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CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU?  Sure.  LOVED it, One station on my cable service(not sure if it was COZI or MeTV) was showing those reruns for a while. And I always dug how both FRED GWINNE and AL LEWIS from that show wound up working together on THE MUNSTERS.  ;) 

And I belonged to a group of guys who didn't watch THE ALVIN SHOW because of The Chipmunks, but to be educated by THIS scientific genius-----  ;) 

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Here are my favs:

1. THE SIMPSONS (1989 to 2002 anyway).

2. CHEERS

3. THE SOPRANOS

4.  FRASIER

5. M.A.S.H.

6.  DALLAS

7.  NIGHT COURT

8. THE TWILIGHT ZONE (the original series, though born in the mid 70's, I caught them in reruns).

9.  THE DUKES OF HAZZARD

10.  FAMILY TIES

11.  HOME IMPROVEMENT

12.  EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

13.  DARK SHADOWS (I know it was a soap opera, but still a favorite of mine, and again I saw it through reruns since it was cancelled a couple years before I was born).

14.  LAW AND ORDER

15.  LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT

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44 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Here are my favs:

1. THE SIMPSONS (1989 to 2002 anyway).

2. CHEERS

3. THE SOPRANOS

4.  FRASIER

5. M.A.S.H.

6.  DALLAS

7.  NIGHT COURT

8. THE TWILIGHT ZONE (the original series, though born in the mid 70's, I caught them in reruns).

9.  THE DUKES OF HAZZARD

10.  FAMILY TIES

11.  HOME IMPROVEMENT

12.  EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

13.  DARK SHADOWS (I know it was a soap opera, but still a favorite of mine, and again I saw it through reruns since it was cancelled a couple years before I was born).

14.  LAW AND ORDER

15.  LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT

You must have grown up in the 80s and early 90s like I did! I like your list.

Another good show from this era is Newhart. Oh and I'd add Trapper John M.D. since Pernell Roberts & Gregory Harrison were an unbeatable team in that one.

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3 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

You must have grown up in the 80s and early 90s like I did! I like your list.

Another good show from this era is Newhart. Oh and I'd add Trapper John M.D. since Pernell Roberts & Gregory Harrison were an unbeatable team in that one.

Yep, I was an 80's and 90's girl all right.

I forgot about NEWHART. Though I stopped watching that one the last couple of seasons it was on the air.

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24 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Yep, I was an 80's and 90's girl all right.

I forgot about NEWHART. Though I stopped watching that one the last couple of seasons it was on the air.

I think Newhart was at its best during the middle seasons (3-6) starting right after Peter Scolari joined the cast. We saw the blossoming relationship between his character Michael and Julia Duffy's character Stephanie. Two self-absorbed yuppies who were made for each other. They perfectly contrasted the more down-to-earth relationship of innkeepers Dick and Joanna (Bob Newhart & Mary Frann). Plus there was dim-witted but kind-hearted George (Tom Poston) the fix-it man, to balance them all out.

In the last two seasons, after a change in headwriters, the stories became increasingly more bizarre culminating in a silly send-off. The last scene in the finale revealed the whole thing had been a dream, which was hardly original after Dallas had already done that plot twist.

But during those four middle years, when it was about a modest Vermont community, with eccentric but lovable supporting characters (Larry, Darryl & Darryl) and milder plots, the show was a winner.

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6 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

In the last two seasons, after a change in headwriters, the stories became increasingly more bizarre culminating in a silly send-off. The last scene in the finale revealed the whole thing had been a dream, which was hardly original after Dallas had already done that plot twist.

 

That's always puzzled me.....DALLAS was criticized up and down for coming up with the 'it was only a nightmare' scenario and erasing one season of the series, while NEWHART was praised for dismissing the entire sitcom with the 'it was all a dream' solution....go figure.

 

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7 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

That's always puzzled me.....DALLAS was criticized up and down for coming up with the 'it was only a nightmare' scenario and erasing one season of the series, while NEWHART was praised for dismissing the entire sitcom with the 'it was all a dream solution'....go figure.

Most likely because they connected it to his earlier sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show. His next program, Bob, did not reference the earlier shows, probably because it didn't have time and was canceled in the middle of its second season. A later effort with Judd Hirsch, George & Leo, did have a special episode that featured guest stars from Newhart's earlier sitcoms plus guest stars from Hirsch's first show Taxi. This was post-modernism at its height, with a new show referencing previous shows in "clever" ways.

In the case of Dallas the producers were trying to erase the fact that Patrick Duffy's character had been killed off. And I think the dream stuff was sort of criticized for the "rewrite" that it was.

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1. St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) 

2. Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996) 

3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

4. That Girl (1966-1971) 

5. Dynasty (1981-1989) 

6. Remington Steele (1982-1987) 

7. The Waltons (1972-1981) 

8. I Love Lucy (1951-1957)

9. The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

10. Falcon Crest (1981-1990)

11. Murphy Brown (1988-1998)

12. Poirot (1989-2013)

13. The Muppet Show (1976-1981)

14. Columbo (1968-2003)

15. The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

next in line: Scarecrow and Mrs King (1983-1987), The Wonder Years (1988-1993), The Rockford Files (1974-1980), Lou Grant (1977-1981), Ellery Queen Mysteries (1975-1976), Designing Women (1986-1993)

I'm working hard to expand my horizons with this, and Dynasty and That Girl shot up the ranks quickly.

There are some others I recently started that have great future potential: The Andy Griffith Show, Gidget, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, The Odd Couple, The Streets of San Francisco, Taxi,  Cheers, Newhart,  Family Ties, Miami Vice, thirtysomething, Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills 90210, Sisters, NYPD Blue, and The Practice.

 

I let 2000 be the cut-off point, because even with the recent TV experiment, my knowledge of TV shows that started since 2000 is close to nil.... although I have to say that Downton Abbey was wonderful, Call the Midwife is nicely handled, and I loved two series I started testing recently: Gilmore Girls and Boston Legal.

 

Another side note: Most of these weren't even on the air when I was born.....the curse of being a 90s kid.....

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4 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

1. St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) 

2. Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996) 

3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

4. That Girl (1966-1971) 

5. Dynasty (1981-1989) 

6. Remington Steele (1982-1987) 

7. The Waltons (1972-1981) 

8. I Love Lucy (1951-1957)

9. The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

10. Falcon Crest (1981-1990)

11. Murphy Brown (1988-1998)

12. Poirot (1989-2013)

13. The Muppet Show (1976-1981)

14. Columbo (1968-2003)

15. The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1978)

next in line: Scarecrow and Mrs King (1983-1987), The Wonder Years (1988-1993), The Rockford Files (1974-1980), Lou Grant (1977-1981), Ellery Queen Mysteries (1975-1976), Designing Women (1986-1993)

I'm working hard to expand my horizons with this, and Dynasty and That Girl shot up the ranks quickly.

There are some others I recently started that have great future potential: The Andy Griffith Show, Gidget, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, The Odd Couple, The Streets of San Francisco, Taxi,  Cheers, Newhart,  Family Ties, Miami Vice, thirtysomething, Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills 90210, Sisters, NYPD Blue, and The Practice.

 

I let 2000 be the cut-off point, because even with the recent TV experiment, my knowledge of TV shows that started since 2000 is close to nil.... although I have to say that Downton Abbey was wonderful, Call the Midwife is nicely handled, and I loved two series I started testing recently: Gilmore Girls and Boston Legal.

 

Another side note: Most of these weren't even on the air when I was born.....the curse of being a 90s kid.....

The Wonder Years is excellent. I haven't seen that show in forever, but I've seen the entire series multiple times.  It used to be on syndication in the afternoons and later, it joined Nick at Nite.

I used to watch Murphy Brown when it was new.  Even though I was a pre-teen at the end of its run (I was 14 when it ended), I watched it. 

I love Beverly Hills, 90210.  It, along with Melrose Place, was one of my night-time soaps.  I used to watch it with my parents.  I started watching it in the 3rd season-- aka "the summer of deception." I was only 8, but I knew who wasn't supposed to be hooked up with who.  This show was on forever.  It ended when I was in high school!

I used to watch Newhart in the 90s on Nick at Nite.  I remember liking it more than The Bob Newhart Show.

I also love Gidget.  It only has 1 season, but Sally Field is adorable and is my second favorite Gidget after Sandra Dee.  I really wish that there'd been more seasons of Gidget and less seasons of The Flying Nun.

The Andy Griffith Show is amazing, the first half of the series is better than the second half, imo. 

Taxi was also on Nick at Nite in the 90s.  I hated that show.  I remember one year it was part of Nick at Nite's Block Party Summer and I was so bummed, because that was one evening where I had to find something else to do because I didn't want to watch 6 episodes of Taxi in a row.

I watched Gilmore Girls during its original run.  It's a good show.  After that show ended, we'd watch Veronica Mars which aired afterwards.

I remember when Twin Peaks, Sisters, NYPD Blue, and The Practice were on, but I never watched them.  The Practice and Ally McBeal used to have crossover episodes when both shows were on. 

 

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On 8/12/2020 at 9:02 PM, speedracer5 said:

The Wonder Years is excellent. I haven't seen that show in forever, but I've seen the entire series multiple times.  It used to be on syndication in the afternoons and later, it joined Nick at Nite.

I used to watch Murphy Brown when it was new.  Even though I was a pre-teen at the end of its run (I was 14 when it ended), I watched it. 

I love Beverly Hills, 90210.  It, along with Melrose Place, was one of my night-time soaps.  I used to watch it with my parents.  I started watching it in the 3rd season-- aka "the summer of deception." I was only 8, but I knew who wasn't supposed to be hooked up with who.  This show was on forever.  It ended when I was in high school!

I used to watch Newhart in the 90s on Nick at Nite.  I remember liking it more than The Bob Newhart Show.

I also love Gidget.  It only has 1 season, but Sally Field is adorable and is my second favorite Gidget after Sandra Dee.  I really wish that there'd been more seasons of Gidget and less seasons of The Flying Nun.

The Andy Griffith Show is amazing, the first half of the series is better than the second half, imo. 

Taxi was also on Nick at Nite in the 90s.  I hated that show.  I remember one year it was part of Nick at Nite's Block Party Summer and I was so bummed, because that was one evening where I had to find something else to do because I didn't want to watch 6 episodes of Taxi in a row.

I watched Gilmore Girls during its original run.  It's a good show.  After that show ended, we'd watch Veronica Mars which aired afterwards.

I remember when Twin Peaks, Sisters, NYPD Blue, and The Practice were on, but I never watched them.  The Practice and Ally McBeal used to have crossover episodes when both shows were on. 

 

Thank you for all your thoughts. And actually it was in large part your love of 90210 (coupled with some others mutual love for it here) that made me start it (beginning with the pilot). been enjoying it very much so far and got introduced to a marvelous song to boot.

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