Family programming. What does one think of when one hears the term? One probably thinks of stuff that appeals more to kids than it does grown-ups, right? I.E. cartoons and other programming aimed at younger viewers. The reality of family programming is that it can include programs that grown-ups can watch with their younger counterparts, whether it is something new or perhaps even something older such as the classic television shows that today’s grown-ups watched when they were children.
Keeping all of this in mind, one might ask what does that have to do with anything. It is important to note in setting up Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Family DVD/BD Box Sets. This year’s list features titles that will appeal to children and grown-ups alike. Some of the material might even appeal to both audiences at the same time (E.g. Cook’s Kitchen Season 10 and America’s Test Kitchen: Season 17). Both titles are included in this list alongside the ninth season of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants and even the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition, which the whole family can watch together. For those families who already enjoy baseball, it’s a great watch. For those parents perhaps hoping to connect with their children over a common interest, it’s just as critical. Add in everything in its presentation, and it proves an important release all the way around.
Also included in this year’s list are new Peanuts collections from Warner Home Video as well as the “new” Real Ghosbuters DVD set, which was released this past October. It features “over 100 episodes” of the series. That still is not the entire series, but it is more cost efficient than buying each of the standalone collections separately. Originally aired in France, the programs included in those box sets definitely stand out from their American counterparts, but could still be entertaining for the whole family. For older youths, this list also features recent releases from Saban’s Power Rangers universe. Even Green Acres: The Complete Series has been pulled over as it might not wholly appeal to younger viewers, its content is appropriate for the whole family. It is a family friendly sitcom — something that is sadly missing from television today.
Between the titles noted here and the others that make up the rest of this list, audiences will see that there is plenty out there for the whole family — just as much as there is solely for grown-ups. As with every previous list, this list features this critic’s Top 10 new Family DVD/BD Box Sets alongside five additional titles for a total of 15 titles. Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 new Family DVD/BD Box Sets.
PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVD/BD BOX SETS
- 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition: Houston Astros
- Green Acres: The Complete Series
- C.O.P.S.: The Animated Series
- Cook’s Country: Season 10
- America’s Test Kitchen: Season 17
- Spongebob Squarepants: The Complete Ninth Season
- Sports Detectives: Season 1
- Peanuts: Snoopy Tales
- Peanuts: Go Team Go
- Peanuts: School Daze
- Power Rangers SPD: The Complete Series
- Power Rangers Mystic Force: The Complete Series
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury: The Complete Series
- The Secret World of Alex Mack: The Complete Series
- The Real Ghostbusters: Vol. 1 – 10
That’s it for this list. Now we’ve got the top new box sets for grown-ups and for families. Again, some of the grown-up sets are just as viable as family entertainment as they are for grown-up audiences. That is a testament to the ability of their content to reach a wide range of viewers.
While this list is now done, there’s still work to be done. There is still a list of the year’s top new Children’s DVDs as well as potentially the year’s top new independent movies, theatrical releases and overall movies to wind down the year. It can’t all be guaranteed before the year ends tomorrow, but this critic will try nonetheless. So stay tuned!
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