- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 10, 2017

Father’s Day arrives next Sunday and here are a few last-minute suggestions for the dad who loves binge-watching television shows in his home theater.

The Last Ship: The Complete Third Season (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Rated TV14, $39.99) — The crew of the Navy destroyer USS Nathan James were back for another season on TNT, stuck in one of the most harrowing missions of the post-apocalyptic series.

After successfully finding and administering a cure for a pandemic that wiped out nearly 80 percent of the world’s population, the gruff-but-always-lovable Capt. Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his team were stuck in Asia investigating China’s possible transgressions with its neighbors while learning that the new U.S. government is not as stable as they hoped.

The latest 13 episodes, compiled on a pair of Blu-ray discs, offer an action-packed narrative loaded with love-to-hate villains, cat-and-mouse games using destroyers, explosive firefights and an appreciation for the men and women who serve this country, no matter the unusual situations.

Notable extras: A 30-minute documentary called “From America’s First Fighting Ship to The Last Ship” presents an informative historical overview of the U.S. naval destroyer (nicknamed the “greyhound of the sea”).

The satisfying segment mixes clips from “The Last Ship” and interviews from the cast, crew and real naval officers.


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Viewers learn about the Arleigh Burke class destroyer used in the show (an $1.8 billion set piece) and appreciate the multifunctional firepower of a vessel that requires over 300 navy crew members to bring it to life.

Beavis and Butthead: The Complete Collection (Paramount Home Entertainment, Unrated, $46.99) — Creator Mike Judge’s lovable pair of animated idiots became pop-culture icons after starring in their own cartoon series on MTV back in the 1990s.

Now their legacy arrives in an almost-complete set. Scattered amongst the dozen DVDs, owners will find the entire run of the show (including the 2001 mini-season revival) and the movie “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America: Special Collector’s Edition.”

That’s over 200 episodes to lower one’s IQ with as dads are fondly reminded of the sophomoric and painfully politically incorrect exploits of these hard-rocking morons as they ridicule near every part of society, not withstanding wieners (not Anthony), boobs and butts.

Purists will frown upon the absence of the pair delivering some shrewd commentary on complete music videos from the time period (I’m guessing the licensing from artists made it chokingly expensive), but there is plenty of mockery to go around.

Suffice it to report: I challenge any male in the family not to laugh out loud at Beavis and his pal Butthead’s junk-fooding, chick-scoring and head-banging debauchery.

Notable extras: Thankfully, the set gives owners a taste of the music video commentary through more than two dozen snippets of the boys talking over songs from artists such as Matthew Sweet, Moist, Madonna and Radiohead.

And, as clever announcers say, that’s not all folks.

Among the stream of extras, fans will first dive into the three-part, roughly hourlong documentary “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head” that covers the show’s history.

Next, they can relish an optional commentary track on the full-length movie with Mr. Judge and giggle at appearances at the Video Music Awards, creator shenanigans at a Comic-Con panel and pine nostalgic at the 1992 animated short that sparked the dumbing down of America, “Frog Baseball.”

The Good Wife: The Complete Original Series (CBS Home Entertainment, Not Rated, $117.99) — The Emmy award-winning legal drama returns to DVD to give dads a complex perspective on the fortitude of a female to survive and thrive after a poisoned relationship with a cheating spouse.

Owners get the entire 156-episode run of the show that ran for seven seasons on CBS packed into 42 discs. The show focuses on Chicagoan Alice Florrick (Julianna Margulies), an attorney who restarts her law career after a public sex scandal takes down her cheating husband and nearly all of his political aspirations.

Working as a junior litigator at the firm Stern, Lockhart & Gardner, she attempts to balance a burgeoning career with taking care of her two children, the occasional budding romances, partner back-stabbing and her inability to stop caring about her estranged husband, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth).

An excellent supporting cast includes Christine Baranski as senior partner Diane Lockhart, Alan Cumming as campaign strategist Eli Gold, Matt Czuchry as deputy state attorney Cary Agos, Archie Panjabi as private investigator Kalinda Sharma, Josh Charles as senior partner Will Gardner and Michael J. Fox as rival attorney Louis Canning, along with guest appearance by Parker Posie, Jeffrey Tambor, Kyle MacLachlan, Joe Morton, Rita Wilson, America Ferrera, Edward Herrmann and Matthew Perry.

“The Good Wife” is a binge-watching addiction for couples to discuss the intriguing story arcs and socially relevant court cases as they roil in Alice’s family relationship angst and enjoy many dynamic performances.

Notable extras: Each DVD season set offers an abundance of supplemental content including hours of deleted scenes, a gag reel, and plenty of interviews with cast and crew scattered through the discs.

More specifically, fans will appreciate conversations with the creators Michele and Robert King; a three-part, roughly 90-minute overview of the production; recaps to the seasons; a featurette on comparable political sex scandals; a detailed production breakdown on the episode “Dramatics Your Honor”; and an optional commentary track for three episodes (“Pilot,” “Fleas” and “Heart”) from the first season.

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