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Chances are you know somebody who still quotes ìSeinfeld.” Maybe even a pal who offers Vulcan salutes without irony. Yes, these people can be annoying, but they’ll also be easy to shop for this holiday season. On Tuesday, their gifts arrive in stores – as long as you’re willing to drop nearly $300. After all, what better to give a TV-show fan than more episodes and extras of that show than they could ever possibly watch.
Case in point: ìSeinfeld: The Complete Series” (Sony, $283.99). It comes with 32 discs, all 180 episodes and 104 hours of extras. The truly fanatic will want to hunt down one of the limited-edition faux refrigerators – just like Jerry’s! – to store the box in. Inside are all kind of ìSeinfeld”-themed edibles, such as muffin tops, Junior Mints and a bottle of Bosco.
ìStar Trek: The Next Generation: Complete Series” (Paramount, $455.95) is even more galactically massive, with 178 episodes on 49 discs. It comes in a nifty box that looks like a space station. And that price is liable to make your head explode like a supernova, but it’s already been discounted to $297.99 on Amazon.
ìSeinfeld” and ìStar Trek” join ìEverybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Series” (HBO, $279.98), which hit stores last week. Incredibly, it has even more episodes, boasting 210 on 44 discs. Even more amazing, it comes it a nice little suburban house – just like Ray’s Long Island digs!
When it comes to ginormous sets, these three are just the beginning.
On Nov. 13, we’ll see the arrival of ìThe Addams Family: The Complete Series” (MGM, $69.98) in a velvet-touch box. Always creepier and slightly funnier than ìThe Munsters,” it’s a relatively cheap way to delve insides the minds of Morticia and Cousin Itt.
The same week, a blast of arctic dramedy arrives with ìNorthern Exposure: The Complete Series” (Universal, $199.98), packaged in a handsomel suede adventure bag.
Teens who love fantasizing about kids much richer than themselves will be thankful for the Nov. 27 release of ìThe O.C.: The Complete Series Collection” (Warner, $179.98). They can pore over every romantic fling, hissy fit and jail sentence, since the discs come in an illustrated book.
Finally, on Dec. 11, Kelsey Grammer fans will rejoice in ìFrasier: Complete Series” (Paramount, $343.99), 44 discs worth of frothy lattes and witty banter.
These are hardly the only ìcompletes” out this season. There’s also: ìFull House” (Warner, $169.68) and ìThe King of Queens” (Sony, $232.95), out Tuesday; ìThe Gilmore Girls” (Warner, $258.82) on Nov. 13; and ìQueer as Folk” (Paramount, $249.99) and ìDr. Katz Professional Therapist” (Paramount, $139.99) on Nov. 20.
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