'Get Smart,' Muppets sets top TV DVD Awards


CORRECTED 12:25 p.m. Nov. 14, 2007

A complete-series boxed set of "Get Smart" won the top honor at the fourth annual TV DVD Awards on Monday, while shows featuring Jim Henson's Muppet characters won three awards.

The announcement came at a gala awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. The TV DVD Awards were presented by Home Media Magazine in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter, TVShowsOnDVD.com and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Get Smart: The Complete Series, a collaboration between Time Life and HBO Video, earned the coveted Best of Show prize. Judges pointed to the set's simple yet clever phone booth packaging that mimics the show's elaborate opening sequence as well as such bonus features as commentaries, new interviews, bloopers and rare footage.

Also revealed were the winners in 16 categories that consumers voted for online. A blue-ribbon panel of judges, consisting of top DVD critics and journalists, selected four finalists in each of the 16 categories from a field of more than 160 studio submissions of titles released between Sept. 1, 2006, and Sept. 30, 2007.

Consumers voted Oct. 15-26 for their favorites among the finalists. The judges panel selected the Best of Show winner from all entries.

In addition to its Best of Show prize, "Get Smart" won the consumer vote for best 1960s series DVD and tied for best complete-series set with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's "M*A*S*H: The Martinis & Medicine Collection."

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's second-season DVD of "The Muppet Show" also won two awards, for best 1970s show and best children's program, while another fan favorite from Jim Henson Productions, Fox and HIT Entertainment's Fraggle Rock: Season 3, won best 1980s series.

Judges bestowed a special award on Anchor Bay's "Greatest American Hero" limited-edition collector's set for its packaging, which included replicas of props from the show.

Disney and Fox led all studios with three awards apiece, followed by BBC Video, Warner Home Video, Time Life/HBO Video and Paramount Home Entertainment, which each had two.

A list of winners follows:

Best of Show
Get Smart: The Complete Series, Time Life/HBO Video

Best 2000s Series
Heroes: Season 1, Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Best 1990s Series
Seinfeld: Season 8, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Best 1980s Series
Fraggle Rock: Season 3, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/HIT Entertainment

Best 1970s Series
The Muppet Show: Season 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Best 1960s Series
Get Smart: The Complete Series, Time Life/HBO Video

Best 1950s Series
Adventures of Superman: Seasons 5 & 6, Warner Home Video

Best Animated Series
The Simpsons: Season 10, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Children's Series
The Muppet Show: Season 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Best Reality Series
Survivor: Vanuatu, CBS DVD/Paramount Home Entertainment

Best Variety Series
The Best of Chappelle's Show, Paramount Home Entertainment/Comedy Central

Best One-Season Wonder
The Dresden Files, Lionsgate

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Roots: 30th Anniversary Edition, Warner Home Video

Best Foreign TV Series
Doctor Who: Series 2, BBC Video

Best TV Documentary
Planet Earth, BBC Video

Best Bonus Materials
Lost: Season 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Best Complete-Series Set
M*A*S*H: The Martinis & Medicine Collection, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Judges' Special Citation for Best Packaging
The Greatest American Hero: The Complete Series, Starz Home Entertainment/Anchor Bay