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What are some good TV shows on video?

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Some good TV shows on video include “Rectify,” “Twin Peaks” and “Mad Men.” These critically acclaimed TV series are all available on DVD and through download and streaming services.

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The Sundance Channel’s first original series, “Rectify” is a stylized Southern Gothic drama that channels the work of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. Imprisoned as a teen for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Daniel Holden is released from death row after 19 years, having spent more than half his life behind bars. His struggle to readjust to life in small town Georgia forms the backdrop of this dark, subtle series.

Film director David Lynch revolutionized TV in the early 1990s with “Twin Peaks,” a surreal murder mystery set in one of the strangest towns in all of television. The murder of high school beauty queen Laura Palmer is the show’s ostensible focus, but the bizarre residents and shrouded, mystic history of the town of Twin Peaks, Washington are the real draw of this short lived but critically acclaimed series.

A period piece spanning the duration of the 1960s, “Mad Men” focuses on the employees of a small New York advertising firm. Creative director Don Draper is brilliant but troubled, and his struggles with marriage, alcohol and existential angst fuel a complex narrative that also examines the changing social mores of a tumultuous decade.

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