All time favorite TV shows

Talking about this this morning; your all-time top television shows. Here are mine.

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – It’s annoying that so many people are too closed minded to have given this show a chance. Yes I know – vampires, but nothing was ever as well written and funny as this show.
  2. 24 – An incredible rush every week. And to make things better, the past two seasons have been run straight through without break until the end. Unlike Lost, you get all of the twists and turns with all the questions answered by the 24th hour.
  3. The X-Files – The best thing about this show is the Mulder Scully chemistry. Even with a strong mythology arc, the non-mythology episodes may have been better.
  4. Due South – What a shame this show was missed here in the states. Canadian born – an incredibly sly sense of humor and well acted to boot.
  5. The West Wing – The first 3 years were so well written, it allows you to forget the down years.

Give me yours.

Update: Let me add Angel to this list.   Just finished watching seasons 3 and 4 and just started 5.   While the best episodes of Buffy were better, Angel was more consistent. They also seemed to take more risks with Buffy - and for the most part the risks paid off.

  • http://www.svrspy.blogspot.com Scarlet

    Oh wow, love this topic;)
    Gilmore Girls- hilarious and so smartly written. And finally people who talk as fast as I do!

    Greys Anatomy- not only has the interesting medical cases but is another superbly written show with memorable characters. The Meredith/McDreamy stuff is heart wrenching!

    Alias- The first episode alone is what makes this show. Sydney is awesome.

    Friends- I can watch it over and over and over.

    (I could go on and on but this isn’t my blog;)

  • http://www.thewebpen.net/blog Howard

    Mine are all cartoons, so don’t laugh. I barely watch TV as it is. Not in any order.

    1. The Venture Bros. – holy crap, it’s funny. Season premiere tomorrow night!

    2. Spongebob Squarepants – still more comedically written than 90% of sitcoms out there.

    3. Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends – The first cartoon in a while with a true sense of innocence yet still entertaining and at times hilarious.

    4. Futurama – coming back in 2008!

    5. Simpsons – so good all the time.

    6. Family Guy – kooky as hell, and I love it!

  • http://stillbaking.blogspot.com suze

    (in no real order, except for #1)

    1. BUFFY!!! LOVED that show oh so much.

    2. Veronica Mars – I’m a big fan of small blonde heroines apparently…

    3. Facts of Life – my all time fave show from childhood. I loved that they had a chubby girl on it that I could identify with.

    4. Slings and Arrows – a Canadian series about a bunch of actors at a theatre company that is a losely veiled Stratford festival…Paul Gross (Due South) stars, and it’s fantastic – being shown on Showcase now in Canada, but I think it is on some of the specialty channels in the states. I love it.

    5. Dead Like Me. Brilliant.

    …there are more, but then i start looking like all i do is watch tv. so I’m stopping at 5 :)

  • http://abbondanza.blogspot.com/ Kristen

    1. Buffy/Angel – Words fail me when it comes to Buffy. Perfect, epic, extremely well-written, with an amazing cast. Angel was a darker show with an older vibe, but had a great cast that made the one-liners zip int the middle of a supernatural battleground. Re-watching it on DVD has only increased my opinion of it. I count them as one show, because they complemented each other and made up one singular Buffyverse.

    2. Alias – Brilliant, particularly the first two seasons. Sydney Bristow may have been the worst spy ever sometimes, but mostly she kicked ass.

    3. 21 Jump Street – Complete molten cheese (thanks to the chafing dish that is Johnny Depp), but so tasty.

    4. Felicity – Sure, Dawson’s Creek captured our imagination, but Felicity was the one that actually could break your heart. Very funny, human characters that anyone fresh out of college could totally relate to.

    5. The X-Files – I named my cat Mulder. Am I really going to leave it off the list?

  • http://www.svrspy.blogspot.com Scarlet

    I watched Buffy in high school bc my AP English teacher did and I needed all the help I could get but, I wasn’t that into it. I was surprised to find out so many people were though.

  • Spencer

    Oh make me feel old by saying you watched Buffy in H.S. when at the time it started I was 6 years out of college :<

  • http://www.whereisthebam.blogspot.com Amy

    Have to go with the Facts of Life. After all, you take the good, you take the bad. You take them both, and, well. . . there you have the facts of life. Dang I love that show! You know the early 3 seasons (I think) are now out on DVD. I must own it.

    I also haven’t owned a TV in the past 2-3 years, that might have something to do with my choice. Nah, it’s a great show.

  • http://www.cynicsgirl.blogspot.com/ Cyn

    Too hard a topic for a TV junkie! Off the top of my head, I’d have to say:

    1) Seinfeld — Especially the Larry David written episodes. I totally relate to Elaine — even to the point of being really happy when my dad said (during the shows’ network run) that the character reminded him of me. Whether that makes me the kind of person you’d want to be around…?

    2) The Office — Again, very relatable to personal experiences.

    3) Twin Peaks — It was just something else. So freakin’ bizarre and fascinating. Much watch again.

    Gosh…my childhood was warped by The Brady Bunch…although my first favorite was Mr. Ed & I vaguely remember being fascinated by My Mother the Car (There Spencer, now you can feel young!) Oh yeah, Bewitched was awesome (I prefer Dick York, BTW.)

    Oh, Survivor. Yeah, reality’s old hat by now. But I still find the personal dynamics on the show fascinating. They generally do a great job in casting each season. Plus Gervase from the first season taught my daughter’s basketball class at our Y (AFTER being on the show — so much for fame.)

    We used to watch The Simpsons faithfully and somehow got out of the habit. But I still think that should be on my list.

    See, I can’t decide. Can’t miss an episode of 24, but don’t know how it will stand the test of time. The somewhat contrived situations are starting to get to me.

    I really regret never watching the X-files — I know I would have loved it. Same with Buffy. Currently, I feel like I would be into Lost if I ever watched an episode.

  • Sarah

    I loved Cosby and The Facts of Life growing up. These days I stick with Grey’s Anatomy and I actually do like a few of the reality shows still.

    Oh…and I loved watching reruns of Laugh In.

  • Spencer

    Cyn – I have never even heard of My Mother the Car. I’ll have to look that one up. Also, you may be right on 24, but it’s one of those shows that in the moment good.

    Sarah – I’m making you sing the Facts of Life theme next time you’re in the office.