Top 10 TV Series Of All Time

chronic

old and in the way
Over 1000 posts
Now, John from Cincinnati - there was a classic! Quite an achievement to produce a show with 30 or 40 characters and have not one of them be the least bit likable or sympathetic. What a mouldering puddle of stale puke that was. And to do it instead of finishing what could have been a classic just makes it that much more heinous.
Yep, a piece of shit for sure. You forgot to mention that nothing of any interest happens in it at any time. Probably the worst HBO series ever.

lucky louie
Another really good show that HBO killed.
 

mjp

Your Host
Moderator
Founding member
Over 5000 posts
lucky louie
chronic said:
Another really good show that HBO killed.
Ah, no doubt. I enjoyed that. A grimy apartment-based show ala The Honeymooners.

Funny thing about HBO - they could, in theory, let any show run for as long as the producers will produce it. They look at ratings, but they are not bound by them the way broadcast outlets are. You either buy HBO or you don't. With the thousands of hours of space they have every month (over their dozen different channels), you would think they could afford 6 or 7 hours to present shows that may take a while to catch on.

Many of the classic shows mentioned repeatedly in this thread were not immediate hits, and took two or three years to find an audience (Northern Exposure, M*A*S*H and The Simpsons being prime examples).
 

cirerita

Founding member
Over 1000 posts
You guys sure have watched a lot of series over the years. I had a fucked up childhood (read TV-deprived childhood; well, we had a TV set, but we did not have an antenna!) and I didn't see any series when I was a kid. Trying to catch up with you now, but I bet it won't be easy ;)
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
Over 1000 posts
I like to watch a lot of old (and bad) tv series like:

MASH
Magnum
Mr. Bean
The A-Team
Murder she wrote
Columbo
All in the family
Married with children
Cheers
Dallas
The singing detective
The onedin line
Soap
The young ones
Ushi
 

Erik

If u don't know the poetry u don't know Bukowski
Founding member
Over 1000 posts
4. Derrick (german detective texted in Norwegian.)
 

Mark73

Over 500 posts
In no particular order:

Captain Future (a long time ago)
Drawn Together
Schimanski Tatort (Gätz George playing the main character Schimanski, a nutty police inspector)
Berlin, Berlin
Rote Erde
Nonstop Nonsens
Klimbim
120 minutes (was it a series? I have no idea, but the best music show MTV has ever done.)
Nieuws voor doven en slechthorenden (I'm going silly now but I really enjoyed watching that when I was kid. Dutch cable tv was great anyway.)
Fawlty Towers (in English. I love you. Whatever your subtitles meant.)
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
Over 1000 posts
Derrick und Tatort were good yeah.

Here is a persiflage on Derrick (for the members who are able to understand German.)

[This video is unavailable.]
 

Mark73

Over 500 posts
Thank you, Ponder, that was fun. The classical parking lot scene aka "Harry, fahr schon mal den Wagen vor", the slowness and lack of emotions Derrick had, the fake philosophy- a good persiflage.
 

justine

stop the penistry
Over 1000 posts
in no particular order

nowhere man
lost
grey's anatomy (i'm a fag?)
gilmore girls (i'm definitely a fag)
freaks and geeks
the cosby show
whose line is it anyway (the british version)
scrubs (the first couple of seasons)
carnivale
deadwood
 

rjwink666

Over 100 posts
Ok I'm going to have to divide these into sub-categories:

War: Tour of Duty, Generation Kill, The A-Team, Band of Brothers
Crime: Criminal Justice, The Wire,
Comedy: The Day Today, I'm Alan Partridge
Drama: Heartbeat, Six Feet Under
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
Over 1000 posts
Nieuws voor doven en slechthorenden (I'm going silly now but I really enjoyed watching that when I was kid. Dutch cable tv was great anyway.)
You need to explain them what it is.
 

Mark73

Over 500 posts
okay, that's news for deaf and those who can't hear well.
I was circa ten years old and thought it was FUN! to watch the news performed in sign language, spoken and subtitled in Dutch, of which I could understand none.
a few years later a bunch of stoned morons tried to play Trivial Pursuit in the Dutch version.
zandvoort, yanks coffee shop "the best in the west".
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Over 5000 posts
MACGYVER is Selma's and Patty's favorite TV show in The Simpsons.

Currently, they're running the show (once again) daily on local TV here. Today's episode was about a Chinese woman who flees from the Chinese embassy, thanks to McGyver.
 
Last edited by a moderator:

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Over 1000 posts
in no particular order

nowhere man
Holeeeeee shit... I forgot about that show. I liked it well enough, but missed a big chunk of it. Just looked it up and found that it didn't make it past season 1. Ah well, nothing like a lack of resolution.
 

justine

stop the penistry
Over 1000 posts
when i was a kid i looked forward to MacGyver all week long. haven't seen it since i was 10 or so, so i'm not sure if it would still hold up for me, but man, i loved it so much!

nowhere man left me heartbroken when it got cancelled.
 

Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
Over 1000 posts
One forum I'm on got all excited when the MacGyver episode that was shot at the Westwood Racing Circuit was on (I mean forum members were posting as it aired). Featured G. Gordon Liddy as the villain. Interesting for the views of the narrow sports car track. Now it's all rich peoples' housing and golf courses.

I prefer reruns of the Rockford Files myself. The answering machine messages were always fun.

Band of Brothers, yes. Better than reruns of Combat!

The Flintstones.

Corner Gas (Canada, just ended after 6 or 7 seasons).

Taken (alien abduction, breeding of humans with aliens, Dakota Fanning).

Star Trek: the next generation. I like Q and the Borg.

Law and Order for the first few seasons (up to and including the ones with Benjamin Bratt). Gets replayed on A&E all the time.

Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour (overture, curtain, lights...on with the show, this is it!)

Frisky Frolics (all the other early cartoons: Popeye by the Fleisher Bros., follow the bouncing ball singalongs, etc.)
 

Gerard K H Love

Appreciate your friends
Over 5000 posts
in no particular order

[STRIKE]nowhere man[/STRIKE]
[STRIKE]lost[/STRIKE]
grey's anatomy (i'm a fag?)
gilmore girls (i'm definitely a fag)
freaks and geeks
the cosby show
[STRIKE]whose line is it anyway (the british version) [/STRIKE]
scrubs (the first couple of seasons)
[STRIKE]carnivale[/STRIKE]
[STRIKE]deadwood[/STRIKE]
That would be like my wife's list, she did like the first 2 seasons of lost and the American version of Whose Line...Great minds think alike.;)
 

ROC

It is what it is
Over 1000 posts
The Simpsons
M*A*S*H
Band of Brothers
The West Wing
Star Trek (everything after the original series)
Futurama
The Singing Detective
Harvey Birdman
Drawn Together
Southpark
Fawlty Towers
Seinfeld


Man, I watch too much TV!
 

Hosh

hoshomccreesh.com
Over 1000 posts
No love for Hill Street Blues?

I was just a kid, but man--that show MADE the cop drama. Without it there's no HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS (awesome), THE WIRE, (awesome)...so many other good cop shows...
 

hoochmonkey9

Art should be its own hammer.
Moderator
Founding member
Over 5000 posts
alright, I'm going to come out of the closet here. I've been hemming and hawing about admitting to a show I liked and still like, even though I was barely 19 when it first aired:

thirtysomething. yes, this thirtysomething.

thirtysomethingcast.jpg


I'm very sorry.

and people wonder why I drink...
 

mjp

Your Host
Moderator
Founding member
Over 5000 posts
I watched that on and off for the first couple years, but they lost me at some point. I saw part of an episode about a year ago and I have to say that it left me cold. If you remember the term yuppies, these are yuppie characters. If you care about the trials and tribulations of white suburban folks with really good jobs, then this might be for you. ;)

Ironically, the older and more "comfortable" I have become, the less patience I have for whining, advantaged people. You know, like the kind flocking to Haiti right now to help those poor, stupid brown people.

Wait, what were we talking about?

I was told by a guy who worked on the show that David Milch decided he wanted to do something else... something even better than Deadwood. That's how we got the immortal classic John from Cincinnati.
I was reading yesterday that the reason the show was pulled was due to a disagreement between Paramount (who produced the show) and HBO. Milch had planned for a fourth and final season, and apparently on the series DVDs he tells how it would have all ended had he been able to finish it. He was also interested in wrapping it up with two 2 hour movie-length-episodes if he couldn't get a 12 episode season, but they couldn't get that together either.

Even without an ending (the real Deadwood camp was burned to the ground and I suspect that's how the show would have gone out) it stands as 36 of the best episodes of any series ever on television.
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Over 5000 posts
No love for Hill Street Blues?
You bet! Great series. I used to watch it every time it was on TV.

Even without an ending (the real Deadwood camp was burned to the ground and I suspect that's how the show would have gone out) it stands as 36 of the best episodes of any series ever on television.
It's the best TV Western series I've ever seen. Too bad we'll never find out how it was supposed to end. I wonder what would've happened to Al Swearingen.

Right now I'm watching "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on TV. They send an episode every night, and they've started on Season 2. It's a hilarious TV show!
 
Last edited by a moderator:

CRBSMILE

Over 500 posts
In order, youngest to oldest...

ScoobyDoo and Friends
TwilightZone
Mash
Soap
X-Files
South Park
Sienfeld
Deadwood
Lost
Arrested Development
These are my favorite shows.(nOT THE BEST 10 OF ALL TIME). Deadwood and Lost are the greatest 2 shows I have ever expierenced in my years of UHF exposeur.
John From Cincinatti sucked ass and was an insult to all Deadwood fans. 'Whats-his-name' in all of his Ego-glowingness, should be deeply ashamed of himself.

Lost is an argument but I like it. It makes me happy. I really love the fat guy.
Scooby Doo... well, what does one really need to say?

I love TV:) I am a direct product of my Mom. Her Father was the first on thier block to buy a TV in like 1942. She is a true TV baby. I was one of the first generations to be "baby sitted" by TV. HeeHee.
She also introduced me to books. God Bless Her.
Have a good night guys and gals, and Thanx.
 

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Over 1000 posts
My opinion is that if they're your favorite, they're probably the best too. Then again, I occasionally consider Spongebob Squarepants as a favorite, so maybe not 100% of the time...

I always forget about Arrested Development.
 

Stavrogin

Over 1000 posts
LickTheStar - with a child the faves instantly take a wild curve. My girlfriends son has me watching Spongebob, Flapjack, and Chowder. And in short time I've found all three far more entertaining than most of the brown flow that pours from the tele.
 
Top