The Hippest Show on TV

For each year. These shows were the hippest in the prime time line-up of the networks. Some were hits and some weren't. Some were controversial. Some weren't. But these were the shows that it was hip to watch. I'm listing the top for each season, so the shows might have been hip in other seasons, just not the hippest because some other show was hipper.
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1.
Actor's Studio (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one... (30 mins.)
“ ABC 1948/1949 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
2.
Actor's Studio (1948 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one... (30 mins.)
“ NBC 1949/1950 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
3.
The Jack Benny Program (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends. (30 mins.)
“ CBS 1950/1951 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
4.
The Jack Benny Program (1950 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends. (30 mins.)
“ CBS 1951/1952 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
5.
The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ CBS 1952/1953 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
6.
See It Now (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This show was an irregularly scheduled hour long program that gave more complete coverage of issues... (30 mins.)
“ CBS 1953/1954 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
7.
The George Gobel Show (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ NBC 1954/1955 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
8.
The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ NBC 1955/1956 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
9.
Twenty-One (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two contestants were placed in separate isolation booths. Each player in turn would be given a category and asked how many points... (30 mins.)
“ NBC 1956/1957 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
10.
Maverick (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers... (60 mins.)
“ ABC 1957/1958 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
11.
Maverick (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers... (60 mins.)
“ ABC 1958/1959 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
12.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
“ CBS 1959/1960 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
13.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
“ CBS 1960/1961 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
14.
The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ ABC 1961/1962 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
15.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
“ CBS 1962/1963 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
16.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
“ CBS 1963/1964 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
17.
The Addams Family (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family. (30 mins.)
“ ABC 1964/1965 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
18.
The Dean Martin Show (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Dean Martin hosts with several different celebrities that have several sketches of improv that breaks down comedy, race, and sex all at of the same time. (60 mins.)
Director: Bill Colleran
“ NBC 1965/1966 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
19.
The Monkees (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The misadventures of a struggling rock band. (30 mins.)
“ NBC 1966/1967 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
20.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor. (60 mins.)
“ CBS 1967/1968 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
21.
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety that would become notorious for its topical satirical humor. (60 mins.)
“ CBS 1968/1969 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
22.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The original rapid fire sketch comedy show. (60 mins.)
“ NBC 1969/1970 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
23.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The original rapid fire sketch comedy show. (60 mins.)
“ NBC 1970/1971 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
24.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
“ CBS 1971/1972 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
25.
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm... (60 mins.)
“ CBS 1972/1973 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
26.
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm... (60 mins.)
“ CBS 1973/1974 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
27.
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago. (51 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
“ ABC 1974/1975 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
28.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ CBS 1975/1976 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
29.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ CBS 1976/1977 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
30.
The Richard Pryor Show (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor (60 mins.)
“ NBC 1977/1978 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
31.
Taxi (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things. (30 mins.)
“ ABC 1978/1979 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
32.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ CBS 1979/1980 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
33.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ CBS 1980/1981 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
34.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ CBS 1981/1982 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
35.
Cagney & Lacey (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives. (60 mins.)
“ CBS 1982/1983 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
36.
Cagney & Lacey (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives. (60 mins.)
“ CBS 1983/1984 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
37.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
“ NBC 1984/1985 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
38.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
“ NBC 1985/1986 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
39.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
“ NBC 1986/1987 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
40.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
“ NBC 1987/1988 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
41.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
“ NBC 1988/1989 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
42.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
“ ABC 1989/1990 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
43.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
“ ABC 1990/1991 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
44.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1991/1992 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
45.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1992/1993 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
46.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1993/1994 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
47.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1994/1995 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
48.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1995/1996 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
49.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1996/1997 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
50.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1997/1998 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
51.
Will & Grace (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 1998/1999 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
52.
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
“ NBC 1999/2000 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
53.
Ed (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (she slept with a mailman)... (60 mins.)
“ NBC 2000/2001 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
54.
The Tick (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of superhero The Tick, based on the popular comic book. (23 mins.)
“ Fox 2001/2002 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
55.
Malcolm in the Middle (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
“ Fox 2002/2003 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
56.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable. (22 mins.)
“ Fox 2003/2004 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
57.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable. (22 mins.)
“ Fox 2004/2005 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
58.
The Office (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. Based on the hit BBC series. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 2005/2006 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
59.
30 Rock (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 2006/2007 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
60.
30 Rock (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind. (22 mins.)
“ NBC 2007/2008 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
61.
Life on Mars (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A present-day car accident mysteriously sends a detective back to the 1970s. An American remake of the BBC series. (60 mins.)
“ ABC 2008/2009 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
62.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
“ ABC 2009/2010 ” - SweetHotAngel
 
63.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
“ ABC 2010/2011 ” - SweetHotAngel