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1950s :

I Love Lucy

Leave it to Beaver 

The Honeymooners



Peyton Place 

The F. B. I. 

That Girl

Here's Lucy 

Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. 

The Phil Silvers Show

Medical Center 

The Munsters

The Jetsons 

Scooby Doo

Route 66



Happy Days 


Laverne and Shirley 

The Jeffersons

All in the Family 


Sanford and Son



The Golden Girls


Hill Street Blues





Mad About You 


Hey Arnold 







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Television Show Favorites:

(in order by year)


I Love Lucy (1950-1957)

Pride of the Family (1953-1954)

The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960)


The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)

The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)

Gilligans Island (1964-1967)

The Addams Family (1964-1966)

I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970)

The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

Scooby Doo Where Are You? (1969-1970)



Happy Days (1974-1985)

... Boy I need to watch more 70s tv shows. 


Cheers (1982-1993)

Square Pegs (1982-1983)

Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996)

Who's the Boss (1984-1992)

Macgyver (1985-1992)

Married With Children (1987-1997)

Full House (1987-1995)

Degrassi Jr. High (1987-1989)

Roseanne (1988-1998)

Saved By the Bell (1989-1993)

Family Matters (1989-1998)

Degrassi High (1989-1991)


Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

Melrose Place (1992-1999)

Frasier (1993-2004)

Friends (1994-2004)

Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)

The King of Queens (1998-2007)

That 70s Show (1998-2007)


I show my age with the Disney Channel shows listed. Early 90s baby here. 

Even Stevens (2000-2003)

Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2015)

Lizzie Mcguire (2001-2004)

Nip/Tuck (2003-2009)

That's So Raven (2003-2007)

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005-2008)

The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019)

The Tudors (2007-2010)


American Horror Story (2011-    ) (I liked Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Hotel, Roanoke and 1984)

Ripper Street (2012-2016)

Fuller House (2016-2020)

Slasher (2016-    )

Mindhunter (2017-    )

Alexa and Katie (2018-    )

You (2018-    )

I like the Netflix shows now. I also love documentary tv shows but didn't put those here. 

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You've got quite a group of lists there.  I would add You Are There from the 1950's, Centennial from the 1970's, Wiseguy from the 1980's and Knot's Landing  which ended in the 1990's. 

YAT was my very first never miss show.  Even as a kid I know it was a bit hokey using real reporters interviewing actors playing characters but I'm a history nut and learned about things not always covered in my schoolbooks. 

For years Centennial was my all-time favorite series and might still be.  Every incident is the story had a real-life counterpart and thus educated as well as entertained.  I remember almost being in tears when it finally ended as those people had nearly become real to me.  I'd have settled  for having a walk-on  so I could put it on my tombstone I'd been in it.  Great cast and story.        

Wiseguy worked because the various villains  were as magnetic as  stars Ken Whal and Jonathan Banks-Ray Sharkey, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci-and the writing was top notched.  

KL was the best and most realistic of the nighttime soaps.  By turns dramatic, melodramatic, funny and touching, very often no dialogue was needed to convey what was going on; the actors did it themselves, which was noted by critics.  Again, they left a hole in me that was hard to fill.     


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Top 5: 1950’s

1. I Love Lucy

2. The Honeymooners

3. Disneyland

4. The Ed Sullivan Show

5. What’s My Line?




Top 10-1960’s

1. The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

2. The Dick Van Dyke Show

3. The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

4. The Twilight Zone

5. The Flintstones

6. The Andy Griffith Show

7. Batman

8. The Beverly Hillbillies

9. The Jetsons

10. The Yogi Bear Show


Top 10-1970’s

  1. Sesame Street
  2. All in the Family
  3. The Muppet Show
  4. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
  5. Saturday Night Live
  6. Schoolhouse Rock!
  7. What’s Happening!!
  8. M*A*S*H*
  9. The Jeffersons
  10. Happy Days


Top 10-1980’s

  1. Jeopardy
  2. The Wonder Years
  3. Cheers
  4. Murder, She Wrote
  5. Fraggle Rock
  6. DuckTales
  7. The Golden Girls
  8. Reading Rainbow
  9. Magnum P.I.
  10. Family Ties


Top 10-1990’s

  1. Seinfeld
  2. The Simpsons
  3. Frasier
  4. Whose Line is it Anyway?
  5. Bill Nye, The Science Guy
  6. Darkwing Duck
  7. The Drew Carey Show
  8. Roseanne
  9. NewsRadio
  10. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?


Top 10-2000’s

  1. Arrested Development
  2. How I Met Your Mother
  3. Freaks and Geeks
  4. 30 Rock
  5. That 70’s Show
  6. Party Down
  7. The Colbert Report
  8. The Office
  9. Malcolm in the Middle
  10. Win Ben Stein’s Money


Top 10-2010’s

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. The Righteous Gemstones
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  6. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  7. Veep
  8. Modern Family
  9. Key and Peele
  10. Community
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On 1/9/2020 at 2:28 PM, CinemaInternational said:

Just a little note of availability. If you have a subscription to Hulu, St. Elsewhere is streaming in full.

Thanks so much for this helpful note!

Only the first season was ever released on DVD in the U.S. So I'm eager to see the other five seasons again.

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After the TV binge this summer, I'm giving this another go.....


1 I Love Lucy [CBS]

2 Perry Mason [CBS]

3 Leave it to Beaver [CBS (1st season only)/ABC]

4 The Donna Reed Show [ABC]

5 Gunsmoke [CBS]

6 What's my Line? [CBS]

7 I've Got a Secret [CBS]

8 Alfred Hitchcock Presents [CBS/NBC]

9 Father Knows Best [NBC/CBS]

10 Bonanza [NBC]



1 That Girl [ABC]

2 Mission Impossible [CBS]

3 The Carol Burnett Show [CBS]

4 The Dick Van Dyke Show [CBS]

5 Green Acres [CBS]

6 Hawaii Five-O [CBS]

7 Rowan and Martin's Laugh In [NBC]

8 Gidget [ABC]

9 The Flying Nun [ABC]

10 The Doris Day Show [CBS]



1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show [CBS]

2 The Waltons [CBS]

3 Columbo [NBC/ABC]

4 McMillian and Wife [NBC]

5 Little House on the Prairie {NBC]

6 Ellery Queen Mysteries [NBC]

7 Lou Grant [CBS]

8 Taxi [ABC/NBC]

9 knots Landing [CBS]

10 The muppet Show [ITV]


1980s (my favorite period for TV shows)

1 St Elsewhere [NBC]

2 Moonlighting [ABC]

3 Dynasty [ABC]

4 Murder She Wrote [CBS]

5 Remington Steele [NBC]

6 thirtysomething [ABC]

7 L.A. Law [NBC]

8 Newhart [CBS]

9 Murphy Brown [CBS]

10 The Golden Girls [NBC]

Runners-up: Falcon Crest [CBS], Poirot [ITV/PBS], Beauty and the Beast [CBS], A Year in the Life [NBC], Spencer for Hire [ABC], Miami Vice [NBC], Kate and Allie [CBS], Fame [NBC/Syndication], Cheers [NBC], The Wonder Years [ABC], Scarecrow and Mrs King [CBS]


1 Brooklyn Bridge [CBS]

2 Sisters [NBC]

3 Beverly Hills 90210 [FOX}

4 Twin Peaks [ABC]

5 Ally McBeal [FOX]

6 The Practice [ABC]

7 Homefront [ABC]

8 Frasier [NBC]

9 Cybill [CBS]

10 Once and Again [ABC]

Very close runners up: Northern Exposure [CBS], Relativity [ABC], and Gabriel's Fire [ABC]



1 Pushing Daisies [ABC]

2 Gilmore Girls [WB/CW]

3 Boston Legal [ABC]

4 The Good Wife [CBS]

5 Desperate Housewives [ABC]

6 Alias [ABC]

7 Law and Order: Criminal Intent [NBC/USA]

8 Grey's Anatomy [ABC]

9 Dirty Sexy Money [ABC]

10 The Middle [ABC]



1 Downton Abbey [ITV/PBS]

2 Call the Midwife [BBC/PBS]

3 Feud [FX]

4 a million little things [ABC]

5 Fresh Off the boat [ABC]

6 Revenge [ABC]

7 Body of Proof [ABC]

8 Code Black [CBS]

9 This is Us [NBC]

10 The Good Doctor [ABC]

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