March 2017: 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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March 2017 saw short-lived CBS sitcom The McCarthys (2014-2015) released on DVD. A pair of recent FOX obscurities (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and Bordertown) were added to Netflix. And a handful of Saturday-morning cartoons like Cool McCool (NBC, 1966-1969) and Popeye and Son (CBS, 1987) started streaming on Amazon Prime.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

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The McCarthys – Season 1 (TV Series, Sony, DVD)
This CBS sitcom ran for 15 episodes during the 2014-2015 season. Set in Boston, it focused on the McCarthy family, most of whom love sports. The series starred Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalfe, Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, and Kelen Coleman. NOTE: This is a manufactured on demand release.

Also, Alpha Video released several new manufactured on demand titles last month: Lost TV of the 50s, Volume 1 [four episodes of Cavalcade of America]; The Star and the Story, Volume 1; The Living Christ, Volume 1; and Toy Commercials of the 50s and 60s.

DVD/Blu-ray News

As I reported last month, obscure 1967 CBS drama Coronet Blue is coming to DVD. Frank Converse starred as an amnesiac searching for his identity. The DVD set, from Kino Lorber, will include all 13 episodes, with at least one bonus feature (an interview with creator Larry Cohen). No release date has been announced.

Here’s an oddity. A public-access TV show called TV Party will be released on Blu-ray on July 25th. Glenn O’Brien and Chris Stein hosted the punk rock show, which ran ran for 60 episodes in New York City from 1978 to 1982 (


Netflix added two short-lived FOX sitcoms in March:
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and Bordertown. Both ran for 13 episodes during the 2015-2016 season.

Amazon Prime added several Saturday-morning cartoons last month: the first season of Cool McCool (NBC, 1966-1969), The New Adventures of Flash Gordon (NBC, 1979-1982), and Popeye and Son (CBS, 1987).

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One Reply to “March 2017: The Month in Home Media”

  1. Also last month, CBS/Paramount had releases planned for the Robert Stack drama Most Wanted (ABC, 1976) and The Oddball Couple (ABC, 1975), an animated version of Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple. In addition, the Warner Archive announced a release of Monchhichis (ABC, 1983) for this month. Must’ve been a good month to be a forgotten ABC show.

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