Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014 Sitcoms on DVD and Blu-ray Preview

Happy New Year from all of us at SitcomsOnline.com! Welcome to our ninth annual Sitcoms on DVD and Blu-ray Preview, where we look at what is on the horizon for 2014. We also have our wish list of sitcoms that we hope to see on DVD this year.

The Honeymooners (Classic 39 Episodes) are coming to Blu-ray. The first seasons of The Andy Griffith Show and I Love Lucy will also be released on Blu-ray. New DVD releases include the complete series of the short-lived The Jimmy Stewart Show and Joanie Loves Chachi. Warner Home Video is releasing the first season of Mayberry R.F.D. on DVD. Returning favorites include Barney Miller, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Hazel (Fifth and Final Season), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (Third and Final Season), Family Matters, Laverne & Shirley, Newhart and The Middle. We will see re-releases by Mill Creek of early seasons of Bewitched, The Cosby Show, Good Times, Just Shoot Me, Married with Children and Wings. Read our weekly SitcomsOnline.com Digest for all the latest news and rumors on upcoming releases.

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2014 SITCOMS ON DVD PREVIEW

January 2014:

Barney Miller - The Complete Fourth Season

01/07 - Barney Miller - The Complete Fourth Season

Shout! Factory released the Complete Series (read our review) back on October 25, 2011. They are now continuing with the individual season releases. The 3-disc set runs contains 23 episodes and runs approximately 555 minutes. It has a SRP of $24.97. Season four featured the final regular episodes of Abe Vigoda until he returned for one episode in the seventh season.

Airing on ABC primetime from 1974-1982 and seen by millions, Barney Miller is a situation comedy television series set in a NYC police station in Greenwich Village. Captain Barney Miller (Hal Linden) is the kind of cop we'd all like to meet. He somehow manages to maintain order over a group of inner-city detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. These colorful characters worked together to make one of the funniest sitcoms ever and is cemented in classic TV status.

The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete Third Season

01/14 - The Courtship of Eddie's Father - The Complete Third Season

The Warner Archive Collection releases the third and final season as a manufactured-on-demand (MOD) release. The set has a SRP of $34.95. It contains the final 23 episodes of the series and has a running time of approximately 586 minutes.

The third and final season of the beloved TV classic brings with it some new faces (comedy greats Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller in a series of roles), new fears (Summer camp! Karate! Fetching Soviets!) and new foes (Eight is Enough's Willie Aames taking up the "best frenemy" role previously enjoyed by Jodie Foster). But the show still delivers its sitcom-changing mix of maturity, tenderness and laughs thanks to the evident bond enjoyed by series stars Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz and the comedic support from series creator James Komack and series regular Kristina Holland as Norman Tinker and Tina Rickles.

Adding to the razzmatazz is one very special guest-star, Sammy Davis Jr. as Ronnie Rivers Jr. a phobia-filled insurance adjuster. Other guests include Carol Lawrence (the aforementioned sexy Soviet), All in the Family's Sally Struthers, Alice's Vic Tayback, Columbo's Bruce Kirby and One Day at a Time's Pat Harrington Jr.

Hazel - The Complete Fifth and Final Season

01/14 - Hazel - The Complete Fifth and Final Season

Shout! Factory releases the Fifth and Final Season of Hazel. The 4-disc set contains the final 29 episodes of the season and runs approximately 720 minutes. it has a SRP of $34.93. The final season saw a change in format. Don DeFore and Whitney Blake left the series. Ray Fulmer, Lynn Borden and Julia Benjamin joined the cast.

Oscar®- and Emmy® Award-winner Shirley Booth is back and ready to whip a whole new family into shape in the fifth and final season of the classic sitcom.

After George is transferred to the Middle East and takes Dorothy along, Hazel and Harold move in with George's brother, his wife Barbara and their daughter Susie. It’s not long before Barbara and Hazel butt heads after Hazel demonstrates her ability to take over the household as an efficient maid.

The incomparable Shirley Booth stars as TV’s original wisecracking maid, with Ray Fulmer (The Rogues), Lynn Borden (Frogs), Bobby Buntrock (The Virginian) and Julia Benjamin (The Rockford Files) as the family in her care.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - Season Two

01/14 - The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - Season Two

Shout! Factory released the Complete Series (read our review) on July 2, 2013. Season Two will arrive individually on a 5-disc set that contains 36 episodes and runs approximately 865 minutes. It has a SRP of $29.93.

Our heroes Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman) and Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) are drafted into the army upon graduating from high school! But that doesn't stop Dobie from pursuing the girl of his dreams - in fact, ANY girl. Any girl, that is, except the nagging, pestering Zelda (Sheila James), who continues to go to any length to prove that she and Dobie are meant for each other, including helping him write a song to win another teen's heart!

Meanwhile, Dobie's new rich and snobby rival, Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (Steve Franken) constantly interferes with Dobie's conquests by luring the young ladies away with money and expensive gifts. Guest stars include John Banner, Norman Fell, Jo Anne Worley, and Yvonne Craig.

Bewitched - Season 1 (Mill Creek) Bewitched - Season 2 (Mill Creek) Bewitched - Seasons 1 and 2 (Mill Creek)

01/21 - Bewitched - Season 1 (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Bewitched - Season 2 (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Bewitched - Seasons 1 and 2 (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek re-releases the first and second seasons of Bewitched. The episodes are "proudly presented classic black & white" - their original format. The 3-disc sets have a SRP of $14.98. Seasons 1 and 2 will also be sold together as a bundle.

Elizabeth Montgomery stars as Samantha Stephens, a pretty, typical America housewife who just happens to be a witch in this beloved comedy classic! This magical 6 DVD collection includes the Emmy Award-winning first & second seasons in their entirety. These were the first 74 episodes that introduced one of the funniest ensemble casts in TV History and enchanted viewers with a hysterically look at the lifestyles of the witch and famous!

Join Dick York as Samantha's mortal husband Darin, Agnes Moorehead as his witch of a mother-in-law Endora, Alice Pearce as nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz, George Tobias as her oblivious husband Abner, Marion Lorne as dotty Aunt Clara and Paul Lynde as Samantha's Uncle Arthur along with other 60's pop icons Adam West, Raquel Welch, Peggy Lipton and Arte Johnson as they brew up hours of sidesplitting laughter and fun!

The Cosby Show - Season 1 (Mill Creek) The Cosby Show - Season 2 (Mill Creek) The Cosby Show - Seasons 1 and 2 (Mill Creek)

01/21 - The Cosby Show - Season 1 (Mill Creek)
01/21 - The Cosby Show - Season 2 (Mill Creek)
01/21 - The Cosby Show - Seasons 1 and 2 (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek re-releases the first and second seasons of The Cosby Show. The big news about the first season release is that it will contain the complete and unedited episodes. The uncut first season was previously only available with the complete series release that was released in 2008 and is long out of print. The sets have a SRP of $9.98. Seasons 1 and 2 will also be sold together as a bundle.

When the Huxtables hit the airwaves for the first time in 1984, they created an instant sensation that rejuvenated and changed prime-time television forever. From their brownstone in Brooklyn, Cliff and Clair Huxtable watched over their family with style, wit and wisdom, not to mention a whole lot of laughs. The values they represented clearly struck a nerve with the public as the show was an instant success - never out of the top 20 in the ratings, and one of only two shows to hold TV's #1 spot for five years in a row.

Good Times - Season One (Mill Creek) Good Times - Season Two (Mill Creek) Good Times - Seasons One and Two (Mill Creek)

01/21 - Good Times - Season One (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Good Times - Season Two (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Good Times - Seasons One and Two (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek re-releases the first and second seasons of Good Times. The sets have a SRP of $9.98. Seasons One and Two will also be sold together as a bundle.

The Good Times are back! Relive the '70s sitcom smash from producer Norman Lear and executive producer Bud Yorkin. A spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All In The Family, Good Times first aired in February 1974 and viewers of all races and ages instantly connected with the Evans family.

Money was scarce, but laughs and love were abundant for Florida (Esther Rolle), her hardworking husband James (John Amos), and their three kids living in the projects of South Side Chicago. From the outrageous antics of budding artist J.J., to the romantic dramas of sister Thelma and pint-sized Michael's activist causes, these parents had their hands full.

Adding to the fun was next-door neighbor, sassy divorcee Willona, who would later in the series adopt a young daughter, Penny, played by superstar Janet Jackson! Tackling topical, sometimes even controversial, subject matter with wit and sensitivity, Good Times was a breakthrough series in many ways. Now you can revive your inner jive with this "Dyn-O-Mite" 3 DVD collection!

The Jimmy Stewart Show - The Complete Series

01/21 - The Jimmy Stewart Show - The Complete Series

The Warner Archive Collection releases the 1971-72 series. The set has a SRP of $29.95. It contains all 24 episodes and has a running time of approximately 606 minutes.

James Stewart made a rare sojourn into the world of Situation Comedy on NBC at the dawn of the Seventies. His gift for comedy, on grand cinema display since the dawn of his career, made him a congenial fit for the familial world of episodic comedy. Stewart plays Professor James Howard, an anthropologist struggling to make sense of the generation gap with his college students and just plain struggling to make sense of his own family.

Jim and wife Martha are busy raising an eight-year-old, as is their twenty-nine-year-old first born, Peter (James Daly) and his wife, Wendy (Ellen Geer). And "Uncle Teddy" (Dennis Larson) is sure to demand "the proper respect" from his five-day-older nephew, Jake (Kirby Furlong). It's a good thing Jim has a Nobel Prize-winning best friend, chemistry professor Dr. Luther Quince (John McGiver) to help make sense of the chaos, especially after a house fire forces Peter's family to move in with Jim's!

Just Shoot Me - Season One (Mill Creek) Just Shoot Me - Season Two (Mill Creek) Just Shoot Me - Seasons One and Two (Mill Creek)

01/21 - Just Shoot Me - Season One (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Just Shoot Me - Season Two (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Just Shoot Me - Seasons One and Two (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek re-releases Seasons One and Two of Just Shoot Me. The sets have a SRP of $9.98. Seasons One and Two will also be sold together as a bundle.

Nominated for six Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes (including Best Comedy), this acclaimed ensemble comedy spanned the hilarious gamut from catwalk to casting couch. Set in the bustling editorial offices of fashion magazine "Blush," Just Shoot Me! Season One chronicles the daily grind of the magazine's quirky staff, serving up all the laughter that's fit to print! Starring Academy Award nominee George Segal (The Goldbergs, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) with Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace, Pretty Woman), Wendie Malick (Hot In Cleveland, Another World), Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Flashpoint) and David Spade (Joe Dirt, Saturday Night Live). Bonus Feature: Season 2 "Sneak Peek"

Then, Just Shoot Me! Season Two delivers all 25 hilarious episodes from this long-reigning fixture (1997-2003) of NBC's classic comedy lineup. Nominated for six Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes (including Best Comedy), this acclaimed ensemble comedy spanned the hilarious gamut from catwalk to casting couch. Set in the bustling editorial offices of fashion magazine "Blush," Just Shoot Me! chronicles the daily grind of the magazine's quirky staff, serving up all the laughter that's fit to print!

Married with Children - Season One (Mill Creek) Married with Children - Season Two (Mill Creek) Married with Children - Seasons One and Two (Mill Creek)

01/21 - Married with Children - Season One (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Married with Children - Season Two (Mill Creek)
01/21 - Married with Children - Seasons One and Two (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek re-releases Seasons One and Two of Married with Children. These episodes will contain the Frank Sinatra Love and Marriage opening theme song. Closed-captioning will also be available. The sets have a SRP of $9.98. Seasons One and Two will also be sold together as a bundle.

America's favorite dysfunctional family strikes back in Married... With Children. Called "too hot for TV" during its original run (1987-1997), see why this Emmy and Golden Globe nominated hit series is even raunchier, trashier, and more outrageous than you remember!

There goes the neighborhood all over again, as Al (Ed O'Neill), Peg (Katey Sagal), Kelly (Christina Applegate), Bud (David Faustino), and nosy neighbors, Marcy and Steve (Amanda Bearse, David Garrison) discover the flipside of domestic bliss. Let these DVDs take you back to those crazy, cynical '80s - "for richer or poorer" was never supposed to be like this!

Wings - Seasons 3 and 4 (Mill Creek)

01/21 - Wings - Seasons 3 and 4 (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek re-releases Seasons 3 and 4 of Wings. The 5-disc set has a SRP of $14.98.

In Season 3, from the moment Helen returns to Nantucket to the edge-of-your-seat season ender, life in the hanger is more surprising and hilarious than ever! This time everything's up in the air for Joe (Tim Daly), Brian (Steven Weber), Helen (Crystal Bernard), Lowell (Thomas Haden Church), Antonio (Tony Shalhoub), Fay (Rebecca Schull) and Roy (David Schramm). New loves, old flames, outrageous twists and one-of-a-kind guest stars create first-class comedy in this 5 DVD collection. Television's favorite crew is now boarding for laughs!

Then, in Season 4, Wings is still flying high, with the Hackett brothers of Sandpiper Air and their friends and co-workers at Tom Nevers Field! From the moment the gang is rescued from the plane crash to the introduction of Alex Lambert, the sexy new love interest for Joe and Brian, life on Nantucket has never been funnier - or more outrageous! Is neurotic Joe or screw-up Brian going to land Alex? And will Helen finally see her career take off? This season, Roy Biggins expresses his musical side, cab driver Antonio expresses his sensitive side, and Fay auditions to play Oprah. Plus, dimwitted Lowell ends up living with Joe and Brian...and even dates Helen! Fasten your seatbelts...Wings is back and better than ever!


February 2014:

Family Matters - The Complete Fourth Season

02/04 - Family Matters - The Complete Fourth Season

Family Matters returns with its annual release. The 3-disc set has a SRP of $29.98.

Life lessons and laughs go hand in hand with the Winslow family and their ever-present neighbor Steve Urkel. So whether it's hilarity on Halloween, a comical crisis on Christmas, a veritable "va-va-voom!" on Valentine's Day or a memorable moment on a Monday, every day can be a good day with Family Matters.

This season, Michelle Thomas guest stars as Myra, Steve's girlfriend. Wait, Steve gets a girlfriend? Don't miss Myra wooing Steve with her accordion, or the epic episode where Carl and Steve compete on American Gladiators in hopes of settling a dispute, or the one when Steve literally glues himself to Laura's side. as her dream date is on his way over!

And what will happen when Harriette goes on strike, sick of being the only one to do the housework, and Eddie's math teacher (guest star Debra Jo Rupp - That '70s Show) decides to stop by? Family Matters means family laughs! Join Urkel and the Winslow family in all 24 Season four episodes of Family Matters!

Joanie Loves Chachi - The Complete Series

02/04 - Joanie Loves Chachi - The Complete Series

The Happy Days spin-off series arrives on DVD. The 3-disc contains all 17 episodes with a running time of approximately 410 minutes. It has a SRP of $29.98.

Set in the 1960s, this Happy Days spin-off centers on Joanie Cunningham and her boyfriend Chachi Arcola, who move to Chicago and start a rock band, often performing at his family's Italian restaurant. JOANIE LOVES CHACHI, the HAPPY DAYS spin-off starring Erin Moran and Scott Baio as fan-favorites Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola, comes to DVD for the first time ever! Includes all 17 romance-and music-filled episodes; created by Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley) and Lowell Ganz (Laverne & Shirley).

Laverne & Shirley - The Seventh Season

02/04 - Laverne & Shirley - The Seventh Season

This was Cindy Williams' final full season. The 3-disc set contains 22 episodes. Episodic promos will be included as an extra. It has a SRP of $39.98.

The half-hour situation comedy revolved around the friendship between bright-eyed, naive and demure Shirley Feeney and brassy, tough-talking, street smart Laverne DeFazio. The duo dated an array of questionable men, tolerated their dippy, loony neighbors Lenny and Squiggy, and forever pursued to "make all their dreams come true." Starring award-winning actress and director Penny Marshall (A League of Their Own, Big), Cindy Williams (American Graffiti) in the roles that made them stars Plus Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster, David L. Lander, and Michael McKean. Co-created by producer Garry Marshall (The Odd Couple, Happy Days). Also look for Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy), Richard Moll (Night Court), Kathleen Marshall (Runaway Bride), Tracy Reiner (Apollo 13, Die Hard), Carole Cook (Sixteen Candles), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park), Harry Dean Stanton (The Green Mile), Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family), and Noah Hathaway (The NeverEnding Story).

Newhart - The Complete Second Season

02/11 - Newhart - The Complete Second Season

Newhart returns to DVD after a six-year wait. Shout! Factory has picked up the rights for the series.

All 22 original episodes of Newhart: The Complete Second Season will be available in a 3-disc set from Shout! Factory on February 11, 2014! Newhart marked the return to television for multiple Emmy nominated actor and legendary comedian Bob Newhart.

Bob Newhart returns as Dick Loudon, the New Yorker who runs a small B&B in Vermont with his wife Joanna (Mary Frann). Things operate a little differently up in ski country, as exemplified by their disparate group of friends and neighbors including Larry (William Sanderson) and his brother Darryl (Tony Papenfuss) and his other brother Darryl (John Voldstad).

Season Two highlights include Dick fighting against the advances of a celebrity author, Joanna challenging the town's historical practice of the men and women eating separately during the town's potluck dinners, Stephanie (Julia Duffy) getting lost in a snowstorm, Kirk (Steven Kampmann) planning to sell the Minuteman Café and more!

Nurse Jackie - Season Five (DVD) Nurse Jackie - Season Five (Blu-ray)

02/18 - Nurse Jackie - Season Five (DVD)
02/18 - Nurse Jackie - Season Five (Blu-ray)

The fifth season will be released on a 3-disc DVD set ($39.98 SRP) and a 2-disc Blu-ray ($39.97 SRP) set. Special features will include "A Sober Jackie" Featurette, "New to the Floor" Featurette, Cast & Crew Commentaries, Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.

NURSE JACKIE returns for a fifth season with Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a role that has earned Falco her third consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination. After leaving rehab early, Jackie finds sobriety and relative happiness -- but that is the calm before the storm. With her marriage coming to an end, a careless accident sends Jackie to her own All Saints Hospital for emergency care. While recovering, she meets NYC policeman Frank Verelli (Adam Ferrera), whose flirtatious advances may lead Jackie into uncharted territory: dating. Stepping out of her usual comfort zone, challenged by new colleagues, Jackie faces her one-year sobriety anniversary.

The Middle - The Complete Fourth Season

02/25 - The Middle - The Complete Fourth Season

Warner Home Video releases the fourth season of the popular ABC comedy. The 3-disc set contains 24 episodes. Special features will include a gag reel and unaired scenes. It has a SRP of $44.99.

In Season Four of The Middle, the Hecks once again bring the laughs from the heartland. Frankie (Emmy winner Patricia Heaton) continues to struggle selling cars at the only dealer left in town, but an unexpected turn of events may force her to reevaluate her career path. Meanwhile, Mike (Neil Flynn) has made it his mission to ensure sloth-like son Axl gets a football scholarship so he can get into college next year. Sue finds herself not only navigating high school, but also the Indiana roads by finally (she hopes!) getting her driver`s license. With all the crazy happenings, it`s no wonder youngest son Brick keeps his head down in a book - or whispering to himself as usual! No matter what happens, the family brings the laughs in the ever-unique and quirky comedy.


March 2014:

Californication - The Sixth Season

03/25 - Californication - The Sixth Season

Showtime and Paramount releases the Sixth Season. The 2-disc set runs 341 minutes.

Hank (David Duchovnny) tries to collaborate on a rock opera based on his book with a famous rock star while taking up with his beautiful muse; Charlie and Stu compete for the affections of Marcy; Marcy falls under the spell of a seriously radical feminist; Becca drops out of college to become a writer.

Here's Lucy - The Complete Series

03/25 - Here's Lucy - The Complete Series

MPI Home Video releases the complete series. The set has a SRP of $159.98.

Lucy's back! For more love & laughter in her top 10 comedy hit The legendary queen of television comedy, LUCILLE BALL, is joined by her real-life children, LUCIE ARNAZ AND DESI ARNAZ, JR., in her third long-running sitcom success. Ball plays Lucille Carter, widowed mother of teenagers Kim and Craig. Lucy works for her brother-in-law Harry, played by GALE GORDON, who owns Carter's Unique Employment Agency, leading Lucy into endless predicaments and hilarious hijinks. The Complete Series of HERE'S LUCY (1968-74, CBS-TV) gathers all 144 uncut and digitally remastered episodes together for the first time and features a wealth of special features including vintage television appearances, interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and much much more!

Veep - The Complete Second Season (DVD) Veep - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

03/25 - Veep - The Complete Second Season (DVD)
03/25 - Veep - The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray)

The votes are in, and VEEP is "one of the funniest shows on television" (The Wrap). In Season 2 of the acclaimed HBO comedy series, which follows the day-to-day life of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in VEEP), Meyer puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president's interests. From Academy Award nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop), the show's hilarious political humor is "rapid-fire...good fun" (Entertainment Weekly). VEEP: The Complete Second Season will arrive on BD with Digital Copy ($49.99) and DVD ($39.98) on March 25, 2014, loaded with even more laughs thanks to hilarious deleted scenes and four audio commentaries with cast and crew.

In Season 2 of VEEP, as midterm elections loom, Vice President Selina Meyer is scoring higher ratings than the president in several popularity polls, which she hopes will boost her influence and help her curry favor with the chief executive. But despite her best intentions, even the most banal actions can set off unexpected and often disastrous consequences. Her staff - played by an ensemble cast the Washington Post calls "terrific" - including 2013 Emmy winner for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Emmy nominee for VEEP Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop, My Girl), Matt Walsh (HBO's Hung), Reid Scott (My Boys), Timothy Simons (Days Together) and Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight) - is close at hand with a laugh-out-loud combination of personal problems and government-insider antics.


April 2014:

The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

04/08 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

CBS DVD and Paramount release the first season on Blu-ray. The 4-disc set will contain the original pilot episode, which aired as part of The Danny Thomas Show.

Few television characters have impacted family culture as much as Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Opie (Ron Howard), and the idyllic American town of Mayberry. As town sheriff and widowed father, Andy teaches his son the meaning of family, friendship, and upstanding citizenship in this all-time classic series, now in remastered HD with slick-as-a-whistle special features! Includes every episode from the first season, beautifully restored in high definition, in original night-of-broadcast form with original sponsor openings and closings. Great special features, many never-before-released on DVD!

I Love Lucy - Ultimate Season 1 (Blu-ray)

04/08 - I Love Lucy - Ultimate Season 1 (Blu-ray)

CBS DVD and Paramount release the first season on Blu-ray. The 6-disc set will contain:

Lucy and Desi's makeup / wardrobe test for the series
The original pilot restored from 35 mm film
Home movies from the set of the show - IN COLOR
And MUCH, MUCH MORE!

There's more to love on Blu-ray! You've loved and laughed at Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel for years - but you've never seen I Love Lucy like this on glorious high-definition Blu-ray. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz in a highly collectible Blu-ray set with special gloss packaging that includes every episode from the first season, beautifully restored in high definition, in original night-of-broadcast form with original sponsor openings and closings. Plus great special features, many never before released on DVD!

The Honeymooners - Classic 39 Episodes (Blu-ray)

04/08 - The Honeymooners - Classic 39 Episodes (Blu-ray)

CBS DVD and Paramount release the classic 39 episodes in a 5-disc set. Special features will include:

The full, 1-hour musical special The Honeymooners: The Adoption from 1966
Sponsor Openings and Closings for many episodes
35th and 50th network TV anniversary specials
A 60 Minutes profile with Jackie Gleason

To the moon...and beyond! Once in a Blu-moon, a series comes along that changes our lives forever. The Honeymooners is just that. This comprehensive Blu-ray collection features all 39 full-length classic episodes, brilliantly remastered in high definition, and a wealth of special features. So get ready to join Ralph, Alice, Ed and Trixie on a trip to everlasting laughs.

Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, Joyce Randolph in a highly collectible Blu-ray set! Special gloss packaging includes all 39 classic episodes beautifully restored in high definition. Great special features, many never before released on DVD! Makes the perfect gift for Moms, Dads, Grandparents, and fans of classic TV!

Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season

04/08 - Mayberry R.F.D. - The Complete First Season

Warner Home Video releases the first season. The set will contain 26 episodes. It has a SRP of $29.98.

Mayberry R.F.D. is a spin-off and direct continuation of The Andy Griffith Show under a new title, for the same sponsor, General Foods. When Andy Griffith decided to leave his series, most of the supporting characters returned for the new program, which ran for three seasons (78 episodes) on the CBS Television Network from 1968–1971. During the final season of The Andy Griffith Show, widower farmer Sam Jones (Ken Berry) and his young son Mike (Buddy Foster) are introduced and gradually become the show's focus. Sheriff Andy Taylor takes a backseat in the storylines, establishing the sequel series. The show's first episode, "Andy and Helen's Wedding," had the highest ratings in recorded television history (up to premiere date in 1968). Sheriff Taylor and newlywed wife Helen make guest appearances on RFD until late 1969, and then relocate with Opie. Mayberry RFD was popular throughout its entire run!

04/15 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fourth Season

04/15 - Petticoat Junction - The Official Third Season



Other Sitcoms Expected on DVD and/or Blu-ray in 2014:

The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The League
The Michael J. Fox Show - Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for The Complete First Season.
Modern Family
New Girl
Wilfred


Special thanks to the fine folks at TVShowsOnDVD.com for the artwork and information in compiling this preview. Thanks also to our own Skees for our weekly SitcomsOnline.com Digest. Preview compiled by Todd.



2014 Wish List:

This is my wish list for 2014. Some of them probably have slim to no chance of ever being available, but I still have hope for them someday. None of these titles have been officially announced.

According to Jim - Seasons 3-5 were released in 2011. Could we see the final 3 seasons released in 2014? It has been stalled it seems.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - A fundraising project by Sam Nelson to get the show restored and complete on DVD raised over $32,000.
Alice - The third and fourth seasons were released in 2013. Hopefully there is more to come in 2014.
Archie Bunker's Place - A complete series boxed set would be nice to go along with All in the Family - The Complete Series.
Baby Daddy - This series is still not out on DVD. It is very popular on ABC Family and hopefully we get its first season in 2014.
Becker - The fifth season was released in July. Only one season is left to finish the series.
Benson - Season Two was in 2012. Hopefully more seasons will be available in the future.
Blossom - I'm surprised that it hasn't been available as a Shout! Factory Select title like Mr. Belvedere. Seasons 1-2 were released way back in January 2009. Mill Creek released a "best of" set in October 2010.
The Bob Newhart Show - We are still patiently waiting for the fifth and sixth seasons to be released. There have been many talks in the past, but nothing has been announced yet. RIP Marcia Wallace.
Brooklyn Bridge - There were rumors of a release in 2010 by the show's creator Gary David Goldberg (RIP), but it never materialized.
California Dreams - Only Season 5 remains to be released.
Coach - Season 4 was released in March 2011. Maybe we will see another season this year.
Dave's World - Only Seson 4 is left to complete the series.
Diff'rent Strokes - Shout! Factory released the third and fourth seasons in 2012. Hopefully they will release more seasons at some point. RIP Conrad Bain.
8 Simple Rules - We are still waiting for the third and final season.
Eight Is Enough - The third and four seasons were released in 2013. Only the fifth season is left to complete the series.
The Facts of Life - Mill Creek is re-releasing the first season. No ne seasons have been released since 2010.
Fish - Shout! Factory included the first season in the Barney Miller - The Complete Series release. It would be great to see the second season as well.
George Lopez - The third season was released in July. More seasons are needed. Sheow!
Growing Pains - The third season was released in May. One season a year would be fine.
Happy Days - It has been a long wait for the fifth season. Laverne & Shirley has continued to be released. Even Joanie Loves Chachi is getting a release, but where is Happy Days?
The Hogan Family - Music clearance issues seem to be the reason for no DVD releases at this point.
Hope & Faith - Season 1 was released several years ago, but we are still waiting on Seasons 2-3 from Lionsgate.
I'm Dickens...He's Fenster - We're still waiting for the second volume of this lost gem.
It's Your Move - It would make an ideal 3-disc set from Shout! Factory. A cult classic that would be a popular release.
Last Man Standing - We're into season three and still no DVD releases for this show at all. Very strange.
Laverne & Shirley - Only the eighth season is left to be released. If the recent release pattern holds, it will be available in 2015.
Less Than Perfect - Season 1 was released in September 2010. Hopefully this underrated series will have more seasons available at some point.
Mad About You - Seasons 6-7 are still needed to complete the series.
Mr. Belvedere - We're just waiting on Seasons 5-6 to complete the series.
Mister Ed - Season 5 was released as a Shout! Select title in 2011. Only Season 6 remains to complete the series.
Mork & Mindy - Mork calling CBS DVD... come in CBS DVD... We only need the fourth season to complete the series. RIP Jonathan Winters.
My Three Sons - Only Seasons 1-2 have been released. Unfortunately, many CBS DVD/Paramount series have been stalled for years.
My Two Dads - Only the third season remains to be released to complete the series.
My Wife and Kids - Only Seasons 1-2 have been released.
Out of This World - Volume 1 was released in Germany in November 2011. Will we see a U.S. release at some point?
Parker Lewis Can't Lose - Seasons 1 and 2 have been released. We're just waiting on the third season to complete the series.
Perfect Strangers - We're still waiting for the third season. We desperately need more Balki!
The Phil Silvers Show/Sgt. Bilko - It's another stalled CBS DVD/Paramount series.
Please Don't Eat the Daisies - As we reported in October 2012, Warner Archive hopes to bring it to DVD once some music issues are cleared and the episodes are remastered.
Rhoda - There were three seasons released in 2010. It's frustrating to be missing only one season to complete the series.
Silver Spoons - It would make a great Shout! Factory Select title.
Small Wonder - Seasons 1-2 have been released. Seasons 3-4 are still needed to complete the series.
Welcome Back, Kotter - It has been a long wait to see more of the Sweathogs.
Webster - Only the fifth and sixth seasons are left to complete the series. RIP Henry Polic II.
The Wonder Years - The first season had only six episodes. It could be given a trial run. Music licensing rights are a major issue, but hopefully a company like Shout! Factory could work on this set. It has been the #1 most requested unreleased show at TVShowsonDVD.com by a wide margin for many years.



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New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

Dr. Ken - Season One Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season The Lucy Show - The Complete Series The Mindy Project - Season Four

10/04 - The Andy Griffith Show - The Christmas Special (Colorized)
10/04 - I Love Lucy - Superstar Special #1 (Colorized)
10/11 - Dr. Ken - Season One
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Sixth and Final Season
10/11 - Mike & Molly - The Complete Series
10/11 - Nurse Jackie - Seasons One and Two
10/11 - Weeds - Seasons One and Two
11/01 - Schitt's Creek - Seasons One and Two
11/08 - Family Matters - The Complete Ninth Season
11/08 - Your Family or Mine - Season One
11/15 - Community - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Lucy Show - The Complete Series
11/15 - The Mindy Project - Season Four
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 2

Last Man Standing - "Precious Snowflakes" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Mandy chooses local-celebrity Mike as the speaker for her business school’s graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve’s friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college, bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged.

Dr. Ken - "D.K's New Girlfriend" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice.

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.” Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.

In the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures,” Lucy’s lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical’s frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change.

“Lucy Gets in Pictures” was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, “Opening Night,” and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, “The Lucy Show.”

Liv and Maddie: Cali Style - "Cali Christmas-a-Rooney" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Maddie gets upset that she can't be in Wisconsin for Christmas, so Liv helps cheer her up.

Girl Meets World - "Girl Meets a Christmas Maya" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Christmas approaches, Riley gets excited to celebrate her favorite holiday, but for Maya, the holidays only bring back unhappy memories from her childhood.

Bunk'd - "How the Griff Stole Christmas" (Disney Channel, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays arrive at Camp Kikiwaka with everyone in good spirits -- except for Griff.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of November 28)

Friday, December 2

  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Watch Chelsea on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • John Goodman (Roseanne/Normal, Ohio) - John appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Andrew Rannells (Girls/The New Normal) - Andrew is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men/The Powers That Be/Bosom Buddies) - Holland chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall stops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott is a guest on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Kevin Quinn (Bunk'd) - Kevin appears on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Miss Piggy (The Muppets) - NBC's Today catches up with Miss Piggy in the 10am hour.
  • Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent/Someone Like Me) - Gaby appears on Chelsea on Netflix.