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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: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 10:02 am
 

The Best In Television

Two of the funniest shows in TV history don't fall into the sitcom concept but I wanted to mention them:

The Carol Burnett Show was laugh out loud funny. Every show had great moments

The Benny Hill Show. Benny Hill was a comic genius but a sad man. It used to come on at 10:30 and sometimes had a little nudity. Which was great for a 13 year old.

Honorable mention-Bizarre with John Byner




Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:18 am
 

The Best In Television

Yank, that was a great show. I had no idea john Prine wrote and sang the theme. I knew one of the younger brothers turned out to be a star. Jack Elam was always a favorite. This is quite a competition - lots of great shows. How is it there is never anything on? lol. Green Acres isn't getting much loe, but it was way ahead of it's time and often very satiric (is that a word?).



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2008 10:13 pm
 

The Best In Television

Flamingo, Gary Busey was indeed one of the kids, one of the others was none other than Young Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill.
John Prine wrote and sang the show's theme song.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 9:58 pm
 

The Best In Television

I can't believe I forgot the Odd Couple. I'll have to check to see if I can replace anything. Not easy since I started with 25 or more.

Anybody remember a show called the Texas Wheelers? It was only on for about 3 episodes in the mid to late 70s or early 80s. It starred Jack Elam as a ne'er to well Father of 3 kids. He appears on the scene after their Mother dies (I think), and basically tries to con them out of everything they have. One of the kids was Gary Busey and another may have been Matt Dillon, but I'm guessing on that one. I thought it was great, but it was up against The Rockford Files.




Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 9:56 pm
 

The Best In Television

here we go Yank

sitcoms

  1. Mash
  2. Barney Miller
  3. Happy Days
  4. I Love Lucy
  5. Gilligans Island
  6. Andy Giffth
  7. Cheers
  8. Hogans Heroes
  9. Night Court
  10. Taxi

drama's/westerns

  1. Raw Hide
  2. Gunsmoke
  3. Bonanza
  4. Rifleman
  5. Wild wild west
  6. Wagon Train
  7. Rockford files
  8. CSI Vegas
  9. Ncis
  10. Law and Order svu



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 9:32 pm
 

The Best In Television

You really tackled quite a topic here yank.  I don't envy you and the work you're going to have to do to get it together. 

Sit Coms in no particular order:

The Simpsons- I can't believe that this show has been going on 19 seasons now.  Maybe the best show in TV history
All In The Family- Groundbreaking
The Odd Couple- Great writing and acting.  I don't think they made a bad episode
Soap- Very under-rated show.  Tackled taboo subjects and was hilarious
Seinfeld- Do I really need to explain?
Cheers- Brilliant cast and the show was able to add characters to keep it fresh w/o jumping the shark. 
South Park- Pushed the boundaries farther than any show ever.  Topical, relevant, and brilliant
Freaks and Geeks (one of my favorites.  canceled but brilliant.  Judd Apatow before hitting it big.  Think of all of the talent to come out of that show, Linda Cardelini from ER, Seth Rogen from Knocked Up, James Franco of Spider Man, Jason Seigel of Fogetting Sara Marshall and How I Met Your Mother). 
MASH- Ran twice as long as the actual Korean Conflict did.  Making war funny every week is no easy task.  They did it without trivializing the brutality. 
I Love Lucy- Just plain funny

I know I'm leaving out some greats like Taxi, The Honeymooners, Get Smart and Mary Tyler Moore, but hopefully someone else will put them on their list.

That's all for now.  Dramas will have to wait.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2008 8:36 pm
 

The Best In Television

Seinfeld

Simpsons

Andy Griffith

South Park

Gary Shandling

Bossom Buddies

Sanford and Son

Chappelles Show (does that count?)

MASH

Cheers

Never watched dramas much except for Dallas

Compelling moments:

The Contest-Seinfeld (depends on your definition of compelling I guess)

Who shot JR

In-a-gadda-da-vida Simpsons episode (hillarious)

South Park Scientology episode

The loaded goat-Andy Griffith




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2008 8:07 pm
 

The Best In Television

A few years ago I thought they were going to change USA Network's name to the Wings Channel it was on so much.



Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2008 7:31 pm
 

The Best In Television

Reb - me too !  I used to watch all the reruns then it disappeared and I have not seen it anywhere since. 



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2008 6:04 pm
 

The Best In Television

Pin, I used to watch Wings all the time when it was in first runs and once USA network started with the reruns.  Lowell (Thomas Haden Church) still cracks me up today.


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