And then where's MAUDE? Or MARY HARTMAN or FERNWOOD 2-NIGHT?

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  1. Rob Gardiner

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    Most of the classic Norman Lear shows are out on DVD.

    However, we are missing Mary Hartman, Fernwood 2Nite, and MAUDE.

    Is there any news on any of these? As always, I would even accept unsubstantiated rumors. Personally, I'm interested in MHMH and Fernwood but a buddy of mine is really into MAUDE so I thought I would ask the helpful and knowledgable folks on this site.

    Many thanks in advance, if anyone knows anything.
     
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    I'd love to have Maude.
     
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    They need to release the rest of Norman Lear's shows.... They've released All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Sanford and Son... where's the rest?
     
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    The rest are...

    well, I don't know what their (Columbia's) plans are. They already have One Day at a Time slated for some time in the future. But maybe once Good Times is finished (3 seasons down, 3 to go)
     
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    God I love Fernwood 2Night. Hilarious. Columbia should release it.
     
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    i'm sidestepping the topic here becuase I want to know.... which producer was the first to have his show released on DVD in a season set?

    I always thought the first producer was Norman Lear with All in the Family, but it appeared that Larry Gelbart also was another producer to have his show released on DVD... I'm stumped!

    Okay, back on topic.
     
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    Chris Carter, The X-Files
     
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    was Norman Lear a close follow up?
     
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    Quote: was Norman Lear a close follow up?

    Listen, buddy, just face it. You're going to have to scrap your thesis and start over again. [​IMG]
     
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    Depends what you mean by close. The X-Files sets started coming out in 2000. The first All in the Family set didn't come out until 2002.

    So as far as quantity, it can probably be considered part of the "first wave" of TV-on-DVD. But from a calendar standpoint, it took more than 2 years after TV-on-DVD started appearing for AITF to show up.
     
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    Between X-Files and All in the Family, what shows were released in the "season set" format?
     
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    The Simpsons & Sex and the City come to mind.
     
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    Sopranos and Larry Sanders as well.
     
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    and Twin Peaks

    So I guess the conclusion is, there were quite a few TV series sets out there prior to "All in the Family."
     
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    I thought Larry came out after All in the Family. I'm talking the interim.
     
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    MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN is high on my want list. I'd purchase it without hesitation!
     
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    No, Larry came out on 2/26/02. AITF came out on 3/26/02.

    All this info is available on-line. Feel free to do some of your own research.
     
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    Noticing that Cell Block H is coming out soon, my thoughts naturally drifted to Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. So I did a forum search. I don't buy much tv on dvd, but I've wanted this one for some time. I do wonder though if MHMH might be the type of series that while so wonderful way back when, will fall flat if viewed today. It was like an ongoing piece of performance art and it DID have it's dull stretches. Is it better left a memory untainted by reassessment? Naaaaaaaah.
     
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    I discovered MARY HARTMAN only a few years ago in the form of cable re-runs. I'd say it holds up marvelously.
     

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