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 Numb3rs The Complete Series 

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 6/1/17

I love this show. It's one of my favorites, and I watched every episode when it aired. It's a great drama, with a lot of fun as well.  The cast is fabulous. One of the things I really like is that although it's a "cop show," the law enforcement officers in it (in this case, the FBI) are not super violent, nor are they the type of TV cops that break the rules. They care about people's civil liberties. That is very rare in TV land. I remember one episode where Don even lectured someone about how they have to respect someone's rights.

It's a very smart show that uses a lot of math.  The main star of the show is mathematician Charlie, who's a professor. My husband is a professor, and so that makes this show even more dear to my heart. It's just very real and authentic, unlike most shows that have anything to do with colleges or universities, let alone police and solving crimes.

The amazing cast includes David Krumholtz (Charlie), Rob Morrow (Don), Judd Hirsch (Alan) and Peter MacNicol (Larry).  I had never heard of Krumholtz before this show, but I already loved the other three from their previous shows, especially "Northern Exposure," "Dear John," "Taxi" and "Ally McBeal."  They have all gone on to do more great shows after this one, but "Numb3rs" will always be one of my favorites.  The way they interact with each other and the other players on this show is pure magic.

I don't know why the creators of this show haven't done more great series like this one. I hope that one day they do.

I'm very happy to have this DVD set with all of the episodes and with many great features. It's great to hear about how the show was developed and cast. I loved finding out about the unaired pilot and more.  If you like smart TV shows, you should love this one. Even if you just love good cop shows, you should enjoy it.

My one and only complaint is that only the last two seasons' disks are closed-captioned. This show started in 2005. It had closed-captioning when it aired, so there's just no excuse not to have it on the DVD set.


Numb3rs: The Complete Series 


Release Date: June 6

Description: We use math every day to predict weather, tell time and handle money... and two brilliant brothers use it to solve crime. When cases defy ordinary solutions, dedicated FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) turns to his younger sibling, Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz), a mathematical prodigy. Donís unstoppable crime-fighting squad includes David Sinclair (Alimi Ballard), Colby Granger (Dylan Bruno), Megan Reeves (Diane Farr), and Nikki Betancourt (Sophina Brown). When the calculations become challenging, Charlie reaches out to his colleagues, theoretical physicist Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) and computational mathematician Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat). At home, both brothers rely on the advice of their father Alan (Judd Hirsch).


When cases defy ordinary solutions, dedicated FBI agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow, "Northern Exposure") turns to his younger sibling, Professor Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz, "Bobby"), a mathematical prodigy, in the thrilling series NUMB3RS.  Now arriving in a new complete series collection, the fascinating drama follows the two brothers as they take on the most confounding criminal cases from a very distinctive perspectives.  As a seasoned investigator, Don deals in hard facts and evidence, whereas Charlie a math professor at a California university, functions in a world of mathematical probability and equations.  Their father, Alan (Judd Hirsch, "Taxis'), is happy to see his sons working together, even though he doesn't understand what Charlie does for  a living.  When Charlie has doubts about the collaboration, he turns to his physicist friend, Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Emmy Award winner Peter MacNicol, "Ally McBeal"), as he understands that math is the language of human nature and can be used to solve some of life's biggest mysteries.  Inspired by actual cases, the series depicts how the confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.

Including 118 episodes, the 31-disc set is also packed with additional content that take fans inside the fascinating series, such as "Do the Math: The Caltech Analysis," behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews with the series stars and creators, bloopers, and audio commentaries.

Specifications: Widescreen Format; English 5.1 Surround (Seasons 1-2); English 5.1, English Stereo Surround (Seasons 3-4); English 5.1, English Stereo (Seasons 5-6); English Closed Captions (Seasons 1-5); English SDH (Season 6).

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: Approximately 84 hours.


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