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The Best In Television

Posted on: June 8, 2008 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2008 8:36 pm
I want to thank all of you who helped make my first effort at blogging a rewarding experience for me. I did enjoy reading most of the comments the blog generated about the musicians who were nominated and being voted on as the best acts in Rock & Roll history.

I asked for and received a few suggestions for what type of competition would be a good follow up. With several friends of mine currently running other musical themed bracket competitions here I decided to go in a different direction with this one and focus on a subject that most of you are very familiar with, television. Television has bought us events that will remain in our memories for as long as we live, both joyous and horrendous. It has made you laugh and cry as well as taken you to places you could only dream of visiting in person. Just think of the musical acts you would never have seen perform if not for them having appeared on television.

Television, especially with the explosion of the number of specialty channels on cable, has something for people of all ages, tastes and backgrounds.

I am asking the readers of this blog to name their 10 favorite sitcoms of all time as well as their 10 favorite dramas and westerns. I will then set up brackets and we can do the tourney style competition. I would also like you to name the 5 most memorable things you have ever seen on the tube. I will compile the numbers on those and list what the group comes up with as a top 10. I know the submissions for the most memorable will depend a lot on the ages of who replies. If you were born much after 1960 Neil Armstrong's walking on the moon will not be on your list.

If this blog is as popular as I hope I will seed the top 32 nominees for sitcoms and dramas. I am guessing for westerns I will not get enough of a variety of choices to seed 32. Time will tell.

Please try and remember to rate your fellow posters efforts here and even add them to your favorites list if you so desire.

Thanks in advance for your participation.
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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2008 9:12 pm

The Best In Television

Yank, I was reading your discussion earlier with someone I can't recall right now regarding 9-11 and NYC neighborhoods.  My wife used to work at NY Eye and Ear on 2nd and 14th and from her window she could see the towers on fire.  We were not as lucky as you as both my wife and I lost family members on that day. 

I remember driving out to Jersey the following Saturday and crossing the upper level of the GW.  The wreckage was still smoking and it was such a beautiful day.  It just seemed so incongruous, such amazing weather during such a terrible time. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 9:03 pm

The Best In Television

jonny I used the same thing you did as a requirement to include events on my list,  that I saw it on TV. Thats is why in my response I stated 9/11 aftermath as I saw too much of the beginning with my own eyes. I was on vacation visiting my parents and we were actually looking at a new TV for them when the Challenger incident occurred. I saw Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in a very strange place. I was on a cross country trip and was in San Francisco. Was eating in Chinatown when we realized what time it was and started looking for a TV. Saw a barbershop open that a TV on and we all went in to watch. Neither the barber or his customers spoke any English. You can imagine the looks we got.

Thanks for sharing.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2008 8:50 pm

The Best In Television

Most memorable TV moments: I am including only those moments that I saw happening live on the tube.  As a result, I'm not including 9-11 (as I was at work, and listening to the news on the radio), the challenger disaster (in school) Reagan assassination attempt (also in school), or the miracle on Ice, because I had heard the US won hours before I saw the game, etc.

Sports moments for me:
Mets win game 6 of 86 series
Rangers win Stanley Cup in 94 ( I can't believe it's been 14 years).

Non-Sports moments:

Coverage of Lady Diana's accident and death
72 Summer Olympic tragedy.  Even though I was only 4, it is one of the first real memories I have.  My family was glued to the TV and were deeply affected by the events. 
2000 Presidential election coverage. 

That makes 5.  This was the toughest of the lists to do.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2008 6:47 pm

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Best in Television where do i start ? Well i`ll do my best , to take you through MY years ! This will cover sitcom & drama . I`ll start with my youth .

Abbot & Costello

The Rascals

Three Stooges

The Munsters

The Adams Family


The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Dick Van Dyke Show

As i got alittle older :

Star Trek


Mission Impossible

Family Affair

My Three Sons

High Chaperal

Lost In Space

Eddie`s Father

Getting Older !

All In The Family

Honeymooner (RERUNS)

The Jeffersons


Mary Tyler Moore


And many more , you get the picture ! It`s funny as i was typing these shows . I saw myself at that time , being a kid and growing up ??? Well there are a ton more , not counting cartoons etc... Nice idea Yank !!!

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2008 3:41 pm

The Best In Television

Big Love- Interesting premise.  Great cast.  Well writen and acted.  How can you not love Harry Dean Stanton?

Jonny, i haven't seen Big Love, but as far as Harry Dean Stanton, well, I totally agree.  With his great roles in such films as Wild at Heart, The Repo Man, The Green Mile, and others I am surely missing, how, indeed, can you not love him?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2008 2:33 pm

The Best In Television

Yank, I thought of a couple more comedys I remember watching:

  • 8 Is Enough
  • Leave It To Beaver
  • Brady Bunch
  • Punky Brewster
  • Webster

I'm not sure if anyone esle mention them, but I had them in mind.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 2:24 pm

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jonny some great choices.   I agree that the last episode, especially the last scene, of St. Elsewhere was horrendous. Sports Night was truly a great show. I was sad to see it leave the air.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2008 2:12 pm

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So here is my list of dramas, again in no particular order.  My appreciation for the genre has grown as I have matured, so this list will lean heavily on more recent programs, with a couple of notable exceptions.

St. Elsewhere- Probably the first drama I really got into.  It had a great cast and story lines (with the exception of the final episode, which still makes me scratch my head).

Hill Street Blues- Goes along with my first choice as early influences.  Without Hill Street, it is unlikely that my next choice would have made it.

Law and Order (the original)-  It spawned the age of the procedural drama.  It is still great through all it's cast changes.  The mark of a truly great show.

Six Feet Under- One of my favorites.  I loved everything about this show. 

Lost- While it sometimes wanders around aimlessly, it's great moments are truly mind-blowing. 

The Sopranos-  At times could easily lay claim to being the best show in TV history, and I loved the finale.

ER- Managed to stay relevant through many cast changes.  it got a little depressing for me, but it is still compelling

Sports Night- Really a dramedy.  I love this truly underappreciated show.  I know it won't get many, or any other votes, but I think it deserves greater recognition.

Big Love- Interesting premise.  Great cast.  Well writen and acted.  How can you not love Harry Dean Stanton?

Northern Exposure- Another dramedy.  Th ensemble cast was brilliant and Janine Turner was hot. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:21 am
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 11:20 am

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Hard to think of an invention that I love more than the remote. As a kid, like many,  I think I was the remote. Dad would tell me what channel to change the TV to.

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