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    Favourite TV shows of all time

    Apologies if such a thread already exists; but I didn't see one.

    I have just started watching one of my Xmas presents (The Wire, Season One on DVD). 5 episodes in, I'm already convinced it may be one of the best shows I have ever seen. I was curious, what are people's favourite TV shows, and why?

    1) Deadwood - I have never been a fan of westerns, but this is well acted, insanely well written, dense, and dark. I love how the political machinations play out, and how the loyalties of the viewer are toyed with as characters change. There was never a weak episode, and it was consistently entertaining.

    2) Twin Peaks - For one, it has possibly the greatest character ever, Coop. Also it has an interesting mystery, suburban decay, a massive sense of foreboding, and interestingly quirky characters.

    3) Buffy the Vampire Slayer - A great mix of irony and sincerity. Manages to mix monsters and violence with ready with, characters you care about, and interesting storytelling.

    4) Veronica Mars - Teen-noir. It had a lot of the brilliant pop culture riffing I loved about Buffy, and genuinely interesting murder mysteries. I also liked the overt class commentary in there.

    5) Battlestar Galactica (new series) - a great example of politically charged sci fi. Oddly the religious overtones actually fit it well, and make for a richer show rather than making it cheesy.

    Honorable mentions: Gilmore Girls, Carnivale, Firefly, Angel
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    The best TV show I've ever seen was a austrian production called "Sendung ohne Namen" (show without a name). Basically it's a dude talking (Off screen) for half an hour non-stop about his thoughts, following an interesting associative chain through science, politics, current events et cetera with a lot cynism and sarcasm. This associative chain is supported by pictures and short film clips, which last a few seconds max. next to that you get some background infos from time to time through blended text, which leaves you (or left me respectively) completely stunned by the amount of information you should pick up simmultaneously. Unfortunately it was cancelled in april 2007 after 5 years and 114 episodes. Rest in Peace SoN, we had a great time...

    Nowadays I rarely watch TV and if I do its either scrubs, simpsons or some cheap comedy. Therefore:
    1) Sendung ohne Namen
    2) Scrubs
    3) Simpsons
    4) Cheap comedy

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    my favourite show in the history of ever is six feet under. incredible acting, unparalleled creativity and writing, visually stunning, psychologically fucking devastating. it's a gateway drug and something i sometimes use as a litmus test for potential friends and boyfriends.

    also a huge fan of curb your enthusiasm (larry david is my INTJ hero), dexter, and weeds. and yes, i just pulled an oxford comma. i went there.

    scrubs and simpsons are undeniably classic, and deadwood is amazing. sendung ohne bamen sounds really interesting and sounds similar to parts of the film adaptation. i wonder if it's available anywhere online? thanks for the recommendation. being a david lynch fan, i really need to see some twin peaks. it's frankly an abomination that i haven't by now.
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    I'm listing as many shows as I've lived years =P yeah, that's 28 years of television.

    1) Dexter
    2) House M.D.
    3) Firefly
    4) Red Dwarf
    5) Animaniacs
    6) Chappelle's Show
    7) The X-Files
    8) Star Trek: The Next Generation
    9) Journeyman
    10) One Tree Hill
    11) Joan of Arcadia
    12) The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    13) Invader Zim
    14) Family Guy
    15) Burn Notice
    16) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    17) J.A.G.
    18) E.R.
    19) Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
    20) Xena: Warrior Princess
    21) Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
    22) Bill Nye The Science Guy
    23) The World of David The Gnome
    24) Boy Meets World
    25) Sabrina the Teenage Witch
    26) Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? (game show)
    27) Double Dare (game show)
    28) MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge a.k.a. Takeshi's Castle
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    1)Ed, Edd n' Eddy
    2)Rosemary and Thyme
    3)Spongebob Squarepants
    4)Home and Away
    5)Man v.s Wild

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Katzenjammer View Post
    ... 2)Rosemary and Thyme...
    I love that show too. Also The Sopranos, Seinfeld, House, M.D., Hill Street Blues, Antiques Roadshow, Poirot, Curb Your Enthusiasm, As Time Goes By, Star Trek (the original). I`ll add more later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sily Wily View Post
    I love that show too. Also The Sopranos, Seinfeld, House, M.D., Hill Street Blues,
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    Nothing like a mystery in the garden

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    Burn Notice
    Invader Zim
    Family Guy
    Different Strokes
    Freaks and Geeks
    That 70's show
    House M.D.
    Secret World of Alex Mac
    Ready or Not
    Red Dwarf

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    LOST is my favorite. I also like Twin Peaks, Carnivale, Fringe, 24, The Big Bang Theory and NewsRadio. The Sopranos was very good. I have yet to see The Wire and most of the new Battlestar G but I will probably love them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia View Post
    Night Flight was a variety show on the USA Network. An eclectic mix of short films, cartoons, B movies, stand up comedy, documentaries, music videos and more, Night Flight was broadcast, in various incarnations, from 1981 to 1996

    Broadcast history

    It originally ran from 1981-1988, for four hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. USA's Up All Night starring Caroline Schlitt and Gilbert Gottfried (and, later, Rhonda Shear) would replace it in 1988. It was later revived through syndication in 1990, with a single season of new episodes before the format was changed to "best of" shows from the USA years with host Tom Juarez. These shows were seen as late as 1996.

    Format and contents

    Night Flight was one of the first places to see films and shorts not generally aired on broadcast television or on the pay-per movie channels such as HBO. It was the first place many Americans were able to see music documentaries like Another State of Mind, The Grateful Dead Movie, Word, Sound and Power, and--Yessongs. Night Flight was also one of the first American television shows to display the music video as an art form, rather than purely as a promotional tool for the artists. And, with the freedom had by them on early (and late-night) cable television, they would at times show portions of videos that were censored (or in some cases, banned) by MTV and other outlets.
    In the original format of the show, there was no formal host. Voice-over introductions were made by Pat Prescott before segments started. Recurring segments included:

    • Take Off - A segment grouping together music videos on particular themes as well as a mix of interviews and snippets from movies, to help round out the segment. Examples from the show are Take Off To Animation, Take Off To Sex, Take Off To Violence, etc. Legendary San Francisco news reporter Dave McQueen did the voice-overs.
    • New Wave Theatre - Hosted by Peter Ivers, the show featured punk and New Wave acts, chiefly from the Los Angeles area.
    • The Video Artist - A segment covering artists working in the then-new world of video and computer graphics.
    • The Comic - Profiles of various comedians, consisting of stand-up bits interspersed with interview segments.
    • Video Profile - A segment featuring videos by one particular band or artist.
    • Atomic TV - A segment featuring various Cold War-era footage
    • Love That Bob (Church of the Sub-Genius) - A serialized presentation of the Sub-Genius video Arise!
    • Rick Shaw's Takeout Theater
    • Dynaman - An English-dubbed parody of six episodes of the super sentai series Kagaku Sentai Dynaman
    • J-Men Forever
    • Tales of Tomorrow
    • Heavy Metal Heroes
    • The Some Bizzare Show, featuring the artists of the Some Bizzare label
    • Snub TV

    Bela Lugosi's Monogram films were recurring features. Other segments included condensed parodies of low-quality, out-of-copyright black-and-white-era movies and serials, as well as letters from viewers.
    The show would also highlight movies that were regarded as cult hits. Examples include:

    There was one episode titled "Comedy in Video" that contained a set of funny music videos. These videos included "Jailhouse Rap" by the Fat Boys and "Weird Al" Yankovic's Jeopardy.

    This. How I wished I'd had the foresight to dub them on the old VHS back then.

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