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What TV Shows on DVD Would You Most Like to Give, Or Get, for the Holidays -- But Can't?
December 4, 2010  | By Tom Brinkmoeller

Were there a logical answer to the following, finding lasting world peace wouldn't be far behind:


Why are there three seasons of Keeping up with the Kardashians available for sale on DVD, but none for Brooklyn Bridge, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Wonder Years and Ed -- and only partial video releases of Newhart, St. Elsewhere and The Paper Chase?

Now is the season of, among other things, give and get. Great news for people who want to drink endlessly from the well of Kardashian wisdom. The tidings are of comfort and joy for Jersey Shore fans, too. Also, supporting the idea that there just may be too much of a good thing, every episode of Cheers, a great series that plays endlessly in syndication, also is available on DVD.

Others of us abide, it seems, in the house of Bob Cratchit. There are many people who would love to be able to give and get some of those impossible-to-buy classic TV series.

In September, when the subject here was the unavailability of The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, a number of people left comments that they would happily buy videos of the series. A few months earlier, the TVWW question was why Brooklyn Bridge was still locked and lost in a CBS vault. To date, more than 60 people have left comments telling how their frustration at not being able to add this wonderful series to their home library is only surpassed by their great memories of watching it during its network run.


(Both remain mysteriously out of sight. Regular checks with an outlet that might be interested in bringing Molly Dodd to the home market have not uncovered anything new. And periodic calls and e-mails to the CBS executive who is said to control the fate of Brooklyn Bridge never are acknowledged.)

The people who control the fates of these series seem to live behind high and soundproof walls. No tactic seems to have moved them to releasing the series, even though most of the people who created and produced the shows would love to see their work available again.

Most of the series in question have Amazon slots that allow potential customers to sign up for notification if and when a release happens. But Amazon repeatedly has refused to share how many names are on those lists, citing a company privacy policy. (Anyone else see an irony here? Amazon, until very recently, was the host server for Wikileaks...)

Anyway, we welcome your comments -- and hereby overtly solicit them -- about which TV series, telemovies or specials you would most like to give, or get, were they available on DVD. Of all the great TV out there, what are we missing?

More to the point, what are YOU missing?




jim said:

You've already mentioned "St. Elsewhere", but there are so many others as well. Too many to mention. However, there are also many shows that I would like to see again, but I don't necessarily need to own. This is where streaming could really serve a good purpose. I would love to see "The Defenders" with EG Marshall again and find out if it was as good as I remember from when I was a kid, but I doubt I would want to invest in a collection of it. Also, "Lou Grant" one of my favorite shows of all time which I know is as good as I remember it. I probably wouldn't buy it, but I would love to be able to see it again.

One show I would buy, but don't expect to ever see again, is "Frank's Place" the great, short lived show produced by Tim Reid. Even if there was enough interest in it my guess is the indispensable music rights would be prohibitive.

Comment posted on December 4, 2010 12:37 PM

jan said:

Here are some I would love to see in addition to "Brooklyn Bridge" and "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd": "Knights of Prosperity" and "Doctor, Doctor" - both of these shows made me laugh - a lot. I'm also hoping that "Terriers" will be out on DVD soon as it is one of the best shows on TV right now. I wish we could get some British shows on Region 1 DVDs. I'm glad that "Life on Mars" and "Skins" finally came out in the US, but I'm still waiting for "Viva Blackpool." I would also love to have the old "Topper" series with Leo G. Carroll, Robert Sterling, and Anne Jeffreys. Also, although I'm sure it will be out on DVD soon, there is no word yet on "Treme."

I am glad that several TV shows that I've wanted have been recently released: "Thriller" and "Ellery Queen," for example. But I'd still also like to see "City of Angels" and the others I've mentioned.

Comment posted on December 5, 2010 9:48 AM

Erin said:

In addition to those you mentioned, I'd also like to see Hill Street Blues. Last time I checked, only the first two seasons were available. As a kid, I remember HSB and St. Elsewhere as the only shows my folks watched, and I'd like to see what they were watching.

Comment posted on December 5, 2010 3:41 PM

pat brown said:

My choice would be Peter Falk in "The Price of Tomatoes" which showed on Dick Powell Theater in 1962.

Comment posted on December 5, 2010 5:05 PM

Diane said:

China Beach

Comment posted on December 6, 2010 1:34 PM

Phil said:

3rd season of "Once and Again"

Comment posted on December 6, 2010 4:27 PM

Steven Garland said:

Frank's Place though I know from previous discussions the music makes it unlikely. Best Christmas episode ever.

Comment posted on December 7, 2010 2:19 PM

Suzanne said:

I'd love to see China Beach released in DVD. It was a great series.

Comment posted on December 7, 2010 11:56 PM

jesus zimmerman said:

i'd love to see on the shelves: later with bob costas and the wonder years.

Comment posted on December 8, 2010 2:13 PM

Alecia said:

Homefront, 1991-1993. Would buy it in a heartbeat.

Comment posted on December 10, 2010 1:14 PM

Sue said:

I'd love to see China Beach.

Comment posted on December 10, 2010 7:05 PM

Rich Mansfield said:

I'd love to see Musical Chairs again. Of four panelists, Bobby Troup would end the show by coming up with the first line of a quatrain. Two other panelists came up with lines two and three, and Johnny Mercer had to come up with a capper. And as far as I know, he never failed, and they were always funny.

Another good ad libber was Cliff Arquette in Hollywood Squares. Example: Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be? A. Charley Weaver (aka Clifford Arquette ): Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Comment posted on December 17, 2010 8:05 PM

Lee said:

Oh, Homefront, there was a great show. Fun acting, interesting stories and it may even be cooler than Mad Men.

Comment posted on December 28, 2010 10:09 AM
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