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My guess would be that everyone has thier favorite TV show according to the genre. Comedy, talk show, cop, hospital, scifi, western, etc.
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No one mentioned MASH.

Although not my favorite, it probably gets high marks in most of the criteria mentioned earlier.

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The Simpsons

writing - brilliant
voice actors - amazing
animation - excellent

they have parodied and covered just about every aspect of western society and popular culture.

either that or Cop Rock or the Montefuscos
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On 2007-12-02 13:59, stoneunhinged wrote:
Corona, I had never heard of the Prisoner. I just read the Wikipedia article, and it sounds excellent, indeed.


It was very good but the whole premise was that you went along with the ride mainly to find out what was really going on and who was behind everything. The series finale was something out of "Twin Peaks" and made no sense at all to me. I don't think it ever really explained who was behind the plot to keep him on the island. I was a kid when I watched so maybe he ending was just to twisted for me.

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The first few years of "All in the Family".

A close second would be....

"Monty Python's Flying Circus". It is easy to overlook, as so many people know the sketches now, and familiarity breeds contempt, but my goodness, what a ground-breaking show. Brilliant.

I love "Fawlty Towers", too.
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My two absolute favorites:

Seinfeld and Monty Python's Flying Circus!

I watch the Simpsons very frequently, as well as South Park.

Unfortunately, I am yet to see Fawlty Towers. It makes me sad that I haven't had a chance to watch it before.
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COPS!
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By far...Baretta.
Great drama/comedy.
Excellent acting.
Clear writing.
Meticulous set designs.
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Futurama! Not even being canceled could stop this series!
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I thought about it and I have to go with Monk.
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If I haven't used up my votes, I'm also a big supporter of Monty Python and The Simpsons. And South Park seems to do for my children what Mad magazine did for me.

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Sanford and Son. It's the only one I still watch every night and have watched since it went off the air and now more than ever since I am channeling Fred Sanford in daily life.

As the only other TV show I've ever been hooked on is a contemporary reality show, both UK and US versions "Nightmare Kitchen" Compelling.
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I love Lucy ,Andy Griffin show...oh the good old days.
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MASH.

Great in every aspect AND it covered a range of topics from light hearted to controversial and cutting edge.
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On 2007-12-02 10:50, stoneunhinged wrote:
...KUNG FU!

I will probably be the only one here to agree with you - there's more to the little Zen lessons than initially meets the eye.

You might want to see CIRCLE OF IRON on DVD - more of the same.
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Actually, Ross, Kung Fu has a lot of support. I know in the South, where I lived when it first ran, Kung Fu was biiiiig
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I forgot about the old "The Outer Limits" show.

Great stuff for the 60's!
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Kung Fu, too historically inaccurate and not very martial arts accurate. Prisoner was attention getting, but too much lost if you didn't experience it in the time period it was produced. Otherwise the final episode will go totally over your head. Though I still think it was Patrick Magoohan's best work.
I'm a 50's child, so series that kept me glued were The Incredible Mr. Peepers, Sgt. Bilko (AKA Army life and the Phil Silvers show), Red Skelton, That Show of Shows, 1950's Dragnet, hmmmm so many, I'll play my prejudice card and go with The Magic Land of Alakazam.
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Does anybody else go back, umpty years later, to shows they found "awesome" in their youth, and viewing them again you wonder what you ever saw in this dreadful garbage?

Adventures of Robin Hood (my childhood favorite, the one with Richard Greene) holds up well, but I remember finding the archival Mickey Mouse Clubs (briefly brought back in the early 80s) breathtakingly bad. I can't watch too many of the old Twilight Zone episodes without wondering where my brain was during their initial run (those that hold up, though, are still stunning). Bought Season 3 of Have Gun Will Travel at the urging of my younger son - watchable, literate, but ... how can a half-hour drama be so darned SLOW?
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On 2007-12-02 21:29, rossmacrae wrote:
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On 2007-12-02 10:50, stoneunhinged wrote:
...KUNG FU!

I will probably be the only one here to agree with you - there's more to the little Zen lessons than initially meets the eye.

You might want to see CIRCLE OF IRON on DVD - more of the same.



I LOVE CIRCLE OF IRON!!!! lol
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Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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