By Kelli Catana
Christmas is coming and as usual there’s always someone on your shopping list that’s hard to buy for. But have you ever thought of giving a DVD box set of a great television series?! I mean, who doesn’t love TV? And with box sets you can find just the right gift for everyone on your list. Whether your hard to shop for person is young or old, male or female, there’s a set right for everyone and they can be enjoyed by the whole family. Here’s my top 10 list of best DVD box sets for the television lover on your list;
1. Friends – The Complete Series
Can I be any clearer when I say that Friends was one of the best series in recent years on TV and that the Friends DVD box set of seasons 1-10 would make the perfect gift for the TV lover on your list? I know! It’s worth it just to watch Jennifer Aniston’s changing hairstyles.
2. Downton Abbey – Seasons 1-2
Not sure what all the fuss is about? Everyone you know is talking about it so why not pick up this hit PBS series and see for yourself, or give it to that hard to buy for person on your list. Downton Abbey tells the story of the Downton Abbey, the fictional country manor in Yorkshire during the First World War. Emmy voters agree that this is definitely a series to watch.
3. Boardwalk Empire Seasons 1-2
Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era Boardwalk Empire is almost like Soprano’s circa 1920, but with a lot less Italian people. I’m not the biggest fan of this show but I put it on the list because it’s my husband’s only ‘can’t miss’ show of the week.
4. The Sopranos – The Complete Series
Basically the Godfather of all HBO shows, you can now bring Tony, Carmela and the entire Soprano family home for the holidays! The Sopranos was one of the absolute best shows on television and this complete box set is the perfect addition to any TV lovers collection.
5. Pretty Little Liars – Seasons 1-2
OMG you guys! If you have a teen on your list you totally should pick up the Pretty Little Liars box set of seasons 1-2! For sure! Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, whilst unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. All while wearing really great clothes and dealing with boys. Amazing.
6. Entourage – The Complete Series
By far one of my favourite series ever, Entourage chronicled the life of Hollywood ‘it’ actor Vincent Chase and his band of misfit friends who acted as his Entourage. Based loosely on the real life experiences of Mark Wahlberg this series would be the perfect gift for any television lover on your list. And a great excuse to re-watch the series before the movie version hits the big screen (yes – it is happening!)
7. The New Girl – Season 1
One of the funniest new shows on television, The New Girl is poised to become this decade’s Friends. With some of the most talented comedic cast on TV today the full first season will be a great gift for that comedy lover on your list.
8. Game of Thrones – Seasons 1-2
Winter came and now the great war is between ice and fire but before you can get there why not get reacquainted with the first two seasons of Game of Thrones. The 3rd season doesn’t start until March 2013 so there’s lots of time for that TV lover on your list to get caught up and find out what all the fuss is about. One of the best new dramatic series on television!
9. Friday Night Lights – The Complete Series
If I had a dollar for every person who told me what I was missing by not watching this show, I would be a rich woman. FNL was one of the most critically acclaimed but ratings challenged shows on television, and even though it’s off the air now you can still watch the entire season to see what all the fuss was about. There’s not enough really great non-cable shows on network TV these days, so when you hear about one like Friday Night Lights you need to check it out.
10. Dexter – Seasons 1-6
A personal fave of mine, who doesn’t want to watch a show about a forensic blood splatter specialist who doubles as a serial killer in his spare time? Michael C. Hall might be the only serial killer who can actually make you feel empathy for a man while he’s cutting his victim up in tiny pieces and throwing him in the ocean. Now that’s worth watching.
11. Sex And The City – The Complete Series
OK I know I said this was a top 10 list, so you can just consider this one a bonus. Sex and The City literally revolutionized the way women are perceived on television, and now you can own the entire series. Buy this collector’s series for the woman in your life and let her decide if she’s more like iconic fashionista Carrie Bradshaw , sexy Samantha Jones, laid back Charlotte York or career minded Miranda.
Kelli Catana is a TV loving blogger who writes about all things entertainment at her blog kellidaisy.com. That is when she isn’t busy shuttling any one of her 4 kids to and from a rink.
I can’t believe Breaking Bad, Homeland or the Wire didn’t make this list! I agree with Friday Night Lights. A must buy.
The Walking Dead and True Blood should definitely be on the list.