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BARNEY MILLER, PERRY MASON

   

For Hicksflicks.com, Jan. 3, 2014

Fanatical fans of the beloved "Barney Miller" sitcom that starred Hal Linden and ran for eight seasons (1974-82) probably shelled out the big bucks for the complete series set that was released two years ago. But if not, and you've been awaiting single-season sets beyond Season 3, you'll be glad to know that Season 4 is here at last.

This was a terrific show, a police-procedural sitcom set in a New York precinct with Linden as Capt. Miller and a wonderful cast of zanies — cops and suspects and witnesses — that still holds up today. (Hey, as I often say, funny is funny, no matter when it was made.) Can Seasons 5-8 be far off?

Also new this week are the first six TV movies that resurrected Raymond Burr as Perry Mason and Barbara Hale as Della Street in a box set: "Perry Mason Movie Collection, Volume 1."

The first film is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), with Mason stepping down from his position as a judge to defend Street when she's accused of murder. (This one was included in the DVD set "Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition.")

Also here are the first five sequels: "The Case of the Notorious Nun" (1986, with Timothy Bottoms and Tom Bosley), "The Case of the Shooting Star" (1986, Jennifer O'Neill), "The Case of the Lost Love" (1987, Jean Simmons, Gene Barry, Gordon Jump), "The Case of the Sinister Spirit" (1987, Robert Stack) and "The Case of the Murdered Madam" (1987, John Rhys-Davies).

Co-starring in the movies are William Katt as private investigator Paul Drake Jr. and David Ogden Stiers as district attorney Michael Reston.

So, at the rate of six movies per volume, we should see a total of five sets for the 30 films (including four made after Burr's death, with Paul Sorvino in the first and Hal Holbrook starring in the final three).