Complete TV series availale this week in DVD box sets include:

Complete TV series availale this week in DVD box sets include:

v “FAMILY TIES”: All seven seasons of Michael J. Fox’s star-making ’80s sitcom look swell in a cloth-covered turquoise “photo album.” Bonus disc has new-to-DVD “Today” cast reunion, plus vintage set visit, and showbiz-TV coverage. List price: $290 for 29 discs, from CBS.

v “NAKED CITY”: The entire gritty city drama arrives, not just three seasons of classic hour episodes, but also Season 1’s half-hours, in separate season sets within outer slipcase. Cool time capsule, too: Circa-’60s New York City locations (Idlewild) add texture to cop tales with Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Rod Steiger, Walter Matthau, Peter Falk, George C. Scott and more; plus vintage commercials; $180 for 29 discs, Image/RLJ.

v “COMBAT”: Lower- priced rerelease of Vic Morrow’s ’60s World War II saga retains all extras from 2005’s box, including commentary from directors Robert Altman and Richard Donner, with season sets inside slipcase; $230 for 40 discs, Image/RLJ.

v “THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY”: David Cassidy and Shirley Jones lead the family band in four seasons of the ’70s pop sitcom; $46 for 12 stacked discs, Sony.

v “SEINFELD”: New lower-priced blue box succeeds 2007’s black box, retaining its entire bounty of extras — documentaries, commentaries, bloopers, background notes, even “roundtable” bonus disc; $150 for 33 discs, Sony.

“Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC): On “Modern Family,” Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) are planning surprises for each other for their 20th anniversary.

“Secrets of the Dead” (10 p.m., PBS): New season opens with “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time.” It’s a minute-by-minute look at how journalists covered the shooting of Kennedy 50 years ago.

“Nature” (8 p.m., PBS): Turns out parrots can be kind of neurotic and scary.

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Groups can sell First Night buttons


First Night Youngstown is offering area nonprofit organizations the opportunity to earn money by selling First Night admission buttons.

First Night Youngstown is the annual New Year’s Eve arts and entertainment event held in several downtown venues.

For information, call 330-744-9966 email

‘Private Lives’ at Tinseltown


A special presentation of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” will be screened at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Tinseltown Cinemas, near Southern Park Mall.

The 1930s comedy was recorded from a performance at London’s Gielgud Theatre. A behind-the-scenes experience with cast and crew, and a featurette exploring the continuing allure of Noel Coward is included.

Tickets are available at the box office and online at

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