Top 10 TV Shows Not on DVD25 Sep, 2009 By: John Latchem
TVShowsOnDVD.com, a subsidiary of TVGuide.com, keeps track of what fans want to see on DVD that isn’t out yet. In the past few years, shows on the fan-requested list that have made their way to DVD include “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “Get Smart,” “Mama’s Family,” “Third Watch” and “Family Ties.” So, what’s still on the list?
1. “The Wonder Years” — The show about growing up in the 1960s and 1970s relied heavily on music from the era, making music licensing particularly difficult for a DVD.
2. 1960s “Batman” — Warner sister company DC Comics owns the character, and Fox owns the show, but if the movie spin-off has made it to disc, why not the series? Settlement of the Watchmen lawsuit between Fox and Warner yielded rumors Fox would be allowed to put the show on DVD, but according to TVShowsOnDVD.com, the rights issues may be more complicated, owing to the talent involved in making the show, likeness rights from cameos, characters from other studios, etc. Series star Adam West has already recorded his own recollections of the show and released them separately.
3. “Daria” — “The major issue with this was always music, but we’ve heard it’ll be coming in 2010,” said TVShowsOnDVD.com founder Gord Lacey. “Will it have all the original music?”
4. “Salute Your Shorts” — “Nickelodeon hasn’t seemed that interested in revisiting their older shows,” Lacey said. “That’s changed a bit recently, with Amazon doing burn-on-demand for some of their older shows. Maybe we’ll see this released that way.”
5. “The Six Million Dollar Man” — Lacey cites rumored rights/legal issues for a lack of a DVD release but notes it’s available outside of North America.
6. “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” — Lacey attributes “a perceived lack of interest” for the show not being on DVD. “I know Bruce Boxleitner would like to see it out.”
7. “Ed” — Music is the likely culprit, Lacey said.
8. “The Bionic Woman” — A spinoff of “The Six Million Dollar Man” is likely unavailable for the same reasons as its parent show.
9. “Hey Dude” — Another Nickelodeon show.
10. “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place” — “This is a huge question mark,” Lacey said. “You have two well-known stars in Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion, with Traylor Howard holding her own on ‘Monk,’ so why hasn’t Fox released this on DVD? No idea.”