if you're looking for the heavyweights like 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy' or 'House,' well, you're out of luck, and unlike fans attending the pro bowl, chances are you aren't in Hawaii either. But that's okay. Just like the NFL drags the second stringers into the spotlight (we're looking at you, David Garrard), the show must go on here as well, so here's our list of the best of the rest for this week in TV DVDs.This coming Sunday, the NFL celebrates a successful season by putting on their annual Pro Bowl exhibition. But while it's touted as a showcase for the league's best and brightest talents, in truth most real football stars sit out the game, meaning the teams on the field are usually a bunch of unknowns, future talents and once weres. In other words, a lot like this week's DVD releases.

Oh, that's not to say that there aren't some charming little finds among today's crop, but if you're looking for the heavyweights like 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy' or 'House,' well, you're out of luck, and unlike fans attending the pro bowl, chances are you aren't in Hawaii either. But that's okay. Just like the NFL drags the second stringers into the spotlight (we're looking at you, David Garrard), the show must go on here as well, so here's our list of the best of the rest for this week in TV DVDs.

Leading off the hit parade is everyone's favorite undersea spill absorber, 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' In keeping with our NFL theme, SpongeBob is commiserating with Favre fans across the northern plains in 'SpongeBob SquarePants: Viking-Sized Adventure.'

'Southland' was among the most critically acclaimed shows of the past few years so, naturally, it was canceled after one season, in part because it was maybe a bit too gritty for network television. On DVD, though, anything goes, which helps explain 'Southland: The Complete First Season (Uncensored).' Now if only 'Thomas the Tank Engine' would get the same treatment...

While 'Southland' took on crimes L. A. style, 'Inspector Lewis' takes a more genteel approach in keeping with its English setting. The 'Inspector Lewis Complete Set' is just that, containing the pilot as well as both seasons one and two, just the right package to enjoy such a jolly good show. Of course, it doesn't have series three, so it's not really complete, but let's not be jerks about it.

While 'Inspector Lewis' doesn't always crack the case, 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose.' Now you can relive all the cult classic excitement with 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose: The Complete Second Season,' which we have to admit is one season more than we thought the show lasted.

'MI-5' is one of the longest running imports from our friends across the pond, bringing 'Mission Impossible' style action with European flair, and today's release is no exception; 'MI-5, Vol. 7' collects over seven hours of intense undercover drama that would make Jack Bauer mess himself.

We round out our list with the first of three cable reality shows: 'The Whitest Kids U' Know.' Or, actually, this is a sketch comedy show, as 'The Complete Second Season' proves. Sorry about the mix-up; we thought this was the working title for 'Jersey Shore.'

An actual cable reality show, on the other hand, is 'Dirty Jobs,' which showcases host Mike Rowe trying out the worst jobs in the world so that you can better appreciate being unemployed. Or... wait. Anyway, if you want to see how the other half works, check out 'Dirty Jobs; Collection 5.'

But if you are struggling with the economy, never fear: you can always hock your most prized possessions and then watch History Channel to see what Las Vegas high roller buys them for his arm candy on 'Pawn Stars.' If that sound slike a fun time, then 'Pawn Stars: The Complete Season 1' is right up your alley.

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