October 2018: 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.

Short-lived sitcom The Bad News Bears (CBS, 1979-1980) came out on DVD last month. Also, Alpha Video released episodes of The Everglades (Syndicated, 1961-1962), One Step Beyond (ABC, 1959-1961), and Clutch Cargo (Syndicated, 1959-1960) on DVD.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Highlight of the Month: The Bad News Bears

This short-lived CBS sitcom ran for 23 episodes over the course of two short seasons between March 1979 and July 1980. Three additional episodes (for a total of 26) never aired on CBS. Based on the 1976 movie of the same name, it follows the misadventures of a junior high baseball team. The cast includes Jack Warden, Catherine Hicks, Phillip Richard Allen, Corey Feldman, Meeno Peluce, and Tricia Cast.

The Bad News Bears is currently unavailable for purchase through Amazon. You can buy it at the official VEI website.

Other Releases

Everglades (Lost TV Classics) [Alpha Video]
One Step Beyond, Volume 17 (The Lost Episodes) [Alpha Video]
Clutch Cargo, Volume 8 [Alpha Video]

News

As I reported late last month, Warner Archive will release the first season of forgotten, critically-acclaimed drama Mr. Novak (NBC, 1962-1964) on DVD on November 6th.

Short-lived FOX sitcom Ghosted was supposed to come out on DVD on October 2nd. However, like other recent FOX titles (APB, LA to Vegas, Shots Fired), it apparently didn’t. Amazon has it available for pre-order with no release date. It doesn’t even show up at Best Buy and Barnes & Noble.


Hit the comments with reviews of recently released DVD/Blu-ray sets or news about upcoming releases.

One Reply to “October 2018: The Month in Home Media”

  1. I suspect that since Fox is mostly MOD on TV titles, they don’t go into production unless they get a minimum pre-order from Amazon.

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