Picks and Pans Review: DVD View

updated 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Kiss commercial breaks goodbye: TV shows are making a huge splash on DVD. These recent sets will keep you glued to the tube.

Sex and the City: The Complete Fourth Season (HBO, $49.99) Randy talk took a backseat to poignant storytelling: Miranda's pregnancy and Carrie's ill-fated engagement. Extras Executive producer Michael Patrick King's commentaries are as dishy as the Sex quartet's coffee-shop gabfests.

NYPD Blue: Season One (Fox, $59.98) In 1993 this cop drama reinvigorated the genre with salty language, a dash of nudity and, most notably, stellar work from David Caruso. Extras An hour-long documentary recaps Blue's juicy behind-the-scenes struggles, both with ABC and moody star Caruso.

I Love Lucy: Season One, Vol. 5 and 6 (Paramount, $14.99 each) Lucille Ball's beloved sitcom, remastered and released in four-episode volumes, looks better than it has in decades. Extras Lots to Love, including episodes of Ball's My Favorite Husband radio show, which inspired many Lucy plot lines.

Cheers and Frasier: The Complete First Season (Paramount, $40 each) A decade after Cheers' last call and spinoff Frasier's successful launch, both series still elicit belly laughs. Extras Cheers cheats the viewer, but Frasier is full of fun facts: Brit Daphne was originally Hispanic!

Friends: The Complete Third Season (Warner, $44.98) Ross and Rachel's heartbreaking split proved the show could be as touching as it is hilarious. Extras A great trivia-filled tour of Chandler and Joey's bachelor pad.

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