Crime and Mystery TV From Across The Pond

When you watch British television, it's easy to imagine the English countryside, dotted with small villages, where mysteries and random acts of crime are constantly happening. If you are a fan of this genre, head to the library and check out our wide selection of TV DVDs. Visit a county where grisly murders seem to be a norm in the Midsomer Murders series. Watch the adventures of a housewife turned detective in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. For a British detective drama series, try Chief Christopher Foyle in Foyle's War, Jaguar driving Inspector Morse, the popular Wire In the Blood series, or Inspector Jack Frost in A Touch of Frost. For a mix of english gardening and detective investigation, check out the ladies in Rosemary & Thyme. Fans of mystery novels adapted into TV can look for the Campion series or our selection of Agatha Christie DVDs.
All of these shows and many many more can be browsed here.

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Teen vampires...before Twilight?

It's hard to believe, but the incredibly popular vampire "genre" for teens existed before Twilight.

Authors such as L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike, Meredith Ann Pierce, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Annette Curtis Klause, and Mary Downing Hahn created vast literature for teens on the subject of vampires before the year 2000. While it is easy to find a score of vampire fiction written today for teens, it is very interesting to take a look back, before the apparent influence of Stephenie Meyer.

That is not to say that these authors haven't gained from the success of Twilight. L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries series turned to television last year, and her Night World series was recently re-released. Annette Curtis Klause had one of her books made into a movie in 2007.

One of the more inspirational of these authors would be Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. She was first published--in novel form--in 1999 at the tender age of 14. She is still going strong today, too!

So, if you're looking for some good teen vampire fiction, as I know we all must be, take a look at some of their works. I'm not necessarily saying they're better than Twilight, but I might be saying that you can certainly see some eerie similarities.

1980s TV Comedy on DVD

Did you know we have hundreds of old television shows on DVD here at the AADL?
If you are a fan of sitcoms from the 1980s, head to your closest library and check out our selection. Head to Cheers, where everyone knows your name. Visit the Huxtable and Keaton families of The Cosby Show and Family Ties. Visit the sassy ladies of Washington D.C. at 227, or head south to Florida with The Golden Girls. Hide the family cat from Alf or revisit the birth of the Olsen twin empire on Full House.
All of these shows and many many more can be browsed here.
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1980s TV Action, Adventure, Crime & Mystery on DVD

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Did you know we have hundreds of old television shows on DVD here at the AADL?
If you are a fan of action, adventure or crime & mystery shows from the 1980s, head to your closest library and check out our selection. Watch your favorite 80s crime fighters like The Greatest American Hero, Hill Street Blues, a very young Johnny Depp in 21 JumpStreet, and Matlock. Investigate and solve cases with the detectives of Magnum P.I., Remington Steele, Murder She Wrote, Simon & Simon, and Moonlighting. Enjoy the cheesy 80s action of Airwolf, Macgyver, and the A-Team.
All of these shows and many many more can be browsed here.

1970s Television on DVD

Did you know we have hundreds of old television shows on DVD here at the AADL?
If you'd like to revisit the 1970s, head to your closest library and check out our selection: Fight crime with Charlie's Angels and Columbo. Laugh along with Mary Hartman, Taxi, Soap, MASH, The Odd Couple and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Visit other families with The Brady Bunch, The Waltons, Good Times, All in the Family, Sanford and Son and What's Happening. Children of the 70s will enjoy rewatching Saturday Morning Cartoons and The Muppet Show.
All of these shows and many many more can be browsed here.
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1960s TV Action, Adventure and Other Worlds on DVD

Did you know we have hundreds of old television shows on DVD here at the AADL?
If you are a fan of action and adventure shows from the 1960s, head to your closest library and check out our selection. For a classic western, watch Clint Eastwood in Rawhide. Try The Invaders if you have concerns about alien invasion. For more on space, the final frontier, check out the original Star Trek series. Fans of secret agents will enjoy Mission Impossible (this was Leonard Nimoy's show after his run on Star Trek!) and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. For a police drama, check out The Mod Squad. For a gothic soap opera with vampires and the like, look for the campy cult classic Dark Shadows. We also have lots of old Twilight Zone episodes on DVD for fans of watching ordinary people finding themselves in extraordinary situations.

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1960s TV Comedy on DVD

Did you know we have hundreds of old television shows on DVD here at the AADL?
If you are a fan of classic comedy from the 1960s, head to your closest library and check out our selection: Return to Mayberry with The Andy Griffith Show, leave Manhattan for Hooterville with the cast of Green Acres, revisit life with a genie in your home in I Dream of Jeannie, see legends of comedy on The Dick Cavett Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, or laugh along with the characters of The Dick Van Dyke show, The Archie Show, Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heroes, My Three Sons, and Get Smart.
All of these shows and many many more can be browsed here.

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1950s Television on DVD

Did you know we have hundreds of old television shows on DVD here at the AADL?
If you are a fan of classics from the 1950s, head to your closest library and check out our selection: Return to "ideal" American family life with the Nelson family in The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, revisit the Red Skelton comedy/variety show, watch Lassie and Superman save the day, make your own decisions about the controversial Amos 'n Andy Show, laugh along with I Love Lucy, watch Perry Mason and Peter Gunn fight crime, watch the comedy of Jackie Gleason and friends in The Honeymooners, or experience the dramas, mysteries and thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
All of these shows and many many more can be browsed here.

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Phil Harris, Captain of the Cornelia Marie, has died

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It was announced this morning that Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie, died yesterday. The Cornelia Marie is one of the founding ships on the Discovery reality series Deadliest Catch. The show documents what is generally regarded to be the deadliest job in the world: crab fishing in the Bering Sea.

In the few episodes of the show that I have seen, Captain Harris stood out as a family man. Not only did he treat his two sons - who sailed with him - with the kind of kid gloves a brown bear might use on its cubs, he also showed genuine and constant concern for the fleet as a whole. He was committed to the life at sea perhaps to a fault, being known for consuming mainly Red Bull and tobacco products, and measuring his sleep in minutes rather than hours or nights, all so that he could maintain a vigilant watch over the dangerous work of his crew.

Harris suffered a stroke in late January. He briefly recovered enough to speak with friends and family. He was 53 years old.

Kurt Wallander TV series based on the books

Henning Mankell is a Swedish all-star when it comes to writing crime fiction. His best-selling books featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander have been wooing readers for years. BBC aired a TV series featuring Sidetracked, Firewall, and One Step Behind - all based on the books of the same name- back in May. The first three are available on one DVD at AADL. Three more episodes of the Wallander TV series are set to air on BBC sometime soon. I look forward to more, as I really enjoyed these three episodes!

It’s interesting to see how Kurt Wallander is portrayed live in person, and by Kenneth Branagh no less. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about regarding Scandinavian fiction, give the DVD a whirl. It may just encourage you to read Mankell’s books, or perhaps those by Asa Larsson, Kjell Eriksson, or Håkan Nesser- all of which are Swedish crime fiction all-stars.

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