DVD is only way to watch TV series

I agree with the title also

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Babylon 5. Really, just go buy it.

House is cheap on DVD. Also the earlier seasons of Farscape should be possible to find cheap.
(But hurry, as a second edition set exists which doesn’t look nice on the shelf anymore. Grr!)

I second Dexter, Weeds and League of Gentlemen. Short seasons = cheaper boxes.

Having just recently watched most of Babylon 5 on DVD, I think I’d make a more cautious recommendation. It has some good parts, but it starts very rocky, takes two or three seasons to really get going, and then goes back to very poor in the last season

Yeah, but the 5th season is worth it for “Sleeping in Light”.

I think B5’s worth watching across the board, but it’s certainly not consistently as brilliant as its best arcs are. Still…there’s a lot of subtle stuff built into even the early episodes. Notice, for example, that Delenn is actually building her chrysalis in many scenes in episodes before she goes into it, but it’s never really remarked on.

And the commentaries are pretty neat.

One of the key problems with the first season is the awful actor that plays the commander. The later guy is not great, but still a step up.

QFT. Take that $40 a month cable TV bill and put it into Netflix plus GameFly.

I greatly enjoyed watching “Heroes” on DVD. No commericials, no weeks of waiting for the next episode.

Of course now it makes watching the extremely “meh” season 2 even worse because of the fucking commericals. Argh!

Just dated yourself there, Andrew. Though if I live to be 150 years old, I’ll never forget Billy Crystal walking into the house and saying, “What’s this crap about a possessed baby?” To which he’s then lifted into the air and you hear a demonic voice say, “Shut your mouth, faggot!”

SCTV, Larry Sanders, Action!, Alfred Hitchcock Presents…all recent purchases.

I also only watch them on DVD.

24 (first two seasons - stuck in the third)
Battlestar Galactica (first two seasons only)
CSI: Miami
CSI: New York
House M.D. (great!)
Prison Break
The Simpsons (up to season 7 so far)
Space: 1999 (didn’t age well)
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (season 4-7 only)
Star Trek: Enterprise (season 2-4 only)


From the Earth to the Moon
The Triangle

Oh, speaking of miniseries, The Lost Room cannot be passed up.

Most of what I use Netflix for is TV series watching. I almost never watch regular TV except for sports and the occasional Family Guy episode.

My favorites so far:

Rome (best HBO series)
Supernatural (season 1 had a good opener, followed by a half-dozen lackluster episodes, and then improved for most of the rest of its run so far)
The Office & 30 Rock (both available through Netflix’s “Watch Now” online viewing)
Freaks & Geeks
24 (I watched the first 3 seasons before taking a break)


Sopranos (it wasn’t bad, exactly, and its characters were memorable, but I don’t feel like it’s earned the notoriety it has. There were also too many slow episodes/seasons.)
Smallville (I’m still watching this, up to season 3 now, but it’s slow going - I’m determined to stick with it. It seemed to improved markedly about halfway through season 2, but still needs work.)

This thread needs more love for The Wire. So:

The Wire

Thankfully someone finally mentioned Freaks & Geeks! I’d like to give another recommendation; it’s a great show.

Shows that I don’t think were mentioned so far:


and… that’s all I can think of right now.

No kidding. I knew I was forgetting something.

If you want to hit the British great ones, also include

Doctor Who - Watch the new series, or start off tasting the old for some wonderful sci-fi. The writing generally makes up for the special effects.

Fawlty Towers - John Cleese classic about a horrible man and his attempts to run an inn and the people he has to deal with there.

'Allo 'Allo! - created by the team who created ‘Are You Being Served’, this is about a French cafe owner who reluctantly works for the French Resistance during WWII.

Last I heard, von Trier decided against doing Riget III after the death of Ernst-Hugo Järegård. Ernst-Hugo played the evil Swedish doctor (the guy who stands on the hospital roof screaming Danish bastards!). His brilliance made a big part of the show

Ernst-Hugo Järegård was, for my money, one of the greatest actors the world has ever seen.

Edit: Just saw madkevin already answered that. Next time I’ll shoot him in the groin first.

Just bought the first season of Mork & Mindy. It is quite brilliant at times.
Deadwood. Deadwood. Deadwood. Read the transcripts. Then watch them again.
Waiting for the John From Cincinnati DVD.