Saturday, August 14, 2010
Forgotten TV shows I’d like to see available on DVD or Internet streaming
1. Harry O (1974-76)
2. Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)
3. The Word (1978)
4. Brimstone (1998-99)
5. Cupid (1998-99)
6. Robbery Homicide Division (2002-03)
7. Karen Sisco (2003)
8. Miss Match (2003)
9. Ashes to Ashes (2008-10)
10. Cupid (2009)
The critically acclaimed show ran for two seasons on ABC, with two pilot movies and 44 hour-long episodes. (The movies were “Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On” and “Smile, Jenny, You’re Dead.”)
Guest stars included Farrah Fawcett, Jodie Foster, Cab Calloway, Sal Mineo, Anne Archer, Robert Loggia, Roddy McDowall, Kurt Russell and Martin Sheen.
Rich Man, Poor Man
It was based on the best-selling 1970 novel by Irwin Shaw and starred Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte and Susan Blakely.
The U.S. DVD release is scheduled for Sept. 28.
Only 13 episodes of the Fox show were aired.
Fifteen episodes of the ABC series were filmed and one was unaired, according to Wikipedia.
Robbery Homicide Division
Thematically, the CBS show is reminiscent of Mann’s film “Heat.” Stylistically, Mann used “RHD” as an opportunity to test out the high-definition digital cameras he would later employ to great effect when shooting “Collateral,” according to Wikipedia.
The show lasted 13 episodes.
Ten episodes were filmed.
The NBC series filmed 18 episodes but only eight aired in the U.S., Wikipedia says.
Ashes to Ashes
It ran for three seasons, spanning 24 episodes.
It did even worse than the original, lasting just seven episodes.
These are all noteworthy shows deserving of a release on DVD or, at least, made available for online streaming.
Update: Please check out my Nov. 19, 2014, article on 14 notable TV shows not available on DVD.