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Initial post: Sep 16, 2009 9:28:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 16, 2009 9:30:02 PM PDT
Good question, huh?
Why is that, really?
Off the top of my head, the few titles I came up with are westerns: My Friend Flicka, The Virginian, High Chaperral, & Paradise/Guns of Paradise.
And on the 1st. to Know list, I quick recalled 12 O'Clock High, which has been on that list for the longest time.
What does it take to make things happen?

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 3:37:37 AM PDT
There are a number of reasons why a Series isn't available on DVD.

Some Studios won't release older, obscure series since they believe they won't generate enough money for them.

Others aren't released because they had a Soundtrack that featured recordings from Popular Artists, and the Music Company that owns that recording demands a "cut" from the sales.

Some series were made by one Studio many years ago, since then another Studio bought the Characture's Name, and once again demands a share of the Royalties.

The 1966 BATMAN and THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN are prime examples of this.

I guess you could say CORPERATE GREED for the first three examples.

Finally, some series are now considered "Politically Incorrect" and are not released because the Studio fears reprisals from a Minority Group. Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH is a prime example here.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 4:18:01 AM PDT
I suppose music issues are why "Cold Case," "Homefront," "China Beach", "I'll Fly Away" and the remaining seasons of "American Dreams" are not yet on DVD

Posted on Sep 19, 2009 10:15:05 AM PDT
E. Schmitt says:
Corporate greed is right. They care nothing about what consumers want, just what will make them the MOST money. B@$*@%$$

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 9:27:57 PM PST
I really cannot recall, is 12 O'Clock High still on the (1st. to know) list or was it removed?
I know quite some time ago Medical Center was removed from the list.
Marcus Welby finally made it through--as well The Virginian in the last 2 or 3 weeks.
Now if others would just follow the lead.
Wildfire: Season Four has been sitting dorment for the longest time. What does it take to get the last season on DVD? Season 2 & 3 moved so quickly; why not #-4?
Would like to see High Mountain Rangers on DVD & Judd for the Defense; this show is not even on VHS. Strange, huh? And of course, wouldn't mind seeing My Friend Flicka on DVD as well.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 12:58:38 AM PST
D. Lienhard says:
i thought china beach was out. what i hate about the dvd's coming out is it's always a guessing game, like some tv series (WHITE COLLAR,LEVERAGE ,SAVING GRACE) TO name a few ,are cc for deaf or hearing impaired ,but the dvd 's aren't always.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 9:48:54 PM PDT
One show that I'd like to see on DVD & yet not posted at 1st. to Know is Close to Home.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 1:49:34 AM PDT
M. Whorton says:
I want The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo to come out on DVD. Also the 1983 TV series called Lottery with Ben Murphy and Marshall Colt.

They need to get the rest of the seasons of Chips, The Fall Guy, Night Court, and Perfect Strangers out on DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2010 1:51:19 AM PDT
George says:
M. Whorton

re:They need to get the rest of the seasons of Chips, The Fall Guy, Night Court, and Perfect Strangers out on DVD.

I second that vote!

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 5:59:34 AM PDT
Universal and Disney must have worked out their differances, as THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN will be coming out later this year! :)

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 8:05:32 PM PDT
Justin Boone says:
I'd love to see muppet babies on dvd. But they used a million clips from star wars, indiana jones, old b&w movies. I wonder if that will ever come out.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 12:47:01 PM PST
I am finding that there are a number of western series---some seasons are slow in being brought out in DVD; Laraime is one of them. Seasons 2 & 3, not yet being offered.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 4:50:52 PM PST
The big one for me that they haven't got to yet is L.A. LAW.
Which I think is strange, considering what a success it was.

And while not that successful, although they should have been,
I would love to have the whole series run of MIDNIGHT CALLER

CRIME STORY is available, but from what I've read, the quality is terrible.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2011 9:06:03 PM PST
Midnight Caller is on the (1st./First to Know (tv) List, but along with so many titles, just sitting idle.

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 7:55:04 PM PDT
I still see that Season 4 of Wildfire is not out on DVD.
What's going on? What's the delay Anyone know?

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 8:23:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 4:17:05 PM PDT
Here are some more series whose absence from DVD (full seasons) surprises me.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Carol Burnett Show
Chico and the Man
Lou Grant
Trapper John, M.D.
Head of the Class
Valerie/The Hogan Family
Rags to Riches
The Wonder Years
Dear John
Empty Nest
Step By Step
Yes Dear
Still Standing

My guess is that "The Carol Burnett Show" sits in limbo due to music copyrights. That said, I'd still love to own complete seasons. I can only imagine music copyrights are also keeping "Rags to Riches" and "Wonder Years" from seeing DVD releases, as well. What a shame! I'd love to see a company finish releasing all of "Green Acres," "One Day at a Time" and "American Dreams." Only the first three out of six seasons of "Green Acres" are available. This show is a classic, and there's no way you can convince me there isn't enough demand for the rest of the seasons to make it financially worth a company's while.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 2:38:06 PM PDT
Cavaradossi says:
I hate to sound like a broken record on this one, but NYPD Blue is one of the most infuriating situations going. The first four seasons of this very popular show were released on DVD several years ago, then repackaged and re-released, but the remaining eight seasons have never been issued. Apparently the studio claims that sales of the first four seasons didn't meet expectations and, thus, no more will be forthcoming. To make matters worse, the series has apparently been withdrawn from syndication as no station in the country has aired them for a few years. A very odd situation concerning a much honored series that was popular enough to last twelve years on ABC, the king of "how soon can we cancel every single scripted show and replace them with reality shows?" networks. It is simply not plausible that the interest in buying NYPD blue on DVD or watching it in syndication isn't out there. I maintain there is something political behind this really weird state of affairs. Meanwhile, loads of people have sitting on their DVD shelves, four seasons sets of Blue forlornly awaiting the arrival of their siblings.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2011 3:22:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 3:23:09 PM PDT
You're right, Cav. The "NYPD Blue" situation is totally bizarre. I watched the series off-and-on during its 12-year run and thought it was wonderful. 12 YEARS!?! YES! How can a show that lasted that long, and earned Emmy recognition, not have enough fan support to warrant a syndication run and a full DVD release. This is a sad state of affairs.

I totally feel your pain. As mentioned before, I'm still waiting for seasons 4-6 of "Green Acres." This series is considered by many to be among the greatest sitcoms ever produced, and yet it's been sitting in DVD limbo for several years now. What a real pity! Here's hoping a company such as Shout Factory gets a hold of both of these shows and finally releases the missing seasons. Shout did such a great job finishing off "All in the Family." Perhaps the company can work its magic on "Blue" and "Green" (LOL).

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 3:54:56 PM PDT
The Green Hornet !!!!!!!!! The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. !!!!!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2011 4:10:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 4:11:19 PM PDT
Hey William. Speaking of shows now considered "Politically Incorrect," you can add "Amos 'n' Andy" to that list, as well. I know back in the '80s some episodes were issued on VHS tape, but I doubt we'll see official DVDs any time soon.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 5:40:43 PM PDT
Roman85 says:
I agree....there is no excuse for "NYPD Blue" not being finished.....but Fox has never been one to promote shows on DVD...

"Third Watch"....."Blue's" twin brother is also in limbo....WB says because of music copyrights.....funny how this is never a problem with movies

but the one that surprises me is "Nash Bridges".....Paramount has been pretty good about finishing a show on DVD.....however this one appears to be in limbo.....I see two possible reasons...

1..the 4th season featured professional wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin as a bounty hunter....while he was still under contract with WWE.....maybe there is a royalty issue there, don't know

2...Don Johnson last year won a lawsuit against CBS for his Rysher Entertainment going bankrupt....stating that he was owed money for the show's because of this...maybe they don't want him to collect...

either seems the consumer doesn't fit into the is all about what they want...not us..

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2011 6:32:21 PM PDT
Four episodes of this series are included with the SKY KING Box Set, which is considered a legitamate release.

As for other episodes of AMOS & ANDY, they can be found at and

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 8:59:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 9:01:11 PM PDT
Cavaradossi says:
William A. Hughes

If you have purchased any of the tv series on or and are willing to comment, have you had good luck with them? It seems this is the only avenue one can pursue if one must have some of those series being withheld. If you don't feel you want to answer this question, I'll understand. Maybe it's not a proper question to ask, in which case, I apologize.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 4:05:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2011 4:05:55 AM PDT
I've had good luck mostly with the shows I've purchased on both sites. Bear in mind you are not going to get the same quality as those on official sets, but I've never got anything that was in such bad shape it wasn't watchable. If I get one that is low-quality, I'll set my HDTV to a small-screen format I call "Mill Creek Mode". (If you've ever purchased any of their Public-Domain "Shovelware" Sets you know how low the video quality can be. When this happens I switch to the smaller screen and continue to watch.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 9:05:14 AM PDT
Cavaradossi says:
William A. Hughes

Thanks, that's encouraging.
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