The bottom line of releasing any TV show on DVD, no matter the show, is to make money. At this point in the format’s history, a majority of shows that found any measure of success on the tube, might it be cult classics of massive hits, have already received the lavish treatment of a complete digital overhaul and packaging. Yet some shows that boast the same level of quality if not higher remain overlooked blips on the landscape, televised moments that went by too fast for a proper following to be formed. In other words, no one requests those shows loud enough for studios, networks or distributors to care in any way.
Granted some of them did pop-up on the odd VHS compilations or the bootleg DVD market. Some even did appear on official DVD release but in too limited a fashion to be properly re-discovered. But a proper, respectful treatment continues to elude them. The following five are among the more deserving of a second life in our living rooms.
5. My Mother the Car (1955-56)
Not ENTIRELY forgotten if only for being regularly used as an example of the most epic in televised failures. Bill O’Reilly, among others, named it in 2009 the worst TV show ever made, which in a way is a shining endorsement seeing as no one other than conservative extremists care what Bill O’Reilly has to say. Truth be told, questionable premise aside, the show was quite funny.
Jerry Van Dyke, at the top of his game, starred as a family man whose mother recently passed away only to find her haunting his classic 1928 Porter automobile, a brand people today still try to locate even though the name -and car- were complete fabrications. When getting over the fact that the tragic death of a beloved relative is hardly comedic fodder, the concept can be found to have been ahead of its time. David Hasselhoff scored a huge hit 20 years later when fighting crime with a talking Trans Am. Remember that? Isn’t it time to let a new generation discover an oddity of early TV?
This article was first posted on September 15, 2012