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Monday, September 28, 2009

My Top 100 TV Shows


I thought it would be a fun challenge to list my 100 favorite TV shows of all time--"favorite" being the operative word here. This is not a "best" list. If it was, The Sopranos would definitely be on it. I liked The Sopranos, which was a great show, but it's not something I ever care to see again. On the other hand, every show listed below I wouldn't mind watching a second or third time. The only programs that I did not consider were made-for-TV movies that only lasted one night. I'm sure almost everyone will have a favorite series that did not make my list, and all I can say in response is: "Go make your own list." Finally, the list is in alphabetical order because ranking them would take forever. Okay, #57 would probably be my number #1, but that's as far as I'm willing to go.

1. Absolutely Fabulous (1992-96, 2001-05, British)
2. All in the Family (1971-79)
3. All My Children (1970-Present)



4. Ally McBeal (1997-02)
5. American Bandstand (1952-89)
6. American Dreams (2002-05)
7. Arrested Development (2003-06)
8. At Home with the Braithwaites (2000-03, British)
9. Barney Miller (1975-82)
10. Battle of the Network Stars (1976-88)



11. Beggars and Choosers (1999-2000, Showtime)
12. Big Love (2006-Present, HBO)
13. The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78)
14. The Brady Bunch (1969-74)
15. The Carol Burnett Show (1967-78)
16. Cheers (1982-93)
17. China Beach (1988-91)
18. Coronation Street (1960-Present, British)
19. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-Present, HBO)
20. Dallas (1978-91)
21. Damages (2007-Present)
22. Dark Shadows (1966-71)
23. The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987-91)
24. Designing Women (1986-93)
25. Desperate Housewives (2004-Present)
26. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66)
27. Dynasty (1981-89)
28. Falcon Crest (1981-90)




29. Fernwood 2-Night/America 2-Night (1977-78)
30. Flamingo Road (1980-82)
31. The Forsyte Saga (1967, British)
32. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)




33. French & Saunders (1987-07, British)
34. Fresno (1986)
35. Friday Night Lights (2006-Present)
36. Friends (1994-04)
37. Gilmore Girls (2000-07)
38. The Golden Girls (1985-92)
39. Hill Street Blues (1981-87)
40. Homefront (1991-93)
41. Huff (2004-06, Showtime)
42. I Love Lucy (1951-60)
43. In a Land of Plenty (2001, British)
44. The Judy Garland Show (1963-64)




45. Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95, British)
46. Knots Landing (1979-93)
47. The L Word (2004-09, Showtime)
48. L.A. Law (1986-94)
49. The Lakes (1997-99, British)
50. The Larry Sanders Show (1992-98, HBO)
51. Laverne & Shirley (1976-83)



52. Lost (2004-Present)
53. The Lucy Show (1962-68)
54. Mad About You (1992-99)
55. Mad Men (2007-Present)
56. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976-77)
57. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77)
58. Match Game (1973-79)
59. Maude (1972-78)
60. McMillan & Wife (1971-77)
61. Melrose Place (1992-99)
62. The Muppet Show (1976-81)
63. NewsRadio (1995-99)
64. Nip/Tuck (2003-Present)
65. Number 96 (1972-77, Australian)
66. The Office (2005-Present)
67. Oz (1997-03, HBO)
68. The Partridge Family (1970-74)
69. Pasadena (2001)
70. Password (1961-67, 1971-75)
71. Peyton Place (1964-69)
72. Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979-86, Australian)
73. Rhoda (1974-78)
74. Rich Man, Poor Man (1976-77)



75. Roseanne (1988-97)
76. Saturday Night Live (1975-Present)
77. SCTV (Second City Television) (1976-84)
78. Seinfeld (1989-98)
79. Sex and the City (1998-04)
80. Sisters (1991-96)
81. Six Feet Under (2001-05, HBO)
82. Slings and Arrows (2003-06, Canadian)
83. Soap (1977-81)
84. Sports Night (1998-2000)
85. St. Elsewhere (1982-88)
86. Strangers with Candy (1999-2000)
87. Swingtown (2008)
88. Tales of the City (1993)



89. Tanner '88 (1988, HBO)
90. That Girl (1966-71)
91. 30 Rock (2006-Present)
92. thirtysomething (1987-91)
93. The Thorn Birds (1983)
94. The Tomorrow Show (1973-82)
95. Twin Peaks (1990-91)
96. Waterloo Road (2006-Present, British)
97. Weeds (2005-Present, Showtime)
98. Will & Grace (1998-06)
99. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-82)
100. The Young and the Restless (1973-Present)

5 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

What a great list! Some wonderful shows. I know what you mean about loving a certain show but not caring to see it again. What causes that? Some shows I LIVED for but wouldn't watch them again. Others (Golden Girls and Designing Women to name two) I never pass up the chance to watch.

dirkmancuso said...

KNOTS LANDING is the greatest prime time soap in the history of freakin' EVER.

HOMEFRONT was brilliant (where are those dvds already?)

But where's MY SO-CALLED LIFE...?

Deep Dish said...

I don't believe I've ever seen an episode of My So-Called Life, but I've heard great things about the show. And, yes, where are those Homefront DVDs?

SteveA said...

Love Falcon Crest. Also can't believe you have Prisoners in there - I loved that show!

Deep Dish said...

Thanks for your comment, Steve. It's nice that they're finally releasing Falcon Crest on DVD - and Prisoner: Cell Block H is available in Britain on DVD if you have a Multiregion DVD player.