Join the TV.com Summer DVD Club!


UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who voted! The polls have closed, and the first show we'll be watching is Arrested Development (though we're gonna go ahead and start on Six Feet Under, too). Check the site next Wednesday, June 8 for our discussion of the first three episodes!


To TV.com readers old and young, commenters and lurkers, long-time readers and those new to the site, I’d like to extend an invitation.

Though summer marks TV’s dry season, in the larger sense we’re in something of a golden age of the small screen. For the past decade, we’ve seen scores of amazing shows come and often go—so many, in fact, that I’d reckon you didn’t catch them all. (Or if you did, maybe you loved a few shows enough to revisit them.)

So we’re going to start a recent-show club here at TV.com. We’d like you to be a part of it, and we’d like you to help us decide which show to tackle first.

Here’s how it works:

Vote for one of the series below. Once we’ve picked a winner, it'll be up to you to acquire viewing rights to the first season—download it, or buy, borrow, or Netflix the DVDs. I’ll note which ones stream on Netflix; if that matters to you, vote accordingly.

Each week, we’ll do a three-episode recap, and invite conversation from you in the comments section. We’ll start with just the first seasons of each of these shows to get things started. If enough people like the show enough to keep going, we’ll move on to the next season. If not, we’ll pick a new show.

So, which of these would you most like to watch and talk about for the next few weeks? Remember, we're voting for just the first season right now.


Six Feet Under
Had a five-season run on HBO from 2001-2005. Regarded as having a very satisfying series finale.


The Adventures of Pete and Pete
It ran for three seasons (1993-1996), plus addendum. According to my hazy childhood memories, it's the best show ever created. I can't speak to the reliability of this source.


Party Down
Lasted only two seasons on Starz, from 2009-2010. Upon cancellation, went almost instantly from show-nobody-watched to comedy-cult-classic-that-was-canceled-before-its-time. You can catch Jane Lynch (Season 1) and Adam Scott (both seasons) in their last big roles before respectively joining Glee and Parks & Rec. (Available to stream on Netflix.)


Arrested Development
Ran for two-and-a-half seasons, from 2003-2006. Like Party Down, it was under-watched and critically acclaimed, and now has a substantial cult following. Features a number of comic actors you probably know—Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter—each of whom is, in my opinion at least, at the height of his or her comic prowess in AD. (Available to stream on Netflix.)


Trailer Park Boys
I once knew a couple guys from rural Saskatchewan (which, they claimed, is both very redneck and in Canada) who insisted this is the funniest show of all time. It’s a mockumentary TV series that predates The Office, and it has amassed an enormous amount of material since its inception as a TV show in 2001: movies, specials, and seven seasons of television. (Available to stream on Netflix.)


The Office (UK)
Every fan of the American version has heard the claims that the original is superior. Now that Michael Scott is gone; how about spending some time with the original awful boss, David Brent? (Available to stream on Netflix.)


Cast your vote by answering the poll below, and feel free to tell us which show you chose—or make a case for the show you want your fellow readers to vote for—in the comments. We'll announce the winner next week.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who voted! The polls have closed, and the first show we'll be watching is Arrested Development (though we're gonna go ahead and start on Six Feet Under, too). Check the site next Wednesday, June 8 for our discussion of the first three episodes!


P.S. Got a better idea for the name of our newly formed club? Submit it in the comments... and if we use it, we'll make you the club treasurer (or something equally important).


Follow TV.com writer Kevin Collier on Twitter: @KevinCollier

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"The Adventures of Pete and Pete" had Iggy Pop. 'Nuff said. Your childhood memories are fine. And as for your 'AD' comment, Lucille Bluth has nothing on Mallory Archer. Jessica Walter is still very much in her prime.
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This is great :D Hoping for arrested development or party down. Maybe six feet under, just cause i wanna get through it, but alot hours though!
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This would finally give me a reason to watch Six Feet Under, or buy Season 2 of Arrested Development -- I'm extremely excited about this group!!
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Shows to consider is Dark Angle and Gilmore Grils. They are Awesome!
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Arrested Development is awesome and all, however, I've seen it a bajillion times. This would finally give me an excuse to watch Six Feet Under, or Party Down.
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YAY! Arrested Development is in the lead! I love Michael Cera!
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Okay, so its winter here in Brazil... but cozying up with hot chocolate and great shows is always good! Over on this side of the equator the most popular TV Network's show that recaps great episodes/shows/novellas is called "Vale a Pena Ver de Novo" (portuguese, people, not spanish). Roughly translated plus alliteration effects it goes like this: "Recaps Worth your While"... but if you're aiming for the three W's, why not call it Watching Worth your While?! Now how do you like that for a cool club name? Lol!
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This club is a great fricking idea! I already joined a summer reading club too....this is why I love summertime!
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SIX FEET UNDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sports Night and Studio 60 are both great choices; we'll definitely consider them for next time.
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Ooh! If you're looking for Sorkin I'd love to watch Sports Night again.
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I could go for "Studio 60" again, too. But then I'm such a big fan of Sorkin's dialogue, that I'm sure I'll watch it again on my own. SO excited for his new project. It'll be nice to see him have the freedom that HBO has to offer in terms of plot/language/money.
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I realize there was only one season, but I think we should do Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It was one of those critically acclaimed shows that never got watched. It is especially relevant considering the recent The Social Network and the new show More as the Story Develops, both Sorkin vehicles.
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Definitely Arrested Development or Party Down. I've seen season 1 of Party Down and it's hilarious. I've heard really good things about Arrested Development. Either one is good. Cool idea by the way!
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Cool idea! Hopefully, I'll get to join the fun every now and then (if my schedule lets me).
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wait, why did i thought party down was gonna premier soon, and now you're telling me that it already did and that it ran for 2 seasons, and that it was canceled, it is still 2011 right
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I love AD, but it's been analyzed to death. I kind of remember Pete & Pete, and I don't think there will be much to discuss (except that tattoo). I voted for Trailer Park Boys. It sounds intriguing.
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I've been meaning to watch Six Feet Under but can never find the time amongst all the other things I have to watch.
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I discovered Arrested Development 2 years ago and since then I`ve watched every episode 2-3 times. Nothing has ever been so funny. It`s perfect if you like serialized sitcom, filled with inside jokes and amazing cast.
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I say we call it "TV Rewind". Just my thought, and I've gone through AD and PD already, so my vote above was for "Six Feet Under", been on my list for a while.
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Either Arrested Development or Party Down. I've heard good things about both and plan on watching them myself.
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Six Feet Underrrr! I've only started watching, finished the first three. I've already seen most of AD, so lets watch it. One of the best shows of all time apparently.
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I voted for Trailer Park Boys. Here are my reasons: The AV Club is already covering Arrested Development, Six Feet Under (I like these two shows more than TPB), and The UK Office. Party Down is too recent to be put in proper perspective and I'm not that interested is watching Pete for the first time this summer (and I think the AV Club is covering that one too). I realize I sound like a promoter for the previously mentioned website, but trust me, I'm not.
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Arrested Development, because nothing has ever been so funny before, it has an amazing cast, and I already own everything on DVD. (I also own everything of The Office UK and Six Feet Under, but I've rewatched AD at least 20 times, and it never stops blowing my mind)
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I just finished off Party Down season 2 last night. The show was just hilarious and fun. However, I voted for Arrested Development... because it's the funniest show ever, and it's always nice to rewatch it.
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Yeah. Party Down is great.
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I just fell into Party Down a few months ago and can't stop re-watching the Dvd's so funny, and this week I found another amazing under-appreciated show Wonderfalls- everyone should watch it!
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