June is television re-run time, and a lot of these warmed-over programs weren't so hot to begin with. Instead, consider putting one of yesteryear's favorite shows into your VCR.
Columbia House Video Library is offering eight such programs in their Collector's Editions series: "Wonder Woman," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Starsky and Hutch," "Rod Serling's Night Gallery," "Good Times," "The A-Team," "The Wild Wild West" and "Adam 12."
Videos of these shows are available through mail order by calling 1-800-638-2922. Usually the initial volume includes the show's first or pilot episode and lists for $4.95. Columbia then ships additional volumes for $19.95 plus shipping. Those volumes usually include two episodes of one-hour shows or four 30-minute programs, plus liner notes on each video. Ask for exact pricing and shipping for each series.
Wonder Woman: Lynda Carter launched her career as the powerful Amazon who battled espionage and sabotage from 1976 to 1979. Lyle Waggoner played Maj. Steve Trevor, who fought alongside the United States's first superheroine as she rejected bullets with her trademark bulletproof bracelets.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour brought back frontier feminism with her portrayal of a physician in Colorado Springs, in the same Old West pioneering spirit of "Little House on the Prairie." The series won four Emmy Awards in its six-year run, which began in 1993.
Starsky and Hutch: Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul chased the bad guys in a red Ford Torino from 1975 to 1979.
Rod Serling's Night Gallery: Sterling created this series after "The Twilight Zone." It ran from 1970 to 1973 but was severely edited in syndication. Columbia has
re-mastered the shows to their original form, offering four episodes on each volume.
Good Times: This "Dy-No-Mite" situation comedy offered lots of satire with a cast that included Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker, John Amos and Janet Jackson.
The A-Team: Mr. T's B.A. Baracus (with 35 pounds of gold around his neck), George Peppard, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz made up the freelancers who went about righting wrongs in NBC's most successful series of the 1983-84 season. "The A-Team" lasted four years.
Adam 12: Martin Milner and his partner Kent McCord starred in this "Dragnet" spinoff produced by that show's star, Jack Webb. It ran from 1968 to 1975.
The Wild Wild West: Robert Conrad and Ross Martin combined a western flair with spy intrigue as special agents with a private railroad car in this 1965-70 series.
This summer, Columbia is also offering two Star Trek series, "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine," to go along with old favorites including "I Love Lucy," "All in the Family," "The Twilight Zone" and "Sanford and Son."
CAPTION: Lynda Carter as "Wonder Woman" in the late 1970s.