My All-Time Top 20 Favorite TV Series

Writer Jordan Oakes recently posted a list of his all-time Top 10 favorite TV series. One could do worse than copying someone as cool as Jordan, so I slapped together my own list. 

(Except my list is twice as long. I didn’t feel like narrowing my choices down to a mere 10. That would be, in the immortal words of Maynard G. KrebsWORK…?!)

And, for all that, The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis didn’t make my list.

The shows are not ranked, just listed alphabetically. My all-time # 1 is probably either The Good Place or maybe This Is Us. Or Jeopardy!, really. BatmanThe Monkees, and Star Trek–a 1966 trifecta!–have had the most prevailing and pervasive influence on impressionable li’l me.

I’m an unabashed fan of television. I hate reality shows, but I do watch American Idol without shame (and without ever thinking it belongs on this list). I love game shows, though only Jeopardy! rises to the level of an All-Time Fave Rave. Syracuse University men’s basketball games are also must-see TV for me, but that can’t count as a TV series.

And there’s a lot missing from this list. Hell, I probably forgot something I would have absolutely included if I were, y’know, actually thinking about it. It’s important to note that I’m not under oath. From Get Smart to M*A*S*H to The Mary Tyler Moore Show to a number of Marvel Comics-based programs, my love of TV borders on the promiscuous. 

But there’s no shame in that. These are the 20 I think I’ve loved the most.

The Adventures Of Superman


Batman: The Animated Series

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Gilligan’s Island

Gilmore Girls

The Good Place

The Green Hornet


Mad Men

The Monkees

Pushing Daisies



St. Elsewhere

Star Trek

This Is Us

Veronica Mars

The West Wing

Why Gilligan’s Island instead of Dobie Gillis? Alas, our Dobie’s many loves included neither Ginger nor Mary Ann.

(And check here for an attempt at a comprehensive list of every TV series I’ve seen in its entirety.)

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