I get nostalgic for older television shows sometimes.
Sometimes I’m in the mood for a little ‘Buffy The Vampire
Slayer.’ Other days I want to watch ‘Little House on the Prairie.’
At least both those titles are available on DVD or Blu-Ray.
The truth is, most of the television I loved – even while
growing up – is available for purchase.
I’ve got a very eclectic DVD collection. I have mainstream
stuff like ‘Lost’ and I’ve got obscure stuff like ‘Alien Nation.’
Still, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy when I got a notification
by email this week that ‘The Young Riders’ season three would be available for
purchase in November (and for less than $12 for the entire season).
‘The Young Riders’ was one of those shows that I absolutely
loved as a teenager. It was a western featuring a cast of young up-and-comers
at the time – including Steven Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Brett Cullin and Melissa
Leo - -and revolving around the Pony Express.
The first season of ‘The Young Riders’ was produced seven
years ago. When seasons two and three didn’t follow in subsequent years, fans
pretty much gave up on ever completing their sets.
TGG has picked up the rights to the set, though, and not
only are they reissuing season one, but they’re releasing season three and a
24-hour marathon from all three seasons. All three sets will be available in
So where is season two? It’s coming. I guess they’re still
working out a few clearance issues – but that set should be hitting DVD within
the next few months as well.
That really only leaves me with the third season of ‘Seaquest’
to complete my old television collection. I’m not sure I’ll ever see that,
though. Oh, and ‘My Two Dads’ season three – which is owned by Shout Factory.
That got me to thinking, though.
There are a lot of shows that have either never debuted on
DVD – or never got a full release.
For example, sitcom ‘Growing Pains’ has only seen two
seasons released on DVD. ‘The Facts of Life’ has only made it to season five –
that’s long before George Clooney joins the cast for those that are wondering.
Likewise, ‘Family Ties’ stopped at season five – which was released in 2009.
The classic ‘A Different World’ only got a one season
release. That’s long before the all-important Dwayne and Whitley years. It’s a shame
that a whole new generation of people won’t get to see that show – because it
was really something.
Most of the time, it is the music rights that hold back a
series. That’s what’s holding back the much beloved ‘The Wonder Years,’ for
Some shows, like ‘Tour of Duty’ replaced the music from
their original runs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love ‘Tour of Duty’ – but it’s
not the same without the original music.
Still, at this point, I’ll take what I can get with a lot of
Quite frankly, I had given up on getting the rest of ‘The
Young Riders.’ Everything else – from this point on – is gravy.
What would you like to see on DVD that hasn’t made it yet?