The start of a new year is often a hopeful time. Resolutions still feel possible. As this particular new year gets underway I thought it might be interesting to ask everyone to pick the one obscure or short-lived or forgotten TV show they’d most like to see released on DVD/Blu-ray/streaming/whatever in 2016. Call it your “holy grail” release for the year.
Of course, many of the shows I’ve written about here at Television Obscurities will likely never see the light of day again. But some have. Over the past five years we’ve seen The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Mr. Lucky, The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, My Living Doll, SEARCH, and The Rebel released on DVD. Who knows what 2016 could bring?
We do know that other short-lived shows are on their way. In November of last year, VEI announced it will be releasing a number TV shows on DVD at some point in the unspecified future (but probably in 2016) including The Immortal, The Magician, and Level 9.
To make things a little more interesting, let’s each name two “holy grail” releases for 2016: one realistic and one unlikely and/or impossible.
Realistically, I’d say there is at least a chance Freedom (UPN, 2000-2001) could come to DVD this year and I for one would love to finally have the opportunity to see the unaired episodes and hopefully the original, unaired pilot. Freedom aired alongside Level 9 during the 2000-2001 season. They weren’t produced by the same companies, however, so the fact that Level 9 is coming to DVD doesn’t necessarily pave the way for Freedom. But I’ve got my fingers crossed.
As for my unlikely and/or impossible pick, I could go with the obvious choice and say The New People (ABC, 1969-1970), which is the holiest of my holy grails of television. But instead I’m going to go with Sons and Daughters (CBS, 1974) with Gary Frank and Glynnis O’Connor. It’s not technically impossible but the odds are as slim as can be. If I wanted to go with an actual impossibility I’d chose either Kyle MacDonnell’s Girl About Town (NBC, 1948-1949) or Miss Susan (NBC, 1951) with Susan Peters.
Hit the comments with your own “holy grail” TV releases for 2016 and be sure to check back in twelve months to see which shows–if any–were actually released.