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Classic TV Christmas Collection ( 4 Disc)

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This holiday settle in front of the TV with the California Highway Patrol, a Mypos immigrant and other wacky friends and co-workers in this wonderful 4-Disc Collection of Vintage TV Series Christmas Episodes. The yuletide season doesn't mean less work for Dr. Kildare and Dr. Gillespie and for Jon and Ponch of CHiPs. A prized medallion is passed around as a gift in The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Menorahs, mistletoes and Balky Claus - festive traditions of all kinds are celebrated on Welcome Back, Kotter and Perfect Strangers. The season is nearly ruined twice: on Eight Is Enough the Bradford family's presents are stolen and Alice gets stuck in a Christmas blizzard. Mama's Family debates the fate of Mama's present, a goose. Keep it as a pet or eat it? The staffs from Veronica's Closet and Suddenly Susan find Christmas with their co-workers to be the most challenging time of the year. So gather 'round and savor this classic compilation filled overflowing with holiday spirit!

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Dr. Kildare - An Exchange of Gifts (12/24/64 )

Thinking he's about to die, a derelict alcoholic gives away his life’s hoardings.


The Courtship of Eddie's Father - Gifts are for Giving (12/23/70)

What goes around comes around when Norman’s prized medallion circulates among the cast. Although not a Christmas episode per se, this story, originally aired two days before the holiday warmly illustrates the pure joy of giving.


CHiPs - Christmas Watch (12/15/79)

Christmas season doesn’t mean time off for Jon and Ponch when thieves steal a 500 year-old bell from a community church.


Eight is Enough - Yes Nicholas, There is a Santa Claus - Parts 1 & 2 (12/14/77)
The Bradford’s Christmas is put on hold when all the family’s presents are stolen.


Welcome Back, Kotter - Sweathog Christmas Special (12/15/77)

Mix merriment, mistletoe and menorahs and whip up a Christmas party with the Sweathogs.


Alice - A Semi-Merry Christmas (12/18/77)

Alice, Tommy, Flo, Vera, and Mel spend Christmas together snowbound in a semi trailer.


Perfect Strangers - The Gift of the Mypiot (12/16/88)

Balki ruins Larry's holiday mood by inviting his lonely boss, Mr. Gorpley, to the their Christmas Eve party.


Mama's Family - Mama Gets Goosed (12/20/86)

Mama frets about cooking a live goose for Christmas dinner.


Veronica's Closet - Veronica's Christmas Song (12/18/97)

Veronica and Olive audition to sing at a Christmas concert at Lincoln Center.


Suddenly Susan - The Walk Out (12/19/96)

When Jack doesn’t hand out Christmas bonuses, the staff goes on strike

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 341 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CRSM5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,891 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Made available through WB Archives Manufacture-on-Demand program is this delightful mix of Christmas episodes from the Warner vaults dating back to 1961's "Dr. Kildare" to 1997's "Veronica's Closet".

I got this mostly for the "Alice" and "Mama's Family" episodes, since both of those shows have only seen one DVD release each back in 2006 (Season One of "Mama" and a best-of single-disc of "Alice"). The other big draw for me was the two-hour "Eight is Enough" episode from 1977. Here that installment is split into two parts as it was in syndication; however, it is otherwise uncut.

The set also includes episodes of "Dr. Kildare", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (guest-starring a young Jodie Foster), "Welcome Back Kotter", "CHiPs", "Perfect Strangers", "Suddenly Susan" and "Veronica's Closet".

The picture quality on all the episodes is excellent and I was able to play the discs in my PC drive.

The artwork is nice and each of the discs has a pretty snowflake pattern on it. This is just as high-quality as an official retail release. WB seems to know what they are doing with their MOD program. I have bought a dozen discs from them so far and have had no problems with any of them.

A great collection of holiday episodes, and I hope this sold well so WB may next begin releasing Season Sets of "Alice", "Eight is Enough" and more "Mama's Family".

The set seems pricey here, so I'd recommend checking WB Shop's website daily because they do have One-Day Sales and I got mine for much less. Persistence does pay off!
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I purchased this DVD set because I had anticipated that all the TV show episodes selected for this collection were going to be about Christmas, not true!
The classic episodes of Eight is Enough, Dr. Kildare, Alice, Mama's Family, CHips and Perfect Strangers are great. However, I was rather disappointed to find out that the Courtship of Eddie's Father episode, was not an actual Christmas episode! (I thought that was rather strange...) Also, the Welcome Back Kotter episode is a "flashback episode", Christmas, but a flashback episode (very disappointing, and boring!).
Also, I should mention (and this applies only to the over 35 crowd!!) I felt that the episodes of Veronica's Closet and Suddenly Susan were too recent to be considered classic and in my opinion, should not have been included in this set. It would have been nicer to have two older TV shows included.
Other than that, all DVDs are of excellent quality and played nicely in my player. I really enjoyed this DVD collection and I am sure this would appeal to all fans of classic television. Just be aware that it isn't all that you might think it is cracked up to be!
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I purchased this set in order to see the episode of CHiPs "Christmas Watch" from Christmas 1979. This would have been aired in the UK on ITV sometime during 1980 when I was five years old so I cannot remember the particular episode. The CHiPs episode is from the third series which is so far not available in full on DVD.

The set has some decent episodes from other shows as listed below, some programmes which were completely new to me. Having just whizzed through the set in the last week (over Christmas 2011), it was certainly more enjoyable watching over the Christmas period.

The CHiPs episode was standard CHiPs stuff, but I also enjoyed Veronica's Closet, Suddenly Susan, and Perfect Strangers. All of which were the more recent productions on the set.

If you want to discover some random episodes from shows you may never have seen before, or you like a Christmas theme to some of your old favourites, then this set is for you.

It might be the ideal gift for next Christmas!

Episodes contained on the DVD include

- The Courtship of Eddie's Father: Gifts Are For Giving 1971
- Dr Kildare: An Exchange Of Gifts 1964
- Welcome Back, Kotter: A Sweathog Christmas 1977
- Veronica's Closet: Veronica's Christmas Song 1997
- Suddenly Susan: The Walk-Out 1996
- Alice: A Semi-Merry Christmas 1977
- CHiPs: Christmas Watch 1979
- Perfect Strangers: The Gift Of The Mypiot 1989
- Eight Is Enough: Yes Nicholas, There Is A Santa Claus 1977
- Mama's Family: Mama Gets Goosed 1989
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The good: LOTS of different holiday offerings from a bunch of different shows. A trip down memory lane.

The bad: The reason why you have to rely on this kind of a release to remember these shows is because none of them really were very good. Even the best offerings here--"Alice," "Dr. Kildare" and "Mama's Family"--don't rise above the level of average. The rest are watchable but should garner no superlatives. As another reviewer pointed out, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" isn't even a Christmas-themed episode and is therefore pointless in this collection.
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very happy with it
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Enjoyed it very much.
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GREAT SELECTION
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