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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Premiere Episode (review)

With his Law & Order empire, producer Dick Wolf has achieved the impossible: TV with both widespread popularity and cult appeal, thanks to its ripped-from-the-headlines stories and its respect for the smarts of the audience. While new episodes rank high in the weekly broadcast ratings, reruns dominate the schedules of cable networks and the attention … more…

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Complete Season One (review)

Post-Dances with Wolves liberal reinterpretations of the settling of the West by Europeans were never more popular or family-friendly than that embodied by this earnest if unchallenging CBS TV series. Just after the Civil War, patrician lady doctor Michaela “Mike” Quinn (Jane Seymour) heads west from Boston to Colorado Springs to ply her then-unlikely trade … more…

Charlie’s Angels: The Complete First Season (review)

Their release is designed to cash in on Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, but these 24 episodes of the 70s TV series aren’t likely to captivate a teenage audience: The car-chasing, gun-toting action is slower moving than we’ve become used to, and the productions are typically cheesy. But there’s a lot of camp appeal for 30somethings … more…

Babylon 5: The Complete Second Season: The Coming of Shadows (review)

In the year 2259, space station Babylon 5, crewed by humans and positioned in neutral territory, serves as a peaceful hub for four alien races — the Narn, Centauri, Vorlon, and Minbari — who fight for control of the surrounding galaxy. Creator J. Michael Straczynski’s visionary five-year story arc made the series tough to join … more…