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on March 9, 2015
Great series
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 11, 2015
The series is from the 1990s and so it may be a little dated to today's audience. "The Lone Gunmen" is a spin-off from the sci-fi "The X-Files" but is a far less serious in its approach to investigating conspiracies, injustices and the paranormal than its parent show. In fact, what makes this series fantastic are the quirks and foibles of the characters and the funny predicaments that they find themselves in as they try to print their underground magazine.

Being a sci-fi or X-files fan is not necessary to enjoy this geeky, silly, fight-for-the-American way series.
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on December 6, 2014
Product arrived quickly. I'm very happy I was able to find this series, as my boyfriend is a huge fan and it is going to be part of his Christmas gift.
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on October 22, 2010
This is a great series, very entertaining. Dvd's have some glitches but it is still worth the price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2010
I'm a huge X-Files nut. I bought this set a looooong time ago and until recently, it was sitting on my self in it's plastic wrapping. After all these years, I recently decided to unwrap it and see what I was missing. Wasn't missing much. When The Lone Gunmen cameoed on X-Files, i would look forward to their interactions with Mulder and Scully. As brief as they were, it was great. I can see where someone would get the idea to give them their own show, but hot damn, 45 mins of them is way too much.

The show's really silly compared to the X-Files, and apart from the pilot and the show ending cliff hanger, I had trouble stomaching through the episodes. It's just not funny. I don't know who greenlit these scripts but whomever it was, was either intoxicated or just has poor judgement.

Those expecting X-Files intrigue beware. I'm only giving it two stars for the two episodes I enjoyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2010
I love this show but the second disc had 3 episodes missing (same 2 episodes on both sides) and the seller refuses to return email when I requested to return the box set. VERY disappointed!!!

Another friend with this box set says they have all the episodes, but disc two is marked wrong. Anyone buying this box set needs to check disc 2!

Seller The Grooveyard in BC, Canada
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The comic relief of X-Files (not to mention the series' homage to us nerds and geeks that constituted its core fan-base) finally got their own series.

It started with the best of intentions - but you know what they say about exactly those paving the road to hell...
Bad and unimaginative writing, this is the story of a TV series left to roll on its hyped momentum. It did not roll far.

Another proof that the Best TV is ALWAYS based on great writing. Missing that, nothing can save a series.

Rent it for the memories. A fun weekend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Lone Gunmen finally got their own show -- even if it was sadly short-lived. They were introduced as UFO-chasing supergeeks early in "The X-Files," and soon garnered a cult following -- and eventually a spinoff, complete with tango-dancing kingpins, genius chimps and parallel universes.

The increasingly broke Lone Gunmen are in the middle of stealing a computer chip when a mysterious bearded man -- who turns out to be a beautiful woman, Yves Adele Harlow (Zuleikha Robinson)-- intervenes and gets them caught. After they foil an attempt to ram a plane into a skyscraper, they investigate a geeky golfer's kidnapping, and make a new friend: Jimmy Bond (Stephen Sneddon), a naive young man who gives them financial backing.

With Jimmy as a sort of apprentice Lone Gunman, the boys set out to deal with the conspiracies and strange occurrances: a superintelligent chimp that wants a life of his own, a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens, investigate a Nazi war criminal (who happens to be a little old lady), and search for a car that runs on water instead of gas.

It was a TV tragedy that this funny conspiracy series only lasted half a season. Then again, that's what cult TV is made of. While it lacked the audience and longevity of its parent series "The X-Files," "The Lone Gummen" made up for that in humor and creativity.

Not every episode was so good -- "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper" is just embarrassing, with a none-too-thinly-veiled Senator William Jefferson (Clinton?), a genial Southern womanizer who is just below the angels. Come on, at least TRY to be subtle. However, "Lone Gunmen" hit the mark more often than it missed, with ingeniously offbeat stories that allowed the characters to be goofy as well as serious. ("Prepare to get mooned!")

Certainly the stories tend to be imaginative -- superbrained chimps, trips into prison to save innocent men, and tangoing in competitions. And the humor that cropped up is what makes these stories priceless -- in one episode, poor Langly ends up with his arm up a cow's backside. In others, Jimmy does a spot-on Elvis impersonation, all four guys try to dance (with absurd results), and Frohike toughs it up as a martial arts master (with the help of some wire).

Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood all appeared to be having plenty of fun in this series as the geek, the uptight bureaucrat, and the "man of action." (We even get to see all three as kids, talking about what they want to do when they grow up) Sneddon is a great addition as the eager-puppy Jimmy Bond, who seems a lot dumber than he is. And Robinson rounds off the cast as a mystery woman with a ruthless streak and a few vulnerable spots.

Take the funniest episodes of "X-Files," and center them on the Lone Gunmen. "The Lone Gunmen" didn't last long, but it was fun while it lasted -- humorous, goofy, and has Frohike in a bottle-bra.
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