I’m absolutely baffled no one has mentioned Alfred Hitchcock Presents on a site like this….
My personal top 10 in no order:
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Batman(60’s live action of course)
Hitchcock presents is classic!!!!! They used to play it from 3-4am on a local Vermont Station. We’d watch it when we came back from the bars
Naked City, The Avengers, Route 66
pete & pete
strangers with candy
kids in the hall
second city tv
mystery science theater
upright citizens brigade
tim & eric awesome show
Battlestar Galactica, fo sho.
No X-Files? SCULLY RULES !
My personal top dozen.
1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents;
the sheer volume of talent (writers, actors, directors) was jaw dropping.
2. Columbo original series 1971-79;
amazing premise that worked every time, we know who committed the murder,
the suspense is in how Columbo will prove it. Stunning line-up of players,
and amazing guest directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ben Gazara, Jonathan Demme, and John Cassavetes.
3. Rocky & Bullwinkle
So clever and erudite, it’s curious that it became a staple of kid’s Saturday Morning programming.
4. The Larry Sanders Show;
Awkward moments during interviews, petty resentments, and backstage machinations
bring out the worst in all concerned parties;
It’s comedy based on the shared and agreed upon Big Lie,
and in presenting disingenuousness as the guiding human trait,
Jeffery Tambor, Rip Torn, and Gary Shandling are unmatched.
5. The Dean Martin Variety Show.
The regular sketches with Jonathan Winters are improv gold;
the mega-star guests constitute a who’s who of the film-tv-music industry, circa way back when.
A similar show today would run out of talent in 8 weeks.
6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
the Granada TV show’s production values are stunning, Jeremy Brett is the definitive Holmes.
7. Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister
Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s brilliant BBC television series astutely satirized British politics,
and created two unforgettable characters in the bargain.
8. Mad Men
5-star ensemble acting, set design, period detail, pacing, and multi-faceted themes and symbols
make me wonder if television can actually approach the appeal of cinema.
9. Arrested Development
Brutal, insane, surreal, and often mean-spirited. Thus, hilarious.
10. The League of Gentlemen
a darker, more malevolent “Kids in the Hall.” That is, if the Kids’ source material were equal parts Flannery O’Connor and H.P. Lovecraft.
11. Ren & Stimpy
Apart from being beautifully animated in its most disgusting segments (part of the joke, really),
the show is a devastatingly accurate pastiche of “real” television programming and marketing.
Ren’s voice is a blend of Peter Lorre and Kirk Douglas,
Stimpy’s channels Larry from the 3 Stooges, so it’s hard to say which is funnier.
12. Mystery Science Theatre
You can’t love movies and not love this show.
Bad puns and other geek-nerd humor elevated to an art form.
Rocky and Bullwinkle, damn, how could I have forgotten that. Dudley DoRight, professor peabody, Boris and Natasha. Even back then when I would never miss it on Saturday’s I knew it was no ordinary cartoon.
-The Twilight Zone
-Freaks and Geeks
- 30 Rock
-Dead Like Me
Honorable mention- Wonderfalls
I really need to start watching Mad Men.
The first season of 24
The first season of Prison Break
The X- Files,
and Gossip Girl. Yeah, for the sake of Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. a one big chunk of guiltiest filthiest pleasure
I just watched the Pilot of Mad Men. After all the hype i’ve heard, I was pretty underwhelmed. It looked great, but the acting, the direction, and the dialogue all seemed “off”.
Any fans of the show who can say if I thought the pilot was extremely MARGINAL at best, does the show pick up? And how soon.
on a girly note…
i like andhika`s reference to gossip girl, which is a very entertaining and funny show in a way, a bit eye candy teenage drama with a surreal sense of style. and hey if it`s good enough for kim gordon it sure is good enough for me
i miss something like gilmore girls, a very underestimated show, with an extraordinary howard hawks alike timing, and pretty clever references… and grant lee phillips as the town`s trovadour. Adorable.
mad men is on a different level i think of anything else on tv right now, a very good directed, written, acted, designed show, that not only gets you hooked emotionally but also makes you think politically, historically, and actually bothers to represent women more seriously.
but i also enjoy big love, true blood, curb your enthusiasm, the office, big bang theory, 30 rock…
last seasons of weeds and entourage were a turn off
I haven’t noticed any mention of
Hill Street Blues (who can forget Pizza Man),
Wiseguy (esp. the Mel Profitt storyline with Kevin Spacey as Mel), or
Max Headroom (though my memory of this programme is not strong),
all from the 80s, and all v. enjoyable.
not to mention Moonlighting and The Tomorrow show
4) Malcolm In The Middle
5) The Prisoner
6) Quantum Leap
7) Doctor Who
8) How I Met Your Mother
9) The Simpsons
10) Stargate SG1
Another unmentioned couple I just remembered:
1. The Buffalo Bill Show with Dabney Coleman, Joanna Cassidy and Geena Davis. Buffalo Bill played by Dabney fortunately has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He is so dyspeptic he makes House look like Pollyanna.
2. Sports Night created by Aaron Sorkin. Excellent in the non-romantic parts. For fans of West Wing.
The Wire is the greatest TV show ever.
That show was epic. Better than any film IMO
Well, my favorites are:
The IT Crowd
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Lost (1st two seasons)
If you need a good laugh and haven’t discovered The IT Crowd yet, you are in for a treat. If you do a google search, you’ll find some links that will let you watch it online. Start with “Yesterday’s Jam” and “Employee of the Year.”
The Office (UK)
Freaks and Geeks
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
In the immortal words of Clay Davis: “Sheeeeee-it.”
All you “Wire” slaves get it.
Anyone who doesn’t have The Twilight Zone at number one and Lost at number two doesn’t have a valid opinion.
Am I the only one here who actually enjoyed watching Amazing Stories?
I thought it was a pretty awesome show. Not as creepy as The Twilight Zone…but just as weird.
My favorite episode was the one with the teenage kid who is obsessed with movies. His life is completely consumed by film. He isolates himself and is really antisocial. His family tells him to give the movies a break and live in the real world…but he gets mad at them and runs to a movie theater. He comes across this magical, shady looking, and old movie theater and ends up being transported to some of his favorite movie scenes. He becomes terrified when he gets transported to the Psycho set. He starts screaming bloody murder…literally, and then wakes up. Turns out it was all a dream. It taught him a lesson. Basically, the lesson was that he should give the real world a chance instead of always living in the movies. It was a pretty cool episode. I could totally relate. Oh, another good episode was The Family Dog. It was a pretty funny animated episode.
I think Amazing stories is on Netflix Watch Instantly. Watch a few episodes. Or at least the two I mentioned and let me know what you think.
The film buff episode was called “Welcome to my nightmare”.
The Twilight Zone (original)
the Wonder Years
the Outer Limits (original)
curb your enthusiasm
Alfred Hitchock Presents
Dr. Who (original)
My top 3:
this is not in order
1. The Sopranos
2. Mad Men
4. House M.D.
7. 30 Rock
8. Battlestar Gallactica
10. The Wire
House M.D.? Lost? Californication? Friends?!!! How I Met Your Mother!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ??!!! Scrubs ?!!!?
Top 10 Tv shows of ALL TIME????!!! lol
you must be joking