New TV on DVD: Stephen Colbert, 24, Freaks and Geeks, George Carlin

It's time to take your lumps, people! Lumps of coal for liberals, lumps of sugar for conservatives! At least, that's the probable tone of A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All ($19.99), starring Elvis Costello, Toby Keith, Feist, Willie Nelson putting the THC back in Xmas, and Jon Stewart singing (startlingly well!) that new holiday chestnut, "Can I Interest You in Hanukkah?"

Kiefer Sutherland junkies can quit jonesing for the new season and January by watching 24: Redemption ($26.98), whose cliffhanger horrors take place in the two hours between last season's events and the next. Glad to see Jon Voight's on hand. We need him more than his plump-lipped, baby-acquiring progeny.

We may not strictly need The Doris Day Show: The Complete Series ($159.98, individual seasons $39.98), but she looks utterly amazing for a middle-aged dame circa 1968, and the extras features are interesting, because she's a luminous pop-culture presence. What we really need: a TV movie on her real life, rife with jazz stardom, men who blew her money and a son who produced the Beach Boys and darn near got murdered by Charles Manson. No wonder she prefers dogs to humans.

A zillion shrieking fans definitely need Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series ($69.99), one of the best shows about high school ever made, by Judd Apatow and costarring Seth Rogen, who went on to conquer Hollywood feature comedy. If you're a total F and G freak, get the Yearbook Edition for $169.98, which contains a yearbook and even more extras; but the regular edition packs in enough deleted scenes and commentaries to keep all but the most rabid fans happy.

Aaron Spelling hit pay dirt with The Mod Squad: Season 2, Vol. 1 ($39.98), about hepcat kids who become undercover cops to save other kids from the '60s. Johnny Depp started out in a similar role early in his career, but he was no cooler than this classic trio was in '68. You'll wish you'd gone undercover with the incredibly pretty, Paul McCartney-boinking Peggy Lipton, everybody's favorite Mod Squadder. Spelling still had his magic in 1995, when he gave us

Beverly Hills 90210: The Sixth Season ($59.98). In this one, the kids find that coke does not add life -- in 1995, cocaine was yielding to the stock market as America's life-threatening thrill of choice.

Coke probably helped shorten George Carlin's life, even though he cleaned up many years before his recent death. Let's remember him with George Carlin: It's Bad for Ya ($19.98), his last HBO special, broadcast last March. It's got a lengthy interview with him and an old clip from The Jackie Gleason Show in 1969, so you can see how his talent evolved.