An Old Persons 50 Favorite TV Shows

by mjjbinnj | created - 26 Mar 2013 | updated - 26 Mar 2013 | Public

This list of TV Shows is based on nothing other than I enjoyed watching them; of course some of them were in reruns.

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1. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 907

2. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 19,107

3. Hazel (1961–1966)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned from the office at day's end, to... See full summary »

Stars: Shirley Booth, Bobby Buntrock, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake

Votes: 1,082

4. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

8.5
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Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Votes: 1,818

5. The Jackie Gleason Show (1961– )

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

6.3
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The four panelists put their heads through a cutout in a board. They did not know what was painted on the board and their job was to guess what it was.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Pat Carroll, Pat Harrington Jr.

Votes: 34

6. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.2
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An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 5,452

7. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–1968)

52 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The submarine Seaview is commissioned to investigate the mysteries of the seas. Usually it finds more problems than answers...

Stars: Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Robert Dowdell, Del Monroe

Votes: 2,450

8. Bewitched (1964–1972)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 13,003

9. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,257

10. Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, War

7.9
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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.

Stars: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Richard Dawson

Votes: 6,718

11. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

8.3
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Dean Martin hosts, with several celebrities as guests. There are musical acts and comedy sketches that break down comedy, racial, and sexual barriers all at the same time.

Stars: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Bob Newhart

Votes: 975

12. The F.B.I. (1965–1974)

60 min | Drama, Crime

7.6
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The cases of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, William Reynolds, Stephen Brooks

Votes: 679

13. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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The Caped Crusader and his young ward battlle evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s colorized and updated versions of the 1940's black and white tv show based of the comic book hero's exploits.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 15,001

14. That Girl (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Ann Marie is a struggling actress living in New York City. In between trying to find jobs acting and modeling she has time for her boyfriend, Don Hollinger, and her dad, Lew Marie.

Stars: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, Bernie Kopell

Votes: 1,652

15. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.0
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An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 6,136

16. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 3,728

17. Here Come the Brides (1968–1970)

60 min | Adventure, Western, Comedy

7.7
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The adventures of a logging work team and the marriageable single women sent to them in post-American Civil War Seattle in the Washington Territory.

Stars: Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Bridget Hanley

Votes: 574

18. The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968–1970)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.7
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Lovely young widow Carolyn Muir, her two young children, and the maid discover that the New England seaside house they've moved into is haunted by the former owner -- an old salt named ... See full summary »

Stars: Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare, Reta Shaw, Harlen Carraher

Votes: 857

19. Mod Squad (1968–1973)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police. (One white man, one black man, one blonde woman.)

Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

Votes: 1,311

20. Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 1,944

21. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Votes: 4,576

22. The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1969–1972)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.4
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Widower Tom Corbett raises his young son Eddie.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki, Kristina Holland

Votes: 851

23. Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo, Pamela Hensley

Votes: 1,008

24. The Odd Couple (1970–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.

Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Penny Marshall

Votes: 4,019

25. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.2
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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 5,332

26. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 3,730

27. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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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.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 42,634

28. Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy

8.1
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The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard

Votes: 5,542

A BBC show watched on PBS.

29. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | Documentary, Biography

8.8
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Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 1,685

A PBS series.

30. Family (1976–1980)

60 min | Drama, Family

7.7
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The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California.

Stars: Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Gary Frank, Kristy McNichol

Votes: 938

31. Fantasy Island (1977–1984)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Accounts of visitors to a unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected.

Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett, Wendy Schaal

Votes: 4,983

32. Dynasty (1981–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.

Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson

Votes: 5,133

33. Brothers (1984–1989)

22 min | Comedy

8.0
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Two conservative men support their younger brother when he comes out as gay, and help him navigate being openly homosexual in 1980s Philadelphia.

Stars: Robert Walden, Paul Regina, Brandon Maggart, Hallie Todd

Votes: 240

A Showtime series.

34. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 24,918

35. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,118

A PBS series.

36. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

8.0
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Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer, Cam Clarke

Votes: 17,302

HBO series

37. In Living Color (1990–1994)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 8,028

38. Keeping Up Appearances (1990–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

7.8
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A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband.

Stars: Patricia Routledge, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Hughes, Judy Cornwell

Votes: 11,176

A BBC show watched on PBS.

39. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 27,144

40. The Nanny (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.9
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After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, a cosmetics saleswoman becomes the nanny to the three children of a rich English widower. As time passes, the two fall for each other.

Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

Votes: 31,355

41. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Detectives from NYPD's 15th squad investigate homicides within their precinct. An Emmy award winning series.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 9,737

42. The Drew Carey Show (1995–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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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. Other than fighting with co-worker Mimi, his hobbies include drinking ... See full summary »

Stars: Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Kathy Kinney, Ryan Stiles

Votes: 13,512

43. South Park (1997– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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Follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado.

Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall

Votes: 275,580

44. Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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A free spirited yoga instructor finds true love in a conservative lawyer and they got married on the first date. Though they are polar opposites; her need of stability is fulfilled with him, his need of optimism is fulfilled with her.

Stars: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray, Mimi Kennedy

Votes: 25,282

45. Trading Spaces (2000–2011)

60 min | Reality-TV

5.8
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Two teams, two days, $1000. Each with the help of a professional designer and carpenter, this show pits neighbor against neighbor in a race to redecorate a room in each-other's homes. Can a... See full summary »

Stars: Paige Davis, Frank Bielec, Faber Dewar, Hildi Santo Tomas

Votes: 526

A TLC show.

46. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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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.

Stars: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose

Votes: 102,099

HBO series.

47. Reba (2001–2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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A Southern soccer mom with three kids sees her life come crashing down when she finds out that her dentist husband has impregnated his hygienist. Meanwhile, her 17-year-old "Captain of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey, Christopher Rich

Votes: 11,521

48. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 103,552

49. Carnivàle (2003–2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

8.5
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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.

Stars: Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson

Votes: 37,787

HBO series.

50. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.1
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An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, and a cult.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 224,719