I have to commend Warner Archives for finally resurrecting this one-season tv-series for DVD release. (They have also just released a separate DVD-set of the four "Man From Atlantis" tv-movies that aired a few months before the tv-series started).
First of all, the presentation of all 13 episodes on this tv-series set is perfect. (The separate tv-movie set looks just as incredible). I can't fault Warners for anything here. All episodes are full-frame as originally filmed and aired. There are four separate discs. No extras, just the show, and that's totally fine. Beautiful job all around.
Unfortunately, the 13 episodes of the tv-show are pretty standard generic action stuff from that era. The earlier 4 tv-movies were much more interesting, but this is a rare show, and I love the 70's, so I'll even cut the tv-show version some slack even though it's pretty bland overall. You know a tv-series is desperate when in its first short season it's already reverting to horrible oddball out-of-water stories including a western episode and a Romeo and Juliet take-off. (I'm not kidding). Seriously, who wants to watch a man from Atlantis garbed all out in Shakespeare attire? Clearly, the writers were ALREADY scrambling to come up with new adventures every week and the show had just started! You do get the great Victor Buono back as a recurring villain (he was in the first tv-movie) and that's always a plus. There are also some other cool guest stars including Dee Wallace Stone (The Howling, Cujo, E.T.), Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), Pernell Roberts, John Shea, Lisa Eilbacher, Rene Auberjonois, Ted Cassidy, Pat Morita, Richard Gautier, etc. It's funny that the most fun episode (for me) is the last one, where Duffy ends up as a freak attraction at a carnival - and it features legendary liitle person Billy Barty, as well as the always terrific Sharon Farrell, so there are definitely lots of good character actors of the time in the series. And, of course, Patrick Duffy strutting around in his tight yellow trunks. Who's going to complain about that?!?! I do have to mention, though, that his yellow trunks in the original 4 tv-movies were much briefer. For the tv-series, they lengthened his trunks a bit, higher above the waist, and 5-6 inches at least further down the legs. Still skintight, though, if that's what you're interested in. :)
Overall, an excellent presentation of a rarely shown tv-series from the 70's. Even though the prior 4 tv-movies did well in the ratings, the tv-series was a ratings bomb in the US and was canceled quickly with only these 13 episodes produced. If you go in knowing what to expect, you can still have a good time with these, though. It's sort of like the also one-season PLANET OF THE APES and LOGAN'S RUN tv-series - all were bad, but if you grew up in that era, they are SO WORTH watching today regardless. Yes, the show isn't very good (and I'm being nice), but I'll still give it 4-stars for the retro-vibe and the excellent presentation. If you're reading this, you most likely already remember the show from back then and will buy it regardless, just like I did. So dive in!