FYI, the reason that additional seasons of shows like Murphy Brown, Designing Women, Cagney & Lacey etc. have not been released is because of the music that is held within the series. Every single piece of music used on each episode has to be released or a deal regarding release must be reached or they can't release the episode. It is not exactly like they can go back and recut the episode. So goes the tangle of intellectual property. Sometimes it is very self defeating.
Who cares about the music? Release Murphy Brown! It's only the best comedy series produced since Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart and Seinfeld. Designing Women was boring, and Cagney and Lacy was just one of tons of cop-detective series. I doubt too many people are waiting for those.
OK, I took a chance and bought the whole set from another TV place. Don't do it. With the exception of the first season, the music is all gone. TV ads are at the bottom. Each show is poor in quality, and not worth the money. I'm sending them all back. I can only hope I get my money back. When they say you get what you pay for, they're right.
Your information was quite helpful, but it's just so sad! I patiently taped almost every episode of MB when about three years ago the whole show (all 10 seasons, YES) was reaired in Portugal. I would say I have no more than 8 or 9 episodes missing. 28 VHS tapes. But it's not the same. Of course I bought the 1rst season as soon as it was released on DVD, and I've been waiting, and waiting...
Same goes for Thirthysomething (which I have also almost entirely taped).
BTW, could it be that "Love Among the Ruins" (George Cukor, with Katharine Hepburn and Lord Laurence Olivier) and "The Go-Between" (Joseph Losey) aren't released for the same reason? Do you know anything about it?
I totally agree. With some series, it isn't important what muzak is playing in the background but for this series it is almost another character. Remember how the baby loved Barry Manilow's music? I want the other seasons released as much as anyone but they really have to be intact.
I would like it if they could release ANY season. It doesn't have to be in 1,2,3,4... order. I would take season 8 now if I could get it. I just want them to get the seasons out so I can enjoy the show. My VHS recordings from the tv are getting kind of bad looking.
Having purchased a bunch of older tv shows where they changed the music, I can attest that the music has a HUGE impact on the show. This is especially true of Murphy Brown, where motown was a continuous theme throughout the show. Now, if only they would give me Greatest American Hero, Quantum Leap, and 21 Jump Street with the original music intact! The studios stripped out the music from these dvd's, and the result was worse than horrible.
Warner Home Video said on the Home Theater Forum's chat 9/15/08 <Nick97> What's going on with Murphy Brown S2? It's been 5+ years since seasons 1 - I'd think that you've accumulated your sales goal for the set in that time. And, to end, any plans for The Drew Carey Show S2 or Whose Line is it Anyway? S2? Thankyou - I had a great night!
<WHV> We haven't hit our sales goal yet for Murphy Brown unfortunately...we don't have plans for Season 2 at this time for Murphy Brown or Drew Carey.