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...


2012
Jun
5
 
 
This 1961-66 CBS sitcom was so far ahead of its time, it seems smartly sophisticated even today. Carl Reiner envisioned a dual-setting sitcom about his own life, with days as a writer on a comedy variety TV show and evenings and weekends as a loving family man in suburban New York. The network accepted the premise, but not until...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
27
 
 
TVWW's Ed Bark calls History Channel's first scripted miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, the best made-for-TV western saga since 2006's Broken Trail. That's saying a lot...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
22
 
 
It's Memorial Day upcoming this weekend — the holiday enacted to honor American War veterans after The Civil War. So there really is no better time to revisit Ken Burn's The Civil War, the landmark 1990 documentary miniseries that put him and his company on the map (on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line...)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
16
 
 
SEINFELD: THE COMPLETE SERIES – It may seem unnecessary, because Seinfeld remains such ripe, low-hanging fruit on syndicated TV, but there’s something glorious about having all this brilliance of this 1990-98 NBC series in one smartly packaged box set. All 180 episodes, 32 DVDs, extras, a coffee table book (remember that episode?)...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
7
 
 
Here’s a rarity: Nearly half of the music appreciation specials produced from 1958-72, with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic and explaining classical music to a concert hall of crisply dressed kids and their parents, are preserved in this Kultur Video nine-disc DVD set,. Brilliant, inspirational, not at all condescending – and a show on the sonata form features a then-new composition by the Beatles. In 1964! – DB
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
29
 
 
This 2007-09 ABC series, a light fable about love and death, lasted only two seasons, but creator Bryan Fuller and director Barry Sonnenfeld whipped up a treat as tasty and lovely as any dessert from the Pie Hole. One of the prettiest series ever made, even more stunning on Blu-Ray. -DB
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Dec
11
 
 
Yes, it's The Singing Detective, the 1986 Dennis Potter miniseries that, with its uniqueness, complexity and entertaining audacity, continues to amaze me 25 years after it was televised...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
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The Dana Carvey Show

The new Hulu documentary about SNL veteran Dana Carvey’s failed 1996 ABC sketch comedy show is now available. Too Funny to Fail recounts how the iconoclastic series, cancelled after seven episodes, got off to a horrendous start with advertisers, after a sketch with Carvey as then-President Bill Clinton, eager to demonstrate his compassion, suckled a baby, puppies and a kitten simultaneously from canine-like array of prosthetic nipples. Carvey’s edgier side turned out to be somewhat ill-suited for prime time, and the show lost six million viewers before the premiere episode ended. The show is now considered a milestone however for it’s now A-list stable of performers and writers: Louis CK, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Robert Smigel. Includes the final unaired eighth episode and deleted scenes. On sale at Amazon for $18. –Eric Gould