Coming soon on DVD: Tina Fey, Rachel Griffiths, Gumby, and a talking dog

I didn’t have cable for several years – which made no sense to anyone who
knew me well. Being as dependent on television as I am for my emotional well-being,
I managed my daily TV needs through generous friends and DVD rentals and purchases.
Although I now have all sorts of fancy cable and DVR capabilities, I still haunt
tvshowsondvd.com hoping that there will be news that Facts of Life (Season
4), Once and Again (Season 3) , Daria (Season 1), or Family
(Season 3) is scheduled for imminent release.

During my last such visit, I found no information about the shows I covet,
but I did learn that there are some great upcoming
(Region 1) DVD releases
.

First, Season 1 of 30 Rock will be released this Tuesday.

I’ve loved Tina Fey since Mean Girls, but only managed
to watch a few episodes of 30 Rock. (I have, however, seen the
"Blind Date" episode
about 80 times – thank you free iTunes
download!) The handful of episodes I did manage to watch were brilliant –
including the "Rural Juror" episode, the Valentines Day episode, and
the episode in which Jack co-opts Liz Lemon’s boyfriend. And the casting of
Elaine Stritch as Jack’s mother…perfect! Needless to
say, 30 Rock is going to the top of my Netflix queue.

One more picture of Tina Fey before moving on.

Also in the category of shows-I-intended-to-watch-but-didn’t,
Brothers and Sisters is releasing later in the month (September 18,
to be precise).

I know next to nothing about the show, but it features Rachel Griffiths
and Patricia Wettig, and I’ve heard only good things about
it, so that’s going in the queue, too.

Of course, there’s a lot more releasing this Tuesday: there’s Nip/Tuck
(Season 4), The Office (Season 3), and the harmonic convergence
of Desperate Housewives (Season 3) and The Real Housewives of Orange County
(Season 1) . What particularly caught my eye, however, was Season 2 of Bosom
Buddies.

Bosom Buddies is best remembered as the cross-dressing sitcom that
gave Tom Hanks his start. It had all the predictable plots associated with cross-dressing;
the difficulties of pulling off the charade, avoiding romantic attention from
men, struggling with romantic attraction to women who think you’re a woman.
And it had all the stereotypes – the blonde bombshell (Donna Dixon),
the fat girl best friend whose lust is played for laughs (Wendie Jo
Sperber
), the sassy black neighbor (Telma Hopkins).
But the show was fundamentally fun. And Holland Taylor played
the boss at the advertising agency where several of the characters worked. But
it’s not really the plot that’s making me wistful; this show actually triggered
some early awareness and crushes for me. In my pre-adolescence, I found both
Donna Dixon and Wendie Jo Sperber inexplicably compelling –
and I was precociously attuned to the lesbian-ish aspect of characters who were
pretending to be women trying woo actual women.

Actually, a lot of the September releases bring back my childhood and pre-adolescence.
There’s The Gumby Show this coming Tuesday.

I have no crushes or lesbian associations with this. I just liked Gumby’s pony-pal,
Pokey.

There’s Josie and the Pussycats on September 19th.

While I did not necessarily covet their "long
tails and ears for hats
," I was aware that they were pretty much the
only female-oriented cartoon when I was a kid (apart from Penelope Pitstop).

And most strikingly for me, on September 25th, Davey and Goliath, The Lost
Episodes
will be released.

There’s an element of therapeutic public humiliation in admitting how much
I loved this show. While I’m sure it was the claymation and not the religion
that drew us in, my brother and I (two little Jewish kids) could not get enough
of this preachy, Lutheran morality play. But it wasn’t just us; references pops
up sporadically in shows targeted at people my age. One of my favorite Friends
moments involves a depressed Frank Jr. moping around Phoebe’s apartment watching
an episode of Davey and Goliath. If you’re intrigued, check out video clips
at DaveyandGoliath.org.

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