Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Why oh why isn't Picket Fences on DVD?

This week's discussion question is brought to us from Brian. Hi, Brian!!

I'm not sure why Picket Fences* isn't available on DVD.

I have two assumptions (and actually? I'm usually quite good at making up stories about this type of stuff that turn out to be true.) If anyone knows the true story, or if I make a fool of myself with my answers, please post!

First, the contracts with people didn't include what happens when shows appear on DVD (or similar new media), and that's something that either hasn't been worked out or no one has even tried to work out. Since I believe people should be paid for their work, and that the people who create the work should be treated fairly,** I am all for those involved with the TV shows getting something for their work appearing on DVD.

Second, music. Music was often bought just for that one show; and now there is the headache/cost of either purchasing that song for the DVDs, also; or replacing that song altogether which drives some of us mad, because some songs work so well with some scenes.

So here's my question:
What TV shows do you wish were available on DVD?

My answer is easy: thirtysomething.


Additional links: I've touched on this in the past here, here, and here.

* Yes, I know that the IMDB shows a DVD link for availability. Click on it and you'll get something like this.
** What is not fair: one "star" making 8 digits plus a percentage while everyone else makes a flat minimum amount and no percentage; or the studio having all profits and no one else benefiting from a success. Yes, the studio is entitled to make money; but so are the people who work on the series.

Cross Posted at A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy.


  • At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Cupid", with Jeremy Piven, created by Rob Thomas before "Veronica Mars" came along. The premise seems a bit silly - a guy claiming to be the Roman god of love is exiled to earth and tasked to bring 100 couples together - but it worked like gangbusters. Smart, funny, romantic - pretty much everything you'd want out of a tv show. I've never quite forgiven ABC for canceling it.


  • At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would have to say Brimstone, and probably Friday the 13th, the Series.

    Brimstone was brilliant and John Glover was perfect as the Devil, so of course it only lasted half a season.

    Friday the 13th could be uneven, but I really liked the premise.

  • At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good news, according to afterellen.com, Picket Fences on DVD is being released in February.
    "Good news for Holly Marie Combs fans: Picket Fences is finally coming to DVD! The first season of the quirky drama, which will be released on February 13, 2007,"

  • At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Wonder Years!

    It's supposed to be in the works at last, but it had been held up by music rights. Hopefully they won't have to replace much or else it won't be the same.

    It was nice that Freaks and Geeks got released music intact, but Wonder Years went on for a lot longer and used a lot more music

  • At 1:38 PM, Blogger Darla said…

    I want the rest of the Waltons. Seasons 1-3 are available, but I would like the rest.

  • At 3:50 PM, Blogger Melissa Rabey said…

    The show I was really hoping for, Life Goes On, is finally getting released. It was held up because of music rights, in particular due to the show's theme song, Ob-La-Dee. Stupid Beatles estates . . . but at least it's finally coming out!


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