Watching Classic TV Shows On DVD

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by CraigerM, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. CraigerM

    CraigerM Well-Known Member

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    I used to think it would be cool for DTV to get the national feeds of those classic TV show channels and watch some of the classic TV shows but I now I don't care anymore because I somehow I forgot that you can get them on DVD. I just got Emergency the complete series from Ebay. I know you can get an antenna and watch it but you can only watch it at a certain time with the DVD's I can watch them at any time. I am thinking about maybe getting Adam-12 next but spreading those out because they don't have the complete series in one package for Adam-12. Also seeing old stars like John Travolta and Sharon Gless in the episodes.
     
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  2. Mark Holtz

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    I like to call the Jack Webb series of Dragnet, Adam-12, and Emergency! potato-chip television. Not only do they share the same universe, but they seem to follow the same theme, and feel like television comfort food. Some notes:
    • Bobby Troup is most familiar as Dr. Early, but also showed up as a bartender in three episodes of Dragnet, plus a homeless guy in a fourth episode and a drug dealer on a episode of Adam-12. Bobby Troup is also famous for writing the tune Route 66.
    • Kent McCord may have been the junior/rookie officer on Adam-12, but showed up several times as an officer on Dragnet before his "first day" on Adam-12.
    • Ron Pinkard is probably known as Dr. Mike Morton, but also showed up as an Off. Walt Barrett in two episodes of Adam-12 and Off. John McKee in an episode of Dragnet.
    • Marco Lopez is best known as Fireman Marco Lopez, but has shown up in multiple small roles in both Dragnet and Adam-12.
    • Remember that shared universe? Reed and Malloy showed up as themselves in an episode of Dragnet as well as on the pilot episode of Emergency. The cast of Emergency, meanwhile, make cameros in an episode of Adam-12. And, in a first-season episode of Emergency, one of the plot points was that they were watching an episode of Adam-12 before being called away... which would have includes appearances by two of the Emergency actors.
     
  3. CraigerM

    CraigerM Well-Known Member

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    I saw that episode where they were watching Adam-12. I wonder if the producers and writers somehow forgot Malloy and Reed were in the pilot? :)
     
  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    That is deep. Most of the crossovers I see now keep the entire world in the same fictional realm. The new Magnum PI refers to Five -O and shares the medical examiner. Hawaii Five-O has done crossovers with other CBS shows. But watching an episode of another show (especially one they were on) makes it appear that Adam-12 was a documentary.
     
  5. Delroy E Walleye

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    This "trivia" is all from memory, so not sure how accurate...

    I believe Troup was also in the M*A*S*H* move.

    I think Webb had been married to Julie London (Nurse Dixie) for a brief time back in the 1950s.

    She was a pretty good what I'd call "nightclub-style" jazz singer in those days. (The old Sonic Tap "rat pack" channel used to play some of her tunes.)
     
  6. Mark Holtz

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    The Internet Movie Database is your friend, and your memory is very accurate!

    elliott-gould-donald-sutherland-bobby-troup-mash.jpg

    From IMDB: "This show was truly a family affair because Julie London was at the time married to Bobby Troup and had been hired by her previous husband Jack Webb, who was the series' creator and producer."
     
  7. MysteryMan

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    Correct. He played Sgt. Gorman.
     
  8. TheRatPatrol

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    I agree with CraigerM. I never understood the need for all these channels that show old shows and take up bandwidth from the main channel, when you can just own the shows on DVD and watch them anytime you want.

    TVShowsOnDVD.com WAS a good place to see what’s available on DVD, but they have since shut down, not sure if there’s another site out there like it.

    There’s also streaming services that offer access to older shows as well, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, iTunes, etc.
     
  9. Mark Holtz

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    You have to deal with people like my mother who thinks that we are "making things so com·pli·cat·ed". I gave my mom all seven seasons of Golden Girls. All seven seasons are also available on the Plex server for anytime viewing. I have tried several times to show my mother how to access all of the shows. What does she do? Turns on the Hallmark channel and watches it at the appointed hour.
     
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  10. dmspen

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    We were at an acquaintance's house on Thanksgiving. She has no cable, no internet, etc. What she did have was DVDs of Combat, The Untouchables, Outer Limits, and a slew of 50s SciFi!
     
  11. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    For those of us lucky enough to have true broadband, Netflix, Prime, etc. give plenty of access to old shows, though not all.

    I am pretty certain I will never buy another DVD or BRD. Maybe a 4K player, and a few disks, though I doubt that, too.
     
  12. AngryManMLS

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    Then there are shows that are in purgatory such as Murphy Brown. Thanks to Motown we might not see anything beyond season 1 on DVD and certainly nothing beyond the meager 18 episodes that was offered for a few seconds on CBS All Access in regards to streaming. That explains why the revival run of the show has been lacking licensed music as a whole.... of course the way the ratings are looking I'm not expecting this revival to last past the initial half season.

    Yeah yeah yeah I know Antenna TV shows reruns blah blah blah.

    I tried to explain OTT to my mother recently. The amount of "deer caught in headlights" I got was staggering. Just the thought of no channel numbers nearly gave her an heart attack. And the names of the services.... here I will quote pretty much what she said when I named them off.....

    "Playstation Vue" = "I don't play video games why do I want that?"
    "Sling" = "Is that the one with the swingers jokes on TV? I don't want a porn service."
    "DirecTV Now" = "I already pay for DirecTV now why do I need this?"
    "YouTube TV" = "I can watch cat videos without paying."
     
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  13. MysteryMan

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    Try Pluto TV. It's free, wide variety of programing including 4K and comes with channel numbers.
     
  14. James Long

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    Can Antenna TV air shows with rights problems? Or are the problems with Murphy Brown tied to streaming music? The media industry went through a huge shift a few years ago when the concept of digital rights were introduced. Over time contracts moved from paying people for one performance to paying them for additional TV replays of their performances to adding sold recordings of their performances and then digital distribution. Is this a situation where they had rights to air the content on TV but not elsewhere?

    I could live without channel numbers if I could find the content. Losing channel names are the second heart attack.

    Judging the books by their covers, eh? I don't think of porn when I think of SlingTV ... Because I know what a slingbox was I do think of the (illegal) hosted slingbox services some people offered where one could use a slingbox on a remote city's cable system to get out of market sports (as well as not paying a full subscription price per location for the service). If I were looking for a punchline I might say "Sling TV is a tosser."
     
  15. billsharpe

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    A year ago or so I was tempted to buy the full six seasons of Laugh-In on DVD. The price tag (over $200) put me off. I later found all the seasons on Amazon Prime Video. I'm into the fourth year now. "Very interesting" as the German soldier often says...
    And I ordered four items from Amazon yesterday, Cyber Monday -- three should arrive today.
     
  16. mwdxer

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    Through the years, I have bought quite a few series of old shows. Mr. Novak was released this month. A show I loved as a kid. Another I have ordered is Streets of SF. Little by little, I no longer need to find a channel that runs my favorite old shows as I am getting them on DVD. What started this was trying to get Antenna TV out on the OR coast. There is no translator that has the channel. 32 in Portland does not have one here. I went through the TV shows I liked and slowly got them on DVD. I have continued with this as I can afford it.
     
  17. Laxguy

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    Indeed. Diff strokes; diff folks. I am just grateful I now have no need to mess with physical media. Partly due to not liking any one show/movie/video to need to be sure to able to see it again. Partly due to availability of streaming and DIRECTV®.
     
  18. Nick

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    So many women, so little time...

    Years ago, my then sister-in-law, crafted a ceramic coffee cup for me as a BD present. Even though I was still married to her sister at the time, she lettered this message on the cup: "So many women, so little time!" (Seems she knew me all too well!)

    Fast-forward 50 years and I find myself in a parallel universe, facing a similar dilemma with respect to my lone remaining elder passion -- watching tv, rerun tv and classic movies, for which, thanks to maxed out cable and multiple streaming sources, there seems to be a virtually unlimited supply.

    I have acquired a small collection of DVDs, perhaps one hundred or so, of favorite movies and a few classic TV shows which I never seem to watch any more, and I haven't bought a DVD in several years, at least 5 or more. All of my substantial tv viewing time is on cable or streaming, with flat-screen TVs in almost every room, even a wi-fi connected tablet in the master bathroom.

    I know, I know -- I need to get a life, but at my seriously advanced age (80), this is my life. My point in all this, I suppose, is what with the huge (and ever-increasing amount of entertainment content available to us today I can't keep up. There are so many new shows coming out and so many shows I have yet to watch that there aren't enough hours in the day or days left in my life. That leaves precious little time to crank up the waayback machine to watch all those olden goldies.

    Just sayin' :cool:
     
  19. mwdxer

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    I am a bit behind you at nearly 70. I still work, but I do like some time in the evenings to watch the old shows. One great thing about having a DVD collection of your favorite material is to have them commercial free. As an older guy, I remember a time with a four minutes per hour show had ads (50s). Even by the 60s when an out show was 50 minutes, it wasn't bad. But today an hour show runs less than 45 minutes and it is brutal to sit through so many ads. That is why I DVR everything. Otherwise I would not watch the show.
     
  20. CraigerM

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    Just got Season 1 of Adam-12 during Amazon's free shipping for any amount of orders. Normally you had to spend $25 or more to get free shipping. That sale is over now. Watching Emergency is cool, seeing how they got to the rescues and fires without GPS and using a map. :) May not watch it and Emergency for awhile because I am getting
     
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