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Single-season wonders that deserve a DVD release

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#1 of 188 OFFLINE   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
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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#2 of 188 OFFLINE   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)
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 OFFLINE   Chris Roberts

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:26 AM


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.

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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 OFFLINE   Jerry R Colvin

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Posted November 01 2006 - 07:55 AM

Frank's Place. Birds of Prey.

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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 OFFLINE   Nicholas Martin

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:05 AM

My answer will never change:


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

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:24 AM

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!

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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 OFFLINE   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.

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Posted November 01 2006 - 08:54 AM


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Posted November 01 2006 - 09:40 AM

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#13 of 188 OFFLINE   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 OFFLINE   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

#15 of 188 OFFLINE   Pete Battista

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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
Century City
The Jury
Listen Up
Medical Investigations
Misfits of Science
Wolf Lake

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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.
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#17 of 188 OFFLINE   Brian Little

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Posted November 01 2006 - 11:43 AM

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 OFFLINE   Paul Miller

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Posted November 01 2006 - 12:08 PM

Out of Practice Jackie Mason's Chicken Soup Paul

#19 of 188 OFFLINE   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

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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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