TVShowsOnDVD.com has the skinny on the release of the fourth and final season of the kitschy family sitcom The Partridge Family, which will hit stores of February 3, 2009. There was a time when I was anxious to collect this series, it having been a staple of my Friday night viewing schedule during my formative years—but since there was a three-year gap between the release of the second and third seasons, I began to reevaluate the sitcom and realize that it wasn’t really all it was cracked up to be. (That, and the revulsion that I have for Danny Bonaduce—a “celebrity” who takes in far more oxygen on this planet than he’s entitled—kind of scotched any further Partridge purchases. I ended up selling the first and second seasons on eBay.) Nevertheless, I am pleased to see that they’re planning on finishing out the series on DVD for the fans out there.
Sony is also making progress on the classic domcom Bewitched, which will see its seventh (and penultimate) season released on disc the same day. It certainly looks like the Stephenses will go the distance on this one—but I suppose that since the company finished I Dream of Jeannie they were obligated to reciprocate with the more popular of the two “sorcery” shows. Now if only Sony would turn its attention to some of the other shows they started out *cough* Hazel *cough* but seem to have abandoned.
Later in February (the 17th to be exact), CBS-Paramount will follow up its current The Beverly Hillbillies releases with The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official Third Season (I like how they’re calling these “official” now, because Lord knows they sure as hell aren’t complete—I’m surprised the Flatt & Scruggs music survived intact). I was not aware that the show didn’t switch to color until its fourth season (I would have thought that as hot a property as the Clampetts were CBS would have gone to any lengths to cash in on color) but of course, when I watched the show it was always black-and-white. (We didn’t get a color TV set until 1976.)
Finally, everybody’s favorite Depression-era family, the Waltons, will kick off their penultimate season release to DVD with The Waltons: The Complete Eighth Season on January 6th, 2009, according to this press release at TVShowsOnDVD.com. Once again, I had a nice little collection of DVDs built up from this childhood favorite but I departed with them after hearing the siren song of eBay. (I pretty much stopped watching it after Richard Thomas left the show anyway.)