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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...


2016
Jun
19
 
 
This new Blu-Ray release will not be the final word on the classic Star Trek series this year, since September marks the original show’s golden anniversary... A few months from now, Paramount/CBS is scheduled to issue a mega-box set, including not only the 79 episodes from the classic Star Trek series that are here on Blu-Ray, but also the Star Trek movies featuring the original TV show cast members...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
May
17
 
 
Richard Boone starred in three major TV series in the 1950s and 1960s, and all of them were noteworthy and unusual. Medic (1054-56) was one of TV’s first medical series, and The Richard Boone Show (1963-64) was a bold experiment, a repertory company anthology show, decades ahead of the likes of American Horror Story. And in between those two series, from 1957-63, was CBS’s Have Gun – Will Travel, a moody, moral, menacing Western...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Mar
3
 
 
This 2016 Paramount DVD offering is a newly repackaged release of the complete-series The Andy Griffith Show, one of TV’s more iconic and durable comedies. The physical packaging in this set is a lot less durable, and the extras assembled for this set remain woefully meager... But for all of what’s lacking in both strength of packaging and bonus material, what’s great here is the series itself
 
 
 
  
 
 
2016
Jan
28
 
 
This is a TV comedy series about high school, putting it in the same continuum as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gidget, Square Pegs, My So-Called Life and The Wonder Years. It lasted only one season, but it’s a very important part of that continuum...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Nov
6
 
 
I’ve been waiting for a collection of this groundbreaking 1971-72 PBS series to be released on home video for decades – ever since I bought my first Sony Betamax in 1977. Well, it took a while, but here it is...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Aug
14
 
 
You aren’t going to find better deals than this newly repackaged release of Garry Shandling’s hilarious, impressively influential HBO comedy show. All 89 episodes, spread over nine discs, on sale -- you get the lead troika of Shandling as neurotic TV talk host Larry Sanders, Rip Torn as his always-simmering producer, and Jeffrey Tambor as Larry’s neurotic TV sidekick...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jul
26
 
 
One of the few happy by-products of the end of a beloved series is the subsequent release of that series in a complete DVD box set. With this collection covering all 103 episodes, NBC’s 2010-2015 drama series is there for the savoring, all over again or for the first time...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Jun
18
 
 
Cheers already has been awarded the TVWW Seal of Approval, and Frasier becomes one of the few TV spinoff series deserving to make the list as well...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Apr
20
 
 
The Wonder Years ran for six seasons, from 1988 to 1993, and featured an adult narrator looking back on childhood with both nostalgic affection and a wizened perspective. It wasn’t a new idea for a sitcom... but it gave us one of TV’s all-time best comedies...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2015
Feb
1
 
 
Often releases awarded the TVWW Seal of Approval have been a part of TV history for a while. This particular treasure is quite new but we are featuring it because it deserves a spot in a solid home-video library...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: An advance copy of David’s upcoming book from Doubleday has just arrived! The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now available on Amazon for pre-order for its November 15th release. You can read some of the dustcover summary here, including: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television,…he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series and the variety show. David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, including exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.” —TVWW

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The Knick: Season Two

Director Steven Soderbergh’s Emmy and Peabody awarded examination of medical progress at the turn of the 20th century seemed surprisingly finished at the end of its second season in 2015. But Cinemax has reportedly ordered a third season, although a premiere date has not been announced. The Knick (fictional Knickerbocker Hospital) is as revelatory as it is gruesome. Not for the squeamish, it shows the wretched trial and error that gave birth to modern surgery techniques, all through the brilliant works of Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen), who crashes his way through scientific breakthroughs and his own demonic cocaine addiction. Soderbergh’s mashup of historical set pieces, modern camera work and pulsing electronic soundtrack make the series one of television's true works of art. At Amazon for under $20. —Eric Gould