Air kisses to Boing Boing for hipping me to LocateTV, which is in beta at http://www.locatetv.com/ . This site allows you to search for television shows, movies, or actors, and see when they’re going to be on TV.
So I did a search for Match Game. I got 30 results — far more than I expected — but it’s because I didn’t realize the depth of the search results. Yes, the search result was for the TV show Match Game, but then I got individual episodes of shows like ER and The Honeymooners, as well as pointers to a “Behind the Scenes” special for Match Game, actors, and movies. (The summaries for most of the listings were quite good.)
I chose a Frasier episode from 2004. I got a page that showed a more extended description, cast list, and credit notes. Beneath that is a three tab setup that shows where the episode is available — on television, DVD, and online. In this case, the episode is only available online; according to LocateTV, it’s not showing on TV any time soon. On the other hand, if you look up something like Bionic Woman, you’ll see that it’s available online and on television, but isn’t yet available on DVD.
Nice! Now when I want to know where I can get a copy of the Brady Bunch “Joe Namath” episode, I know exactly where to go…