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Nominated for 2 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes, including Best TV Series - Drama, Felicity gathered a large cult following in its short four season stint. Premiering on the WB network in September 1998, the show (along with Dawson's Creek) helped ignite a firestorm of highly successful original series on behalf of the upstart network, with such hit shows as Angel (1999), Gilmore Girls (2000), and Smallville (2001). The brainchild of writer J.J. Abrams (creator of the two hit serie...

Felicity (DVD) Review

Felicity (DVD) ReviewNominated for 2 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes, including Best TV Series - Drama, Felicity gathered a large cult following in its short four season stint. Premiering on the WB network in September 1998, the show (along with Dawson's Creek) helped ignite a firestorm of highly successful original series on behalf of the upstart network, with such hit shows as Angel (1999), Gilmore Girls (2000), and Smallville (2001). The brainchild of writer J.J. Abrams (creator of the two hit series Alias and Lost), Felicity follows the life of a recent high school graduate, not through seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4, but through Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Similar in genre to its contemporary, Dawson's Creek, Felicity's cast is of approximately the same age, but the setting is college instead of high schoolFelicity begins when the star of the series, Felicity Porter (Keri Russell), graduates from high school. Having harbored a four-year crush on classmate Ben Covington (Scott Speedman), despite the fact they've never talked, Felicity musters the courage in the aftermath of their commencement ceremony to ask him to sign her yearbook. When Ben writes some surprising comments, Felicity decides to follow him to fictional University of New York (UNY) instead of pursuing her goal of pre-med at Stanford. Against her parent's wishes, she enrolls in the school and moves cross country where she becomes roommates with Meghan Rotundi (Amanda Foreman), a girl whose lifestyle clashes with her own, and where she meets resident advisor Noel Crane (Scott Foley) who immediately develops a crush on her. When Ben learns of the true reason for Felicity's enrollment, he's both flattered and a little uncertain about Felicity's mental stability. In the ensuing four years, Felicity goes through the basic trials and travails of a maturing college student, experiencing the ups and downs of life, love, and adulthoodThe Felicity DVD features a number of exciting episodes including the season premiere in which Felicity makes the big move to UNY. While there, she meets her new roommate and the resident advisor Noel Crane. She also makes quick friends with aspiring musician Julie. After telling Ben of her true motivations for attending UNY, he's apprehensive about starting a relationship, and Felicity announces that she'd just like to be friends. However, she gets jealous when she finds Ben and Julie together. Meanwhile, Felicity takes advantage of her job with the college and reads Ben's entrance essay, an inspirational piece about his dead brother. But she later learns that Ben has no brother at all Other notable episodes from Season 1 include "Thanksgiving" in which Felicity cancels her plans to return home for Thanksgiving in order to stay with Julie so that she will not be alone, and "Assassins" in which Noel and Felicity break off their relationship after each learns of the other's unforgivable actionsBelow is a list of episodes included on the Felicity (Season 1) DVD:Episode 1 (Pilot) Air Date: 09-29-1998Episode 2 (The Last Stand) Air Date: 10-06-1998Episode 3 (Hot Objects) Air Date: 10-13-1998Episode 4 (Boggled) Air Date: 10-20-1998Episode 5 (Spooked) Air Date: 10-27-1998Episode 6 (Cheating) Air Date: 11-03-1998Episode 7 (Drawing the Line: Part 1) Air Date: 11-10-1998Episode 8 (Drawing the Line: Part 2) Air Date: 11-17-1998Episode 9 (Thanksgiving) Air Date: 11-24-1998Episode 10 (Finally) Air Date: 12-15-1998Episode 11 (Gimme an O!) Air Date: 01-19-1999Episode 12 (Friends) Air Date: 01-26-1999Episode 13 (Todd Mulcahy: Part 1) Air Date: 02-09-1999Episode 14 (Todd Mulcahy: Part 2) Air Date: 02-16-1999Episode 15 (Love and Marriage) Air Date: 02-23-1999Episode 16 (The Fugue) Air Date: 03-02-1999Episode 17 (Assassins) Air Date: 04-20-1999Episode 18 (Happy Birthday) Air Date: 04-27-1999Episode 19 (Docuventary) Air Date: 05-04-1999Episode 20 (Connections) Air Date: 05-11-1999Episode 21 (The Force) Air Date: 05-18-1999Episode 22 (Felicity Was Here) Air Date: 05-25-1999

All In The Family (Season 3) DVD Review

All In The Family (Season 3) DVD Review

One of the more celebrated situation comedies of all-time, All In The Family dominated the Nielsen ratings throughout much of the 1970s. Carroll O'Connor plays the title role of Archie Bunker, the politically-incorrect head of the Bunker household. Loud and opinionated, Archie liberally dispenses his often bigoted remarks and ignorant comments from a recliner in his Queens, New York living room. Living with Archie are his loving, yet airheaded wife Edith (Jean Stapelton), progressive daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and ultra-liberal son-in-law Mike (Rob Reiner) who Archie regularly calls "Meathead". As Archie's ingrained assumptions clash with Gloria and Mike's modern ideas, arguments break out everywhere in the Bunker household, but the inevitably the various family members come to love and respect each other for who they areThe All In The Family (Season 3) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Archie and the Editorial" in which Archie ardently defends his anti-gun control views on a TV editorial show, only to be held up by a pair of muggers wielding a gun when he leaves the station. The incident causes Archie to transform into a gun control advocate Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "Lionel Steps Out" in which Lionel Jefferson takes Archie's niece out on the town (peeving Archie who believes whites and blacks don't mix), and "Mike's Appendix" in which Archie and Gloria fight over the credentials of female doctors when Mike is forced to have an emergency appendectomyBelow is a list of episodes included on the All In The Family (Season 3) DVD:Episode 38 (Archie and the Editorial) Air Date: 09-16-1972Episode 39 (Archie's Fraud) Air Date: 09-23-1972Episode 40 (The Threat) Air Date: 09-30-1972Episode 41 (Gloria and the Riddle) Air Date: 10-07-1972Episode 42 (Lionel Steps Out) Air Date: 10-14-1972Episode 43 (Edith Flips Her Whig) Air Date: 10-21-1972Episode 44 (The Bunkers and the Swingers) Air Date: 10-28-1972Episode 45 (Mike Comes Into Money) Air Date: 11-04-1972Episode 46 (Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding: Part 1) Air Date: 11-11-1972Episode 47 (Flashback: Mike and Gloria's Wedding: Part 2) Air Date: 11-18-1972Episode 48 (The Locket) Air Date: 11-23-1972Episode 49 (Mike's Appendix) Air Date: 12-02-1972Episode 50 (Edith's Winning Ticket) Air Date: 12-09-1972Episode 51 (Archie and the Bowling Team) Air Date: 12-16-1972Episode 52 (Archie in the Hospital) Air Date: 01-06-1973Episode 53 (Oh Say Can You See) Air Date: 01-20-1973Episode 54 (Archie Goes Too Far) Air Date: 01-27-1973Episode 55 (Class Reunion) Air Date: 02-10-1973Episode 56 (Hot Watch) Air Date: 02-17-1973Episode 57 (Archie is Branded) Air Date: 02-24-1973Episode 58 (Everybody Tells the Truth) Air Date: 03-03-1973Episode 59 (Archie Learns His Lesson) Air Date: 03-10-1973Episode 60 (Gloria, the Victim) Air Date: 03-17-1973Episode 61 (The Battle of the Month) Air Date: 03-24-1973

Meet The Fockers (DVD) Review

Meet The Fockers (DVD) Review

Arguably the best comedy of 2004, Meet The Fockers is a hilarious, humor-filled marathon. Screenwriters Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke (who should have received Oscars for their flawless penmanship of Meet The Parents) turn in another blockbuster manuscript. But, as with its predecessor, Meet The Fockers wouldn't be the comedy masterpiece it is without the onscreen chemistry of Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. Stiller, son of comedian Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld & King Of Queens), is a comic genius in his own right and has recently dominated the Hollywood box office with a string of smash spoof comedies such as There's Something About Mary (1998), Meet The Parents (2000), Zoolander (2001), Along Came Polly (2004), and Dodgeball (2004). De Niro, on the other hand, moves from the less serious roles of his early career into the comedy genre with an ease fully indicative of his enormous talent. Earlier comic roles in Wag The Dog (1997), Analyze This (1999), and Meet The Parents (2000) prepared movie-goers for the veteran actor's zinging one-liners. Throw Dustin Hoffman (who's also surprisingly funny) into the mix, and Meet The Fockers becomes one of those rare comedies that movie aficionados will want to see over and over again...Meet The Fockers follows the continuing hardship of Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller), a male nurse whose future father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), is a never-ending source of torment. A retired CIA operative, Jack is paranoid and controlling, and Greg's previous attempts to win over Jack's affections have always come up short. Now, Greg's life problems are multiplied by the imminent first meeting between his in-laws-to-be and his "birth parents".Traveling by RV, Greg, his fiance Pam (Teri Polo) and the rest of Byrnes family arrive in Florida where Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Roz Fockers' (Barbra Streisand) free-love, hippie lifestyle stands in stark contrast to Jack's serious faade. Throughout the visit, Greg works overtime to avoid having Jack learn of his mother's thriving sex therapy business, his own youthful indiscretion with the family maid, and his inability to supervise Jack Jr. for even a single afternoon. When Jack gets the idea that Greg fathered a child back in high school, he administers truth serum to Greg, sparking a series of events that is sure to make even the most ardent critic of ridiculous and juvenile movies (and this is one of them) burst forth in laughter...Meet The Fockers is a rarity in that it's a sequel to a fairly successful film that manages to live up to the reputation of the original. Although Meet The Parents is probably the better film, Meet The Fockers is a truly hilarious comedy in its own right. Directed by Jay Roach (director of the Austin Powers franchise), Meet The Fockers is a highly entertaining comedy, deploying all the tricks of the trade - slap-stick, bathroom humor, zinging one-liners, classic "fish-out-of-water" sequences, and situation humor. By no means is it a cinema classic worthy of artistic awards and praise from sophisticated critics. But it delivers on its promise. It promises to make you laugh, and it performs that task with relative ease...

Touched By An Angel (Season 2) DVD Review

Touched By An Angel (Season 2) DVD Review

Recipient of 3 Golden Globe and 12 Emmy nominations, including two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series (Della Reese), Touched By An Angel built an enormous and dedicated fanbase with its optimistic upbeat themes and inspiring plots. Creator John Masius, the brains behind the hit show Providence (1999) and a writer for the two hit series St. Elsewhere (1982) and LA Law (1986), creates a dramatic series that follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Highway To Heaven, a series which chronicled the life of an angel. Likewise, Touched By An Angel follows a similar plotline, but it uses multiple angelic characters to do so. With a contemporary setting and modern problems, the show reaches a broad audience with its themes of hope, love, and redemptionThe Touched By An Angel (Season 2) DVD features a number of touching episodes including the season premiere "Interview with an Angel" in which Monica is given the task of granting an interview to a journalist writing a piece on human encounters with angels. The reporter, Callie, is quite skeptical, but when Monica recounts the story of a couple that granted forgiveness to another person, Callie unwittingly becomes the subject of an angelic encounter herself Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "The Big Bang" in which Monica reveals herself to a married couple intent on robbing a bank and exacting revenge on its president, and "Lost And Found" in which Monica and Andrew come to the aid of a troubled detective haunted by his failures while working for the Centre for Missing ChildrenBelow is a list of episodes included on the Touched By An Angel (Season 2) DVD:Episode 12 (Interview with an Angel) Air Date: 09-23-1995Episode 13 (Trust) Air Date: 09-30-1995Episode 14 (Sympathy for the Devil) Air Date: 10-07-1995Episode 15 (The Driver) Air Date: 10-14-1995Episode 16 (Angels on the Air) Air Date: 10-21-1995Episode 17 (In the Name of God) Air Date: 10-28-1995Episode 18 (Reunion) Air Date: 11-04-1995Episode 19 (Operation Smile) Air Date: 11-11-1995Episode 20 (The Big Bang) Air Date: 11-25-1995Episode 21 (Unidentified Female) Air Date: 12-02-1995Episode 22 (The Feather) Air Date: 12-16-1995Episode 23 (The One That Got Away) Air Date: 01-06-1996Episode 24 ('Til We Meet Again) Air Date: 01-13-1996Episode 25 (Rock 'n' Roll Dad) Air Date: 01-20-1996Episode 26 (The Indigo Angel) Air Date: 02-03-1996Episode 27 (Jacob's Ladder) Air Date: 02-10-1996Episode 28 (Out of the Darkness) Air Date: 02-17-1996Episode 29 (Lost and Found) Air Date: 02-24-1996Episode 30 (Dear God) Air Date: 03-09-1996Episode 31 (Portrait of Mrs. Campbell) Air Date: 03-23-1996Episode 32 (The Quality of Mercy) Air Date: 04-27-1996Episode 33 (Flesh and Blood) Air Date: 05-04-1996Episode 34 (Birth Marks) Air Date: 05-11-1996Episode 35 (Statute of Limitations) Air Date: 05-18-1996

The West Wing (Season 3) DVD Review

Since it first aired in late 1999, The West Wing has been one of the most popular drama series on TV. Hollywood veteran Martin Sheen plays the lead role of President Jed Bartlet in this show which chronicles daily events in the life of a president. The daily operations of Bartlet's White House are run by varying individuals such as Claudia "C.J." Cregg (Allison Janney), Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe), Leo McGarry (John Spencer), Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff), and Charlie Young (Dule Hill). The West Wing focuses on these loyal attendants as they work around-the-clock to keep the White House running smoothly. In so doing, the stresses of the job and various personal hardships make for a voyeuristic glimpse into what many believe to be an accurate snap-shot of White House working lifeThe West Wing (Season 3) DVD offers a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere "Manchester: Part 1" in which C.J. mistakenly reveals during her press conference that President Bartlet suffers from a medical condition, prompting an onslaught of media attention regarding the president's health. In gearing up to spin the revelation, the staffers discuss whether or not Bartlet should apologize to the nation for failing to reveal the problem. Meanwhile, Abbey is not pleased when she learns that Jed has decided to run for re-election Other notable episodes from Season 3 include "The Indians in the Lobby" in which a pair of Indians announce their plans to stand in the lobby of the Department of Interior until they receive an answer on their 15-year-old application to buy back lost Indian lands, and "Hartsfield's Landing" in which the staffers begin to execute their presidential primary strategy (beginning in New Hampshire) in their plan to win Bartlet's re-electionBelow is a list of episodes included on The West Wing (Season 3) DVD:Episode 45 (Manchester: Part 1) Air Date: 10-17-2001Episode 46 (Manchester: Part 2) Air Date: 10-24-2001Episode 47 (Ways and Means) Air Date: 10-31-2001Episode 48 (On the Day Before) Air Date: 11-07-2001Episode 49 (War Crimes) Air Date: 11-14-2001Episode 50 (Gone Quiet) Air Date: 11-21-2001Episode 51 (The Indians in the Lobby) Air Date: 11-28-2001Episode 52 (The Women of Qumar) Air Date: 12-12-2001Episode 53 (Bartlet for America) Air Date: 01-09-2002Episode 54 (H. Con-172) Air Date: 01-16-2002Episode 55 (100,000 Airplanes) Air Date: 01-30-2002Episode 56 (The Two Bartlets) Air Date: 02-06-2002Episode 57 (Night Five) Air Date: 02-27-2002Episode 58 (Hartsfield's Landing) Air Date: 03-06-2002Episode 59 (Dead Irish Writers) Air Date: 03-27-2002Episode 60 (The U.S. Poet Laureate) Air Date: 04-03-2002Episode 61 (Stirred) Air Date: 05-01-2002Episode 62 (Enemies Foreign and Domestic) Air Date: 05-08-2002Episode 63 (The Black Vera Wang) Air Date: 05-15-2002Episode 64 (We Killed Yamamoto) Air Date: 05-15-2002Episode 65 (Posse Comitatus) Air Date: 05-22-2002

24 (Season 3) DVD Review

Originally aired in late Fall of 2001, 24 immediately built a cult following of dedicated fans and critics, establishing itself as one of the best new television series of the decade. Founding on the interesting premise that each episode should account for one hour in a day, the show follows the exploits of a James Bond-like government agent named Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland stars in the role of Bauer who often grapples with personal problems as well as world-altering crises. At first glance, 24 could easily be confused with a blockbuster Hollywood action thriller, but its so much moreSeason 3 begins almost three years after Jacks successful thwarting of a terrorist conspiracy to nuke Los Angeles. An extremely powerful drug kingpin, Ramon Salazar, has recently been captured and imprisoned due to Jacks efforts, but the Salazar case is far from over. Ramons brother contacts federal authorities and threatens to release a deadly virus on the American public unless his brother is immediately freed. Yet again, Jack is tasked with hunting down the terrorists in a 24 hour timeframe Will he succeed? Or will innocent people die in mass?The 24 (Season 3) DVD features a number of breathtaking episodes including the season premiere in which a dead body is tossed just outside of a healthcare facility in Los Angeles. The Counter Terrorism Unit quickly learns that the body is infected with a deadly virus, a blatant signal of blackmail when the unit learns of a threat to release the virus at large unless drug lord Ramon Salazar is let out of prison. Meanwhile, President Palmer is preparing a presidential debate in the company of his brother (also his chief-of-staff) and his doctor (also his girlfriend), and Kim who now works at CTU with Jack has secretly been dating her fathers partner, Chase Edmunds Other notable episodes from Season 3 include (#53) in which Jack is taken hostage in an inmate riot while trying to break Ramon out of prison, and (#71) in which Jack is on the verge of discovering the location of the deadly vialsBelow is a list of episodes included on the 24 (Season 3) DVD:Episode 49 (12:00 A.M. 1:00 A.M.) Air Date: 10-28-2003Episode 50 (1:00 A.M. 2:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-04-2003Episode 51 (2:00 A.M. 3:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-11-2003Episode 52 (3:00 A.M. 4:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-18-2003Episode 53 (4:00 A.M. 5:00 A.M.) Air Date: 11-25-2003Episode 54 (5:00 A.M. 6:00 A.M.) Air Date: 12-02-2003Episode 55 (6:00 A.M. 7:00 A.M.) Air Date: 12-09-2003Episode 56 (7:00 A.M. 8:00 A.M.) Air Date: 12-16-2003Episode 57 (8:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M.) Air Date: 01-06-2004Episode 58 (9:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.) Air Date: 01-13-2004Episode 59 (10:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.) Air Date: 01-27-2004Episode 60 (11:00 A.M. 12:00 P.M.) Air Date: 02-03-2004Episode 61 (12:00 P.M. 1:00 P.M.) Air Date: 02-10-2004Episode 62 (1:00 P.M. 2:00 P.M.) Air Date: 02-17-2004Episode 63 (2:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M.) Air Date: 02-24-2004Episode 64 (3:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M.) Air Date: 03-30-2004Episode 65 (4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-06-2004Episode 66 (5:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-18-2004Episode 67 (6:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-20-2004Episode 68 (7:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M.) Air Date: 04-27-2004Episode 69 (8:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M.) Air Date: 05-04-2004Episode 70 (9:00 P.M. 10:00 P.M.) Air Date: 05-11-2004Episode 71 (10:00 P.M. 11:00 P.M.) Air Date: 05-18-2004Episode 72 (11:00 P.M. 12:00 A.M.) Air Date: 05-25-2004

Summary

Nominated for 2 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes, including Best TV Series - Drama, Felicity gathered a large cult following in its short four season stint. Premiering on the WB network in September 1998, the show (along with Dawson's Creek) helped ignite a firestorm of highly successful original series on behalf of the upstart network, with such hit shows as Angel (1999), Gilmore Girls (2000), and Smallville (2001). The brainchild of writer J.J. Abrams (creator of the two hit serie...