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Any Chance of Posting Old Rick Steves Episodes?

Hey Rick's crew! Any chance you'll ever post Rick's original Rick Steve's episodes, for fun? Not just clips, but the episodes in their entirety?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
15012 posts

I expect not, but will note your interest. Some shows that have been retired from rotation did have outdated advice. When Rick has re-visited any particular city, he has generally felt that each new generation of the show had more substance, more advice, and better production quality.

Posted by Nigel
Northamptonshire, England
19485 posts

It would be fabulous to have some of the old shows which cover areas that Rick hasn't done again, and where he ignores in the books - particularly Luxembourg.

Or - maybe that would be a gentle nudge on the great man's posterior for an updated episode....

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4329 posts

Thomas, are you referring to his original series, "Travels in Europe with Rick Steves"? If so, the only place I've been able to find them is here. I bought this box set nearly 7 years ago, and just love to watch the old shows that infected me with the travel bug! A few shows are left out completely - like Rothenburg ob der Tauber :-( - but there is a 'Travel Skills' episode that I had never seen before. Love to watch that LOL! Vintage Rick ;-) ......

Get it while you can...and don't hesitate to buy this used; save lots of $$$.

Posted by Thomas OP
Los Angeles, California, USA
51 posts

Eileen, thanks for the link, exactly what I was looking for!

Laura, I'm really interested in seeing the "original" episodes for historical reference, how Europe has changed in my lifetime. I think it would be interesting to have select episodes available for viewing that reflect areas that have seen significant changes since the episodes were originally shot.

Thanks everyone!

Posted by Amy
Clarksville, TN, USA
900 posts

You can get DVD's with multiple episodes very inexpensive online. A few weeks ago I got the England DVD (I think there's seven of his episodes) off of Ebay for $7.99 with free shipping. I didn't even realize until I received it that it was brand new. So if there's a particular region, you can almost definitely find it used for cheap!

Posted by Shaun
16 posts

You can also buy individual episodes or the entire season on iTunes if you have an iPad/Apple tv.

Posted by Nancy
Corvallis OR
4910 posts

Eileen, thanks for the link but unfortunately it says that item is unavailable and don't know if they'll ever get it back in stock. Bummer.

Posted by Laura B
San Francisco
3854 posts

So Eileen, will you be hosting a "vintage Rick" marathon ?? We have the 90-show package from PBS (2000 through 2012) but not the young Rick. I'll get the limoncello!

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4329 posts

Thomas, I'm glad I could help. And Nancy, I bought these 7 years ago, and they've been for sale at Amazon.com on and off over time; at the time of my previous post, they were available. I assume they will be available again. Will anybody fess up and admit to buying a set? Next time leave a set for Nancy ;-)

Sure, Laura, we can have a viewing party! We'll need to start early, though...he was very young when he started making all of those videos...so young, I doubt that the vast majority of Anyone has ever seen his first Travel Skills Episode ;-)

Posted by Dewi
Colorado
9 posts

If you really want to dig back through the archives (and still own the necessary VHS hardware) you can go here. These are the episodes from the original four series of "Travels in Europe" (1991-98) on VHS. There is also the "pilot" episode from the 80's that spawned the almost three decades of Rick Steves' television programs. Granted, they are all on VHS but you get the full programs including the original title sequence, whereas later DVD releases of these episodes edit some of the content and replace the title sequence with a jazzy/techno 90's opening.

Posted by Gretchen
Andover, MA, USA
507 posts

Thomas,

I just noticed that there is a series called Rick Steves Europe Classics which appears to be some of the Travels In Europe episodes (although not extensive). If you have the ' Create TV' channel (it's on Comcast cable here in Massachusetts) they are going to start showing them late(r) night this coming Monday. I hope this helps. :)

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
4329 posts

Thanks, Dewi and Gretchen! Always looking for more and better sources :-)

Of course there's no CreateTV for me :-(

These new 'Classic' shows are from '95 & '97. They are very much more like his current 'Rick Steves' Europe' program in their style (and are now packaged as 'RSE' with the current intro graphics and music). The first two seasons of 'Travels in Europe with Rick Steves' ('91 & '93) were the very best - nostalgia-wise - in my opinion. These are the ones with the Helpful Travel Hint in every episode - how to sink-wash your clothing, how to pack light, how to exchange money, how and why you should wear a moneybelt, how and when to visit a European pharmacy, photography hints, train tips, and lots more. I loved those segments, because the information was all new to me and he clearly explained each topic so that anyone could actually picture themselves traveling independently through Europe (or anywhere else)! Priceless! All of that info is now covered in the 3-part Travel Skills episodes and/or in the "Europe Through the Back Door" book.

So...if you're looking for those really old episodes (a bit higher on the dorkiness scale and more black socks with shorts), the 'Classics' still won't satisfy (sigh). You're back to those (edited & not quite complete) Questar DVDs or VCR cassettes. But like vinyl records, maybe those shows are best on cassette... ;-)