My favorite 25 TV shows

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1.
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.)
“ Perfect writing, perfect casting...just a jewel of a show! I wish I worked with them at WGN! ” - mlevans
 
2.
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.)
“ I loved it as a kid, but appreciate it so much more as an adult. Newhart's timing is pure gold and the supporting cast is superb with Jerry, Howard, Mr. Carlson, Mrs. Bakerman, The Peeper, etc. ” - mlevans
 
3.
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.)
“ One of the best physical comics of his (or any) generation, Van Dyke is marvelous. Add a scrumptious young MTM and delightful coworkers and you have a true classic! ” - mlevans
 
4.
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978 TV Series)
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The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music (30 mins.)
“ An underrated gem, WKRP will always lag in appreciation due to copywrite issues with the original music. Even with the soundtrack tinkered with, it's pure gold. Who can forget Les, Herb, Jennifer, Venus Flytrap, Dr. Johnny Fever or The Big Guy? The turkey drop episode may be one of the funniest TV episodes ever. ” - mlevans
 
5.
Green Acres (1965 TV Series)
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A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville. (30 mins.)
“ I'm glad Green Acres is getting more acclaim these days. You have to love Hank Kimbal, Mr. Haney and the rest of the Hooterville universe! ” - mlevans
 
6.
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.)
“ I had never seen an entire episode during its original run, but fell in love with it on TV Land. Great cast, great chemistry, great writing! ” - mlevans
 
7.
Gilligan's Island (1964 TV Series)
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Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm. (30 mins.)
“ Maybe I have Gilligan too high, but it was so iconic and is such an American classic! ” - mlevans
 
8.
The Addams Family (1964 TV Series)
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The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family. (30 mins.)
“ What a joy this is to watch. John Astin makes the show! ” - mlevans
 
9.
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962 TV Series)
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A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways. (30 mins.)
“ I loved it as a kid and I still think this show rocks! Weeeeell doggies! ” - mlevans
 
10.
Hogan's Heroes (1965 TV Series)
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The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders. (25 mins.)
“ Who would have thought this idea would fly? But with this cast & the eclectic, memorable characters, it works! Even the occassionally appearing cgaracters like Leon Aslin's Gen. Bulkhalter & Howard Cain's Maj. Hochsatetter are memorable & fun to immitate. ” - mlevans
 
11.
F Troop (1965 TV Series)
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The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West. (30 mins.)
“ I used to get off the school bus, race up the driveway, turn the TV ob & call a buddy so we could sing the F-Troop theme together as it came on. This is such a fun show with some great character actors like Larry Storch, Forrest Tucker & Ken Berry at their peaks. ” - mlevans
 
12.
The Munsters (1964 TV Series)
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A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. (30 mins.)
“ Although I like The Addams Family a bit better as an adult, I've always loved Herman, Lily, Grandpa and the others. ” - mlevans
 
13.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960 TV Series)
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Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. (30 mins.)
“ A true American classic! Who can forget Barney Fife, Floyd the Barber, Otis or Ernest T. Bass? ” - mlevans
 
14.
The Odd Couple (1970 TV Series)
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Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences. (30 mins.)
“ What a great pairing...probably weven better than the movie duo! I can still hear Felix honking! ” - mlevans
 
15.
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.)
“ I started watching MASH its first season, as an 8-year-old and have loved it since. Left-wing propoganda? Sure...but still very entertaining & thought-provoking. It may have even gotten better with age and cast changes, unlike most long-running shows. ” - mlevans
 
16.
The O'Reilly Factor (1996 TV Series)
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Fox News Channel news and talk show. (60 mins.)
“ Since VCRs & DVDs have come out, I've rarely had the patience to keep track of TV schedules & wait for one particular show to come on. O'Reilly has been about the only show that I've been willing to tailor my daIy schedule around. ” - mlevans
 
17.
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 is an awesome show with great chemistry and writing. It only got funnier later, as Alex had a little brother to tell Nixon & Regan bedtime stories to! ” - mlevans
 
18.
The Facts of Life (1979 TV Series)
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A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood. (30 mins.)
“ OK, I admit that part of the reason I enjoyed watching Lisa Whelchel & Nancy McKeon do battle was because they were both hotties. BUT the chemistry & writing were also top-notch & the rest of the cast was stellar. ” - mlevans
 
19.
George Lopez (2002 TV Series)
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Comedian George Lopez stars as a Los Angeles manufacturing plant manager attempting to deal with his wacky family along with other random mishaps. (30 mins.)
“ Like 'Raymond,' I had never seen this show when it was originally on the air. I've come to love it on Nick at Nite & TV Land. ” - mlevans
 
20.
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959 TV Series)
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Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis (yes, Dobie being his real given name) exasperates his grocer father Herbert T... (30 mins.)
“ What a classic! Ahead of its time, this is a unique & very funny show. ” - mlevans
 
21.
Bewitched (1964 TV Series)
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A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces. (25 mins.)
“ This has always been a fun show to watch...despite modern day concerns about the occult. (Things were more innocent back in 1964.) ” - mlevans
 
22.
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.)
“ A real classic! The Simpsons are just like real people to most of us by now. ” - mlevans
 
23.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962 TV Series)
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities. (105 mins.)
“ I haven't watched much in the 10:30 time slot since Johnny retired. His monologues were awesome. He was maybe his funniest in reacting when his material WASN'T getting a laugh! And who can forget Ed McMahan's patented intro? ” - mlevans
 
24.
The Carol Burnett Show (1967 TV Series)
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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe. (60 mins.)
“ I spent many hours watching this classic. Since growing up, I can appreciate its movie parodies even more, now that I've seen most of the films it spoofed. ” - mlevans
 
25.
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.)
“ Another classic, this one changed the face of TV sit-coms. ” - mlevans