I wanted to wait a few days before posting this to make sure it was legit. It was back in 2007 when Maude Season 1 was released on DVD from Sony Entertainment, which was received very well by Bea’s fans. Since then Maude has appeared on various streaming sites and finally iTunes and Amazon for digital purchase. Season two, which seemed right around the corner off the success of season 1, never appeared. So, a few days ago when the complete series, all 6 seasons, 141 shows started to spring up on Shout! Factory’s webpage seven years later, I was and still am hesitant to it’s existence. Meanwhile, fans seem pretty happy about it and I have been receiving messages with no mention of any reserves about this specific release.
Shout! Factory seems to be the reincarnation of Rhino, which I am very familiar with. You can read more about their history here via their about page. After learning this, I feel more comfortable with this release. That being said, I doubt it will be available on Amazon, iTunes and the like anytime soon, if ever at all due to it’s unique commercial licensing. I also just found out from our contributor Alex, that this is now listed on the creditable site TVShowsOnDVD.com.
It looks like this is the time to get your long awaited box set of Maude: The Complete Series!
If you do order this, please send photos in of your unboxing, embracing, absolute joy-ing to share this momentous occasion starting on March 17, 2015!
Television history has given us many memorable, amazing women… and then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory.
Created by Norman Lear (All In The Family), Maude pushed the boundaries for network television during its six-year network run from 1972 to 1978. Often controversial and always refreshingly honest, the series never shied away from tackling the topical issues of the day, yet its depth of character and humor left audiences laughing all the way.
Decades after its initial broadcast, Maude remains a benchmark in television for its sharp, intelligent writing, impressive supporting cast (including Bill Macy, Adrienne Barbeau, Conrad Bain and Rue McClanahan) – and of course, the amazing Ms. Arthur. In a role that earned her a well-deserved Emmy® award, Bea Arthur created an indelible portrait of a fiercely liberated woman, paving the way for other noteworthy, female-driven sitcoms from Roseanne and Murphy Brown to 30 Rock.
Right on, Maude!
Until next time,
[ UPDATE – JAN 09 2015 ]
More detailed information has been announced on the contents of the box set from our contributor Alex, below:
“And then there’s Maude. Bea Arthur (The Golden Girls) stars as the feisty and funny title character in Maude: The Complete Series, finally available on DVD from Shout! Factory on March 17, 2015.
The box set contains all 141 episodes on 19 DVDs, as well as a 40-page collector’s book containing an essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales, and several bonus features.
Maude: The Complete Series Bonus Features:
Original All In The Family episode “Cousin Maude’s Visit”
Original All In The Family episode “Maude – Pilot”
Unaired episode 115 “The Double Standard”
Unaired episode 316 “Maude’s New Friends”
Syndication Sales Presentation (Hosted by Norman Lear)
And Then There’s Maude: Television’s First Feminist
Everything but Hemorrhoids: Maude Speaks to America
Memories of Maude – featuring new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau and Bill Macy”
*The two unaired episodes of Maude share titles and story elements that eventually did air. “The Double Standard” was originally shot for Season One as episode 15 and did not air. However, the same script was reshot for Season Two with cast changes and aired on 10/30/73. “Arthur’s Friends” (a.k.a. “Maude’s New Friends”) was originally shot for Season Three as episode 16. This version also did not air, but the script was reshot in Season Five with cast changes and aired 11/29/76. Tapes for both episodes were recently found in the Sony vault and have never been seen by the public until now.