Angel – Complete Series Collector’s Set
20th Century Fox
Angel is the rare example of a superior TV spin-off. Though Buffy the Vampire Slayer killed with its wit and strong female heroes, Angel explores human nature far better than anything in recent television history. The story of a vampire cursed with a human soul who helps the helpless is one of redemption, loss, alienation and hope, set in a world where the line between hero and villain is non-existent. Without that line and with excellent character development under the direction of creator Joss Whedon, humanity’s dualism gets realistic exploration via vampires, demons and lawyers. The final season is superb, examining why men fight for lost causes—and the dark depths to which they’ll go to emerge victorious.