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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Gary OS, May 10, 2007.
Quick Draw McGraw
You must be like me... rather turned off with modern TV(there are exceptions). I'm the same age as you but most of my favorite shows come from before I was born or very young.
And when a TV show I never saw before from the 60's/70's comes out on DVD (i.e. Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, never saw an episode before DVD) I am more willing to give that show a shot (by actually buying the DVD) than new TV shows.
I'm trying to pin down exactly why I'm warm to classic TV and cool to modern TV and there are many reasons. Maybe some of the biggest reasons is that classic TV aimed to entertain and modern TV aims to shock. Also classic TV was for all ages but most modern TV has too much sex and violence for the young but is too adolescent for the mature.
On a visual level, I just like the look of film. I mean film being used even for post production. The titles were on film, the effects were on film. On modern and recent shows, the dissonence between the regular stuff shot on film and the effects and titles done in the video realm was always jarring. I know HDTV is changing this.
1. Man From U.N.C.L.E.
2. The Invaders
1) The Donna Reed show (at this point I'd take a 'best of' release)
2) The Patty Duke Show
My top three would be
THE GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW
THE JACK BENNY SHOW
I MARRIED JOAN
There has never been anyone funnier than Gracie Allen. And Bea Benaderet as her neighbor Blanche was always funny.
Jack Benny is always a hoot, and Joan Davis (I Married Joan) is one of the overlooked comedy actresses of the 20th century. In these shows, there will be no violence, no drugs, no cursing or any of the unpleasantness that seem to be a prerequisite in todays shows. Just good laughs. I wish they would replay some of these shows so the younger generations could see how people could be genuinely funny with resorting to raunchiness.
My Top 3 shows would be:
The Lucy Show (especially first three seasons with Vivian Vance..these episodes were priceless...the chemistry these two ladies had!) I am REALLY hoping that now that I Love Lucy is complete that this will be the next one for official release.
THe Pruitt's Of Southampton
My Three Sons (the whole series...but what an undertaking that would be. I know some people have their preference - either the early Bub B&W eps or the newer color Uncle Charley ones, but I think the whole series was very well done and did its best to keep things fresh as time went on. Growing up I was only exposed to the color syndicated eps, but as an adult I was pleasantly surprised to see that the older B&W ones with Mike were just as good)
(honorable mention would go to The Mothers-In-Law, and maybe going back a little further Topper ! )
Guess you can kinda tell that I really like 1960's sitcoms !!
You guys are bringing up some great shows. There really is so much untapped gold left to be mined.
Gary "I just put together my own signature that lists some of the series I want - but it would be a mile long if I listed all of them" O.
Damn Gary, you got quite the list. Looks like you beat our friend Mr. Willis by a few shows.
So tell me, why you only ask for seasons 3 and 4 of M:I? Are you done with it after season 4? I know im done after season 3, when Landau and Bain leave. But thats another thread.
1. Bat Masterson
2. Bat Masterson
3. Bat Masterson
I can't think of 3 at the moment, but the one I REALLY want on DVD is THE F.B.I.
And how about some more Dragnet 67??
1. 77 Sunset Strip
2. Hawaiian Eye
3. Surfside Six
Amazing--this parallels my experience and tastes almost precisely. To the latter "blind buys" I would add the following one season wonders:
"The Westerner" (due to my fondness for Sam Peckinpah's work)
"Five Fingers" (involves intrigue and casts David Hedison in the lead role)
"The Dakotas" (highly regarded western with Jack Elam)
"Hong Kong" (crime drama with leading man Rod Taylor)
And yes, awesome list, Gary. I believe we may have some overlap here. I see that you are a completist when it comes to "Daniel Boone" and "Man from U.N.C.L.E." Myself, I couldn't stomach S3 of MFU and the final season of Boone with Jimmy Dean, Don Pedro Colley and Rosey Grier was not to my liking. For M:I I see just the show listed, no mention of season preferences.
My viewing experiences were also very, very similar. I was born in 1965 and therefore the early 70's were when my tv viewing really began. I watched many of the shows running in syndication at that time in the afternoons and early evenings, but usually went to bed before most of the current shows aired, so my affinity was for the 50's and 60's. As I grew I had chances to watch current television, and every so often I would. But I generally found myself still watching the older fare and enjoying it so much. I didn't actually catch "THE FUGITIVE" until it started airing on A&E in the early 90's. I was hooked immediately and to this day I consider it the best show ever done - bar none.
Gary "I'm thinking that many of us born in the mid-60's would have had similar experiences" O.
I was born in 1959 myself. Didn't watch prime time television until around 1975 and also found myself gravitating to 50s-60s era television when shows like "Love Boat", "Fantasy Island" and "Charlies Angels" were in vogue. Here and there I would tune into shows like "Ray Bradbury Theater", the 80s versions of "Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" but for me, any show I managed to latch onto prior to 1970 was like unearthing buried treasure. TV on DVD has been a godsend because I finally got the chance to witness what the fuss was all about where shows like "Have Gun Will Travel" and "Naked City" are concerned. And yes, I also discovered "Fugitive" on A&E as well as "Route 66" on Nick at Nite in the mid-80s.
Michael "Really encouraged by the strong interest for 'Route 66' shown in this thread" S.
Gosh, Gary, only THREE choices? Whittling it down to just ten is painful enough. Three? But I'll try my darndest. My top choice echoes that of many others... "Route 66." Although I did manage to tape all the episodes back during the Nick-at-Night reruns, those tapes have gotten awfully raggedy. I'd certainly love a dvd upgrade. Frankly, it would be such a thrill just to see all those on-location scenes in super-sharp, dvd quality. Such a wildly fascinating series.
Second choice? Well, I like Bob Hug's idea of a Ziv offering. "Highway Patrol" or "Sea Hunt" being the most likely candidates. They're just basic, undistilled action/chase fare, but they wear so very well, even over repeated viewings. I really love 'em. Plus, it's a niche of vintage-tv that really just hasn't been tapped by the majors. Its continued absence is a sore spot in my dvd library.
Third choice? Even harder. I think I'd like to go with a vintage b&w sitcom. "Father Knows Best" probably merits the spot more than any other example. But, I can't deny I'd equally welcome any number of other oldies, like "Life of Riley," "December Bride," "Topper," or such. "I Married Joan" especially (something about Joan Davis; she's silly, but boy she can really wrestle a laugh out of me at times). Again, it's another area... 50s sitcoms... that hasn't been addressed much in our current era of dvd season-sets.
But, gee, there's so much out there I'd love to see.
Mine would be -
2. My World and Welcome to It.
3. Mr. Terrific
You've listed just about all of my favorite shows. Naturally none of them are on DVD.
Yes, it is a painful and extremely difficult exercise. I don't even know why I chose 3 instead of 5 or 10. In spite of all the great, great picks that I've read about and all the wonderful shows floating around in my own mind, I am still committed to my first two choices above all others. I could flip-flop FKB with ROUTE 66 very easily, and on any given day I'd do just that. Both those are absolute musts for me. The third pick is the one that is very tough because there are over a dozen shows I could substitute for MY THREE SONS, even though I love it dearly. It's just such a tough call.
Speaking of SEA HUNT, I should have taken the opportunity a couple of years ago when the show was airing on the Outdoor Network to get them on dvd. I'm not sure, but I think they might have been running at nearly full length and with limited commercials. Would have been a great chance to snag that series. I now have an eagle eye out for any of the classics that run on stations either uncut (like one of the Encore stations) or on stations that don't have the bugs (like WHT). They are far and few between, but at this point I'm not going to count on my favorites coming out on dvd. If I see them airing, I'm probably going to record them just to play it safe. But finding them on stations that don't chop them to bits, put in the annoying bugs and ads, and are willing to actually run the end credits is almost impossible at this point. If only I had known things would be getting so ridiculous 10 to 15 years ago, I could have stocked up on many of my favorites. Who would have thought we'd ever get to the place where FATHER KNOWS BEST, MY THREE SONS, ROUTE 66 and many other shows wouldn't be aired every few years. But that's exactly where we are now.
Gary "sigh... what could have been had I only known" O.
I too have a hard time limiting to 3, and I suppose it may change, but currently...
1. Peyton Place- I am enjoying watching Dark Shadows unfold after a 40 year hiatus... I can barely remember the plot lines, so it's new all over again- I too would love to see the continuing story of Peyton Place... Makes me think of my Grandma!
2. The Lucy Show- I have to agree with some others that have said here and elsewhere that the first 3 seasons would be most coveted, as the series has not yet dipped into contrived formulas with the Lucy character.
3. Petticoat Junction- I loved the MPI set that came out a couple of years ago, and would love to eventually have all episodes in my collection!
Many Honorable mentions as well, but I'll leave it at that for now!