Mysteries on TV, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling four series that have season DVDs being released this week.
An offbeat personality, a tough-as-nails approach and a track record as one of the country's leading investigators: These are just a few of the traits exhibited by Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), also known as The Closer. For the Atlanta transplant heading up the Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, her position on this elite detective squad, which handles high-profile cases of a sensitive nature, is a tenuous balancing act. She faces antagonistic roadblocks, even from her own peers within the department, and must manage a team that remains wary of her unconventional style.
The The Closer: Season Four DVD set of 4 discs contains the 15 episodes that aired on TNT from July through September 2008 and January and February 2009.
Re-enter the gritty world of New York's complex justice system with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni reunite as Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler -- two dedicated cops loyal to each other and to their job of investigating sexually based crimes ripped from today's headlines.
The 9th season included a compelling roster of guest stars including Robin Williams ("Authority", which earned him an Emmy nomination), Cynthia Nixon ("Alternate"), Bill Pullman ("Closet"), and Aidan Quinn ("Savant").
The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season Nine DVD set of 5 discs contains the 19 episodes that aired on NBC from September 2007 through May 2008.
The Mod Squad were young adults in trouble with the law who became undercover detectives. The trio consisted of rich, long-haired Pete Cochran (Michael Cole), Lincoln "Linc" Hayes (Clarence Williams III) from the Watts section of LA, and the beautiful flower child Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton). They're recruited by police captain Adam Greer (Tige Andrews) for a covert unit that will help bridge the generation gap. These three cops with love beads wrestle with criminals -- and their own consciences. They may have been the "fuzz," but they never compromised their values.
The The Mod Squad: Season Two (V2) DVD set of 3 discs contain the concluding 13 episodes that aired on ABC during the spring of 1970.
A kindly detective puts right the wrongs in a sleepy English town in Murder Most English, based on the series of detective novels by Colin Watson. Clad in tweed and puffing on a pipe, Detective Inspector Purbright (Anton Rodgers, Lillie, May to December) pursues the evildoers of Flaxborough with a doggedness that belies his polite conversation and mild manner. And a good thing, too. For although the quiet country town appears all gentility, beneath the surface lies a darker world of deception, intrigue, treachery, and infidelity. These forces can upset the harmony of the most staid of small communities … and ignite passions that erupt into violence.
The Murder Most English: The Complete Series DVD set of 3 discs contains the 4 2-part episodes that aired on BBC during May and June, 1977.
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