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 this week and technically it falls outside my time frame for classic television. But to be honest I never expected to see this show out on DVD. Shout! Factory is releasing Tales of the Gold Monkey: Complete Series today. The action/adventure series ran for one season on ABC, from September of 1982 to June of 1983. A total of 22 episodes were produced (23 if the two-hour pilot is counted as two episodes). The complete series was released on DVD in Regions 2 and 4 (Europe and Australia, primarily) in November of 2009 and today is available in the United States and Canada.
In addition to all 22 episodes, the DVD set includes a new documentary, audio commentary on five episodes, a variety of photo galleries, a collector’s booklet and more. Tales of the Gold Monkey starred Stephen Collins, Jeff MacKay, Caitlin O’Heaney and Roddy McDowell. There was also a one-eyed Jack Russell terrier named Jack. After it was canceled by ABC, the show was aired on USA Network in the late 1980s. TV Land showed a select number of episodes in 2000. So it isn’t a truly obscure show, just another one-season wonder with a small yet vocal group of fans that is finally coming to DVD. What’s next? AfterMASH?