Televisionby BrittanyMurphyRIP | created - 01 Oct 2010 | updated - 12 Oct 2010 | Public
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1. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama
A New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and leads him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.
Top notch acting and writing. My theory - Tone got whacked by Paulie at the end.:)
2. Cheers (1982–1993)
TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama
The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.
Witty ensemble comedy. Filmed before a live studio audience.
6. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
TV-PG | 175 min | Comedy, War
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.
Don't forget your stick, Lieutenant!
7. Mad Men (2007–2015)
TV-14 | 47 min | Drama
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.
Back when I was young, all the talk was how cable channels would dilute quality. Now they set the standard.
8. House M.D. (2004–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery
An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.
OK, so every episode follows the same rigid format, but I'm into character and dialogue, not denouement.
11. Porridge (1973–1977)
TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime
The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.
12. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
65 min | Talk-Show
Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.
Host James Lipton is accused of obsequiousness, but credit the show with prising a few words out of De Niro and Gandolfini.
13. Ideal (2005–2011)
30 min | Comedy
Moz is a drug dealer and has very strange clientele who come and go from his flat.
Great that such a cutting-edge 'com is written by a geezer in late middle age.
15. QI (2003– )
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show
A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Sandi Toksvig is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.
Some of the "facts" seem a bit iffy to me. Like Rich Hall says in one episode, they could say anything and people would believe it. Talking of Rich Hall, he came out with my favourite joke on the show. He said he always remembers the first time his dad heard him say f**k. His dad was walking past his bedroom door when Rich called out, "Hey dad, shut the door, I'm trying to f**k in here!"
16. The Singing Detective (1986)
415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery
Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.
When I think back to the eighties, which is a lot, one of the first TV images that comes to mind is of the lovely Joanne Whalley in her nurse's uniform applying grease. "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" went into meltdown. This was around the time that Bill Paterson was in everything.
17. Traffik (1989– )
Unrated | 315 min | Drama, Crime
The Hamburg police arrest an international businessman, charging him with smuggling heroin from Pakistan. While he's on trial, his trophy wife, a former Olympic swimmer, discovers steely ... See full summary »
Here he is again.