100+ Favorite TV Shows

For series with multiple versions (e.g. The Office, or Black Adder) I did not list each one, rather I selected the best one and added comments about the others. The only exception was Star Trek, because each series was so uniquely different and worthy of individual honors.
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Six Feet Under (2001 TV Series)
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A drama series that takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional California family that runs an independent funeral home. (55 mins.)
“ The first episode was brilliant and really could stand on it's own as a short movie. The entire first season was spectacular. After that the quality fluctuated a bit, but it was still one of the best shows on the air. The tail end of the last season was also back up in the superior quality range. ” - TimKaye
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
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The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. (594 mins.)
“ This was excellence almost from start to finish. I think there was one episode towards the end that was below the quality of the rest, but even that was pretty doggone good. ” - TimKaye
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)
“ Another nearly perfect series, with very few (if any) episodes you could even think about calling duds. ” - TimKaye
Fargo (2014 TV Series)
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Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, ND. (53 mins.)
“ I couldn't imagine this would prove to be nearly as great as the move of the same name, but as it unfolded it proved to be a very promising TV series that unfortunately came to a conclusion. ” - TimKaye
Better Call Saul (2015 TV Series)
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The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (46 mins.)
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future. (49 mins.)
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
“ Considering how many years this series was on the air, it was sheer perfection. Sure there were some seasons or episodes not quite up to the usual standard, but over the long-run, it was nearly perfect ” - TimKaye
The Larry Sanders Show (1992 TV Series)
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A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show. (30 mins.)
“ I never got into the Gary Shandling Show all that much, but this series was one where you just didn't want to miss a single episode. It was a fanastic lampoon of the talk show industry. ” - TimKaye
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
“ Aside from the disappointing series finale', this was a very high-standard series with only a few mediocre episodes along the way. ” - TimKaye
Friends (1994 TV Series)
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Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. (22 mins.)
“ This show is only ranked this high because of the overall quality of the series. There were definitely some seasons that were sub-par. During one season I remember thinking the end must be near, but then they probably changed some writers, because the next season or two made a comeback and were very good again. The entire cast was extremely talented and you could watch them grow as actors as the series progressed. ” - TimKaye
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
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The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
“ This was also a high-quality series with only a few duds here and there. Once again, when you consider that it ran for more than a decade, that's quite an accomplishment. My personal favorite was the dream episode, where each of the main charcters drifted off to sleep & into their war nightmares. The two that were done in a documentary style were pretty memorable, too. ” - TimKaye
The Big Bang Theory (2007 TV Series)
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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory. (22 mins.)
“ I think this show has definitely had a few mediocre episodes, but overall it tends to be hilarious. Like the show Friends, there's a very talented cast of actors, and some great writing. ” - TimKaye
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before. (44 mins.)
“ So many people seem to wax nostalgic for the original series, but I think this was by far the best one. Bigger budgets, better effects, good writing & directing, and a great cast. As always, some episodes weren't as great as others, but overall it was a top-notch series. I loved the Q episodes! And like the first series, it was able to branch off into several successful theatrical movies -- quite an accomplishment. ” - TimKaye
The Office (2005 TV Series)
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A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium. (22 mins.)
“ Both the US and British series were great, but the early US series was the best. I actually saw the English one first and loved it, but when the US series started, I loved that even more! This last year has been a let-down. It's still a good show that I hate to miss, but the Steve Carrell years were best. (And I don't think that's just because of the actor; I usually think writers play a bigger part in superior quality for the long-term than anything else.) ” - TimKaye
Scrubs (2001 TV Series)
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In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D" Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life. (22 mins.)
“ I suppose there were a couple duds here and there, but for the most part it was an excellent series that always seemed to come up with some great ideas to keep it fresh. ” - TimKaye
Mr. Bean (1990 TV Series)
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Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem. (350 mins.)
“ There were some segments that almost fell flat, but the great segments were so gut-bustingly funny that they more than made up for the lulls. I could not stop laughing at the episodes where he took an exam, or went to church, or visited the dentist & wound up drilling his own teeth. Those had me rolling on the floor! And the fact that most of his humor has very little dialog is that much more impressive; consequntly he translates well to other countries. The Christmas and New Year's episodes are holiday classics, too! ” - TimKaye
My Name Is Earl (2005 TV Series)
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A ne'er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization. (22 mins.)
“ I suppose some epidodes were worse than others, but the entire run of the series was extremely funny. They never seemed to run out of quirky comedic ideas. ” - TimKaye
Freaks and Geeks (1999 TV Series)
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A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year. (44 mins.)
“ For a show that was so doggone good, it sure didn't last long enough. I can't imagine why they would have cancelled this! Several of the cast members have gone on to bigger and better things. ” - TimKaye
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
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Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
“ My wife became a fan of this before I did. It's very well written with a strong cast. I'm glad to see Ed O'Neill enjoying success again on TV after Married with Children and Popeye Doyle. ” - TimKaye
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.)
“ This show had deifinite highs and lows over the years, but it was always interesting. Some stories stood on their own, whereas others were part of bigger on-going tales. My personal favorite was the one with Peter Boyle guest-starring as a psychic! The vampire episode with Luke Wilson was also pretty amusing. And I loved Michael McKean in the two-part Area 51 storyline. ” - TimKaye
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
“ This was very funny, and I think the plots and performances were much more acceptable to a mainstream audience than Monty Python's Flying Circus. Yet it was every bit as good. ” - TimKaye
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
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Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. (44 mins.)
“ This is a gripping drama that I can't miss, but which my wife initially couldn't stand to watch. Guess what! Now she's a fan! It is awfully gory for a television series, but I guess you can get away with that on cable. I also like the companion series, The Talking Dead, on which a host sits around and talks about the episode that just aired with celebrity guests and cast members. They also take phone calls from viewers, and one time my idol Alice Cooper called in! ” - TimKaye
That Metal Show (2008 TV Series)
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This show is about all things hard rock and heavy metal ! (30 mins.)
“ This is one of my favorite shows currently on the air. My wife hates it, but I can't get enough of it! I love the TMS Top 5 segment, and will pause it on DVR & make up my own lists before they reveal their choices. The Throwdown -- where they pit two hard-rock classics against each other & comment on them -- is equally intriguing. The guests & discussions are usually good, and so is the trivia during Stump The Trunk. It's a great show about some of the best music and bands ever. Hope it never ends! ” - TimKaye
Cheers (1982 TV Series)
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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. (22 mins.)
“ In spite of what I said earlier about writers being the most important thing to a good show, i think this show proved a great cast could also be critical to a show's success. Luckily this series had both. Woody Harrelson was an excellent replacement for the Coach's character. I think they were wise to replace the character each time it happend with an equally compelling character, rather than just replacing the actor or actress. ” - TimKaye
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
“ Some of the episodes had too much loud bickering, which could get on a person's nerves. But the plots and dialog were always good. ” - TimKaye
Family Guy (1999 TV Series)
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another. (22 mins.)
“ I don't watch this religiouly like some people that I know do. Sometimes when I flip past an episode, it doesn't seem as funny as I remember it being in the past. But i know for a fact some of the episodes are hilarious and full of scathing witt and sarcasm. Maybe it just has it's low points as well as it's high points. ” - TimKaye
The Americans (2013 TV Series)
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Two Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. (44 mins.)
“ Another series that I started watching, but since then my wife has become just as big a fan of it as I am. ” - TimKaye
Barney Miller (1974 TV Series)
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The captain of a city police station and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come to the building. (30 mins.)
“ You never get a chance to see this series anymore in syndication. Not sure why, since it was very smartly written. ” - TimKaye
Modern Marvels (1993 TV Series)
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Fast-paced, fun and informative, Modern Marvels is The History Channel's signature series focusing on historical technology... (60 mins.)
“ There was a time when I don't think I ever saw a "bad" epsidoe or topic on this documentary series. But I think they've finally begun running out of great topics,as sometimes the descriptions don't sound as interesting as they used to. But if you actually watch those episodes, even the shows on those topics are well-made and informative. ” - TimKaye
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
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Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
“ This was a great series for it's time, but the quality of individual episodes was definitely a roller-coaster ride. Since so many people grew up with this, it's very fondly remembered. My personal favorites were the time travel episodes - in Tomorrow Is Yesterday they took an aircraft pilot aboard the ship, but had to return him home when they discovered he would someday sire a son who advances science; in City On The Edge Of Forever Capt Kirk & Mr. Spock chased a crazed Dr McCoy through a time portal into the early World War II era. My other favorite was The Squire Of Gothos, whom I always suspected was a young member of the Q Continuum. Considering the budget, they produced a truly ground-breaking show at the time! ” - TimKaye
That '70s Show (1998 TV Series)
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A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. (22 mins.)
“ This was a top-notch, A-list show from the start, and managed to maintain that quality for several seasons. Eventually it started to slip, and by the time Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher left, it turned into a truly medicore show at best. Again, I don't think that's soley because of the actors departing; they MUST have also changed some writers, because even the remaining cast went down-hill, yet they were all good before that point. ” - TimKaye
Soap (1977 TV Series)
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The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates. (30 mins.)
“ This was a truly ground-breaking comedy series. The story really did progress from episode to episode, so you couldn't really watch it out of order. My favorite people on the show were the butler Benson (who eventually got his own series), Bob Campbell the guy with the venriloquist dummy (they truly were like two different people), and Billy Crystal, who reportedly played the first gay character on a TV series. ” - TimKaye
Biography (1987 TV Series)
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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told. (60 mins.)
“ I think I've only seem two (at most three) epdisodes of this series that were not utterly fantastic. Even when it's about someone I couldn't care less about, if I sit down and watch that episode, I always walk away feeling i've learned something. It's very well produced, and almost always interesting, even when the basic subject is not. ” - TimKaye
The Drew Carey Show (1995 TV Series)
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Drew is an assistant director of personnel in a Cleveland department store and he has been stuck there for ten years... (30 mins.)
“ Due to Drew Carey's and Ryan Stiles' involvemnt in Whose Line Is It Anyway, I assume they were all given free reign to improvise, which may be one of the show's true strengths. It also had a strong cast. Not only was Drew always funny, but Diedrich Bader and Ryan Stiles were hilarious and at times scene-stealing sidekicks, yet Drew didn't seem threatened by that - he let them go, as long as it was funny. Mimi's character looked like she was from another planet - an extremely obnoxious planet. ” - TimKaye
Two and a Half Men (2003 TV Series)
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A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house. (22 mins.)
“ The Charlie Sheen era is superior. I'm not bashing Ashton Kutcher -- I liked him on That '70s Show. I really think the writers must be different, because even Jon Cryer and the other cast members aren't as funny with the second line-up. ” - TimKaye
The Bob Newhart Show (1972 TV Series)
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The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues. (30 mins.)
“ Really all three series belong on the list -- including Newhart and Bob -- but the first one was by far the best. ” - TimKaye
Life in Pieces (2015 TV Series)
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A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members. (22 mins.)
Malcolm in the Middle (2000 TV Series)
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A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
“ What can I say? More great performances by the cast, and great writing from the writers. ” - TimKaye
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
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Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. (22 mins.)
“ Kelsey Grammar was great as Frasier when he was on Cheers, and it didn't suffer one bit (like it so often does) when this series was spun off. The brother, father, housekeeper, co-worker, and ex-wife all provided plenty of twists for the character to bounce off from. ” - TimKaye
Rules of Engagement (2007 TV Series)
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Two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships, deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage. (22 mins.)
“ My wife and I love this show! She's already a fan of Oliver Hudson (and his family ties -- mother Goldie Hawn and sister Kate Hudson). And I've been a long-time fan of David Space (from Just Shoot Me and Saturday Night Live) and Megyn Price (from Grounded For Life). And of course I was aware of Patrick Warburton from Seinfeld, and The Tick, and Family Guy. ” - TimKaye
Still Standing (2002 TV Series)
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Bill and Judy are not your average parents; the kids are the responsible ones. (30 mins.)
Director: Katy Garretson
“ I know the show was well-written, but Jami Gertz and Mark Addy (and their strong chemistry together) were also essential elements for this series to have worked. ” - TimKaye
Grounded for Life (2001 TV Series)
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Thirty-something Irish Catholic couple Sean and Claudia deal with their three children as well as Sean's judgmental father and his carefree brother. (30 mins.)
“ Once again, in addition to some great writing (as the fuel), the chemistry and talent of the cast were the sparks that ingited this comedy and let it burn out of control. The brother Eddie just cracked me up, and whenever I see him now in a movie, I think of this series ” - TimKaye
Outsourced (2010 TV Series)
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A manager is sent to India to oversee a staff of customer service representatives. (30 mins.)
“ I loved this show when it was on and watched it every week without fail. I was very disappointed when it was not renewed. The movie version was good (it came first, with a different cast), but I feel the TV series was funnier. As with the Drew Carey Show, Diedrich Bader was reason enough to watch the show, and was frequently a real scene-stealer. ” - TimKaye
Just Shoot Me! (1997 TV Series)
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Hot-tempered journalist Maya Gallo got herself fired from yet another job when she made an anchorwoman... (30 mins.)
Director: Richard Boden
“ Once again, great acting from the cast and great writing from the writers. ” - TimKaye
Mary Tyler Moore (1970 TV Series)
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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
“ I suppose one reason this series is often held in high regard is because it was one of the first TV series to have a female lead that was not just a stereotype or a joke punchline, but rather a smart, professional character. So it's kind of a feminist statement. But beyond all the social politics, it was simply a good show -- well written and with a good comedic cast. It also spawned several successful spinoffs, such as Lou Grant, and Rhoda, and Phyllis. ” - TimKaye
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996 TV Series)
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A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun. (60 mins.)
“ A lot of this was rather light, silly comedy, but it was also extremely funny. John Lithgow was often too over the top, but on the other hand, sometimes that is what made it so funny. Once again, a very good cast with great chemistry together. The funniest thing I remember was when they did a slow-motion fight in an office, but the actors actually made all the moves in real-time, they just did it very slowly. Now that's creative! ” - TimKaye
Futurama (1999 TV Series)
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Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999. (22 mins.)
“ This was another Matt Groening series, and altough not as great as The Simpsons, it was still a pretty funny show. ” - TimKaye
The Mind of the Married Man (2001 TV Series)
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A look at married life through the minds of 3 coworkers. (30 mins.)
Director: Nancy Savoca
“ I truly loved this short-lived series on HBO. I was single at the time, and still greatly appreciated much of the humor. I imagine now that I've experienced married life it would be even funnier. ” - TimKaye
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 TV Series)
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In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy. (45 mins.)
“ This was another great series within the Start Trek franchise. I didn't like it as much as Next Generation, but it was still pretty good, with decent scripts, productions values, and performances by the cast. I'm a sucker for time travel topics, so my favorite episode (entitled Little Green Men) was when the Ferengi went back to 1950's America and were held & studied at Area 51. ” - TimKaye
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988 TV Series)
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In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robots are trapped aboard the Satellite of Love, where mad scientists force them to sit through the worst movies ever made. (92 mins.)
Director: Joel Hodgson
“ This was a wonderful idea, to sit around and make fun of cheesy sci-fi B-movies, the way you & your friends would do if you were watching them as a group in someone's living room. So they just licensed old mediocre quality movies and had the host & his 2 robot friends kibitz and critque throughout the film from the front row, with occasional breaks around the commercials to let them do their own little skits. As one co-worker of mine said at the time this was airing, it really doesn't get much funnier than this for clean jokes suitable for televison. ” - TimKaye
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
“ This was a true classic for all it contributed to the legacy of good sci-fi ideas. Not all of the episodes hold up very well this many years later, but some of them are still relavent and impressive. My personal favorite episode was a western tale (titled: Execution) starring Russell Johnson, who played the professor on Gilligan's Island -- that's probably the best episode I've ever seen of the show! ” - TimKaye
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000 TV Series)
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The life and times of Larry David and the predicaments he gets himself in with his friends and complete strangers. (28 mins.)
“ This actually started briefly as The Larry David Show on HBO, but then a short time later it became an ongoing series under the name, Curb Your Enthusiam. As I remember it, the show was essentially the same. ” - TimKaye
Metal Evolution (2011 TV Series)
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Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper...
“ I'm only sorry they ran out of metal-subcategories, and that this fascinating and highly-informative mini-series came to an end. A couple episodes weren't exactly my cup of tea, but they still gave a fair overview of those sub-genres of heavy metal music. My three favorite episodes included the one on the pre-metal years, and the one on shock rock, and the one on blues/hard rock (but I can't remember if that was the Early Metal US, or the Early Metal UK -- no matter which, both were good). ” - TimKaye
E! True Hollywood Story (1996 TV Series)
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A documentary about celebrities lives before and after being famous.
“ The quality of the epidoes varied, depending on the topic. I imagine most of them were independently produced, but under the same series name (kind of like Biography on A&E, or America: Undercover on HBO). Frequently they produced some compelling episodes that revealed a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff for movies, TV shows, and occasionally celebrities' lives. ” - TimKaye
Family Ties (1982 TV Series)
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Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew. (30 mins.)
“ This was a pretty high-quality family comedy. Too often family comedy-dramas are silly or juvenile, but I liked this one. Of course the entire cast was great, and the show launched the career of Michael J Fox to also pursue films. ” - TimKaye
Sanford and Son (1972 TV Series)
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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son. (30 mins.)
“ This was ground-breaking for being a great comedy with a mostly black cast, but I think it was really Redd Foxx, and his comedic timing and antics that made this such a huge success. ” - TimKaye
Married with Children (1987 TV Series)
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Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous. (22 mins.)
“ The early episodes of this series were fantastic! Unfortunately, the latter years of the series left it a ridiculous caricature of itself -- almost a cartoon with real people. But for several years the series was top-notch for the startup Fox network. Good writing and the perfect casting of the principle roles paid off. I've heard that originally the producers envisioned Sam Kinsion and Roseanne Barr as playing Al & Peg Bundy, but both actors passed. Although Kinsion later made an appearance as Al's guardian angel trying to get his wings (like in It's A Wonderful Life), Roseanne instead pirated the idea of a disfunctional white-trash family and produced her own similarly-themed show, Roseanne. ” - TimKaye
Mad About You (1992 TV Series)
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Light television comedy featuring Paul and Jaime Buchman as a recently married couple in New York City. They point out the gentle humor of domesticity and in the everyday situations of life. (22 mins.)
“ The leads have a remarkable chemistry together, which really makes the show work. Lisa Kudrow is a scene-stealer as a ditzy waitress (named Ursula), later transplanted into the series, Friends, playing her identical twin-sister, Phoebe. ” - TimKaye
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
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The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
“ It may look tame and dated today in syndication, when compared to the many great comedies that have graced the airwaves over the decades, but at the time this series was made, it was a ground-breaking, breath of fresh air. ” - TimKaye
Mike & Molly (2010 TV Series)
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A couple meet at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting. (30 mins.)
“ Sweet and sentimental, but also very funny. This could almost be a chick-flick, except for the salty humor of the guys together sharing guy-talk, the gals together sharing gal-talk, and the obnoxious but hilarious "father figure" dating Molly's mother. I think it's not rated higher here on IMDb simply because the majority of thin people probably don't want to give a chance to a show about an overweight couple that finally finds love. But the chemistry between Mike & Molly is great; the chemistry between Mike & his police partner is great; and the scene-stealing delivery of several other cast members make the show unforgettable. Luckily the huge success of the film Bridesmaids, also starring Melissa McCarthy (Molly), may draw a few more viewers in. ” - TimKaye
Chappelle's Show (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture. (22 mins.)
Director: Todd Broder
“ Dave Chappelle's a very funny and innovative comedian. I didn't always care for the music and cultural filler in some of the episodes, but the comedy sketches were extremely funny! My favorite one was the blind black man who joins the white-supremacists, but doesn't realize he's black because he's blind. LOL! ” - TimKaye
Black-Adder II (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her. (176 mins.)
“ Really all four Black Adder series are worthy of inclusion. Others are The Black Adder ('82), Black Adder The Third ('87), and Black Adder Goes Forth ('89). ” - TimKaye
King of the Hill (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A straight laced propane salesman in Arlen, Texas tries to deal with the wacky antics of his family and friends, while also trying to keep his son in line. (30 mins.)
“ Although silly at times, this is much more mature humor from Mike Judge than his other well-known series -- Beavis and Butthead. Although I don't see it listed in IMDb, I also remember seeing a very crudely drawn, black&white, line-drawing, animated series called Milton, which was a fore-runner of the Milton character in the movie, Office Space. ” - TimKaye
South Park (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. (22 mins.)
“ I was never very impressed with a bunch of cartoon kids using bad words, or cartoon adventures with blood & guts in them -- that seems kind of gimmicky & juvenile. But I must admit there's genuinely funny humor mixed in, and nobody is spared being made fun of. The rule of thumb is EVERYBODY will be offended at some point. That's not really something to be proud of, but you WILL laugh at some point during the show! ” - TimKaye
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.)
“ There's a whole lot of stupid & silly humor here, but fortuanately there's a lot of truly hilarious ideas explored, as well. ” - TimKaye
The Daily Show (1996 TV Series)
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Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily... (22 mins.)
“ I probably would have watched this show more if it weren't so left-leaning in much of its politics. But there are some scathingly funny observations of politics and of social mores included, and they do poke fun at ALL political beliefs, they just jab the right more than the left. ” - TimKaye
The Colbert Report (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way. (30 mins.)
“ This is very similar to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but Stephen Colbert manages to keep it fresh with his one unique insights, impressions, opinons, and humor. He actually got his start on the fore-mentioned show before launching his own political-lampoon show. ” - TimKaye
MythBusters (2003 TV Series)
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A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them. (44 mins.)
“ I eventually got burned out on this show, but when I first discovered it, I was captivated by their scientic experiments to prove or disprove urban myths. ” - TimKaye
Family (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California. (60 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ This was a riveting drama-series in the late '70s with a very solid cast. ” - TimKaye
The King of Queens (1998 TV Series)
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Delivery man Doug Heffernan has a good life: He's got a pretty wife (Carrie), a big TV and friends to watch it with. Then Carrie's goofy and annoying father Arthur moves in with them. (22 mins.)
“ I didn't watch this show regularly, but it was usually funny whenever I did watch it. ” - TimKaye
30 Rock (2006 TV Series)
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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.)
“ I never watched this show regularly, but whenever I did tune it in, it was generally entertaining. ” - TimKaye
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
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Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
“ I've only seen this show a couple of times, which is why it isn't higher on the list - because I can't say with certaintly that the whole series is golden. But I do have co-workers who swear by it, and the episodes I've seen were extremely funny! ” - TimKaye
Roseanne (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of a working class family struggling with life's essential problems: Marriage, Children, Money and Parents in Law. (22 mins.)
“ Even though Roseanne sort of ripped off the general idea for this show about a white-trash, blue-collar family from Married With Children (she was reportedly approached about playing the role of Peg Bundy, and Sam Kinison was approached for Al Bundy), this was still a very well written show with a cast that had great chemistry together. It delivered many years of fine comedy, until the last year or two when it completely went downhill and became nearly unwatchable (kind of like Married With Children did, come to think of it). ” - TimKaye
Man About the House (1973 TV Series)
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One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath... (30 mins.)
“ Many people don't realize it, but Three's Company was a remake of this Britsh Show. In fact, the first episode is probably remade verbatim. Most are very similar, but with English jokes taken out & American jokes added for Three's Company. The only episode I think they didn't remake in the US involved the male character (Robin in the UK/ Jack in the US) agreeing to play football and getting pummeled when he learns it's not English soccer, but American tackle-football he signed up for. There were also spin-offs from both: Robin's Nest in the UK ,and Three's A Crowd in the US (I could have sworn it was called Jack's Place, but apparently that was a different TV show altogether). ” - TimKaye
Hell on Wheels (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife... (42 mins.)
“ I'm a much bigger fan of this series than my wife is, because I like well-made westerns, whereas she doesn't care much for that genre, but we both watch it pretty regulary. ” - TimKaye
I Survived... (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck...
“ These stories are captivating, because they're true stories of how people survived attacks or accidents, told by the actual victims who lived through them, and based on their vivid recollections. ” - TimKaye
Behind the Music (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Musical artists, their careers, their highs, their lows and everything in between are profiled and interviewed.
“ Very few episodes of this series have left me dissappointed. Even if it's about a musical artist I have no interest in, the show is still usually informative and engrossing. ” - TimKaye
The Midnight Special (1972 TV Series)
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Late night rock and pop music performances are featured. (90 mins.)
“ I vaguely remember the very first episode of The Midnight
Special, hosted by John Denver. If I recall correctly, it started as a TV special with the intent of encouraging young people to register to vote. But it was so well received that it became on on-going series. One of the great things about it was that it consisted almost exclusively of live performances, when so many other music shows relied upon lip-synched performances. ” - TimKaye
The Critic (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jay Sherman is a New York film critic who has to review films he doesn't like for a living. (522 mins.)
“ I have no idea why this was such a short-lived series, because it was hilarious! ” - TimKaye
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
“ Maybe the plots were hokey from time to time, but James Garner made it all seem convincing with his flawless performance. ” - TimKaye
Star Trek: Voyager (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is 75 years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home. (44 mins.)
“ This was not nearly as great as the three Star Trek series that came before it, but if you gave it a chance, it could grow on you. And it was still vastly superior to the dreadful series that came after it -- Star Trek: Enterprise. ” - TimKaye
Talk Soup (1991 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ Actor Greg Kinnear started on this show. He was a hilarious host! I thought he was crazy when he left the show to start acting in films, thinking just 'cause he's a funny host doesn't mean he can act. Boy was I wrong! I now love not only his acting, but usually his choices of film projects. ” - TimKaye
Tosh.0 (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Daniel Tosh provides humorous commentary on content from the Internet. (30 mins.)
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.)
“ I guess they had several various Smothers Brothers shows over the years. In addition to this '67 series, shows are listed for '65, and '75 and '88, as well as numerous one-time specials. ” - TimKaye
Mysteries of the Bible (1994 TV Series)
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(300 mins.)
“ This was a fascinating show that looked at stories from The Bible from historical and cientific perspectives, trying to find modern evidence that the stories actually took place. Whenever I was too sick, or it was too stormy outside to go to church, I would watch an episode of this instead. ” - TimKaye
Supergroup (2006 TV Series)
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“ I hate reality shows with a passion because they're always so phony and contrived! There was probably some BS in this one, too, but I watched every episode. It was fascinating watching 5 well-known musicians thrown together & then having to pick a band name, a set-list, write at least one new song & then play a live show together. After each episode, I would switch over to VH1-Classics for the Supergroup After Show, where members were interviewed about each episode several months after it was shot. ” - TimKaye
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
“ The original not-ready-for-prime-time-players were so groundbreakingly funny and creative with their comedy cketches that people would actually stay home on Saturday night to watch the show... and THEN they would go out to parties or clubs afterwards (at least until the VCR became commonplace). There were plenty of "misses" over the many years the show's been on the air, but the "hits" more than made up for them. ” - TimKaye
Mom (2013 TV Series)
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A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley while dealing with her wayward mother. (30 mins.)
“ Well written and very well acted. ” - TimKaye
The Bernie Mac Show (2001 TV Series)
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A stand up comedian suddenly becomes a father when he takes custody of his sister's three children. (30 mins.)
“ Bernie Mac basically stole the show on The Kings of Comedy Tour, during which the bulk of his stand-up comedy act incorporated much of the plot/premise for this TV show. ” - TimKaye
The Benny Hill Show (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour. (30 mins.)
“ A couple series are listed from the '50s, but I'm pretty sure it was the late '60s show that I saw either on PBS or in syndication. ” - TimKaye
Quantum Leap (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. (60 mins.)
Director: John Cullum
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
Designated Survivor (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. (60 mins.)
Boston Public (2000 TV Series)
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The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston, Mass. weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity. (60 mins.)
L.A. Law (1986 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm. (46 mins.)
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996 TV Series)
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The comical everyday life of a successful sports columnist and his dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (2006 TV Series)
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Host Andrew Zimmerman explores various cultures through their cuisines. (60 mins.)
Director: Andrew Zimmern
“ As you watch this show, you can't help but ask yourself which of the things he's eating things you would also be willing to try. ” - TimKaye
Late Night with David Letterman (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks... (60 mins.)
“ The NBC years were very hip and superior to the CBS years, which are often just quirky, but not really that funny. ” - TimKaye
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is. (28 mins.)
“ I thoroughly hated the first episode of this series. The only reason I continued seeing it was because my wife loved it. Eventually (not sure which season) the writing and humor seemd to improve and I started getting into the last few years of it. I always did like Kevin Nealon in it! ” - TimKaye
Joel Osteen (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Evangelist Joel Osteen hosts weekly religious services at his Lakewood Church in Houston. (30 mins.)
Director: Joel Osteen
“ If you can get past his downhome, country-boy delivery and actually listen to the message he is conveying, this guy comes across more like a motivational speaker than a preacher. Sometimes he reminds me of Dr. Leo Buscaglia, who was a secular motivational speaker in the '80s & '90s. Joel is positive and uplifting, while including religion in the message. The main reason he's slipped down recently on this list is because when the show was called Joel Osteen, it was only the sermon from his services. But under the name Lakewood Church, it often includes the entire service, which starts with a one-hour, born-again hootenany of song & new age music. Ugh! I skip ahead to the sermon -- thank God for DVR's! ” - TimKaye