Every Tuesday I take a look at obscure and/or classic television programs, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies being released on DVD. For the record I consider anything broadcast prior to 1980 to be classic or else there wouldn’t be much to discuss. The releases referred to in these posts are encoded for Region 1 use in the United States and Canada.
There’s only one release of interest out today: Father Knows Best – Season Five. You won’t find it in stores, though, it can only be purchased online through Shout! Factory’s Shout! Select program. Included are all 38 episodes from the 1958-1959 season. According to TVShowsOnDVD.com the set includes two episodes of Windows on Main Street, which Robert Young starred in after Father Knows Best. Only one season remains and it seems likely that Shout! Factory will release it through the Shout! Select program as well. After that, perhaps all thirteen episodes of Windows on Main Street?
Shout! Factory released the previous four seasons, with Season Four coming out this past March, but apparently sales were too low to continue in the traditional manner. Making the set available for purchase through Shout! Select is a way of getting the episodes to viewers and that’s really all that matters. Perhaps the only drawback is that a certain segment of the DVD buying population may not be aware that Season Five can be purchased at Shout! Factory’s website so if you know any fans of Father Knows Best be sure to let them know. Amazon.com has a placeholder page for the release, which could be confusing, but you can only buy it at Shout! Factory’s website.