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Old 04-19-2007, 08:57 PM   #31
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For me, The Wire is the best television show of all time. When season 4 ended a few months ago, I was literally saddened, just the best season of TV I've ever seen. If you've never seen it, do yourself a favor and rent or buy Season 1. You'll be hooked.
I keep hearing this from people, so I'll have to check it out one of these days.

I can't really say what I think the best show of all-time is, because I'm only 24 and have obviously missed out on a lot of great television that's simply older than I am. I do have to give The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy tons of credit for still being funny over 50 years after they ended.

But the best show I've ever seen has got to be Deadwood. Incredible writing, a perfect cast, and the sets and costuming were fantastic as well. And even though it's a drama, it can be funnier than any sitcom out there. Another great thing is that the episodes have a high re-watchability factor; because the dialogue is pretty dense, you always catch something new. I don't like westerns, but I loved this show.
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Deadwood is incredible, yes. I miss it.
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:08 PM   #33
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I Love Lucy
Cheers
Seinfeld
M*A*S*H

They all still stand the test of time.
And Friends was pretty good as well. Family Ties, Murphy Brown,... Seems like I choose comedies
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The Simpsons (up until 1998)
The Sopranos
Six Feet Under
All in the Family
The Wire
The Cosby Show
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:32 PM   #35
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/\ good list - except I never watched the Cosbys

did you catch the back seasons of the Wire?

I think the early ones are better than last season.
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I really miss That 70's Show
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/\ good list - except I never watched the Cosbys

did you catch the back seasons of the Wire?

I think the early ones are better than last season.
I think all 4 seasons of The Wire are great, but to me, the 4th is the best.

Oh, and Deep, I watched "A Perfect Spy" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" not too long ago.
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I think I just really liked Stringer Bell, and miss that character.

Ray McAnally was great in A Perfect Spy. It has probably been 15+ years since I have watched it, I hope you enjoyed it.
When a person has read the book first, they are often disappointed.
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I read the book first, like always, but still really enjoyed the mini-series. Paced slowly, written intelligently, and well acted. Loved it. A lot of LeCarre's stuff has been well done on TV or film. Not all of it, but a good amount of it.

Stringer was great, agreed. I just like how bold the writers are, to take the show in the direction they went in Season 4. And, I really really cared about those kids, I have never been so hooked.
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The Mole

Or at least the first four seasons of the Australian version.

Pure genius.

In terms of other shows, feel good factor has to count for something, so Friends and some of theose older Yank and Brit sitcoms must be considered.

While Keeping Up Appearances, Extras and Seinfeld are all extremely clever, the characters are cast as so wonderfully frustrating that they are all somewhat cringeworthy. Not a bad thing, but not something you might be in the mood for 24/7.

24 is the greatest drama of all time, while Postman Pat & Fireman Sam win out in the Kids category.

Honorable mention to Sesame Street, Who Dares Wins, Survivor, Midsomer Murders, Puddle Lane and Hey Dad
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SPECTREMAN!!!!
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:19 PM   #42
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MASH
Bob Newhart
Barney Miller
WKRP
St. Elsewhere
The Cosby Show
Seinfeld
Sports Night

The best?
A tie for me
MASH and Sports Night
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I Love Lucy
Three's Company

Absolutely love how some of my nieces and nephews enjoy these shows too
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Seinfeld
Friends
Threes Company- hilarious
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I'd have to go with M*A*S*H. It was well acted, funny but had serious poignant parts as well and never lost its charm. Great show.
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