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TV on DVD: Pioneers of Television, Season 2

In television on 03/01/2011 at 9:08 am

I can barely control my excitement at next week’s DVD release: the excellent zombie drama The Walking Dead, but this week’s releases have their own charm.

Top of the list has to be PBS Home Video’s Pioneers of Television: Season 2, which covers four episodes, outlined below by PBS itself. I DVR these episodes regularly and regularly they time out and disappear, like the classics that line my bookshelf. The one I’m most interested in is the Crime Dramas episode (James Garner! Rockford Files!). Check out the episode descriptions. More new DVDs listed below. And now, I’m going back to staring at my mail box in an attempt to make The Walking Dead screener appear.

  • Science Fiction – Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Nichelle Nichols reflect on the birth of Star Trek. Lost in Space is remembered by Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright. And a lost interview with Rod Serling highlights a look at The Twilight Zone.
  • Crime Dramas – This episode begins with the 1950s Dragnet and the Untouchables; includes 1960s hits Mission: Impossible, I Spy and Hawaii Five-0; and wraps with 1970s favorites Rockford Files, Columbo, and Police Woman.
  • Westerns – James Garner (Maverick), Robert Conrad (Wild Wild West), and James Arness (Gunsmoke) are just three of the pioneers who talk about their experiences in this episode–which also includes Linda Evans (Big Valley) and Fess Parker (Daniel Boone). Classics like Bonanza and The Rifleman are also featured.
  • Local Kids’ TV – Jim Henson, Willard Scott, and Fred Rogers are among the performers who started their careers in local TV. These three icons–and a dozen others–are featured in this episode that highlights the clowns, pirates, spacemen, and puppets who made local kids’ TV memorable for a generation.”

Cake Boss: Season 3
Twilight Zone, Season 3 Blu-ray
American Experience: Triangle Fire
Davey and Goliath: Vol. 5
Leave It To Beaver: Season 6
ReBoot: Seasons 1 and 2 – The Definitive Mainframe Edition

Denise Duguay


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