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. Krebs, WORK…?!)
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. Batman, The 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
The Good Place
The Green Hornet
This Is Us
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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