None of the new releases out on DVD today really scream “obscure” or even “somewhat forgotten” but you can pick up the first season of a classic sitcom, the complete series of two recent shows that didn’t last long, and a miniseries from 1984.
The first season of Room 222 includes all 26 episodes from the 1969-1970 season. You can read a press release from Shout! Factory here, courtesy of TVShowsOnDVD.com. The drama, which ran for four and a half seasons, starred Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine, Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas. It ended in January of 1974.
Andy Richter Control the Universe, a FOX sitcom starring Andy Richter, premiered in March of 2002 as a mid-season replacement. It returned in December for a second season only to be cancelled with five episodes left unaired. A total of 19 were produced and now you can own them all as part of Andy Richter Controls the Universe: The Complete Series.
Runaway, a drama starring Donnie Wahlberg, ran for all of three episodes on The CW at the start of the 2006-2007 season before being pulled. Nine episodes were produced and are now available on Runaway: The Complete Series. If these had aired just a decade ago it’s unlikely they would ever be released on DVD.
Also being released today is “Master of the Game”, a miniseries that aired on CBS in 1984. It was based on Sidney Sheldon’s novel of the same name. The three-part miniseries originally aired on Sunday, February 19th through Tuesday, February 21st. Part One drew a 24.2 Nielsen rating (third for the week), Part Two a 27.7 (third for the following week) and Part Three a 28.2 (tied for first with the premiere installment of ABC’s “Lace” miniseries) [1, 2].
1 Buck, Jerry. “Last Week Of Olympics Coverage Brings ABC Ratings Gold.” Associated Press. 22 Feb. 1984: PM Cycle.
2 Buck, Jerry. “CBS’ ‘Master of the Game’ and ABC’s ”Lace” Outdraw ‘Star Wars’.” Associated Press. 29 Feb. 1984: MM Cycle.