Wondering what to get your favorite TV fan for the holidays? Think inside the box...

By Aubry D'Arminio
Updated November 09, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Family Guy: Fox

The cracking thing about this holiday season? The tricked-out, pumped-up, and just plain cool boxed sets hitting stores. From the complete X-Files to the Brit com Black Books and all six seasons of Dr. Katz, here’s the skinny on some upcoming releases and a few goodies already on offer. So pony up…

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Fox’s Family Guy Freakin’ Party Pack combines all 90 shows from the previously released Volumes 1-5“] and the feature-length Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. It’s all there — Norm MacDonald as Death, Drew Barrymore as Brian the dog’s girlfriend, Abe Vigoda, as well, Abe Vigoda — wrapped in a wacky lunchbox-like carrying case along with FG playing cards, poker chips, Ping-Pong paddles, portable net, and plastic balls (printed with Stewie’s face). At more than 100 clams, it’s pricey, but hence the name ”party pack”: Get a bunch of your buds together and, as Peter would say, ”make like Siamese twins and split.”

The always-funny BBC has three absurdist works on the menu. Little Britain: The Complete Collection (out Nov. 20) includes every episode of the BAFTA-winning cross-dressing comedy, all with commentary, plus the Christmas special Little Britain: Abroad. If you haven’t seen Buffy‘s Anthony Head as the ”Priministah,” this set is a must. On The Young Ones: Extra Stoopid Edition (Nov. 13), a collection of episodes from the ’80s slacker punk sitcom, look for baby-faced versions of Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, and Robbie Coltrane as guests (also in this edition: Dexys Midnight Runners, a reunion special, and a historical doc). The Complete Black Books (Nov. 13) — with Irish standup Dylan Moran as a chain-smoking, wine-guzzling bookshop owner — blissfully celebrates the black comedy’s three seasons. Watch for Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg’s cameo as a rival store clerk, and the short film ”Bernard’s Letter,” in which Moran replies to a rejection note by threatening to ”suck out your eyes and use them as stoppers for my ears to muffle the screams you’ll make as I head butt you into a paste.” We’ve all been there.

Comedy Central stacked Chappelle’s Show: The Series Collection (Nov. 20) with 28 episodes, two unaired Charlie Murphy skits, an extended interview with Chappelle as Rick James, and commentary from the reclusive standup. The network’s Dr. Katz: The Complete Series (Nov. 20) is even bigger — plus the only way for fans to purchase seasons 3 through 6. It comes with a 28-page booklet featuring character ”memoirs,” three lost episodes, and ”An Evening with Dr. Katz: Live from the Comedy Central Stage.” We’re just excited to relive Jon Stewart’s cartoon cameo as a patient obsessed with his cat’s thoughts.