Joy of Sets: Casual Sets!
Sports Night: The Complete Series 10th Anniversary Edition
OK, so before I start my annual Halloween salute next week, running down the best scary stuff out there, I gotta give some love to a bunch of new sets that have been keeping me all sorts of busy. — Damian Holbrook
Sports Night: The 10th Anniversary Edition
Before Aaron Sorkin got the West Wing-ers firing off all those quips and preachy quick-witted comments, he set his sharp eye for detail and entendre on the world of cable sports television. Think ESPN with a much hotter staff, headed by a pre-Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman as the show's producer, Peter Krause when we didn't pronounce it "Kr-awww-sah" as co-anchor and Robert Guillaume as the managing editor. It was brilliant, innovative, spectacularly written and totally not taken care of by ABC. Hence the painfully short run (which ended, ironically, the week TV Guide deemed it "The Best Show You're Not Watching"). A decade later, it's still a banging good time and this anniversary release has one of my favorite types of extras ever: the original promos! There are also commentaries and a super fun look at the show, through the eyes of Sorkin and several other majors. And I don't even like sports!
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Danny DeVito joined the cast of FX's gross-out greatness in its second season, but the just-out third season set is where the whole mess hits its stride. Between the arrival of Green Man (if you have to ask, just go get it) and the cinematic "assault on Paddy's Pub" episode, creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton pull out all the stops and show that some sitcoms still know how to take a nothing idea and turn it into pure evil genius. Much like….
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How I Met Your Mother
For real, for real…how great is this show? Honestly, all I need to say is "Sandcastles in the Sand." Again, if you have to ask what that is, just go get the third season set and thank me later. One of last year's most perfect TV moments. Oh and Britney Spears shows up and doesn't suck. Then again, with this killer ensemble, it's hard not to inherit some of their awesomeness.
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Math is fun!! Actually, math blows but you'd never know it from this increasingly nifty crime drama. Like CSI with numbers instead of innards, the cases are often inspired by actual events and cracked in some of the most inspired ways. But at the heart of it all is the prickly relationship between Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz's polar-opposite brothers Charlie and Don Eppes. One's the brawn, the other is the brains and honestly, by Season 4, they made it kind of cool to stay home on Friday nights and try to figure out which algorithm will help the good guys nail the baddies.
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