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I tend to discover series after they are off the air, the only things I watch now that are being made is Monk, Psych, Boston Legal....and the greatest show ever but wasn't really written and thus not qualified for this question, Reno911. I still have never seen Friends, saw Seinfield once and hated it, or any other main stream shows. I also didn't watch anything from 79 to 87 cuz, well, I was drunk and capturing yound ladies (rather than just chasing them). I didn't even have a TV until I got married.
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I don't usually watch t.v., but when I do it is either King of the Hill, South Park, Boondocks or family guy. (someone mentioned futurama, I used to watch it all the time. there is a rumor going around that there will be a movie and then it will have a couple more seasons, however, this is just a rumor)
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The Simpsons is definitely the best TV show in the history of television.
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Cheers, All In The Family
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Ya know, I've never heard of over half the shows mentioned, are a lot of them UK type shows?
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On 2007-12-02 23:18, rossmacrae wrote:
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?

Oh absolutely. Have the Richard Greene series on DVD watch it frequently, get a charge when as a kid I never realized what I did as an adult. The whole series was filmed in a very few weeks. They used like two sets, a few outside shots that repeated frequently, and mostly brought in different stock actors to do most of the show, with Greene popping in for a few shots in each show. Filmed more than one at a time with Greene popping from set to set to do his bit.
Also have Annie Oakley, Gale Davis was great in it, inspite of thin veiled re-written Gene Autry scripts.
Of course the Lone Ranger.
And the absolute must, The Adventures of Superman. I always thought George played me best. Smile
Burns and Allen, Topper, and the Master in You Bet Your Life (still wondering how he got all that Mrs. Badonivic stuff past the censors.
And can we possibly forget Sir Roger Moore as Ivanhoe?
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Blackadder and Seinfeld
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I really felt that it was a very high quality show. Most episodes could stand alone, yet there was always a supblot running.
It was not my favourite show of all times, but one that holds it's own very well.
My fave shows would probably be Lexx, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena.
But for the most part, they were fluff (Buffy had some amazing moments though...)
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Some good ones mentioned for sure. I have all 3 seasons of Kung Fu that have been released to dvd.
I would add (and surprised to find not mentioned yet) The Three Stooges, Bonanza, and Fantasy Island. Wonder Woman should get special mention for obvious reasons. LOL

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I think you can make a strong case for All in the Family. I'm glad I lived in a pre-PC world that permitted its airing; it wouldn't stand a chance today.
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The Munsters and F Troop.
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On 2007-12-03 12:31, LobowolfXXX wrote:
I think you can make a strong case for All in the Family. I'm glad I lived in a pre-PC world that permitted its airing; it wouldn't stand a chance today.


It's in re-runs here in Canada still. It had vanished for a while because of the PC movement which was silly when you see what the show is really about. Many misunderstand it as a racist show but its really about the ignorance of bigotry. Probably one of the best written shows on television ever.

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I was always partial to the original series of "The Fugitive" and "Mission Impossible." The Fugitive sparked a bit of humanity in my dealings with people as a police officer - I felt it was as much my obligation to find proof of innocence as well as guilt - largely because of that series, I think. The ludicrous plots of the early Mission Impossible series taught deductive reasoning as I tried to unravel the plot twists before the end of each show.

Kung Fu taught some very basics truths in life that I still remember to this day. Thank goodness for the Grasshoppah and the lessons that we learned together. But then, I was a rabid fan of "The Prisoner" too.

The there were the lessons of justice, integrity, humility, family unity, community support and plain old common humanity taught by Pa Cartwright and his boys on "Bonanza." Visiting Virginia City and the Ponderosa Ranch at Lake Tahoe are very memorable points in my life.

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On 2007-12-03 13:02, Timothy Drake wrote:
Many misunderstand it as a racist show but its really about the ignorance of bigotry. Probably one of the best written shows on television ever.

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Tim


Wanted to post this but lost the ability to edit by the time I found it. Here is one of my favorite clips and one of the most famous. Enjoy! http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RL9eWbgCCog

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Fawlty Towers and Frasier.
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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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Tim


I think part of its charm is it was probably written as it unfolded off the cuff, the ending was excellent I think. Especially when No 1 is finally revealed and the Beatles kick in, won't say more for fear of spoiling it. But its well worth checking out for all those who like myself were not born the first time round.

I think the ending is kind of spiritual / philosophical really, and very much in keeping with the tide that was sweeping the young people of the day. It is very English though, and some of it perhaps does not translate too well to Americanese.


Would also cast a vote for Dr. Who, at its best it is still excellent sci fi satire.
I also loved Kung Fu as a kid, though I haven't seen it since then.

Worzel Gummidge (first two series) also stands the test of time.

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The Honeymooners, The Judy Garland Show, I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, My So-Called Life, The Defenders

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