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TV on DVD Round-up Review: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Body Of Proof, Army Wives, Desperate Housewives

By Patrick Luce Nov 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT

Some of the best dramas on television have returned to DVD with new seasons of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Body of Proof, Army Wives, and the final season of Desperate Housewives.

Each of the series continues to get better with their own blend of drama, laughs, and romance. A few also manage some great cliffhangers to keep you wanting to see what happens next.

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season – For the eighth season, the doctors of Seattle Grace face more personal drama than medical issues with the casts dealing with life and death, will they/won’t they romance, and a season end cliffhanger that leaves you wondering if all your favorite doctors will be back for season nine.

The show’s strength continues to be its ability to juggle a huge ensemble cast and give the viewer’s multiple storylines to keep you from getting bored - even when watching episode after episode on DVD.

The writers and cast also make sure to blend in laughs with the life and death drama. The blending of comedy to the storylines (such as the doctors taking their boards) keeps the characters feeling somewhat real and is a good way to break up some of the slower moments of the series.

The DVD set also comes loaded with special features which help make it well-worth the purchase price.

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Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season – With the fifth season of Private Practice, the series continues to stand on its own feet and feel less like a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy.

It follows the same formula as Grey’s with an ensemble cast of great looking doctors dealing with personal issues a tad more than they do medical issues,  but this season seems to shine more than Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season.

Although Dr. Addison Montgomery is still the main character of the series, the fifth season continues to make the supporting characters and doctors of Oceanside Wellness matter as much as Kate Walsh’s character. 

The new season features the arrival of Benjamin Bratt's Jake Reilly to add some new spice to the cast and another great performance from KaDee Strickland - who gave an award worthy performance in season four.

The season also sees the doctors' personal lives get even more complicated as some deal with an illegitimate son and other issues that put their personal relations to the test.

Like Grey's Anatomy, the DVD set comes loaded with features that are a treat for the fans and help make the set worth the purchase price.

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Body of Proof: Season Two - The second season of Body of Proof takes what worked with the first season and continues to build on the premise. The series still feels formulaic to me, but the cast make it worth taking the time to watch and help it overcome any short comings.

The second season sees more medical mysteries and twist with each episode as Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) and her team are back to handle everything from a child kidnapping to a murder where the entire city could be suspect.

Along with murder and other crimes, the team deals with a new romance and Hunt continues to work around strained relationships with her ex-husband and boss.

The series still feels formulaic and doesn't quite fire on all cylinders for me, but season two was an improvement. The series leaves you wanting to see what will happen in season three.

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Army Wives: Season Six, Part 1 - Although they broke the sixth season into Part 1 and Part 2 releases, the DVD release feels like a complete collection, but the series is also starting to show its age.

With that said, the ensemble formula is still firmly established and the cast is great in their roles. The series does an excellent job of blending humor and drama. They make sure to give the viewer a lot of story for each episode - which helps you from getting annoyed with some of the characters.

This season sees change happening as families get ready to say goodbye to Fort Marshall and to each other. There are some new faces on the show that help add some new ingredients to the series' formula.

While focusing on the normal (or normal for television) lives of the soldiers and their families, the series lets its main cast deal with bigger issues ranging from politics to the stress that goes along with being married to someone in the military.

It is that aspect that has always worked for the series, and made viewers appreciate those who chose to serve along with the sacrifices their families make.

While the release will no doubt please fans, Part 1 didn’t leave me counting the days until Season Six, Part 2 arrives (Dec. 18th), but that could be more to the fact I don’t like that they broke the season into two parts rather than just releasing a complete Season Six.

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Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season – The wives of Wisteria Lane are back for a final season of murder, food baskets, romance, drama, and poker.

While the series has had its ups and downs over eight seasons, it goes out on a high note thanks to a season-long plot that sees the wives banding together to cover up a murder and breaking apart under the strain of their secret.

Like past seasons, the series’ writers make sure that each of the wives have their own subplot to keep viewers hooked on their show and they really put the wives through the ringer for one last time.

Like past seasons, I most enjoyed the storyline between Felicity Huffman's Lynette and Doug Savant's Tom as their marriage falls apart and slowly starts to rebuild. I was also impressed with the comedic talents of Eva Longoria and found myself laughing almost every time Gabrielle Solis was on screen.

The season showed that it still had the ability to shock viewers with the death of main characters and the return of old faces to the neighborhood. Even though it is the final season, the show ends on a note that could see viewers returning to Wisteria Lane one day.

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