23 TV Shows We Want on DVD
CHINA BEACH (1988-91)
This sometimes graphic Vietnam War drama won actress Dana Delany two Emmys and was critically beloved throughout its run, but it has failed to make it to DVD (yes, beware of bootlegs). Why did Beach's characters have to save lives to music with such expensive copyright costs?
TWO GUYS, A GIRL AND A PIZZA PLACE (1998-2001)
The fact that a show (eventually retitled Two Guys and a Girl) featuring Ryan Reynolds, Traylor Howard, and later Nathan Fillion (not pictured) is rotting away on some shelf is as outrageous as getting a cold pizza from a delivery guy. We'll take our full-series DVD set hot and piping, please. Thirty minutes or less, if possible.
VERONICA'S CLOSET (1997-2000)
The loss of this Kristie Alley workplace comedy left a hole in our female-centric comedy lineup. Only a DVD release would help fill the void.
SUDDENLY SUSAN (1996-2000)
See Veronica's Closet.
REMEMBER WENN (1996-98)
Remember when AMC canceled this much-loved series well before its time? Yeah, we still haven't gotten over it. And unfortunately, the golden age of radio has yet to meet the golden age of TV on DVD.
CHICAGO HOPE (1994-2000)
You can find many episodes of this David E. Kelly hospital drama littered around the shady parts of the Internet (and seasons periodically show up on Hulu), but we refuse to call our extensive DVD shelf complete until we have all six seasons.
JUST THE TEN OF US (1988-90)
Coach Lubbock and his family (which included Heather Langenkamp!) were the original brood of 10 to squeak their way into our hearts (suck it, Jon and Kate), and yet the show is one of the few TGIF alums still missing from our DVD collection.
I'LL FLY AWAY (1991-93)
It ran for only two seasons, but the richly dramatic series set in the rural South during the 1950s won Emmys, Golden Globes, Image Awards, and even a Peabody. We want our Sam Waterston as faux Atticus Finch.
THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD (1987-91)
The Blair Brown-led dramedy jumped from NBC to Lifetime, yet still hasn't made the jump to our bookshelf. Curses!
Number of Episodes: 15
Jeremy Piven played Trevor Hale, a modern-day matchmaker (and possibly the real Cupid) who had to help 100 couples find true love before he'd be allowed to return to Mount Olympus. With producers from the clever-but-canceled My So-Called Life and Veronica Mars, the writing and concept were both fresh, but the show's time-slot roulette prevented it from finding a loyal audience.
The so-sweet Tom Cavanagh dramedy belongs on DVD if only so we can more easily fast-forward through some of the dragged-out romantic tension.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE (1991-93)
Owwww. Our nostalgia muscles are aching because we don't own this smart, charming show (created by Family Ties' Gary David Goldberg) set in 1950s Brooklyn.
Though there are plenty of Caped Crusader DVDs out there, the classic Adam West version isn't among them. Holy Crime Against Pop Culture!
THE WONDER YEARS (1988-93)
We know, we know: The music rights are holding up the DVD release, etc. But we put a man on the moon! Surely we can find a way to get Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper out of copyright purgatory...
Back in 1992, we called Kyle Chandler a ''face to watch,'' based on his performance in this World War II-era series. Friday Night Lights fans, were we right or what? We want to relive all that sepia-tinted glory.
VIVA VARIETY (1997-99)
The bizarre, hilarious Comedy Central sketch series — starring Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney, and Michael Ian Black — deserves a resurrection based on its alumni's current success alone. Ever hear of Reno 911! or Michael and Michael Have Issues?
COP ROCK (1990)
Television's very own Edsel has served as a punchline and point of reference for almost 20 years, yet many of us have never had the opportunity to absorb its true awfulness.
NOW AND AGAIN
Number of Episodes: 22
From the creator of Moonlighting, this drama's high-concept plot (John Goodman's insurance salesman gets hit by a subway train; the government transfers his brain to the body of a fit twentysomething superhero and charges him with protecting government secrets) made for thrilling action. But scheduling changes got in the way of its potential success. Now and Again never found its audience and failed to get a second-season pickup.
L.A. LAW (1986-94)
Has no one realized that the '80s and early '90s are back? Come, now.
SALUTE YOUR SHORTS (1991-92)
If Clarissa Explains It All, Doug, The Secret World of Alex Mack, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? can be on DVD, this early-'90s Nickelodeon classic can too.
BEING BOBBY BROWN (2005)
Rare is the celebreality series we'd watch over and over, but rarer still is a celebreality series this astonishing. Not on DVD? Hell to the no.
The soapy lady drama (which starred Swoosie Kurtz, Sela Ward, Julianne Phillips, and Patricia Kalember) showcased some of George Clooney's finest work and some of our favorite sibling squabbles of the '90s. Don't marry my ex-husband, little sister!
EIGHT IS ENOUGH (1977-81)
Big families are in.