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In 1980, ABC had “Taxi” and “Soap” back to back on Wednesday nights, but most of its schedule was driven by tits, ass and Aaron Spelling. “Three’s Company,” “Hart To Hart,” “Vega$,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” and Charlie’s Angels.” That was ABC. “Bosom Buddies” arrived on ABC the same year as the completely horrible Ted Knight vehicle “Too Close For Comfort.” Because "Bosom's" title was a tit joke and because it aired on ABC, it was too easy to dismiss it as another turd float in ABC’s T&A garbage parade. But “Bosom Buddies,” the tale of a pair of fledgling ad men who wore dresses so they could live in a dirt-cheap women-only hotel, was funny stuff. The cross-dressing business got tired in a hurry, of course, but the writers came to de-emphasize it fairly early on and pretty much eliminated it by the start of season two. The series was created by a young writer named Chris Thompson. He came out of “Laverne & Shirley,” but later spent years on “The Larry Sanders Show” (still arguably the best live-action American sitcom of all time) before he created the acclaimed (if short-lived) Jay Mohr movie-industry comedy “Action.” And of course "Bosom" starred the amazing Tom Hanks. It put Hanks on many of our pre-"Splash" radars, and I remember thinking then that he was destined for stardom. He was so great, in fact, that his greatness kind of spilled over onto co-star Peter Scolari; at the time I thought they were both due for hugeish things. (And Scolari - while never making an impact on the big screen - did spend the next two decades working nonstop in television, notably scoring Emmy nominations for three of his five seasons on “Newhart.”) I also thought the great Holland Taylor was hilarious as their ad agency boss. All 19 first-season episodes (including the pilot, shot on 35mm) are on the new set, which Amazon is retailing at the moment for $24.49

Herc’s Popular Pricing Pantry

50% Off Twilight Zone!! This time last week the excellent, extra-crammed “Twilight Zone” sets were selling for as much as $87.99 per season. Here’s what they run this week: $59.99 Twilight Zone Season One $49.99 Twilight Zone Season Two $49.99 Twilight Zone Season Three $49.99 Twilight Zone Season Four $49.99 Twilight Zone Season Five

50% Off The Prisoner!! Probably one of the three best series ever made, it carries a SRP of $139.96 and it normally sells for around $100. But at the moment: $69.99 The Complete Prisoner

1960s Outer Limits: Less than $33/Season!! $32.99 The Outer Limits Season One $30.99 The Outer Limits Season Two

It’s all apparently part of a new “classic TV sale,” which features big discounts on 138 titles including: The Avengers: The Complete Emma Peel Megaset Combat Danger Man The Dick Cavett Show The Dick Van Dyke Show Fireball XL-5: The Complete Series Lost In Space Naked City The Saint Secret Agent (2007 Megaset) Supercar: The Complete Series Thunderbirds: Megaset Time Tunnel Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea

Separately, there’s just been added a Battlstar Galactica 2.x Value Pack , which combines the $35.49 episodes 2.1-2.10 set and the $33.99 episodes 2.11-2.20 set for just $52.49!

TV-on-DVD Calendar
Last Week Doctor Who: The Invasion Doctor Who: The Sontaran Experiment Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends 1.x Hawaii Five-0 1.x The Loop 1.x Moonlighting 5.x Northern Exposure 6.x Sabrina The Teenage Witch 1.x SNL: The Best of Steve Martin South Park 9.x Stargate Atlantis 2.x
This Week

Baby Looney Tunes Vol. 3

Bosom Buddies 1.x

Cool McCool: The Complete Series (Created by Bob Kane!!!)

I Love Lucy 7.x-9.x

Loonatics Unleashed 1.x Match Game '73: Dumb Dora Edition

Mile High 1.x

The Pretender: The Movies

Robin of Sherwood Vol. 1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.x

Without A Trace 2.x
Next Week Batman Beyond 3.x Christy: The Complete Series Deadliest Catch 1.x Garfield: Ode To Odie JAG 3.x JAG 1.x-3.x The Jeffersons 6.x Justice League Unlimited 2.x Maude 1.x

Masters of Horror: Pro-Life <--- NEW!! McHale's Navy 1.x Miami Vice 3.x Miami Vice 4.x Milton The Monster: The Complete Series NewsRadio 5.x&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;; style= Run's House 1.x/2.x Sleeper Cell 2.x The Wild Wild West 2.x
March 27 The Addams Family 1.x Vol. 2 Family Affair 3.x Fantastic Four Vol. 1 Full House 6.x The Jeffersons 6.x Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Vol. 1 New Adventures of He-Man Vol. 2 One Foot in the Grave 1.x One Foot in the Grave 2.x The Shield 5.x 7th Heaven 4.x Sonic The Hedgehog: The Complete Series Touched By An Angel 4.x Vol. 1 Whose Line Is It Anyway U.K. 1.x-2.x
April 3 Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series Defenders of the Earth Vol. 2 Entourage 3.1-3.12 Galapagos: The Complete Series Happy Tree Friends Vol. 2 Law & Order 5.x

The Lost Room: The Complete Miniseries Mind of Mencia 2.x Roseanne 7.x She-Ra 1.x Vol. 2 Tom Goes To The Mayor: The Complete Series

Twin Peaks 2.x
April 10 Avatar: The Last Airbender 2.x Vol. 2 The Batman 3.x Scooby-Doo Where Are You 3.x The Streets of San Francisco 1.x Vol. 1

Teen Titans 3.x The Untouchables 1.x Vol. 1
April 17 The Ghost Busters: The Complete Series The George Lopez Show 1.x/2.x Happy Days 2.x Highlander: Best Of Larry King Live: Greatest Interviews

The Larry Sanders Show: Not Just the Best Of Laverne & Shirley 2.x Mork & Mindy 2.x Murder She Wrote 6.x MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge 2.x

Shadow Warriors 1.x Starring Sonny Chiba SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend Or Foe?

The Venture Bros. 2.x
April 24 Columbo 1989 Daniel Boone 3.x The Drew Carey Show 1.x Ed, Edd & Eddy 2.x Flipper 1.x Ironside 1.x Ironside 1.x Vol. 1 <--- NEW!!

Kidnapped: The Complete Series Moral Orel: Vol. 1 NCIS 3.x NCIS 1.x-3.x The Odd Couple 1.x One Day At A Time 1.x Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (HD-DVD) Rob & Big 1.x Shameless 1.x Tsunami: The Aftermath

WKRP in Cincinnati 1.x
May 1 Beverly Hills 90210 2.x Dinosaurs 3.x/4.x The Girls Next Door 2.x Inside The Actors Studio: Johnny Depp The King of Queens 8.x Melrose Place 2.x

Michael Palin: Around The World In 80 Days Ozzie & Harriet: Best Of What I Like About You 1.x Will & Grace 6.x
May 8 Battlstar Galactica 2.x Value Pack <--- NEW!!
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  • March 13, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by Arch Nemesis


  • March 13, 2007, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by radjac33

    after first

  • March 13, 2007, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Finally! BSG Season 2 on Sale!

    by tonagan

    That's a price that I can deal with. I'm still waiting for The Prisoner to drop just a LITTLE bit more. I'm such a cheap bastard.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    baby, did you ever wonder?

    by newc0253

    p.s. cool deadwood season 3 cover. any word on when those final tie-up episodes will air?

  • March 13, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I don't think they can lower The Prisoner more.

    by Hercules

    I think they have to give Heather Mills and Yoko Ono $22 from every set sold because McGoohan used "All You Need Is Love" in the season finale.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Bosom Buddies remake

    by Banky the Hack

    They totally need to remake Bosom Buddies with Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney as their Cathy and Tanya characters.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Bosom Buddies, yes; Loonatics, HELL NO!!

    by Mr Incredible

    It will be great to see Hanks in his younger days when he didn't take himself so seriously as he does now. WKRP will be crap because the music has been replaced with generic garbage.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Scrubs Season 5 DVD in Germany! May 10!

    by DerLanghaarige

    After we had to wait much longer for season 4, we finally get Season 5 earlier than the USA again, yesssssss!

  • March 13, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Cool McCool?!!!? AWESOME!!!!!!!

    by riskebiz

    Danger is my business!!!

  • March 13, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Can I see the numbers?

    by Don Lockwood

    Because, seriously, how "popular" are the pricing pantry articles?

  • March 13, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    The Prisoner is a great series.

    by one9deuce

    But the final episode is PURE SHIT.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Has BSG ever been cheap?

    by Karl Childers

    I waited months for any of the seasons to come on sale (I was a late bloomer) and finally shelled out over $100 to get all seasons from Amazon.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    I have to get those bond dvds

  • March 13, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    BSG price drop is too little, too late...

    by MisterE

    I've been holding out for a decent price drop on BSG Season 2, but Season 3 has just about killed my interest in buying Season 2. MAYBE if it drop to around $42 for the full season...

  • March 13, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    How about Cheers season 9 or...

    by mrfan

    reducing ST: Voyager down. They did it with all the rest.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I bought the Bond box sets this morning...

    by Frank Black

    From the above Amazon link and this is about the 3rd or 4th time I have used them for massive savings. I love this column and really appreciate it. Thanks!

  • March 13, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    But Nosferatu, $43.99 x 4 is $175.96...

    by tonagan

    While the Amazon sale has them all for $125. That's quite a deal.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Masters of Horror:

    by Craig2574

    Masters of Horror: Pro-Life!!! Way to push material for someone who works for this site without telling anyone!

  • March 13, 2007, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Bosom Buddies!!!

    by calnorso

    Hell Yeah!!!!

  • March 13, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST


    by VoodooV

    needs to drop a little bit further before I bite. not to mention that it needs to be consolidated into one "ENTIRE season 2 pack" none of this half season bullshit

  • March 13, 2007, 9:34 p.m. CST

    You Know What Bugs Me?

    by Professor Krapp

    That HBO thinks 12 episodes of Deadwood is worth seventy bucks! Even fifty is too much. Until they get down to thirty bucks, I'll keep ordering them from Netflicks and bootlegging them for my own personal pleasure. The quality ain't as good, but I save seventy dollars!

  • March 13, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST


    by VoodooV

    I felt the same way about Rome Prof. I was so very tempted, but nay. I said "fudge-em"

  • March 13, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm Bootlegging Rome Also

    by Professor Krapp

    Just finished the first disk. Haven't watched it yet. I hope it lives up to the hype. Guess I'll have to put Deadwood season 3 on my Netflicks.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    Herc, Jim J. Bullock is gonna kick your ass for dissing "2 Close 4 Comfort". Or maybe not....didn't he die of The Aids?

  • March 13, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Deadwood...

    by Bungion Boy

    Does anyone know if it's going to have that Finale Movie like we were told it would or is it just over? I haven't heard the film talked about in a long while. I need closure!

  • March 13, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Still no fucking CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?!

    by Uncle Stan

    Dog shit like Full House and Home Improvement is out there, but the best written sitcom in television history sits on the goddamn shelf. There is no goddamn god.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by Professor Krapp

    Haven't heard anything concrete about Deadwood. Only the initial rumors.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Bond is Gone!

    by ShogunMaster

    All the Bond sets are Sold, it seems. Still happy I bought them all from Ebay for $55 last year. Who cares if they are of questionable origin, if the movies still play? I'd feel more guilt if I hadn't bought them all legitimately in VHS form (up until Goldeneye) beforehand. They already have my money dammit.. BTW, I just bought Casino Royale today and damn I forgot how much I loved that movie. Might have to watch it again tomorrow...

  • March 14, 2007, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Man, Bosom Buddies does not hold up

    by Trazadone

    It's simply painful to watch. Sure Tom Hanks starred, but he also starred in BIG, so he doesn't have a perfect track record.

  • March 14, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Where's "Just the Ten of Us"?

    by Borgnine JR

    I'm jonzing for some Jamie Luner.

  • March 14, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Deadwood movies were an empty promise

    by Strabo

    HBO had no intention of ever doing follow-up movies. I mean, really, how often does that actually happen? If it's going to happen, usually the follow-ups are being produced synonymous with the end of the show, such as the Stargate SG-1 movies that are in production currently. It's been about seven months since the finale of Deadwood aired. HBO has forgotten, and so has most of the audience. We'll never get a true ending for the series...we're stuck with that half-assed finale.

  • March 14, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Come on, JM J Bullock was comedy gold. And Lydia Cornell was a poor man's Loni Anderson, but WOWZAA !

  • March 14, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Bought Busom Buddies-watched it last night ....

    by kinghenryVIII

    It'd funny - but nas as much so as it was when it was on the air - to be expected since it was 81 but .... still glad I bought it. Hanks is funny as hell - DAMMIT - iwish he would do more comedy! <p> Also got Bond CR - watching it tonight.<p> MONROE - HAHAHA loved that Jim J. is he dead?

  • March 14, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    Truly, there is no God.

  • March 14, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Bought the bond set yesterday, got it TODAY!!

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    and I only paid amazon 2 bucks and change for shipping!!! WOWZA!!

  • March 14, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    McLeod's Daughters be juicy

    by Little Beavis

    I'd poke dat

  • March 14, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I continue holding my breath for the Adam West "Batman"

    by Doctor_Sin

    But, hey, what the hell, I can download it for free.<p>The Prisoner is the best show ever. I still have my MPI vhs tapes. I stated buying the DVD when they first came out, but then they had authoring problems. This set looks nice. It shall be mine.