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TV Shows I’m Waiting to See on DVD

December 14, 2009

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On the second day of Christmas, Television gave to me:

I work for a home entertainment company that (among other things) specializes in bringing shows to DVD that have been held up because of music licensing issues. Sadly, the following TV shows still aren’t available to the masses for reasons unknown, but I’m putting them on my Christmas list, just in case Santa reads my blog.

Square One TV (1987)

Best remembered for the segment “Mathnet” this was a sketch comedy show about, well, math. It was so 80s, and it was awesome. So. Many. Puns.

Mathnet Narrator: The story you are about to see is a fib, but it’s short. The names are made up, but the problems are real.

Family Matters (1989)

How is this show not on DVD already? Steve Urkel, love ‘im or hate ‘im, is a pop culture icon, and before that got out of hand, the show dealt with some important issues in a good, heart-warming way. And the fact that Laura eventually becomes engaged to Steve is a sign of hope for nerds everywhere.

Clarence: Yo, you a serious little nerd.
Steve Urkel: No, I AM a serious little nerd. You see, I use verbs. Verbs are our friends. They help move along our sentences.

Flash Forward (1996)

No, not that one. Back in the day, Disney had a simple little show about two best friends, and next-door neighbors, navigating the waters of middle school with their other best friends Christine and Miles. Before Ben Foster became Angel in X3, he was Tucker James, class clown, and before she climbed aboard Serenity, Jewel Staite was Becca Fisher, the good girl who desperately wanted to be popular. Everyone can relate to the lives of these adorable thirteen year olds, and it’s a breath of fresh air compared to Disney’s current atmosphere of sexually charged tweens.

Christine: Listen up, due to the fact that this whole thing is stupid, we’re going back to the original script, where Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Tucker is Robin Hood, Becca is Maid Marian, Max you are still the evil sheriff, and Jack, you are Friar Tuck, because I want to see you round and bald in a burlap sack. All of you, learn your lines and be back here tomorrow, capiche?!

Space Cases (1996)

Children of the 90s agree: Nickelodeon did television right. This was one of my absolute favorite shows, a sort of Farscape for kids. Five children who attend an interplanetary academy sneak ‘aboard a mystery ship, which is soon sucked through a spacial rip.’ Along with two teachers and a malfunctioning robot, they travel through space and have awesome adventures as they try to get home. Jewel Staite (Firefly, Stargate Atlantis) started her sci-fi career aboard the Christa as Catalina, before she swapped dimensions with her invisible friend Suzee.

Miss Davenport: As an administrator, Mr. Band, I believe in regulations and procedure. If you were to add those words to your vocabulary, Mr. Band, you could…
Catalina: Double it?

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (1996)

Another Nick success: Shelby (Irene Ng) was older, super cool, and a police trainee who solved crimes the cops wouldn’t bother with. What’s not to like? Plus she lived with her grandfather (played by Pat Morita!) in a bed & breakfast and had funny friends. This was back in the day when it was cool to be smart.

Cindy: You should tell Detective Hineline about Rick.
Shelby: I just wish we had more proof.
What more do you want? A note that says ‘I did it, love Rick’?

Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (1998)

This is where I fell in love with Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, Wolverine), long before he became a big-ticket Hollywood item and married Scarlett Johannsen; back in ’98 he was just the loveably dopey Berg. Bonus points: this sitcom also featured Nathan Fillion before he became Captain Tightpants.

Sharon: Just because Pete brings her pizza doesn’t mean he’s delivering the sausage.
Berg: I never… want to forget that you said that.

John Doe (2002)

This show reminded me a lot of The Pretender, but a bit more other-worldly. The fact that John could only see in color when he saw a clue was a nice touch, and Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) definitely looks better with hair. I’m a sucker for mystery-of-the-week shows that have a larger, looming mystery behind them, and John Marshall Jones (Smart Guy) was great as the buddy cop.

Frank Hayes: Last time I went on a date was the opening night of Dances With Wolves. I had on MC Hammer pants and a gold earring.

Eyes (2005)

Tim Daly plays a slick, charming, private investigator with a high-tech firm on this ABC drama about beautiful people who spy on other, less attractive people for money. The show was witty and fun, a nice hour of escapism in the vein of Leverage, and full of talent like A.J. Langer (My So-Called Life), Rick Worthy (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty). Daly’s Private Practice co-star Kate Walsh even guest-starred as his ex-wife in the episode “Wings.” Twelve episodes were filmed, but only five ever aired in the United States (at least until Direct TV recently stepped in.) For those of us with regular cable, please, Santa, won’t you put out a DVD set?

Harlan Judd: Do you have a boyfriend?
Leslie Town: God!
Harlan Judd: That’s a weird answer.

The Class (2006)

I was just starting to get into this sitcom when it was canceled. The premise stretched my suspension of disbelief (who has a third grade reunion?), but the characters were fun, and watching the relationship grow between nice-guy Ethan (Jason Ritter) and wild-child Kat (Lizzy Caplan) was my favorite part. The show ended on a crappy cliffhanger, so can I please have the DVDs to relive the good times?

Ethan: (about Kat) But it makes no sense! Me and Kat? We’re total opposites!
Kyle: (sarcastically) Right, yeah, and how does it go? Opposites… are indifferent to each other? No wait, that’s not it!

The Nine (2006)

The second show which got me thinking that Tim Daly was taking Nathan Fillion’s title as television kryptonite. (Fortunately for both talented actors, third time’s the charm.) This buzz-heavy drama about a bank robbery and its effects on a group of hostages had a very impressive cast list, from Chi McBride (Boston Public, Pushing Daisies) as the bank manager, to Scott Wolf (Party of Five, V) as an unhappy doctor, to Kim Raver (Lipstick Jungle) the ADA, John Billingsley (Enterprise, True Blood) as a suicidal cubical rat, and Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist) as the conflicted bank robber.

At the time of its airing, ABC was still looking for the next Lost, but despite a compelling storyline, multiple timelines, flashbacks, hidden lives, and an overarching mystery, The Nine was not a show you could jump into in the middle, and eventually that killed it. Again, thirteen episodes were made, but only nine (ironic much?) made it to air, and now we’ll never know what really happened in that bank.

Jeremy: You want me to take this Sister Michael into a back alley somewhere and work her over a little bit?
Franny: You can do that?
Jeremy: I’m Jewish. I have no fear of nuns.

Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (2009)

I didn’t expect to like this show when billboards started popping up around the city. It looked stupid. And it sort of is, but there’s another layer that’s clever, full of references to the genre that tickle a geek’s funny bone, and even if it tilts towards the crude (it’s Comedy Central, what can you expect?), the fact that they could pull off the fantasy genre on what must have been a miniscule budget makes it worth preserving. Also, Kyle Lendo (The Class) is hot.

The DVD of this was apparently discontinued, which surprises me since the series is only six episodes long , and seems like an easy moneymaker. There are a number of extras on the website that could be packaged on a DVD without difficulty, and as a Comedy Central program, I’d imagine it’d sell well. Then again, the show currently exists in Limbo – it hasn’t been cancelled, but there’s no sign of life.

Kröd Mändoon: It will take more than one arrow to kill the greatest general that ever lived. [General Gravius is shot several more times and speared] That will probably do it, though.

Anyone else have television shows they want to see on DVD?

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