Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season

Most television shows start off hot and then get increasingly…um…less satisfying as time goes on. This is not the case with “Supernatural.” The series started off with a definite “freak of the week” vibe and didn’t spend much time on its season-long story arcs. While it has always had its quirky sense of humor and excellent chemistry between its two stars (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) the show didn’t thrive in its first season — it survived. But over the course of its second, third and now fourth seasons, “Supernatural” just keeps getting better and better.

This 22-episode season picks up as Dean (Ackles) is rescued from the unspeakable torture of Hell by an angel. He and Sam (Padalecki) are told that they have to stop a mega-powerful demon from breaking the seals that will bring about the Apocalypse (and the arrival of Lucifer). While they do go off on various weekly adventures, this season-long storyline is hanging over their heads the entire time. The pressure gets to Sam, who is tempted by the tremendous power growing inside of him, and this begins to divide the brothers. The season is as good as it sounds.

Special features include a three-part featurette that explores the mythology of the series, creator commentary (Eric Kripke, Jeremy Carver, Sera Gamble and Robert Singer) on three key episodes, extended/unaired scenes, and a gag reel.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to put together a list of my favorite television moments before the end of 2008, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t spend an inordinate amount of time in front of the tube. (Come to think of it, maybe my television addiction was the reason I didn’t have the free time to write about the best of 2008. Hmm.)

Anyway, here is a list of seven terrific shows that seem to be flying under the proverbial radar.

1. “True Blood” (HBO)
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