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Single-season wonders that deserve a DVD release

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Charles Ellis, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. Charles Ellis

    Charles Ellis Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by Michael Alden's excellent thread on shows with 3 or more seasons still MIA on season DVD sets, I'd like to take the opposite route and discuss those shows that for one reason or another failed to make it past its initial season, and warrant a DVD release due to the show's uniqueness.

    Recently we've seen such single-season wonders like The Adventures of Brisco County, The Judy Garland Show, The Time Tunnel, Commander in Chief, and Law & Order: Trial By Jury being released in sets. However, there are a lot of one-shot shows that deserve a release too!

    My personal one-season wish list:

    Honey West
    Longstreet
    Love on a Rooftop
    Bridget Loves Bernie
    He & She
    My Mother the Car
    The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
    When Things Were Rotten
    John Doe
    Coronet Blue
    My Living Doll (heard rumors of a possible release in the near future)
    Paper Moon
    Married To the Kellys
    It's All Relative
    The Betty White Show (the 1977 sitcom w/John Hillerman)
    Muppets Tonight

    Mind you, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Besides, I know that a lot of you out there have some fave shows that didn't get a second season. Ladies and gentlemen, here's your chance! Who knows- maybe someone with influence just may be reading this forum, and some of these shows just might make it to the shelves of stores soon......
     
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    todd s Well-Known Member

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    John Doe
    Vengeance Unlimited
    Jake 2.0
    Special Unit 2 (season and half)
    Legend
    The Strip (a personal favorite) [​IMG]
    Freaky Links
     
  3. Chris Roberts

    Chris Roberts Well-Known Member

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    Witchblade

    Although it techinically started its second season, they never finished it. I'll be quite content with just owning the first season even if they never release any of the second season episodes they made. This is the only off-air, live-action show I have remaining on my TV on DVD "must buy" list.
     
  4. michael_ks

    michael_ks Well-Known Member

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    Several one season wonders appear in my 'wish list'. These and other shows I'd love to see released:

    Black Saddle (1959)
    Five Fingers (1959)
    Tales of the Vikings (1959)
    Bourbon Street Beat (1959)
    Johnny Staccato (1959)
    Hong Kong (1960)
    The Westerner (1960)
    Way Out (1961)
    Saints and Sinners (1962)
    Empire (1962)
    Redigo (1963)
    The Dakotas (1963)
    The Rogues (1964)
    T.H.E. Cat (1966)
    The Loner (1966)
    Honey West (1966)
    The Green Hornet (1966)
    The New People (1969)
    Search (1972)
    Darkroom (1981)
    Probe (1988)

    Give me a few minutes--I'll think of more.
     
  5. Jerry R Colvin

    Jerry R Colvin Well-Known Member

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    Frank's Place.
    Birds of Prey.
     
  6. Jay_B!

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    Square Pegs. It's a cult classic of the 1980's, it launched Sarah Jessica Parker's career. It only ran one season so the company doesn't have to worry about a long commitment that might backfire. But there is music rights, but the fact this is only a one-season wonder (much like how the music-rights-hell Freaks And Geeks came out) should make it a lot easier, since it really is a time capsule of the early 1980's.
     
  7. Nicholas Martin

    Nicholas Martin Well-Known Member

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    My answer will never change:

    THE VISITOR

    It aired on Fox fridays at 8PM in September 1997. Fox did air all 13 episodes of it. I loved that show.
     
  8. David*P

    David*P Well-Known Member

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    Though I agree about Muppets Tonight it actually had two short seasons which essentially add up to one season. I believe it's been said that once the Muppet Show finishes it's run on DVD than Muppets Tonight will be released....currently we're waiting for Muppet Show Season 2 to be released in the first quarter of 2007 after about a year and a half since the first season was released.

    The only one that comes to mind that I would actually buy is "Teen Angel" that used to be on ABC's TGIF. And frankly, if "Tabitha" can be released ANY show can be released!
     
  9. IanDP

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    I'd like to see Dick Wolf's Dragnet, with Ed ONeill and Ethan Embry. Ed Oneill was great as Joe Friday. This was scheduled to be released on DVD a couple of times but keeps getting shelved.

    Technically it made it into a second season (renamed L.A. Dragnet) but got cancelled midway, I believe.
     
  10. Rick P

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    The Chronicle (SciFi Channel - 2001)

    Great Series murdered by SciFi suit that 'didn't think comedy belonged in SciFi'.

    Tremors: The Series (SciFi Channel - 2003)

    Mangeled by SciFi by showing shows of of order (there was a story arc) and recutting some shows AFTER delivery to make them almost incomprehensible, but I still would like to see them.
     
  11. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    [ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S] SUSPICION
    WAY OUT
    CORONET BLUE
    T.H.E. CAT
    BUS STOP
    THE WESTERNER
    THE BLUE LIGHT
    THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
    THE GREEN HORNET
    CAPTAIN NICE
    MASTERMIND/Q.E.D.
    THE IMMORTAL
     
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    A YEAR IN THE LIFE.

    One of the best shows on network tv ever ...
     
  13. Bert Greene

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    I'm not particularly saying these one-seasoners 'deserve' a release, but they do constitute some items I'd go for, out of curiosity or otherwise:

    Inner Sanctum - 1954
    Noah's Ark - 1956
    The Brothers - 1956
    Suspicion - 1957
    Decoy - 1957
    Harbourmaster - 1957
    Mr. Adams and Eve - 1957
    Cannonball - 1958
    Troubleshooters - 1959
    Coronado 9 - 1960
    The Jim Backus Show - 1960
    The Islanders - 1960
    Bringing Up Buddy - 1960
    Bus Stop - 1961
    Follow the Sun - 1961
    87th Precinct - 1961
    The New Breed - 1961
    It's a Man's World - 1962
    The Wide Country - 1962
    Arrest and Trial - 1963
    Richard Boone Show - 1963
    Many Happy Returns - 1964
    The Rogues - 1964
    Mr. Broadway - 1964
    Wackiest Ship in the Army - 1965
    Trials of O'Brien - 1965
    T.H.E. Cat - 1966
    Occasional Wife - 1966
    The Outsider - 1968
    Then Came Bronson - 1969
    The Immortal - 1970
     
  14. Michael Alden

    Michael Alden Well-Known Member

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    Most of the ones I would list have already been put on the list. But I would add the following:


    Hank - 1965
    The Tycoon - 1964
    For the People - 1965 (Shatner right before Star Trek)
    Second Hundred Years - 1967
    Paul Lynde Show - 1972
    Temperatures Rising - 1972
    Hey Landlord - 1966 (Garry Marshall's first show)
    The Good Life - 1971 (Donna Mills and Larry Hagman)
    Double Life of Henry Phyfe - 1966
    Run Buddy Run - 1967
    The Young Lawyers - 1970
    Mickey - 1965
    The Jean Arthur Show - 1966
    Accidental Family - 1967
    My Friend Tony - 1969
    Garrison's Gorillas - 1967
    The Man Who Never Was - 1966
    The Hero - 1966
    Debbie Reynolds Show - 1969
     
  15. Pete Battista

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    I want...
    John Doe
    Jake 2.0
    Freaky Links
    Birds of Prey
    Tremors: The Series
    Black Sash
    Brimstone
    Century City
    The Jury
    LAX
    Listen Up
    Medical Investigations
    Werewolf
    Misfits of Science
    Wolf Lake
     
  16. Tory

    Tory -The Snappy Sneezer- -Red Huck-

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    Probe
    The Phoenix
    The Others
    Strange Luck
    Johnny Bago
    VR5
    Nightmare Cafe
    Strange Luck
    Johnny Staccato
    Fish Police
    Nearly Departed
    Grand
    Stark Raving Mad
    Two
    Starman
    Misfits of Science
    The Magician
    Moon Over Miami
    Captain Nice
    Voyagers!
    Hard Times on Planet Earth
    Disney Presents The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage
    The Single Guy
    Camp Wilder
    Covington Cross
    Moon Over Miami
    Flying Blind
    The Royal Family
    Out of Practice (this may come back to TV but regardless of that, right now it is one season with unaired episodes and I want the rest)
    Free Spirit

    There is this show, I can not recall its name, I know someone here knows it and has said it before. It aired with repeats of Police Squad when Naked Gun 2 & 1/2 was in theaters and was presented as if it was a series of lost shorts of a forgotten comedy team ala Abbott and Costello.

    and a ton of others people here have and will mention.
     
  17. Brian Little

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    Same here. I would love to see "Brimstone" also given a DVD release. I really loved that show. Such a shame that Fox didn't give either series a real chance.

    (But at least "Millennium" was given three years... which was one year too many in my book aka season 3)
     
  18. Paul Miller

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    Out of Practice
    Jackie Mason's Chicken Soup


    Paul
     
  19. Roni F

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    Great thread idea! I second the votes for:

    Out of Practice, and

    Frank's Place

    And would also snap up in a second:

    Relativity
    Cartoon Planet
    Thief
     
  20. Will_B

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    Rob Grant's The Strangerers (not a typo) starring the woman from the BBC show Coupling. Rob Grant was co-creator of the cult hit series Red Dwarf.

    And I'll second...

    Birds of Prey

    Wolf Lake starring the L Word's Mia Kirshner.
     

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