Telemystery, your source for one of the most complete selections of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series, mini-series and made-for-television movies, now available or coming soon to DVD or Blu-ray disc, is profiling two series being released this week.
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This is the city: Los Angeles. It is 1968, and Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) are hitting the streets once again in the name of law and order, to protect and to serve in the second season of Dragnet.
The community landscape is littered daily by juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, student dissidence and con-artistry but, just like that, it can all be brought to a screeching halt when Friday and Gannon appear on the scene. Ladies and gentlemen, the stories you are about to see are true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
Originally conceived as a radio program and then a popular 1950s television series, Dragnet aired for four seasons on NBC. The Dragnet (1967): Season Two DVD set of 6 discs contain the 28 episodes that aired during the 1967/1968 television season.
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Crazy, in a coma, or back in time? Struck by a passing car in modern-day Manchester, detective Sam Tyler (John Simm) wakes up in 1973, where he’s the newest member of his old police squad in Life on Mars, a BBC series that aired during 2006 and 2007.
Sam’s respect for proper procedure and 21st-century mentality clash mightily with his bullying boss, DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister). Still, Sam gamely adapts to crime solving in this retro world, despite hearing strange voices that call him back to his former life. When he bonds with sympathetic policewoman Annie Cartwright (Liz White), Sam wonders: does he really want to return?
A sequel to Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, aired for three seasons on BBC from 2008 through 2010. A US adaptation, also called Life on Mars, aired for one season on ABC.
The Life on Mars: The Complete Collection DVD set of 8 discs contain the 16 episodes that comprise the complete original BBC series.
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