December 2017: The Month in Home Media

The Month in Home Media highlights short-lived or rare TV shows released on DVD or Blu-ray in the United States during the previous month. Also covered are recent additions to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

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December 2017 was a quiet month, with few new releases and no streaming additions. One season wonder Longstreet (ABC, 1971-1972) came out on DVD while the first season of The Californians (NBC, 1957-1959) was released on both DVD and Blu-ray.

DVD/Blu-ray

Highlight of the Month: Longstreet

This ABC crime drama starred James Franciscus as blind insurance investigator Mike Longstreet. After losing his sight–and his wife–in a bombing, Longstreet refuses to give up his career. With the help of his seeing eye dog, Pax, Longstreet continues to pursue murderers, thieves, and other criminals. The regular cast included Marlyn Mason, Peter Mark Richman, and Ann Dorna. Bruce Lee guest starred in four episodes as a martial arts instructor named Li Tsung. A total of 23 episodes were broadcast during the 1971-1972 season.

The 4-disc set includes the pilot telefilm for the series.

Other Releases

The Oddball Couple: The Complete Series
The Californians: Season 1 [DVD]
The Californians: Season 2 [Blu-ray]

Streaming

There were no noteworthy streaming additions last month.

News

Peyton Place (ABC, 1964-1969) is by no means obscure. But more than eight years have passed since Shout! Factory released two volumes containing 64 episodes. Few people expected to see another volume. But Volume 3 will be released on March 27th (TVShowsOnDVD.com).


This is my final The Month in Home Media column. Don’t worry, I plan to still report news of obscure TV shows coming to DVD (or Blu-ray). And I’m working on compiling a list of short-lived and forgotten TV shows available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Look for it early next month. And be sure to hit the comments with any news about upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases or additions to streaming services last month.

7 Replies to “December 2017: The Month in Home Media”

  1. I’m really bummed that this is the last installment of this column!

    Are you retiring it because there are fewer titles making it to home video these days, and appearing on streaming instead?

    1. There were a good number of DVD sets released last year. I’m hopeful we’ll see some rarities come out this year as well. I plan to report anything relevant to Television Obscurities.

  2. I will miss this feature as a monthly roundup. But, perhaps, future updates will be more timely … and with so much streaming around it would be really helpful to learn what shows are running on what services, since I cannot afford to subscribe to all of them, that’s for sure. Looking forward to them.

    1. I know how you feel. It’s hard to keep up. It probably won’t be this month but I will be publishing a list of “rare” and short-lived TV shows available on various streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Hopefully, readers will help by alerting me when shows are added or removed.

  3. I too look forward to this monthly column.
    Regardless, keep up the great work!
    I have been a big fan of this web site for years!

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