Which shows do you have the COMPLETE series for on DVD?

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  1. Romain

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    Well, it's going to be a long list as I never buy a TV show that I don't intend to complete.

    Anyway, here's my collection of completed shows so far, in alphabetical order (shows which spell their title with a numeral rather than in full letters at the top). Whenever possible, I tried to give information to avoid confusion with existing shows that have similar titles to the ones I own.

    30 Rock
    The 4400
    The Addams Family
    Alias
    Ally McBeal
    Angel
    Angels in America
    (miniseries)
    Army Wives
    Babylon 5
    Batman
    Battlestar Galactica
    (2003)
    Beauty and the Beast (1987)
    Beverly Hills, 90210
    Bewitched
    Breaking Bad
    Brothers and Sisters
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Caprica
    Charmed
    Chicago Hope
    China Beach
    The Colbys
    Columbo
    The Cosby Show
    Dallas
    (1978)
    Damages
    Dawson's Creek
    Dead Like Me
    Desperate Housewives
    The Dick Van Dyke Show
    Dollhouse
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
    Doogie Howser, M.D.
    Dynasty
    Elvis: The Early Years
    (miniseries)
    Empire Falls (miniseries)
    Enlightened
    ER
    Everwood
    Farscape
    Felicity
    The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    Friday Night Lights
    Friends
    Gilmore Girls
    Glee
    The Golden Girls
    The Good Wife
    Here's Lucy
    Hill Street Blues
    Hot in Cleveland
    I Love Lucy
    Justified
    The L Word
    L.A. Law
    Las Vegas
    Mad Men
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    Melrose Place
    (1992)
    Mildred Pierce (miniseries)
    Mission: Impossible (1966)
    The Mists of Avalon (miniseries)
    Moonlighting
    Murder, She Wrote
    My So-Called Life
    The Nanny
    Nikita
    Nip/Tuck
    North and South
    (US miniseries)
    The OC
    Oz
    Pan Am
    Parenthood
    (2010)
    Parker Lewis Can't Lose
    Parks and Recreation
    Party of Five
    Private Practice
    Quantum Leap
    Alex Haley's Queen
    (miniseries)
    Queer as Folk (UK)
    Revenge
    Roots
    (1977, miniseries)
    Roots: The Next Generations (miniseries)
    Seinfeld
    Sex and the City
    Six Feet Under
    Smallville
    Smash
    Star Trek
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    Star Trek: Voyager
    Taxi
    (1978)
    thirtysomething
    Three's Company
    Treme
    True Blood
    Ugly Betty
    Veronica Mars
    Weeds
    The West Wing
    Wild Palms
    (miniseries)
    The Wire
    Wonder Woman
    Wonderfalls


    I also do have the complete original runs of Twin Peaks, Will & Grace and The X-Files, but those were made incomplete when the shows were revived. The rest of my collection is made up of shows that I either haven't gotten around to buying every season of just yet (Downton Abbey for instance) or of which I have every season available but the DVD releases have stalled (my beloved Knots Landing being the prime example of that). I have what has been released of The Avengers (1961) but cannot consider that as complete since some "lost" episodes are missing from the DVDs. And of course, I have a few shows that are still in production as well (such as Grey's Anatomy, Arrow and Modern Family to name just a few).
     
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  2. J. R.'s Piece

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    And they found the first series episode, Tunnel of Fear, which is due for release next year. But you have a complete collection of what is left. They included reconstructions and photos from many of the missing episodes on the Optimum/Studio Canal releases. And you can get Big Finish audio plays of the missing episodes. Adam Adamant Lives! was released as the complete collection but many episodes are missing. These are represented on the DVD set by the inclusion of the scripts of these missing episodes .
     
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    Quark was created by Buck Henry (Get Smart, The Graduate, Heaven Can Wait.).

    It was a Star Trek parody with Benjamin's Captain recording so-called "Star Notes" in his log. From what I've read, the current Orville seems to be quite similar.
     
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    I have quite a few that are like that, both of which I intend to get all of sometime in the future (Have Gun, Will Travel, for instance; that 1957-63 CBS Western is so good that sooner or later I might complete it) and of which I have no intentions to completion anytime in the future (such as, for example, O-R Jack Lord Five-O, which I had been getting the releases of through the eighth season, but have no intentions of completing because it supposedly went downhill in the latter years [although I did get that 12th and final season's worth, 1979-80, just to see how bad it got in those latter years]).
     
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    I just found ATV’s Sergeant Cork, starring John Barrie and William Gaunt (who I last met last year). It had slipped behind the Blakes 7 (with Gareth Thomas as Blake) complete collection. Along with TVS’ Knights of God, starring Gareth Thomas, Patrick Troughton, Nigel Stock and John Woodvine. Two of it’s leads died before it aired. ITC’s Skiboy was in there. Along with the BBC’s The Aphrodite Inheritance and ITC’s Seaway. And HTV’s Children of the Stones, with Freddie Jones, Iain Cuthbertson, Veronica Strong (who had betrayed Adam Adamant) and Gareth Thomas as Brake. Vegas was in there too.
     
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    Barney Miller, though set in NYC, was taped in Hollywood at the ABC Television Center there (a.k.a. ABC Prospect), and was originally taped before live audiences; starting around the fourth season (or sometime in that frame), it began to no longer be taped before live audiences (IIRC, it was because the episodes took insanely long times to complete with the audiences, and thus they abolished the audiences and simply went to straight taping on the set; that's just how I've heard it, and I may be incorrect).

    Attached are two of the ABC Television Center taping credits from Barney Miller, one from the audience taping time in 1975, the other from beyond that time in 1980 (both captured from Shout!'s all-in-one DVD).

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    I just found a DVD set of Channel 4’s Green Wing, lurking behind Gideon’s Way and various releases of The Prisoner and it’s soundtrack.
     
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    Mannix, expanded (fronts and backs of each individual release); only the first release had any bonuses, the others being barebones, episodes-only; also, the second and third seasons had 25 episodes apiece (the first one, and fourth through final ones, had 24 apiece)

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    Bumping up: Future Cop (all-in-one of this short-lived 1977 ABC sci-fi/police series w/the late, great Ernest Borgnine, plus John Amos and Michael Shannon [Shannon playing the titular android cop]; includes the 1976 pilot film, and also includes the 1978 NBC reboot attempt film The Cops and Robin)

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    And it hurt the show badly. As Bob Newhart once observed, a live audience guides and corrects.

    BTW: I've decided that BARNEY MILLER and NIGHT COURT actually had the same theme song. And MAYBERRY RFD's theme was just F-TROOP's theme slowed down -- they didn't even had to recast!
     
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    It's mine now

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    That's great that you have a R2 L.A. Law all-in-one-- we can't even get past the third go (1988-89) in R1, for reasons unknown!
     
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    Yes, it's strange how these things work.
    Scandinavia had the complete How The West Was Won long before the R1 version.
    They never completed the Melrose Place collection in Europe, although I'm sure it was popular over here.
    Some out-and-out British TV classics were only (or first) released in Holland, not the UK.
     
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    Enjoy, Willie.

    Sadly, I've now eBayed my copy, but I rewatched the entire series earlier this year and loved it. You may like to check out this thread in due course to see how our viewing experiences compare.
     
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    But why? One of the reasons I've bought it is because I wanted to add it to my collection of High Quality TV shows. I would never buy just anything, no it has to be really good (or at least "so bad it's good").
    And have you seen the spines of the individual DVD sets? Have you ever seen a set of DVDs (8 volumes or more) with such consistent font & artwork? It's almost perfect, and I say almost because the first three volumes don't have the upload_2017-11-21_21-48-5.png logo printed on the spine.
    I will!:) I like to read reviews of shows that I have watched recently. I never missed an episode of L.A. Law when it was on television, but that is such a loooooong time ago.
    I remember The Elevator Scene, the earthquake that didn't happen (kinda like when the Sumner Group building was on fire and I just kept waiting for the big spectacle) and when Stuart Markowitz overturned his mother-in-law's china cabinet.
    "Now you really have a reason to dislike me!" he said. That made so much sense I just never forgotten it.
     
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    To get scientific about it: space and time. As you'll see from my list earlier in this thread, I have a fairly extensive collection of TV shows on DVDs and I'm running out of room. I tend to hang on to all of them, but I recently got brave and decided to part with some I'm unlikely to rewatch anytime soon.

    The LA Law set is a chunky box, and as I've recently finished watching it I couldn't imagine watching it again for at least another decade, which is a long time for it to sit there taking up that much space. So I'll let someone else enjoy it. I may regret it later, but so far, so good.

    It was the same for me. Up until this year I hadn't watched it since it originally aired in the late Eighties/early Nineties (though I don't think I watched it to the very end). You've remembered more than I did. I too remembered the infamous lift scene and not much more than that. You're in for a treat.
     
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    Rockford Files from Mill Creek

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    Yes, the shows should have some re-watchability (does that word exist?) and in my case that only goes for the classic shows, and a few of the HBO series like Carnivale, Six Feet Under and Rome.
    That's a lovely thought, now I wish I had bought it from you. Your set would have gotten a nice and friendly new home and I think you would have liked that[/Saccharine]
     
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    I just dug out The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, which I had forgotten about. It was hiding behind Man in a Suitcase Umbrella DVD set, Man in a Suitcase Network DVD set, Man in a Suitcase original soundtrack 5 CD set and In Conversation with Richard Bradford DVD (star of Man in a Suitcase). And Thriller. So I'm going to spend tomorrow evening with Joanna Pettet twice. And with three Donna Mills, one of whom has to deal with twin Ian Hendrys.
     
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