TV Series – February 2008

Alias: the Complete Season 2
Double agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) faces the greatest challenge of her life when her mother, an enemy long thought dead, turns herself in to the CIA.

Alias: the Complete Season 3
The third season of Alias found super spy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) waking up in Hong Kong with a monster hangover and many unanswered questions.

Boston Legal: Season One
Boston Legal: Season Two
Boston Legal: Season Three
The professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. James Spader, William Shatner, Denny Crane, Candice Bergen.

The Closer: Season 1
The Closer: Season 2
A tough-as-nails detective (Kyra Sedgwick) moves from Atlanta to LA to head up the LAPD’s Priority Murder Squad

Evie Teale (Katherine Ross) struggles to raise her two children and run a remote stagecoach station. Conn Conagher (Sam Elliott) is an honest, hardworking cowboy. Their lives are intertwined as they fight the elements, Indians, outlaws, and loneliness. Based on the novel by Louis L’Amour

Crossfire Trail
A wanderer (Tom Selleck) heads for Wyoming to fulfill a promise to protect a dying friend’s widow (Virginia Madsen) and ranch. Based on the novel by Louis L’Amour

Dead Man’s Walk
The prequel to Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove finds Gus and Call on a deadly trail to Santa Fe facing outlaws, bandits, and the notorious Buffalo Hump, a vicious warrior. Cast: David Arquette, F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Brian Dennehy.

Dirt: The Complete First Season Rated TV-MA
As editor-in-chief of Hollywood’s most influential gossip rag, Lucy Spiller (Courtney Cox) can make or break a celebrity, but her obsession with outing the darker side of the glamorous life unleashes the demons of her own past and makes her a victim of the machine she has created.

Fortunes of War
A BBC-TV mini-series that chronicles the lives of an English couple (Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson) living in Bucharest when WWII breaks out. Features . Based on the novels by Olivia Manning.

Hetty Wainthrop Investigates: Complete 4th Series
The BBC’s beloved matron of mystery (Patricia Rutledge) returns to tackle her most challenging cases yet.

The History of Mr. Polly
The legendary H.G. Wells created this fanciful Victorian tale of Alfred Polly, an ordinary man who, rather than pursuing his dreams, follows a conventional path in life and finds himself desperately unhappy.

House M.D.: Season 3
Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) still has the most unapologetically prickly bedside manner ever, but his genius for solving the medical mysteries other practitioners can’t has earned him the respect of his team.

Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Set 5
Detective Inspector Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Detective Sergeant Havers (Sharon Small), Elizabeth George s crime-cracking duo from opposite sides of the track, are back in four intriguing new mysteries.

Set in 12th century England, this sweeping saga follows the noble Saxon knight, Wilfred of Ivanhoe and his bloody battles with the scheming Prince John as he attempts to restore Richard The Lion-Hearted to the throne. A BBC-TV production of Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel.

The story of John Harrison, whose forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper is interwoven with that of naval officer Rupert Gould who, two hundred years later, stumbles across Harrison’s inventions. Cast: Michael Gambon, Jeremy Irons, Ian Hart. Based on the book by Dava Sobel.

Mansfield Park
Masterpiece Theatre’s most recent production of Jane Austen’s classic novel. Fanny Price goes to live with prosperous relatives at Mansfield Park and must navigate a labyrinth of intrigues and affairs among the occupants of the house.

Most Mysterious Murder
This BBC series is hosted by Julian Fellowes, a British character actor and screenwriter. Each episode follows the tale of a real, unsolved English murder, occurring between the 1870s and 1940s, acted out with smashing period detail and dialogue. Fellowes narrates, helps spotlight possible suspects, and in the end makes his own case for who he thinks the murderer was.

Northanger Abbey
In this gentle parody of gothic fiction, young Catherine Morland (Felicity Jones) is invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies. Andrew Davies adapted this new Masterpiece Theater production of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show
Garry Shandling wraps up the run of his groundbreaking HBO comedy series with 23 of what he felt were the best episodes of the show’s run (from 1992-98) along eight hours of newly produced material, including a feature-length “making of” documentary, cast and star interviews, deleted scenes, commentaries, and footage of Shandling on personal visits with stars like Alec Baldwin, Jon Stewart, and Jerry Seinfeld.

The Pallisers: Set One
This sprawling BBC saga of wealth, passion, power, intrigue and scandal is set in the palatial country houses and grand Mayfair salons of mid-Victorian England. Based on the six “political” novels by Anthony Trollope.

Masterpiece Theatre’s most recent adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic novel tells the story of Anne Elliot who eight years prior, at the age of 19, fell deeply in love with the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. When he returns from sea with a fortune and rank, she watches as the eligible young women in the district fall at his feet.

Piece of Cake
This British TV series features the adventures, heartaches and rites of passage of the fighter pilots of RAF Hornet Squadron during World War II.

Poirot: Set 11
Three episodes of the impeccably turned-out diminutive Belgian sleuth (David Suchet) created by Agatha Christie.

Prison Break: Season 2
Most men would do anything to get out of jail, but Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) will do anything to get in.

Alex Haley’s Queen
Author Alex Haley’s story of the paternal side of his family. One of his ancestor’s, Queen (Halle Berry), is the daughter of a slave and a plantation owner during the turbulent decades of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and beyond. Cast includes: Ann-Margret, Patricia Clarkson, Tim Daly, Ossie Davis, Danny Glover, Jasmine Guy, Jane Krakowski, Martin Sheen, Paul Winfield.

The Riches: Season One
Wayne and Dahlia Malloy (Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver) are travelers–a kind of American gypsies–who get in trouble with their clan and have to hit the road with their three kids. When a confrontation with other travelers causes a deadly car accident, the Malloys assume the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Rich. Rated TV-MA

The Scarlet Pimpernel
A&E’s acclaimed adaptation of Baroness Orczy’s classic tales of love and adventure during the French Revolution. This multi-disc set includes all three adventures in the series and features Richard Grant and Elizabeth McGovern.

A&E TV’s true story of Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic adventures. Bound for Antarctica in 1914, Shackleton’s (Kenneth Branagh) ship, the Endurance, was trapped in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
This BBC TV series from 1970 chronicles England’s turbulent years of the early 16th century, recounting the life and times of the vibrant and lusty King Henry VIII in a cycle of six plays.

A Slight Case of Murder
Laura Penney accidentally fell in her apartment and died. Or perhaps she was pushed. Just a little. Either way, on-air film critic Terry Thorpe figures he’s Suspect #1 because he was there. But maybe he’s seen enough crime movies to bamboozle the cops. Cast: William H. Macy, Adam Arkin, Felicity Huffman, James Cromwell.

Streets of Laredo
This sequel to Larry McMurtry’s western classic Lonesome Dove pits legendary Texas Ranger Woodrow Call against his deadliest adversary ever. Cast: James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Randy Quaid, Ned Beatty, George Carlin, Sonia Braga.

Tom Jones
This BBC production follows the rollicking adventures of Tom Jones as he romps across 18th century England, from bedrooms to rural inns to London’s dangerous streets. Cast out from his home and forbidden his true love, Tom must overcome the charms of an older seductress and the sinister plot of a nefarious rival to win his lover’s heart. Based on the novel by Henry Fielding.

A Touch of Frost: Season 5
A Touch of Frost: Seasons 7 & 8
A Touch of Frost: Seasons 9 & 10
A Touch of Frost: Seasons 11 & 12
Award-winning British actor David Jason is Jack Frost, a no-nonsense detective whose unorthodox methods fuel the tension between him and his superiors. Based on the novels of R.D. Wingfield.

The Tudors: The Complete First Season
King Henry VIII: young, sexy and the most powerful man in the world (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). The throne and the entire world became his at age 19. This Showtime television series reveals the early years of the passionate, vibrant and scandalous man who forever changed the course of history. Rated TV-MA

Victoria & Albert
The moving romantic story of two lovers who create an intimate private world amidst the pomp and politics of the court of St. James. This miniseries shows us a Victoria that we have never seen before–not the staid and stately old matron cloaked in black–but a young, passonate, sensual Victoria who takes command of the throne and falls head over heels in love with the dashing German prince

A Year in Provence
Based on Peter Mayle’s international best seller, this is the hilarious autobiographical account of the Mayles’ move from London to rural southern France. This twelve-episode miniseries was originally shown on PBS and features Lindsay Duncan and John Thaw.

Young Ivanhoe
In this pre-quell to Sir Walter Scott’s novel, the Black Knight helps the Saxon hero of Sir Walter Scott’s novel thwart a plot by the greedy Count De Bourget. Cast: Stacy Keach, Margot Kidder, Nick Mancuso & Rachel Blanchard.