Bingo, Frank. The late 60's up through the early 70's do have better representation than the 50's and early 60's (as well as other points in time, but I mentioned the section that is most important to me). Don't anyone kid yourself: there is still a lot of material from the b/w era that has not been released at all. And if we add Season Set releases into the mix, the number rises even more. It's not as low as Neil initially said, but it's nowhere near 50%.
Gary "what we have gotten are most of the real popular, well-known b/w titles - but there are plenty more" O.
I did a quick check of the 1955 season. I counted 120 shows overall, yet roughly EIGHTY of them were of the game/variety/news/anthology genre. I don't think we generally worry about those kinds of programs when discussing potential dvd releases. Variety shows...I'm sorry, but they're really not a part of the tv-on-dvd landscape, in terms of season sets. With few exceptions, they never have been. I know we want them, but at this point in the game I don't think we realistically expect to see anything more than the occasional Best Of set.
That leaves about 40 scripted comedies or dramas for 1955. I counted 12 that got (at least) decent releases. So that's 30% of prime-time, scripted shows now available on dvd. Again, this is for the sake of realistic arguments...unless somebody really wants to see programs like "Midwestern Hayride," or "Gillette Cavalcade of Sports" on dvd. It would be nice, but it ain't gonna happen, so that's why I lop off those 80 shows and leave them out of the argument. Since there were so few scripted programs that year, just a handful of releases can push it towards 40% or more. You never know when they'll finally get around to Lassie, or Topper or Bob Cummings. So we shall see.
Let's try 1957 and see what we come up with. Now keep in mind that there were way more 1/2 hour shows that year as opposed to hour-long shows, so there's simply more shows overall. So here's the sitcoms and dramas:
Jack Benny: Best ofs
Bachelor Father: No
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Yes
Robin Hood: Yes
Burns & Allen: No
Danny Thomas (Make Room for Daddy): Yes
December Bride: (PD cheapies)
Restless Gun: Yes
Tales of Wells Fargo: Yes
Legend of Wyatt Earp: (This would be season 3; season 2 was released very recently)
Broken Arrow: No
Phil Silvers Show: Stalled for years. Let's yell at Paramount.
Eve Arden Show: No. (There is lone PD cheapie floating around out there with a few episodes)
Meet McGraw: No (There's one episode on PD)
Nat King Cole: (Variety show: there's like two episodes released)
Bob Cummings Show: Only some PD crap
The Californians: No
Tombstone Territory: Yes, and it just came out
Ozzie & Harriet: (PD stuff exists, and Best Ofs, and supposedly there'll be an official release. Let's say "No" for now).
The Millionaire: No
Wagon Train: Yes
Father Knows Best: Yes
Circus Boy: No
Real McCoys: Yes
Sgt. Preston of the Yukon: (was coming out as PDs years ago; seems to have stalled before getting to this season)
Dragnet: (PD Best Ofs for this season)
People's Choice: No
Rin Tin Tin: No
Adventures of Jim Bowie: Yes
Date With the Angels: (a PD "Best of" exists)
Colt .45: No
Leave it to Beaver: Yes
Mr. Adams and Eve: No
Mark Saber: No
Life of Riley: (PD Best ofs)
M Squad: Yes
Thin Man: No
Perry Mason: Yes
Dick & The Duchess: No
Have Gun, Will Travel: Yes
And about 50 anthology, game and variety shows (I'm not going to list them; there's too many!!)
Edited by Ethan Riley, May 02 2013 - 06:56 PM.