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Old 10-31-2008, 09:01 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by friendsfan77
If there are not any issues with Valerie, I'm surprised they didn't want to have releases during Arrested Development's days. I'm sure a number of fans would have liked seeing Jason Bateman when he was younger.

There are no issues with Valerie Harper. She'd be blocking an opportunity for her to make money if she kept them from releasing the show. She would profit even from the seasons she was no longer on the show. It was part of her court case that she won. She won partial ownership plus 12% of the gross profits of the show. Besides, she doesn't have the power to block it anyway. She's not the only owner involved and if she were to say "no", she'd be outnumbered by the other owners who are corporations/companies and thus could afford to buy her out to put the DVD on the rack.

The thing is, the show is barely remembered except for the switchover from Valerie Harper to Sandy Duncan. The show wasn't innovative and actually became very formulaic and forced once Valerie Harper was fired.

Since there were more episodes without Valerie Harper than there were with her, the show is remembered more as ordinary than anything else. With that in mind, I believe WB (one of the owners of the show since Lorimar no longer exists) feels it simply is not in demand enough to warrant a sale. The last time it aired, it was yanked off early due to low ratings.

I want the show on DVD and many here do as well, but aside from us die-hards, I think it's been basically forgotten. Shows similar in style, like "Boy Meets World", "Step By Step" and "Family Matters" haven't lit the DVD sales on fire. "Boy Meets World" was culled from the Buena Vista's list due to low sales after Season 3, and this was with no cast changes. They probably figure that "Valerie's Family", with the dramatic cast change that season, would make a purchase undesirable. Lionsgate is trying their luck out by releasing "Boy Meets World" and, with any luck, should it sell well, perhaps they'll take a chance on "Valerie"/"Valerie's Family"/"The Hogan Family". I doubt it though.

"Step By Step" saw a "best-of" release and that went nowhere. There simply isn't demand for this type of show. Hopefully at some point, this will change. Right now, with the economy the way it is, even those who would normally purchase a set would probably pass on it.

Sorry to be so verbose, but I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that the non-release of the show on DVD has NOTHING to do with Valerie Harper.

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Old 01-10-2012, 10:29 AM   #17
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Voting Results
Unreleased Rank: 398th
Overall Rank: 1084th
Season Set: 518 (99%)
Best of: 110 (21%)
Individual Episodes: 91 (17%)
Total Number of Voters: 522

The Hogan Family

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Unreleased Rank: 85th
Overall Rank: 439th
Season Set: 1131 (99%)
Best of: 261 (23%)
Individual Episodes: 206 (18%)
Total Number of Voters: 1145

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:35 PM   #18
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I voted! Wish this show was on dvd!
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:42 AM   #19
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Not the same as having them on DVD but a number of the shows are on youtube.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:22 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by DK2
I keep thinking that the lawsuit with Valerie Harper and Lorimar Prods. (which is now Warner Bros) may have something to do with this show not being released yet on dvd. Maybe WB feels so burned from the old lawsuit they don't wish to get into any rights fees/profits to Valerie Harper. I'm sure this means something to them and to her. Whatever happens she is probably owed something or at the least the episodes she was in. From what I understand she was was somewhat involved with the shows inception and her production comp. was involved. Thats my opinion though.
If it ever comes on dvd, I think it only makes sense that they release her episodes as one 2 season set. Many other mid season sitcoms have started out their first dvd sets like this.

My guess is because Valerie Harper won a significant amount money from the producers for her firing (even some profits from the series she was no longer associated with), those with the show are afraid of another lawsuit with Valerie asking for a cut of DVD sales (something not foreseeable in the late '80s) or syndication rights (explaining why you have not seen much of the show since its last season on CBS back in 1990-91).
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:42 PM   #21
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It is insane that this show is not on DVD or on DVD demand release. I wish either Netflix or Hulu would pick it up too and show it via that alternative.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:55 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Ron Ron
It is insane that this show is not on DVD or on DVD demand release. I wish either Netflix or Hulu would pick it up too and show it via that alternative.

I can't believe it either. It ran for what, 6-7 years? So how is it really forgotten? But I guess as others had mentioned several other sitcoms have had some or one or no dvd sets released either. I mean Who's the Boss just one season? Growing Pains went the dvd demand route after the first 2 seasons were mass retail released. The links for Valerie/Hogna Family on youtube and dailymotion quality sucks. I know its VHS but you wished they were taped in SP mode and it might marginally look better.
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