More Shows We'd Like to See on DVD

by Angel Cohn June 4, 2009 5:32 pm
More Shows We'd Like to See on DVD

A few months ago we lamented some shows that weren't on DVD, but now it's summer and we're lacking substantive shows to watch this time of year. We'd love to retreat into a box set of an old favorite. Sadly some classic (and not-so classic) shows aren't available on DVD (at least legally). It is sort of crazy, because we can get all of Saved by the Bell: The New Class, 'Til Death, Seventh Heaven and Home Improvement, but yet The Wonder Years isn't available. Most delays are due to rights issues or companies that owned them went out of business, but still, we'd like to see someone figure it out and get these seasons out to us, stat.

The Wonder Years
Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper's courtship will not be televised... at least not any time soon. Music rights seem to be the main problem as all those classic '60s tunes come at a high price. While we hate waiting, we'd rather they take their time negotiating with TPTB than put it out with alternate tracks. Dawson's Creek without Paula Cole's annoying "I don't want to wait..." is just plain weird, so we can't even imagine The Wonder Years without its rockin' retro score.

We miss Stuckeyville and the ten-dollar bets and the quirky folks at the bowling alley, but while rumors have been swirling around forever that this charming series was due to come out, there still is no release date looming at all. If it's a legal issue, could we hire Ed Stevens to help figure it out? He was always able to resolve his cases quickly and efficiently.

Love Monkey
Another Tom Cavanagh show not available on disc, this one about the music industry only lasted a few episodes. We need to see Teddy Geiger being adorable to get images of The Rocker out of our minds.

Boston Public
This well-acted high school drama (that offered a real look at struggles of teachers and teens, which is so rare on TV ) has apparently been suspended. We're hoping that someone has a heart and releases this fun David E. Kelley show because we adore Chi McBride. And any show that can make Jessalyn Gilsig not too annoying is OK by us.

Max Headroom
Remember back when Max Headroom was on the cutting edge of technology? OK. If you do, then don't you want to see how this holds up today? Though it might be as depressing as watching old Land of the Lost episodes. And if you don't remember, don't you kind of want to see what us old people used to think was cool way back when?

Karen Sisco
We really need Karen Sisco on DVD. There's a space on our shelves next to Out of Sight that is specifically reserved for this excellent TV series about the bad ass and hot deputy marshal who busted criminals in Miami. Carla Gugino looked almost as smokin' hot as Jennifer Lopez in the title role.

The Class
Another short-lived series that for some inexplicable reason isn't available on DVD. Do they think that people wouldn't buy it? Do they not realize that our love for Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lizzy Caplan knows no bounds?

Eight Is Enough
Long before Jon and Kate had eight kids, Tom and Joan Bradford had a big brood, and the widowed Tom tried to manage a handful of teens. We hope if they ever do put this show out on DVD, they release the pilot with Mark "Luke Skywalker" Hamill, who played the eldest son.

L.A. Law
More than a little bit outrageous, this legal series was filled with wild characters and unbelievable moments (it isn't every show that throws its villain down an elevator shaft, after all) and the lawyers spent almost as much time entangled in bedroom issues (sometimes in the infamous Venus Butterfly position) as they did in the courtroom. While it had its ups and downs, it had a huge cast (Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Blair Underwood and John Spencer) and was from the mind of Steven Bochco with the writing stylings of a young David E. Kelley. It would be worth a second look... if we could.

This Beavis and Butt-head spinoff has a few DVDs out, but that's just of the specials. We need (yes, need!) the entirety of the actual clever series on DVD. We could use a healthy dose of the surly high-schooler, and considering that we've been quoting it incessantly since we brought this up, there are at least two people would buy it.

The Wizard
This culty (read: geeky) favorite only lasted one season, so in theory it wouldn't even be that hard to put the entire series on DVD. We'd love to rewatch the adventures of the rich inventor turned toymaker who tried to fight off the forces of evil.

Ally McBeal
We have to wonder if there's a force in the universe keeping us from David E. Kelley shows. Between Boston Public, LA Law and the goofy legal comedy Ally McBeal, we're a bit suspicious. Also, Chicago Hope. Wedding Bells and girls club seem to be unavailable as well, but we're not exactly clambering for those. Is it Kelley's fault? Does he hate money? Whatever the reason, we need to see some crazy dancing babies and inappropriate work attire soon.

My Secret Identity
This show was like Spider-Man or Superman, but cheesier. Think more along the lines of the Greatest American Hero. Jerry O'Connell starred as a geeky kid who got hit by a photon bean and gained some cool powers, like moving at super speed and making himself weightless. Of course he used his powers for good, and tried to stop crimes or whatnot, as it was your typical superhero caper, but we enjoyed it and O'Connell's got kids to support so royalties from this show could really come in handy.

Everyone always talks about Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz's other shows, thirtysomething, Once and Again and My So-Called Life, and while they are favorites too, this one always gets forgotten. Which is a true shame, because this one was an excellent look at the entangled romantic lives of a group of twentysomethings. And it had a fantastic cast: Kimberly Williams (before the Paisley), David Conrad, Jane Adams, Lisa Edelstein, Adam Goldberg, Poppy Montgomery, Devon Gummersall and Richard Schiff. Since thirtysomething is finally coming out this summer, it is about time for this one to hit stores too.

Head of the Class
With all of the ridiculous '80s sitcoms that are currently available on DVD (from Perfect Strangers to Mr. Belvedere) we're honestly surprised that this one about a group of genius kids and their unconventional teacher isn't cluttering up our Netflix queues as we type. Though if TPTB decide to put it out, they really only need do the first four seasons with Howard Hesseman helming the class, because once Billy Connolly joined the show it went sharply downhill.

Misfits of Science
Don't even pretend like you don't want to see Courteney Cox as a telekinetic teenager who has to deal with a mother who believes in aliens. You know you do. So do we, especially since this series about teenagers with superpowers was co-created by Tim Kring. Before he did Heroes. We're curious to do see the differences.

This one we'd like to add to our DVD collection solely for the nostalgia factor. Emmanuel Lewis was an adorable kid who got adopted by George Papadapolis and his rich, somewhat snooty wife Katherine. Wonder if that creepy doll in the secret room is still so bizarrely terrifying now, because it really freaked us out back then.




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