Why does everyone hate Chris? Is there a Stargate that will take me to the mall? And where did Alex P. Keaton's parents go so wrong? Find out the answers to these questions, plus what else is coming out, in this week's installment of TV on DVD.
Show: Everybody Hates Chris, The Second Season (CBS/Paramount)
What is it?: So we have some news for Bill O'Reilly: black people can be nerds, too. Bill, meet Chris, the sitcom alter ego of Chris Rock. In this funny but real show, lil' Chris gets bussed to a predominantly white school full of kids who don't know that black people are just as capable of studying, being cool and, yes, even running restaurants as white people. Of course, kids at school (and idiots on Fox News) aren't his only problemhe's got a crazy family to deal with as well.
Number of discs/episodes: 4 discs/22 episodes
Extras: Featurettes on the cast and crew, the stand-ins, the period wardrobe, Mr. Omar's Women, Miss Morello's Racism, and Joey Caruso; a tour of the school; webisodes; gag reel.
Buy, borrow or ignore: Borrow.
Show: Stargate SG-1, The Complete Series (MGM)
What is it?: In the tradition of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," "M*A*S*H" and "The Odd Couple," may we proudly present another TV show that was originally based on, but ultimately became better than, a movie: "Stargate SG-1." Not that we need to tell you that, since "Stargate," at age 10, is the longest running sci-fi show in American television history (at nearly 40, Britain's "Doctor Who" is the oldest of all time). The story of some modern day human soldiers who use a portal to explore the galaxy, saving the day as they go, "Stargate" had all the hallmarks of great sci-fi: interesting characters, exotic locales and tons of heart and humor. All of which is collected in this exhaustive, extra-filled and beautifully packaged complete collection.
Number of discs/episodes: 54 discs/214 episodes
Extras: Promos; video diaries; numerous featurettes including ones on the show's science, 200th episode, connection to "Stargate Atlantis" and the video game; "Directors Series" featurettes on numerous specific episodes; interviews with the cast and crew.
Buy, borrow or ignore: Buy.
Show: Family Ties, The Second Season (CBS/Paramount)
What is it?: There've been plenty of odd couples on TV, and plenty of shows where parents and children were polar opposites, but before "Family Ties," no one ever combined the two. But maybe that's why "Family Ties"in which a hippie couple try to be groovy with their right-wing republican kidworked so well. Though it also could've been because the aforementioned parents were played by the talented Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross while the junior Sean Hannity was Michael J. Fox. Or because the family also included a ditsy sister and a cute kid who weren't as stereotypical as we've just made them seem. Or because, at least in this season, they hadn't made the fatal sitcom mistake of adding a cute boy child with a bowl cut. No combination of sitcom premises can save that one.
Number of discs/episodes: 4 disc/23 episodes
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