TRUCKEE, Calif. — You know a television series has truly arrived when Newsweek changes it entire format for a special double issue to pay homage to its fifth season debut. Or when the most famous living scientist agrees to guest star on a popular comedy series. Both happened.Newsweek took a trip back to 1965 for its latest issue as part of a tie-in with the return of Mad Men. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking will make a special appearance, playing himself of course, on an episode of the Big Bang Theory.If you are curious as to what is prompting all of this attention and acclaim, come to the library and check out past seasons of either of these series on DVD. I have been a Mad Men fan since the very beginning (and personally own all seasons) but the Big Bang Theory is new to me. Watching television series on DVD is a perfect way to wait out our long-overdue snowstorms between snow removal tasks.The Nevada County Library system owns hundreds of television titles, from BBC to FOX, vintage classics to popular current offerings. Vintage BBC selections include Upstairs, Downstairs, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and All Creatures Great and Small. More recent hits are Downton Abbey, and all manner of detective shows including MI-5, Doctor Who, Inspector Lynley, and Last Detective. HBO and Showtime both have well-earned reputations of quality serial programming, with an edge. Library offerings include The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds, Six Feet Under, Sex in the City, Rome and True Blood. FOX selections include In Living Color, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Arrested Development, Glee, Lost and 24.Sometimes it’s fun to revisit series from your childhood. With the library’s help, you can relive your childhood Friday nights with doses of the Brady Bunch followed by the Partridge Family, or stellar Saturday night offerings of All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore and The Bob Newhart Show.You can also simply travel back in time, from the 1950s onward, for a healthy dose of pop culture history. The 1950s brought us Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and the beginnings of the Twilight Zone. The 1960s offered up Bonanza, Leave it to Beaver, Rocky andamp; Bullwinkle, Gomer Pyle, Bewitched and Dragnet. In the addition to the quality Friday and Saturday night programming listed above, the 1970s also gave us the Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Our 1980s and 1990s offerings are a bit slim, which could either represent a lack of quality programming or perhaps it is too recent in our cultural history to trigger a nostalgia craze. Either way, the library system does have Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends and Freaks and Geeks. Great programming from the early 2000s include Friday Night Lights, Joan of Arcadia, Grey’s Anatomy, House, Scrubs, The Office, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family.As these DVDs are quite popular and spread throughout all branches within our Nevada County library system, browsing the shelves for availability is not the best way to measure the depth and breadth of the collection. Go to www.mynevadacounty.com/library to place holds on your favorite titles, past or present. We will call or email you when your selection becomes available. Visit the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., call 530-582-7846, or click to mynevadacounty.com/library.— Submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
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