We Want Our DVDs
Top Ten P.I. Shows That Really Should Be on DVD, Already...
Summer 2009 -- Over and over, people keep asking me when these shows are coming out. Sorry, Folks. I don't know anything more than what's on the site.
But anyway, here's the top ten shows (subject to update) that people want to see. If you hear anything about the (legal) availability of any of these, let me know...
- Harry O (1974-76, ABC)
By far the most requested show, and the most critically acclaimed P.I. show NOT to be available on DVD. David Janssen winced and grimaced and carried a world of hurt on his shoulders, and spoke some of the best writing -- in any medium -- the genre ever produced. Howard Rodman, this one's for you.
- Spenser: For Hire (1985-1988, ABC)
Really? There must be an awful lot of Robert Urich fans out there.
- Staccato (1959-60, NBC/ABC; AKA "Johnny Staccato")
A noirish cult fave. Very cool to look at; occasionally (and unintentionally) hilarious to watch -- but that's what happens when you're an "auteur" aiming high.
- Vega$ (1978-81, ABC)
Really? See #2.
- Peter Gunn (1958-61, NBC/ABC)
Yeah, some of the episodes have surfaced, but the complete run is what the boys in the back room will have. The coolest TV eye ever, stylish but never self-conscious.
- Longstreet (1971-1972, ABC)
A blind insurance investigator. I loved this show as a kid, but I'm pretty sure most of the demand now is due to the detective's martial arts trainer, played by some young Asian guy named Bruce Lee.
- City of Angels (1976, CBS)
An ambitious period piece from the Cannell factory, set in WWII L.A. Hardly seen when it aired, but fondly remebered by those 17 viewers who caught it. Supposedly the star, Wayne Rogers, thought it was crap. He also thought he'd have a big career after bailing out of TV's M*A*S*H.
- Eyes (2005, ABC)
The most recent show on the list; arguably conclusive proof the networks have lost their testicles.
- Vengeance Unlimited (1998, ABC)
Ahead of the curve, this edgy blast of dark humour and pulp fiction cool starring Michael Madsen, would be a shoe-in now on HBO or Showtime. Imagine The Equalizer without a stick up his butt.
- Tenspeed and Brownshoe (1980, ABC)
A personal fave of mine, but I'm not the only one. A witty, savvy love letter to the P.I. genre by uber-fan Stephen J. Cannell.
- Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978, NBC)
Rockford-lite, but definitely watchable..
- The Outsider (1968-69, NBC)
A one-season dry-run for Rockford. I've never seen it, but supposedly it's as much Harry O as Jimbo, and Darren McGavin shines.
- Archer (1975, NBC)
Brian Keith as Ross Macdonald's gumshoe. Supposedly quite good, but lost in the seventies P.I. orgy.
|People, take heart!
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Beats me if it does any good, but it can't hurt, can it? And it sure beats shilling out big bucks for a dubious copy on eBay.
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