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New TV DVDs for Feb. 2: '90210,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 2nd 2010 9:00AM
It's almost time for the Super Bowl, and you know what that means: millions of disaffected television fans trying without success to find something other than football they can watch instead.

But while counter-programming options can sometimes be limited ('Lingerie Bowl?' Really, that's the best you can do?), you're in luck, because this week finds a whole new batch of DVD releases ready to save your weekend.It's almost time for the Super Bowl, and you know what that means: millions of disaffected television fans trying without success to find something other than football they can watch instead. But while counter-programming options can sometimes be limited ('Lingerie Bowl?' Really, that's the best you can do?), you're in luck, because this week finds a whole new batch of DVD releases ready to save your weekend.

So if you can't tell your Peyton (Manning, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback) from your Payton (Sean Payton, that is, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints), we suggest you take a few moments to look over our guide to the top DVD issues of the week. Because no matter what anyone else tells you, you don't have to love football to be a real American.

Although it helps.

But then again, what could be more American than the pseudo-high school antics of the gang from 'Beverly Hills 90210?' After all, for a decade or more, these increasingly craggy actors struggled to maintain the fiction that they were still young enough to care about the prom, which is right up there with Mom and apple pie among our greatest treasures. You can see how well they pulled it off with 'Beverly Hills 90210: Season Nine.'

'90210' isn't the only big of classic Americana on shelves this week, though. 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' returns with 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season Six,' including 'Chuckles Bites the Dust,' which TV Guide once ranked as the greatest single episode of television in history. So it has that going for it.

Also coming straight out of the wayback machine is 'Dynasty: Season Four Vol. 2.' Because 'Dynasty' was so awesome, they apparently couldn't fit all of season four into just one set. Heck, Blake Carrington's hair probably deserves a two disc edition by itself.

'Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Eleventh Season' also lands on shelves this week. Unlike 'Dynasty,' the 'Murder, She Wrote' set not only contains the entire season, it actually includes two episodes from season 12 as a bonus. In your face, Carrington!

What could be more classic than 'Dynasty' and 'Murder, She Wrote' combined? Well, how about 'Mister Ed?' 'Mister Ed: The Complete Second Season' shows us once again that while a horse is a horse, when that horse can talk like the famous Mister Ed, all bets are off. Our only question is, when is Mister Ed going to get that VH1 reality dating show he so richly deserves?

It should be noted, of course, that as smart as Mister Ed was, he never got his degree. The same cannot be said for 'Doctor Who,' though. The good Doctor has an especially busy week, unloading four different BBC specials on American viewers; for those of you who don't like high co-pays, though, we recommend picking up 'Doctor Who: The Complete Specials,' and getting all four in one comprehensive prescription.

Speaking of British Doctors, it looks like we used up all our puns a little too soon, because 'Doc Martin' is also landing in stores this week with 'Doc Martin, Series 3.' Warning: do not confuse this release with your Dr. Martens; trying to fit your shoes into the DVR player would be a mistake trumped only by the reverse.

Lastly, kids have two decidedly different educational options this week. 'Dora The Explorer: Lets Explore! Dora's Greatest Adventures' brings you, well, 'Dora the Explorer''s greatest adventures, while 'G. I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.3' teaches kids the dangers of playing with lasers as only 'G. I. Joe' can. We're still waiting to find out what the other half of the battle is.

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