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Single-season wonders that deserve a DVD release


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#1 of 188 Charles Ellis

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Posted November 01 2006 - 06:46 AM

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......
Bring "The continuing story of PEYTON PLACE" home on DVD: the one that started it all- from Dallas and Dynasty to Desperate Housewives and Gossip Girl!!! Starting this May, see the legendary saga starring Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, and Oscar-winner Dorothy Malone on DVD thru...

#2 of 188 todd s

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:12 AM

John Doe
Vengeance Unlimited
Jake 2.0
Special Unit 2 (season and half)
Legend
The Strip (a personal favorite) Posted Image
Freaky Links
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#3 of 188 Chris Roberts

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:26 AM

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 of 188 michael_ks

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:31 AM

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 of 188 Jerry R Colvin

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:55 AM

Frank's Place.
Birds of Prey.

#6 of 188 Jay_B!

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:59 AM

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 of 188 Nicholas Martin

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:05 AM

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 of 188 David*P

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Charles Ellis

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

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 of 188 IanDP

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:30 AM

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 of 188 Rick P

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:34 AM

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 of 188 Peter M Fitzgerald

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:54 AM

[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

My Current Damage at DVD Aficionado

Wanted in R1: UNEARTHLY STRANGER ('63) / IF I HAD A MILLION ('32) / THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK ('41) / IT CONQUERED THE WORLD ('56) / TERROR ABOARD ('33) / DANGER ROUTE ('68) / THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM ('68) / GUNN ('67) / ZOO IN BUDAPEST ('33) / THE SEA WOLF ('41) / DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS ('63, restored) / ALAKAZAM THE GREAT ('60) / DARKER THAN AMBER ('70) / THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME ('47) / CROSSWINDS ('51) / JIVARO ('54)

Wanted TV-on-DVD: T.H.E. CAT (1966-67) / SUSPICION (1957-58) / WAY OUT (1961) / ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (1962-65) / PANIC! (1957-58) / CORONET BLUE (1965) / DRAGNET ('50s) / NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (1968) / BUS STOP (1961-62) / THE WESTERNER (1960) / THE IMMORTAL (1970) / BLUE LIGHT (1966) / TERRIERS (2010) / THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS (1966)


#12 of 188 Derek K.

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Posted November 01 2006 - 09:40 AM

A YEAR IN THE LIFE.

One of the best shows on network tv ever ...

#13 of 188 Bert Greene

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Posted November 01 2006 - 10:16 AM

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 of 188 Michael Alden

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Posted November 01 2006 - 10:36 AM

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

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Posted November 01 2006 - 11:00 AM

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 of 188 Tory

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Posted November 01 2006 - 11:18 AM

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.
Hungry enough to eat a turnip and call it a turkey.

 


#17 of 188 Brian Little

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Posted November 01 2006 - 11:43 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nicholas Martin
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.

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)
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#18 of 188 Paul Miller

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Posted November 01 2006 - 12:08 PM

Out of Practice
Jackie Mason's Chicken Soup


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#19 of 188 Roni F

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Posted November 01 2006 - 12:08 PM

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 of 188 Will_B

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Posted November 01 2006 - 12:53 PM

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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