A couple of days ago, I was at my buddy’s Graham’s place for a barbecue, and the conversation steered towards TV shows that aren’t on DVD that should be.
While doing some reserach, I found that Ally McBeal was a top pick for a lot of people, but it’s just been announced the whole series will be released this October.
There were quite a few that people mentioned, but I figured I would create my own list. So here is the top 10 shows I would like to see on DVD.
I don’t even remember watching Webster, and I know I haven’t seen it on reruns. But it was hugely popular, and lasted six seasons on the air. I figure if Diff’rent Strokes and Matlock can make it to DVD, so can Webster.
9. Family Matters
Yes, every one got sick of Urkel. And their whole thing of no problem is too small to be solved by the show’s end was pretty bad (yes, even the one where Eddie drove a car through the house). But like it or not, the show survived for 9 seasons. Urkel was one of the most popular characters on television for a while. How this show isn’t on DVD baffles me.
8. Newhart (first season)
“Hi, I’m Larry. And this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl.” Wouldn’t it be great to hear that line while watching DVDs of Newhart? They released the first season on DVD in early 2008, but never released another after that, which is a shame.
7. Step by Step
Another show like Family Matters that most people don’t give enough credit, but it had some star power in Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers. It also made a star out of Sasha Mitchell, although didn’t do much with it (his “mop and glow, dude, mop and glow” is still one of the funniest TV lines of all time). It ran for 7 years, and really should be released on DVD by now.
Most people have no idea about this TV show, but it was a cartoon about superheroes who fought against Doc Terror. They would beam down to earth to battle the bad guys with exo-skeleton suits, which could hold different types of weapons (to get the weapons, they would have to yell “Power X-treme!). This was one of my favourite cartoons growing up, although many have never heard of it. I used to have the toys, and still have one of their old comic books. But I’d love to see it on DVD.
5. I Do, Let’s Eat
This one is more for my wife, but this shows can be used in place of any type of show where they follow someone doing something. For example, following someone as they do a do-it-yourself construction project, or following someone as they’re about to give birth or lose weight. In I Do, Let’s Eat, the show follows caterers who supply the food for weddings (my wife loved this show while planning for our wedding). But none of the episodes have ever been released on DVD. Since there are so many of these type of shows, there must be a big enoug audience for it, as so that some of them should be released.
4. Just the Ten of Us
A spinoff show from Growing Pains, Just the Ten of Us focused on a guy as he struggled with his wife and eight kids. Pretty funny, and was a part of the TGIF (Thank God It’s Funny) that used to run on ABC in the 80s, featuring many family comedies. Would be nice to be able to watch some episodes of this again.
3. Who’s the Boss
They came out with Season 1 a few years ago, and it was fun to sit down and see what TV shows were like back in the 1980s. You know the drill, a problem (usually minor) is found and solved within 22 minutes, often with hilarious results. Who’s the Boss was one of those shows. Any show that allows you to relive your youth is a good thing.
2. The Norm Show
The most underrated comedy of the past 20 years. Norm MacDonald, fresh off his time from Saturday Night Live, played a former professional hockey player who has to work in social services because he cheated on his taxes. Except he’s every bit as sarcastic as he is all the time. A great supporting cast, and non-stop hilarity. The show never takes itself seriously, and I think it would be a great addition to my DVD collections.
1. The Wonder Years
Remember when Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper first kissed on the Wonder Years? The song, When A Man Loves A Woman, started to play, foreshadowing what would happen with this couple during the show’s six-year run. But imagine watching the same scene, and instead, some generic music with no words starts playing instead. Not quite the same, is it?
That’s the reason why this one isn’t out on DVD yet: music licencing. That actually makes sense. One of the complaints when WKRP in Cincinnati was released was the fact they used generic music instead of the original songs. If Wonder Years is going to be released, people wouldn’t like it if generic music was put in key scenes.
Although I’d love to see this out on DVD, I’d be content to wait a couple more years until they get all the music rights for all the songs. I just hope that can happen.