Here’s what we’ve been watching on television.
Dexter: The Final Season
- Excerpt: Showtime’s black-humored series about a serial killer with a code (he only kills killers) was never as nuanced as Breaking Bad, as flamboyant as True Blood, or developed as dark and elaborate a mythology as such network shows as Hannibal or The Following, but for eight seasons it did what it did just fine.
Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Gift Set
- Excerpt: [Russell T.] Davies created a colorful, stylish show filled with humor and action, with more self-contained episodes than the serial format of the old low-fi show and a new slant on the Time Lord mythology, and he passed the TARDIS off to the prolific and creative Steven Moffat to carry on the tradition in the fifth season with a brand new Doctor in Matt Smith.
Naked City: The Complete Collection
- Excerpt: The acclaimed cop show set and shot on the streets of New York City is ostensibly inspired by the influential 1948 film of the same name, a film noir with documentary immediacy, but it plays more like a Playhouse 90 anthology wrapped around a criminal investigation than a traditional crime drama, thanks in large part to meaty stories by Stirling Silliphant, who set the tone with his scripts and stayed on as executive story consultant.
- Excerpt: There have been high concept movies before, but “Sharknado” has streamlined the process by inventing a title that’s so high concept it makes the rest of the movie superfluous.