Your Favorite Ten TV Shows of ALL Time

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  1. Gary OS

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    Well, I'll tell you this much. The killer was leaving The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet off the list. That's absolutely #11 for me and could easily move into my Top 10 at any given moment. What I'd remove from the list to squeeze that one in is anyone's guess though. To keep in sync with you, Howie, here are the next 15 for me (again, in no particular order after the Nelsons):

    Ozzie & Harriet
    The Flintstones
    Big Valley
    I Love Lucy
    The Cosby Show
    Route 66
    The Munsters
    The Wonder Years
    Lassie
    Hawaii Five-O
    Quincy
    Rifleman
    Road to Avonlea
    Little House on the Prairie
    Dennis the Menace

    I'll tell you what, it really does get harder after my first 11 because there are so many shows that I honestly could put in the #12-25 slot. I've got a slew more that even now I'm agonizing over not including in the list above. This list is far more volatile than the Top 10 one is. I'm leaving out classics like Naked City, The Lone Ranger, The Six Million Dollar Man, Combat, Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West, Wagon Train, and a boatload of others that I dearly love. Ugh.


    Gary "better to stick with the Top 10 now that I think about it" O.
     
  2. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    Classic:
    WKRP IN CINCINNATI
    THE AVENGERS (British)
    MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS
    THE FUGITIVE (original)
    THE WILD, WILD WEST
    THE OUTER LIMITS (original)
    RAWHIDE
    THE ADDAMS FAMILY (original)
    THRILLER (Karloff)
    THE TWILIGHT ZONE (original)
    Modern:
    DEXTER
    DEADWOOD
    BREAKING BAD
    LOST
    THE SIMPSONS (Seasons 1-8)
    DEAD LIKE ME
    PUSHING DAISIES
    MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
    BURN NOTICE
    ROME
     
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    I guess I should have made that distinction for The Simpsons too. Current episodes of The Simpsons are a pale imitation of what they used to be but that first decade or so was so good that even another decade's worth of episodes that range from average to terrible can't take the shine off the golden years of the series.
     
  4. Richard V

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    In order
    1. Twilight Zone (The original, natch)
    2. Battlestar Galactica (remake, re-imagined)
    3. The X Files
    4. Star Trek TOS
    5. I Love Lucy
    6. Route 66
    7. The Defenders
    8. East Side/West Side
    9. The Rifleman
    10. Ben Casey
    Came close: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Crime Story, Twin Peaks
     
  5. David Weicker

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    OK, here I go
    1) Doctor Who
    2) Remington Steele
    3) Rockford Files
    Lost
    24
    Coupling
    MASH
    Soap
    Barney Miller
    Babylon 5
    The top three are locked in. The rest just happen to be the next seven, but there are many, many more that I could swap out.
    And I didn't even count the short lived, almost not a series, shows like I, Claudius, The Prisoner, Fawlty Towers, or Firefly
    David
     
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    This is a mission impossible task so I'll cheat and keep in sync with Howie and Gary and list 15 instead - more to show as examples of favourites rather than a definitive fave list.
    TWILIGHT ZONE (Original series)
    OUTER LIMITS (Original series)
    STAR TREK (Original series)
    DR. KILDARE
    LOST IN SPACE
    MOD SQUAD
    ONE STEP BEYOND
    MR. NOVAK
    ROUTE 66
    SEARCH
    DR. WHO (1960's -70's)
    FLINTSTONES
    ROOM 222
    SPACE: 1999
    ON THE BUSES
     
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    This is really difficult because tastes change over time but there are a handful of series that have been favorites since the first time I watched them years ago:

    Perry Mason
    The Dick Van Dyke Show
    The Adventures of Superman
    The Lone Ranger (too bad a high quality, uncut complete series release probably won't ever happen)
    Batman (although S3 doesn't hold up as well now since I can see how cheap this was)

    The remaining slots have too many contenders to narrow down at the moment. The bulk of them are from the 60s/early 70s which, in my opinion, was the high water mark for television writing.

    For modern shows, I really like NCIS (Mark Harmon). I admire the way it portrays our servicemen and women in a positive light and Jethro Gibbs is a hero with integrity and honor. Kudos also for featuring a age diverse cast; it's great to see almost 80 year old David McCallum steal almost every scene he's in while the much younger McGhee character has intelligence and a strong moral fiber that runs counter to what airs too often anymore. Even the goth-ish, tattooed Abby is portrayed as a devout church going Catholic and has a strong work ethic.
     
  8. ScottDombrowski

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    Here are my favorites in chronological order:
    Gunsmoke
    I Love Lucy
    Bewitched
    I Dream of Jeannie
    Dark Shadows
    Star Trek (I really can't decide between TOS, TNG, and DS9!)
    All In The Family
    The Waltons
    Dallas
    Magnum P.I.
    And now what I would call my future classics:
    Northern Exposure
    Will and Grace
    Gilmore Girls
    Firefly
    Supernatural
    Friday Night Lights
    Brothers and Sisters
    Mad Men
    Justified
    The Walking Dead
     
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    Ahhh... but we *cheated* and those lists of "15" are *additions* AKA the next 15 to make a top 25 list! Honestly, I did a quick look over my stuff before posting the next 15 and saw many series I'd want to include. Since I couldn't decide which to remove I just went with what I already had. I keep this list created for just such occasions and will typically go over it before posting in case I've changed my mind since its inception. So far I have not but there are a dozen more that could easily move if I gave it too much thought. If I had to make such a list from scratch it would be a bit different each time although most would still be there.
    I'm a *huge* fan of British comedy series and would have more in my top 25 but for the US series that I've loved for decades. I've often considered adding this one to my collection and have it in my "wish list" at several sites to keep an eye on the price. The problem is the "reviews" I've seen are somewhat mixed, it's only available as a full series set, and I've never seen it. That makes it a somewhat expensive blind buy. Convince me I should take the plunge! :)
     
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    I made the mistake of looking at my collection before I posted my "almost made it" list. I quickly saw a half dozen I'd love to include, some of which saw a DVD release after I originally created it, but just couldn't decide what to move down to make the room! I could easily open a few slots by removing shows that have not yet received a DVD release but the thread doesn't make that distinction/exclusion so they stay.
    This is *always* a tough assignment!
     
  11. Gary OS

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    I just flat out love TV, especially just about anything from the 50's and 60's (I know, that's a shock to absolutely no one here). I have strong likes from just about every genre imaginable too. That certainly gives me a wide and deep pool to draw from. Other than The Fugitive, which has been #1 ever since I saw it for the first time decades ago, everything else would be up for grabs in terms of where I'd specifically rank it.


    Gary "still left out a lot of stuff I love doing those two lists" O.
     
  12. Roy Wall

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    My next ten....
    11. Deadwood
    12. Foyle's War
    13. M Squad
    14. The Honeymooners
    15. I Love Lucy
    16. Columbo
    17. The Outer Limits (original)
    18. The Prisoner
    19. Green Acres
    20. The Avengers
     
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    1. Harry O
    2. Law & Order (the mothership)
    3. The Fugitive
    and the rest in alphabetical order:
    Hawaii Five-O (the original, not the new "Male Model Five-O" version)
    Hill Street Blues
    The Honeymooners
    Magnum, P.I.
    Mary Tyler Moore
    Remington Steele
    St. Elsewhere
    Honorable Mentions:
    The Great Adventure
    NCIS
    Slattery's People
     
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    Honestly, i like just about every show you guys have posted.
    My favorite show...shocker...
    Star Trek TOS
    After that, the waters muddy a bit, just like you guys, and in no particular order. But i would have to say i LOVE...
    The X Files (season 1-5 only)
    Space: 1999
    Doctor Who (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, and David Tennant only)
    Farscape
    Perry Mason
    Cowboy Bebop
    Adam-12
    Star Trek- TNG
    The Six Million Dollar Man
    and # 11, Sherlock, all 6 episodes. Some great TV. If you guys love mysteries you HAVE to see this show.
     
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    I keep changing orders and titles for these lists, can think of these pretty solid ones right now:
    1. Harry O
    2. Columbo
    3. WKRP in Cincinnati
    4. Thriller (UK)
    5. The Time Tunnel
    6. Have Gun Will Travel
    7. Barnaby Jones
    8. Blackadder
    9. M.A.S.H.
    10. The Waltons
     
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    Maude
    The Donna Reed Show
    Bewitched
    Charlie's Angels
    Mama's Family
    It's a Living
    Designing Women
    The Golden Girls
    Roseanne
    Family Affair
     
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    A problem I had, after the easy top three, was that I loaded my next seven with more current series.
    That's not to say that older series were less of a favorite. I just worried that, since I hadn't seen them in so long, I wondered if they would hold up (some not seen since their original run decades ago).
    What I liked as a child, or in my teens, or my twenties - would it still hold up as I reach my fifties. These were shows that were appointment TV, can't miss an episode, talk about the next week shows.
    Ten was too high a number and too low a number. I have a few (for me, three) that are definitely, positively, always on my list. The I have the others. Is it 25, is it 50? Hard to limit.
    David
     
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    Haha I love your opening statement Roy!!
    Dark Shadows
    Petyon Place
    The Time Tunnel
    Voyage To the Bottom Of The Sea
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine
    The Wild Wild West
    Battestar Galactica Orginial
    I Love Lucy
    Mannix
    Dallas
     
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    Where should I begin? :huh:
    I'll divy it up into Categories, with two from each.
    1. Science Fiction
    Star Trek, TOS
    The Twilight Zone
    2. Animated
    Hot Wheels
    Skyhawks
    3. Comidies
    Get Smart
    Batman
    4. Action Adventure
    Dragnet
    The FBI
    5. Family
    Lassie
    Little House on the Prairie
     
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    Just out of curiosity, what is it about S6 that you don't like? It wraps up the conspiracy storyline (as much as the show ever wrapped things up), there's solid mythology and standalone episodes, the production values got even better with the move to Los Angeles and while leaving Vancouver changed the gloomy look of the show somewhat, I think the episodes are overall stronger than S5. Episodes like Drive, Triangle, How The Ghosts Stole Christmas, S.R. 819, Two Fathers, One Son, Monday, Milagro and The Unnatural range from excellent to very good. I guess what I'm saying is if you haven't seen S6 in a while, watch it again and you might be pleasantly surpised.
    And while on the subject of The X-Files, I know people wrote off the seasons without Duchovny but S8 is one of the best years of the show. With S8, I think the writers knew that they had to up their game (especially after S7 which, in my opinion, is the weakest year of the entire series) because Duchovny was gone and they ended up with some really excellent monster-of-the-week shows and the mythology episodes focused on finding Mulder which was much more interesting than S7 or S9's mythology episodes where they were basically forced to shoehorn new elements into the conspiracy storyline in order to keep the mythology story going.
     

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