TV shows that should be on DVD (regardless of past release)

by teenmedia | created - 07 Dec 2017 | updated - 08 Dec 2017 | Public

Because every show—mind you, I said *every*—deserves another run.

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1. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., Howie Mandel, David Morse, Christina Pickles

Votes: 3,268

2. Jeopardy! (1984– )

TV-G | 30 min | Short, Game-Show

A returning champion and two challengers test their buzzer skills and their knowledge in a wide range of academic and popular categories.

Stars: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire, Sarah Whitcomb Foss

Votes: 5,375

3. Wheel of Fortune (1983– )

TV-G | 30 min | Short, Family, Game-Show

Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase.

Stars: Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell, Jim Thornton

Votes: 2,358

4. The Price Is Right (1972– )

TV-G | 60 min | Family, Game-Show, Reality-TV

Contestants compete for prizes and cash, including cars and vacations, in games that test their knowledge of consumer goods pricing.

Stars: Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom

Votes: 3,040

5. Match Game 73 (1973–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

The five-day-a-week syndicated successor to the popular CBS game show, where two could compete to match fill-in-the-blank phrases with those of the celebrities.

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Brett Somers, Richard Dawson

Votes: 1,570

6. Fantastic Max (1988–1991)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family

A young baby and his toys travel space and time going on amazing adventures in his crib spaceship.

Stars: Ben Ryan Ganger, Gregg Berger, Nancy Cartwright, Elisabeth Harnois

Votes: 192

7. Shining Time Station (1989–1993)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

An American version of the popular British children's program. Every episode, the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) at Shining Time Station learn some special lessons about life and ... See full summary »

Stars: Didi Conn, Brian Edward O'Connor, Olga Felgemacher, Peter Baird

Votes: 573

8. Trapper John, M.D. (1979–1986)

60 min | Drama

The Korean War M*A*S*H unit veteran operates as Chief Surgeon in a major city hospital with his colleagues.

Stars: Pernell Roberts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Siebert, Gregory Harrison

Votes: 1,490

9. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2014)

TV-14 | 62 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening ... See full summary »

Stars: Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall, John Melendez

Votes: 9,782

10. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Set against the beautiful tropical landscape of Honolulu, Hawaii, this series centered around the cases of Hawaiian Eye Private Investigations and the two handsome, slick, tough-guy ... See full summary »

Stars: Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens, Douglas Mossman, Robert Conrad

Votes: 375

11. Surfside 6 (1960–1962)

60 min | Drama

Ken, Dave, and Sandy are three hip private detectives living on, and working out of, a houseboat in Miami, Florida. A yacht, belonging to socialite Daphne, is anchored next to their ... See full summary »

Stars: Van Williams, Margarita Sierra, Lee Patterson, Troy Donahue

Votes: 206

12. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984– )

30 min | Documentary

Marking the start of a new era of celebrity-worship, this program spotlighted the eccentricities and excesses of a different member of the "rich and famous" each week. Special attention was... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Leach, Shari Belafonte, Morgan Fairchild, Michael Jordan

Votes: 122

13. Zoboomafoo (1999–2001)

TV-Y | 29 min | Comedy, Family

Chris and Martin Kratt bring their enthusiasm for animals to the pre-school set.

Stars: Martin Kratt, Chris Kratt, Gord Robertson, Samantha Tolkacz

Votes: 2,260

14. Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985–1991)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A group of reclusive humanoid bears and a few trusted humans explore their lost heritage and prevent their enemies from exploiting it.

Stars: June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music, Katie Leigh

Votes: 8,678

15. Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion (1995–1996)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Stars: Robyn Moore, Keith Scott

Votes: 18

16. 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Family

A children's show explaining various principles of science and their applications.

Stars: David Quinn, Debra Shapiro, Todd A. Rolle, Ginny Ortiz

Votes: 434

17. Square One Television (1987–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A kids anthology show that humorously illustrates various elements of mathematics.

Stars: Joe Howard, Larry Cedar, Cynthia Darlow, Beverly Mickins

Votes: 512

18. The Little Mermaid (1992–1994)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

The 1989 animated feature adapted by Disney for TV in a prequel that leads up to the events of the film.

Stars: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Edan Gross, Kenneth Mars

Votes: 3,476

19. Aladdin (1994–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Aladdin, the clever hero of Agrabah, continues his adventures with the help of his fiancee Princess Jasmine, his pet monkey Abu, Magic Carpet, Iago the greedy parrot, and of course his best friend the semi-cosmic Genie.

Stars: Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Dan Castellaneta, Frank Welker

Votes: 9,020

20. Zoom (1972–1978)

TV-G | Comedy, Drama, Family

Middle School students teach kids how to do cool tricks.

Stars: Tracy Tannebring, John Covey, Nina Lillie, Kenny Pires

Votes: 279

21. Zoom (1997– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A group of older children do arts and crafts, cooking, science and technology, and games sent in by viewers.

Stars: Caroline Botelho, Kenny Yates, Alisa Besher, Zoe Costello

Votes: 1,078

22. The Frugal Gourmet (1983–1995)

Documentary

The Frugal Gourmet was an American cooking show that ran on PBS from 1983 to 1997 having gotten its start in 1973 on KTPS-TV in Tacoma, WA as Cooking Fish Creatively. It was hosted by Jeff ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeffrey L. Smith, Craig Wollam

Votes: 85

23. Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (1992–1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

In the 1800's, a mysterious comet hits the U.S. southwest, transforming the local cattle and animals into their own version of the old west called Moo Mesa, complete with several lawmen dealing with bizarre outlaws.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett, Pat Fraley, Jodi Carlisle

Votes: 227

24. Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show (1984–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Musical comedy with the Canadian children's musical trio.

Stars: Paula Gallivan, Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein, Bram Morrison

Votes: 462

25. Double Dragon (1993–1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A animated TV series based on the first Double Dragon video game.

Stars: Jim Byrnes, Garry Chalk, Michael Donovan, Scott McNeil

Votes: 192

26. Fox's Fun House (1988–1991)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

A kid's game show that pitted two teams of two contestants each. They had to answer trivia questions and participate in challenges, such as trying to nail targets in the audience seats with... See full summary »

Stars: J.D. Roth, Samantha Forrest, Jacqueline Forrest, John Hurley

Votes: 118

27. Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

An enthusiastic singing lady and her puppet animal friends go on a variety of adventures.

Stars: Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis, Amanda McAdam

Votes: 1,484

28. Sing Me a Story with Belle (1997– )

Unrated | Animation, Family

Belle, a character from the 1991 film, "Beauty and the Beast," and friends sing tell stories while singing songs.

Stars: Lynsey McLeod, Christine Cavanaugh, Jeff Conover, Jim Cummings

Votes: 70

29. Live! with Kelly (1988– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

A live morning talk show with hosts Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest and special guests.

Stars: Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest, Tony Pigg

Votes: 1,660

30. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (I) (1999–2009)

TV-G | 60 min | Game-Show

Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest. They then have to answer 15 ... See full summary »

Stars: Regis Philbin, Rick Rosner, Danny Bonaduce, Sherman Hemsley

Votes: 2,321

31. Our House (1986–1988)

60 min | Drama, Family

Following the death of his son, Gus Witherspoon takes in his daughter-in-law and his three grandchildren to live with him. Adjustment to the new arrangement is not easy on any of them.

Stars: Wilford Brimley, Deidre Hall, Shannen Doherty, Chad Allen

Votes: 527

32. Fame (1982–1987)

60 min | Drama, Music, Musical

The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

Stars: Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray, Debbie Allen, Albert Hague

Votes: 2,869

33. Code Name: Foxfire (1985)

60 min | Action, Drama

The President of the United States assigns his brother to assemble a covert team of female counter-intelligence operatives, reporting only to him. The leader is former CIA operative Liz "... See full summary »

Stars: Joanna Cassidy, John McCook, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Henry Jones

Votes: 34

34. Sábado gigante (1962–2015)

Unrated | 240 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

A Spanish-language variety show that brings musicians, comedians, and the audience together for 4 hours on Saturday night.

Stars: Mario Kreutzberger, Veronica Milagros, Gerardito Fernandez, Sabrina Diaz

Votes: 117

35. Just the Ten of Us (1987–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Coach Lubbock, his wife Elizabeth, and their eight kids move to Eureka, California so he can take a coaching job...at an all-boys' school. The boys are thrilled that Coach's four beautiful ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon, Heather Langenkamp, Jamie Luner

Votes: 1,168

37. The Kenny Everett Television Show (1981–1988)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Zany antics and sketches by the anarchic camp comic.

Stars: Kenny Everett, Cleo Rocos, Sheila Steafel, Andrie Reid

Votes: 677

38. Scrabble (1984–1990)

22 min | Game-Show

For years, one of America's favorite board games was Scrabble, the Selchow & Righter-marketed game introduced in the 1930s. The game was revised and brought to television in 1984 by Reg ... See full summary »

Stars: Chuck Woolery, Charlie Tuna, Jay Stewart, Tom Lancaster

Votes: 87

39. Headline Chasers (1985– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

Short-lived game show in which couples competed to identify newspaper headlines.

Stars: Wink Martindale, Johnny Gilbert, Patrice Cole

Votes: 6

40. Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine (1977–1979)

Family

A nerdy computer expert and his secret artificially intelligent computer discuss various topics with archival footage.

Stars: Laurie Faso, Mert Koplin

Votes: 32

41. Magical Princess Minky Momo (1982–1983)

25 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A fairytale princess is sent to Earth to revive the hopes and dreams of its populace.

Stars: Mami Koyama, Reiko Kifuji, Hiroshi Masuoka, Yûko Mita

Votes: 52

42. Spacecats (1991– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

Add a Plot

Stars: Townsend Coleman, Pat Fraley, Rob Paulsen, Robert Ridgely

Votes: 40

43. Misfits of Science (1985–1986)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a team of misfit superheroes who fight crime for a scientific think tank.

Stars: Dean Paul Martin, Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller, Courteney Cox

Votes: 823

44. Wild & Crazy Kids (1990–2002)

TV-Y | 30 min | Action, Family

Sixty-five episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1990 and 1992. The shows featured children in physical competition using unusual equipment, e.g., go-carts, tennis guns, et ... See full summary »

Stars: Donnie Jeffcoat, Omar Gooding, Jessica Gaynes, Annette M. Lesure

Votes: 906

45. Supermarket Sweep (1990–2003)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.

Stars: David Ruprecht, Johnny Gilbert, Randy West, John Richard Petersen

Votes: 565

46. Timon & Pumbaa (1995–1999)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure