Friday, February 22, 2008

Mysteries on TV: Blue Thunder, The Thin Blue Line, and Tru Calling

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, has added three new titles to its list of series available for purchase.

Based on the 1983 movie of the same name, was high-tech crime drama. James Farentino starred as Lt. Frank Chaney of the Los Angeles Police Department who pilots an advanced helicopter (filled with all sorts of special-effects gadgets) that is used in the fight against crime. Dana Carvey starred as his rookie partner, and two football legends, Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith, starred as part of the ground team.

Blue Thunder aired on ABC in the spring of 1984. The entire half-season of 11 episodes is available on the complete series DVD.

The generally well-received but short-lived comedy series, , aired on BBC-1 for two seasons in 1995 and 1996. The series starred the inimitable Rowan Atkinson as Chief Inspector Raymond Fowler, head of a small police station in an English village. As is typical of comedy series, the cast included a wide range of quirky characters who played off the seriousness of Atkinson's DCI Fowler.

The Thin Blue Line won a British Comedy Award for Best TV Situation Comedy in 1995. Each of the two seasons consisted of 7 episodes. All 14 episodes are available on the complete series DVD.

Eliza Dushku starred as Tru Davies in , a sexy crime drama that also starred Jason Priestly as Jack Harper. Tru and Jack worked in a Boston city morgue and both had an unusual capability: they could relive 12 hours of their day. Tru used her 12 hours to try to prevent those she "met" in the morgue from being unjustly killed; Jack wanted the dead to remain dead.

Tru Calling was nearly cancelled by Fox after its first season run in 2003-2004. A second season was ordered, but quickly cancelled after only 6 episodes had been filmed. The second series aired in early 2005 as a mid-season replacement. Both seasons are available on DVD.

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