Chris Hicks: TV series ‘Newhart,’ ‘Good Wife,’ ‘NCIS’ and more on Blu-ray, DVD

Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 4:00 p.m. MDT

Michael J. Fox plays a recurring character on "The Good Wife," with star Julianna Marguiles. Season 5 is now on DVD.


“Newhart,” “The Good Wife” and both “NCIS” shows lead TV series season sets on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

“Newhart: The Complete Fourth Season” (Shout!/DVD, 1985-86, three discs, 24 episodes). Bob Newhart’s second hit sitcom follows the formula that made “The Bob Newhart Show” so popular. Here, innkeeper and local cable-show host Dick Louden (Newhart) and his wife Joanna (Mary Frann) are the only sane members of an extremely eccentric Vermont community, with George (Tom Poston), Stephanie (Julia Duffy) and Michael (Peter Scolari) chief among the latter. Along with Larry and his brother(s) Darryl.

This season, Jose Ferrer shows up in two episodes as Stephanie’s father, Dick fills in for a kiddie-show host and causes the show to be canceled, George starts his own lodge and a ghost begins haunting the inn.

“The Good Wife: The Fifth Season” (CBS/Paramount/DVD, 2013-14, six discs, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, music video, bloopers). This season, Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry form their own law firm in competition with their old firm and the war games begin. Guests include Michael J. Fox, Jane Alexander, Rita Wilson, Edward Herrmann, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Tom Skerritt.

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Services: The Eleventh Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2013-14, six discs, 24 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes). Mark Harmon leads his team of investigators to New Orleans for a two-part mystery that serves as a pilot for the new “NCIS: New Orleans,” which begins next month and stars Scott Bakula. Other guests include Colin Hanks, Robert Wagner, Lolita Davidovich, Billy Dee Williams, Keith Carradine, Ben Vereen and Ralph Waite.

“NCIS: Los Angeles: The Fifth Season” (CBS/Paramount, 2013-14, six discs, 24 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes). LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell star in this “NCIS” spinoff, stopping a train bombing and heading to Afghanistan on a rescue mission. Linda Hunt and Miguel Ferrer co-star.

“Parks and Recreation: Season Six” (Universal/NBC, 2013-14, three discs, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, music video, bloopers). This season begins with a two-part episode filmed in London (to accommodate Chris Pratt, who was shooting “Guardians of the Galaxy” there, causing him to miss a few early episodes), and Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones leave the show after Episode 13. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler’s character becomes pregnant and accepts a new Chicago job. An abbreviated Season 7 will mark the show’s last 13 episodes.

“The Mindy Project: Season Two” (Universal/DVD, 2013-14, three discs, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers). Mindy Kaling’s silly sitcom has her playing an OB/GYN in a small New York practice, surrounded by the expected eccentrics. In the first episode here she returns from Haiti and must decide whether to stay in New York after meeting another doctor, played by James Franco. Other guests include Timothy Olyphant, Chloe Sevigny, Peter MacNicol and Tim Daly.

“Revolution: The Complete Second and Final Season” (Warner/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital, 2013-14, five discs, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, featurettes, bloopers). Post-apocalyptic sci-fi series follows a group of survivors struggling to get along without computers, transportation, electricity, etc., as paramilitary groups and freedom fighters roam the territory. Their goal is to re-establish the United States in the face of duplicitous leadership.

“Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season” (ABC/DVD, 2013-14, five disc, 22 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, featurettes, bloopers). Season 3 finds the gang heading to Neverland to rescue Henry Mills from Peter Pan, and in the two-episode finale, who should show up but Elsa, the Snow Queen from Disney’s animated “Frozen.”

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