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Ally McBeal Complete Series Now Available
October 6, 2009

Right now, Amazon has the Ally McBeal Complete Series box set available at 50% off, which puts it just under $100.

Ally McBeal: The Complete Series cover
Ally McBeal: The Complete Series
Buy this DVD set

I gave up on the show a few seasons in, so I’ve never seen the later episodes with either Robert Downey, Jr. or James Marsden. I’m looking forward to catching up. Wow, over 5000 minutes of TV! Just what I needed.

The set contains five six-disc sets, one for each season, plus a bonus disc containing:

  • a retrospective
  • a TV special from season 2
  • behind-the-scenes featurettes from seasons 2, 3, and 5
  • a goodbye featurette from season 5
  • and the Practice crossover episode (very nice to include this)

as well as a soundtrack CD of 12 songs by Vonda Shepherd, including a duet of “Chances Are” with Downey and the dancing baby theme “Hooked on a Feeling”. If you don’t want to shell out for the whole set (although $20 a season is a decent price), you can also buy the individual Season One, although there’s no guarantee all future seasons will be released.

This is the way to watch TV these days — on your own schedule, with no commercials. It’ll be fun to see how well some of these episodes hold up, and how some are distinctly of their time. I fondly remember my then-roommate, Alan Sepinwall, telling me I needed to watch the premiere with him before its debut, because it was such an interesting portrait of the modern woman. I disagreed with him that she was anything like a role model, but it did develop my taste for David E. Kelley shows.

4 Responses  
~chris writes:  

No picture of Portia de Rossi on the box?!

The romance between Nelle (Portia) & John (Peter MacNicol) got me to watch the show (starting with the scene where he’s looking at a Christmas window display and sees her reflection in the glass)… and the end of their romance got me to not watch the show.

 
Johanna writes:  

Yeah, I don’t know why there are two pictures of Calista and no Portia, but who knows what publicity rights were involved. Now I’m thinking about bad storylines on that show, and I don’t want to do that. :( At least with all the episodes together, I can move past them relatively quickly.

 
KC writes:  

Portia is pictured on the back of the box – with almost all of the other supporting characters that didn’t make it onto the front – including Jane Krakowski, Lisa Nicole Carson, James Marsden, Hayden Panettiere, Robert Downey Jr. and others.

 
Orphan TV DVDs Include Anything But Love » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

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