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« on: September 17, 2011, 09:45:46 PM »

Hmm seems only fitting we should add American shows too. Lots and lots of great ones over the years. Suspect it would be easy to go over a 100 with these but hey, why not give it a shot here and see what gets picked. I'll start it with an old favourite:

1) Star Trek (1966-1969): This classic Trek show is still IMO the best of them all. Featuring a great lead trio of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy and rest of the crew on their space adventuring journey throughout the universe. Numerous themes (racial relations, war, non-interference with other cultures, religion, war, death, government corruption and much more) were explored on the show plus some issues not as easily tackled in regular everyday series. But at the heart of what makes this show work was the interactions, often quite comical and amusing in nature, between our three leads and of course a lot of support from the rest of the main supporting cast.

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1) Star Trek (1966-1969)
2) The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
3) The Outer Limits (1963-1965)
4) The Simpsons (1989-present)
5) The X-Files (1993-2002)
6) Saturday Night Live (1975-present)
7) All in the Family (1968-1979)
8) The Jeffersons (1975-1985)
9) M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
10) Lost (2004-2010)
11) The d**k Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
12) Gunsmoke (1955-1975)
13) Miami Vice (1984-1990)
14) Arrested Development (2003-2006)
15) Three's Company (1976-1984)
16) Married with Children (1987-1997)
17) The Fugitive (1963-1967)
18) The Wild Wild West (1965-1969)
19) Thriller (1960-1962)
20) South Park (1997-present)
21) Firefly (2002-2003)
22) Archer (2009-present)
23) Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975)
24) Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977)
25) The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
26) Bonanza (1959-1973)
27) Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
28) King of the Hill (1997-2010)
29) Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
30) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999)
31) Seinfeld (1989-1998)
32) The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982)
33) Beavis and Butt-Head (1993-1997, 2011- Present)
34) Double Dare (1986-1993)
35) I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
36) The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966)
37) Leave It To Beaver (1957-1963)
38) The Honeymooners (1953-1956)
39) Family Ties (1982-1989)
40) Prison Break (2005-2009)
41) Frasier (1993-2004)
42) Gilligan's Island (1964-1967)
43) The Wonder Years (1988-1993)
44) Veronica Mars (2004-2008)
45) Penn & Teller: Bulls**t! (2003-2010)
46) Have Gun Will Travel (1957 - 1963)
47) Daria (1997-2002)
48) Chappelle's Show (2003-2006)
49) Futurama (1999-2003, 2008-present)
50) It Takes a Thief (1968-1970)
51) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
52) Lost in Space (1965-1968)
53) Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
54) Cheers (1982-1993)
55) Batman (1966-1968)
56) The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968)
57) The Untouchables (1959-1963)
58) The Munsters (1964-1966)
59) The Invaders (1967-1968)
60) The Addams Family (1964-1966)
61) Eerie, Indiana (1991-1992)
62) The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985)
63) Law & Order (1990-2010)
64) In Search Of...(1976-1982)
65) Quantam Leap (1989-1993)
66) Dragnet (1951-1959, 1967-1970)
67) Dream On (1990-1996)
68) Wild Palms (1993)
69) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
70) One Day At A Time (1975-1984)
71) The Golden Girls (1985-1992)
72) Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980)
73) The A-Team (1983-1987)
74) The West Wing (1999-2006)
75) CHiPs (1977-1983)
76) Knight Rider (1982-1986)
77) Northern Exposure (1990-1995)
78) The Office (U.S. Version) (2005-Present)
79) Good Times (1974-1979)
80) The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
81) Matlock (1986-1995)
82) Green Acres (1965-1971)
83) Perry Mason (1957-1966)
84) Columbo (1968-1978, 1989-2003)
85) Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996)
86) Charmed (1998-2006)
87) MacGyver (1985-1992)
88) Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981)
89) Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968)
90) Babylon 5 (1993-1998)
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 09:57:32 PM »

2. The Twilight Zone (original)

While I would include the other series in this as well, but since they are different in their own ways, I just have the original.  Anyhow, there is no point to explain why it would be here.  It is incredible and is thought provoking.

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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2011, 10:54:36 PM »

3) The Outer Limits (1963-1965): Arguably one of the most challenging science fiction/horror anthology series of all time, the Outer Limits examined the nature of man perhaps more than any other series. Sometimes downright brilliant, always unsettling and bizarre, most episodes featured a monstrous threat of some sort each and every week although the nature of such threats weren't always readily evident and sometimes things were not quite what they seemed on the surface. The Outer Limits more often than not challenged its audience to think and sometimes feel and see things from new perspectives, even at times perspectives not quite human in origin.

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 08:21:41 PM »

4.) The Simpsons
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I assume this can count.  It may be a 'cartoon', but it's one of the best written shows on television.  And, it debuted in '89, when I was 5 years old.  A spinoff of the Tracey Ullman Show, it's 2011 and still on the air.  I'm now 27. Buggedout
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 09:41:25 PM »

5.)The X-Files
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 11:01:31 PM »

6.) Saturday Night Live
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A weekly, live, sketch comedy show.  The amount of people who have risen to fame due to this show is astounding: Bill Murray, Jim Belushi, Chevy Chase, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Andy Samberg, Dan Aykroyd, and dozens of others.  These are newer sketches.
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 11:20:38 PM »

7) All in the Family (1968-1979): Is there any doubt that this show starring Carroll O' Connor as the bigoted and opinionated Archie Bunker doesn't belong here? The show took a hard nose look at many serious issues of the day and dared to tackle stuff rarely tackled on TV before its era. It was often also very, very funny especially the battles between Archie and his  stubborn liberal-minded pacifist son in-law Mike Stivic (Rob Reiner) whom Archie nicknamed "Meathead". It definitely had a more realistic edge than family shows that proceeded it.

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011, 11:01:03 AM »

8.) The Jeffersons
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The Jeffersons is the second spin-off of All In The Family, focusing on Archie Bunker's neighbors George and Louise Jefferson, as they move into a more affluent neighborhood.  It's first couple years focused on some political stuff, much like it's predecessor, then moved on to a more traditional sitcom style.  Lasted around 10 years, and is the longest lasting sitcom in American history to feature a predominately African American cast.
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This is,in my opinion,one of the highest quality programs ever on television. So well done in casting and writing,it showcased the very best in both comedy and serious drama. It dealt with issues very relevant to the country while showing both compassion and guts.
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 03:10:07 PM »

^Mash is the only show I can think of that actually got better by the end, when does that ever happened?

10.)Lost (2004-2010)



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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011, 09:04:11 PM »

11) The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966): This TV sitcom classic was very cleverly written and often really funny. It starred Dick Van Dyke (really wish we could keep that name from getting censored on here - very annoying!) as TV writer Rob Petrie for the Alan Brady Show variety show. It details both his misadventures at home with wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and son Ritchie (Larry Mathews) and at work with his comedy co-writers Sally Rogers (Rose Marie) and Buddy Sorrell (Morey Asterdam). Most of the comedy would come from confusion surrounding misunderstandings and mix-ups. One of the best sitcoms of all time IMO. Rob was kind of like a more family oriented Jack Tripper mixing physical and emotional comedy and got great support from Mary Tyler Moore as his often befuddled (by Rob's actions) but very smart and savvy wife Laura and Rose Marie and Morey Asterdam who were more than capable at delivering comedy one-liners.

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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2011, 05:26:00 AM »

12. GUNSMOKE

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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2011, 05:37:33 AM »

13) MIAMI VICE (1984-1989)

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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2011, 07:13:24 AM »

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14. Arrested Development
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