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#41 of 188 OFFLINE   Rusty_W

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Posted November 02 2006 - 01:01 PM

Mr. Merlin - It's been nearly 20 years since I've seen reruns of it, but I used to love it as much as Voyagers!, but I'm sure it'll be really bad to watch now with an adult mind.

Manimal - Also some 20 years, but I did not like it at all back then and I would love to remember why as it's considered one of the worse TV programs of the 80s, if not of all time.

I'd like to say Herman's Head (but I think that was one and a half seasons) and that other FOX comdey show which is simular in humor about people whom survived a nuclear explosion and is trapped together in a small house. I forgot the name, but I am pretty sure that did not go over a season.

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Posted November 02 2006 - 01:22 PM

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Angie
Central Park West
Cliffhangers
Dolphin Cove
Fantastic Journey
Hail to the Chief
Marshall Law
Pacific Palisades
Phyllis
The Quest
Savannah
Second Noah
When Things Were Rotten
A Year in the Life

...and the list goes on.

**sigh**
which one of the quest are you referring to the one in the seventies with kurt russell or the one in the eighties with perry king

#43 of 188 OFFLINE   mannix

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Posted November 02 2006 - 01:33 PM

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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......
I would like longstreet comeout on dvd also

#44 of 188 OFFLINE   Tina_H_V

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Posted November 02 2006 - 03:13 PM

My selection, in this, my first post here at the HTF in nearly three years, is as follows:

The Hoop Life

This television series, which ran for one season on Showtime in 1999-2000, centered on the New England Knights, a fictitious professional basketball team playing in the fictional United Basketball Association--of course, a clear-cut take on the NBA, as such issues as the lockout which had taken place during the 1998-1999 season were touched upon at times in the pilot episode and beyond.

At the heart of the series were three notables: Marvin Buxton, the mercurial-albeit-aging star point guard (Mykelti Williamson); Greg Marr, a defensive-minded forward on the court and a renowned womanizer off of it to the detriment of his wife, Alison (Rick Peters); and Curtis Thorpe, a wonderkund high-school phenom who has elected to forgo college basketball and enter the UBA Draft (Cirroc Lofton).

This was truly and fun series, to me. I recorded, on video tape, all but six of the 22 episodes aired during its turn-of-the-century run on Showtime. I still not only have the tapes, but watch them as well on occasion.

I know Showtime has released some of its well-known television series on DVD, such as Queer as Folk, The L-Word (I have all three season of this one!), Soul Food and Resurrection Boulevard, albeit only the first season of the latter two, IIRC.

Maybe Showtime could bring it upon themselves to release this fine TV series from the end of the 1990s on DVD?
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#45 of 188 OFFLINE   Tina_H_V

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Posted November 02 2006 - 03:25 PM

Oh, yes, and another selection, if I may please make one is...

...Players!

Yes, this one ran one season on NBC from 1997 to 1998. It featured three ex-convicts paroled to the FBI to aid and abet the Bureau by getting themselves into areas where FBI Agents could not quite infiltrate.

The series centered on three male ex-cons: Isaac "Ice" Gregory, as played by none other than Ice-T, who is looked upon as the cerebral leader of the trio; Alphonse Royo, as played by Costas Mandylor, the handsome, ladies-loving muscle of the trio; and Charles O'Bannon, as played by Frank John Hughes, the computer virtuoso of the trio.

Andrea Roth first played the trio's FBI contact during the pilot, which was filmed in New York City (as was the unaired series finale)...only to be replaced by Mia Korf, who played their FBI contact for the duration of the series once the action shifted west to Los Angeles.

It was a very exciting concept and a fine series, IMHO. Each episode had the word CON as a part of it, be it Con Job to Rashocon, just to name a couple.

Sadly, NBC failed to keep up with the series in order to give it the respect and the support it deserved. Thus, as a result, the final two episodes did not air on NBC, which in its stead air some Dick Clark's Video Bloopers show. Posted Image

For nearly a decade, I was hoping this one would eventually make its way out to DVD. It still has not.

This thread is, indeed, a fine idea. May some of these titles see the light of day--be it my posts or the posts of others. Thanks!!! Posted Image
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#46 of 188 OFFLINE   Lee Jamilkowski

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Posted November 02 2006 - 04:07 PM

I'm still waiting for Nothing Sacred...
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Posted November 02 2006 - 05:11 PM

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Hi Michael,

Just discovered this site while trying to find anything new on "Nickols".

Again, for the um-teenth time the subject of really great old TV shows came up over after work drinks last night and "Nickols" was right in there as one of the gems.

I was surprized a couple of years ago, when we first started talking about it (under similar circumstances), that there were several people at the table who remembered and loved it but that there were several others who had never heard or remembered James Garner in such a terrific setting and production. Again with Stuart Margolin (Angle from Rockford Files) and then with Margot Kidder and a really great casting of others ...it was a real winner in my books. Obveously with many others too.

Sometimes the writer's, directing and production crew, and cast just click and there is something that is just plain enduring that comes out. There have been many wonderful series that made it or never made it. The really special ones are those seemingly rare productions where the charaters become more than friends to the veiwer ...almost like family. And a person can hardly wait for the next episode. It was a very different western, light hearted and lightly saterical. James Garner's character seemed to bring a rational and normalcy to the goofyness of others around him.

I couldn't believe when Nickols was dropped after the first season. Over thirty years later, it still comes to mind.

Are you saying you have copies of the whole series?

Are they personal or is it possible to get them somewhere?

Thanks for your lists and posts ...I've enjoyed them.


I don't know of anywhere you can get them. I got my copies by buying the 16mm prints of the show years ago and transferring them to tape (and now to DVD). The show had midling ratings and it was thought that it would be renewed for the following season after they killed off Garner's character and brought in his brother who would have been a bit tougher. As to whether or not there is any place to get them, search the internet for video traders. I doubt if I'm the only one who has the show. More likely to get it that way than to wait for Warner to release it, seeing as they won't even do season sets for Maverick!

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Posted November 02 2006 - 07:24 PM

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Posted November 02 2006 - 07:36 PM

Brewster Place: The Series
The Bradys

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Posted November 02 2006 - 07:34 PM

Brewster Place: The Series
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Posted November 02 2006 - 11:16 PM

Corrections: Angie and Savannah both lasted for two seasons. Herman's Head ran for THREE seasons.

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that other FOX comdey show which is simular in humor about people whom survived a nuclear explosion and is trapped together in a small house. I forgot the name, but I am pretty sure that did not go over a season.

Its name is Woops!, and of course it only lasted one season.

I've listed my favorites elsewhere, not that they "deserve" a release or anything like that. Most of them only lasted one season, which tell you a lot about my tastes in TV.
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#52 of 188 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted November 03 2006 - 01:07 AM

About Nichols- since James Garner's Cherokee Productions made the show, perhaps if one were to contact Mr. Garner himself about releasing it- he may still own the show and maybe he can try to either put it through Warner Bros. or go through an independent DVD company like MPI, Image, and Anchor Bay.
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Posted November 03 2006 - 02:03 AM

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which one of the quest are you referring to the one in the seventies with kurt russell or the one in the eighties with perry king

Mine would be the one with Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson. I do have the DVD that they made of the 2-part episode "The Longest Drive". I spotted it while browsing through the shelves at Best Buy last year.

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Posted November 03 2006 - 02:18 AM

I would be happy to see Ellery Queen, Quark, Fantastic Journey, and Man From Atlantis. Got to see Fantastic Journey a few years ago on Sci-Fi, and was glad to see it still holds up. Man From Atlantis was hard to watch towards the end of its short run, but i loved the movies and first few episodes. Ellery Queen was a great show, and would have run much longer if not for the death of Jim Hutton IMO.

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Posted November 03 2006 - 02:26 AM

Voyagers!
Pheonom
The Brady Brides
The Bradys
The Torklesons
Almost Home
The Tortellis
The Bronx Zoo (2 seasons)
The Baseball Bunch
Sanford Arms
Grady
Sanford (2 seasons)

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Posted November 03 2006 - 05:20 AM

A lot of good titles on these lists. I'd add to the list MANCUSO, FBI (with Robert Loggia).
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Posted November 03 2006 - 07:06 AM

Most of my single-season shows have already been released on DVD, but here a few unlikely candidates:

Shaft--Richard Roundtree reprised his private eye character after starring in three Shaft films. It would be a cool bonus if they included this short-lived show in a SE boxed set of the Shaft trilogy (never going to happen).

Bakersfield, P.D.--I had all the episodes taped but lost them in a move. Giancarlo Esposito and Ron Eldard made a great comedy team as police detectives, but I doubt this will ever be seen again.

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Posted November 03 2006 - 09:46 AM

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I'm still waiting for Nothing Sacred...

Yes, this was excellent!

I want Jack & Bobby!

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Posted November 03 2006 - 11:01 AM

Some of these I've seen on earlier lists, some I haven't:

Tightrope - 1959
The Westerner - 1960
Stoney Burke - 1962
East Side West Side - 1963
Arrest and Trial - 1963
Slattery's People - 1964
Dan August - 1970
The Young Lawyers - 1970
The Senator - 1970
Eischied - 1979
A Year in the Life - 1987
J.J. Starbuck - 1987
Shannon's Deal - 1990
Relativity - 1996
John Doe - 2002

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Posted November 03 2006 - 11:17 PM

Bay City Blues

A fantastic series by Steven Bochco about a minor league baseball team. This is one that definitely deserves a DVD release.


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