Chris Hicks: A new Det. Barnaby takes over ‘Midsomer Murders’

Published: Sunday, Jan. 13 2013 3:40 p.m. MST

“Enlightened: The Complete First Season” (HBO/Blu-ray, 2011, two discs, $49.99, 10 episodes, audio commentaries, featurettes). Laura Dern stars in this comedy-drama series, yet another cable show that vacillates, sometimes uncomfortably, between amusing and disturbing. She plays a high-rolling executive who has a meltdown, goes into rehab and returns to a lower-rung life, where she vows to help others, despite plenty of problems of her own. Dern and co-creator Mike White are both quite good. (Also on DVD, $39.98.)

“Anger Management: Season One” (Lionsgate, 2012, two discs, $29.98, 10 episodes, featurettes). Charlie Sheen’s new FX cable sitcom after his real-life meltdown while starring on “Two and a Half Men” is a vulgar, rambling, infrequently funny rant about a therapist specializing in anger management (loosely based on the Adam Sandler-Jack Nicholson movie). (Also on Blu-ray, same price.)

“Being Human: The Complete Second Season” (eOne/Blu-ray, 2012, four discs, $39.98, 13 episodes, featurettes). This is the Canadian version of a British supernatural series. Here, a vampire, ghost and werewolf live as roommates in Boston, trying to develop some kind of normal life while attempting to resist their true natures. (Also on DVD, same price.)

“Dance Moms: Season 2, Volume 1” (Lionsgate, 2012, three discs, $24.98, 12 episodes, 14 shorts, episode of “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition”).

“Dance Moms: Season 2, Volume 2” (Lionsgate, 2012, three discs, $24.98, 13 episodes, 10 shorts, reunion shows). This Lifetime cable dance-competition show at the Pittsburgh-based Abby Lee Dance Company focuses on competing children and their stage mothers.

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