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TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

by Ethan Alter February 12, 2013 2:04 pm
TV on DVD: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bye-bye you gossip hounds.

Gossip Girl: The Complete Sixth and Final Season
Once The CW's signature show, Gossip Girl had fallen on hard times during its final seasons, eclipsed by shows like The Vampire Diaries and creatively so convoluted that even the most die-hard fans could barely make sense of the narrative anymore. If anything, the writers only doubled down on the craziness and lack of logic in this final batch of episodes, building up to a finale that finally reveals the identity of the titular gossip fiend (not to spoil anything, but the name rhymes with "Bland Dunphy"), a last-minute twist that essentially throws continuity out the window. Then again, who really watched Gossip Girl for continuity? We tuned in to see pretty people in pretty outfits alternately loving and hating each other. So on that level at least, the series finale was actually kinda sorta a success. We look forward to the inevitable reboot and/or prequel five years from now.
Extras: A gag reel and deleted scenes, a farewell featurette, another retrospective mini-doc and a free audiobook download of the Gossip Girl prequel, It Had to Be You.
Click here to read our recaps of all gossipy six seasons

Weeds: Season 8
Nurse Jackie: Season 4
Although the seventh season finale of Weeds seemed like a series finale in many respects, Showtime brought the once-great pot comedy back for one more year to tie up questions and plotlines that everyone had pretty much stopped caring about long ago. Funnily enough, the majority of Season 8 was actually decent, with some good chemistry brewing between Justin Kirk's Andy and Jennifer Jason Leigh's Jill and solid material for Daryl Sabara's Tim Scottson. But the actual series finale proved bad enough to erase a lot of the goodwill we were starting to feel toward this show. Once again using the now-tired device of jumping the story ahead a few years, creator Jenji Kohan botched the ending to Nancy Botwin's saga with messy writing and forced, flat attempts at humor. The one good thing about the finale? It means that Weeds is really and truly over. Speaking of forced, flat attempts at humor, Showtime's Edie Falco-led series Nurse Jackie frequently gets nominated in the Best Comedy categories at various awards shows even though we've yet to have heard of anyone who still actually finds the show remotely amusing. Season 4 added Bobby Cannavale to the cast (the guy was also a regular on the most recent season of Boardwalk Empire, which must have broken some kind of premium cable law) as a hard-nosed hospital administrator that tries (and fails, natch) to crack down on Jackie's hijinks. Weeds wound up lasting eight seasons -- we can only hope that Nurse Jackie checks out after six.
Extras: Weeds comes with cast and crew commentaries, three featurettes, a gag reel and deleted scenes. Nurse Jackie includes commentary tracks, two featurettes and a gag reel.
Click here to read our thoughts about the Weeds series finale

Family Matters: The Complete Third Season
Duck Dodgers: Dark Side of the Duck -- Season 1
Time warp two decades into the past with the Season 3 DVD set of Family Matters, which collects the show's 1991-1992 season. Kicking off with a premiere in which Urkel befriends an orangutan (because, why not?), other Urkel-based highlights of the show's junior year included the introduction of the Urkelbot and the Dork Supreme's private-eye alter ego, Johnny Danger. And people say '90s television was unimaginative drivel. Always on the lookout for ways to leverage their Looney Tunes franchise, Warner Bros. spun Daffy's space adventurer Duck Dodgers off into his own Cartoon Network show, which ran for 39 episodes from 2003-2005. This two-disc set collects the first 13 installment of the series, which pales in comparison to the original short, but at least isn't a travesty on par with Baby Looney Tunes or -- blech -- Loonatics Unleashed.
Extras: Family Matters arrives sans bonus features, while Duck Dodgers.

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