Ever hear an old person get cranky about how disgusting the names today’s TV shows are? How they don’t want to say Hardcore Pawn or Pawn Stars around children. Well remind them that their generation had Naked City. The TV series has nothing to do with a nudist colony. Instead it’s about cops working the Big Apple beat in 1958. The show was shot in New York City so there’s plenty of footage of the city during the vibrant era and not just the usual b-roll and establishing shots. The cases police investigate go from homicide to a bit of hilarity such as the thief who breaks into a grocery store and marks down the prices. The show set the precedence for so many great cop shows including The Wire and Police Story. The guest stars include Kojak, Columbo, Quincy and Captain Kirk. After being released in various compilations on DVD over the years, all the episodes are finally coming out in a single boxset. Naked City: The Complete Series arrives November 5. When you buy it, you can keep mentioning to your crabby elder if they want to see more Naked City. Here’s the press release from Image Entertainment:
“Not just another cop show.”
– Time Magazine
IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS
Naked City: The Complete Series Box Set
One of the Most Innovative Police Shows in Television History
Available for the first time on DVD on November 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES (August 13, 2013) – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the box set release of Naked City: The Complete Series starring Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, James Franciscus, John McIntire and an incredible cast of guest stars. Naked City: The Complete Series will be available on DVD on November 5, 2013, for an SRP of $179.98.
Available for the first time ever, this landmark collection includes all 4 seasons (138 episodes) on 29 DVDs from the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning classic TV series and features an amazing list of guest stars including Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Rip Torn, Alan Alda, George C. Scott, Telly Savalas, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, James Caan, Jack Klugman, Walter Matthau, Jon Voight, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Peter Falk, George Segal, Jack Warden, Ed Asner, Doris Roberts, Suzanne Pleshette, Diane Ladd, Robert Loggia, Vic Morrow, James Coburn, Tom Bosley, Mickey Rooney, Nancy Marchand, Al Lewis and Burgess Meredith and many more!
A police drama filmed entirely in New York City, Naked City’s first season featured half-hour episodes while the remainder of its four season run was comprised of hour-long episodes. The classic TV series put a human face on crime, going beyond a simplistic portrayal of good vs. evil to delve into the complex personal dramas of the people involved. It was also famous for the signature closing of every episode, “There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.”
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