So... a few weeks ago, the complete series of Law & Order (original recipe) was released in the World's Biggest DVD Box Set. Now, $500 for DVDs may seem like a lot, but it actually works out to be quite frugal.
(*Note: the most frugal thing is to use underhanded means to download, but then do you get the booklet? The cute box that goes CHUNK CHUNK when you open it [**OK, it doesn't actually make that noise, but how cute would that be?]?)
Anyway, this is 20 seasons (about 24 episodes per season) for $500 - that's about $25 per season. By contrast, one season on iTunes currently goes for $34.99. So already, you're saving $10+ per season. And some of the seasons included in this box set haven't been released before anyway.
|I love you Jerry Orbach!! RIP :(|
I luuurve Law & Order (you might have noticed). Around 2000, A&E was showing original recipe episodes of Law & Order every night at midnight, and I used to stay awake at night and watch them everyday. What's great (and comforting) about the Law & Order formula is that - aside from some special episodes - it's always one-half cops, one-half lawyers, lots of CHUNK CHUNK sounds, ending with some sort of wry joke.
Unlike box sets of some other shows (like, I don't know, Melrose Place or Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman or The Wire or Friday Night Lights or whatever), you can pop in literally any episode of Law & Order and follow the story from start to end. There are long-term plotlines that fans can enjoy, but you can always just enjoy it as an episodic procedural without that feeling of "Ooh, now I need to watch the next episode!" It's the TV version of comfort food.
|Did I mention I love Jerry Orbach? SWOON!|
And the ability to watch an episode of L&O anytime - either to sit and enjoy it, or to have it in the background while you're cooking or doing laundry or whatever - is totes worth it to me. OK, I didn't actually buy this myself, but my Frugal Companion bought it and so I now have access to L&O episodes anytime. (Hahahaha, so it's free for me! = extra frugal)
I'm currently going through seasons 18, 19 and 20 because I want to see how it all ends. Plus, I really like the character of Cutter, played by Linus Roache.
|I mean, he's no Jerry Orbach but... he's a step up from Sam Waterston.|
Blah blah blah. You should totes either buy this box set as a giftie for yourself, or a great gift for for ANYBODY. Be forewarned: this is 20 seasons of show. The box set is GIGANTIC, but I guess you can also use it as furniture if you want.