Sunday, July 08, 2007

Goggle Box

I noticed for the first time last night that the number of TV boxsets in my DVD collection has surpassed the number of movies. If I'm honest, it's now my preferred way of watching my favourite programmes. I no longer have to try and figure out TV3's (and in some cases RTE's) random, lucky dip attitude to programme scheduling. There isn't an ad break every ten seconds like on Sky and I don't have to worry about missing an episode because I've set the recorder incorrectly. I can watch a single episode or as is usually the case a whole disc. A recent series or an old favourite. Bliss!

It would seem that I'm not the only one to think this way. It was because of DVD sales that "Family Guy" got recommissioned after 3 years and cancelled sci-fi series "Firefly" made it to the big screen in the critically acclaimed, if only moderately successful "Serenity".

Even Xtra-Vision has gotten in on the act, offering rental on TV boxsets for a tenner a week.

My own collection includes "Doctor Who", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Planet Earth", "Father Ted", "Six Feet Under", "The Muppet Show", "Fraggle Rock" and "Scrubs".

Which brings me to my question. Which (if any) TV shows do you own on DVD and how do you watch yours?


  1. The OC, series one! And Northern Exposure series 2.

    I borrowed Firefly but wish it was mine, and I wish I had more Buffy and Angel.

    I have two problems with TV boxsets - expense and a small child - I never seem to be able to commit to watching them - which is silly as I watch a lot of telly.

    I'm torn about the issue of watchign the whole thing or watching in small instlalments.

    If you had the latest series of LOst would you watch it all in a glut, or measure it out in tense weekly instlalments?

    I agree about mad programming and ad breaks, but I kinda like the tension of a regular weekly ritual.

    I miss Buffy so much it hurts sometimes...

  2. 24, firefly but the missus got em when we split :(

    God I wish they had made more of firefly, feckin loved that show.

  3. It wa so good! Such a classic feel to it - does anyone remember Starman, with Robert Hayes? I love hte mix of sci fi and humanity, I used to watch it with my mother and we revelled in it. I thought Firefly had that classic, saturday evening, just love the characters quality. And they all loved the show so much.

    I was disappointed with the film, though maybe I should try watching it again.

    Still can't believe it was cancelled...

  4. I'm not a tv person...we have a skybox, so tape the two (used to be three when dr who was on) shows and then watch them when it suits us. Only watch heroes and Studio 60. During the day while trapped under feeding baby i watch music channels cos i hate daytime tv so much!

  5. Please don't get Polka started on Firefly!

    I have one - every episode of The Prisoner. And no, I haven't watched them all even though I've had it for 2 years or more.

  6. I only started getting them recently. Have the first 4 series of Scrubs. My wife and I used to watch up to 6 episodes at a time. Classic. I have some Family Guy too, and I also bought the first series of CSI Miami. I just think Horatio Kane is an absolute legend.

  7. Mr. Pink, I have OC, One Tree Hill, Firefly, Lost & some Heroes.

  8. I've actually yet to see an episode of "Firefly" which I can't defend as I really enjoyed "Serenity" (why oh why could the "Star Wars" prequels not have been written by Joss Whedon?) and loved "Buffy". Meanwhile, I thought you had some "Simpsons" and "Family Guy" series on DVD SL?