The Twilight Zone
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Homicide: Life on the Streets
(Also Mad Men and Fawlty Towers)
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@OP: Why did you start two threads? I assume that 5 wasn’t enough, but since you’re searching for discoveries, here’s my 6.-10.:
6. Serial Experiments: Lain
7. Haibane Renmei
8. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
9. Elfen Lied
10. Azumanga Daioh
muleyhaven, The Late Show with David Letterman? David Letterman?
COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG. In the history of television, no other show has ever come close.
01. six feet under.
02. six feet under.
03. six feet under.
04. six feet under.
05. six feet under.
06. curb your enthusiasm.
08. flight of the conchords.
though i’m yet to see twin peaks, freaks and geeks, and battlestar galactica. it’s hard to find those in my country.
there are so many great 50s and 60s shows
tv like movies has a long history
most of the lists I am seeing would be like having a best of movie list and having nothing before 2000
1. Twin Peaks
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
3. Fanny and Alexander
5. In Treatment
6. Six Feet Under
7. True Blood
8. The Sopranos
10. Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO FEST, got Mad Men coming in this week so we’ll see how that goes. Showtime (Dexter and Californication) seems like inferior HBO. Really have a DESIRE to see some more QUALITY DRAMA, I have a general high distaste for comedy. IE, I find things like South Park utterly repulsive. _
Here’s 15 TV shows I love:
01. The Wire
02. Arrested Development
06. The West Wing
07. Breaking Bad
09. Battlestar Galactica 2003 (minus the last 10 episodes)
11. Avatar: The Last Airbender
12. The Sopranos
13. Life On Mars (UK)
14. Curb Your Enthusiasm
15. Homicide:Life On The Streets
1) The Wire (The most comprehensive portrait of modern society’s ills ever made)
2) The Sopranos (A fantastic family saga for our times)
3) Arrested Development (Bees, Michael?)
4)The Office (UK) (Cringe-making, too real but occasionally touching)
5) Mad Men (the slickest show ever made, but don’t know about the third season)
6) Life on Mars (UK) (a great twist on the police procedural)
7) State of Play (UK) ( great conspiracy plotline with outstanding performances)
8)The West Wing (Sure it’s liberal fantasy, but it is great nonetheless)
9) The Office (US) (Managed to fill the shoes of its predecessor despite being very different)
10) The Simpsons (Not anymore, but in its heyday nothing else comes close)
Whoops double post
1. The Twilight Zone
2. I Love Lucy (it still holds up and set the plots for every sitcom from here on out)
3. All In The Family
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5. Fawlty Towers
6. South Park
7. Doctor Who/Torchwood
8. Absolutely Fabulous
9. The Carol Burnett Show
10. The X-Files
12. Monty Python’s Flying Circus
13. Black Books
14. Veronica Mars
15. Mr. Bean
16. The West Wing
17. The Simpsons
19. Will & Grace
20. Pushing Daisies
Sorry, couldn’t limit myself to just 10. Honorable mentions: The Muppet Show, Saturday Night Live, State of Play, The Think of It, The Office (both versions), Frasier, Are You Being Served?, Get Smart
Why Am I being called out for liking Dave Letterman??? 5 nights a week for 20+ years of groundbreaking, hilarious comedy. There wouldn’t be a Conan O’brien or Jimmy Kimmel w/out Letterman’s Influence. The show is absurd, topical, and Dave’s monologues can’t be beat. Here’s a quientessential question to judge character… Leno or Letterman? If they answer Leno, they’re just as likely to prefer Michael Bay over Jon Woo, or Guy Ritchie over Quentin Tarrantino. I’m Guessing Stephen Prokow is a leno fan……
my guess is u are being called out because tv is nearly 70years old and u are calling letterman one of the best shows ever
david letterman and most talk shows are essentially entertainment tonight with a monolouge.
1) The Wire
3) Curb Your Enthusiasm
4) Peep Show
5) The Thick Of It
6) Black Books
7) Father Ted
9) South Park
1. Twilight zone
2. The Fugitive
3. The Defenders
4. Ernie Kovacs Show
5. Laugh In
6. The Smothers Bros.
7. The Prisoner
9. Homicide Life on the Streets
10. The Sopranos
11. The Rockford Files
12. Have Gun will Travel
13. law and order : Criminal intent
I admit I don’t watch tv series very much in fact almost none, I watch movies, sports , news talk shows and those great HD natures shows.
pj I like yr taste I forgot to mention rockford but I did mention ernie kovacs
Jade Scorpion-Bulworth-C’mon You criticize Late Show and Admire those crap movies!!! Give me a break!
I’m sure there are more current series that are very good, but it might be a while before I find them, I started watching the sopranos after their 3rd season, Homicide I discovered on a late night reruns, I think it was lifetiime, but once I saw it I began seeing it on it’s refular hour, same as West Wing which I found on Bravo and they were already in thier 4th season.
Den I never missed the Rockford files and this during my late 20’s when I just didn’t see a lot of TV, too much night life.
I have spoken in defense of Jade too many times on this site and Bulworth is a sharp film. Luminaries from jules feiffer and norman mailer have cited it as the best political film of all time
but muleyhaven I guess yr right woody allen and warren beatty are so much less talented than letterman (CRAZY)
for the record I didn’t criticise late show except to say that its an entertainment talk show made so people can promote their movies. It doesnt hold a candle to things like The Singing Detective or Alfred Hitchcock Presents
As talk shows go I watch it most nights, the musical guests are fantastic, and he is funnier than leno and conan times ten
I agree. I am mainly refering to the first half hour of the show i.e. the monologue, the sketch/bit, and the top ten lists. I tune out for the guests and the music unless it’s someone really good.
Woody Allen and Warren Beatty are incredibly talented, just not in Bulworth and Jade Scorpion. Maybe You should watch Match point so you can replace it on your list
i have seen match point it is a slight remake of crimes and misdemenors. I am sorry u didn’t like bulworth I think it is a bold fun movie. And I think Jade is vintage woody,
Hey, Den—I liked Jade when I first saw it years ago in the depths of my Allen aversion (I’ve since been cured by Manhattan and Annie Hall, but I still remember it fondly).
glad to hear it josh
it is from his sunny dreamworks period where
he was trying and often succeeding in recapturing his early funnier films
plus it is a spot on period piece
and a perfect representation of the kind of charlie chan mystery that inspired it
and him and hunt have great chemistry
back to show: I would add Frontline to the list, episodes are on youtube
William Buckley interviews great thinkers, very informative
That’s why I loved it—that fun Charlie Chan feel.