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Old 08-02-14, 09:57 PM
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VHS recordings of TV shows

Earlier today, I was talking with my mom. My parents have been going through old stuff that they don't or rarely use anymore. About a year ago, she gave away dozens of VHS movies to my aunt's family. My aunt and her family have a vacation cabin and they have a DVD/VHS combo player there and they have been enjoying watching VHS of older movies. My mom is taking family videos in to be converted into DVD soon. She then mentioned finding VHS recordings of TV shows. Most of them were recordings of series finales of shows like Cheers, Seinfeld and other shows that ended in the 90s or early 00s. I'm just curious if a lot of people recorded series finales or other episodes of shows before TV on DVD and other media forms.

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Old 08-02-14, 10:23 PM
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

The only TV series I ever recorded was Seinfeld. I still have the final episode (including the original commercials, bumpers, and Tonight Show afterwards) somewhere.

I had a relative that taped the first 4 seasons of The Simpsons at the height of heir popularity. Unfortunately I don't have those tapes anymore, but before the DVDs I had compiled my own list of syndication edits with the tapes versus what was playing on CBC or my local Fox station every night.
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

Yes I remember taping all of the original Star Trek episodes... I kept the tapes for nostalgia long after getting the DVDs.
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I have the entire run of Hardcastle & McCromick on VHS back when it was being rerun on the Family Channel. No other way to have them then. Now I have them on DVD.

Haven't played a bought/or taped to save VHS tape in probably 10 years. Up to 3 years ago, I had mine hooked up just to record shows I was going to no be home for. No DVR. once I watched it, I'd record over it. After I moved, I never hooked it up.
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

I taped all five seasons of Babylon 5 plus the movies. It has been many years since I watched it in that medium, though.
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I tapped a few select shows over the years. I stopped around 2001 when I saw that Tv shows would make their way to DVD at some point so there was just no point plus VHS took up far too much room.
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I still have boxes of classic series Doctor Who VHS, recorded off my local PBS station, stashed away somewhere.
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^ Ditto.
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

I mostly taped special episodes like series finales of favorite shows or if a channel was running a marathon of a favorite show or whatever. I taped a lot of movies back in the day too. I rarely bought VHS tapes because they always seemed expensive and the only place with a decent selection was Sam Goody.
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

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I rarely bought VHS tapes because they always seemed expensive and the only place with a decent selection was Sam Goody.
Yeah, during the VHS era I had tons and tons of tapes recorded off of premium channels. I can count on my two hands the amount of actual store-bought tapes I had, with most of them being gifts (since they were nearly 20 bucks a pop).

I've always been a movie/TV guy, but my collecting didn't start until 2000 when I got my first DVD player.

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Yeah, during the VHS era I had tons and tons of rapes recorded off of premium channels. I can count on my two hands the amount of actual store-bought tapes I had, with most of them being gifts (since they were nearly 20 bucks a pop).
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

I'm shocked that Alan Smitthee has not posted in this thread yet! I'm sure he's got boxes and boxes of old VHS tapes stored away...you know, to show future generations.
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

My father used to tape almost everything and he built a pretty big library. Though a lot of the stuff has appeared on DVD (Perry Mason,Matlock,Murder She Wrote,Seinfeld). Alot has not. He has the complete series of LA Law, Dharma and Gregg, and John Doe. That's all I can remember off the top of my head, but I'm sure there is a lot more. Some stuff may never see the light of day on an official release.

I taped Newhart, Greatest American Hero and Riptide on SP. 2 eps. per tape (5/Newhart). I used to purge commericals, which in retrospect, I wish I had not done. It got expensive, but I enjoyed it. I guess the last holdout of things I taped is Newhart, which is looking to eventually be released on DVD in totality. But it's neat to have the original TV intros and "coming next week" promos. I wish some of that stuff would make it onto the DVDs. I think the original Star Trek releases (2/DVD) did that. Maybe the season sets did too, but I've never seen them.

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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

I've got a ton of old VHS tapes of movies and TV shows. I have all of The Sopranos on tape.
I still have a VCR/DVD combo, so I can't bear to throw them out yet, even though I haven't used it in a couple of years.
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

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Yeah, during the VHS era I had tons and tons of rapes recorded off of premium channels.
Freudian slip?
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I have tons of Late Night with David Letterman on VHS, and no player to play them on
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I still have a box or two of MST3K tapes, including a couple Turkey Day marathons.
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In the late 90's or early 2000's I recorded an April Fools day Tex Avery marathon off the Cartoon Network.
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I've got like 30 tapes in the basement filled with WCW Monday Night Nitro's.
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Yeah, during the VHS era I had tons and tons of rapes recorded off of premium channels. I can count on my two hands the amount of actual store-bought tapes I had, with most of them being gifts (since they were nearly 20 bucks a pop).

I've always been a movie/TV guy, but my collecting didn't start until 2000 when I got my first DVD player.
I hope you mean you recorded lots of Lifetime Network movies back in the day.
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I recorded every episode of The Wonder Years and Hope & Gloria.

I still have them but can't watch them (no VCR).
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Freudian slip?
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Re: VHS recordings of TV shows

I used to record a lot of different TV shows: The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Futurama, Dr. Katz, The Tick (animated). I used to watch those tapes so much. Once things finally started to find their way onto DVD, I quit. It really was a lot of work and took up a lot of space. I'm happy I don't deal with that anymore. That being said, I don't watch old episodes on DVD like I did those VHS tapes.
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I'm hesitant to buy the expensive box sets of Power Rangers because I taped so many episodes over the past 20 years. Yes, it'll save (lots of) space and yes, they'll be more easily accessible and look much better in quality and have no commercials. But still, I have practically all of them already and I do watch them. Same with Pokémon.

I did buy box sets of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z despite taping them off Cartoon Network because the box sets came with the uncut Japanese-language versions, which I value more than the cut English dubs.

I'm still debating whether to spring for the Sailor Moon box sets. At least I'll get the Sailor Stars season, since that never aired in the U.S.
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I still have my VHS tapes of all of Twin Peaks and all nine season of The X-Files that I recorded from TV.

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