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Title: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Rawhide7 on August 27, 2019, 08:47:59 PM
What is your number one favorite tv show?  Can be from any decade.  I love a lot of tv shows especially from the 80s. But my favorite tv show is:  Threes Company. Absolutely love this show. Very funny. So what is your favorite tv show? 
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: KC on August 27, 2019, 09:36:51 PM
Well, the one I watch the most is definitely ...

Yankee Baseball on the YES Network! :D

Not sure what I would answer other than that, however. I've never been much of a TV watcher. A nice topic, though! :)

Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Matt on August 27, 2019, 10:15:26 PM
Seinfeld. 

If we could do a two genre answer:  Comedy is Seinfeld and drama is The West Wing.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 27, 2019, 11:02:49 PM
As a kid it was always M*A*S*H but then Seinfeld came along and that is my all time favorite show.

I hardly watch much TV now and from what I see advertised (The Bachelor, Housewives of such and such, Survivor etc) I don't think I'm missing anything.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Christopher on August 28, 2019, 09:24:12 AM
That's a tough one to try to choose just one favorite. I was thinking if I could do it by decades, and that's not even terribly easy.

1950s: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (though it did run into the '60s)
1960s: Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Twilight Zone (started at the end of the '50s)
1970s: The Bob Newhart Show, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (started 1969 and they're still doing movies), Columbo
1980s: Newhart, The Cosby Show, Inspector Gadget, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I was born in the '80s after all ;))
1990s: Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond
2000s: Jackie Chan Adventures, The Office (though I've only seen the first few seasons so far), Psych, Monk
2010s: The Middle, Stranger Things

I'm certain there will be other series that will come to mind after I've posted this.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: PeterD on August 28, 2019, 01:54:20 PM
I do like my tv shows and these days there is a load of quality out there.

Probably Mad Men is my favourite as it just had a feel to it that I liked.

Other shows that I really enjoyed: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Wire, Banshee, Justified, City on a hill, The Sopranos, Westworld, Boss, The Office, Married with Children, Modern Family, Deadwood, Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire.......

Would have missed some....maybe I am just easily pleased.   :)
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Matt on August 28, 2019, 02:07:22 PM
I do like my tv shows and these days there is a load of quality out there.

Probably Mad Men is my favourite as it just had a feel to it that I liked.

Other shows that I really enjoyed: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Wire, Banshee, Justified, City on a hill, The Sopranos, Westworld, Boss, The Office, Married with Children, Modern Family, Deadwood, Ray Donovan, Boardwalk Empire.......

Would have missed some....maybe I am just easily pleased.   :)

Oh man, you mentioned some I had forgotten about.  Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Sopranos are all fantastic. I also really liked DexterThe Office is my favorite comedy since Seinfeld.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: AKA23 on August 28, 2019, 02:14:13 PM
This is a great idea for a thread!

60's: "Get Smart," "Dragnet"
70's: "Columbo," "The Rockford Files," "The Bob Newhart Show"
80's: "Cheers," "Matlock," "The Cosby Show" (though for obvious reasons, I can't watch it anymore).
90's:  "Boy Meets World," "The West Wing," "Law & Order," "Frasier," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The King of Queens."
200's: "Damages," "Breaking Bad" "House MD," "24," "The Closer"
2010 to the present: "Homeland," "Bloodline," "Ozark"   

If I had to pick just one show, it would be "The West Wing."

Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: AKA23 on August 28, 2019, 04:41:29 PM
Christopher, I see that we have some TV shows in common. That's cool.

For someone who was a fan of "The Bob Newhart show," but has never seen "Newhart," how does it compare? The only thing that I know about it is the basic theme of the show and the mind blowing tie in for the "Newhart" series finale.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Doug on August 29, 2019, 02:36:24 AM
My favorite sitcom is Seinfeld and my favorite drama is Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul is great in its own way as well. I was a huge MASH fan in my youth and still like the show, and respect what it did as a sitcom. As a pre-teen/teenager my favorite shows were Remington Steele and Moonlighting, though having watched Moonlighting as an adult, I find it very uneven, and even a little annoying at times. Although I haven't watched them in a while, I loved The Honeymooners and The Dick Van Dyke show, and of course Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Christopher on August 29, 2019, 11:21:46 AM
Christopher, I see that we have some TV shows in common. That's cool.

For someone who was a fan of "The Bob Newhart show," but has never seen "Newhart," how does it compare? The only thing that I know about it is the basic theme of the show and the mind blowing tie in for the "Newhart" series finale.
I like The Bob Newhart Show better, but, just as an example of differences of opinion, my parents prefer Newhart. Newhart lasted two years longer than The Bob Newhart Show, but I also think it progressively gets a bit more silly as it went along, so I prefer the older show. Both are a lot of fun though. And one of the things that works for both shows is that Bob is surrounded by a bunch of colorful crazy characters and we see him respond to them.

A few months ago I watched his early '90s series just called Bob (what else, right? ;D). It only lasted into part of its second season (just 30-something episodes total), and I found it to be fun in some ways but not as good as the two previous shows. And I remember watching his series George and Leo that he starred in with Judd Hirsch back when it originally aired, which also only lasted about a season. Have you seen either of those, AKA?

Oh, and I considered putting Matlock for one of my favorite '80s/90s shows too. :D
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Gant on August 29, 2019, 11:30:22 PM
As a child then definitely Lost in Space, then a little later Star Trek

Twilight Zone. I still watch these
The Prisoner
Johnny Staccato
Columbo
The Sweeney
Rich Man, Poor Man. This was a mini series so not sure it counts

In more recent times
Northern Exposure
Seinfeld
Larry Sanders Show

I'm really enjoying Mindhunter right now and Ricky Gervais most recent show Afterlife was amazing

If I had to pick just one I reckon I'd go Twilight Zone with The Prisoner a close second ..


Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Gant on August 30, 2019, 03:09:26 AM
Am I to take it you Americans are watching the US (inferior) version of The Office 😉
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: AKA23 on August 30, 2019, 05:48:10 AM
I like The Bob Newhart Show better, but, just as an example of differences of opinion, my parents prefer Newhart. Newhart lasted two years longer than The Bob Newhart Show, but I also think it progressively gets a bit more silly as it went along, so I prefer the older show. Both are a lot of fun though. And one of the things that works for both shows is that Bob is surrounded by a bunch of colorful crazy characters and we see him respond to them.

A few months ago I watched his early '90s series just called Bob (what else, right? ;D). It only lasted into part of its second season (just 30-something episodes total), and I found it to be fun in some ways but not as good as the two previous shows. And I remember watching his series George and Leo that he starred in with Judd Hirsch back when it originally aired, which also only lasted about a season. Have you seen either of those, AKA?

Wow. I had no idea that you were such a big Bob Newhart fan! No, I've only seen "The Bob Newhart Show," and his guest starring appearances on "The Big Bang Theory." Does he still do the one sided phone routine that he's famous for on "Newhart?"
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Matt on August 30, 2019, 08:04:46 AM
Am I to take it you Americans are watching the US (inferior) version of The Office 😉

Yes! I've tried the UK version and couldn't get into it.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Christopher on August 30, 2019, 09:59:50 AM
Am I to take it you Americans are watching the US (inferior) version of The Office 😉
I've never seen the original version, but I think Netflix has it, or at least used to have it. The US version is well written and very well cast. I know soooo many shows here are remakes of shows from England. Wasn't pretty much every show Norman Lear ever did originally British? :D ;D

Wow. I had no idea that you were such a big Bob Newhart fan! No, I've only seen "The Bob Newhart Show," and his guest starring appearances on "The Big Bang Theory." Does he still do the one sided phone routine that he's famous for on "Newhart?"
Yeah, he's one of my favorites. I actually haven't seen much of The Big Bang Theory. I've only seen some clips of Newhart's scenes on that. I remember when I was a teen and The Bob Newhart Show was on [email protected] I used to sit up to about 2:00 am to watch it during the summer.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 30, 2019, 07:54:40 PM
Yes! I've tried the UK version and couldn't get into it.

I watched this for the first time a couple of months ago and was astounded how unfunny it was. In the 12 episodes I never laughed once. A couple of amusing moments but I’ve read reviews claiming it’s one of the funniest series ever!!

I’ve never seen the US version.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Matt on August 30, 2019, 08:47:44 PM
I watched this for the first time a couple of months ago and was astounded how unfunny it was. In the 12 episodes I never laughed once. A couple of amusing moments but I’ve read reviews claiming it’s one of the funniest series ever!!

Same here. I gave up after about 3 episodes.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: The Schofield Kid on August 31, 2019, 12:42:13 AM
Same here. I gave up after about 3 episodes.

I wish I had too. I kept thinking it must get better. It didn't.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: AKA23 on August 31, 2019, 06:52:36 AM
I've never seen any version of the Office and have no interest in doing so. Since it's the original, the British version likely is better in terms of quality, but I usually find that British humor tends to play very differently to American audiences.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: PeterD on August 31, 2019, 02:01:38 PM
Loved the US version of The Office and haven't watched much of the UK version but Ricky Gervais is the star of it and he is pretty good (try his new show After Life)
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Gant on August 31, 2019, 11:04:53 PM
I loved the Office when it first appeared.
I've only seen a few episodes of the US version but Steve Carell's character seemed more of a loveable buffoon whereas Gervais character has virtually no redeeming qualities, is a lot less audience friendly and much more cringeworthy and mean spirited to watch.. At least until the end of the series... It's a different kind of humour I guess. The American Office seemed a little more wacky and over the top than the original and has a much lighter tone and broader humour, the UK darker and at times quite difficult to watch. That said, I did enjoy what I saw of the US version and will watch more and being as it runs a lot longer than the UK version I'm guessing there's a lot more character development over it's several series..
When the Office first aired in the UK some people thought it was an actual documentary, for a couple of episodes at least.. I do see some parallels with Larry Sanders but it definitely kicked of a genre of television..
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Gant on August 31, 2019, 11:36:21 PM
PeterD .. I thought Afterlife was an amazing show, his best yet. Remarkable achievement..
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: PeterD on September 01, 2019, 12:30:14 AM
PeterD .. I thought Afterlife was an amazing show, his best yet. Remarkable achievement..
Yes, it was a show that people should watch, a brilliant effort.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Matt on September 01, 2019, 08:29:22 AM
The Office (U.S.) is way more fun to watch if you recognize someone you've worked with that is like any of the characters, especially if they're like Steve Carell.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Gant on September 01, 2019, 11:10:20 PM
Agreed .. I think the same goes for here too. A lot of people recognised their own work place and fellow workers in the show..
Especially those that work or have worked in that kind of environment. Ie suburban type small office..
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Christopher on September 05, 2019, 05:19:47 PM
Speaking of Bob Newhart, he is 90 years old today!
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: KC on September 05, 2019, 07:22:15 PM
Speaking of Bob Newhart, he is 90 years old today!
And still going strong.

Christopher (and others) will enjoy this interview in the New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/arts/television/bob-newhart.html

Quote
You did so many brilliant comic bits with the telephone. The comic Shelley Berman famously said that you stole the idea of the telephone from his act. Did that bug you?

It bugged me a little because it wasn’t true. The phone has been a comedy prop for long time. Mike [Nichols] and Elaine [May] used it. One of the earliest recordings ever made by Edison involved a telephone that [the comic George] Jessel used to do.

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[Later on in the interview:] Do you ever think about death?

I think I know what’s on the other side, but I’m not sure. Maybe it just ends. Some people think you come back. Maybe I’ll come back as Shelley Berman and be pissed off at myself.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Rawhide7 on September 05, 2019, 08:55:28 PM
All these are great shows. I've heard a lot of great things about Seinfeld and The Office. I've only seen bits and pieces of Seinfeld. For whatever reason I just never watched an entire episode. I'm sure had I did I would be hooked. Because a lot of people love that show. I know that Threes Company is a little out dated and cheesy. But I grew up watching it as a kid and it always made me laugh a lot. It's just one of those shows that I've always really enjoyed its humor.   I really like all the actors, John Ritter was one of the greatest physical comedians of all time. I love the intro to the show. I pretty much like everything about it. I own the complete series on DVD and am currently watching the entire series again. I still enjoy it very much. Still makes me laugh out loud.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: PeterD on September 05, 2019, 10:35:18 PM
Let us not forget maybe the best comedy of all time - Dad's Army.

Love that show, can watch it again and again.
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Gant on September 15, 2019, 10:24:54 PM
I never liked Dads Army much as a kid and never watch it now.... I do realise I'm in a very small minority there tho.... :)
Title: Re: What is your all time favorite tv show?
Post by: Christopher on April 01, 2021, 10:18:04 AM
Last summer I posted in the "What was the last DVD you bought?" thread about getting Friday the 13th: The Series. I watched several episodes of it at that time, and have now been getting more into it. I really like the show. It's pretty dark at times (some of the episodes are downers), and I'm surprised at the level of violence for a late '80s show.