What Do You Believe Are The 10 "Greatest" TV Shows Of All Time

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  1. MrGuitarhack

    MrGuitarhack Member

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    My ten favorite TV Shows:
    The Avengers
    The Wild Wild West
    Dexter
    Seinfeld
    Fraiser
    Taxi
    The Twilight Zone
    The Outer Limits
    The Walking Dead
    Better Call Saul
     
  2. rizla

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    David Attenborough.
     
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    Top Gear
    Only Fools and Horses
    Blackadder
    Game of Thrones
    Doctor Who (earlier decades)
    Star Trek (Original)

    There's a whole bunch of others, but including them in best of all time would be a stretch.
     
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  4. RhytmEarl

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    No. A million times no. The Larry Sanders Show ran at the same time as Seinfeld and it wasn't even close as to which one was better. IMHO, YMMV, Void Where Prohibited, etc.
     
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    phoenix 7 Silver Supporting Member

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    Would you say the same thing about Hollywood films? Like say, Casablanca. They were made to make money too.
     
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    The Simpsons
    Breaking bad
    Seinfeld
    Homeland
    Black books
    The IT crowd
    House of cards (UK, 1st 2 seasons of US)
    The west wing
    The bridge
    Stranger things
     
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    It's always sunny in philadelphia
    Fargo
    Westworld
    True detective
    Curb your enthusiasm
     
  8. Coldacre

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    1. Doctor Who (classic series)
    2. The Mighty Boosh
    3. The Simpsons
    4. Seinfeld
    5. Black Books
    6. Degrassi (Junior) High
    7. Ren & Stimpy
    8. Mr Bean
    9. Sons & Daughters
    10. Swift & Shift


    (apologies to Rising Damp, The Good Life, Man About The House, Get Smart, The Brittas Empire, Porridge, Life Support, Sesame Street, Mr Squiggle, Blinky Bill, Dangermouse, The Sooty Show & Housos)
     
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    Sopranos
    Breaking Bad
    The Wire
    Veep
    My So-Called Life
    Futurama
    Seinfeld
    Freaks and Geeks
    The Mighty Boosh
    Rick And Morty
     
  10. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    You sound a bit like Neil Postman. Or, rather than criticizing TV as a medium, are you just not fond of the notion of "the greatest?"

    Cinema and television are distinct creative mediums, but I can't imagine any form of creative endeavor, commercial or non, that hasn't produced some great work. Sturgeon's Law/Revelation would suggest that 90% of TV (and cinema) is crap. Assuming that is probably fairly accurate (I'd probably modify it from crap to mediocre or worse), that still leaves ten percent of the programming produced to date in television history being good to great, which is a pretty big number of shows -- far more than one person could reasonably consume in a lifetime, even limited to US or Anglophone programming.

    This is definitely the question papanate's post raised for me.
     
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  11. Mars Rover

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    Vikings
    Game of thrones
    X files
    Animaniacs
    Twin Peaks
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    Sopranos
    Bonanza
    Combat
    The Road Runner Show

    I didn't list any sitcoms because I generally don't like them. Attempts at comedy without real jokes, belly laughs, slapstick or edginess doesn't entertain me. I'm supposed to laugh at every stupid quip people make? No way! MASH started the constant quips and it seems like most sitcoms since have followed suit. Just horrible! Just watch Big Bang theory without the laugh track on YouTube sometime and you'll see what I'm talking about. I've never watched a single episode of Seinfeld. It was on once and I heard it and asked my wife "what is that constant whining"? It actually pissed me off thinking about people laughing at that.
     
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    John H Silver Supporting Member

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    No mention of Ken Burns' "The Civil War" or "Baseball" (etc.) or any number of non-American shows?
     
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    It's hard to answer because I didn't really grow up in the era before the 80s/90s, though I did watch a lot of reruns with my Dad. Likewise, I don't watch much tv anymore, so I am not really plugged in, so to speak, with modern shows.

    In no order, these are some shows that I think stand up well, for a variety of reasons, impact, critical acclaim, etc.

    1. The Simpsons
    2. All In the Family
    3. The Honeymooners
    4. Mash
    5. Mad Men
    6. The Sopranos
    7. I Love Lucy
    8. Breaking Bad
    9. The Walking Dead
    10. The Twilight Zone

    I think you can easily make cases for Seinfeld, Friends, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Star Trek, and so on.
     
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    Twilight Zone
    The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin
    The Honeymooners
    Laugh In
    Newsradio
    Seinfeld
    Kids in the Hall
    South Park
    All in the Family
    Fractured Fairy Tales
     
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    Joan Rivers: "That Show," ca 1968-69.

    Human... smoking, crumbled clothing sweating guests from celebrity to scientific. Beehives as contorted Cleopatra 'doos. The line between stage and audience non existent. Joan, as really Joan.
    But when couldn't Joan be Joan, Mr. Carson??

    My top 10.
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    Sesame Street
    Deadwood (even cut short)
    MASH
     
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    That's exactly where I am at.
     
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    See @A-Bone 's reply.
     
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    I would have loved to have sit in on that pitch meeting "we got this really wacky slapstick comedy about POWs and their 3rd reich captors! It'll sell itself" Great show though
     
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    My Mother the Car
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    The Ropers
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    Hart to Hart
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    Eight is Enough
     

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