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Chris Hicks: Another season of 'Laverne & Shirley' is released on DVD

Fans of "Laverne & Shirley" will be happy to see their patience rewarded as another season set is released on DVD after a four-year wait.

"Laverne & Shirley: The Fifth Season" (CBS/Paramount, 1979-80, four discs, $42.99). Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams return as the Lucy & Ethel of the '70s in what many fans consider a benchmark season for this series.

And there is some funny stuff as the season kicks off with "Part 2" of a "Happy Days" episode (with Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, et. al.) that is included here as a bonus feature (you may recall that "Laverne & Shirley" is a "Happy Days" spinoff). Later in the season, the girls join the Army!

Guests include Dick Shawn, Dennis Haysbert, Vicki Lawrence, Art Garfunkel, Scatman Crothers, Pat Morita and Wilfrid Hyde-White.

Extras full frame, 26 episodes, "Happy Days" episode, promos, bloopers

"Adam-12: The Final Season" (Shout! 1974-75, four discs, $34.93). Martin Milner and Kent McCord return as LAPD officers Malloy and Reed for this seventh and final season, and the show goes out in fine form as they continue to do their duty, whether exciting or mundane, in Jack Webb's realistic police procedural. Guests include Marty Ingels, June Lockhart and Dick Van Patten.

Extras full frame, 24 episodes

"Dark Shadows: Fan Favorites" (MPI, 1966-71, b/w and color, $14.98).

"Dark Shadows: The Best of Barnabas" (MPI, 1966-71, b/w and color, $14.98). This campy ABC daytime soap, which ran weekdays for five years (and is spoofed in a Johnny Depp-Tim Burton movie that opens in May), gradually developed into a low-key gothic horror show, earning a devoted following with the introduction of vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). These two "best-of" samplers offer a taste of what the original series was all about.

Extras full frame, nine episodes each (and if you really want to go nuts, the entire "Dark Shadows" series can be purchased in one set with all 1,225 episodes on 131 discs and more than 100 bonus interviews and featurettes, as well as a 96-page booklet, collected in a coffin-shaped box, $599.98)

"One Tree Hill: The Complete Ninth and Final Season" (Warner, 2011-2012, three discs, $39.98). This teen soap — or what started as a teen soap — comes to an end with this abbreviated final season, sans Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray. Everything from weight issues to kidnapping figures in the last few storylines.

Extras widescreen, 13 episodes, deleted scenes, audio commentary, featurettes, bloopers

"Donald Glover: Weirdo" (eOne, 2011, $14.98). Stand-up comic Glover (a regular on "Community") performs his funny but foul-mouthed act for this Comedy Central special.

Extras widescreen, featurette

EMAIL: hicks@desnews.com