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Starpulse Holiday Gift Guide: TV Goodies

November 23rd, 2007 12:19pm EST
Gilmore GirlsWith no end to the writer’s strike in sight, viewers are going to be stuck with dozens of repeats and reality shows. Blech. One way to battle the TV blues is to turn to DVDs for entertainment. The holidays are quickly approaching, so it’s perfect timing to watch, buy, or put on your wish list some of your favorite TV shows while waiting for new episodes to air.

DVDs:

Have you had a chance to catch the new CBS drama “Moonlight?” If you’re a new vampire voyeur, or a longtime fan of the fanged persuasion, the “Angel” 30-disc collector’s DVD set is a must-see. The collection features all 110 episodes, a personally signed letter to fans from creator Joss Whedon, and a collectible companion booklet. The suggested retail price: $139.98.

Twin PeaksAre murder mysteries and intrigue more your style? Check out the “Twin Peaks” definitive gold box edition. The 10-disc set includes “Greetings from Twin Peaks” collectable postcards and tons of special features, including bonus content with exclusive cast and crew interviews and rare footage never before released on DVD. The suggested retail price: $99.99.

If you have some extra pocket money and are a big fan of science fiction, “Star Trek: The Next Generation - Complete Series” may be just the thing to quell your appetite while waiting for new episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the landmark series with all 176 classic episodes in one collector’s boxed set, including all-new special features. The suggested retail price: $440.00.

SeinfeldEven without the writer’s strike, it’s sometimes difficult to find good comedy on primetime. One of the funniest comedies in the past 10 years was one about “nothing.” “Seinfeld: The Complete Series” features 32 DVDs with all 180 episodes, as well as a 226-page bound anthology filled with photos, quotes, and trivia from every episode. The suggested retail price: $283.95.

Other “complete series” recently released on DVD: “Gilmore Girls,” “X-Files,” “Full House,” “King of Queens,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “I Love Lucy,” “MacGyver,” “Stargate SG-1,” and “What About Brian.”

Can’t part with a $100 or more for DVDs? Then consider purchasing season one of the following shows: “Jericho,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Heroes” or “Friday Night Lights.”

Books:

Gossip GirlMany of us love guilty pleasures, and TV is no exception. Did you know “Gossip Girl” began its life as a paperback? Who can resist a series that begins with the opening line, “Ever wondered what the lives of the chosen ones are really like?” The suggested retail price for “Gossip Girl #1: A Novel:” $10.99.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight: Volume 1: The Long Way Home” is a follow-up comic to season seven of the cult TV show. Series creator Joss Whedon continues the story of his most popular creation with Buffy in Scotland leading a new crew of slayers in the battle against evil. The suggested retail price: $15.95.

Even if you’ve never been a fan of comic books, you may enjoy watching “Heroes.” “Saving The World: A Guide To Heroes” explores the show’s relation to comic books, its archetypal characters, and the fandom surrounding it. The authors are experts in the field of television analysis, having penned books on “Lost,” “Buffy,” “Deadwood,” “Seinfeld,” “The Sopranos,” and many others. The suggested retail price: $14.95.

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