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Puffy
03-22-2007, 12:30 PM
What are your top 10 all-time television shows. The appointment TV shows you've had over the years? Sitcoms, Dramas, whatever - what were/are they?

1. The Sopranos - still the best show ever, IMO.
2. South Park - groundbreaking. No one is ever spared.
3. The Larry Sanders Show
4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer - I never got into this show. Thought it was for teenage girls. Then I watched the second episode on FX at 4 in the afternoon when FX just bought the episodes. The next day at 2 they replayed the first episode and for the next 6 months or so I made sure I was home from school/library every day at 4 to watch the next episode. Great show.
5. Angel - spun off from Buffy and just as good and towards the end even better.
6. NYPD Blue
7. 24
8. All in the Family
9. Cheers
(tie) Taxi
10. The White Shadow - yeah, thats right, I said it. The White Shadow
(tie) Deadwood

Honorable mentions: Seinfeld, Newsradio, Monday Nitro, Married....With Children, Veronica Mars, Scrubs, The Fall Guy (Heather Thomas and Markie Post, yum), Heroes (could one day jump onto the list, with more seasons), Rescue Me, The Simpsons

Red Leader
03-22-2007, 12:38 PM
Hmmm, this one is tough.

1. Sopranos
2. South Park
3. Beavis and Butthead
4. The Simpsons
5. Welcome Back Kotter
6. Diff'rent Strokes
7. Cheers
8. The Brady Bunch
9. Quantum Leap
10. Miami Vice


Honorable mention: CHiPs, Heroes, The Black Donnelly's, 6 Feet Under, The Incredible Hulk, Dallas, Battlestar Galactica, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Six Millon Dollar Man

Puffy
03-22-2007, 12:43 PM
Wanna bet Raisor's top 10 starts off with Gilmore Girls?

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rdiersin
03-22-2007, 12:48 PM
Not necessarily in this order.

1. Arrested Development
2. X-Files, didn't get into it at first, but I was in college during the summer due to being a co-op, so I started watching them at night on FX, and it became a daily thing that whole summer, and watched it after that.
3. 24
4. Monk
5. Seinfeld
6. I'll admit it, Good Eats, on the Food Network. One of the few shows I can stand anymore.
7. Drew Carey Show
8. Andy Richter Control the Universe, it was short lived but I had to watch every episode. I can only hope Andy Barker, PI is close to as good.
9. Cheers
10. Law and Order, especially the old ones. I don't watch much of the newer ones, though.

If we count DVD'd shows Northern Exposure is No. 1, I watch them all the time, but when it was on air, I didn't watch it as much.

Red Leader
03-22-2007, 12:48 PM
Damn, I forgot Quantum Leap (and probably 10-20 others)!

I'm editing. Quantum Leap definitely goes in my top 10. Sorry, Steve Austin.

dabvu2498
03-22-2007, 12:50 PM
I wouldn't dare rank them, but here are ten:

King of the Hill
The Simpsons
Beavis and Butthead
Cheers
Night Court
MASH
Seinfeld
Dirty Jobs
The Deadliest Catch
Andy Griffith Show

Just missing are Law and Order, Drew Carey, Flip that House, and MTV Cribs.

Red Leader
03-22-2007, 01:00 PM
Does Beavis and Butthead count? If so, it goes to #3 for me. Behind South Park, but ahead of the Simpsons.

dabvu2498
03-22-2007, 01:01 PM
Does Beavis and Butthead count? If so, it goes to #3 for me. Behind South Park, but ahead of the Simpsons.

Why wouldn't it count? It was a show! It was on TV!

Are you threatening me?

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Red Leader
03-22-2007, 01:04 PM
Why wouldn't it count? It was a show! It was on TV!

Are you threatening me?




I have edited my original Top 10. Another one I forgot that should go to the Honorable Mentions is "Land of the Lost."

I can't wait to see Chip's list of: 90210, Melrose Place, Charmed, etc.

Puffy
03-22-2007, 01:08 PM
I have edited my original Top 10. Another one I forgot that should go to the Honorable Mentions is "Land of the Lost."

I can't wait to see Chip's list of: 90210, Melrose Place, Charmed, etc.

Or RFS and his 1950's shows.

DTCromer
03-22-2007, 01:10 PM
IMO, Seinfeld is #1 and the rest are debatable.

pedro
03-22-2007, 01:13 PM
1. The Simpsons
2. Seinfeld
3. King of the Hill
4. The Brady Bunch
5. Th Andy Griffith Show
6. Magnum PI
7. The Rockford Files
8. All in the family
9. MASH
10. Malcolm in the Middle

HotCorner
03-22-2007, 01:33 PM
1. Cheers
2. The Simpsons
3. 24
4. Lost
5. Three's Company
6. Night Court
7. In Living Color
8. A-Team
9. Knight Rider
T10. Growing Pains (introduced me to Julie McCullough)
T10. Emergency

SunDeck
03-22-2007, 01:42 PM
Simpsons
Seinfeld
MASH
All in the Family
Ernie Kovacs Show
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Mary Tyler Moore
Newhart
Cheers
The Office

dabvu2498
03-22-2007, 01:45 PM
5. Th Andy Griffith Show


Forgot that one. That's inexcusable. My list needs editing now.

SunDeck
03-22-2007, 01:47 PM
Forgot that one. That's inexcusable. My list needs editing now.

That's what I was going to say about Emergency. The show actually preceded paramedics and how can you argue against a guy named Mantooth?

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marcshoe
03-22-2007, 01:50 PM
I've been working on my list for about a month on another board, and have no hopes of completing it, but I don't think my number one has been mentioned here--St. Elsewhere.

Roy Tucker
03-22-2007, 01:52 PM
M*A*S*H
The Andy Griffith Show
The Twilight Zone
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Cosby Show
Seinfeld
Hill Street Blues
Northern Exposure
Bob Newhart (both)
Green Acres

Javy Pornstache
03-22-2007, 02:12 PM
Married... With Children
Beavis and Butthead
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Seinfeld
Arrested Development
South Park
Reno 911
The Simpsons
The Office
Cheers

Comedies aren't all I watch, but definitely my favorites. I do like 24 and Black Donnellys most of non-sitcoms. Not crazy about all the medical/forensics dramas myself.

timmario66
03-22-2007, 02:21 PM
In no particular order:

Seinfeld
MASH
WKRP in Cincinnati
24
The Sopranos
Northern Exposure
St. Elsewhere
Cheers
Newhart
Lost

RichRed
03-22-2007, 02:22 PM
1. Seinfeld
2. Simpsons
3. MASH
4. Cheers
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
6. NYPD Blue
7. All in the Family
8. South Park
9. Andy Griffith
10. Hill Street Blues

Honorable mention: X-Files, NewsRadio, WKRP in Cincinnati, Bob Newhart Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi, Frasier, The Office, Arrested Development, My Name is Earl, Father Ted, Northern Exposure and *geek alert* Star Trek: Next Generation.

I watch too much TV.

Johnny Footstool
03-22-2007, 02:22 PM
1. The Simpsons - 10 years of the best comedy writing on television, and even as it starts circling the drain, it's still surprisingly funny.

2. Battlestar Galactica - not the Lorne Greene version, but the new one on the Sci-Fi channel. Complex, multilayered characters; edgy, intricate plotting; stunning effects and cinematography.

3. The Sopranos - violent as hell, but psychologically deep, plus interwoven with a wicked sense of humor.

4. Firefly - the coolest characters ever. Ever. Whedon's brilliant dialogue and the cast's pitch-perfect acting made this an incredible show. If they made more than 13 episodes, this easily could have been #1.

5. The X-Files - in it's heyday, this was a can't-be-missed thriller. They kept it around for 2 seasons too long, and those later years tarnished the show's shine somewhat, but it was still amazing.

6. Saturday Night Live - yes, it's had ups and downs, and it's currently in a trough. But every few years, the cast and writers hit upon a magical chemistry, and the comedy becomes sharp, funny, and enduring -- for three years or so, until the next trough hits.

7. Strangers with Candy - a brilliant satire of "Afterschool Specials" and coming-of-age teen dramas. Colbert and Sedaris were razor-sharp.

8. The Daily Show - America's #1 source of news-related comedy product. Jon Stewart has started to get a little preachy recently, but the comedy is still on-target.

9. The Colbert Report - the perfect satire of "newspinion," editorial-spun-as-fact shows that are basically ego trips for their agenda-driven hosts.

10. Arrested Development - another gone-too-soon show. Brilliantly written and performed.

Chip R
03-22-2007, 02:31 PM
Wiseguy
The West Wing
M*A*S*H
Moonlighting
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Sopranos
Seinfeld
Due South
All In The Family
South Park

RichRed
03-22-2007, 02:32 PM
2. Battlestar Galactica - not the Lorne Greene version, but the new one on the Sci-Fi channel. Complex, multilayered characters; edgy, intricate plotting; stunning effects and cinematography.


I recently started DVRing and watching this show. I like it a lot; it's grittier than I expected.

And can anyone play brooding like Edward James Olmos?

HotCorner
03-22-2007, 02:44 PM
That's what I was going to say about Emergency. The show actually preceded paramedics and how can you argue against a guy named Mantooth?

Did you know ...

http://www.emergencyfans.com/people/TVG041806.jpg

Sweetstop
03-22-2007, 03:12 PM
MASH...watch over and over and over
The Andy Griffith Show...any show that produced Barney Fife has to be on list
Curb Your Enthusiasm...best of Larry David, excuse me Seinfeld fans
The Office (British)...Ricky Gervais is brilliant!

The Sopranos...best ever
Six Feet Under..miss the Fishers
The West Wing...quality, quality, quality
Prime Suspect (Helen Mirren series)
Twin Peaks..David Lynch weirdness
Northern Exposure..still miss this

Johnny Footstool
03-22-2007, 04:23 PM
I recently started DVRing and watching this show. I like it a lot; it's grittier than I expected.

And can anyone play brooding like Edward James Olmos?

Have you seen the mini-series and the first and second seasons? They're actually superior to the current season. Better plot twists. The last few scenes of the mini-series were jaw-droppers when they aired. They won't carry the same impact now.

15fan
03-22-2007, 04:33 PM
Punky Brewster - Punky Power!!!

(I'd also wager that a majority of guys in their early to mid 30s at one point had Soleil Moon Frye on their "top 5 list".)

Silver Spoons - Corky Pigeon as Freddie Lippincottleman. Nuf said.

Sanford & Son - The greatest tv theme song ever. Ever.

Doggie Fizzle Televizzle - Fo Shizzle!

Max Headroom - Ss-sss-s-s-s-s-sss-sweet!

The Golden Girls - I don't know that it will ever be possible to top Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty all living under one roof in south Florida. The ancient Greeks only wish that their dramas and comedies were as good as The Golden Girls.

Diff'rent Strokes - Look up "dysfunction" in the dictionary, and you'll see a photo of Dana Plato, Todd Bridges, and Gary Coleman. Sex, drugs, alcohol, police brutality, armed robbery, family lawsuits...The list goes on and on. And that apostrophe in the title. That's soooo edgy. They really pushed the envelope there.

ALF - What the...? I was too young at the time, but in retrospect I can only imagine that it would have been a lot of fun to watch that show in an alcohol-altered state of mind.

Joanie Loves Chachi - Who doesn't love Chachi? If I ever run for public office, part of my platform will be "More Chachi".

Wheel of Fortune - I'm talking about the early years, when the winners got to go shopping with the money they won in each round. The best part of the show was waiting with baited breath to figure out how that last couple hundred dollars was going to be spent after each round. The 4 foot tall ceramic dalmatian? The pewter tea set? Or perhaps the watercolor painting that was straight out of the trash can at Bob Ross's studio?

Finishing just outside the top 10:

Press Your Luck - Try and say "Peter Tamarkin" 5 times fast without giggling.

The Ropers - Somewhere out there is a person who was sitting in a network meeting and suggested that Norman Fell needed his own TV show. Can you imagine having that written on your tombstone?

Webster - It's too bad that Celebrity Boxing never matched up Emmanuel Lewis against Gary Coleman. I'd pay big money to watch that one.

Red Leader
03-22-2007, 04:39 PM
Someone please remind me of this post by 15fan when the Redszone Awards for 2007 are posted.

15Fan - this entire post is absolutely hilarious.

The only glaring omission I see in your list is "Life Goes On." :beerme:

Strikes Out Looking
03-22-2007, 04:39 PM
1. Homicide: Life on the Street
2. Hill Street Blues
3. St. Elsewhere (Grey's Anatomy is a poor ripoff of this show)
4. Seinfeld
5. Cheers
6. All in the Family
7. Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. I Love Lucy
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm
10. Arrested Development

IowaRed
03-22-2007, 04:53 PM
can't break the tie for #1, the rest are not in order

1-The Simpsons & The Andy Griffith Show
The Big Valley
Star Trek (original)
Johnny Quest (original)
MASH (the Frank Burns years)
Wild Wild West
All In The Family
Gilligan's Island-(I know)
X-Files
That 70's Show

honorable mention-Welcome Back Kotter, White Shadow, Leave it to Beaver, The Honeymooners, Crossing Jordan, Cheers, Happy Days, The Twilight Zone, The Banana Splits

Reds Fanatic
03-22-2007, 05:08 PM
1. The Sopranos
2. The X-Files
3. Homicide: Life on the Street
4. Seinfeld
5. South Park
6. The Wire
7. MASH
8. 24
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm
10. Sports Night

marcshoe
03-22-2007, 05:11 PM
1. Homicide: Life on the Street
2. Hill Street Blues
3. St. Elsewhere (Grey's Anatomy is a poor ripoff of this show)
4. Seinfeld
5. Cheers
6. All in the Family
7. Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. I Love Lucy
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm
10. Arrested Development


Homicide is number two or three on my list. One of the reasons I haven't settled it enough to post. I know St. Elsewhere, Homicide, the X-Files and Fawlty Towers somehow make up the top four, but after that, I get confused. Lost is in there somewhere, as is Jeopardy. Star Trek: TNG? Dr. Who? Monty Python? The Bob Newhart Show? The Prisoner? The Civil War (I think it counts)? Hill Street Blues? Picket Fences? The Practice? The Simpsons (has to have a place in the top 10)?

Too many choices.

HotCorner
03-22-2007, 05:37 PM
1. Homicide: Life on the Street


D'oh! Can't believe I forgot Homicide. I was crushed when they cancelled it.

Chip R
03-22-2007, 05:46 PM
The only glaring omission I see in your list is "Life Goes On." :beerme:

What was that one kid's name in that show. Wasn't it Puffy?

Johnny Footstool
03-22-2007, 05:46 PM
10. Sports Night

Another classic. Aaron Sorkin's best work, IMO. Not too overreaching or preachy like "The West Wing" and "Studio 60."

Red Leader
03-22-2007, 05:57 PM
What was that one kid's name in that show. Wasn't it Puffy?

His given name was Chip, I believe.

He went by Corky.

Kellie Martin is still hot, BTW.

redsfanmia
03-22-2007, 07:03 PM
In no order:
The Simpsons
Beavis and Butthead
South Park
Are you being served?
Little house on the prairie
WKRP in Cincinnati
St. Elswhere
Homefront
Goodtimes (before James left)
Bonanaza

texasdave
03-22-2007, 11:14 PM
Alot of excellent shows listed so far. The only one I would add is Fred Savage in 'The Wonder Years'.

Crash Davis
03-23-2007, 12:44 AM
I'm sure I've left a few out, but anyway...

1. Northern Exposure
2. Seinfeld
3. News Radio
4. Entourage
5. The Simpsons
6. Cheers
7. The Sopranos
8. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins
9. Lost (Seasons 1-2 only -- 3 is an unwatchable mess)
10. Mythbusters

Potential: Man vs. Wild

VR
03-23-2007, 09:30 AM
In no certain order.....

Columbo
6M Man
SCTV
Friends
Twilight Zone
Hawaii 5-0
Mission Impossible
Batman
Hogan's Heroes
Rawhide

Red Leader
03-23-2007, 09:41 AM
Alot of excellent shows listed so far. The only one I would add is Fred Savage in 'The Wonder Years'.

AHHH! Perhaps my favorite show of all time. How could I forget that.

Back to the drawing board...

Red Leader
03-23-2007, 09:43 AM
Hmmm, this one is tough.

1. Sopranos
2. South Park
3. Beavis and Butthead
4. The Simpsons
5. Welcome Back Kotter
6. Diff'rent Strokes
7. Cheers
8. The Brady Bunch
9. Quantum Leap
10. Miami Vice


Honorable mention: CHiPs, Heroes, The Black Donnelly's, 6 Feet Under, The Incredible Hulk, Dallas, Battlestar Galactica, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Six Millon Dollar Man


Ok, hopefully this is my last entry. The "final" list, if you will.

1. The Sopranos
2. South Park
3. The Wonder Years
4. Beavis and Butthead
5. Welcome Back Kotter
6. Diff'rent Strokes
7. The Simpsons
8. Cheers
9. The Brady Bunch
10. Quantum Leap

Honorable Mention: Happy Days, CHiPs, Heroes, The Black Donnelly's, 6 Feet Under, The Incredible Hulk, Dallas, Battlestar Galactica, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Six Millon Dollar Man, ALF.

GAC
03-23-2007, 09:58 AM
I'm listing more then ten, in no particular order, so sue me. :p:

Green Acres
Beverly Hillbillies
Seinfeld
Sanford & Son
Andy Griffith
MASH
Married With Children
Taxi
All In The Family
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea
Columbo
Hawaii 5-O
Mission Impossible
Cheyenne
Maverick
Death Valley Days

marcshoe
03-23-2007, 10:16 AM
Mission Impossible and Northern Exposure have been mentioned, and my list of top ten shows grows to 18.

then there's the short-lived Adventures of Briscoe County Jr., which still earns a spot....

and Get Smart....

Oh, someone mentioned SCTV....

Okay. This is impossible.

oneupper
03-23-2007, 10:31 AM
Get Smart (Mel Brooks at his best).
South Park
Star Trek
Star Trek TNG
Batman (I used to have to get permission to stay up an watch)
Laugh-In (veeerry interesting.....)
Thunderbirds! (I was a kid..OK?)
Jeopardy! (Questions....more questions)
NBC Mystery Movie (Columbo, McCloud and Banacek were my favorites).
The Simpsons

Honorable Mentions: Wacky Races, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Rodger Ramjet and his friends (Superchicken, etc.), Rocky and Bullwinkle, Cool McCool and a few others that escape my memory.

Sweetstop
03-23-2007, 10:44 AM
ah, Jeopardy, so ubiquitous, that I completely forgot about it. But then, I wasn't thinking in terms of quiz shows. I'm sure I've watched it as much or more than any other television show.

Red Leader
03-23-2007, 10:46 AM
ah, Jeopardy, so ubiquitous, that I completely forgot about it. But then, I wasn't thinking in terms of quiz shows. I'm sure I've watched it as much or more than any other television show.

Yeah, I didn't include game shows or "old school" cartoons like Tom and Jerry, although Tom and Jerry, Jeopardy, and Old School Wheel of Fortune probably would have made the list.

Marge'sMullet
03-23-2007, 10:54 AM
Curb Your Enthusias
Family Guy
Different Strokes
Andy Griffith
South Park
Rome- HBO series
Sapronos
Happy Days
Magnum PI
Prison Break

flyer85
03-23-2007, 10:57 AM
Northern Exposure
Taxi
Cheers
St. Elsewhere
All in the Family
Andy Griffith Show
Star Trek
3rd Rock From the Sun
SNL(the early years)
Firefly

MrsHammer
03-23-2007, 11:27 AM
1. The X-Files - number 1 in my book by a mile. First show I remember watching that didn't treat the audience like our IQ was in single digits.

I can't really rank the others, but here is my listing

Stargate SG-1
Quantum Leap
Seinfeld
Northern Exposure
MASH
Everybody Loves Raymond
ER
The Young and the Restless (yeah, I know it's a soap, but I'm a girl..haha)
Adv of Brisco County Jr.

Degenerate39
03-23-2007, 03:19 PM
1. The Sopranos
2. Seinfeld
3. Friends
4. Family Guy
5. Star Trek Voyager (the best of the Star Trek series IMO)

Red in Chicago
03-23-2007, 06:04 PM
seinfeld
golden girls
honeymooners
survivor
the munsters
heroes
check please
mad money
60 minutes
cheers

marcshoe
03-23-2007, 07:18 PM
1. St. Elsewhere.

This one's easy. I even loved the ending. Dr. Morrison (David Morse, in the ultimate sad sack role--playing an innocent, and he seems to have been cast against this type ever since (see the recent arc on House). He's still one of my favorite character actors)and Dr. Fiscus (a surprisingly good Howie Mandel) were my favorites characters. 'course the show also featured Denzel Washington, Ed Begley, Jr., Ed Flanders, a great performance from William Daniels (who was doing the voice of KITT at the same time), the wonderful Friend-of-Hitchcock, Norman Lloyd, Mark Harmon, Alfre Woodard, Christina Pickles, Eric Laneuville (yeah, I had to look up the spelling, but he was one of my favorites, too), etc. It didn't hurt that Tom Fontana, who also appears in show number two, wrote much of the series.

Inside jokes such as Betty White being called Sue Ann Niven by a mental patient made the show surreal. Conversely, this was, along with Hill Street Views, one of the shows that pioneered realistic plots. Well, realistically absurd, at least.

An interesting sidenote: Ronny Cox's role as the man who came in, took over for a beloved character, and was universally disliked was ridiculously similar to the role he would later play on Star Trek:TNG.

I could say much more. I caught the series in repeats a few years back, and loved it as much as I did originally. Funny, Mark Tinker, who came in and took over from executive producer Bruce Paltrow, iirc, said in an interview that it didn't stand up. I disagree.

2. Homicide. Life on the Streets.

Another Tom Fontana show. I was a big fan of Pembleton, Lewis, and, for the time he was on there, Kellerman. Realism with a shaky camera. Compelling characters in a classic police procedural.

3. X-Files.

Would be higher if the quality had stayed up. Still, an excellent show. I've been watching repeats and gaining a new appreciation for it. Better than anything on TV now.

4. Fawlty Towers.

Best Comedy Ever. Period. John Cleese doing a slow burn, then erupting--brilliant. He's said he never did another sitcom because he didn't think he could ever top this. Too bad there were so few episodes. otoh, what's there is undilluted.

5. Lost.

This might have slipped off the top ten at one time, but I think it might be back. One of the most compelling shows I've ever seen.

6. Jeopardy.

The absolute perfect quiz show. One of my life's goals is to be a contestant.

7. Get Smart.

The second best sitcom I've ever seen. Winner of a Nobel Prize. Would you believe, a Peabody? How 'bout two close-up boxes in TV Guide?

Sorry about that, Chief.

8. The Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr.

Too short. Created by Carlton Cuse, now one of the executive producers of Lost, and starring Bruce Campbell. Great sci-fi western. Let this one stand for Wild, Wild West as well, since that should be here somewhere.

9. Ken Burns' The Civil War.
Brought the docucmentary form to the people, and made the Civil War itself seem more urgent. Deserves all it's accolades, even though it's not a complete telling. I'd love to see someone sink money into a Civil War drama series, with historians ensuring accuracy. There are so many great stories to be told.

10. (tie--I cheated)Dr. Who

The Tom Baker years. Cheesy, but fantastic.

The Simpsons

What does it say that the smartest comedy of our time is a cartoon?

There's my list, fwiw. My biggest omissions are Northern Exposure (from St. Elsewhere creators Brand & Falsey) and Rocky & Bullwinkle.

Heath
03-23-2007, 07:33 PM
Kellie Martin is still hot, BTW.

You can thank me later.......

http://www.tropsexy.com/kellie-martin/images/kellie-martin.jpg

I can't just do 10. I could do a top-10 for like each decade from 1960-present.

The best I can do is the following -

Mission-Impossible - (The old one with Peter Graves)
MASH
WKRP
Sports Night
The Bob Newhart Show & Newhart (since it was the same show)
Mary Tyler Moore (Rest in Peace, Chuckles)
Scarecrow & Mrs. King
The West Wing (If it contains Jimmy Smits, it jumps the shark)
The Avengers - (BBC)
The Red Green Show (CBC)


Honorable mentions to The Dick Van Dyke Show (The baby switch episode was the best), Whose Line is It Anyway, Dukes of Hazzard (for sheer silliness), The Muppet Show,

Lifetime Achievement Award to Cheers/Taxi/Seinfeld/Night Court - The Charles Brothers with Larry David & Ed. Weinberger

Good stuff.

RFS62
03-23-2007, 08:04 PM
HBO squashes most of the opposition, so I separated them from network.

Rome
Deadwood
Sopranos
Six Feet Under
Entourage

Network:

Northern Exposure
Cheers
Saturday Night Live
SCTV
Andy Griffith
Twin Peaks
Simpsons
WKRP
All in the Family
Monty Python's Flying Circus
News Radio
Curb your Enthusiasm

And since I live in the sitcom "Green Acres", I have to disqualify myself on that one. I am Mr. Douglas. My wife is Lisa. My dog is Arnold. My son is Eb. Ralph and Alf just remodeled my house.

They live to drive me crazy, just like on the show.

RedsBaron
03-23-2007, 09:07 PM
In no particular order (maybe I'll figure out a ranking later):
"Bonanza"-growing up in the 1960s, we only got one TV channel, the NBC affiliate (WSAZ-3). My dad and I both liked westerns. It was a family tradition that, after church on Sunday nights, at 9 p.m. we all had a big bowl of popcorn and gathered around the TV to watch the latest adventures of the Cartwright clan.
"Star Trek: The Next Generation"-I was a fan of the original series, but I thought that ST:TNG, once it started to hit its stride, had better scripts and much better acting, and was the better show.
"Spenser: For Hire"-smoky music, great Boston locations, and a wonderful cast. Robert Ulrich (R.I.P.) was good, and Avery Brooks as "Hawk" was great-I loved how Hawk would say "Spens-sah"
"Newhart"-Heath said that "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart" were the same show. Nah...I liked the "The Bob Newhart Show" but "Newhart" made me laugh even more; best final episode ever.
"The Wonder Years"-Fred Savage's character was only one year younger than I was during the same era depicted in the show. Funny and poignant at the same time--Kevin still should've married Winnie in the end.
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"-the king of late night has had no successor IMO.
"Petrocelli"-this show is little remembered today, but I enjoyed Barry Newman's depiction of an idealistic lawyer madly in love with his wife, played by Susan Howard. When this show was originally broadcast, I was in college, a prelaw major, and madly in love with someone I thought (incorrectly) would eventually be my wife.
"Night Court"-this show always made me laugh, and would do anything to get a laugh-terrific cast.
"Remington Steele"-I bought my first VCR just so I wouldn't miss a show back in the 1980s. Pierce Brosnan and Stephannie Zimbalist didn't get along, but they had great chemistry on screen.
"Cheers"-great ensemble, amazingly consistently funny.
"M*A*S*H"-ditto.
"Alias"-one of the few shows I watched much of in recent years. Jennifer Garner was very good; Victor Gabler stole every scene.
"Magnum P.I."-who wouldn't want to be Thomas Magnum?

mth123
03-23-2007, 09:14 PM
I had to go 20

1. The Dick Van Dyke Show
2. Star Trek
3. Everybody Loves Raymond
4. Rocky & Bullwinkle
5. Star Trek TNG
6. Bob Newhart's 2 shows
7. All in the Family
8. Saturday Night Live
9. Baseball Tonight
10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
11. Andy Griffith
12. MacGyver
13. Batman
14. The Big Valley
15. The Wild Wild West
16. Friends
17. Cheers
18. Frasier
19. Murphy Brown
20. The Dean Martin Roasts

Sweetstop
03-23-2007, 10:54 PM
HBO squashes most of the opposition, so I separated them from network.

Rome
Deadwood
Sopranos
Six Feet Under
Entourage

Network:

Northern Exposure
Cheers
Saturday Night Live
SCTV
Andy Griffith
Twin Peaks
Simpsons
WKRP
All in the Family
Monty Python's Flying Circus
News Radio
Curb your Enthusiasm

And since I live in the sitcom "Green Acres", I have to disqualify myself on that one. I am Mr. Douglas. My wife is Lisa. My dog is Arnold. My son is Eb. Ralph and Alf just remodeled my house.

They live to drive me crazy, just like on the show.


As you know, I agree w/ you about HBO ruling the tv world.:thumbup:

Larry David would be hurt if he knew you didn't consider his "Curb" part of the kingdom.;)

Raisor
03-23-2007, 11:49 PM
Raisor's top ten:

01 Magnum PI

All time greatest show in the history of everything. Tom Selleck is a man among men. Everything you could possibly want in a tv show.

02 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Only thing keeping this from number one is that Tom Selleck never once made an appearance.

03 The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knotts: Comedic genius. Aunt Bea: Good pie.

04 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Best of all Trek.

05 Quantum Leap

I cry like a baby every time I see the last episode. "Dr Beckett never returned home". AAAAARRRGGGG!

06 Arrested Development

Would be rated higher if it had lasted longer. Probably the single greatest episode of any series ever was in season 3. Giant Mole Man attacking model town while Japanese business men watch in horror. Oh, and a kid with a jet pack too.

07 Seinfeld

Michael Richards is a goof, but I heart Kramer.

08 The Sorpranos

If it had just a little more violence and nudity, it'd be ranked higher. Or something.

09 24

Jack Bauer is a radioactive vampire who had died multiple times. Which is just about awesome. I still don't want to live in a world that Jack isn't a supreme dictator of.

10 Scrubs

Raisor+Zack Braff=True Love

Puffy: phtphtpht

GAC
03-24-2007, 09:41 AM
In no particular order (maybe I'll figure out a ranking later):
"Bonanza"-growing up in the 1960s, we only got one TV channel, the NBC affiliate (WSAZ-3). My dad and I both liked westerns. It was a family tradition that, after church on Sunday nights, at 9 p.m. we all had a big bowl of popcorn and gathered around the TV to watch the latest adventures of the Cartwright clan.

Same here buddy. That's why I had to list some westerns. I love'em!

Maverick, Sugarfoot, Bronco, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Raw Hide, Big Valley, The Rifleman, Cimmaron Strip, Bat Masterson, and Wanted: Dead or Alive (Steve McQueen).

My Dad was a HUGE Gunsmoke fan. When it came on you didn't sit in HIS chair, and you had better not make any noise or cause him to have to get out of it. ;)

But those shows are just classics in my book.

Heath
03-24-2007, 09:49 AM
Same here buddy. That's why I had to list some westerns. I love'em!

Maverick, Sugarfoot, Bronco, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Raw Hide, Big Valley, The Rifleman, Cimmaron Strip, Bat Masterson, and Wanted: Dead or Alive (Steve McQueen).

My Dad was a HUGE Gunsmoke fan. When it came on you didn't sit in HIS chair, and you had better not make any noise or cause him to have to get out of it. ;)

But those shows are just classics in my book.

No F-Troop????

:D

GAC
03-24-2007, 09:54 AM
No F-Troop????

:D

My bad. My sister has every episode one VHS.

BUTLER REDSFAN
03-24-2007, 10:13 AM
That's what I was going to say about Emergency. The show actually preceded paramedics and how can you argue against a guy named Mantooth?

http://www.zettl-online.de/rbilder/john3.jpg

Every episode no matter what was wrong with the patient the paramedics were looking at.. Rampart, we have a decapitated male approximately 20 years of age...Squad 51, 500 RINGERS LACTATE...................What would happen if they used 475 ringers lactate??

Hap
03-24-2007, 12:08 PM
In no particular order...with my favorite episode in parentheses, if applicable

Cheers (A Good Old-Fashioned Wedding)
Seinfeld (The Contest)
Family Guy
The Simpsons (Homer The Heretic)
South Park
M*A*S*H (Dreams)
Roseanne
St. Elsewhere
Quantum Leap
Looney Tunes

Raisor
03-24-2007, 07:22 PM
In no particular order...with my favorite episode in parentheses, if applicable

Cheers
Seinfeld
Family Guy
The Simpsons
South Park
M*A*S*H
Roseanne
St. Elsewhere
Quantum Leap
Looney Tunes
I guess favorite episodes weren't applicable

:evil:

Falls City Beer
03-24-2007, 07:56 PM
Lance Link
HR Puffenstuff
Mr. Show

redsfanmia
03-24-2007, 09:41 PM
HR Puffenstuff


This show really creeped me out as kid. It did have Charles Nelson Riley for crying out loud.

Spring~Fields
03-24-2007, 10:56 PM
Same here buddy. That's why I had to list some westerns. I love'em!

Maverick, Sugarfoot, Bronco, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Raw Hide, Big Valley, The Rifleman, Cimmaron Strip, Bat Masterson, and Wanted: Dead or Alive (Steve McQueen).

My Dad was a HUGE Gunsmoke fan. When it came on you didn't sit in HIS chair, and you had better not make any noise or cause him to have to get out of it. ;)

But those shows are just classics in my book.

Memory like a steel trap! ;)

You left out

Roy Rogers
The Virginian
The Lone Ranger
Rin Tin Tin
Wild Wild West

1. Red Skelton
2. Jack Benny
3. Amos & Andy
4. Sky King
5. Man From U.N.C.L.E
6. I Spy
7. Lassie
8. Highway Patrol
9. Zoro
10. Real McCoys

mth123
03-24-2007, 11:18 PM
Memory like a steel trap! ;)

You left out

Roy Rogers
The Virginian
The Lone Ranger
Rin Tin Tin
Wild Wild West

1. Red Skelton
2. Jack Benny
3. Amos & Andy
4. Sky King
5. Man From U.N.C.L.E
6. I Spy
7. Lassie
8. Highway Patrol
9. Zoro
10. Real McCoys



Oh man. I listed 20 and can't believe I forgot The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. I used to love that. I wish it was on somewhere. I never see it in re-runs like all these others.

marcshoe
03-24-2007, 11:50 PM
This show really creeped me out as kid. It did have Charles Nelson Riley for crying out loud.


Are you sure you're not thinking of Liddsville?

http://www.70slivekidvid.com/lids/whodoo2.jpg

(disclaimer: I am not responsible for any nightmares caused by this image, now or in the future, or for any flashbacks involving talking fedoras or Butch Patrick falling into a hat. Thank you.)

RedsBaron
03-25-2007, 08:33 AM
Same here buddy. That's why I had to list some westerns. I love'em!

Maverick, Sugarfoot, Bronco, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Raw Hide, Big Valley, The Rifleman, Cimmaron Strip, Bat Masterson, and Wanted: Dead or Alive (Steve McQueen).

My Dad was a HUGE Gunsmoke fan. When it came on you didn't sit in HIS chair, and you had better not make any noise or cause him to have to get out of it. ;)

But those shows are just classics in my book.

SpringfieldFan added a few more westerns, and I can add yet a few others that I loved as kid:
Laramie
Laredo
High Chapparal
Cheyenne
Branded
How The West Was Won (I wasn't a kid anymore when this one was broadcast, but I loved James Arness's "Zeb McCahan" character)

GAC
03-26-2007, 09:36 AM
Memory like a steel trap! ;)

You left out

Roy Rogers
The Virginian
The Lone Ranger
Rin Tin Tin
Wild Wild West
1. Red Skelton
2. Jack Benny
3. Amos & Andy
4. Sky King
5. Man From U.N.C.L.E
6. I Spy
7. Lassie
8. Highway Patrol
9. Zoro
10. Real McCoys

My sister and I use fight like the dickens over the TV on Saturday mornings. I had to watch Sky King and Roy Rogers.

And we never missed Red Skelton, as well as "Live from Miami, it's the Jackie Gleason Show!" :lol:

That was pizza night in our household. Mom made homemade pizza, and it was the only time us kids got pop. Boy have the times changed.

Red Leader
03-26-2007, 09:53 AM
Are you sure you're not thinking of Liddsville?

http://www.70slivekidvid.com/lids/whodoo2.jpg

(disclaimer: I am not responsible for any nightmares caused by this image, now or in the future, or for any flashbacks involving talking fedoras or Butch Patrick falling into a hat. Thank you.)

Is that a picture from Saw IV?

RFS62
03-26-2007, 09:55 AM
My sister and I use fight like the dickens over the TV on Saturday mornings. I had to watch Sky King and Roy Rogers.

And we never missed Red Skelton, as well as "Live from Miami, it's the Jackie Gleason Show!" :lol:



Yep, we watched all those shows too.




That was pizza night in our household. Mom made homemade pizza, and it was the only time us kids got pop. Boy have the times changed.



Yeah, like you need caffeine.

westofyou
03-26-2007, 10:39 AM
Northern Exposure
St Elsewhere
Hill Street Blues
Mash
Mary Tyler Moore
I Love Lucy
Simpsons
Seinfeld
Wonderful World of Disney
Cheers