"Hercules" was one of those television shows that you either loved or you hated, and a lot of people who enjoyed it couldn’t even justify why. It was cheesy, campy and, at times, downright stupid. It often gave us stilted dialogue, hammy acting and shockingly bad special effects. But despite all that, the show had a way of growing on you. For season four – perhaps the strangest of the series’ six seasons – Anchor Bay has released a nice nine-DVD set, including one entire disc dedicated to CD-ROM extras.

Sam Raimi, of Evil Dead and Spider-Man fame, was executive producer of the "Hercules" series. The show always carried his unique signature. It was a strange hybrid of action and comedy, where it always felt like the writers were giving the audience a wink and a nod, saying, "Yeah, we know it’s silly. Just have fun."

Season four features some of the more unusual "Hercules" episodes. For example, one episode revolves around the modern-day writers (played by the regular actors of the series) sitting around arguing about possible "Hercules" spin-offs. In another episode entitled "Porkules," Hercules is transformed into a pig. And then there’s the spoof of "Jack and the Beanstalk" which somehow manages to work in references to several Spielberg movies. This season also features the first appearance of Hercules’ evil counterpart, The Sovereign (we know he’s evil because in true "Star-Trek"-evil-twin-from-an-alternate-dimension fashion, he has a goatee).

The DVD release has some nice extras, including cast interviews, audio commentary on certain episodes and behind-the-scenes featurettes. The video transfer appears flawless, and the audio mix makes good use of the surround sound channels. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys – Season Four is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the show, but if you aren’t, it’s not likely to change your mind.

DVD Grade: B-