Thursday, January 01, 2015

2015 Sitcoms on DVD and Blu-ray Preview

Happy New Year from all of us at SitcomsOnline.com! Welcome to our tenth annual Sitcoms on DVD and Blu-ray Preview, where we look at what is on the horizon for 2015. We also have our wish list of sitcoms that we hope to see on DVD this year.

Some highlights include complete series boxed sets for The Facts of Life and Maude from Shout! Factory. A newly packaged Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. complete series boxed set will be available from CBS DVD/Paramount in March. Making its debut on DVD will be Kevin Hart's short-lived The Big House. Re-releases include The Cosby Show, Married... with Children and The Donna Reed Show.

Read our weekly SitcomsOnline.com Digest for all the latest news and rumors on upcoming releases.

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2015 SITCOMS ON DVD PREVIEW

January 2015:

The Cosby Show - Seasons 5 & 6

01/06 - The Cosby Show - Season 5 (Mill Creek)
01/06 - The Cosby Show - Season 6 (Mill Creek)
01/06 - The Cosby Show - Seasons 5 & 6 (Mill Creek)

Mill Creek Entertainment re-releases the fifth and sixth seasons of The Cosby Show. They will also be sold together as a 4-DVD set at $14.98 SRP.

One of TV's Highest Rated Shows! 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. Now you can relive every laugh-out-loud moment from Seasons 5 and 6 of a show that became one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. Critically acclaimed and adored by fans of all ages, discover why Cliff, Clair, and the rest of the Huxtable family became firmly cemented household names. Starring: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Sabrina Le Beauf, Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempest Bledsoe, and Keshia Knight Pulliam.

Guest Stars: John Amos (TV's Good Times), Grace Johnston (Beaches), Raphael Sbarge (Independence Day), J. August Richards (TV's Angel), Naomi Campbell (TV's The Face), Steven Culp (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Michelle Thomas (TV's Family Matters), Reno Wilson (TV's Mike & Molly), Ahmad Rashad (NFL Legend), Debbie Allen (Fame), Deon Richmond (Not Another Teen Movie), Kevin Kilner (Home Alone 3), Austin Pendleton (A Beautiful Mind), Chandra Wilson (TV's Grey's Anatomy), Sammy Davis Jr. (Ocean's Eleven), Arnold Stang (The Man With The Golden Arm), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Moses Gunn (Shaft), Sen. Bill Bradley (NBA Legend), Dave DeBusschere (NBA & MLB Legend), Walt Hazzard (NBA Legend), Wali Jones (NBA Legend), Vanessa Williams (TV's Soul Food), Tichina Arnold (TV's Martin), Leila Kenzle (TV's Mad About You), Placido Domingo (Legendary Tenor), Anthony Quinn (Zorba the Greek), Essence Atkins (TV's Half & Half), Tatyana Ali (TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Elaine Stritch (Autumn in New York), Wallace Shawn (Toy Story), Elayne Boosler (Stand-Up Comedian), Victoria Rowell (TV's Diagnosis Murder), Moses Gunn (Shaft), Traci Wolfe (Lethal Weapon), The Great Gonzo (The Muppets), Sweetums (The Muppets), B.B. King (Legendary Bluesman) and Mercedes Ruehl (Last Action Hero).

Girls - The Complete Third Season

01/06 - Girls - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

Just in time to catch up on all the make-ups, break-ups, breakthroughs and breakdowns before the highly anticipated Season Four premiere comes the release of Girls: The Complete Third Season. Starring and created by Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, the show continued to be recognized by critics in the third season and earned two 2014 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (Dunham) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Adam Driver). Girls: The Complete Third Season will be available on Blu-ray ($39.98) and DVD ($29.98) on January 6, 2015. The Blu-ray set features a Digital HD copy and exclusive bonus content including gag reels, deleted scenes, music features and more.

This season, Hannah (Dunham) is in a committed relationship with Adam (Driver), and the two are settling into a newfound domesticity in Hannah's apartment. Hannah is also working on rehabilitating her writing career and concentrating on delivering her eBook to her eccentric publisher. Meanwhile, Marnie (Allison Williams) is meticulously working to achieve the life she feels she deserves. Nearing graduation, newly single Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) masterminds a plan to create a healthy (at least on paper) balance between partying and her studies. And, continuing on a streak of disrupting the lives of those around her, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) strikes up an ambiguous friendship with a flamboyant father figure.

Blu-ray with Digital HD Features (along with all DVD extras):

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • The Making of Girls - a look inside the creation of Season Three
  • Lutheran Healthcare Honors Lena
  • Three music features, including Marnie's full music video for "What I Am"

    DVD Features:

  • Episodic Recaps
  • Inside the Episodes
  • Audio Commentaries - six commentaries with cast and crew including Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and more

    Married... with Children - Seasons Seven & Eight

    01/06 - Married... with Children - Season Seven (Mill Creek)
    01/06 - Married... with Children - Season Eight (Mill Creek)
    01/06 - Married... with Children - Seasons Seven & Eight (Mill Creek)

    Mill Creek Entertainment re-releases the seventh and eighth seasons of Married... with Children. They will also be sold together as a 4-DVD set at $14.98 SRP.

    Brilliantly Tasteless, Daringly Raunchy and Devilishly Clever! Loud-mouthed. Obnixious. More Vulgar than ever. We wouldn't have them any other way. This 4 DVD set is another hilarious helping of envelope pushing episodes as only the Bundy's can deliver. Discover the flipside of domestic bliss with Al (Ed O'Neill), Peggy (Katey Sagal), Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino) as they return for more fun and laughter in Married... With Children: The Complete Seventh and Eighth Seasons. Cast: Starring Golden Globe nominees Ed O'Neill (Modern Family) and Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), both for this series, Emmy and Young Artist Award winner Christina Applegate (Anchorman), David Faustino (The Legend of Korra), Amanda Bearse (Fright Night) and Ted McGinley (Revenge of the Nerds).

    Guest Stars: Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Bobcat Goldthwait (Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment), Liz Vassey (TV's C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation), Corey Feldman (Stand by Me), Jamie Luner (TV's Melrose Place), Cindy Margolis (Queen of the Internet), Brian Doyle-Murray (Groundhog Day), Lisa Robin Kelly (TV's That '70s Show), Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group), Richie Havens (Legendary Folksinger), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful), Dan Castellaneta (TV's The Simpsons), Joey Lauren Adams (Big Daddy), Andrea Elson (TV's ALF), Joel Gretsch (Push), Lee Marvin (The Dirty Dozen), Bill Maher (TV's Real Time with Bill Maher), David Garrison (TV's Married with Children), Randall 'Tex' Cobb (Liar Liar), Melanie Chartoff (TV's Parker Lewis Can't Lose), David Boreanaz (TV's Bones), Charlene Tilton (TV's Dallas), Abraham Benrubi (TV's ER), Barbara Ann Moore (Playboy Playmate), Vanna White (TV's Wheel of Fortune), Vlade Divac (Space Jam), Clyde Drexler (NBA Legend), Xavier McDaniel (NBA Legend), Nicholas Brendon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Lee Arenburg (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), The Village People (Disco Legends), Hill Harper (TV's CSI: NY), Jerry Springer (TV's Baggage), Timothy Omundson (TV's Psych), Joe Namath (NFL Legend), Johnny Bench (MLB Legend), Ernie Banks (MLB Legend), Dom DeLuise (Cannonball Run), Cheech Marin (Cars), Larry Hankin (Home Alone), Gary Coleman (TV's Diff'rent Strokes), Danny Bonaduce (TV's The Partridge Family), Dave Madden (TV's The Partridge Family), Jane Lynch (TV's Glee), Jeff Bennett (Enchanted), Julie Benz (TV's Dexter), Chi McBride (The Terminal), Fergie (The Black Eyed Peas), Al Sapienza (Godzilla), Sandra Taylor (L.A. Confidential) and Waylon Jennings (Music Legend).

    The Big House - The Complete Series

    01/13 - The Big House - The Complete Series

    Olive Films releases Kevin Hart's short-lived sitcom from 2004 before he became a big star. His new film, The Wedding Ringer, opens in theaters on January 16.

    In this clever reversal of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, comedy superstar Kevin Hart (Ride Along, Think Like a Man) plays a spoiled rich kid in Malibu who, after his father is jailed for embezzlement, is sent to live with his auntie (Arnetia Walker) and uncle (Keith David) in a working class neighborhood in Philadelphia. Under the guidance of the loud and sometimes crude Cleveland family, Kevin gets a crash course in dating, religion, and education.

    Through a series of outrageously funny situations (often laced with genuine emotion), Kevin begins to realize that he has more in common with his common relatives than he ever imagined. Originally aired on ABC, The Big House co-stars Yvette Nicole-Brown (Community) and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat). FEATURING AN ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDING: Kevin Hart (Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, About Last Night, Think Like a Man), Yvette Nicole-Brown (Community), Keith David (Platoon), and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat). FIRST TIME EVER ON DVD!

    Episodes - The Third Season

    01/13 - Episodes - The Third Season

    Showtime and Paramount Home Media Distribution release the third season of Episodes.

    EPISODES stars Matt LeBlanc in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning role as a fictionalized version of himself. Season three picks up with Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig), the English couple whose hit U.K. sitcom is remade for U.S. audiences and corrupted beyond recognition, back together but they soon discover that it's not so easy to heal old wounds. Things get no easier for Matt this year as his career and ego continue to be pummeled. Notable Guest Stars: John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory), Chris Diamantopoulos (The Three Stooges), Roger Bart (Revenge), Alex Rocco (The Godfather), and Jay Leno!

    The Facts of Life - The Complete Series

    01/13 - The Facts of Life - The Complete Series (Buy at Amazon.com) (Buy at Shout! Factory)

    You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have: The Facts of Life: The Complete Series! On January 13th, 2015, Mrs. Garrett and her girls are ready to make you laugh - and make you think - all over again with Shout! Factory's release of the beloved sitcom as a complete series DVD set for the first time! The Facts of Life: The Complete Series contains all 201 episodes of this quintessential 80s show as originally aired, as well as a disc of bonus features including the new-to-DVD 2014 Paley Center cast reunion event!

    Join Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn), and Jo (Nancy McKeon) at their exclusive girls school as they experience the highs and lows that we all experience on the road to adulthood. With the ever-developing friendship of our four young heroines, the gentle wisdom of Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae), and enough "Very Special Episodes" to make viewers blush, The Facts of Life remains a favorite for countless fans to this day. From Eastland School for Girls to Edna's Edibles...from hilarious Cousin Geri (Geri Jewell) to hunky George Burnett (George Clooney), who says "the world never seems to be living up to your dreams?"

    Spinning off from the hit show Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life debuted in August of 1979 and aired on NBC for nine seasons. Featuring guest stars including George Clooney, Cloris Leachman, Mayim Bialik, Seth Green and Juliette Lewis, the Primetime Emmy nominated series went on to becomes one of the longest running sitcoms of all time and is firmly entrenched in 80's pop culture.

    The Facts of Life: The Complete Series Bonus Features

  • "The Girls School" - Diff'rent Strokes episode debuting Mrs. Garrett and the girls of Eastlake Academy
  • The Facts of Life Goes To Paris - TV Movie
  • The Facts of Life Down Under - TV Movie
  • Remembering The Facts of Life - Featurette
  • After The Facts - Featurette
  • Know The Facts: Trivia Game
  • Cast Reunion At The Paley Center (September 2014 event)

    Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Second Season

    01/20 - Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Second Season

    Shout! Factory released Welcome Back, Kotter - The Complete Series (read our review) last August. They continue their individual releases with The Complete Second Season.

    Ooo! Ooo! It's Season Two! After a ve-ry impressive first semester, the Sweathogs are back for more in Welcome Back, Kotter: Season Two. Featuring the delightful ensemble work of Gabe Kaplan, Marcia Strassman, John Sylvester White, Robert Hegyes, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Ron Palillo and John Travolta, these 23 episodes represent some of the best that Kotter and his class of cut-ups had to offer.

    This season's highlights include Barbarino (Travolta) replacing Horshack (Palillo) in a school production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington (Hilton-Jacobs) becoming a smash on the radio, and the gang pitching in to help Epstein (Hegyes) quit smoking. Throughout it all, Mr. Kotter himself (Kaplan) is there with a word of advice and a quick-witted quip for our favorite Sweathogs as they learn both in and out of the classroom.


    February 2015:

    The Bob Newhart Show - Season Five The Bob Newhart Show - The Final Season

    02/03 - The Bob Newhart Show - Season Five
    02/03 - The Bob Newhart Show - The Final (Sixth) Season

    Shout! Factory released The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete Series last May. They will now release seasons five and six individually for those who already bought the first four seasons.

    Make an appointment to see television's funniest psychologist with The Bob Newhart Show: Season Five! This sitcom classic stars the incomparable Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist who finds himself surrounded by some unusual and neurotic characters - on the job and at home! But with the support of his quick-witted wife, Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), Hartley can always be counted on to deliver a healthy dose of laugh therapy. An outstanding supporting cast - including Bill Daily (I Dream of Jeannie), Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley and Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons) - is also on call to assist the good doctor in every situation that Season Five's twenty-four episodes throw at him. Indisputably among the best-loved situation comedies in history (with TV Guide and Time naming it one of the greatest television shows of all time), The Bob Newhart Show is a true original from one of comedy's finest minds. Adding The Bob Newhart Show: Season Five to your collection is the only sane choice in an insane world.

    Then, take twenty-two of these episodes and call us in the morning. It's time to check in for Dr. Hartley's final sessions with The Bob Newhart Show: Season Six! One of television's all-time great comedies comes to an end with this hilarious last season. Chicago psychologist Robert Hartley (Bob Newhart) continues his uphill battle to help his eccentric group of patients while maintaining balance with his personal life (filled with an equally eccentric group of friends). He and his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) have moved into a new apartment - but could an even bigger move be in store for the Hartleys? An unquestioned classic that gives a whole new meaning to "screwball comedy," anchored by an unforgettable supporting cast featuring Bill Daily, Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, and Marcia Wallace - what more could anyone ask for? Here's your prescription from Shout! Factory: complete your collection of The Bob Newhart Show today.

    Maude - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)

    02/03 - Maude - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)

    Before Maude - The Complete Series will be released by Shout! Factory on March 17, Mill Creek Entertainment re-releases Maude - The Complete First Season.

    And Then There's Maude! Emmy Award-winner Bea Arthur stars in this beloved, groundbreaking sitcom created by Norman Lear. Maude was first introduced as Edith Bunker's outspoken, liberal cousin on the classic TV show All in the Family. Her spinoff, set in Tuckahoe, New York, focuses on Maude's daily adventures at home with fourth husband Walter (Bill Macy), divorced daughter Carol (Adrienne Barbeau), and Carol's son Phillip. Joining in on the fun is housekeeper Florida (Esther Rolle, TV's Good Times), and conservative next-door neighbor Arthur (Conrad Bain, TV's Diff'rent Strokes). Guest stars include Rue McClanahan (TV's The Golden Girls), John Amos (TV's Good Times), and Tom Bosley (TV's Happy Days). Blessed with some of the best TV comedy writing ever, along with controversial plotlines, the show is just as hilarious and surprising today as it was when it debuted in the top ten in the early 1970s. Full of memorable one-liners, including her famous warning God'll get you for that, Walter!, Maude: The Complete First Season is a treasure trove of laughs!

    Starring: Bea Arthur (TV s The Golden Girls), Bill Macy (Analyze This), Conrad Bain (TV's Diff'rent Strokes), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York), Esther Rolle (TV's Good Times). Guest Stars: Rue McClanahan (TV's The Golden Girls); Ed Begley Jr. (TV's St. Elsewhere); Cesare Danova (Mean Streets); Vincent Gardenia (Moonstruck); Van Johnson (The Caine Mutiny); Barbara Rush (TV's Peyton Place); Tom Bosley (TV's Happy Days); John Amos (TV's Good Times); Rosemary Murphy (To Kill A Mockingbird).

    The Wonder Years - Season Two

    02/03 - The Wonder Years - Season Two

    The Wonder Years - The Complete Series (read our review) was released in October. The individual season releases continue with Season Two.

    In THE WONDER YEARS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, the next retail installment from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, Kevin confronts the day-to-day pressures of junior high school life: kids don't know what they want, and the girls are just as confused as the boys. On the home front, older brother Wayne (Jason Hervey) continues his bullying ways, but Kevin fights back and grows some backbone. However, his inner strength is tested when he participates in a class walkout to protest the Vietnam War, and joins his pals Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to stop developers from destroying Harper's Woods, the site of many happy childhood memories.

    This nostalgia-inducing 4-disc set contains all 17 complete episodes from SEASON TWO in their original broadcast versions, along with over two hours of bonus programming, including in-depth interviews with key cast and featurettes, and over four dozen songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts with classics by Bob Dylan, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Cream, Bing Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Traffic, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, The Miracles, Judy Collins, Donovan and many others.

    BONUS FEATURES:

  • School Days: Roundtable with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano
  • Featurette: The Times They Are A-Changin': The Era
  • Interviews with: Dan Lauria (Jack Arnold), Alley Mills (Norma Arnold), Daniel Stern (Narrator)

    Mama's Family - The Complete Sixth Season

    02/10 - Mama's Family - The Complete Sixth Season

    The individual season releases of Mama's Family wrap up with The Complete Sixth Season.

    MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON is the final DVD installment in the MAMA'S franchise from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. Across the last 20 episodes, which originally ran from September 1989 to February 1990, fans will be treated to Mama's swan song, in which she does not go silently into that good night. Instead, in "Mama Fights Back," she chews out K-RAY radio's consumer watchdog on the air and promptly gets hired as his replacement. After watching TV detective movies for a week, and hearing that Iola's mother is missing, Mama dreams she's a film-noir private eye hired to find her client's mother in "The Big Nap." And, in "Bubba's House Band," Bubba mistakenly books The Bone Crushers, an all-female heavy metal band, for his college's homecoming, and it's up to Mama to rein the hellions in. However, the big news in the show's final season involves Vint and Naomi: they finally move out of the basement into an RV parked in Mama's driveway, and after much anticipation, Naomi gives birth to Tiffany Thelma Harper in "Bye Bye - Baby!" Odds are the bickering bloodline will stay strong...

    When MAMA'S FAMILY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (read our review) was released in 2013, leading home entertainment site DVD Talk called it "the single best vintage television DVD release of the year" and Parade.com said that MAMA'S FAMILY has "never looked better." It's never too late to invite TV's most dysfunctional family into your home for a stay with THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON!

    BONUS FEATURES:

  • Interviews with Vicki Lawrence and Rick Hawkins, Executive Producer; Jim Evering, Producer & Writer; Manny Basanese, Writer, and Bob Mackie and Ret Turner, Costume Design

    GUEST STARS

  • Robert Mandan (Soap, The Love Boat, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
  • Liz Torres (The John Larroquete Show, Gilmore Girls)
  • '80s pop star Stacey Q (Two of Hearts)

    Nurse Jackie - Season Six

    02/10 - Nurse Jackie - Season Six (Blu-ray)

    Primetime Emmy winner Edie Falco stars in the sixth season of Showtime's award-winning series about a drug-addicted nurse in a New York City hospital. The twisted and darkly funny Nurse Jackie returns with Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, a role that has earned Falco her fourth consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination. Jackie realizes sobriety is the ultimate cover for getting high, and now she's saving lives at work, taking care of her kids, and her boyfriend is loving the new her. She's got everyone fooled, but what goes up must come down.

    Special Features:

  • "Deceit, Descent, Destruction: Jackie's Fall" Featurette
  • "Growing Up Peyton" Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew


    March 2015:

    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

    03/10 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series

    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was previously released on DVD between 2006-2008. This 24-disc set will be available in new, slim, shelf-friendly packaging.

    Gomer Pyle, a naive country boy, leaves his home in Mayberry, NC to join the U.S. Marines. His perpetual wide-eyed innocence frequently gets on the nerves of his tough, loudmouthed sergeant in this successful spin-off from THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW.

    Petticoat Junction - Family Favorites

    03/10 - Petticoat Junction - Family Favorites

    A collection of classic episodes featuring the Bradley sisters and their hilarious days running the Shady Rest Hotel. 8 episodes from one of the most beloved series in television history! An OFFICIAL release with the highest quality, remastered video and audio, available just in time for Easter. Starring Bea Benaderet, Edgar Buchanan, Linda Kaye, Jeannine Riley, Pat Woodell. Exciting guest stars include Dennis Hopper (Apocalypse Now, Crash), Shelia James (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis), Ken Osmond (Leave it to Beaver), and Bobby Pickett (The Beverly Hillbillies).

    Maude - The Complete Series

    03/17 - Maude - The Complete Series

    Shout! Factory releases all 141 episodes and 6 seasons in a 19-disc set.

    Uncompromising, enterprising, anything but tranquilizing...

    Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women… and then there's Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory.

    Created by Norman Lear (All in the Family), Maude pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year network run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way.

    Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan) - and of course, the amazing Ms. Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy award, Bea Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms from Roseanne and Murphy Brown to 30 Rock.

    Right on, Maude!

    03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - Season 1
    03/17 - WKRP in Cincinnati - Season 2

    Shout! Factory released WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series (read our review) in October. They will now release Seasons 1 and 2 individually.

    The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI)

    03/24 - The Donna Reed Show - Season 2 (MPI)

    MPI Home Video re-releases Season 2.

    The beloved Donna Reed and her TV family are back! Originally airing on ABC-TV from 1958-1966, The Donna Reed Show became one of the most popular family situation comedy series in television history during its eight season run. Starring Academy Award-winning actress Donna Reed (From Here To Eternity, It's A Wonderful Life) as homemaker Donna Stone, Carl Betz as her pediatrician husband Alex, Shelley Fabares as daughter Mary and Paul Petersen as son Jeff, The Donna Reed Show is a humorous and heartwarming slice of Americana that earned a legion of new fans in reruns on Nick At Nite, TV Land and MeTV. The Donna Reed Show Season 2 returns to DVD with all 38 episodes complete and digitally remastered. Among the guest stars are Esther Williams, Jack Albertson, Marion Ross, Harry James, Roberta Shore, Raymond Bailey, Hal Smith and Jimmy Hawkins.

    Silicon Valley - The Complete First Season

    03/31 - Silicon Valley - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    From the offbeat mind of Alec Berg (HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Mike Judge (Office Space), Silicon Valley is an all-new comedy series set in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Hailed as "one of the best new shows of the season" (San Francisco Chronicle), the series was nominated for five 2014 Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy Series. Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-ray with Digital HD ($39.98) and DVD ($29.98) on March 31, 2015.

    Starring a talented ensemble of young comic actors and veterans, Silicon Valley charts the rising fortunes of Richard (Thomas Middleditch), an introverted computer programmer who lives in a "Hacker Hostel" start-up incubator along with his friends Big Head (Josh Brener), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). When a mid-level Hooli executive named Jared (Zach Woods) discovers the value of the novel compression algorithm in a site Richard has created, Richard finds himself caught in the middle of an extreme bidding war between Hooli founder Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) and independent billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch).

    Bonus content for Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season includes:

  • Making Silicon Valley: A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Silicon Valley
  • Tech Crunch: Disrupt!: Find out how Silicon Valley created their own Tech Crunch: Disrupt! conference
  • The Hacker Hostel: Take a tour through the Pied Piper headquarters
  • 8 Audio Commentaries with Mike Judge, Alec Berg, T.J. Miller and many more...
  • Episode Previews

    Veep - The Complete Third Season

    03/31 - Veep - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus reprises her 3-time Emmy-winning role as Vice President Selina Meyer in the sharp and satirical third and most-watched season of the comedy series VEEP. Hilariously skewering the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the Vice President's office and Washington politics at-large, the series continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects, with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The 10-episode VEEP: The Complete Third Season will be available on Blu-ray with Digital HD ($39.98) and DVD ($29.98) on March 31, 2015. Both DVD and Blu-ray with Digital HD sets feature exclusive bonus content including hilarious deleted scenes and audio commentaries with the entire cast.

    After the revelation at the end of Season 2 that the president will not run for re-election, Season 3 begins with Selina, eyeing a promotion, courting Iowa Caucus voters at a signing of her new book. Soon, however, she learns that the Secretary of Defense, war veteran Danny Chung, is resigning - setting the stage for a possible clash with her nemesis in the presidential primaries. The series, created by Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop), features an outstanding ensemble cast that includes Emmy winner Tony Hale, Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky as well as Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn and Gary Cole.


    Other Sitcoms Expected on DVD and/or Blu-ray in 2015:

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season 2 is already available for pre-order.
    Hello Ladies - Season 1 of the HBO series is possibly coming to DVD on March 24.
    The Mindy Project - Season 3 is already available for pre-order.
    New Girl - Season 4 is already available for pre-order.


    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.



    2015 Wish List:

    This is my wish list for 2015. 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.

    With the release of The Wonder Years finally on DVD in 2014, any of these still could be possible one day.

    According to Jim - Seasons 3-5 were released in 2011. Could we see the final 3 seasons finally released in 2015?
    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. Updates are on their Kickstarter campaign page for backers only.
    Alice - The third and fourth seasons were released in 2013, but there were no releases 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's very popular on ABC Family. Hopefully we get its first season in 2015.
    Benson - Seasons One & Two were re-released in 2014, but no further seasons have been released.
    The Beverly Hillbillies - More seasons are needed.
    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.
    Brooklyn Bridge - There were rumors of a release in 2010 by the show's creator Gary David Goldberg, but it never materialized.
    California Dreams - Only Season 5 remains to be released.
    Checking In - One episode was included on Shout! Factory's release of The Jeffersons - The Complete Series. The original press release stated that all four episodes of the Marla Gibbs' spin-off would be included, so hopefully we see them available someday.
    Chico and the Man - Only 6 episodes have been released on DVD.
    Coach - Season 4 was released in March 2011. Maybe we will see another season of this underrated sitcom this year.
    Dave's World - Only Season 4 is left to complete the series.
    Diff'rent Strokes - Shout! Factory is releasing The Facts of Life - The Complete Series. It would not be surprising to see the parent series as one of their next complete series boxed sets. Let's hope we see it sometime in 2015!
    8 Simple Rules - We are still waiting for the third and final season.
    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 2013. More seasons are needed. Sheow!
    Green Acres - How great would a complete series boxed set be? Green Acres is the place to be!
    Growing Pains - The third season was released in May 2013. Show us that smile again!
    Happy Days - Seasons 5 and 6 were released in 2014. Hopefully we see two more seasons in 2015.
    Head of the Class - It hasn't been seen in syndication for years. It would be nice to see again.
    Hello, Larry - It could be included with a complete series boxed set of Diff'rent Strokes.
    The Hogan Family - Music clearance issues seem to be the reason for no DVD releases at this point.
    Hope & Faith - Season 1 was released way back in 2009, but we are still waiting on Seasons 2-3.
    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 - The first three seasons were finally released as MOD releases in 2014.
    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 1-2 were re-released in 2014. Seasons 6-7 are still needed to complete the series.
    Melissa & Joey - Only the first season of the popular ABC Family sitcom is available on DVD.
    Mr. Belvedere - It has been nearly 5 years since we had a Mr. Belvedere release. Hopefully the final two seasons will be released at some point.
    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.
    One Day at a Time - Only the first season was released way back in 2007. It would be ideal for a complete series boxed set.
    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!
    Petticoat Junction - More seasons are needed.
    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 - Season Five has yet to be released to complete series.
    The Ropers - The Three's Company spin-off has never been released on DVD.
    Silver Spoons - It would make a nice complete series boxed set from Shout! Factory.
    Small Wonder - Seasons 1-2 have been released. Seasons 3-4 are still needed to complete the series.
    Three's a Crowd - A one-year wonder which would be nice to see on DVD.
    Webster - Only the fifth and sixth seasons are left to complete the series.
    What's Happening Now!! - Only the first season was released in 2007.
    Who's the Boss?) - It remains popular in syndication, but only the first season was released way back in 2004.


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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

    Thursday, December 8

    The Big Bang Theory - "The Military Miniaturization" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Colonel Williams (Dean Norris), an Air Force representative from the Department of Material Command sits down to talk with Wolowitz.

    The Great Indoors - "@Emma" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
    When Emma quits after being turned down for a raise, Jack and Roland become the magazine’s newest and worst ever social media managers. Also, in a misguided attempt to boost business, Eddie re-brands his bar as “magic-themed.”

    Mom - "Cornbread and a Cashmere Onesie" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
    Christy and Bonnie worry about Jill after her cry for help on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.

    Life in Pieces - "Swim Survivor Zen Talk" (CBS, 9:30PM ET/PT)
    When John decides to try out for “Survivor,” Tim gets jealous and attempts to undermine his audition tape. Also, Colleen confesses she can’t swim when she and Matt discuss Hawaii as a honeymoon destination; Jen pretends to get hooked on meditation so she can use the time to play cell phone games; and Heather gives Sophia the “sex” talk. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst guest stars as himself.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

    Thursday, December 8

    • Jennifer Aniston (Friends) - Catch Jennifer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) - Lola is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley/The Goodwin Games/Carpoolers) - T.J. appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna stops by Conan at 11pm on TBS.
    • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril guest co-hosts Rachael Ray and makes sausage-stuffed mushrooms, so check your local listings.
    • Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House/Full House) and Andrea Barber (Fuller House/Full House) - Jodie and Andrea chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. Jodie joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
    • Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) - Judah is a guest on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
    • Lori Loughlin (Fuller House/Full House) - Lori is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT. She also talks about what to expect from Season 2 of Fuller House on People Now at 8:30am.
    • Scott Patterson (Aliens in America) - Scott talks about Luke and Lorelai’s wedding scene from Gilmore Girls – and if he thinks the two will ever have a baby on People Now at 8:30am.
    • Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) - Josh is a guest on the AOL Build Show at 12pm.
    • Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) - Emanuelle appears the AOL Build Show 3:45pm.
    • Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) - Gael is a guest on Chelsea on Netflix.
    • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) - Will appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.