Top Five Greatest TV Series

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  1. Win Joy Jr

    Win Joy Jr Well-Known Member

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    Limited to just 5 (in no order)
    • Star Trek: Deep Space 9
    • The West Wing
    • Hill Street Blues
    • Mad Men
    Character development, character and story arcs, commentary on society's positives and negatives makes them enjoyable even on repeat viewings.
     
  2. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    So there are only four shows in your top five? ;)
     
  3. LarryAtHome

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    The original Hawaii Five-O
    McGarret had style and class and he was the boss and gave orders.

    The original Twilight Zone (as someone else has already listed)

    Andy Griffith Show

    Honeymooners

    Any of the Lucy tv series

    And for a few runner ups, Streets of Sanfranciso, McCloud, Banacek,
     
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  4. Tony_T

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    Only if I can exclude the last 6 seasons. :)
    I really liked TBBT, but once it became “Friends”, it wasn’t funny anymore.
     
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  5. Craigbob

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    Okay, this is tougher than I thought. So many to choose from
    In no particular order:
    Babylon 5
    Breaking bad
    The Sopranos
    Oz/Justified - These really are tied for me I can replace either one with the other and be happy
    Barney Miller - Having had N.Y. LEOs in my family this truly captures an NYPD precinct in the '70s.
     
  6. HarleyRandom

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    I have always liked comedies better than dramas, both on TV and in movies. But I'm more open to drama now.

    As a child I didn't understand that "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy" weren't as good as "I Love Lucy". But Lucille Ball's shows were my favorite. So I have to rank "I Love Lucy" near the top.

    "The Carol Burnett Show" would rank high. I almost never watched it when it was first on because it was on too late. I've seen half-hour versions in more recent years and they were hilarious.

    "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" would also be one of my favorites.

    "M*A*S*H" would have to be there. Nearly every night when I was in college I would eat supper and in one of the dormitories someone would be watching it in the TV room. I had an on-campus apartment shared with three other guys and I had a TV in my own bedroom. The chair in the dormitory TV room was more comfortable. But the Henry/Trapper years weren't as good, to me. Charles wasn't funnier but there was just something about the show.

    "Jeopardy!" is the only show still airing new episodes I can think of that would be as great as these.

    Oh, wait, "The Andy Griffith Show". The Barney years, of course.
     
  7. HarleyRandom

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    Or maybe there's a certain annoying character that reminds the person of himself.
     
  8. Steveknj

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    Never cared for the other Lucy shows but I Love Lucy which I loved as a kid. Sadly, I feel that this is one of those shows that is somewhat dated, and doesn't play as well in 2021. When I was a kid, I'd spend quite a few Saturday nights at my Grandparents house when my parents went out and we'd watch all of the CBS comedies, MTM, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett. I don't really remember much about them other than they were on, but was never a huge fan of any of them, but watched with them.

    M*A*S*H as I said, I like the funny first 3-5 years, but when show got too serious, was not a fan. Of course in those years, I rarely watched very many dramas. Andy Griffith....well I'm a city person and those shows just didn't appeal to me. Didn't like Hee Haw, or Green Acres, or Beverly Hillbillies either. But that doesn't mean the weren't well regarded shows.
     
  9. HarleyRandom

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    I liked those, but then I've never been a city person.
     
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    The Prisoner
    Mission Imposible
    Firefly
    Twilight Zone original
    Star Trek
     
  11. Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, that sucks! My mission has 18 points of articulation...


    :D
     
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  12. DevdogAZ

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    The Wire is definitely not just another cop show. The character development and stories are just so much better. But because it's more involved and deep than most TV shows, it takes some getting used to. I always preferred to watch with the closed captions on because some of the Baltimore accents and slang are difficult to understand, and that helps getting to know everyone and everything that's going on. Also, I really found value in reading Alan Sepinwall's recaps after each episode as they gave me insight into things I wouldn't have picked up on myself. But mostly, you need to give it more than two episodes. I'd say if you watch the first 5 and read those recaps and are still not engrossed, then it's fair to bail. But you should definitely give it that extra effort as it's totally worth it.
     
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  13. jlb

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    I can't believe noone has mentioned these:

    Six Million Dollar Man
    The Bionic Woman
     
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    The thing that separates The Wire from most "cop shows" is that the drama isn't limited to the cops in the show: they spend a lot of time looking at the criminals, various citizens, and other groups (varying by season there, with some seasons focusing on dockworkers or journalists). I rather enjoyed the entire series, although it magnified my love/hate of Baltimore.
     
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    I agree with your comments and I'd say additionally that what separates The Wire from other cop shows is the quality of the writing. It's what separates it from a lot of shows, regardless of genre.
     
  16. Rob Helmerichs

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    F***...
     
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  17. HarleyRandom

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    I just remembered I should have listed "All in the Family". There's no way to list just five.
     
  18. mr.unnatural

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    In addition to many of the shows already mentioned, here are a few of my favorites:

    Rectify
    The Shield
    Resident Alien
    The Expanse
    Daredevil

    I wouldn't necessarily put all of these in the top 5 category, but I think a case can be made for each one to be a contender. Resident Alien is rapidly becoming one of my favorite shows of all time. I just hope they don't screw it up and jump the shark. Funny thing is, that there have been a lot of shows that were great in their day, but just didn't age well. You would really have to break every show down by genre and judge it on those merits. You'll never get everyone to agree on just five shows as there are so many to choose from and everyone has their own preferences and personal tastes so their opinions will always be skewed in that direction.
     
  19. Steveknj

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    Resident Alien is currently my favorite show, but after one season, I can't call it a top 5 favorite show just yet.
     
  20. kaszeta

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    Expanse definitely flirts with at least top 10 list material for me.
     

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