TV Shows On DVD

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 21, 2008 08:07am | Post a Comment
There are so many shows still not on DVD. For years there was a daily chorus of "Where's Martin!?" or, sometimes, "Where's Mar' in!?" So, as a DVD guy who's supposed to have the answer to all of life's most pressing questions, I went searching for answers. I found a website devoted to TV shows on DVD. It's called If you sign up, they'll let you know ages before anyone else when a show is coming out. That's how I knew about Newhart way before any of the more reputable blogs.

So, sign up at and start crying out for your shows. With the never-ending writer's strike, now seems like a good time to start laying those golden eggs of yesteryear. Here are a few I've been pining for for a while now.

Highway Man
debuted in 1988 on NBC. It had a truck with a built in helicopter. I like the way both the travel of distance and time are conveyed in the credits by the passing of hitch-hiking skeletons and road signs. And, you may recognize co-star Tim Russ as Tuvok Shakur from STV (or Star Trek Voyager).

Max Headroom from Channel 4 was amazing. If you didn't watch it you probably think of Max Headroom as a shill for Coca Cola and little more. But this show from 1987 was much more. It made me want to be a (bigger) computer nerd. Suddenly, playing Sabotage on my Apple ][e wasn't enough. I needed to surround myself with wires and screens. And I "fancied" Amanda Pays to use a Britishism (you know, how real critics do when they're writing about British stuff).

Manimal from 1983 on NBC was one of my favorites. As was common, the show was padded to the extreme. The obligatory cast introduction, origin story and really slow transformation sequences. But the show was so crazy you had to love it. I used to fold my hands and make them pulsate as if I was turning into a black panther. Sometimes Professor Jonathan Chase would watch footage of a racoon attacking a mouse and then use the moves on a villain while the footage cut back and forth so we'd remember where he learned his skills from. It was also one of Chris Peterson's favorite shows on Get a Life.

ABC's 1983 series Automan always seemed a little boring to me for some reason. But my little brother liked it. Insight- the effects used are vaguely reminiscent of those used in Tron. Or maybe that's just my imagination.

In 1985, ABC asked the question, "What if Night Rider and Airwolf (or Blue Thunder) had a baby and it was a motorcycle?" The answer was Street Hawk. Are there car chases where the cars jump through the air, spin and land on their sides? No less than twice in the credits alone.

In 1980 ABC aired Thundarr the Barbarian. Although the show took place in 1984, it debuted before Blackstar and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Borrowing from fantasy art, they all shared a penchant for fur briefs, magic swords and Ugg boots.


In 1981, The Phoenix rose on ABC, and burned out shortly thereafter. I don't know if I actually remember this or not because Judson Scott was in so many sci-fi and fantasy things from that era. I also always thought he looked totally creepy and assumed anyone he portrayed was secretly a bad guy.

Another great tune and intro. 1977's Logan's Run from CBS. Our picaresque hero would get himself in and out of trouble from week to week. I only caught a couple of re-runs (on vacation) and wished in vain that I could see it where I lived.

I only saw one episode of the syndicated Galtar & the Golden Lance from 1985. A driving, synthy theme song, more magic swords, typically clothed future barbarians. It may surprise you that I actually hate Uggboots.

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