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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Ian K McLachlan, Apr 9, 2007.
You can say that two times.
I just watched the John Ritter ep of Petrocelli last night.
No, it was not. With 98 episodes, I believe its the third longest running prime time scripted series to not be syndicated. The Joey Bishop Show, with 123 episodes tops the list. That had airings on TV Land, Retro TV and now its running on Antenna but its never had true domestic syndication. Second would be Jake and the Fatman with I think 110 episodes. The Nurses, with no re-airings anywhere would be by far the rarest of these.
Although I understand that there are many other factors involved, It's still a mystery to me why some fairly unknown dramas -for example, Sam Benedict- suddenly pop up for release, and other much more successful ones -in terms of duration- don't.
Simple: Some rightsholders are diligent stewards of the cultural legacies entrusted to them, and others aren't.
A more recent review by a lawyer of the season one release: http://www.comicmix.com/2017/02/03/bob-ingersoll-the-law-is-a-ass-399/
Sean, great article. Thanks for keeping the flame alive with these review finds.
I agree, very interesting analysis of the live Studio One forerunner of the Defenders, by someone who had a career in the practice of criminal law itself, and who watched both The Defenders and Perry Mason first run as well...it would be interesting to see his further reviews of season one, regarding technicalities of the law and the real world probabilities therein...thanks for posting the link, Sean.
Based on recommendations here, I have received my PETROCELLI set and watched the pilot movie. I really liked it and am looking forward to more episodes as time allows.
You guys never steer me wrong.
I watched the second episode of PETROCELLI. What I really like about the show is the sweet relationship between Petrocelli and his wife. Combined with all the terrific guest stars, and the adequate plotting so far, I'm looking forward to the rest of the episodes.
Ever since I got my Tivo Roamio, I have been able to find a small treasure of shows such as The Californians, Trackdown, 77 Sunset Strip, (excellent transfers of) Laramie, Zane Grey Theater, Men Into Space, Bronco, Make Room for Daddy, Burns and Allen, Perry Mason, and others. I am hard at work on DVR'ing them and burning them onto disk. Sadly, I'm sure that the only place we will ever find old shows like this will be on UHF and VHF sub-stations, but at least the transfers have been mostly excellent, with acceptable (to me) editing.
Justin Remer's recent review of The Defenders: Season One at DVD Talk: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/71880/defenders-season-1-the/
Here is the TV Guide of March 17, 1962...first cover story for The Defenders in it's first season...apparently Joey Bishop had punched the panic button, despite his show being new and just beginning it's successful 4 year run as well...
Here are some Gold Medal Pocket book tie-ins from The Defenders TV show...adapted from original teleplays by William Woolfolk, David Shaw and Reginald Rose...
Many thanks for posting these covers. I never knew that these books existed. I see that Amazon.co.uk have one copy of each of them which I have just purchased. So great to hear about them. I only hope that we hear that season 2 is going to be released sometime soon.
Thanks for passing along Sean. Very nice review. I know it's been talked about, but I just don't see the liberal slant of the show... and I consider myself a moderate conservative.
Cynthia Littleton's March 14th article in Variety prominently mentions both The Defenders and East Side/West Side: http://variety.com/2017/tv/features/tv-social-issues-history-the-defenders-east-side-west-side-1202007945/
Color publicity photo for The Defenders season two episode "The Invisible Badge" (Nov. 24, 1962), Guest starring William Shatner and Lois Smith...
Publicity photos from The Defenders season three premiere episode, "The Weeping Baboon" (Sept. 28, 1963), Guest Starring Dennis Hopper and Ed Binns as the ADA on this case...Judson Laire as the Judge.
Ruth Roman Guest Starred in the Season Two Premiere Episode "The Voices of Death" (Sept. 15, 1962), Dustin Hoffman, J.D. Cannon and Judson Laire were also in this episode...
TV Guide May 18, 1964...
E.G. Marshall at the Emmy Awards, one of his wins for The Defenders...here he is sharing the moment with Shirley Booth, who won for her long running hit, Hazel...
Color publicity photo from the second season two part episode "Madman" (Oct. 20 and 27, 1962), Guest Starring Don Gordon and Sylvia Sidney...
Give us Seasons Two, Three and Four...Please!
Thanks so much! Loved these photos!