30 favorite TV shows.

I thought that my previous list of TV shows was to big. I like those shows, but I decided to go with 30 because it was even and I've come up with descriptions as to why I picked these exact shows.

So I hope you enjoy my selections, why I like them and maybe why you like them or don't. Anyway comments back would be greatly appreciated.
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1.
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.)
“ My all time favorite show. Even if it is set in the 80's (exactly 1980) I think it's still relatable to any generation of people who were freaks, geeks or anything else in high school.

All the actors are great, which is the most important factor in any television show for me. They all have their own little quirks that make them all unique and easy to select which one you were back then. The stories are real, in fact, a few of these situations actually happened in my school.

Also the 80's backdrop. The cars, movie references, music references are all accurate for the time period.

All in all Freaks and Geeks has everything you would want out of this genre. It's got its funny moments, sad ones and ones that make you say "I remember when I was going through that" because we all do. ” - watmorejake
 
2.
Cowboy Bebop (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. (24 mins.)
“ I don't even consider this an anime and believe me, I've seen my fare share of anime (both horrible and great.) Cowboy Bebop doesn't have any of the cliches you would find in other anime, its the most american of its genre.

The characters are all fantastic. Spike of course being the best with his lay back bad ass attitude. Also I just found out something interesting recently. They say that Spike moves very feminine, like a ballerina which I can totally see and just adds to the mythology of the character. Jet Black is more your typical muscle bad ass, but he still has a sensitive side and doesn't always know what to do. Fay is the most mysterious of the characters, one of my favorite episodes is when Spike and Jet find a lost tape containing past recordings of her childhood. The lunatic hacker he-she Ed and of course their fateful companion welsh corgi Ein.

The episodic atmosphere is the best part of the show. The underlining story line of who Spike really is floats under the surface of ever day bounty hunter life for these five characters. The jazz music is amazing, there's a different style of music for different situations depending on the mood.

The most American of all anime. It also had the best dubbing too. Even if your not an anime fan, even if you detest the genre give this a try. Cause if there is one anime to watch it is this.

See you space cowboy. :) ” - watmorejake
 
3.
Baccano! (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades. (25 mins.)
Director: Takahiro Ômori
“ I may have misstated when I said that if there were one anime to see it should be Cowboy Bebop. Because Baccano! is just as good, even better in terms of story. Where Bebop was episodic, Baccano! is a miss mesh of over a dozen characters spread through many different time periods, but some how some way they are all connected because of one fateful train ride.

The best way to go into this show is not to think of it as an anime. Actually this show is very amaricanized too. It's set in Chicago (mostly in the 30's) and the backdrop is amazingly drawn.

I think people should really give this a shot because it keeps you guessing with its time jumping story. And there are a ton of characters that all get their fair share of development so you can pick your favorites depending on their personality, traits or their profession.

So remember, just cause its anime don't immediately excuse it as being about silly robots our big boobed girls. Cause little gems like this go completely under the radar. ” - watmorejake
 
4.
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.)
“ The best comedy in a long time. I love shows about big family's and their many different adventures. But this one is so much more than that, this show tackles not only every day family issues, but it talks about the many different stereotypes of people, who are all related to each other. The old man with the hot puerto rican wife. The dumb dad and the controlling wife, their three kids and of course, the gay couple

This is another show that is all about the characters, how they live their lives together, dealing with all the annoying little things they critique about one another, but still you can tell they love each other. All the actors are great in each of their roles.

Ed O'Neil, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen do a great job bringing their characters to life, the kids are all great too.I can't really say much more about this show since its so new (its on its 3rd season) but it really is an all around great show that, if you had to pick one to follow this year out of other shows that are in the time slot like "Raising Hope" or "Mike and Molly" pick this one as it will probably provide the most laughs and have the best story lines. ” - watmorejake
 
5.
That '70s Show (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A comedy revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. (22 mins.)
“ The next best thing to "Freaks and Geeks" the story of a group of friends growing up in the 70's with their parents. (most notably The Formans) as they go through life, love and of course the 360 smoke-it.

I love every character in this series, which is extreamly rare for me to find in any other shows or even movies. All the teens have such different personality's but some how can all get along with each other. From the government rebellious Hyde, to the foreign weirdo Fez, the spoiled hottie Jackie, the nerdy shrimp Eric, the writer Donna and of course the idiot Kelso. Which is the best work Ashton Kutcher has ever done. But I can't count out the others like Topher Grace, Mila Kunis and Kurtwood Smith who plays Eric's dad Red, and he is unbelievably funny.

This show also tackled a lot of issues going on in the 70's including politics. I remember one of the first episodes where the gang ran naked during a Ronald Regen speech. It also has constant references to popular 70's TV shows and music. In fact all of the episode titles for the last two seasons were named after songs from bands like Queen, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.

This show was the first sit com I followed and was really sad to see end. I watched these characters go through so much, mainly their love lives. I can easily say this show tells the best story involving a relationship between two main characters, those being Eric and Donna. You really got involved with these two and loved seeing them together and hated seeing them apart, it was the glue that held their group together and was probably responsible for the relationship between Jackie and Hyde, also a great story. I actually liked it a lot better then Kelso and Jackie. But Eric and Donna's relationship was the real deal and that's what kept me coming back for more, to see what would happen between those two.

This is a show that can't be missed, and probably a show many people have seen and if you haven't you better do it now. Another effect it has on me and why it is one of my favorite shows is that I can go back and watch the reruns over and over again and never get tired of them. But if you don't have time to watch it on TV get the dvd box sets. Also everyone says to skip the 8th season which is the last one. Don't! sure, There's no Eric or Kelso and Randy sucks, but there is one major event you can't miss, especially if you have been following it from the first episode.

This is not a show to be missed and I consider it one of the top 5 iconic American television shows. ” - watmorejake
 
6.
My Name Is Earl (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
“ This is one of the more interesting shows with a more then interesting premise. It's about this white trash jerk who gets by in life with his dumb brother stealing things from people. Then, one day Earl is hit by a car, while in the hospital he comes to the conclusion that if he keeps doing all these bad things, bad things will happen to him. This of course is called karma and now Earl believes the only way to be free of karma is to undo all the bad things he;s done in his life. So he makes a list of all the people he's done wrong and with the help of his brother Randy and plenty of other white trash folks sets out to right the wrong.

The humor in this show is very different then in other comedy's I've seen. The creator Greg Garcia has some hits and misses. Some moments had me rolling on the floor laughing others had me second guessing why they went with that. But this show has some strong characters and even stranger actors bringing them to life. Jason Lee as Earl, Ethan Suplee as Randy and Jamie Pressly as Earl's ex wife Joy who, with her black boyfriend Darnell "crabman" is the highlight of the show. She has the most one liners and does a great job at being both sexy and trashy.

I've watched this show all the way through two times and I've found some weak points. Like how the story takes a filler detore as Earl lands himself in jail. While it is funny, I think it takes to long and becomes the untimely doom of the rest of the show until its sadden cancellation. But this show had a lot of star power to it, not just the main characters, but the constant guest stars who mostly played people Earl hand wronged and now was trying to make right. Everybody like David Arquette, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam Goldberg, Katy Mixon the list goes on. Even Beau Bridges who plays Earl and Randy's father.

My Name is Earl is a show that started out like a rocket heading for stardom, but crashed and burned due to poor writing. So your probably wondering why its so high on my list, or even on my list? and my answer is, what they did have was great. Great characters a unique and original story that had me wanting more each week and its many guest stars. It's a shame, I really would of liked to see Earl finish his list.

You're probably wondering what I think of Greg Garcia's new show "Raising Hope" well I like it. But it suffers from hit and miss jokes like Earl did. Hopefully the writing will stay strong, but for now I definitely prefer My Name is Earl. ” - watmorejake
 
7.
Undeclared (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
College freshman Steve Karp, his girlfriend and their fellow dorm-mates embark on one the greatest experiences of their lives...unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride. (22 mins.)
“ Another Apatow production. I love these guy's humor, its fresh its original and it makes sense within the current era they are in. Much like their earlier show "Freaks and Geeks" that deals with trials and tribulations in the world of high school, Undeclared deals with them in college life.

I guess what attracted me to this show much was that I had never seen a show about college life. It was always about high school life, even in the cartoons. Sometimes you hear the characters talk about college, but never one about the lifestyle. The cast is all great with familiar Apatow faces like Jason Segal, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. With people like Monica Keena and Charlie Hunnam who I have never seen work with this group again.

The sad thing is it fell under the Apatow TV series curse much like Freaks and Geeks were it was canceled to soon with only 16 episodes. But what we got out of it is refreshing sort of episodic tale of young people experiencing the many different things college has to offer. Each episode tells a different story of different things that go on in college. One episode had Rogen and Keena rent out an empty dorm room to have a party only for it to blow up in their faces. Another is is where Barchel's character is kicked out of his room because his roommate is having sex, so he joins the other outcasts that spend the night in the reck room because their roommates are also having sex. it's all very well written and delivered beautifully by the young cast.

I don't really know how this ranks among Freaks and Geeks but for now I'm gonna say its just as good. I mean its Apatow, so it kinda has the same feel and same humor which I just love. ” - watmorejake
 
8.
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.)
“ Unlike Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks, which their humor is straight forward and simply put. This show is quirky and I found myself doing a double take a couple of times when some of the jokes where said. Arrested Development is like the combination between a sit com, a documentary about an actual family (full narration by Ron Howard.)

It tells the story of the Bluth family, mainly focusing on Michael Bluth played by Jason Bateman. After his father is arrested, the Bluth family find themselves in a world of trouble and Michael is trying to pick up the pieces. There is a whole coockey cast of characters, Micheal's son George Michael, his brother Gob, his sister Lindsey, his brother-in-law Tobias and of course the father George Bluth.

This show is done in such a different style then anything else on TV I just can't help but love it. it's set up like we are actually there, in the room with these characters as they talk (and scream) at each other. I also love shows about families where one of the characters is smarter then EVERYBODY ELSE! I feel so sorry for Micheal sometimes, he's just trying to make sure his family doesn't end up on the streets but most of his family members are so much stupider then him in terms of respecting the family name and getting involved with financial issues.

If you're looking for something totally out of the box in terms of how to preform a "proper" comedy show, look no further. It truly is one-of-a-kind and this is coming from someone who hasn't seen much of season 3 (I'm trying to finish it.) I heard they are bringing it back for Netflix, which I think is great, the world needs more Bluth in their lives. ” - watmorejake
 
9.
FLCL (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening. (151 mins.)
“ Imagine a world with robots, alien girls with guitars, a dad who dresses like a nazi, you can switch between real world and comic strip world, and you can have giant horns grown out of your forehead. Well if you are living in this world, then you should probably lay off on some of that acid. Because you just entered the world of Fooly Cooly!

FLCL is a 6 episode OVA of per unadultraited insanity. It tells you not to flip the hour glass over, but just smash it to pieces. It breaks the fourth, the fifth and sixth wall (yes I know there is no sixth wall.) But its also an interesting take on the coming of age story. FLCL takes place in modern day Japan, one day a young boy who plays Baseball, just like his big brother does in America is hit by a yellow vespa being driven by a mysterious girl who takes out a guitar and wakes him right in the noggen. Which creates a huge lump that eventually turns into a giant horn that explodes into a giant robot. And the rest is drug related history.

But yeah, seriously, see this anime. Not just because its insane, but beacuse its insanly brilliant. FLCL is not afraid to be something complelty different, yet feel like an old shoe, I just wish they came out with more episodes, I think with a premise like this one they could have done maybe 13 episodes. But what you do have is still great. I won't lie, FLCL might turn some viewers off, but the ones that take it all in will be greatly rewarded. ” - watmorejake
 
10.
Louie (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. (22 mins.)
“ Farther down the list I'll explain why I hate it when people say Seinfeld is a show about nothing. THIS is the show about nothing, every episode Louie either visits his brother, takes his daughters to school, or does a stand up act in another city. That's doing nothing, its the little things that count.

One episode that comes to mind is when Louie is on a plane and all of the sudden the lights on the plane flash, its starts to shake, people are screaming then the next scene shows them boarding off the plane completely fine. What happened in between that time? its things like that that make this show so unique in terms of how to tell a story, its kind of a boundary breaker. But I respect shows that break the conventional way of story writing, Louie's got balls.

Even though I consider this the show about nothing, Louie did borrow a few things from Seinfeld, like opening and ending (usually) with a stand up bit talking about little things that don't matter, much like Seinfeld did. But this show is so much more gutsy and I like Louie's stand up better and the stories are just so strange and out there.

This show is still on FX (just got done with season 2) and as far as I know it is coming back for a third season this summer. So mark you're calender Louie fans and for those who haven't seen the the show, get caught up, even though you really don't need to since the show has no continuous plot. Which is all the more reason to check it out! ” - watmorejake
 
11.
The Big Bang Theory (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
“ If I had made this list about a year earlier I probably wouldn't have added this one. But I was able to get caught up with the four seasons that are out on dvd and now I am officially caught up with its regular time slot on CBS. So, what is my verdict?

This is a Chuck Lorre production, the guy behind "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike and Molly' and I just found out a few days ago he did some stuff for "Rosanne" too. But I consider "The Big Bang Theory" to be his best, mostly because I can relate to it. A lot of the stuff these guys do (comic book shops, quote Sci/Fi, play video games) is what I do on a regular basis. But the comedy is fresh, they not only use jokes that relate to the stuff I just mentioned, but they sometimes make dirty jokes to and its really funny.

You have a whole cast of great characters. There's Lenard who I feel I most resemble, Howard is great in his own creepy way, Raja is great even though I think the whole only being able to talk to girls unless he's intoxicated is getting a bit old, but they've done some great stuff with it. Penny is great as the sort of "queen of the nerds" I like Bernadette, I like Amy. I could write an entire essay on Sheldon. I think Jim Parson's is probably the hardest working actor in television, just what he goes through to get mentally prepared for that character I can only imagine.

All of Lorre's shows are still on and still strong. But I've grown tired of "Two and a half Men" (I was tired by the time the second season ended) and "Mike and Molly" has its moments. But Big Bang is still strong and still really damn funny. A lot of people complain that its less about the nerds and more about the romance and you know what? I like it more that way. All the female characters work great with the males and vice verse and the nerdy stuff is still there but I was getting a little tired of just seeing those four guys and Penny c'mon Nerds need lovin too.

If you could pick one sit com on TV that is still running and coincides with new shows airing, forget those and watch this one. I really think it is the funniest, most cleverly written show on TV right now. Bazinga. (But no it really is.) ” - watmorejake
 
12.
Mushi-Shi (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi... (25 mins.)
“ Oh boy another anime show! (little bit of sarcasm) much like all the anime on this list when you watch Mushi-Shi you wont be thinking of the traditional way anime is normally done and that's a good thing in this case. Mushi-Shi probably belongs on Animal Planet or The Discovery Channel more then something like Adult Swim, where it will probably be discarded by viewers because of what kind of anime the program normally shows.

This show is slow, it is calm, it takes its time to fully develop its one main character. Instead, we get little background for about twenty episodes and instead we get different little stories about these small creatures called Mushi and the Mushi master Genko. A lot of the episodes differ in mood, some are happy and funny, others are dark and creepy. I remember one where a boy had a Mushi inside him that made him grow devil like horns and how that episode was down in winter and mostly took place inside a house, so the colors where all dark and there was little to no light. Another one was about a guy who was chasing a rainbow because he claims he saw the end of one when he was a kid. So that episode was drawn with bright colors and took place outside. It's all about the mood with this one.

I guess you also have to be in the right mood for it too. I like to think of it as a perfect rainy day show to watch. The thing I really didn't like was when they decided to focus on Genko's past. And don't get me wrong I love back story for my characters, but it almost seemed unnecessary in this show. I liked the melancholy feel and how the stories didn't really connect they were just about different Mushi.

This is another show that I try to get anime haters to watch. This one might throw those people off though because unlike Baccano! and Cowboy Bebop which has more American themes to it, this one is purely Japanese. Which I don't have a problem with, but others seem to. it's a shame cause they are really missing out. But if you are one of the ones who are skeptical about this genre of cartoon but are a little curious as to what all the hype is about, this is a good show to start with. It doesn't throw a whole lot in you're face the stories are simple but well told and its pretty to look at. ” - watmorejake
 
13.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Five friends with big egos and slightly arrogant attitudes are the proprietors of an Irish bar in Philadelphia. (22 mins.)
“ Another Seinfeld "rip off" that's actually better then what its ripping off. Just like Louie which Chronicles the ever day boring life of the comedian. This show is about five people who own a Irish bar in Philly and they do just about as much as Louie or Jerry. These are probably the worst group of people you will ever see on TV and be glad you have never met. they are cynical, they are dumber then dirt, they have no social skills whats so ever and they always do the wrong thing. Unlike Seinfeld and sometimes Louie things do get resolved, in this show they never do, it always ends bad for these guys because all they care about is themselves and it is so funny to watch things unfold before them.

You're characters are Dennis and Dee who are brother and sister, then there's there "role model" of a father Frank (Devito) Charlie, who has a voice that would make me give up TV in general if he hosted NPR, and of course (big) Mac. These guys spend their days either in Paddy's Pub harassing people, or are out and about...harassing people. They come up with ridicules ways to make more money, (kitten mittens) or getting themselves involved in situations that don't really concern them. but you just can't help but love these guys BECAUSE their so stupid.

I need to get caught up on the current season, haven't seen much of big Mac, but for newcomers in my opinion I don't think it really matters where you start. This show goes in no chronological order much like Louie, but I think its even loser then that. I think people will love this show because its fun to watch stupid people do stupid things (or maybe its nice to see other people instead of you do stupid things) the lack of respect the characters give to other people and sometimes themselves, or just how rude and cynical they really are may throw people off which is understandable. But you can't deny it when comes to watching stupid people to the point where you can't even look at the screen is so much fun. ” - watmorejake
 
14.
Pokémon (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master. (24 mins.)
“ Okay Okay before you start poking holes in me let me get my side out first. Between the years of 1997 and 2002 I was a wee lad, and Pokemon WAS my life. I know that's sad to say and yes, I wish I had branched out sooner, but you cannot stand there and tell me if you grew up in this era that you were not totally hooked on the Pocket Monsters. This thing hit like a nuclear bomb, the aftermath was huge. Pokemon had everything in terms of marketing. A show, games, action figures, shampoo! It was really a marketing genius.

But it was also more than that, now that I'm older and I've moved on to other things. As a kid, the concept of Pokemon was tangible. Imagine, leaving your home to go on an adventure with you're friends, growing up with them, learning new things, visiting new places. Pokemon wasn't just about the monsters, it was about the journey. And following someones journey can always be an experience too. Watching Ash get Pikachu, then meet up with Misty, then Brock. Win his gym badges, its all a journey that we can be apart of.

Its sad to look at what Pokemon has become. I just watched an episode from the new series on cartoon network the other day. It seems all the fun of the franchise has been sucked out of it. The games rules are incorporated with the show. The feel of adventure is gone, its really upsetting. Younger audience should be able to experience the greatness that Pokemon was, but no longer is, and probably never will be.

I'm sure everybody will agree that the best thing Pokemon ever made were the gameboy games. And of course I agree with you, but the show will always have a special place in my nostalgic heart. ” - watmorejake
 
15.
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.)
“ When I look at current shows still airing after fifteen seasons I'm amazed some of them have still lasted. "The Simpsons" "Family Guy" to name a few have been on for a long time and many of them need to burn out the candle. This isn't exactly true for South Park. While I am getting tired of the fact that its pretty much just around because of all the things that are happening around the world, South Park is still able to make those situations (sometimes) funny.

And when I mean funny, I mean so far out there and extreme that once its over I still will sit there and think how in the hell did they get away with it. it seems the extreme raunchiness and just all out offensive is getting worse with each new season. I mean sure South Park has always been risky but back in the day they would have never gotten away with stuff there doing now. Even Matt Stone said in an interview when they asked him "Do you think you could have gotten away with this when you were doing the second Season?" and Stone scoffs and says "No way in hell, Season two was the neutered version of what were doing now" so its kind of a shock that Stone and Parker come up with moments that top each other every time.

Again, the reason this show is on my list is because of my love for all the characters. Okay that's a lie, I hate most of the parents except Randy Marsh. But I love all the kids, most notably Butters and Cartman. The things these kids say to one another and to other people, I can't believe my ears sometimes, but I always laugh. Another thing that South Park does that no other show does for me, is constant repeating views. I can be flipping through channels and come across South Park and say "well I don't really feel like watching this, but lets see what episode it is" and literally five minutes later, I'm hooked and no other show does that to me. I guess its just more curiosity then anything, I want to see the gross out unbelievable bad situations this show produces and always delivers. ” - watmorejake
 
16.
Family Guy (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
“ By now, I consider Seth McFarland a total sell out. Creating spin off shows like the god awful "The Cleveland Show" or "American Dad" and he still is making new episodes of Family Guy and believe me, its not the same. If this show had stopped or been canceled before season five I would have putt his show higher on my list cause everything before that is pure gold. its like one of those classic american family sit com's like "Dallas" or "All in the Family" but on acid.

Its about a family of six, Peter is the fat ass foul mouthed beer gushing father (best character in my opinion) Louis is the kind hearted mother from a rich family, Chris the dumb as dirt son, the daughter Meg that everyone seems to hate, there talking and drinking dog Brian and of course the world concurring mother hating closet hiding baby Stewie. The show follows these characters through everyday lives making constant pop culture references and having constant flash backs. But the show looks crisp, it kinda reminds me of The Simpsons in that all the characters are drawn in pretty much the same style. But the heart of the show are its jokes to anything and everything TV and movies and that was also the shows downfall.

Family Guy is now nothing more then a repetitive box of old rehashed jokes that made the first four seasons amazing. Its all "well that reminded me of the time when...." and we would get some kind of flash back involving the character, again and again and again. Somebody told me that its actually getting better so I checked out some episodes from this year and I can't say I agree. When I watch them I don't think its witty or clever or original I think its "Family Guy being Family Guy"

But don't let this review stop you from watching it from the beginning. The old stuff is great and just like South Park I feel I can go back and watch it and remember just how great it was. So if you can't decide what to watch, but you've narrowed your choices down to a cartoon for adults, I honestly say go with Family Guy, even over South Park cause nothing beats the old stuff. ” - watmorejake
 
17.
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.)
“ You were probably wondering if I was ever gonna stop talking about the funny shows. Well, I can't help it I just love them so much, but now to move on to something different a show that is one of a kind, a kind of show that has never really been done after it. People have tried to mimic it but they were all failures.

The Twilight Zone is truly something great. And I think even younger people today would love this, because we all love suspense stories, we all love to be chilled to the bone and we all love Gothic over tones and that's what this show is. The stories are creepy and fun and sure many of them seem outdated but that's what makes them great. And they all have something to offer, even the bad episodes you can still remember little bits about them.

For me this show just brings back a lot of memories of Saturday mornings gone by. The theme song was catchy, Rod Stuhrling's intro and outro to each episode added another creepy overtone because he had that perfect voice. So don't discard it cause its an older series, some of the best ones are a lot older. This show is a classic right down to the music. ” - watmorejake
 
18.
When They Cry (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa. (24 mins.)
“ I bet you weren't expecting this? I'm a little surprised too. I picked this because the story form is so original and so well told that I bet you if Hollywood executives saw this, they would be stealing ideas from it. But the story isn't the only thing that makes it different. This show is beyond violent, and I think what makes it most disturbing is that its kids killing each other which nobody wants to see.

I will try my best to give a description of the story. it's told in arc forms, the first arc is about the boy who moves to the small village and soon uncovers the evil things that are going on there. Of course in his discovery, he dies. But once that arc is done, it immediately starts over, with the characters taking their original spots they had before. its almost like a video game where you start on one level, then once you pass it you start over with the same amount of lives and health.

The other arcs focus on the other characters, but still have previous characters that starred in the other arcs in there's. One arc is about the red headed girl, the other about the green haired girl and somehow they all tie together with one another. Confused yet? Yeah I thought so. This is a brutal and confusing show that must be watched all the way through to get the full magnitude of it. If you quite on it in the middle you are missing out on a story that ties itself together like a bow.

The artwork is also great, I've never seen cartoons (anime or not) drawn like this. If you can find some stills of the characters or watch the show you'll know that I mean. At times I was actually really creeped out by some of the expressions some of these characters had.

A different kind of show. I think people who actually like anime will only find this interesting. others will probably be turned away by the gore factor and the kind of people committing it and I totally understand. But if you are looking for a story that will challenge until the final episode, look no further. ” - watmorejake
 
19.
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.)
“ This show is a good example of a show I didn't grow up with, but there were enough reruns on TV so I could watch it all in order. I love this show for what it did, it took a form of television and did something different with it. Up until Roseanne, sit coms were all the same with good moral values and the big part is they were all rich! "The Cosby Show" Bill Cosby was a doctor, in Roseanne, they weren't rich. The dad owned a motor bike shop, Roseanne worked at a diner. In all else, they were considered poor white trash and at times their behavior showed that the most.

But this show was real, these people were real, I believed these people could exist in the real world and many people are in situations right now that these characters went through through most of there lives. They didn't want this life, its just what was given to them when they were born, do they want more? hell yeah they do. But they don't, all they have is each other.

Obviously I didn't think of all that when I first watched this show. I just enjoyed it for its great comedy and enjoyable characters. over time though, and with repeated viewings I realized how strong this show really was. There is one episode I remember that really explains who these people are suppose to be. In it, the youngest son doesn't want to be in his school play because he has to kiss a black girl. That was a swift kick in the butt and this is the sweet little kid were talking about, he's not punk he doesn't do drugs or anything, he's just confused by the situation and it makes everybody else question themselves about race. But they don't treat it like a racist matter, its handled carefully and wittingly. Which is the other great part about the show, they have this great ability to switch from a dramatic moment to a funny moment at just the right time. And it makes sense seeing as how these characters want more out of life and know they probably wont get it, so what do they do? they make those sad moments funny, and everybody has a funny and sad moment.

Darlene is great her boyfriend is great, John Goodman is great, even Roseanne has quite a few moments were she spouts one liners that are really funny. This is a really interesting show for many different reasons. if you grew up with it you might get what I'm saying, if you don't, I suggest you go back and watch this show, skip season 10 though its god awful, except for maybe the last five episodes but every thing else is filler. But the stuff before that, just go back and watch and I think you will be surprised by the topics this how covers. ” - watmorejake
 
20.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. (23 mins.)
“ Let's switch to a different subject, soap operas for kids. because this one is the cream of the crop. This is a mature kids show and it only makes sense cause its Batman. The themes are dark, the characters are darker and its one of the most beautifully drawn shows I have seen.

That's what I find most fascinating about this show, (well I didn't when I was younger but now that I'm older I notice it now) that the way this show is drawn is the whole reason for its dark atmosphere. The show is drawn entirely in dark colors, grey, black green, brown its all dark. Because of these colors the world is more Gothic looking, which what the mythology of Batman is, a Gothic story.

Another overtone that makes this show dark are the voice actors. In my opinion Kevin Conroy IS batman, not Micheal Keaton, not Adam West, not even Christian Bale. When I close my eyes and hear Batman talk, that is the voice I hear. The other voices fit the villains as well, most notably Penguin and Mr. Freeze.

if you love comic book characters as much as I do that means you like to see their mythology done right. And this show I think does justice for Batman like nothing else has. ” - watmorejake
 
21.
Samurai Jack (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world. (25 mins.)
“ Another great example of mature kids shows that don't dumb down the viewers but rather give challenging stories and interesting characters is in my opinion this is the greatest cartoon network show ever. You look a the line up that cartoon network had back in the early 2000's you have a lot of great stuff. "Dexter's Laboratory" "The Powerpuff Girls" "Ed, Edd n Eddy" the list goes on and on. but the thing about those shows not matter how great they all were (and they sure were) was that they all looked the same in terms of drawing style and atmosphere. It all felt so cartoony (again not a problem) but Samurai Jack looked and felt different.

The monsters looked all disjointed but each one was different in characteristics and personalities. Of course the one that stands out in my mind is Aku, who is the epitome of what a demon looks and sounds like. And Jack's evasive quietness only adds to who this character really is.

The stories are told with chapters for titles so we know the story goes in chronological order as we follow Jack to see if he can find his way out of the future. There's not much else I want to say because these kinds of shows shouldn't be talked about to much but viewed for the visual beauty and interesting stories that keep you coming back for more.

So if you decide to revisit your favorite old cartoons from the past and you can't choose between the red headed genius boy or three best friends with the same name, try to remember the Samurai who wants nothing more then to get back to the past. ” - watmorejake
 
22.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother. (22 mins.)
“ This show is a perfect example of a current show airing that needs to end soon, or pick up a lot of speed to keep my attention, because sadly, I'm losing it. But again, from season one to five is great.

Why this show is even on this list is its creative and original way of telling a love story. The show is set in modern day, starting in 2005 when the show aired, to 2011 so far. This is something I have never seen, maybe other shows were set in there modern days, but it wasn't mentioned as much as it is in this show. In fact, it seems to play a huge part in the shows development.

Now to move on to characters. The characters have changed for the worse in my opinion, of course the best character (and the one that is suppose to be) is Barney. Neil Patrick Harris steals every scene he's in. And Marshall who seems to have been more down to earth earlier in the show, but Segel has changed it up a bit. The others are not as interesting as they use to be, most notably Robin who just seems to be floating around the group like some clueless dog. I never really liked Ted, I always thought he came off as a jerk. And I can't stand Lilly anymore. If she doesn't have her way it can't be that way and its so aggravating, would much rather watch Willow in Buffy.

I heard a rumor that the show was actually going to stay on air until 2030, when the actual story is told to older Ted's kids. I think that's stupid and in no way can they come up with new ideas until then. It will probably be rehashed material which I could totally see happen with this kind of story line. I just think its time that Ted finds that women of his and I don't know....try and build a story with that instead of giving us all this filler. It's called how I met your MOTHER not how I met all of Ted's girlfriends. I don't care about those girls, I want to see the wife.

But its still a cool take on the love story. I like how its set in actual time so you really feel like you are spending time with these characters week after week. And they all do play off each other really well, especially Barney and Robin. In fact, I'm more interested in their love story then Ted's, or even Marshall's and Lilly's. How I met your mother is a show for people who are not looking for average romance or any show that has the same kind of characters. ” - watmorejake
 
23.
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
“ This show is so cool! A detective who works for the police, but specializes in solving cases of the supernatural kind. This show has dark overtones mixed with great comedy, especially Kolchak and the police general.

Its a sort series and usually the downfall for sort shows is to many bad or filler episodes. But there is really know bad episode in this show. Since it has no continuous plot we don't have to follow anything in particular. All we know is when there is some kind of spooky case, like a biker missing his head or A witch in downtown Brooklyn Kolchak will be on the case. I love shows that can balance funny and something so perfectly, in this case comedy and mystery. You can laugh at the jokes and try to help Kolchak solve the cases.

Darren McGavin is so great. No matter the situation how insane it may be, he keeps a calm collective attitude and just does his job. I've talked about this show whenever people mention their favorite shows. But nobody seems to know what it is which is really surprising, hopefully some network will pick it up and start airing all the episodes in order. Or I can just get the box set and enjoy them whenever I want. ” - watmorejake
 
24.
Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The offbeat adventures of Courage, a cowardly dog who must overcome his own fears to heroically defend his unknowing farmer owners from all kinds of dangers, paranormal events and menaces that appear around their land. (11 mins.)
“ While were on this subject I'm just gonna come out and say that I was a cartoon network kid. I liked Nick, I liked Disney (when I was much younger though) but I was always drawn to the shows that cartoon network was showing and this show in particular took me awhile to get use to. It tells the story of a dog named courage, who was found on the streets as a pup and brought to the home of Eustace and Muriel in the middle of nowhere. Where we soon find out that all sorts of weird things happen out where no one can hear you scream.

I was actually pretty disturbed by this show when I first saw it. In fact, I was down right terrified. The style in which this show was done was like neo-Gothic, it could be cute and cuddly, then it can rear its ugly head and become this acid induced nightmare. But I mean c'mon, THAT'S why its so good! This is a bad ass kids show that takes no prisoners and wants to be exactly how it is. I love the three main characters so much and all the nasty creepy crawly's that some how find them even though they live in the middle of nowhere.

And a lot of these villains did't really make a whole lot of sense. Why does a cat own a motel? why are there ducks from outer space? One episode I remember that sacred the hell out of me was one about a dentist that always ends his lines with "Nauuuuugghttyyy' scary. as. hell. But its so effective. This is another mature work from cartoon network that that seemed to have gotten brushed under the rug by more popular shows like Powerpuff girls and Johnny Bravo. Usually I'll talk about this show in the same breathe as "Sheep in the big city" or "Samurai Jack" as shows that took themselves more seriously and wanted to garner not just towards young kids, which is what makes it so much more enjoyable today. ” - watmorejake
 
25.
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.)
“ This show is pretty much my life in a nutshell. I'm the kid running around talking about and making little movies. This is an interesting show on many different levels, one, the story of course! Its about these three friends that make home movies with each other. Everything from spy thrillers to romance these kids tackle each project like they are making a major motion picture. Actually though none of the kids are even the best part, no the coach is the best character in this show. Jon Benjamin has got one of the greatest voices in all of television and he puts to most use in this show. he just makes the coach sound like such a boring person, which he is, he's a total lazy fat ass who has some form of clarity every now and then for Brendan and his friends.

Another great aspect to the show, is the artwork. Now this may sound strange coming from me since I've talked about all this beautiful artwork in other amazingly drawn shows, so why would I like the artwork in this, that looks like a five year old's scribble drawings. And all I can think of is the mood this show gives off, its got a child like attitude feel to it. The conversations that the kids have (and the adults) are almost child like. And I mean does any other show ever in the history of cartoons look anything like this. This show doesn't stand out amongst the crowd it WANTS to stand out, its actually a very clever way of marketing the show. People look at the box sets or see the commercials and they are immediately drawn to the artwork plain and simple.

And once the artwork suckers the viewer in, they can see that the show is so much more. The stories are fun, the characters are well developed and funny its to bad that this is off the air and shows like The Cleveland Show get air time. ” - watmorejake
 
26.
Scrubs (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D" Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life. (22 mins.)
“ Here is something you don't see everyday, a show that is funny, serious and smart. Scrubs is able to be all three of those things simultaneously and its very good at it. The comedy in this show can go way out there, like to the point where it looks like a looney tunes cartoon, but then it has moments of real sadness and seriousness to it and that's were some of the actors best traits come out. And of course, since its a show about doctors, you learn something new each episode, they talk about real diseases and sicknesses.

The actors are all great, my favorite is definitely John C. McGinley as Dr. Cox. he can be very funny and very serious with the snap of a finger. Dr. Kelso is great the bumbling old doctor and the three main characters played by Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison all play off each other wonderfully. And of course the Janitor, who is my favorite character (McGinley is my favorite actor) is so funny and has great chemistry with J.D. Also the many guest appearances from people like Courtney Cox, Brendan Fraiser and Colin Farrell are great and keeps me coming back so I can see who will be next.

I'm sad that it had to end, even though I thought season 9 was unnecessary, it still provided a few laughs. And as for the new series about the interns? I checked it out and it wasn't the same. Dr. Cox is good but I don't like many of the interns. It will be nice to just enjoy the original series (except season 9.) ” - watmorejake
 
27.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus. (55 mins.)
“ THIS REVIEW IS FOR SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND NOT VENGEANCE. I don't know why I can't get Blood and Sand on here but when I type it in all I get is vengeance.

Well I guess I had to pick this show to protect my masculinity. I was VERY skeptical walking into this show, since it reminded me of Frank Miller's 300 (which I hate with a passion.) But my dad loves this kind of stuff and he wanted me to check it out with him so I decided to let my 300 bias self give into it. And you know what? I really enjoyed it, unlike the 300, the acting was great and unlike 300, they actually provided enough character development to mix in with all the gore and sex.

Only after finishing it did I realize why I liked it so much. It's a show about a part of history that the Roman's didn't want other people to know about. That they were bloodthirsty and horny and just all the bad things they did to people who weren't Roman's. The acting is great, especially John Hannah, who was the only good part of the newer Mummy movies. He is so evil in his character and wants nothing more then power and success. Lucy Lawless is great as his faithful wife and of course Andy Whitfield as Spartacus. It's so sad that the died so young and couldn't continue with this character.

Because of Whitfield's death, I'm pretty skeptical on the new series Vengeance. The new guy looks a lot like Andy, but will he be able to deliver like he did? Sadly I don't have the channel that this show airs on, so I'll have to wait awhile before it comes on Netfix, which is how I watched Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena. Which is also a good show that's a prequel to Blood and Sand. I say check that one out too, but watch Blood and Sand first because its definitely the best. ” - watmorejake
 
28.
Jonny Quest (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world. (30 mins.)
“ You wanna talk about mature shows for kids, this is the Batman of Hannah/Barbera. These guys are the gods of cartoons, creating such masterpieces as "Tom and Jerry" and "The Jetsons" its no wonder some people don't recognize this little gem. You look at Johnny Quest and its so much different then any other one of the the shows in its era. I mean look at a picture of Dr. Quest, then compare it to Fred Flinstone or or George Jetson, its unbelievable! The people in this show actually look human.

The stories too, we have people getting killed, people shooting other people, animals killing people. It's almost like a step up from the other shows. You have to start with the other shows and move up to this one because its so much darker then the others. Two episodes that stick in my mind that are the ones where the Yeti is attacking a local village and the Quest family must solve the mystery, the other and most famous one is the gargoyle one where the gargoyle comes to life and is looking for a diamond. its those kinds of stories that set the tone for the shows realistic approach to its characters and situations.

This was like my top two favorite cartoon growing up. It's style and story telling is right up my alley. its weird to cause I was never really a fan of other Hannah/Barbera cartoons that did so much better like "Yoji Bear." This seriously beats all of them. ” - watmorejake
 
29.
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.)
“ I guess this no real surprise it is the all time american sit com classic. So you're probably wondering why its second to last on the list? Well, I don't believe this show is all its cracked up to be, first off, I hate it when people say that this is a show about nothing. because its not, the characters get caught in situations that ARE resolved to some degree by the end. Whether it be bad or good, its still resolved. I remember one episode were George and Jerry are pitching an idea for a show to some executives and George asks the guy "What did you do today?" and he says "Got up, took a showers, came to work" and George responds by saying "That's a show" who would watch a show like that? That's what people do in real life they don't want to come home from a day of doing that and turn on the TV to see the exact same thing but somebody else is doing it.

This show is about the "little things" in life. And how little things can have catastrophic results just like anything else. Whether it be looking for you're car in the car garage, or a pez dispenser, what makes this show so good is that it over exaggerates these situations to the point where its so ridiculous that all you can do is laugh.

The acting is pretty good, everybody does their parts justice as being cynical jerks. Especially Elaine and George. Kramer is the best, he's just so wonderfully wacky. I don't think Jerry can act his way out of a shoe. I've noticed over the years though that he might be doing it on purpose, his whole laugh at everything act, like he's having fun with it like you are. Still, its pretty much every situation.

This show has a lot of funny moments. One's that regular people like me can relate to. The plots are not "Hollywood" esc, they are presenting real people in real scenarios. But the characters can be really annoying sometimes and not funny annoying like it's Always Sunny, but just flat out annoying. They over react to stupid and little situations and are nit picky. But hell, its funny to watch people like that because it makes us happy to not be like them and not know them. Also, if you haven't seen it by now, you're not an American. Even the haters who couldn't stand to get through two episodes still gave it a try. ” - watmorejake
 
30.
Spider-Man (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Original cartoon series based on the web-slinging Marvel comic book character, Peter Parker, who, after being bit by a radioactive spider, assumes extraordinary powers.
“ Unlike Batman the animated series, where it was dark colors and atmosphere and the characters were ominous and truly evil. Everything in this show is the opposite. The colors are bright, red and blue on Spider-man's suit and the backgrounds of New York are light, even in dark. But I love Spider-Man I love the origin and mythology of this character. How he was a pretty much invisible as Peter Parker (and still is even after gaining the powers) but then became a hero to the people of NY.

Also if you look at the track record of other Spider-Man shows, this one is lifesaver. I hate the 90's TV show, the dialog isn't in sink with the movements of the characters this show has constant character development and a villain-a-week sh-tit that made me keep coming back for more to see who would be next. The 90's show did have continues stories that were divided into arcs or chapters. This show is just Spider-Man fighting one of his baddies in each episode. One were he fights Doc Oc, another Green Goblin, even Kingpin.

And of course nothing beats the theme song. If you haven't heard it go look for it on youtube, or you know, watch the show! I still watch after many years. It only survived one season but its an easy find and I think, a gem for any ones collection who loves super hero's, or old nostalgic television that brings you back to a better time. ” - watmorejake