Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have DVDs!
Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection
Laugh It Up Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy ($27.99 Blu-ray, available December 21)
Family Guy's first two Star Wars parodies were a perfect mix: one part reverence for the classic sci-fi film series and two parts Seth MacFarlane outrageousness. The latest and final riff-off in the planned trio, It's a Trap, premieres in this box set before making its TV debut next year. May the goof be with you.
Space: 1999 The Complete Season 1 ($91.99 Blu-ray, available now)
Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey but executed with creatures to rival the cheesiest of Star Trek aliens, this cult mix of high- and lowbrow outer-space whimsy finds a pre-Oscar-winning Martin Landau leading a moonbase crew knocked from Earth's orbit and hurtling through space.
The Sound of Music ($19.99 Blu-ray, available now) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ($19.49 Blu-ray, available now)
These iconic family films look beyond fantastic on Blu-ray, which comes in handy since kids used to Pixar-style adventures might need that extra razzle-dazzle to stay tuned in. Still, few movies have such timeless songs and scenes.
4 Decades of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ($79.49, available now)
Chosen by the show's producer, this box set spans episodes from the 1960s to Carson's retirement in 1992. Watch these classic bits and behold the true king of late night.
The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: Best of Mayberry ($19.99, available December 21)
How do you choose the best shows from a true television classic that spanned nearly 250 episodes? You start with the sheriff's appearance on The Danny Thomas Show, end with the Return to Mayberry TV-movie and be sure to include the best holiday episode ever, "The Christmas Story."
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! The Complete Series ($60.99, available now)
Scooby-Doo and the gang have been unmasking supernatural ne'er-do-wells for over 40 years, but the best Scooby is still the original 1969 Saturday-morning cartoon, now available in a Mystery Machine—shaped box set. Shaggy-delic!
The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series ($98.49, available now)
Eighteen years ago, talk-show host Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling) was already worrying about straying viewers and competition from cable. This ahead-of-its-time series was an acerbic comedy of manners with loads of backstabbing and laughs along the way.
The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection ($106.49, available now)
For six of its seven seasons, The Golden Girls was a Top 10 hit — on Saturday nights no less — snagging two Emmys for Best Comedy and a statue each for the four stars: Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and Betty White. This sassy set includes 21 discs, a retrospective, trivia challenge and commentaries, all packed into a replica of Sophia's wicker purse. Golden!
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