Favorite Television Programs

Shows that I love in no particular order.
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1.
Archer (2009 TV Series)
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Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones. (22 mins.)
“ Funny on many different levels. There are surface level dirty jokes, sight gags, humorous and witty bits of dialogue and character based humor, but the best and most effective laughs come from the carefully placed esoteric jokes. Archer is sometimes spoofy, but always very high quality. The voice cast is one of the best around to boot, bringing in the very best actors for the job. It's lovable, harsh, raunchy and brilliant! ” - jacob lamson
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
The Boondocks (2005 TV Series)
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Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues. (22 mins.)
“ The Boondocks may pass under people's radars as just a plain old comedy about black people, but in actuality, it is one of the most intelligent and mature cartoons I've ever seen. The boondocks has A LOT to say about discrimination, racism, pop culture, and politics. It is absolutely brilliant. ” - jacob lamson
 
4.
Bored to Death (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A well-meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective using the methods he read about in old detective novels. (28 mins.)
“ Bored to Death provides the dry humor that I love, while creating absorbing characters, and at least attempting a noir feel. It doesn't always get it right, but when it does, Bored to Death is hilarious! ” - jacob lamson
 
5.
Community (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body. (22 mins.)
“ Community does very modern and creative things in an old fashioned way. They are meta and inventive, but with lovable characters and without the dark and hateful tones of a lot of modern comedy. It's slightly cynical, but the writing has more heart and wit than most anything on TV. ” - jacob lamson
 
6.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
“ John Cleese takes an independent venture from Monty Python to deliver a show with less surreal and off the wall humor and more traditional British humor. It works very well and remains effectively funny. ” - jacob lamson
 
7.
Human Giant (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A half-hour show of edgy short films. (30 mins.)
“ Paul Scheer, Aziz Ansari, and Rob Huebel are one of the most explosive comedy teams in the past decade. Their creative skits are not always hilarious as you're watching them, but they stick in your head until you can't help but appreciate the brilliance. ” - jacob lamson
 
8.
The Kids in the Hall (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits. (25 mins.)
“ One of the legendary sketch comedy groups of all time. Random and oddball humor fill this show and make it a weird but enjoyable view. ” - jacob lamson
 
9.
The League (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ensemble comedy that follows a group of old friends in a fantasy football league who care deeply about one another -- so deeply that they use every opportunity to make each other's lives miserable. (22 mins.)
“ The glory of the league is the interaction between the actors. As they are allowed a lot of improvisation, it makes for a conversational and natural presentation to the dialogue. A bunch of loved comedic actors from all over the board bring a great deal of star power to this great cast. Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer especially. I don't care too much for Jon Lajoie in this show. ” - jacob lamson
 
10.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (47 mins.)
“ Excellent performances, flawless writing, amazing atmosphere, and deep characterization fuel this drama. The atmosphere is believable, and the culture of the time is thoroughly represented. Mad Men may not be the most exciting show out there, but it is a piece of art that should be appreciated by all. ” - jacob lamson
 
11.
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe. (30 mins.)
“ It's surreal, it's weird, it's crazy, and it's pure Python humor. The television show that started the legendary career of the world's best comedy troupe. ” - jacob lamson
 
12.
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. (22 mins.)
“ The bland style of the office, against Michael Scott's absurd antics create an uncomfortable humor that is an absolute splendor to behold. Every character is funny and the group's interactions as a whole are even funnier. ” - jacob lamson
 
13.
Party Down (2009 TV Series)
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A group of actors move to LA to make it big, but end up working as caterers. (30 mins.)
Director: Rob Thomas
“ One of the darkest comedies I've ever watched. Party Down is almost nihlistic in it's perspective and sense of humor. The characters are mostly downtrodden and things never seem to look up, but that's what makes it so unique and special. The writing is seamless and hilarious. ” - jacob lamson
 
14.
Parks and Recreation (2009 TV Series)
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The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. (22 mins.)
“ The characters are the highlight of this brilliant television show. It resembles The Office in presentation, but the humor is much different. It's a lovable show with great characters and funny situations. ” - jacob lamson
 
15.
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.)
“ Needs no explanation. Seinfeld is the mother of all good sitcoms. ” - jacob lamson
 
16.
Trailer Park Boys (2001 TV Series)
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Three petty felons have a documentary made about their life in a trailer park. (30 mins.)
“ People don't believe me when I tell them that you have to allow yourself to be sucked into the deep and involving mythology of the world of Trailer Park Boys. The mishaps of these life long friends and all of their trailer park community is a messy, calculated, beautiful and hilarious road to go down. This show is satirical and intelligent despite the intellect of it's lead characters. ” - jacob lamson
 
17.
The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sketch comedy show involving five friends. (15 mins.)
“ The Whitest Kids have been making me laugh for years now, from their first videos online ("Saturday") to the classic skits of their television show ("Kid Beer", "Insult Restaurant", "Call of Duty"). Their quick, witty humor is fun to watch and the men have a chemistry on screen that just works. ” - jacob lamson
 
18.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
“ The first seasons of The X-Files, before the new cast ruined it, were excellent. They were atmospheric, dark, interesting, and they made you think and feel. The screen chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson is astounding and it makes the show all the more pleasing. ” - jacob lamson
 
19.
Home Movies (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Brendon Small, an ambitious eight-year-old filmmaker, shoots movies in his basement with his two best friends, while coming to terms with adolescence, life, and relationships. (30 mins.)
“ Home movies does a beautiful job of creating lovable, memorable, and even realistic characters. It creates a sense of community in the school, the neighborhood and in individual households. It's side splittingly hilarious, quick witted, and sometimes heart warming. ” - jacob lamson