As a person who is highly selective of their television watching, I love that most of my favorite television shows are now available on DVD. This means I can watch them whenever I want, and without commercial interruption. With my hectic schedule, having the option to watch what I want, when I want, is a wonderful freedom. Among the many offerings available for TV series on DVD are some of my favorite classic science fiction series.
The classic 1963 version of Doctor Who is wonderfully original. The show centers around an eccentric time-traveling alien and his friends, and ran an incredible 26 seasons before cancellation, followed by a reincarnation that is still in production. All 26 seasons are available on DVD, but my favorites will always be the first few seasons. It’s also great if you have kids; you get the nostalgia factor, and they’re entertained as well!
For those who are still young at heart, 1962’s premier season of The Jetsons is a must-have. Despite being an animated series, the show holds up as being one of the best science fiction shows of all time, and one of the longest running as well.
In the mid-1960’s, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea entertained audiences with the premise of exploring the deep ocean in a submarine, a theme later copied by SeaQuest DSV in the 1990’s. The premise of exploring the unknown always leaves endless options for plot development, but undersea exploration as opposed to space exploration is a whole different dimension!
The complete DVD set of The Twilight Zone is also now available. Every episode is like its own mini-movie, with an entirely fresh cast and story every week. The show was very creatively done and had a lot of unique, innovative ideas. It remains to popular today that the classic episodes are often played in marathons on various television networks, but have the DVDs at your disposal means you can watch any episode you want, any time you want!
One series I hope to one day own on DVD in its entirety is more of a modern classic, Star Trek: The Next Generation. While the original series was groundbreaking and remains one of the best sci fi series of all time, Next Generation had better plotlines, a stronger ensemble cast, and more longevity (which is perhaps the best indication of its superiority over its predecessor). The DVDs are absolutely loaded with special features, and watching them in their entirety will tell you pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about the show. But even at Amazon’s price of $45 to $52 a season (down from the nearly $70 MSRP), buying all seven seasons is an investment I can’t justify in today’s economy!
Of course, these are just a few of the thousands of great shows you can find on DVD these days, Make a list of your favorites and search Amazon regularly, as more and more classic shows are being released to DVD all the time!