Popular television sitcom DVDs make it easy for consumers to relive some of the happiest times in their lives.
Comedy, science fiction and mystery formats fill DVD libraries. Internet talk shows and discussion forums (i.e. Cable TV Talk, TV.com) spotlight popular television sitcoms. Some of the TV shows date back to the 1950s.
Bring Back the Laughs and Good Memories
Consumers can purchase sitcom box sets that include one to two seasons of a TV series for about $50. Buying a sitcom box DVD set easily translates into over 30 to 40 hours of enjoyable viewing. Characters and settings come alive on high definition television sets.
Plug in surround sound speakers to a high definition television and those old television sitcoms just might generate memories so strong that viewers feel like they have been transported back in time. Top television sitcoms that are available on DVD include:
I Love Lucy – Original shows ran from 1951 through 1960. Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Desi Arnaz and William Frawley starred in this popular comedic television series. I Love Lucy won five Emmy Awards before the show went into syndication.
All In The Family – Aired throughout the 1970s. Archie and Edith Bunker, played by Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, were mainstays on the show. Archie’s raw sense of humor and strong opinions coupled with Edith’s off the wall comments kept viewers tuning in week after week.
More Popular TV Sitcoms Available on DVD
The Brady Bunch – This popular 1970s television series has taken its share of jokes since it stopped taping original episodes in 1974. However, The Brady Bunch (a program that focused on the highs and lows of blended families) was so popular that two feature films were adapted from the television series.
Happy Days – Although this television series aired during the 1970s, anyone who grew up in the 1960s will likely loving watching reruns of Happy Days on DVD.
The Simpsons – This is the longest running animated television series in history. Original tapings of the show continue to air. Picking up a Simpsons DVD is like bringing home a piece of television history.
Mary Tyler Moore Show – Mary Tyler Moore became popular with television viewers while she starred on the Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1970 she started to appear in the popular TV sitcom that is named after her. The show ran throughout the 1970s. Dealing with challenges of dating, parents, adult children and a demanding boss, the Mary Tyler Moore Show remains popular because it speaks to real life issues.
Sanford and Son – Redd Foxx (aka Fred G. Sanford on the show) is at his best in this television sitcom. He and Demond Wilson, the actor who portrays Foxx’s on screen son Lamont, get in enough tight spots to keep this show alive for years. Fred is lovable and adorable; he is also a pain in the neck. The tricks he uses to try to get what he wants (i.e. a new color TV so he can watch soap operas) are hilarious.
Friends – Ran from 1994 through 2004. David Crane and Marta Kauffman created this broadly watched primetime television series. The show taped over 200 episodes and was nominated for more than 60 Emmy Awards.
The Golden Girls – Set in sunny Miami, Florida, The Golden Girls is a landmark television series that starred four actresses who played women in their middle and latter years. Although the TV series is in syndication, viewers who grab a DVD box set of the show can sit back and watch the exploits of Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan whenever they want. Be prepared to laugh.
Mash – Based on a novel by the same name, this popular television sitcom taped for more than 10 years. Over 250 episodes were created. Viewers who lack awareness of the Vietnam War (around which the comedic show centers) will still enjoy lots of laughs while they watch Mash on DVD.
The Cosby Show – This popular TV series earned its way into the Number One slot in the 1980s. Spotlighting a progressive African American family, The Cosby Show was created by and starred comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Several actors and actresses who appeared on the TV series went on to enjoy rewarding careers in the entertainment industry.
Popular television series bring back happy memories. Even though some of the shows were taped in the 1950s, humorous scenes and dialogue continue to inspire great laughter. DVD box sets of these and other hit TV sitcoms (i.e. The Martin Lawrence Show, Roseanne, Living Single, The Honeymooners, Beverly Hillbillies, The Waltons) can be popped into a DVD player and watched right at a computer or on a high definition television at any time.
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