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ALL IN THE FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SERIES: The ’70s TV series had a massive influence because it used the traditional sitcom format to deal with topics from race to rape. The series featured a middle-class family played by Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner. It was the unbridled comments made by the bigoted Archie Bunker that opened the door for so many conversations. This 28-disc set contains all 213 episodes, a 40-page collectible book, the documentaries “Those Were The Days: The Birth Of ‘All in the Family’ ” and “The Television Revolution Begins: ‘All in the Family’ Is On The Air,” the original “All in the Family” pilot “Justice For All” and the second “All in the Family” pilot.

COPPER: BBC America’s brawny original drama is set not in the old west but the old east: 1860s New York City. Tom Weston-Jones plays a tough/ tragic young Five Points cop. He rides herd on exploding immigration, politics, evolving business/wealth and emerging race/gender conflicts. Gritty crime drama meets period character study in a vivid, adult experience.

KATHY GRIFFIN COLLECTION: RED, WHITE & RAW: Self-proclaimed D-Lister and two-time Emmy Award winning comedian Kathy Griffin has been repeatedly breaking ground over the past few years as she continues to put on four televised original stand-up specials a year. For the first time on DVD, this features her acclaimed shows: uncensored and complete with unaired bonus footage.

DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASONS 1-2 LIMITED EDITION SET: Season one sets a lavish stage of beautiful scenery and architecture, and a class structure rigid yet just beginning to give way at the beginning of the 20th century, and of the Great War. Season two picks up two years later, in 1916, as the war rages on over Europe, and grand Downton Abbey has been converted into a convalescent hospital for wounded veterans of the brutal combat. Throughout both seasons, the storylines involving the wealthy Crawley family and their servants are captivating, richly developed, and all too human. This boxed set is rich with extras.

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