My list is radically different from what it would have been a year ago since I no longer need to put Mama's Family, Flo, Hazel, Dobie Gillis, Mary Hartman or Petticoat Junction on it (I'm not including shows in progress /unstalled shows (Alice, Eight is Enough, etc.) that will likely be completed, but here's my Top Ten:
IT'S A LIVING - Snowball's chance in h*ll with Paul Kreppel singing snippets of popular songs in nearly all of the 130 episodes made. I'd even take just the first 3 years with Ann Jillian but Never Gonna Happen. So glad I finally have the entire run minus one episode; makes that fact more bearable.
MAUDE - A show many on this forum love to hate (but halfway in, the writers dropped the political agenda for the most part and went for straight comedy--some of the best-written and played of its era). Again, I have a bootleg set and my old TV Land VHS tapes but an official series set would be awesome (Star Vista, are you listening?). Sony and Shout have both stated music rights are too expensive for potential sales targets.
ONE DAY AT A TIME - Most of the series' best episodes came in Seasons 2 and 3. I'd settle for just those, but would buy the whole enchilada, even the Howard Hesseman eps. S1 sold way below expectations and there are music issues, but this, like "Maude" and "The Jeffersons" is one of the few hit '70s sitcoms Sony has left to complete. Perhaps someday they will at least give it one more try with S2.
POLICE WOMAN - Every time I pop this one in my DVD player, I have to exclaim "God, I miss the '70s!". Did poorly for Shout, so Sony's MOD program is our only hope for more Pepper and Co.
THE DONNA REED SHOW - We have the Shelley years and are now stuck with Trisha, but the later seasons have the late great Bob Crane, so it's a tradeoff. I really hope MPI can score this from Sony.
PHYLLIS - In the minority for sure, but I always preferred the MTM trilogy in the opposite order of it's popularity, so "Phyllis" is my favorite of the three followed by "Rhoda", then "Mary". This one only has a chance if "Rhoda" gets unstalled first.
MURPHY BROWN - Like "It's a Living", another WB show that we'll never see due to music in nearly every episode. Not as big of a want as it was now that I scored the complete series on a Torrent site, but would still like but it nontheless.
GREEN ACRES - Boggles the mind that such a popular hit/cult favorite is only half-complete on DVD. Since BH and PJ recently got unstalled by CBS, there's still hope for this one.
THE FACTS OF LIFE - All the best seasons have been released IMO, but I would still pick up the rest for completion's sake--even if the last year and some of S7 are nearly unwatchable (S8 actually improved somewhat with the arrival of Cloris). Sony says music clearances are too expensive and Shout reps state they actually lost money on S5. Small but vocal fanbase keeps asking for this one, but IMO chances are slim.
MY THREE SONS - Another show I own complete via bootleg, but the transfers done by CBS were amazing! Too bad they ruined it by re-dubbing the score. With 10 more seasons left to go, and CBS releasing split-seasons, this one's too cumbersome an undertaking for them to resume IMO.
HONORABLE MENTIONS - Not really Grail shows, but I'd pick these up in a heartbeat:
ANGIE - The wonderful Debralee Scott brightened everything in which she appeared.
THE PAUL LYNDE SHOW - For the sheer curiosity and ludicrousness of seeing the sneering "Center Square" cast as a family man.
JULIA - Diahann Carroll's groundbreaking 1968-71 series.
HOT L BALTIMORE - Controversial curiosity from Norman Lear
ALL THAT GLITTERS - See above (and with a pre-"Dallas" Linda Gray cast as a transsexual).
Edited by Kasey, November 03 2013 - 02:34 PM.