TV on DVD delights me to no end

151318__ft_lTo me, TV on DVD is pretty much the perfect holiday gift. (I should work at Best Buy or something. Like Jessica Simpson in that movie no one saw.) In theory, DVDs of series aren’t too personal at all — when shopping, you can cover as many of the truly important peeps in your life as you need to, in one section of one store on December 23rd. But in practice, you can peg a boxed set to whichever very specific personality trait of the receiver you wish. It’s so easy. Say, "I got this for you because I know you love…" and then fill in the blank with something like "consistently guilt-free drunkenness" (Arrested Development), or "stinky cheese" (Best of The Bachelor), or "sweaters" (The Cosby Show). It’s brilliant.

But can even our gluttonous demand for TV on DVD measure up to an ever-increasing supply? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the number of "complete first season" series released on DVD this year rose from 137 to a fat and jolly 158. Say what? Among the new titles: Rat Patrol, Beauty and The Beast, Hawaii Five-O, and 90210 (which everyone knows you can see for free twice a day on SoapNet, duh). I find it hilarious that the DVD scene’s becoming more random than ever, but seriously, who is going to buy Family Ties (pictured) on DVD? Because: no. Sha-la-la-la!

Are you as dependent on the TV-on-DVD trend as I am? If you’re my friend, will you get mad when I give you Scrubs for Christmas and tell you it’s because I remembered how you like to bathe? And what show can’t you find that you wish was available this winter?

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  • Foyble

    Eh, nothing’s wrong with crappy/obscure television on DVD. If they’re ballsy enough to sink the money into distributing it, more power to ‘em. I mean, sure nobody likes certain shows, but by that criteria there are arguably many movies that don’t belong on DVD either. Plus, you never know when the random weirdo who’s got a thing for “The Amazing Race Season 2″ will come along, and learning that it’s on DVD will just make his day!

  • Debbie

    American Dreams Seasons 2 & 3! (At this point I’ll take anything). Fans of this show are habitually told that they are “On their way to DVD”. We’ve heard this since its cancellation and still nothing. Come on NBC- give us back the Pryor family and Bandstand!

  • dallas

    Annie-Jessica Simpson’s character worked in a “Price Club” type store in “Employee of the Month”.

  • Ep Sato

    Where are the “Galaxy High” cartoon dvds? R. Talsorian’s “Teenagers From Outer Space” borrowed heavily from this hilarious series that featured two American teenagers at the craziest place in the universe. And I’m sure this show also inspired, at least in part, Futurama.
    Or the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs? I loved me Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic tales comic books since day one, but was kind of “anti tv” around the time the cartoons came out (I know, it was a stupid and rebellious era). Now it’s only available on VHS.
    And while not a tv series, can anyone explain to me why the Sam J. Jones version of Flash Gordon is still not available on DVD? That movie is so bad it’s good!

  • Bill

    Still waiting for the Adam West Batman show. I’ve heard 2 versions of the reason for the hold-up; rights dispute btwn the producers and Fox and/or clearing rights & royalties for all of the various guest stars. Either way, I hope this gets worked out, as I’m dying to have this.

  • Dan

    Why no “Daria” on DVD?

  • furry_tom

    I’d like for them to release the entire series of Get a Life.

  • Riss

    I have a friend who fondly remembers and misses “Banicek” of all things, and I would totally get it if it were available on DVD.

  • Anna

    Ally McBeal season 1 and 2 and then the season with Robert Downey Jr. PLEASE?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Paul

    thirtysomething.
    Where the heck is thirtysomething?

  • Brad in Edmonton

    It’s been almost two years since Season 1 of Dynasty came on dvd. Where’s the Alexis-tastic and Heather Locklear-ful second season ??!!?!

  • furry_tom

    Also, there’s no Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on DVD.
    Dick: It’s a very difficult situation. People keep spending our money abroad and it’s hurting our economy. People keep wanting to travel to other countries instead of staying in the good old United States.
    Tom: Yeah, well, the way I think is that, see, President Johnson should just come up with something positive as an inducement to keep the people here.
    Dick: But what could the president do to make people want to stay in this country?
    Tom: Well he could quit.

  • kd bart

    Two sitcoms from the 70s. One from the early part of the decade and one from the end of the decade. The Odd Couple and WKRP in Cincinnati.

  • JL

    I would love to see Boston Public on DVD. I was incredibly addicted to this show and very sad to see it go!

  • Janean

    I would give my left arm to have “Ed” on DVD.

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