You can still watch the WB on DVD
The netlet now rests in peace, but many of its hot shows live on (glaring omission: Grosse Pointe, which, sadly, languishes without a release date). Here’s a viewer’s guide.
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Available All seven seasons High Point If you dare, go for the mammoth Chosen Collection, featuring the complete series and enough extras to choke the Hellmouth. But those of you not ready to commit to 40 discs are welcome to take it one juicy season at a time.
Available Seasons 1-5; season 6 due Oct. 17. High Point Season 4, when Rose McGowan replaces Shannen Doherty and meaty serial story lines take over the monster-of-the-week format: The continuing affair between demon Cole (Nip/Tuck‘s Julian McMahon) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) is almost Buffy-worthy.
Available All six seasons High Point The true heart of Dawson’s will always be the this-can’t-be-happening romance between Joey and Pacey that begins in season 3. (A tip: Avoid the college years. If you’re so desperate to relive the ending, you can buy the final episode individually.)
Available Season 1 High Point The small-town-doctor series features one of TV’s best-ever pilots — setting up a tense father-son relationship that anchors everything to come — and a gutsy-as-hell finale that lets everyone know this is no 7th Heaven II. You’ll be begging for season 2. (We are.)
Available Seasons 1-5; season 6 due Sept. 19. High Point Get ’em all, but if you have to choose, go for season 2, when Lorelai and Rory’s mother-daughter relationship hits its stride, or season 4, when Rory leaves for college and the show is forced, happily, to reinvent itself (God bless cell phones).