THOSE WHO ARE INTO OLD SYNDICATED SHOWS.....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 08, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    Ah the old reruns! I enjoy a number of old shows.. some were old when I was a little kid, others I watched when they were on network TV, not in syndication.

    What I find irritating is how some of these programs are treated in syndication. How many of you have noticed that opening credit themes changed, wrong ones "dubbed in"... and they are wrong on DVD releases as well. One recent one took the cake.. "Baywatch" DVD releases in the US dubbed out the original Baywatch theme and put in some fake. Maybe that had to do with licensing of the original. Not sure.

    I also love "Bewitched". I know the show almost as much as "Dallas". Unfortunately syndication has taken its toll and they altered themes and a few other points from what it was originally. Fortunately some real interesting originals have been found on Youtube:


    Original 1st season Bewitched theme (we've all heard this one).. but with a twist:



    The 2nd season theme of Bewitched has all but vanished from any syndicated packages. Here's the original 2nd season theme.. with quite a twist (special added) at the end. They used a beagle in this commercial. Not quite sure what to think about that.....




    Finally the theme of Bewitched, seasons 3-5. I remember seeing this one a couple of times, but with the "bells" still intact. They were later deleted.


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    Aug 08, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    I wouldn't have even noticed, except from reading the reviews of the obsessed fans on amazon. I've recently bought "Firefly" and "Northern Exposure" on DVD and the fans point out that the soundtrack music has been completely changed. I assume that it must have to do with licensing issues.
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    Aug 08, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    I wish someone would give me the News Radio boxed set for Christmas. I also dig Cheers. I thought I'd love Good Times, but watching again recently, I find it disappointing (even though Michael is clearly a future black/pink panther). Of course I still think Florida Evans is the best TV Mom ever. Why else would they cast a woman with a face like a full lunar eclipse? ;-)
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    Aug 08, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    Cheers and M*A*S*H. Doesn't get any better than that.
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    Aug 08, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    Golden Girls and Frasier.
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    Aug 08, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    I watch Buffy (not old but its in syndication) and I can watch A different World and The Cosby Show all day.
  • farfle

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    Aug 09, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    I Love Lucy has got to be my favorite still. Supposedly the DVDs have the original opening and closing credits restored, but I'm not that old...I only have ever seen it in reruns! The Twilight Zone is another favorite.

    Thanks for sharing those, Kasan..I don't ever remember seeing the Chevrolet one, but I'm sure I must have. The Quaker Oats opening I do remember, and I remember the KenLRation commercial, too...although not necessarily from Bewitched.
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    Aug 09, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    I record "Perry Mason" everyday. I'm also a huge watcher of Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, the Flintstones and the Munsters.icon_biggrin.gif
  • ShawnTX

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    Aug 09, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    Old shows...like Friends?
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    Aug 09, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    Music licensing is a HUGE issue for a lot of tv shows. there was a bit uproar from obsessed fans when WKRP's first season came out on dvd. Most of the music had been changed. I've read somewhere that it's very unlikely Ally McBeal will ever come out on dvd because the series was so dependent on having current artists as part of its soundtrack.

    that said, "I Love Lucy" is great on dvd -- it has a lot of original openings and parts that have been restored from the cuts that were made for syndication. the series I want to see the rest of on dvd is The Mary Tyler Moore show. they've only put out the first 4 of the 7 seasons with no plans to release the others because of weak sales. it's a classic and deserves to be seen.