Thought this might be a fun discussion topic that has been kicking around in my brain, maybe even might get some new TV shows in my mind (always looking for those! So, the $64,000 question is: what TV show was the best or best represented their respective decades? For the 50s, it's not even a contest for me: I Love Lucy, all the way. Still one of the funniest things I've seen, consistently entertaining and, at times, very heartwarming. For the 60s, it's a bit tougher. In one breath, I want to go with Twilight Zone with it's inventive, keep-you-guessing plots and solid acting and wonderful themes, while the next breath makes me want to go with Star Trek since it's so iconic with the futuristic shows of the time while giving us some very solid stories in the first two seasons. For the 70s, I'm thinking Brady Bunch. Fun light family entertainment to keep you laughing and making you wonder what highjinxs were in store next. For the 80s, and I'm going by memory here since I haven't seen it in quite a while, but gotta go with Dallas. Over the top, excessive, incredible plotlines that fit right in with 80s sensibilities along with some really iconic TV moments for the decade (Who shot JR? and you-know-who in the shower, anyone?) For the 90s, it's really tough. I tend to lean toward ER though. Those early seasons and episodes were really must-see TV with some real nail biters and some really excellent acting all around. For the '00s, it's once again, for me anyway, beyond doubt: Lost. Proof that protracted story telling that worked for soaps could still work, if written around a compelling story, in prime time and keep people interested (and guessing) for YEARS. To say nothing of good writing and some very underrated performances. I hereby open the floor to opinions.