Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by O Don Piano, Jun 29, 2011.
Does anyone know what the first collected TV series that was put out? Just curious.
Very good question indeed.
According to Google, it was X Files.
Probably something through Columbia House.. Maybe Star Trek.
I could maybe believe this was the first series on DVD, but not VHS. Star Trek is probably a great guess.
It was DVD, I mis -remembered the thread title. For VHS Google says " I Love Lucy."
Nobody else uses Google ????
I wouldn't take much stock in a Google result's "answer" to this question.
I had Police Squad on VHS in early 90's. Two cassettes. Of course it's only 6 episodes, but still...
I had Top Cat in the late eighties, though I doubt that's the first, I bought the complete Twin Peaks when that came out around 1990, did that cost a lot of money.
Pity me! I actually bought it on LaserDisc - 17 discs (one for the pilot and four 4-disc boxes that retailed for about $130 each*) Part of me is amazed I was so foolish and part of me is grateful that no other TV shows I liked came out complete on LD or I would have had to declare bankruptcy.
* my memory has it that season one came out on VHS first and then LD later, but the next three boxes (season two parts 1, 2 & 3) came out on LD long before the VHS tapes did.
You win, I think I spent a couple of hundred pounds on the VHS tapes, people nowadays don't know how lucky they are with cheap DVD box sets.
Star Trek came out on VHS on Columbia House long before the '90's.
Why would anyone have ever bought a complete series on a format like VHS? Laserdisc I could understand; but they're only going to put at most 2 episodes of a half-hour series or 1 episode of an hour long series per tape.
I still have some TV shows on VHS so I'd have to check, but I think in the UK we got two full episodes, 50-60 minutes each, on a tape.
Laserdisc was a very minority format here, and DVD was on the distant horizon, so VHS was really the only game in town during the late eighties and early nineties.
Dark Shadows was released in 200 volumes over 5 years, 1989-1994. If that wasn't the first, I'm pretty sure that it must have been the largest.
Trekkies are a powerful bunch as legit and significant Star Trek videotape releases started in 1980.
From various web sites, the first cronological videotape/laser disc Star Trek run started in 1985 and finished in 1988.
Unless someone can come up with something else, the winner by definition is probably Police Squad tv show around August 1985 since the run was only 6 episodes on 2 tapes.
The earliest tv shows I can find on the net of any home format system was an episode of Roger Ramjet cartoon, The Incredible Hulk cartoon, or an episode of Gadabout Gaddis the Flying Fisherman on the 1972 Cartrivision system.
According to a Billboard article from 1971 "Gadabout" even negotiated releasing tapes on the "never went commercial" Motorola video tape system. He must have been a popular guy!
That's just as much as you can fit on a CAV laserdisc. Or one side of a CLV disc.
David Lynch's 'On The Air' came out (in the States) on one VHS tape, and that was 7 episodes. They used the ultra-slow speed, though, to make you REALLY want to buy the laserdisc edition that they would never release.
And I did the mastering on all those, circa 1984.
I think the first complete series out on VHS was I Love Lucy, possibly followed by Star Trek or Twilight Zone. I think all three were available around 1988-1990. Heck, I have a complete set of Lucy on pre-recorded Betamax tape! (With the first one autographed to me by Lucille Ball.)
Was the M*A*S*H VHS collection complete? I'm pretty sure they weren't in broadcast order, someone else may know for sure. I remember seeing them long ago and they had the early tabbed boxes, or whatever you call it (the box closed so the tape didn't fall out).
Were those Betamax tapes available in stores or through Columbia House subscription? I remember CH having the VHS, but I don't remember Beta tapes being available.
While we're on it, I also remember when The Honeymooners were available on VHS. Not the "lost episodes" but the actual series. I would consider that complete as well since there are only 39 episodes.
Still have my set right here. Looks and sounds great.
I bought all of those as well - I can not believe that I spent that much to get a series. I sold them right when laser was going out and I got over $200 for at least one of those on ebay. Those last couple sets became pretty tough to find. And then I got the dvd gold box, with the pilot, as a gift and that was way under $100 for the whole thing.
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