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Fun for both adults and children, The Simpsons is one of those rare shows that smashed the conventional wisdom of its time and redefined its genre. By creating a truly adult cartoon, and not one watered-down for a younger audience, The Simpsons kept its finger of the pulse of American TV viewers, providing an unmatched wit with its biting satire. Its a combination that opened the door for later prime time animated series such as Futurama, King Of The Hill, and The Family Guy...

The Simpsons (Season 4) DVD Review

The Simpsons (Season 4) DVD ReviewFun for both adults and children, The Simpsons is one of those rare shows that smashed the conventional wisdom of its time and redefined its genre. By creating a truly adult cartoon, and not one watered-down for a younger audience, The Simpsons kept its finger of the pulse of American TV viewers, providing an unmatched wit with its biting satire. Its a combination that opened the door for later prime time animated series such as Futurama, King Of The Hill, and The Family Guy. But in the end, none can come close to the originality and hilarity of The Simpsons, one of the best shows from any genre in television historyThe Simpsons (Season 4) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere Kamp Krusty in which Bart forges his report card so that Homer and Marge will allow him to go to Kamp Krusty, a traditional summer camp for Americas youth. But the summer camp is anything but traditional, and the kids soon learn as theyre forced to make cheap wallets and perform other acts usually reserved for Third World foreign laborers. The kids endure until its revealed that Krusty will not be visiting as promised, the news of which prompts Bart to spark an uprising Other notable episodes from Season 4 include Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie in which Barts punishment (that he can not see the new Itchy & Scratchy movie) threatens to drive him to the brink of insanity, and Duffless in which Homers arrest for a DWI forces him to submit to a campaign of anti-drinking films and AA meetings (made all the worse by Marges request that he quit drinking for one month)Below is a list of episodes included on The Simpsons (Season 4) DVD:Episode 60 (Kamp Krusty) Air Date: 09-24-1992Episode 61 (A Streetcar Named Marge) Air Date: 10-01-1992Episode 62 (Homer the Heretic) Air Date: 10-08-1992Episode 63 (Lisa the Beauty Queen) Air Date: 10-15-1992Episode 64 (Treehouse of Horror 3) Air Date: 10-29-1992Episode 65 (Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie) Air Date: 11-03-1992Episode 66 (Marge Gets a Job) Air Date: 11-05-1992Episode 67 (New Kid on the Block) Air Date: 11-12-1992Episode 68 (Mr. Plow) Air Date: 11-19-1992Episode 69 (Lisas First Word) Air Date: 12-03-1992Episode 70 (Homers Triple Bypass) Air Date: 12-17-1992Episode 71 (Marge vs. The Monorail) Air Date: 01-14-1993Episode 72 (Selmas Choice) Air Date: 01-21-1993Episode 73 (Brother from the Same Planet) Air Date: 02-04-1993Episode 74 (I Love Lisa) Air Date: 02-11-1993Episode 75 (Duffless) Air Date: 02-18-1993Episode 76 (Last Exit to Springfield) Air Date: 03-11-1993Episode 77 (So it has Come to This: The Simpsons Clip Show) Air Date: 04-01-1993Episode 78 (The Front) Air Date: 04-15-1993Episode 79 (Whacking Day) Air Date: 04-29-1993Episode 80 (Marge in Chains) Air Date: 05-06-1993Episode 81 (Krusty Gets Kancelled) Air Date: 05-13-1993

Sanford And Son (Season 5) DVD Review

Sanford And Son (Season 5) DVD Review

Winner of widespread critical and audience acclaim, Sanford And Son remained a mainstay of the Nielsen Top Ten from its inception into its final season on the air. Centered around the life of Fred Sanford, a sixty-year-old junkyard owner who lives with his son Lamont, Sanford And Son brought Redd Foxx from the dark backrooms of comedy halls to the forefront of American pop culture, making certain his talent didn't go unnoticed. With numerous brilliant jabs, sarcastic comments, fake heart attacks, and other such shennanigans, Fred Sanford earned his place in the hallowed halls of TV history...The Sanford & Son (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Earthquake II" in which Fred wakes up believing the house was robbed only to find out that a small earthquake hit in the middle of the night. When Grady tells him that a "big one" is coming soon, Fred gets fed up and vows to sell the house. He travels to Las Vegas to avoid the earthquake, where he runs into Merv Griffin Other notable episodes from Season 5 include "Donna Pops the Question" in which Donna receives a marriage proposal from another man, but wants to know first if Fred will marry her, and "Can You Chop This?" in which Fred invests all of his and Lamont's money in a get rich quick scheme involving the sale of choppersBelow is a list of episodes included on the Sanford & Son (Season 5) DVD:Episode 88 (Earthquake II) Air Date: 09-12-1975Episode 89 (Divorce, Sanford Style) Air Date: 09-19-1975Episode 90 (Bank on This) Air Date: 09-26-1975Episode 91 (The Sanford Arms) Air Date: 10-03-1975Episode 92 (Steinberg and Son) Air Date: 10-10-1975Episode 93 (Brother, Can You Spare an Act?) Air Date: 10-17-1975Episode 94 (Della, Della, Della) Air Date: 10-31-1975Episode 95 (Donna Pops the Question) Air Date: 11-07-1975Episode 96 (My Fair Esther) Air Date: 11-14-1975Episode 97 (Sanford and Rising Son) Air Date: 11-21-1975Episode 98 (The Olympics) Air Date: 12-05-1975Episode 99 (Ebenezer Sanford) Air Date: 12-12-1975Episode 100 (The Oddfather) Air Date: 01-02-1976Episode 101 (Can You Chop This?) Air Date: 01-09-1976Episode 102 (Greatest Show in Watts) Air Date: 01-16-1976Episode 103 (Fred Sanford Has a Baby) Air Date: 01-23-1976Episode 104 (The TV Addict) Air Date: 01-30-1976Episode 105 (Lamont in Love) Air Date: 02-06-1976Episode 106 (The Escorts) Air Date: 02-13-1976Episode 107 (The Engagement Man Always Rings Twice) Air Date: 02-20-1976Episode 108 (The Director) Air Date: 02-27-1976Episode 109 (A Pain in the Neck) Air Date: 03-05-1976Episode 100 (Sergeant Gork) Air Date: 03-12-1976Episode 111 (Camping Trip) Air Date: 03-19-1976

South Park (Season 4) DVD Review

South Park (Season 4) DVD Review

Launching its premiere broadcast in late summer 1997, South Park instantly ascended to the status of pop culture icon with its rapier-like wit and unique brand of sarcasm. Following the exploits of four elementary school kids - Kyle, Cartman, Stan, and Kenny - the series utilizes amateurish drawing skills, but grade-A humor. The creation of two friends, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, South Park remains one of Comedy Central's most popular cable programs to this day...The South Park (Season 4) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "The Tooth Fairy's TATS 2000" in which Cartman's two-dollar bounty from the tooth fairy sparks an idea in the boys' heads to scam the tooth fairy. When they learn the truth about the tooth fairy, they establish a new plan to rob rich kids of their tooth fairy money, but they soon learn that a notorious mobster already has the tooth fairy market cornered Other notable episodes from Season 4 include "Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?" in which a fundamentalist preacher convinces the boys that they are all going to hell unless they confess their sins (except for Kyle because he's Jewish, and thus, hell-bound already), and "Fat Camp" in which the boys dissect several endangered manatees in science class following a delivery mix-up with the Denver ZooBelow is a list of episodes included on the South Park (Season 4) DVD:Episode 49 (The Tooth Fairy's TATS 2000) Air Date: 04-05-2000Episode 50 (Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000) Air Date: 04-12-2000Episode 51 (Timmy! 2000) Air Date: 04-19-2000Episode 52 (Quintuplets 2000) Air Date: 04-26-2000Episode 53 (Cartman Joins NAMBLA) Air Date: 06-21-2000Episode 54 (Cherokee Hair Tampons) Air Date: 06-28-2000Episode 55 (Chef Goes Nanners) Air Date: 07-05-2000Episode 56 (Something You Can Do With Your Finger) Air Date: 07-12-2000Episode 57 (Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?) Air Date: 07-19-2000Episode 58 (Probably) Air Date: 07-26-2000Episode 59 (4th Grade) Air Date: 11-08-2000Episode 60 (Trapper Keeper) Air Date: 11-15-2000Episode 61 (Helen Keller! The Musical) Air Date: 11-22-2000Episode 62 (Great Expectations) Air Date: 11-29-2000Episode 63 (Fat Camp) Air Date: 12-06-2000Episode 64 (The Wacky Molestation Adventure) Air Date: 12-13-2000Episode 65 (A Very Crappy Christmas) Air Date: 12-20-2000

The Da Vinci Code (DVD) Review

The Da Vinci Code (DVD) Review

The Da Vinci Code as a novel is an international bestselling phenomenon, but The Da Vinci Code as a movie is bound to be long forgotten by years end. Directed by Ron Howard, the Hollywood veteran behind such memorable films as A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, this adaptation of Dan Browns religious thriller is 149 minutes of monotonous exposition and tedious European spy thriller clichs. What makes Dan Browns novels so popular is the narrative background on such subjects as cryptography, secret societies, religious orders, and alternative history. But its difficult to translate such ideas to the big screen, and its here that The Da Vinci Code fails as a commercial thriller. Entire scenes are composed of lectures on the history of Christianity and the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. Michael Crichton has a similar style of writing that focuses on scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge technology, but his novels adapt better to the big screen. Whereas Jurassic Park briefly lectured audiences on the inner-workings of DNA, then quickly jumped to two hours of dinosaurs terrorizing people, The Da Vinci Code keeps explaining, hypothesizing, and lecturing only to leave its audience hanging. The ideas are intriguing, but they make for a far better novel than silver screen blockbuster. Minus the interesting conjecture, the film is nothing more than a poorly written 1970s drugstore spy thrillerTom Hanks plays the lead role of Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of religious symbology lecturing in Paris. When Jacques Sauniere (Jean-Pierre Marielle), curator of the Louvre, is found murdered and strangely positioned in his famous museum, local authorities initially consult Langdon for his expertise. But the professor soon learns from Saunieres granddaughter, government cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), that he and the prime suspect are one and the same. Creating a diversion for the police, the two discover a hidden trail of clues created by Sauniere in the moments before his death, clues that just might lead them to most elusive treasure in human history the Holy Grail. With InterPol hot on their trail, and the true murderer still at large, Langdon and Neveu enlist the help of Grail historian Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen) to teach them the history of the Grails protectors, The Priory of Scion, and to help them uncover the endless clues that promise to unravel a 2,000 year mysteryDespite the remarks of most critics, Tom Hanks performance is not atrocious. Although his character is bland at best, he wasnt given much with which to work. Robert Langdons lack of development is more attributable to poorly written dialogue and poor choices in direction. Ron Howard tries to cover up some of the excessive dialogue with visual images, but narrative is still narrative even with flashback sequences. Audrey Tautou delivers her lines well, but suffers from the same constraints as her Academy Award-winning screen partner. The only shining performance is provided by Ian McKellen as the eccentric and charming Grail expert, Leigh Teabing. Some of his one-liners add a bit of comic relief, but theyre only band-aids on the gushing head wound that is this film. In the end, The Da Vinci Code is a lesson on the distinction between two differing mediums. Movies havent replaced books, or vice-versa, for a reason. Sometimes, its just better to read the book. In the case of The Da Vinci Code, this is one of those moments...

CSI (Season 4) DVD Review

Ripped from the imagination of writer Anthony Zuiker, CSI follows the life of Gil Grissom (William Petersen), a quirky and oftentimes obsessive workaholic who heads up the nightshift unit of the Las Vegas Police Departments Crime Scene Investigation department. Nominated for 6 Golden Globes and 20 Emmys, the series has been either #1 or the #2 Nielsen rated show since the start of its second season in Fall of 2001. With an unorthodox approach the TV police drama (emphasis is placed on lab work rather than actual street police work), CSI was a novel concept when it first premiered. With transient characters from every walk of life, the exotic Las Vegas setting, and a steady level of crime, CSI has all the necessary elements required for a blockbuster TV showThe C.S.I. (Season 4) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere Assume Nothing in which the CSI team investigates a series of murders involving couples. When one couple meets another in a bar, and the second couple turns up dead, the police suspect a tandem of serial killers are on the loose Other notable episodes from Season 4 include Jackpot in which a severed head is mailed to the CSI coroner, Dr. Robbins, from Jackpot, Nevada, and Early Rollout in which the CSI team investigates the execution-style murder of a porn star and her husband while the CSI also suffers from some internal difficultiesBelow is a list of episodes included on the C.S.I. (Season 4) DVD:Episode 70 (Assume Nothing) Air Date: 09-25-2003Episode 71 (All for Our Country) Air Date: 10-02-2003Episode 72 (Homebodies) Air Date: 10-09-2003Episode 73 (Feeling the Heat) Air Date: 10-23-2003Episode 74 (Fur and Loathing) Air Date: 10-30-2003Episode 75 (Jackpot) Air Date: 11-06-2003Episode 76 (Invisible Evidence) Air Date: 11-13-2003Episode 77 (After the Show) Air Date: 11-20-2003Episode 78 (Grissom Versus the Volcano) Air Date: 12-11-2003Episode 79 (Coming of Rage) Air Date: 12-18-2003Episode 80 (Eleven Angry Jurors) Air Date: 01-08-2004Episode 81 (Butterflied) Air Date: 01-15-2004Episode 82 (Suckered) Air Date: 02-05-2004Episode 83 (Paper or Plastic) Air Date: 02-12-2004Episode 84 (Early Rollout) Air Date: 02-19-2004Episode 85 (Getting Off) Air Date: 02-26-2004Episode 86 (XX) Air Date: 03-11-2004Episode 87 (Bad to the Bone) Air Date: 04-01-2004Episode 88 (Bad Words) Air Date: 04-15-2004Episode 89 (Dead Ringer) Air Date: 04-29-2004Episode 90 (Turn of the Screws) Air Date: 05-06-2004Episode 91 (No More Bets) Air Date: 05-13-2004Episode 92 (Bloodlines) Air Date: 05-20-2004

Law And Order (Season 2) DVD Review

The recipient of more than 52 Emmy nominations since its inception in 1990, Law & Order is one of the more popular television shows of the modern era. Boasting a four additional Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Dramatic Series, Law & Order is more than a traditional TV show, it's quite possibly television's most lucrative franchise ever, spawning popular spin-offs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), and Law & Order: Trial By Jury (2005 - now cancelled). Filmed in New York City, the show was created Dick Wolf, a vetern TV writer for such successful series as Hill Street Blues and Miami ViceThe Law & Order (Season 2) DVD features a number of dramatic episodes including the season premiere "Confession" in which Det. Logan goes too far in interrogating the man suspected of Max Greevey's murder. En route to obtaining a confession, Logan endangers the prosecution's case Other notable episodes from Season 2 include "Misconception" in which the mugging of a pregnant woman leads to murder charges when she loses the baby, and "Vengeance" in which the parents of a murder victim attempt to overturn the conviction of her killer so that he can face charges in another state where the death penalty is still enforcedBelow is a list of episodes included on the Law & Order (Season 2) DVD:Episode 23 (Confession) Air Date: 09-17-1991Episode 24 (The Wages of Love) Air Date: 09-24-1991Episode 25 (Aria) Air Date: 10-01-1991Episode 26 (Asylum) Air Date: 10-08-1991Episode 27 (God Bless the Child) Air Date: 10-22-1991Episode 28 (Misconception) Air Date: 10-29-1991Episode 29 (In Memory Of) Air Date: 11-05-1991Episode 30 (Out of Control) Air Date: 11-12-1991Episode 31 (Renunciation) Air Date: 11-19-1991Episode 32 (Heaven) Air Date: 11-26-1991Episode 33 (His Hour Upon the Stage) Air Date: 12-10-1991Episode 34 (Star Struck) Air Date: 01-07-1992Episode 35 (Severance) Air Date: 01-14-1992Episode 36 (Blood is Thicker) Air Date: 02-04-1992Episode 37 (Trust) Air Date: 02-11-1992Episode 38 (Vengeance) Air Date: 02-18-1992Episode 39 (Sisters of Mercy) Air Date: 03-03-1992Episode 40 (Cradle to Grave) Air Date: 03-31-1992Episode 41 (The Fertile Fields) Air Date: 04-07-1992Episode 42 (Intolerance) Air Date: 04-14-1992Episode 43 (Silence) Air Date: 04-28-1992Episode 44 (The Working Stiff) Air Date: 05-14-1992

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Fun for both adults and children, The Simpsons is one of those rare shows that smashed the conventional wisdom of its time and redefined its genre. By creating a truly adult cartoon, and not one watered-down for a younger audience, The Simpsons kept its finger of the pulse of American TV viewers, providing an unmatched wit with its biting satire. Its a combination that opened the door for later prime time animated series such as Futurama, King Of The Hill, and The Family Guy...