1.- The X-Files
2.- The Twilight Zone
3.- Twin Peaks
5.- Monty Python’s Flying Circus
6.- I Love Lucy
9.- The Prisoner
10.- Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Honorable Mention: Californication, The Simpsons, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Star Trek.
I also feel compelled to list my childhood’s Top 10 cartoon shows…
1.- Batman: The Animated Series (I should add this to the previous list)
2.- Dexter’s Laboratory
3.- Merrie Mellodies
4.- Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
5.- Fleischer’s Superman shorts
6.- Tom and Jerry
7.- Cartoon Network’s What a Cartoon Show
8.- Superman: The Animated Series
10.- Marvel Superheroes’ 60s cartoons (Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Namor)
Batman animated series is actually really awesome I think, way better than the different film portrayals, for example the cartoons portrayal of the two face story I think was far superior than Dark Knight which I have come to despise with it’s incredibly reactionary ideological stances, vulgar storytelling, bad acting and crude characters, with the exception of the joker of course who is also portrayed excellently in the cartoon, his relationship with barman is brilliant, in one episode where it appears batman has been killed by some schmuck who the joker hates and wants to kill as without batman he has no one to play with. I strongly recommend people watch the film the Mask of the Phantasm, it’s a wonderful art deco noir crime drama.
Also Spaced does rule and probably should be in my list somewhere the relationship between Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg is just great! As should Comedies like Greenwing, The Thick of it, Peep Show, Blackadder, Porridge, Flight of the Conchords, Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mighty Boosh etc
My ten favorite, not ranked:
Fishing With John
Curb Your ENthusiasm
Twilight Zone (The first broadcast)
2. Arrested Development
3. Veronica Mars
4. Freaks and Geeks
8. Mr. Show
10. South Park
Witty, all of these are. Awesome as well.
My list will probably show I’m 35:
1. Night Court
3. Beverly Hills 90210 (the original. the first few seasons)
4. Three’s Company
5. Freaks and Geeks (short lived, one great season!)
6. The Simpsons (first six seasons)
7. Siskel and Ebert/At the Movies
8. In Search Of…(original 70s version) tied with Sightings a similar show in the 90s
9. Quantum Leap
10. The Fall Guy
Runner up-Tales from the Gold Monkey (short lived Raiders of the Lost Ark spoof type show)
I really like Twin Peaks and I really like Neon Genesis Evangelion and I really like The Wire, someone recommend something as good as those shows!
The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Dexter, Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Lost, Californication,
Twin Peaks, Mad Men, Buffy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, Six Feet Under, Spaced, The West Wing, Seinfeld
While I’ve matured enough to realize that it’s not the masterpiece I once regarded it as… I still testify that Six Feet Under is the best American-produced television series in recent memory. It’s a bit melodramatic, yes… but it’s too good to hold that against it.
Of course, if we’re speaking world-wide, my nomination goes toward The Decalogue. The remaining 9 change so frequently I don’t think they’re worth listing.
Skins, Breaking bad, Nip Tuck, Dexter, The office, Entourage, True blood, Californication, House, Misfits
In no particular order
The Wire. and In Treatment.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
The Kids In the Hall
Upright Citizens Brigade
Saturday Night Live
Agent Z and the penguin from mars, Aquila and Pig heart boy.
The Twilight Zone
Beavis and Butt-Head
Nip/Tuck (just the first two seasons)
1. The sopranos
2. South park
5. Peep show
6. The simpsons
9. The IT crowd
10. How i met your mother
1.) The Twilight Zone- There were lessons, there was great storytelling, there were great explorations of the human condition.
2.) Arrested Development- Unforgettable characters, great set ups, and continuous joke after joke. Also one of the best things Ron Howard was involved with since Happy Days.
3.) The Simpsons- The gold standard and I will contend it is still very watchable and clever.
4.) Rocky & His Friend/The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show- Amazing satire, indelible characters, and very accessible from kids to adults.
5.) Futurama- For many years it surpassed The Simpsons and not by default. Great characters and voice-acting. So glad it is back on the air.
6.) Mad Men- Says no to nostalgia and gives us a look into the lenses of the 1960s leaving criticism to the viewer. Great casting, great acting, and does not treat its audience as fools.
7.) Spaced- Endless jokes and homage to some of my favorite things in geek culture. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Jessica Hynes were such a good team.
8.) Daria- The rallying cry show for the jaded, precocious teenagers without being shrill. Incredibly clever and witty that holds up pretty well today.
9.) Friday Night Lights- The show that somehow survived and thank goodness. The interactions among these people cannot be considered acting, it is just so naturalistic and real. Sure, the football situations should never always come down to the final play but the football culture is what defines this show.
10.) Batman: The Animated Series- Made the preexisting characters unique from its comic book titles and other movies/prgrams and also created some great original characters. Some of the most gorgeous animation with the Art Deco design of Gotham City.
Others: The Ren & Stimpy Show, Community, Archer, The Boondocks, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galatica, Six Feet Under, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, The Wire, Freaks & Geeks, Twin Peaks, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Office (UK), Absolutely Fabulous, Taxi, All in the Family, and Firefly
1. That 70’s Show
2. Gossip Girl
3. Skins (UK)
3. South Park
4. How I met your Mother
5. True Blood
6. The Office (UK)
7. The Simpsons
8. Doctor Who
9. The X Files
god, isn’t here anyone who’s seen “Queer as folk” or is everyone homophobic in this site?
1. clone high
2. this is england ‘86
3. home movies
4. freaks and geeks
5. sons & daughters
6. the office (uk)
8. parks and recreation
9. my so-called life
10. it’s always sunny in philadelphia
all of you people saying ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT seriously need to catch SONS & DAUGHTERS. like right meow
1. All In The Family.
2. I Love Lucy.
3. Golden Girls
1. Hey Arnold!
1. Skip Beat.
2. Cowboy Bepop.
3. Yu Yu Hakusho
1. Criminal Minds
2. [ insert reality show that makes over people ]
For me, I’ll literally watch anything (I’m much broader with TV for some reason) but I still think that “All In The Family” and “I Love Lucy” are pretty much TV perfection. Norman Lear and Desilu (which created a lot of top other shows) are just phenomenal.
Ok, best shows I’ve seen:
1. The Sopranos – Better than cinema. There, I said it.
2. Deadwood – Probably would be nº 1 if it’d been given the chance to end properly. Those HBO cocksuckers.
3. South Park – Corrosive, moradant, irreverent. How did something so imature become so poignant?
4. Fawlty Towers – My favourite sitcom. Great writing.
5. Breaking Bad – Best show on air right now. You never know what to expect.
6. Rome – What a historical drama should be: not 100% accurate but true to atmosphere of the age, and always entertaining. There’s a quality gap between the two seasons though.
7. Blackadder – Atkinson, Laurie, Fry & Co. at their best.
8. Futurama – Maybe not great, but never lost a sense of fun The Simpsons seems to have foregone long ago.
9. The Office – Distressful character study of an alienated man. Has moments of true horror.
10. Cosmos – Not exactly a “TV show”, but it’s too brilliant not to mention. You can’t watch ten minutes without feeling like studying the f’ing Universe.
I still have to watch The Wire, Six Feet Under and Arrested Development.
1 – Twin Peaks
2 – Six Feet Under
3 – Sopranos
4 – Lost
5 – The Prisoner
6 – X-Files
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Six Feet Under
Freaks & Geeks
2. Peep Show
3. Curb Your Enthusiasm
4. The Wire
5. Twin Peaks
8. Freaks & Geeks
9. The IT Crowd (Love)
10. The Inbetweeners
Oh and most shows on IFC and Adult Swim.
Six feet under
Nip/Tuck (the first four seasons)
True blood (season 1 and 2)
From my childhood memories: Pippi longstocking, Family affair, Space 1999, The Persuaders!, The Avengers,
The streets of San Francisco.
“Breaking Bad – Best show on air right now. You never know what to expect”
I haven’t watched any TV in 12-15 years.
Some favorite shows from when I did watch :
The Avengers (Diana Rigg version, 1960s)
The Prisoner (1960s)
Ready Steady Go! (1960s)
The Dick Cavatt Show (1960s-1970s)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1970s)
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (1970s-1980s)
Late Night with David Letterman (1980s)