Thursday, January 24th, 2013

'Fridays' Starring Larry David and Michael Richards Finally Gets a DVD Release

The sketch comedy show Fridays has been unavailable on home video or in reruns since it originally aired in the early 1980s, with a smattering of sketches posted on YouTube being the only option for fans and young comedy nerds interested in checking out the show. Now, all that's about to change because Shout! Factory has acquired worldwide rights to Fridays and is planning a DVD release, according to The Wrap. Fridays was ABC's attempt to duplicate the success of Saturday Night Live, and it ran for three seasons from 1980 to 1982, jump-starting the careers of cast member/writer Larry David, cast member Michael Richards, and writer Larry Charles (a Seinfeld writer and director of Borat and Brüno), amongst others.

In a piece called "Fridays: The SNL Ripoff That Nearly Surpassed the Original" that Dennis Perrin wrote for us last year, he explains why it's taken so long for Fridays to make it to DVD: "Everyone else connected with Fridays wants to see an official set (though I'm told that Michael Richards goes back and forth), yet Larry David won't allow it. Everyone has their theories as to why, but the general consensus is that David, noted for his control over his material, is balking because he'll have little should Fridays be released." There's no set date or any info on the content/extras of the Fridays DVD release, but I guess somebody must have paid off Larry David to make this finally happen? Either way, it's something to look forward to for fans who want to see the earliest work of some pretty, pretty good comedians and comedy writers ever.

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  • http://twitter.com/doggans doggans

    Shout! Factory does great DVDs, and they've managed to get the rights to MST3K episodes that the fans were convinced would never be available, so I'm not surprised that they're the ones who managed to persuade Larry David to let the show go.

  • Chris Casino

    Bradford, Larry was reluctant because he didn't wanna see the shows again, which is fine. But the fact remains, when I'm in Best Buy and I see a DVD release that I can't imagine anybody buying, like for example Season 10 of Two and a Half Men, I roll my eyes at it and keep shopping. That's all Larry has to do when he sees Fridays at Best Buy. However, I don't think his reluctance had much to do with money. He has more of that than Shout! would have been prepared to give him anyway! LOL

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/NOMDP4OA4AJV2LTTTUZQZFLBGE Alma

    We're already going into April…when will there be a release date for "Fridays"??

  • GoonieGooGoo4

    If they managed to somehow get the rights to all those groundbreaking musical performances…..I will be extremely impressed. Hopefully the episodes won't have the music acts cut out like the DVD sets of THE YOUNG ONES…..

  • Franko

    I'm just hoping Lou Adler allows "The Ronnie Horror Show" to be included. That was brilliant.