November 2016: The Month in Home Media

The Month in Home Media is a monthly column highlighting short-lived or rare television series, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies released on DVD or Blu-ray during the previous month, as well as recent additions to streaming services like Warner Archive Instant. The releases discussed in this column are encoded for Region 1 use in the United States and Canada. The Month in Home Media is published on the first Thursday of each month.

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November 2016 was relatively quiet. Star Trek: The Animated Series (NBC, 1973-1974) came out on Blu-ray while Sam Benedict (NBC, 1962-1963) was released on DVD. There were also several new releases from Alpha Video. Also, Netflix added recent syndicated drama The Pinkertons.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

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Star Trek: The Animated Series (TV Series, Paramount, Blu-ray)
Technically, this NBC series ran for two seasons from 1973 to 1974 so it’s not a true one season wonder. It’s Star Trek, so it’s obviously not obscure either. The entire original cast, except for Walter Koenig, returned for this Saturday morning cartoon. A DVD release came out in 2006. The series was also included in a special 50th anniversary Star Trek Blu-ray collection in September. You can read reviews at TrekCore, TrekMovie, and

Sam Benedict: The Complete Series (TV Series, Warner Archive, DVD)
This legal drama ran on NBC for 28 episodes during the 1962-1963 season. It starred Edmond O’Brien, Richard Rust, and Joan Tompkins. Guest stars included Claude Rains, Inger Stevens, Diana Hyland, Yvonne Craig, Vera Mills, and Howard Duff. NOTE: This is a manufacture-on-demand release.

Finally, Alpha Video released several new manufacture-on-demand titles last month: The Adventures of Fu Manchu Volume 3, Passport to Danger Volume 4, Dateline Europe Volume 4, and Overseas Adventure Volume 3.

DVD/Blu-ray News

As I reported earlier this month, The Young Lawyers (ABC, 1970-1971) is coming to DVD but no release date has been announced yet.

Likewise, Best of the West (ABC, 1981-1982) is coming to DVD but there’s no release date yet (


Netlix added The Pinkertons, a detective drama that aired in first-run syndication during the 2014-2015 season.

Hit the comments with any news about upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases or additions to streaming services.

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