No, you're not imagining things...that's an actual seal giving the "thumbs up" in our new TV Worth Watching® Seal of Approval!! (Inside his very own TVWW lifesaver.) OK, so maybe we're walking on our hands here, but we have tons of recommendations of the best that TV has to offer. And after 35 years of separating the minnows from the big ones, that's an impressive kettle of fish...


2014
Mar
21
 
 
This DVD compilation has a bad title, for two misleading reasons... One is that Jay Tarses’ bold NBC comedy lasted only two seasons, in 1983-84, so it might as well have been called Buffalo Bill: The Complete Series...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
24
 
 
The WWII drama Das Boot is a different kind of war epic, at least for American audiences, because it was filmed from the German point of view, originally as a 1981 German TV miniseries. Four years later, It was imported that way by the U.S.’s Bravo cable TV network...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Feb
15
 
 
When I started honoring TV’s best DVD releases in 2012 by giving them a TV Worth Watching Seal of Approval, the very first program so chosen was Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective, a masterpiece of a miniseries, combining drama, comedy and period music in dizzyingly creative and involving ways. Well, here’s another program that fits that same description...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jan
27
 
 
Broadcast news came of age, and reached reliable maturity, in large part because of Edward R. Murrow – first in his prewar and wartime reports for CBS Radio, then for his stubbornly intelligent and mostly meaningful work on the new medium of television...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2014
Jan
3
 
 
How in the world did I overlook giving this set a Seal of Approval until now? When Time Life approached Tom and Dick Smothers about releasing best-of-season sets of their classic, influential Sixties variety series, the company wanted to begin sequentially, with Season 1, but Tom insisted upon starting with Season 3. It was his favorite, and he feared that a complete series might never follow – and damned if he wasn’t right, at least for now...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
22
 
 
Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, it seems like the appropriate time to add, to our all-time TVWW Seal of Approval list,  this NBC miniseries, broadcast 20 years after that fateful event...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Nov
11
 
 
I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But planning ahead can get you this vintage, charming TV animated musical special in plenty of time to give as a gift for the holidays – and given the absurdly cheap price, you may want to stock up...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Oct
28
 
 
The 2013 in the title refers to this new release by Lionsgate, which packages this classic Sixties British series in a very affordable new reissue...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Sep
3
 
 
In fewer than six months – specifically, on Feb. 9, 2014 – it will be 50 years since The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. That appearance was the most-watched TV event up to that time, with 86 percent of all American TVs in use and tuned to CBS...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Aug
19
 
 
This 1978 NBC telemovie, produced by Lorne Michaels and conceived, written and co-directed by Eric Idle, was a rockumentary spoof long before This is Spinal Tap!...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
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'Barney Miller': The Complete Series

The 1975-1982 sitcom Barney Miller was notable for its one-act feel since virtually all of the series was set in the same dreary New York City detectives’ squad room. Led by the wise and harried Captain Miller (Hal Linden), typical episodes would see offbeat detectives attending to local complainants or suspects stowed in the squad room’s lock-up. Included in the ensemble cast of workaday detectives was the cross-cultural mix of Abe Vigoda, Ron Glass, Jack Soo and Steve Landesberg. The ABC comedy was a frequent Emmy nominee and ran roughly during the same years as the network’s other hit sitcom, Taxi. The two shows thrived on the same humanistic notes of struggling characters finding humor and meaning in the thankless grind. 25 discs here with many extras, including a commemorative booklet, new cast interviews and the first season of Vigoda’s spin-off series, Fish. 60% off at Amazon for $66. –Eric Gould