Give the Gift of TV Shows on DVD

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This season's new trend in boxed sets of television series on DVD is something that ought to be called the "megaset." These aren't just single-season collections of TV shows. They are compilations of every episode in a series.

Here are some great packages for TV lovers:

Get Smart: The Complete Series

'Get Smart'

None of the Get Smart episodes have ever been released on DVD before. This mid-'60s spy spoof was co-created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, both of whom provide new audio commentaries. Don Adams starred as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. Barbara Feldon was his sultry partner, Agent 99. The set is packaged in a phone booth (fans of the series will know why) and contains almost as many catch phrases as laughs. Get Smart is currently only avaliable through Time Life and will not be in stores until Fall of 2007.

M*A*S*H: The Martinis and Medicine Collection


This set is wrapped handsomely in olive-drab burlap. All 11 seasons of the groundbreaking CBS sitcom are here, as well as the original Robert Altman movie, and many documentaries and extras. Its final episode is still the most-watched single episode in TV history.

Six Feet Under: The Complete Series

'Six Feet Under'

Packaged as a graveyard plot, the only real extra features included here are the two soundtrack albums, available elsewhere on CD. This is a gift mostly for fans who loved the show, but don't own the individual season releases.

Homicide: Life on the Street: The Complete Series

'Homicide: Life on the Street'

The Homicide set, packaged in a scale-model filing cabinet, includes the Law & Order crossover episodes, something the individual season DVD releases did not. It also contains the concluding Homicide telemovie. The acting, writing and directing are phenomenal.

The West Wing: The Complete Series

'The West Wing'

This beautifully packaged set includes a bound script, newly written introduction by creator Aaron Sorkin and lots of audio commentaries and featurettes.



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