Q: While "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" have video releases, "Captain Kangaroo" now seems forgotten as vintage children's programming. Is there any chance of an eventual "Captain Kangaroo" DVD release?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

The chance of a DVD release of "Captain Kangaroo" seems slim at this point. But the problem has as much to do with the status of DVDs as it does with that of the show.

A few years ago, before online streaming services caught on, it seemed as if every show ever made was getting either a DVD box set or a best-of collection. Or almost every one, anyway. This included, of course, "Sesame Street" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," which got numerous releases while "Captain Kangaroo" got zero.

There are a few possible reasons for this, but the most likely one is demand. The fact is that "Captain Kangaroo" hasn't sustained its popularity as well as those others. (This isn't exactly scientific proof, but the most popular "Captain Kangaroo" clip on YouTube has 1.55 million views. The most popular "Sesame Street" clip has 1.3 billion.)

This wasn't always the case. Back in the '80s, when the show was fresher on people's minds ("Captain Kangaroo" aired from 1955 to 1984, with a revival that lasted into the '90s), it got a VHS release, but good luck finding that -- or a VHS player -- today.

Returning to the more recent past, if DVD box sets had remained as popular as they were in the '90s and early '00s, it's almost certain someone would have eventually gotten around to releasing "Captain Kangaroo." 

But that need for content has moved away from the disc business and towards the digital business. Your best chance for finding the show now is checking streaming services. As I said, YouTube at least has small clips available.

I should also note that interest in the show has cropped up again in a surprising place -- the mind of action star Mark Wahlberg ("Spenser Confidential," 2020). He said in a 2018 interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he was planning a revival of the show for a new generation of kids, however so far nothing's materialized.


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