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Abbott & Costello TV Show

Every episode of the classic series is available on DVD here.


The Abbott and Costello TV series has been selected by both Entertainment Weekly (1998) and Time magazine (2007) as one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.
Jerry Seinfeld has said that The Abbott and Costello Show inspired his own sitcom. "That show was definitely the most important ancestor of [our] show," Seinfeld said.
The boys' classic TV series debuted in the fall of 1952, and lasted two seasons (a total of 52 episodes).
Bud and Lou play themselves as unemployed actors, down on their luck and perpetually six months behind on their rent at Sid Fields' spartan rooming house. (The rent is a steep $7 per week.)
Their neighbors include the elegant Hillary Brooke, who sometimes fancies Costello; the belligerent Mike the Cop (Gordon Jones), whose testiness with Lou may stem from his own desire for Hillary; "Stinky" (Joe Besser), a grown man inexplicably dressed like a child; and Mr. Bacciagalupe (Joe Kirk, Lou's real-life brother-in-law), an immigrant who seems to own several businesses. Sid Fields also played a host of minor characters who were all somehow related to the landlord. A pet chimp named Bingo, who was dressed like Costello, turned up in a handful of shows until she (yes, Bingo was a girl) bit Lou and was fired.
In 1986 all 52 episodes were completely restored. In the 1990s, Shanachie Home Entertainment released a 13-volume collection of the episodes on VHS and, eventually, on DVD. Each volume contains four complete episodes--two from the first season and two from the second.
On Sept. 5, 2006, Passport Home Video released all 26 episodes from Season I in a 5-DVD boxed set. Season II's 26 episodes were released in another 5-DVD set on Oct. 3. Both releases include rare Costello home movies and interviews with Lou's daughters, Paddy and Chris.
On April 6, 2010, E1 Entertainment released a new boxed set, "The Abbott and Costello Show: The Complete Series Collector's Edition." All 52 episodes were digitally restored and re-mastered for this release, and several bonus features from the Passport release (rare home movies, interviews with Lou's daughters, and the short "10,000 Kids and a Cop") are included. There are additional features, including a 44-page booklet; a 50-minute "highlight reel" of classic routines; and the compilation "Hey Abbott!," hosted by Milton Berle. All programs in this boxed set are subtitled, too.

Latest DVDs
NEW The Abbott & Costello Show - The Complete Series Collector's Edition
This new 9-DVD boxed set includes all 52 episodes from both seasons, digitally restored and re-mastered, plus a 50-minute highlight reel of classic routines; a 44-page book about the show; the 1978 compilation "Hey Abbott!", hosted by Milton Berle (with appearances by Joe Besser, Phil Silvers and Steve Allen); the 1948 short 10,000 Kids and a Cop, made to publicize the Lou Costello Jr. Youth Foundation in Los Angeles; Costello's color and black and white home movies; and interviews with Lou's daughters Paddy and Chris. In addition each show has been subtitled. Approximate running time 22 hours.
Disc 1 The Drug Store, The Dentist's Office, Jail, The Vacation, The Birthday Party, Alaska, The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman.
Disc 2 The Army Story, Pots and Pans, The Charity Bazaar, The Western Story, The Haunted House, Peace and Quiet, Hungry.
Disc 3 The Music Lovers, The Politician, The Wrestling Match, Getting a Job, The Chimp, Hillary's Birthday, Television.
Disc 4 Las Vegas, Little Old Lady, The Actors' Home, Police Rookies, Safari. Bonus: Classic Routine Reel
Disc 5 The Paperhangers, Uncle Bozzo's Visit, In Society, Life Insurance, Pest Exterminators, Killer's Wife, Cheapskates.
Disc 6 South of Dixie, From Bed to Worse, $1000 TV Prize, Amnesia, Efficiency Experts, Car Trouble, Wife Wanted.
Disc 7 Uncle From New Jersey, Private Eye, The Tax Return, Public Enemies, Bank Holdup, Well Oiled, The Pigeon.
Disc 8 Honeymoon House, Fencing Master, Beauty Contest Story, Fall Guy, Barber Lou. Bonus: Lou Costello Home Movies (1942-3 and 1950).
Disc 9 Hey Abbott!(1978) hosted by Milton Berle; 10,000 Kids and a Cop(1948); Interviews with Lou's Daughters; Lou Costello's Home Movies (Holidays and Celebrations).


Previous DVDs
The Abbott & Costello Show - Complete Season I
5-DVD boxed set includes the 26 episodes from the first season, plus the rare 1948 short 10,000 Kids and a Cop, made to publicize the Lou Costello Jr. Youth Foundation in Los Angeles. Also included are color home movies and interviews with Lou's daughters Paddy and Chris. Approximate running time 14 hours.
Disc 1 The Drugstore, The Dentist Office, Jail, The Vacation, The Birthday Party, Alaska.
Disc 2 The Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, The Army Story, Pots and Pans, The Charity Bazaar, The Western Story, The Haunted House.
Disc 3 Peace and Quiet, Hungry, The Music Lovers, The Politician, The Wrestling Match, Getting a Job.
Disc 4 Bingo, Hillary's Birthday, Television, Las Vegas, Little Old Lady, The Actors' Home.
Disc 5 Police Rookies, Safari. Bonus: 10,000 Kids & A Cop (1948); Interview With Lou's Daughters (Part One); Lou Costello's Home Movies (Part One).

The Abbott & Costello Show - Complete Season II
5-DVD boxed set includes all 26 episodes from the second season, plus more home movies and interviews with Lou's daughters Paddy and Chris. Approximate running time 13.3 hours.
Disc 1 The Paperhangers, Uncle Bozzo's Visit, In Society, Life Insurance, Pest Exterminators, Killer's Wife.
Disc 2 Cheapskates, South of Dixie, From Bed to Worse, $1000 TV Prize, Amnesia, Efficiency Experts.
Disc 3 Car Trouble, Wife Wanted, Uncle From New Jersey, Private Eye, The Tax Return, Public Enemies.
Disc 4 Bank Holdup, Well Oiled, The Pigeon, Honeymoon House, Fencing Master, Beauty Contest Story.
Disc 5 Fall Guy, Barber Lou. Bonus: Interview With Lou's Daughters (Part Two); Lou Costello's Home Movies (Part Two). The Actor's Home (from Season I; contains "Who's On First?")



Earlier DVDs
These Shanachie Home Video volumes each contain two episodes from Season I and two episodes from Season II.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 1 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Duck Dinner Costello attempts to cook dinner for the rooming house gang.
Hillary's Birthday The boys throw a party for Hillary that gets them in trouble with Mr. Fields.
Million Dollar Refund The IRS mistakenly sends Lou a $1 million refund.
Actor's Home Features the "Who's on First?" routine.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 2 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Lou's Birthday Bud throws Lou out of his own party after Costello serves ant paste instead of antipasto.
Getting a Job Lou tries to deliver straw hats to the Susquehanna Hat Company.
Uncle Bozzo Lou's uncle, an eccentric opera singer, visits.
Stolen Skates A&C buy 100 pairs of roller skates that turn out to contain diamonds, and the smugglers want them back.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 3 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Lou Falls for Ruby A beautiful neighbor seduces Lou, hoping her gangster boyfriend will kill Costello and go to jail so she can marry her new beau.
Hillary's Father Hillary's father wants her to marry a man with musical talent, so Bud comes up with a way for Costello to look like a great pianist.
Uncle Ruppert Fields is about to evict the boys when Bud convinces him that Costello's uncle is a millionaire and Lou is his sole heir.
Bingo's Troubles Lou must get a license for his pet chimp.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 4 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
The Drugstore Bud and Lou get jobs in Mr. Fields' brother's drugstore and wreck the place.
Wife Wanted If Lou is happily married, his grandfather will give him $10,000.
$1,000 Prize While repairing Mr. Fields' TV, Lou correctly answers a question from a TV game show that was meant for Fields.
Square Meal The boys visit Bacciagalupe's spaghetti stand, a diner run by twin waitresses, and a restaurant that serves very fresh oyster stew.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 5 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Police Academy Much to Mike's dismay, Bud and Lou go through basic training at the police academy.
Killer's Wife Lou gets a little too friendly with a new neighbor, the wife of a heavyweight prizefighter.
Charity Bazaar The boys help raise money at Hillary's Charity Bazaar with their "Shell Game" routine.
Well Oiled A gold digger sues Mr. Fields for breach of promise. So Lou impersonates a wealthy Texan in an attempt to discredit her.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 6 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Wrestling Match Stinky and Lou agree to settle their feud in a wrestling match.
In Society A socialite hires A&C to impersonate two European noblemen at a formal reception.
Beauty Contest Fields asks the boys to judge his lodge's beauty contest--and if they pick his niece, he'll forget about their back rent.
Lou's Marriage To deter Lou from proposing to his lonely hearts pen pal, Bud and a lady friend pretend Lou has amnesia and made the mistake of marrying the girl.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 7 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Jail When Lou perforates Mrs. Crumbcake's bucket, she demands payment, but Bud goads Costello into take the case to court. Lou loses and is tossed in jail. Features the classic "Niagara Falls" routine.
Private Eye Lou passes a correspondence school course and becomes a detective. His first case is to help an heiress recover her inheritance.
Vacuum Cleaner Saleman The boys pay another visit to the Fields Employment Agency, where Lou lands a job selling cleaners door to door.
Fall Guy Two men who are dating two sisters pay Bud and Lou to pick up their dates because the girls' father is so strict.


Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 8 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Little Old Lady The boys try to help a little old lady who's been dispossessed by winning money at Sid Fields' carnival concession.
Bank Hold Up The duo unwittingly helps two men rob a bank, then tries to recover the loot.
Dentist Office Lou has a bad toothache, and after an unsuccessful visit to a quack dentist, Bud convinces Costello to try to get arrested so he can receive free treatment in jail.
Fencing Master Lou answers an ad to test a machine that makes him invincible. He insults a European nobleman who challenges to a duel.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 9 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Politician Bud tries to take a photo of Mr. Fields beating Costello so the boys can sue the landlord. When that fails, Abbott decides that Lou should run for office.
Public Enemies Safecrackers mistake Bud and Lou for gang members from out of town.
From Bed to Worse The boys compete in a gardening contest against a bully.
Car Trouble Lou wins a new car that turns out to be a lemon, so they head to Flint, Michigan, to return it.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 10 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
The Army Story The boys join the reserves, if only to resurrect their great "Dice" and "Drill" routines. Also includes the "7x13=28" bit.
Efficiency Experts Bud and Lou try to rein in the spendthrift daughters of a wealthy client.
Peace and Quiet Lou's suffering from insomnia, so he checks into a rest home. The cast then recreates the classic "Crazy House" burlesque sketch
Honeymoon House Lou's do-it-yourself home kit is sabotaged by a jealous rival.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 11 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
The Western Story Hillary inherits a ranch, and the boys join a posse headed by Sheriff Fields to catch cattle rustlers.
Las Vegas Bud and Lou buy a used car from Friendly Fields, then take Hillary with them to Vegas.
Barber Lou Bud helps stage an benefit show, then has Lou give him a rubdown by following instructions of a radio massuese.
Pest Exterminators Pest exterminators A&C are mistaken for psychiatrists when they get a call to take care of a woman's aunts.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 12 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Television Lou wins a box of bubblegum on a TV game show, then causes a lawsuit for Mr. Fields when a drunk trips on the gum in front of the rooming house.
The Haunted House Hillary asks Bud and Lou to spend the night in the haunted castle she's inherited from her Uncle Montague.
The Vacation A&C plan a vacation at the Biltmore Hotel near Phoenix. But Bud worries that Fields will rent their place when they leave.
South of Dixie Lou tries to impress an actress neighbor by performing in her amateur theatrical.

Abbott & Costello TV Show, Vol. 13 DVD
110 min. English. Dolby Digital mono.
Safari Bingo is ill, and Lou thinks the chimp misses its father. So the whole cast heads to Africa to find him.
The Paperhangers To pay off their back rent, the boys attempt to wallpaper Mrs. Bronson's apartment, then wait tables in a tough seafood joint.
Life Insurance Bud and Mr. Fields take out a life insurance policy on Lou, who starts to think they want to kill him.
Alaska Costello's uncle has struck gold in Alaska, but the boys need a loan to get there.





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