Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide - PBS Distribution Complete Series Box Sets

If you're a fan of PBS, there are a variety of awesome box sets currently available that would make excellent gifts. Some of TVs best shows are available in complete sets so you can watch them any time you want.


Created by Emmy® Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary), Mr. Selfridge brings to life the story of American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, the colorful and visionary founder of Selfridges, London’s lavish department store. Pioneering, reckless, and with an abundance of charm, Harry Selfridge created a theater of retail for early 1900s Londoners, where the latest topics or trends were showcased and traditions were challenged.

Starring three-time Emmy® Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as ‘Mile a Minute Harry’, the brilliant ensemble cast features Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street), and Frances O’Connor (The Missing).

The critics have hailed the series as “…Downton’s racier cousin…” The Independent, and “… plenty addicting…” The Wall Street Journal.

“Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series” is currently available. The run time of the series is approximately 30.5 hours on 12 discs. The DVD SRP is $89.99.

My Thoughts

Follow the antics and drama of an 18th century department store in this fun series. Harry Gordon Selfridge is an entrepreneur that opens a retail store in London. It's a little racy and a lot of fun. With tons of Emmy-nominated stars, this is a drama you won't want to miss. This is a great gift for anyone who enjoys a few laughs and a lot of scandal.


Inspired by the Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter, comes the long-running series Inspector Lewis. Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) steps out of the shadow of his mentor, the inimitable Inspector Morse, in this highly-acclaimed series of intricate mysteries. Together with his brooding, inscrutable partner, Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox), they take on the elite criminal underworld of Oxford, England, relying on Lewis’ instinct and Hathaway’s intellect to see past appearances and into the hearts of their upper-crust foes.

All eight seasons of Oxford’s favorite detectives, Lewis and Hathaway are included in this complete series box set. The New York Times boasts, “The writing is sharp in terms of its social incisiveness,” and The AV Club declares, “…well-constructed, reliably entertaining…” 

“Inspector Lewis The Complete Series” is currently available. The run time is approximately 50 hours on 18 discs and has an SRP of $99.99.

My Thoughts

If you love a good mystery, this is the DVD set for you. Follow Inspector Robert Lewis as and Sergeant James Hathaway they take on the criminal underworld. There is an hour of bonus footage in addition to hours of suspense. This is the perfect gift for anyone whose loves a great who-dun-it. With this set, you're getting 33 of them!


Led by Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, and Maggie Smith, the acclaimed ensemble cast brings to life all the drama and intrigue of the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, the lavish English country manor, home to the Earl of Grantham. This complete collection set, available just in time for the holidays, includes all 52 episodes of the series of this Golden Globe® SAG® and multi-Emmy® Award-winning series, following the Crawley family and their servants through all of the splendor and romance, desire and heartbreak, scandal and rumor that Downton Abbey viewers across the globe have grown to love.

“Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray October 18, 2016. The run time of the set is approximately 3001 minutes on 22 discs for the DVD and 21 discs for the Blu-ray. The DVD SRP is $129.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $149.99. 

My Thoughts

I love this show. It's like an 18th century soap opera. There is romance and desire, scandals, and even a little action. The series follows the Crawley family and their servants through years of drama.  This is one of the best shows that has ever aired on PBS,and while I was sorry to see it end, it's great to be able to have the full collection at my fingertips.  There are over 52 hours on this DVD set, making it a gift that will keep on giving.