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...KUNG FU!

I mean the original one from 1972-1975, with David Carradine.

I was thinking of giving reasons, but why?

But if you want to name a different series, you should give reasons. Until someone convinces me otherwise, Kung Fu is king.

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Monkey Magic.

I was raised by the tv so its a little hard to choose a favourite - they are all like my dad - but this was deffinatly on the top of my list... Why???
Because Monkey was born from an egg on a mountain top, his nature was irrepresable, he knew every MAGIC TRICK under the sun, that's just for starters... He would beat the living **** outta Carradine....
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Monkey Magic? A bit obscure, don't you think?

I'm not talking about which series is my favorite. My favorite is whichever one I'm currently preoccupied with.

I'm talking about the BEST, the one with a combination of excellent writing, excellent premise, well-developed story lines, superb music, good character development, even good costumes and such. I'm talking about quality, as objectively as we can assess it--which I agree is hard to do.

So, I'll accept Monkey Magic as your vote; but do you *really* think it was the best ever, as opposed to your favorite?
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Twilight Zone. Though I was also a fan of Kung Fu, once edge I'd give to Twilight Zone is a much greater diversity of plot. The writing generally ranged from pretty good (the ones Serling didn't write) to outstanding (the ones he did write).
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Odd you should bring this up, stoneunhinged, because I was just thinking you look like David Carradine.

For the record, the best series on television was, and always will be, SEINFELD!
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Gilligans Island!!! I liked Mary Ann
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Twilight Zone is a very good possibility. I thought of it myself because it was one of my favorites.

I agree about the variety...but I think that what constitutes a good series *is* an element of continuity. Which Twilight Zone doesn't have. It's up there, I agree. But Kung Fu is better.

As far as Gilligan's Island goes...I, too, loved it. But *best*? Surely you are joking. Ditto Seinfeld. And Michael, as good as Seinfeld was...better than Mary Tyler Moore or The Bob Newhart Show? Better than Happy Days was in its first season? Hmmm.

Again, I'm not talking about favorites. Not that anyone cares, but my absolute favorite by 2 1/2 miles is the original Star Trek with Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley. It may even be the *GREATEST* series of all times, "greatest" meaning that we must include impact as well as quality. My second favorite series of all time is Dragnet.

But for sheer quality, I still vote for Kung Fu. Come on, folks. Throw out some real contenders, like the Fugitive or the Waltons or Disney's Wonderful World of Color. Let's put Kung Fu up against the big boys, not Gilligan.

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The Prisoner, with Patrick Mcgoohan.
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I loved Kung Fu.
Twilight Zone, Columbo and Mission Impossible rank up there for me.
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Corona, I had never heard of the Prisoner. I just read the Wikipedia article, and it sounds excellent, indeed.

How could it be I never heard of it? Curious. From the article, it would seem that it ran in the States, and it also sounds like something that would attract a cult following, like Monty Python or Dr. Who or the Thunderbirds. (Yes, I have a complete set of Thunderbirds DVDs. Thunderbirds are GO!).

By the way, what about Dr. Who? Better than Kung Fu?
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Fawlty Towers.
Writing: the best
Casting: the best
Acting: the best
Directing: the best
Set design: O.K.
Knowing when to say when: Brilliant!!!!
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Just some comments ...

The UK series 'The Prisoner' was pretty good, but I wouldn't call it best ever. For those who liked 'The Prisoner', it inspired an American series in the 90s called 'Nowhere Man'. Which was actually really very good if you followed the story arc:

http://www.theunmutual.co.uk/comparesnowhere.htm

http://www.nowhereman.org/

I never watched enough episodes of Kung Fu to have an opinion on that series. I hope it was better than the updated Kung Fu series. The 2004 comedy movie 'Kung Fu' (no relation to the series) is supposed to be hilarious, though I've not seen it.

Votes cast for Seinfeld should be disallowed, unless the voter is at least 40 years of age with at least 35 years of television viewing experience.

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Another vote for Fawlty Towers. Maybe because of my age at the time, the first season of Twin Peaks is up there for me too.

Today, about the only TV I watch is Trailer Park Boys--kind of a guilty pleasure.

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O.k. best current series would have to be LOST. Its filled with great twists and turns and edge of your seat storylines.

But Monkey Magic reigns supreme - aka best of all time - It was full of fantasy, magic, monsters and good prevailing over evil.
Monkey has stayed with me throughout my life, I relate well to him and later on in life I had the pleasure of reading the book and that is amazing too.
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Jerrine:

"Fawlty Towers.
Writing: the best"

Agreed.

"Casting: the best"

Agreed.

"Acting: the best"

Agreed.

"Directing: the best"

Agreed.

"Set design: O.K."

Agreed.

"Knowing when to say when: Brilliant!!!!"

Indeed.

So Fawlty Towers was about as perfect a show as ever existed on television.

Comparing it to Kung Fu seems wrong, however. Maybe I screwed up this thread. Maybe we have to distinguish between comedy and drama.
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