History KeepCirculatingTheTapes / LiveActionTV

27th Nov '16 1:39:49 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* MTM Enterprises seems particularly cursed. The studio was synonymous with "quality television" in the 1970s and 1980s, producing some of the most critically-acclaimed series in American TV history, but none of them (with the exception of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', the second being no doubt thanks to Pierce Brosnan's megastardom) have seen anything close to their complete runs getting out on DVD. You can blame the library's current owners, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, for this inexplicable behavior.

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* MTM Enterprises seems particularly cursed. The studio was synonymous with "quality television" in the 1970s and 1980s, producing some of the most critically-acclaimed series in American TV history, but none of them (with the exception of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', the second being no doubt thanks to Pierce Brosnan's megastardom) have seen anything close to their complete runs getting out on DVD. You can blame the library's current owners, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, for this otherwise inexplicable behavior.
27th Nov '16 12:59:28 PM Mario1995
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** Segments from the Craig Kilborn era are non-existent, either on the website or on DVD.

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** Segments from the Craig Kilborn era are non-existent, either on the website or on DVD. It's likely that the network's OldShame toward this run of the series has kept it from ever resurfacing (aside from brief flashbacks shown on Stewart-era episodes). Comedy Central's website [[UnPerson doesn't even acknowledge Kilborn's stint at all]].
27th Nov '16 12:55:54 PM Mario1995
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* MTM Enterprises seems particularly cursed. The studio was synonymous with "quality television" in the 1970s and 1980s, producing some of the most critically-acclaimed series in American TV history, but none of them (with the exception of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', the second being no doubt thanks to Pierce Brosnan's megastardom) have seen anything close to their complete runs getting out on DVD.

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* MTM Enterprises seems particularly cursed. The studio was synonymous with "quality television" in the 1970s and 1980s, producing some of the most critically-acclaimed series in American TV history, but none of them (with the exception of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', the second being no doubt thanks to Pierce Brosnan's megastardom) have seen anything close to their complete runs getting out on DVD. You can blame the library's current owners, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, for this inexplicable behavior.
26th Nov '16 5:23:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''[=WonderWorks=]'' was a joint PBS/Disney series that created short made-for-TV movies based on acclaimed children's books, such as ''Jacob Have I Loved'', ''Bridge to Terebithia'', and ''The Hoboken Chicken Emergency''. It also brought several [=BBC=] miniseries adaptations of classic kidlit to the United States. Despite most of the films seeing release on VHS (some were also fixtures of the Creator/DisneyChannel in TheEighties, such as ''The Boy Who Loved Trolls'' and ''How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days''), only a few have seen the light of day on DVD, and never under the ''[=WonderWorks=]'' banner. (These include the first two titles mentioned and the [=BBC=] adaptations of ''A Little Princess'' and ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.)

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* ''[=WonderWorks=]'' was a joint PBS/Disney series that created short made-for-TV movies based on acclaimed children's books, such as ''Jacob Have I Loved'', ''Bridge to Terebithia'', and ''The Hoboken Chicken Emergency''. It also brought several [=BBC=] miniseries adaptations of classic kidlit to the United States. Despite most of the films seeing release on VHS (some were also fixtures of the Creator/DisneyChannel in TheEighties, such as ''The Boy Who Loved Trolls'' and ''How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days''), only a few have seen the light of day on DVD, and never under the ''[=WonderWorks=]'' banner. (These include the first two titles mentioned and the [=BBC=] adaptations of ''A Little Princess'' and ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.)
19th Nov '16 8:20:37 AM SCBlue
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* MTM Enterprises seems particularly cursed. The studio was synonymous with "quality television" in the 1970s and 1980s, producing some of the most critically-acclaimed series in American TV history, but none of them (with the exception of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', and WKRP in Cincinnati. the second being no doubt thanks to Pierce Brosnan's megastardom) have seen anything close to their complete runs getting out on DVD.

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* MTM Enterprises seems particularly cursed. The studio was synonymous with "quality television" in the 1970s and 1980s, producing some of the most critically-acclaimed series in American TV history, but none of them (with the exception of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/RemingtonSteele'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and WKRP in Cincinnati. ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'', the second being no doubt thanks to Pierce Brosnan's megastardom) have seen anything close to their complete runs getting out on DVD.
17th Nov '16 10:49:23 AM FromtheWordsofBR
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* ''Bobby Vinton's Rock N Rollers'', a 1978 hour-long 50's throwback TV special that also featured Stockard Channing, Penny Marshall and Eric Estrada among others. All that exists online is a promo, which is in circulation solely because it aired during ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' mentioned below.

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* ''Bobby Vinton's Rock N Rollers'', a 1978 hour-long 50's throwback TV special that also featured Stockard Channing, Penny Marshall and Eric Estrada among others. All that exists online is a promo, which is in circulation solely because it aired during ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' mentioned below.''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''.



* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', quite likely the most notorious bootleg ever circulated, and even moreso for the story surrounding its creation and reception by fans. Creator/GeorgeLucas disowned it and washed his hands off it, but characters have been made into action figures in the last few years. Whether it will ever be officially released under Disney is still unknown. (The "keep circulating the tapes" nature of this created its own meme: The most commonly circulated version includes portions of a news update in which a reporter promotes a news story about "fighting the frizzies". The makers of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' later utilized this version of the tape as the framework for the Season Three ChristmasEpisode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics".)
** After the 2014 ContinuityReboot, SWHS is no longer in any way canon.
27th Oct '16 2:24:01 PM lizaphile
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* ''Arli$$'', starring Robert Wuhl as an unscrupulous ''Film/JerryMaguire''-like sports agent, has never been released on DVD. Despite the show running for six seasons and being modestly popular, its only DVD release was a "Best Of" collection that was released in 2001, and only featured 13 episodes from different seasons. Not only were no episodes from the second or third season featured, but it didn't bother to include the pilot or series finale. There has been no interest from HBO as far as releasing the series in a long time, and it's impossible to find online as well.

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* ''Arli$$'', starring Robert Wuhl as an unscrupulous ''Film/JerryMaguire''-like sports agent, has never been released on DVD. Despite the show running for six seasons and being modestly popular, its only DVD release was a "Best Of" collection that was released in 2001, and only featured 13 episodes from different seasons.seasons (but it's very easily acquirable as a $2 discount DVD collection at Walgreens thanks to extreme overprinting). Not only were no episodes from the second or third season featured, but it didn't bother to include the pilot or series finale. There has been no interest from HBO as far as releasing the series in a long time, and it's impossible to find online as well.
27th Oct '16 2:07:10 PM lizaphile
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''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. The phrase "keep circulating the tapes" was a line in the credits from Seasons 1-4, inserted to give a winking consent to sharing tapes with others in order to popularize the show; it was removed in Season 5 for many of the legal reasons this entry concerns itself with. During the show's run, the hosts would give a ShoutOut to fans in places where the series wasn't aired (including a group of tape-sharing aficionados in Paris, France during the third season). Although many of the movies shown fall into the MissingEpisode category and are unlikely to see wide release due to UsefulNotes/{{Copyright}} issues, a fair number are available for purchase legally. In this case, the problem is the reproduction rights to the movies since nobody expected there to be such a market for home recordings down the line, so movie rights were only secured for the show's on-air run. Episodes are released on DVD as the rights issues are ironed out. Many episodes were uploaded by Best Brains themselves to Website/{{Google}} Video - many others are uploaded to Website/YouTube at random, with some having been pulled by Creator/{{NBC}} Creator/{{Universal}}.\\

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''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}. The phrase "keep circulating the tapes" was a line in the credits from Seasons 1-4, inserted to give a winking consent to sharing tapes with others in order to popularize the show; it was removed in Season 5 for many of the legal reasons this entry concerns itself with. During the show's run, the hosts would give a ShoutOut to fans in places where the series wasn't aired (including a group of tape-sharing aficionados in Paris, France during the third season). Although many of the movies shown fall into the MissingEpisode category and are unlikely to see wide release due to UsefulNotes/{{Copyright}} issues, a fair number are available for purchase legally. In this case, the problem is the reproduction rights to the movies since nobody expected there to be such a market for home recordings down the line, so movie rights were only secured for the show's on-air run. Episodes are released on DVD as the rights issues are ironed out. Many episodes were uploaded by Best Brains themselves to Website/{{Google}} Video - many others are uploaded to Website/YouTube at random, with some having been pulled by Creator/{{NBC}} Creator/{{Universal}}. And what and when which episodes will air on Sunday nights as part of Comet's current double-playing of the series is anyone's guess.\\
25th Oct '16 4:02:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', quite likely the most notorious bootleg ever circulated, and even moreso for the story surrounding its creation and reception by fans. GeorgeLucas disowned it and washed his hands off it, but characters have been made into action figures in the last few years. Whether it will ever be officially released under Disney is still unknown. (The "keep circulating the tapes" nature of this created its own meme: The most commonly circulated version includes portions of a news update in which a reporter promotes a news story about "fighting the frizzies". The makers of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' later utilized this version of the tape as the framework for the Season Three ChristmasEpisode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics".)

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* ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'', quite likely the most notorious bootleg ever circulated, and even moreso for the story surrounding its creation and reception by fans. GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas disowned it and washed his hands off it, but characters have been made into action figures in the last few years. Whether it will ever be officially released under Disney is still unknown. (The "keep circulating the tapes" nature of this created its own meme: The most commonly circulated version includes portions of a news update in which a reporter promotes a news story about "fighting the frizzies". The makers of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' later utilized this version of the tape as the framework for the Season Three ChristmasEpisode "Mr. Hankey's Christmas Classics".)
25th Oct '16 10:10:47 AM KoopaKid17
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** Very few episodes past Season 14 (1996-97) have been shown.

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** Very few episodes past Season 14 (1996-97) have been shown.shown although Season 31 (2013-14) started airing in October 2016.
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