Reading the threads for 'Your Top 5 Shows' of both the 1960s and 1950s got me thinking... Sometimes a topic like this comes up on movie forums; you have a bunch of film buffs confessing to some major films they've, as yet, never seen, or have only seen bits of, which would floor people who would assume they've already seen all the classics. Unwatched TV series are more understandable in this regard, in terms of the time commitment involved. Oh sure, you may have caught a sampling of episodes, at some point, but nothing close to even a season's worth. Here's where you can confess your shame. I'm leaving out the one-season wonders and other obscurities, unless they are or were easily available for viewing on disc, broadcast or streaming. Also, I figure if I've seen the bulk of one season of a show, I can technically cross it off the 'unseen' list, so it's not relevant here if you've not seen the whole of a given series, just a decent chunk of it. And, clearly, there's just too much out there, and not enough time, to realistically see everything, even among popular series. For myself, I'd break down the unwatched shows into three basic categories: 1.) Generally taken for granted --you were aware of them growing up... you know the main actors, characters, set-up, theme music... but you either avoided them completely, or you may have caught a few episodes down the line, but you couldn't recall a particular plot-line or episode title if your life depended on it... either it's a genre that doesn't generally appeal to you, or you weren't "ready" for them at an earlier age, or they were on in your home but you weren't paying attention, or you just assumed they'd always be on, so you'd catch up with them eventually: Gunsmoke Perry Mason Bonanza The Big Valley The Andy Griffith Show The Dick Van Dyke Show The Odd Couple Dobie Gillis The Phil Silvers Show The Saint The Mary Tyler Moore Show Adam-12 The Rockford Files Hazel Dennis the Menace Sanford and Son The Patty Duke Show Mr. Ed Wagon Train Playhouse 90 The Lucy Show Here's Lucy F Troop Mayberry R.F.D. Bat Masterson Branded Laredo The Loretta Young Show The Lone Ranger Cheyenne Sugarfoot Tarzan Daktari That Girl The Real McCoys Peyton Place Dr. Kildare The Mod Squad Room 222 McHale's Navy Father Knows Best Streets of San Francisco Barnaby Jones Make Room for Daddy Sea Hunt Petticoat Junction Burke's Law Gentle Ben Here Come the Brides The High Chaparral The Guns of Will Sonnett The Doris Day Show The Name of the Game Marcus Welby, M.D. Ironside Medical Center Julia The Courtship of Eddie's Father Nanny & the Professor The Persuaders Alias Smith & Jones Cannon McMillan & Wife McCloud Maude Kojak The Rookies Police Story/Police Woman Good Times The Jeffersons Starsky & Hutch Baretta S.W.A.T. Chico & The Man Family Soap Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Charlie's Angels Baa Baa Blacksheep Quincy Eight Is Enough Lou Grant Trapper John, M.D. Benson Vega$ The Dukes of Hazzard B.J. & The Bear Dallas Dynasty Knots Landing Falcon Crest Hill Street Blues St. Elsewhere Magnum P.I. Simon & Simon The A Team The Fall Guy The Greatest American Hero Knight Rider T.J. Hooker Cagney & Lacey Remington Steele Scarecrow & Mrs. King Hardcastle & McCormick Airwolf Jake & The Fatman MacGyver Hart to Hart Fame Murder She Wrote Matlock Newhart The Facts of Life Gimme a Break Webster Silver Spoons Miami Vice Highway to Heaven Golden Girls Kate & Allie Who's the Boss Growing Pains Riptide Hotel The Equalizer Moonlighting Hunter Spencer for Hire 21 Jump Street Designing Women Thirtysomething Alf Perfect Strangers L.A. Law Wiseguy Murphy Brown Hogan Family Roseanne In the Heat of the Night Head of the Class China Beach Different World Just the Ten of Us Mr. Belvedere Unsolved Mysteries America's Most Wanted Crime Story 227 Amen Full House Beauty & The Beast My Two Dads Baywatch Empty Nest Wings Major Dad Coach Doogie Howser, M.D. Dear John Father Dowling Mysteries Family Matters The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Beverly Hills 90210 The X-Files Seinfeld Stargate Law & Order Homicide: Life in the Streets Jag CSI NCIS Friends South Park Family Guy Arrested Development etc, etc... --in my own case, while it's clear that my interest in new series was flagging in the 1970s & 1980s, by the 1990s, you also could count virtually everything new being aired, apart from The Simpsons, Get a Life, Ren & Stimpy, Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast and Mystery Science Theater 3000... it took The Sopranos, and the quality drama series in its wake (The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Dead Like Me, Lost, Dexter, Rome, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Justified, The Hour, Pushing Daisies, Boardwalk Empire, etc), to bring me back to watching any current, regular TV series at all. I spent the 1990s (and into the 00s) exclusively watching movies (all eras) and favorite classic TV series. 2.) On your DVD shelf, but you haven't gotten to them yet --either 'blind buys' or shows you've only slightly dabbled in, prior to buying): M Squad Route 66 The Naked City Have Gun - Will Travel Wanted: Dead or Alive Mike Hammer Johnny Staccato Combat It Takes a Thief The FBI Harry O Callan Tate Brenner Gigantor 3.) Hard to see these days --outside of public domain episodes or the bootleg world, or are on a channel/service you can't get: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Amos & Andy The Jack Benny Program Burns & Allen The Millionaire The Lineup Run for Your Life Circus Boy 77 Sunset Strip Hawaiian Eye Surfside Six Bourbon Street Beat Richard Diamond, Private Detective Adventures in Paradise Ben Casey The Defenders East Side West Side Our Miss Brooks Bus Stop Bachelor Father Mr. Novak The Farmer's Daughter Iron Horse Felony Squad So, what are yours?