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    TV on DVD- The Lists: Sitcoms

    For all fans of classic television, I have compiled a list of all the great shows from the 50s-90s and their availability on DVD. This I hope will become the definitive source for those who are interested in retro TV and want to be able to watch their favourites again. It is clear that no one is interested in creating a decent retro channel so our only recourse is to try and find our favourite shows online or via TV on DVD. So here is the first list, featuring all the great sitcoms from back in the day.

    Beside each name I have listed the number of seasons of the show that are available on DVD and the studio behind the releases.

    1950s

    The Abbott and Costello Show (Both seasons, Entertainment One)
    Dennis the Menace (All 4 seasons, Shout! Factory)
    Father Knows Best (All 6 seasons, Shout! Factory)
    The Honeymooners (All 39 episodes, Paramount)
    I Love Lucy (All 6 seasons, Paramount)
    Leave it to Beaver (All 6 seasons, S1&2- Universal / S3-6 + CS, Shout! Factory)
    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (All 4 seasons, Shout! Factory)
    The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (All 13 episodes, Paramount)
    The Phil Silvers Show (All 4 seasons, S1- Paramount** / S2-4 + CS, Shout! Factory)


    1960s

    The Addams Family (All 3 seasons, MGM)
    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (Best-of, Shout! Factory)
    The Andy Griffith Show (All 8 seasons, Paramount)
    The Beverly Hillbillies (Seasons 2-4 of 9, Paramount)
    Bewitched (All 8 seasons, Sony** / S1-6 + CS, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    The Bill Cosby Show (Both seasons, Shout! Factory)
    The Carol Burnett Show (Best-of, Time-Life)
    Car 54, Where Are You? (Both seasons, Shanachie Entertainment)
    The Courtship of Eddie's Father (All 3 seasons, Warner Bros.) MOD
    The Dick Van Dyke Show (All 5 seasons, Image Entertainment)
    The Donna Reed Show (Seasons 1-5 of 8, S1-3- Virgil Films and Entertainment** / S1-5- MPI Home Video)
    The Doris Day Show (All 5 seasons, MPI Home Video)
    F Troop (Both seasons, Warner Bros.)
    Family Affair (All 5 seasons, MPI Home Video)
    The Flying Nun (Seasons 1&2 of 3, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Get Smart (All 5 seasons, HBO Home Video)
    Gidget (All 32 episodes, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Gilligan's Island (All 3 seasons, Warner Bros.)
    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (All 5 seasons, Paramount)
    Green Acres (All 6 seasons, S1-3- MGM** / CS- Shout! Factory)
    Hank (1965) (All 26 episodes, Warner Bros.) MOD
    Hazel (All 5 seasons, S1- Sony / S2-5- Shout! Factory)
    Here Come the Brides (Both seasons, S1- Sony** / S2- Shout! Factory)
    Here's Lucy
    (All 6 seasons, MPI Home Video)
    Hogan's Heroes (All 6 seasons, Paramount)
    I Dream of Jeannie (All 5 seasons, Sony** / S1&2 + CS , Mill Creek Entertainment)
    I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (16 of 32 episodes, Lightyear Entertainment)
    The Lucy Show (All 6 seasons, Paramount)
    Mayberry R.F.D. (Season 1 of 3, Warner Bros.)
    McHale's Navy (All 4 seasons + CS, Shout! Factory)
    Mister Ed (All 6 seasons, Shout! Factory) (s3)**
    The Monkees (Both seasons, Rhino Home Video** / Eagle Rock Entertainment)
    The Munsters
    (Both seasons, Universal)
    My Favorite Martian (All 3 seasons, S1&2- Rhino Entertainment** / S1-3+ CS- MPI Home Video)
    My Living Doll
    (Eps. 1-11 of 26, MPI Home Video)
    My Three Sons (Seasons 1&2 of 12, Paramount)
    The Patty Duke Show
    (All 3 seasons, Shout! Factory) (s2)**
    Petticoat Junction (Seasons 1-3 of 7, Paramount)
    Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (Season 1 of 6, Time-Life)
    That Girl (All 5 seasons, Shout! Factory)


    1970s

    Alice (Seasons 1-5 of 9, Warner Bros.) MOD
    All in the Family (All 9 seasons, S1-6- Sony / S7-9 + CS - Shout! Factory)
    Angie (All 36 episodes, VEI)
    Archie Bunker's Place (Season 1 of 4, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Barney Miller (All 8 Seasons, S1-3- Sony / S4-8 + CS, Shout! Factory)
    Benson (Seasons 1&2 of 7, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment) (S2- Sony) MOD
    The Bob Newhart Show (All 6 seasons, S1-4- FOX** / S5&6 + CS, Shout! Factory)
    The Brady Bunch (All 5 seasons, Paramount)
    C.P.O. Sharkey (Both seasons, Star Vista Entertainment)
    Chico and the Man (Best-of, Warner Bros.)**
    Diff'rent Strokes (Seasons 1-6 of 8, S1&2- Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment / S3-6- Shout! Factory)
    The Facts of Life (All 9 seasons, S1-3- Sony** / S1&2, Mill Creek Entertainment / S4-9 + CS, Shout! Factory)
    Good Times (All 6 seasons, S1-6- Sony** / S1-4 + CS- Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Happy Days (Seasons 1-6 of 11, Paramount)
    The Jeffersons (All 11 seasons, S1-6- Sony** / S7&8 + CS , Shout! Factory / S1&2, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    The Kids of Degrassi Street (All 26 episodes, WGBH Boston Home Video)
    The King of Kensington (Season 1 of 5, Morningstar Entertainment)**
    Laverne & Shirley (All 8 seasons, Paramount)
    The Love Boat (Seasons 1-3 of 9, Paramount)
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show (All 7 seasons, FOX)
    M*A*S*H (All 11 seasons, FOX)
    Maude (All 6 seasons, S1- Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment / S2-6 + CS- Shout! Factory)
    Mork & Mindy (All 4 seasons, Paramount) (s2-4)
    The Odd Couple (All 5 seasons, Paramount)
    One day at a Time (Season 1 of 9, Sony)
    The Partridge Family (All 4 seasons, Sony** / S1&2 + CS, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Rhoda (All 5 seasons, Shout! Factory) (s1)#
    Sanford and Son (All 6 seasons, Sony)
    Soap (All 4 seasons, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Taxi (All 5 seasons, Paramount)
    That's My Mama (Both seasons, Sony)#
    Three's Company (All 8 seasons, Anchor Bay Entertainment)
    What's Happening!! (All 3 seasons, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Welcome Back, Kotter (All 4 seasons, S1- Warner Bros.** / S2-4 + CS- Shout! Factory)
    WKRP in Cincinnati (All 4 seasons + CS, Shout! Factory)

    - Releases contain music edits
    #- Releases contain syndicated episodes, not original broadcast versions
    **- Releases have been discontinued and our now out of print
    CS- Complete series release
    MOD- Manufacture-on-Demand release
    Last edited by CDN Viewer; 10-01-2017 at 02:45 PM. Reason: updated info

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    1980s

    227 (Season 1 of 5, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    A Different World (Season 1 of 6, Urban Works)**
    ALF (All 4 seasons, Lionsgate)#
    Bosom Buddies (Both seasons, Paramount)
    Charles in Charge (All 5 seasons, Virgil Films and Entertainment)** (S4&5) MOD
    Cheers (All 11 seasons, Paramount)
    Coach (All 9 seasons, Universal** / S1&2 + CS- Mill Creek Entertainment)
    The Cosby Show (All 8 seasons, First Look Studios** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Degrassi Junior High (All 3 seasons, WGBH Boston Home Video)
    Degrassi High (Complete series, WGBH Boston Home Video)
    Designing Women (All 7 seasons, Shout! Factory)
    Family Matters (All 9 seasons, Warner Bros.) (S5-9) MOD
    Family Ties (All 7 seasons, Paramount)
    Flo (All 29 episodes, Warner Bros.) MOD
    Full House (All 8 seasons, Warner Bros.)
    Gimme a Break! (All 6 seasons, VEI)**
    The Golden Girls (All 7 seasons, Disney)
    Growing Pains (All 7 seasons + 2 TV Movies, Warner Bros.) (s3-7 & TV Movies) MOD
    Hooperman (Both seasons, Olive Films)
    Joanie Loves Chachi (All 17 episodes, Paramount)
    Kate & Allie (All 6 seasons, VEI)**
    The Kids in the Hall (All 5 seasons, A&E Home Video)
    Mama's Family (All 6 seasons, Star Vista/Time-Life)
    Married... with Children (All 11 seasons, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Mr. Belvedere (Seasons 1-4 of 6, Shout! Factory)
    Murphy Brown (Season 1 of 10, Warner Bros.)
    My Two Dads (Seasons 1&2 of 3, Shout! Factory)
    Newhart (All 8 seasons, S1- FOX / S2-8- Shout! Factory)
    Night Court (All 9 seasons, Warner Bros.) (S4-9) MOD
    Perfect Strangers (Seasons 1&2 of 8, Warner Bros.)
    Punky Brewster (All 4 seasons, Shout! Factory)
    Rags to Riches (All 20 episodes, Image Entertainment)
    Roseanne (All 9 seasons, Anchor Bay Entertainment#** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Saved by the Bell (All 4 seasons + 2 TV Movies, Lionsgate)#
    Seinfeld (All 9 seasons, Sony)
    Silver Spoons (Season 1 of 5, Sony)**
    Sledge Hammer! (Both seasons, Anchor Bay Entertainment** / CS- Image Entertainment)
    Small Wonder (Seasons 1&2 of 4, Shout! Factory)
    Square Pegs (All 20 episodes, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Too Close for Comfort (Seasons 1&2 of 6, Rhino Entertainment)#**
    What's Happening Now!! (Season 1 of 3, Sony)**
    Webster (Seasons 1-4 of 6, Shout! Factory)**
    Who's the Boss? (Season 1 of 8, Sony)


    1990s

    3rd Rock from the Sun (All 6 seasons, Anchor Bay Entertainment#** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Action (All 13 episodes, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Becker
    (All 6 seasons, Paramount) (S4-6) MOD
    Bob (Both seasons, Paramount)
    Boy Meets World (All 7 seasons, Lionsgate)
    Blossom (Seasons 1&2 of 5, Shout! Factory)
    Caroline in the City (Seasons 1&2 of 4, Paramount)**
    Dave's World (Seasons 1-3 of 4, Paramount) (S3) MOD (s1&2)**
    Dharma & Greg (Seasons 1&2 of 5 seasons, FOX) (S2) MOD
    Dinosaurs (All 4 seasons, Disney)
    The Drew Carey Show (Season 1 of 9, Warner Bros.)
    Evening Shade (Season 1 of 4, Paramount)**
    Everybody Loves Raymond (All 9 seasons, HBO Home Video)**
    Frasier (All 11 seasons, Paramount)
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (All 6 seasons, Warner Bros.)
    Friends (All 10 seasons, Warner Bros.)
    Get a Life (All 35 episodes, Shout! Factory)
    Grace Under Fire (All 5 seasons, VEI)
    Hearts Afire (All 3 seasons, S1-3- Image Entertainment** / CS- Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Home Improvement (All 8 seasons, Disney)
    The Jamie Foxx Show (Seasons 1-4 of 5, Warner Bros.) (S2-4) MOD
    The Jeff Foxworthy Show
    (Both seasons, Sony** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Just Shoot Me!
    (All 7 seasons, S1-3- Sony** / CS- Shout! Factory / S1&2, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    The King of Queens (All 9 seasons, Sony- / Paramount- )
    The Larry Sanders Show (All 6 seasons, Shout! Factory** / S1&2 + CS, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Living Single (Seasons 1&2 of 5, Warner Bros.) (S2) MOD
    Mad About You (All 7 seasons, S1-3- Sony** / S4&5- Shout! Factory / S1&2 + CS, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Martin (All 5 seasons, HBO Home Video)
    The Nanny (All 6 seasons, S1-3- Sony** / S1&2, Mill Creek Entertainment / S4-6 + CS- Shout! Factory)
    Ned & Stacey (Both seasons, S1- Sony** / CS- Shout! Factory)
    NewsRadio
    (All 5 seasons, Sony** / S1&2 + CS, Mill Creek Entertainment)
    Parker Lewis Can't Lose (Seasons 1&2 of 3, Shout Factory!)
    The Red Green Show (All 15 seasons, Acorn Media)
    Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (All 7 seasons, Paramount)
    Sister, Sister (All 6 seasons, S1&2- Paramount** / S1-6, VEI)
    Spin City (All 6 seasons, Shout! Factory)**
    Sports Night (Both seasons, Disney / Shout! Factory)**
    That '70s Show (All 8 seasons, FOX** / Mill Creek Entertainment)
    They Came from Outer Space (All 20 episodes, Timeless Media Group)
    Two Guys and A Girl (All 4 seasons, Shout! Factory)
    The Wayan Bros. (Seasons 1&2 of 5, Warner Bros.) (S2) MOD
    Will & Grace (All 8 seasons, Lionsgate)
    Wings (All 8 seasons, Paramount** / Mill Creek Entertainment)

    #- Releases contain syndicated episodes, not original broadcast versions
    - Releases contain music edits
    **- Releases have been discontinued and our now out of print
    CS- Complete series release
    MOD- Manufacture-on-Demand release
    Last edited by CDN Viewer; 10-01-2017 at 02:45 PM. Reason: updated info

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    Some Additional Entries

    '90s

    Dinosaurs (All 4 seasons, Disney)
    Parker Lewis Can't Lose (2 of 3 seasons, Shout Factory!)
    Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (None, Warner)
    Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (All 7 seasons, Paramount)
    Evening Shade (1 of 4 seasons, Paramount)
    Will & Grace (All 8 seasons, Lionsgate)

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    Third Rock from the Sun I belive is the original NBC Broadcast versions with the only difference being that they used the syndicated opening sequence.

    That 70s Show does have some minor music edits, though I do not believe there is any disclaimer on any of the boxsets.

    The Cosby Show Season 1 was originally released by First Look Entertainment and were indeed the sydnciated versions, however, the complete series boxset contains the uncut episodes.

    You can get the non syndicated episodes of ALF from various European releases. Many of which have English tracks

    The North American release of Roseanne, Season 1 is entirely syndicated episodes. I believe Season 6 or 7 onward, there are some episodes (most notably the closing credits) where musical scenes have been replaced with still generic credits. The majority of Season 2 onward are original broadcast versions. The Austrilian release of Roseanne, Season 1 featured the original broadcast version of episodes.

    Most Cheers episodes are uncut, with only some episodes containing minor edits or scene omissions due to music copyright clearance. You can add Fraiser to the list of shows with music replacements. Some of the later seasons have this disclaimer. Nothing comes to mind that is different on the Frasier sets but the disclaimer does exist.

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    Thanks for the updates, I have added them to the list.

    Regarding 3rd Rock from the Sun, from a review I read apparently only 30 seconds or so are missing from each episode (the opening sequence) but its still an edit which is why I am pointing it out.

    The Cosby Show was originally released by Urban Works which was then bought out by First Look. I am not really impressed with their releases, the cover art is not consistent and of course the season 1 debacle which is actually Carsey-Werner's fault. Are these guys idiots or something- they charge a premium for these sets and they can't even give the fans the original broadcast versions of the episodes but instead release the edited versions?! This happened with Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun & A Different World. After huge outcry from the fans, season 2 and onward contain uncut episodes.

    BTW, the complete series set for The Cosby Show is now out of print, not sure why but that is what I read?! I wish Universal had released these instead, they have released the show in Region 2 & 4 and from what I have seen they have done a better job.

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    Sledge Hammer (Both seasons) - Anchor Bay

    Good idea btw - thanks for the effort!

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    I'm guessing the complete series of The Cosby Show is out of print because of the very poor package design.

    The DVDs were stored in cardboard slips and what happened is the paint on the edge of the cardboard would leave a line on the DVDs. I bought this set 6x times and had the same result each time they came to me. Finally on the 6th set I used a lenz cloth and rubbing alcohol to clean the discs.

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    Classic sitcom releases for August:

    Father Knows Best Season 5- Aug. 10 (Available only through Shout! Factory's online store)
    The Patty Duke Show Season 3- Aug. 24

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    Does anyone know if full season (I think there were only 2 seasons) or a full series compilation set of DVDs were ever available for the early 1990s Fox sitcom Get A Life, that starred Chris Elliott? Several years ago I bought a couple of DVDs that had a few episodes each, then lent them to an acquaintance who lost them or gave them to someone else. I was reasonably sure I had heard or read somewhere that a more comprehensive set had been planned but held up due to unresolved legal issues.
    And I've never seen reruns of it on any channel avaiable in Canada.

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    Unfortunately the only releases to date of this show are the two volume best-of DVD's that only contain 4 episodes each. These are now out of print, so if you want them you will have to find them through Amazon or some store that sells used DVD's.

    http://www.amazon.com/Get-Life-Vol-Chris-Elliott/dp/B00003PE9I
    http://www.amazon.com/Get-Life-Vol-C.../dp/B00005R1MF

    A Season 1 release was rumored but according to the following info (this is from 2005), it was never released due to some legal issues. It looks like Sony owns the rights to this show which unfortunately is not a good thing because they seem to have stop releasing classic series on DVD. Your best bet is if some independent studio acquires the rights to release it- was this a fairly popular show, I've never heard of it?!

    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Life/4354
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDN Viewer View Post
    ...was this a fairly popular show, I've never heard of it?!
    It was never a huge ratings hit, but I think it could have developed more of a cult type of following if it had been released on video soon after cancellation. It aired sporadically on Fox in different time slots. It was a little quirky and silly in its type of humour, maybe some would say more like a live-action cartoon. I recall one episode ending with the credits rolling as his neighbours kicked Elliott's severed head around like a soccer ball (this was still a few years before South Park killing Kenny in every episode). Some people liked it, while others, apparently including almost every woman who ever saw it, hated it or found it annoying and stupid.
    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/09/19/ar...ling-good.html

    "Spewey and Me" episode, a parody of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGV5QxJmpOQ
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    Classic sitcom releases for September:

    Boy Meets World Seasons 1, 2 & 3 Re-release- Sept. 7*
    Designing Women Season 4- Sept. 14
    Leave it to Beaver Season 4- Sept. 14**
    Rhoda Season 4- Sept. 21 (Available only through Shout! Factory's online store)

    *Originally released by Disney, Lionsgate has now acquired the rights to this series and are re-releasing the first three seasons as the Disney releases have been discontinued and are out of print.

    **Shout! Factory released the complete series in June and are now in the process of releasing season sets.

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    Classic sitcom releases for October:

    All in the Family- Season 7:
    Oct. 5
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show- Season 7:
    Oct. 5 FINAL SEASON!

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    Nice list.

    Any chance that one can be compiled for the 2000's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Classof83 View Post
    Nice list.

    Any chance that one can be compiled for the 2000's?
    Sorry, I am not really interested in shows from the 2000's and also I don't think they fit in the 'retro' category. If there is a particular show you are interested in then check out tvshowsondvd.com and do a search for that show and it will tell you if its available on DVD and what has been released.

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    Classic sitcom releases for November:

    The Facts of Life- Season 5:
    Nov. 2
    Mad About You- Season 5:
    Nov. 2

    The Golden Girls- Complete Series:
    Nov.9
    The King of Queens- Season 7, Season 8 & Season 9:
    Nov. 9 (Canadian releases)

    Mister Ed Season 4
    - Nov. 16 (Available only through Shout! Factory's online store)

    The Lucy Show- Season 3:
    Nov. 30

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    Classic sitcom releases for December:

    Boy Meets World- Season 4: Dec. 7

    Leave it to Beaver- Season 5: Dec. 14
    Married... with Children- Complete Series: Dec. 14

    California Dreams- Season 4- Dec. 21 (Available only through Shout! Factory's online store)

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    FYI Married with Children had a November 30th release in Canada for some reason. MSRP was also much less for Canada - for once we get the long end of the media stick.

    Retail price of $100 at Amazon.ca and HMV.

    Watching it now - great set. Alt opening music for S3 onward and syndie versions for some seasons but for $100 for 11 seasons I'm not complaining.

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    I believe Season 4 of Married with Children contained the most syndicated cuts of episodes. You can however get the complete episodes from the German DVD release (less the original theme song).

    Also I have reason to believe Boy Meets World - Season 4 is syndicated cuts. Almost all episodes run less then 22 minutes, which is too short IMO for 1996.

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    When they were charging $40 per season I was agog they'd use syndie versions but now that these less than $10/season series sets are finally arriving I'm alot more forgiving.

    Also I was going through my collection and found a few sitcom sets not listed:

    Lateline Complete series (Al Franken) - Paramount

    Curb Your Enthusiasm (All seasons to date) - HBO

    Buffalo Bill - complete series (Dabney Coleman) - Anchor Bay

    Police Squad complete series (Leslie Neilson) - Paramount

    What's Happening complete series (don't own it but sure I saw it when I was getting the Sanford and Son/Newsradio sets that are part of the same line) - Columbia

 

 

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