Our Summer Survival Guide Day 2: TV on DVD

In Day 2 of theTVaddict.com’s Summer Survival Guide, we take a look at affordable, brilliant-but-cancelled TV on DVD that are a must own for TV Addicts everywhere.

Before THE HANGOVER propels small screen star Bradley Cooper into the big screen leading man that he so richly deserves to be, why not be the quasi-obnoxious guy/gal who can say, “I remember him when!” by checking out his 13 episode stint as brilliant bad boy chef Jack Bourdain, in the short-lived FOX series that took us behind-the-scenes of the zany and unpredictable world of New York Eateries. A behind the scenes that we should also mention features an unforgettable supporting cast including Nicholas Brendon, John Francis Daley, Jaimie King, Bonnie Somerville, Owain Yeoman, John Cho, Frank Langella, Sam Pancake and guest appearances by John Larroquette and Michael Vartan. (Only $13.99 on Amazon)

Chronicling the on-screen and off-screen antics of a spoiled group of twenty-something actors that may bare a passing resemblance to the gangs from BEVERLY HILLS 90210 and DAWSON’S CREEK comes this wickedly funny and spot on satire from Darren Star, the man who practically invented the genre. Don’t believe us, see for yourself by checking out this hilarious opening scene. (Only $14.99 on Amazon)

The best part of KIDNAPPED, aside from the well-paced story and all-star cast (including Jeremy Sisto, Timothy Hutton, Delroy Lindo and Dana Delaney to name a few) is that when NBC yanked it off the air after a mere three episodes, they did so with enough time to allow creator Jason Smilovic to craft a proper ending. Thus making this brilliant-but-cancelled series 13 episodes of suspenseful, high quality story-telling that best of all, won’t have fans pulling out their hair out and asking what happens next. (Only $14.99 on Amazon)

Aaron Sorkin’s journey behind-the-scenes of an ESPN-style Sports Centre was not only the perfect guise to deal with polarizing issues like drug abuse, steroids and racism [both on the field and off], it featured an absolutely all-star cast and a will-the-or-won’t they between Casey and Dana [Peter Krause and Felicity Huffman] that still makes us smile. ($40.29 on Amazon)

And while this last pick may not exactly fall within our criteria of short-lived, now is the time to catch up on EVERWOOD’s first season, prior to the much-anticipated June 16 release of EVERWOOD season two. (Only $19.99 on Amazon)

Our Summer Survival Guide Day 1: TV

  • Ace

    I’m adding Arrested Development and Pushing Daisies (season 2 isn’t out on DVD yet though). If you didn’t catch them the first go round then hurry up and watch them now!

  • Josh Emerson

    I’ve been saying I’m gonna watch Arrested Development for a while now. Maybe with the summer TV drought I might actually do it.

  • bws

    Arrested Development is 54 episodes, I think. At 22 minutes each, you can knock that out in no time! 🙂

    I think my wife and I are going to take a crack at Friday Night Lights this summer since it is apparently a show that both men AND women can enjoy together.

  • Josh,
    You will love ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Not only is it as brilliant as advertised, it has so many jokes per minute that you’ll find a second viewing a necessary pleasure to pick up no all the visual gags you will have missed.

    You will LOVE FNL and like SPORTS NIGHT, it’s about so much more than football.

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  • Jaqui2530

    Burn Notice, Leverage

  • Ace

    Josh — Please do. It is such a great show. My heart was broken when it was cancelled. My favorite episode is when Tobias tries out to be a member of the Blue Man Group. Ahh, so many laughs.

    bws — My husband and I were JUST talking about that this weekend since FNL is on Netflix’s instant play right now. Right now we are going through Party Down and True Blood. FNL is probably next on the list though.

  • Linda B.

    I think i’m going to start watching HIMYM this summer. I really feel like I’m missing out on a great show because it’s mentioned on this site ALL THE TIME! 🙂

  • bws

    Ace, definitely catch up on True Blood before the new season starts. I can’t believe how much it took off towards the end of the season. I’m more excited for its premier than anything else this summer.

    My wife and I had key recommendations for FNL: Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy for me and the Slate.com XX Factor women for her. If those two demos can overlap, it HAS to be good.

    Tobias has a moment every episode where I feel it’s necessary to hit the pause button so I can regain composure. NEVER NUDE!

    Linda B. I’ll also be watching HIMYM this summer. I don’t think my wife will be watching with me however. She doesn’t really “do” sitcoms.

  • Ace

    bws — I’m a Sookie Stackhouse addict. I’ve read 5 of the books and I’m working on the 6th. Although, I have to say the books are not as…um…physical as the show. We just don’t get HBO, so we wait until the shows come out on DVD :). We’ll be getting Big Love, Weeds and Entourage as soon as those come out too!

  • i’m so happy to learn that everwood’s FINALLY getting a second season dvd release!!!

  • Kristen

    No love for FREAKS AND GEEKS?!