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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: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2008 12:05 am
 

The Best In Television

Yank, 3rd and E 16th to be exact.  I am never quite sure of neighborhood designations, but I know the address is on the east side of the island, and in the southern portion, so lower east side sounded good to me.  If my memory serves, that is slightly southeast of Gramercy Park, no?  Strange that you are in the part of Manhattan that I am most familiar with...

I lived in White Plains for a couple of years, as a teenager.  From the time I was 4 until I was six, I lived in Beacon, and  Saugerties before I had any real cogent memories.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 11:43 pm
 

The Best In Television

Score some very good choices with excellent comments.

I did enjoy Murder One a lot. Danial Benzali was excellent that first season. I really think that it would have been much better on a cable station.

Of the shows you list I can say I have seen every episode of 17 of them and I picked  and or considered all of those shows on the lists I submitted.  I look forward to seeing your choices once the brackets start, and thanks for contributing.



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 11:41 pm
 

The Best In Television

Dramas:

  • The Wire
  • The Sopranos
  • NYPD Blue
  • Hill St. Blues
  • Law & Order
  • St. Elsewhere
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • I Spy
  • Colombo
  • The Rockford Files

Sitcoms:

  • All In the Family
  • M*A*S*H
  • Barney Miller
  • Seinfeld
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Weeds
  • Sanford & Son
  • Frasier
  • The Cosby Show
  • Taxi

Westerns:

  • Gunsmoke
  • Bonanza
  • Deadwood
  • The Rifleman
  • Lonesome Dove (I know it was mini-series, but too good to leave off)
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Maverick
  • Outlaws
  • The Wild Wild West
  • Rawhide

They are not in order of preference, just as I thought of them.  The Westerns were toughest, I was not the biggest fan of them.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 11:34 pm
 

The Best In Television

mj I was just lucky not to know anyone who perished. Most of my life I had worked downtown within a few blocks of the Trade Center. I was working in Mid Town on that fateful day and was walking home when the second tower fell. A very good friend of mine worked a few buildings away at the time and bodies falling past his window. A few women who worked for him never returned to work after seeing that. I happen to live a block West of Union Square and have spent  a lot of time browsing through the Strand and they literally do have miles of books there. The Mesa grill is diagonally across the street from my apartment building. Union Square and the surrounding area has changed a lot for the better in the last 15 years. The Lower East Side is actually further South. Sounds like he was in the beginnings of the East Village. I am sure you did enjoy your time here. You should visit again with Kim.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 11:04 pm
 

The Best In Television

Yank, I feel stupid not to have thought of the fact that you experienced that first hand, I can't even begin to imagine how impactful that must have been.  Ihave a very good friend who lived on the lower east side(two blocks from Union Square) for years, but he was living in Hawaii at the time.  I had the priveledge of spending a lot of time on Manhattan and experiencing it through the eyes of a local.  When I was in my early twenties, my friend hired me to help him remodel his apartment, and I spent the better part of the summer there, what a great experience.  Having a brew at the Brooklyn Brewery, sipping a perfect martini at Temple Bar, spending hours at The Strand perusing miles(seemingly) of book shelves, dining at Mesa Grill, even going to see the opera.  What a great opportunity for a young man, I am priveledged to have been able to experience it.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2008 10:47 pm
 

The Best In Television

My two cents for what its worth:

Comedies:

1. Seinfeld (this list could actually end here)

2. The Simpsons (Homer Simpson might be the single greatest character in TV history)

3. The Larry Sanders Show (Hey now)

4. South Park (the best social satire on TV today)

5. Curb Your Enthusiasm (Larry David is the best writer in sitcom history, this show just reinforces that fact)

6. The Honeymooners (The godfather of all sitcoms)

7. All in the Family (maybe the most important sitcom ever)

8. Everybody Loves Raymond (just like my marriage, sans the laughter)

9. Sanford and Son (Red Foxx was a genius)

10. Taxi

Dramas:

1. NYPD Blue (Just above Homer Simpson, Andy Sipowicz is the single greatest character in TV history IMHO)

2. Law and Order (I can watch any episode whenever its on, a fantastic show)

3. The X Files (Sci-Fi done right, which is hard to do)

4. 24 (Saving the world on a weekly basis makes for good TV)

5. The Sopranos (Thank god for HBO)

6. Lost (I'm one of the loyalists hanging on until the bitter end, oh and Ben Linus is one of the best characters in TV history)

7. Murder One (The most compelling first season of a show I've ever seen, buy the DVD set)

8. House (My favorite misanthrope)

9. Heroes (I'm a sucker for super powers)

10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Did I just admit that in public?)

Great idea for a blog. I can't wait to see the brackets.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 10:31 pm
 

The Best In Television

Well thank you very much for the kind words mj. If you noticed I wrote 9/11 aftermath as one of my 5 memorable moments as the flames, plane sticking out of a building and them falling down I saw through my own eyes and not that of a camera. Most of the next 48 hours were spent with my eyes glued to the television.

I don't think I missed an episode of the first 3 or 4 years of SNL. Of course I was under the influence for everyone of them and yet still remember some of the skits like they were on last night. Watching that show was the first time I ever feel out of my seat laughing so hard I almost cried. The skit that caused it was when Joe Cocker was the musical guest. As he was singing Belushi came on stage dressed the same and joined in a duet perfectly imitating him, then proceeded to fall down and have a phony epileptic fit, got up and started singing again while Cocker never missed a beat in his performance.

Please feel free ramble here anytime about anything you have seen on television and it is my pleasure to provide the forum. I am enjoying it greatly.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 10:16 pm
 

The Best In Television

Yank, I have to give you kudos once again for a great blog, and also, you are doing a magnificent job of moderating.  A side note, I left SNL off my list for two reasons, 1st, as a variety show, i thought it didn't fit into the category of sitcoms, and secondly, as high as the highs have been, the lows have been at least as low, if not lower. 

After reading through all the posts, I am tempted to change my most memorable moments(which I interpreted incorrectly in the 1st place), but I'll stand by my original vote.  The one I am truly tempted to change is 9/11.  But, the fact of the matter is, I slept through it.  I was working in the restaurant industry at the time, and had gotten home at around 3:30 A.M. on 9/11.  I was asleep and remember hearing Kim yell, "Oh my God"  I stumbled into the living room, mostly asleep, thinking she had heard news that her mother had died, or something of that nature.  When I saw it was a plane crash(it was just the 1st plane at that point) I went back to bed.  Later, when I got up, I went and turned on the tv, and sat riveted to it until I had to go to work.  I remember very clearly the hushed pall that fell over seemingly everyone and everything.  The air felt almost like it does before a summer thunderstorm, if you knoew what I mean.

Sorry to ramble, thanks for the forum.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2008 9:55 pm
 

The Best In Television

bluez I agree with you. I watched all of the Sopranos and found it very uneven. They tried too hard I think to be artsy. Too many strange dream sequences etc. Brotherhood is an awesome show. The Wire might be the best show I have ever seen though.



Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 9:43 pm
 

The Best In Television

for fans of the sopranos you should check out brotherhood on showtime , IMO it is way better than sopranos was ..


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