Favourite or Best TV Series

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  1. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Again, the title says it. There are a number of threads on best movies, worst movies, and a few comments about the recent release of the movie Get Smart (dreadful remake of a classic clever 60s TV series) which prompted me to start this thread.

    So, guys and gals, what TV series "reached" you? What about one you loved as a kid, and never missed? Or one that ambushed you as an adult? The stuff that you would cancel appointments to watch (I write that as someone who never learned how to operate a VCR; somehow, it felt like the sort of knowledge I didn't need to really know this side of the grave; yes, I expect reprimands, especially as I am quite clued in on many other techie areas. Actually, on the rare occasions something really grabbed me, I'd cancel, or reschedule appointments, rather than miss a show. Embarrassingly, last year, I rescheduled classes I was teaching at night to a different night in order to be able to watch Life On Mars uninterrupted. Fortunately, perhaps, I don't actually watch much TV; reading and internet usually do it for me.)

    Okay, some favourite TV series:

    As a kid, Star Trek (as an adult, too, and TNG, DSN, and Voyager, never got the hang of the last one, the Enterprise series).
    Get Smart; The Avengers.
    Others included Secret Army, Foyle's War, Hill Street Blues, Life On Mars, Ashes to Ashes; I quite liked Band of Brothers, too.
    I'm sure many more will occur to me, but I would be interested in what the forum community really liked.

    Cheers and good luck
     
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    • Mighty Boosh
    • Top Gear
    • Big Train
    • Fawlty Towers
    • Blackadder
    • South Park
     
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    I was, still am, and always will be a fan of Commander in Chief with Gena Davis. Alas, the series never saw the end of its first season despite its good reviews, high ratings, and numerous award nominations, with Gena Davis winning a Golden Globe for her role as lead actress. If anything, it was poor scheduling by ABC that lead to its demise, for which I will never forgive them.

    As for current shows, I make a point of watching Lost and Brothers & Sisters every week (both of which, ironically, are on ABC). :D
     
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    Current
    •Raymond
    •Seinfeld
    •2 1/2 men
    •Shark
    •Big Bang Theory
    Past
    •American Sportsman
    •Wild Wild West
    •Miami Vice
    •This Week in the NFL
     
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    as a child/teen:
    - big blue marble
    - wallace & ladmo (local children's program)
    - hill street blues (renko!)
    - alias smith & jones
    - in search of
    - cheers
    - wkrp in cinncinati


    as an adult:
    - northern exposure
    - black sheep squadron (got totally hooked on the reruns!)
    - the colbert report
    - deadliest catch
    - no reservations (anthony bourdain)
    - the larry sanders show*
    - arrested development*



    generally i'm rather absent-minded about 'remembering' my favorite shows.. and i still don't know how to set up the vcr. :confused: sad but true.

    (*added programs)
     
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    My Name is Earl
    The Office
    Heroes

    That's it, don't watch much TV except for news.
     
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    andy griffith
    southpark
    seinfeld
    curb your enthusiasm
    burn notice
    kitchen nightmares
    sliders
    bones
    house
    johnny bravo
    doug
     
  9. Scepticalscribe thread starter Contributor

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    Agree with Scarlet Fever about Blackadder (hysterically funny, and the history was actually spot on) and Fawlty Towers. A classic. ScottyLSC, you're right to draw my attention to Miami Vice - I didn't see it all but some of the individual episodes were superb. In common with tyranna, I'm of an age also to remember Alias Smith & Jones - great fun! The Office is a modern classic.
    Cheers
     
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    Third Watch, and Tour of Duty Both great shows.

    Both off the air... :(

    As for current shows, anything, Law and Order. :D
     
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    Coupling
    Flight of the Conchords
    Frasier
    Still Standing
    Everybody Loves Ray
    Home Improvement
    The Office (both US and UK versions)
    Family Matters
    Full House
    Seinfeld
    King of Queens
    Columbo

    I know there's more, but I can't think of them..... :p
     
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    Drama- Sopranos and The Shield

    Comedy- Spaced, Red Dwarf, Only Fools And Horses, Porridge, Fawlty Towers, Black Books, The Day Today, Young Ones, Bottom and Top Gear.
     
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    Yes, tyranna, Leonard Nimoy rocks; Star Trek (original) was nothing without him. My favourite character by a mile. And, wadejc85, you are bringing back fond memories with Colombo; yes, great character, wonderful series.

    Must admit that I have not even heard of some of the shows name-checked here. Oddly, as someone from Ireland, I forgot to mention one of the funniest (most sardonic, and hysterically funny, and worse, true) shows of recent decades, namely Father Ted; cast and writers were Irish, funding and distribution was British. Super show.

    How could I have forgotten The Sopranos? Keep them coming. As someone who grew up in Ireland, we got all the terrific Brit stuff, but less from the US, although a considerable number still crossed the Atlantic.

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    mine

    As chidren

    • Hey Arnold
    • Captain Planet
    • Power Rangers
    • Inspector Gadget (Cartoon)

    Now

    • Lost
    • 24
    • Alias
    • House
    • Lois and Clark
    • American Dad
    • South Park
    • Black Adder
     
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    *clears throat and such, and in no order*

    Father Ted
    Blackadder
    Black Books
    Garth Marenghi
    Red Dwarf
    IT Crowd
    Brasseye
    Spaced
    Green Wing
    Worst Week of my Life
    Spooks
    Doctor Who
    The Office (UK only)
    QI
    Have I got news for you
    Fortysomething
    The Last Train

    Maybe throw in Mr. Bean too for nostalgia.
     
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    Some of the viewing Brits may well recall Spitting Image which (at its best) was about the funniest politically satirical show I ever saw.

    James Drury (of The Virginian fame) showed up in Ireland recently, and was virtually mobbed everywhere he went, to his delighted astonishment. Charmingly, he made "lodsatime" to sign the inevitable large number sof autographs (ah, it was sweet). Apparently, he has some sort of Irish ancestry, and he was stunned to discover the (almost total) recall of this long-running 60s western TV series. It was very popular in Ireland when I was a very small kid, but I do remember it. Quite clearly.

    Cheers
     
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    Sports Night
    The IT Crowd
    Arrested Development
    No Reservations
    Tom Baker era Dr. Who
    Connections
    The West Wing
    3rd Rock from the Sun
    Lost
    American version of The Office
    Flight of the Conchords
    Curb your Enthusiasm
    Mythbusters
     
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    oddly enough, i was never really fond of the original star trek series, or mr. nimoy... :eek: i was actually far more intrigued by the subject matter that was showcased on 'in search of'. and yes, 'alias smith & jones' was great saturday afternoon fun! :p
     
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    Comedy:
    Black Books
    Arrested Development

    Drama:
    Dexter
    Rome

    Sci-Fi:
    Battlestar Galactica (not the cheesy 1970s version)
    Star Trek: DS9
     
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    -Heroes!!!!!!!
    -Lost
    -24
    -Flight of the Concords.
     

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