Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Best TV shows, in rank order

1) The Sopranos
2) Arrested Development
C)  Seinfeld
4)  Twin Peaks
5)  Freaks and Geeks

Yeah, this is (by necessity) limited to the shows I have actually seen.

You don't disagree, do you?

Not necessarily the best (and not necessarily in order), but five shows that dominated my life in terms of stop everything MUST SEE TV:

Magnum, P.I.
Hill Street Blues
The Office
Mad Men
1) The Wire
2). Arrested Deveopment
3) Parks and Rec
4) Law and Order
5). Nova

I have never seen The Wire (I know, I know...), Magnum P.I., Mad Men, or Nova, but agree with the other pics. I forgot about Hill Street Blues!
Perry Mason
Twilight Zone

Yes, a very irregular list, but it works for me.
I would have to go with West Wing: as I dream it should be.

From a more parochial perspective:
1. Cheers
2. Cheers
3. Cheers
4. Cheers
5. Cheers

NOVA is a science show on PBS, and has been on the air for many years. I watched it as a kid, and it always brought an amazing world into our living room every time we watched it. There was a different topic every week. Arctic Penguins? African Lions? Black Holes? The show had it all, and still does!
Craig, I am a little surprised "Hockey Night in Canada" did not make your list.

And Medievalist… did you sell your television in 1979?
Right … but there can be too much Don Cherry. The far better choice is any Bruins or Red Sox game on NESN (New England Sports Network) … which Norm and the boys would have been religiously watching from their bar stools in Cheers … and I do mean religiously! Further evidence that the known world is contained within the confines of 128 … the extreme limits being within 495. Beyond that there is just Detroit and the Red Wings.
Hogan's Heroes
Gilligan's Island
McHale's Navy
The Bob Newhart Show
Get Smart
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The first three seasons of SNL

Monty Python's Flying Circus
The first three seasons of SNL

In addition to the Wire which you really should see, and the Sopranos (which you list), and limiting it to Serial Dramas Sort Of About The Work You Do, please also add:

Breaking Bad
Better Call Saul (after breaking bad)
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