What is at least one series on DVD that you went into cold but that then became a red-hot favorite of yours, and why?
I have at least five, and I’ll do my best to explain the reasons:
–Hawaii Five-O (the original): This is mainly because the original versions of McGarrett, Danny, Chin Ho, et al. are far preferable to the new ones, at least to me.
–Hart to Hart: It was the very believable love affair of Jonathan and Jennifer Hart (Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers) that has this ranking up there pretty high; the opening theme wasn’t bad either, and neither was Lionel Stander as Max.
–CHiPs: This is on the list because of its premise of two CHP officers (Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada) patrolling around the sprawling highways of L.A.; they do this so much that it gives it a travelogue feel that I really enjoy.
–Perry Mason: Although I went in cold on this one (having not really seen any full outings of it), after half-a-season’s worth, that famous defense lawyer and his team are starting to grow on me somewhat.
–Hardcastle and McCormick: One more I went in cold on, it also grew on me, basically because of its premise of an ex-con racecar driver and a retired L.A. Superior Court judge as they worked together to capture old criminals who got out of the judge’s courtroom on technicalities. This was begrudging at first, then by the end, when Mark’s parole ended, they seemed to have become very good friends.