Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #1: Best Television Shows of My Time

  1. Dallas – most popular night-time soap, spawned numerous others, and was responsible for the most famous cliffhanger ever – Who Shot JR?
  2. House – arguably one of the best characters on television. Dr. House says what we all wish we could: The Truth.
  3. Nip/Tuck – enveloping pushing drama that leaves you saying “Did they really just do that/go there?” Terrific acting, deep, well-thought out stories and great cast of characters.
  4. The Sopranos – gave life to cable series. Ground breaking, envelope pushing, and all the other clichés. Great writing, great acting, excellent multi-layered story lines. Represents a gritty reality that reality tv could never be!
  5. Seinfeld – still laughing at the reruns!!
  6. Murphy Brown – in the bleak landscape that sitcomdom was, Murphy was an intelligent breath of fresh air.
  7. Jeopardy – the one show with the ability to humble me into silence. And come on, who doesn’t love Alex?
  8. Friends – still laughing at the reruns!!
  9. ER – it hasn’t been around for 12 seasons for nuthin’
  10. Lost – is there any other show in network television that has us more puzzled, frustrated and buzzing about purgatory, time travel, science experiment, etc.
  11. Happy Days – Ah, the days of innocence, Mr. C, The Fonz, Joanie and Chachi. But seriously, we got the term ‘jump the shark’ from this very timeless show. And didn’t we all really wish our own high-school experience would be all about lettermen sweaters and hanging out at Al’s?
  12. M*A*S*H* - For the first time, a hard look at life for wartime medics. Funny yet sad, poignant but entertaining. And I really wanted to put the neat asterisks between the letters. Suicide is painless!
  13. Star Trek – admittedly, I was never a devoted fan, though I watched the originals as a kid. But no other television series has spawned as many knock-offs, movies, re-make’s, conferences, toys, blah blah blah.

That was hard. I left off a few because it’s Thursday 13, not Thursday 17. Notice, I titled it ‘Best TV Shows of MY time’. There were many classics, ground-breakers, etc, I could have added, but these are the ones that I found most entertaining and meaningful.

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Amy Ruttan said...

Oooh I get the honor of being the first to read your first ever TT. Awesome. I watched Friends, Murphy Brown which of course spawned that ridiculous comment from some American Politician who was angered over the whole "single mom" thing and M*A*S*H I was forced to endure as a child because of the males in my family; at the time I hated it, watching it now I enjoy it.

Wylie Kinson said...

Hi Amy - thanks for visiting my first TT!! Now - how the heck to I get your name at the bottom? Do I put it in manually? Is there some code I'm missing?? I feel so stupid when it comes to this stuff.

Rashenbo said...

Some good ones there... some of them are a little before my time, but I remember watching them. House is definitely one of my favorites... and so is Heroes. I love it.

Great list, I enjoyed reading it. I don't think I've been to your site before so I'm glad I'm here now! :) Nice to meet you.

Have a fantabulous Thursday!

Wylie Kinson said...

Thanks for visiting Rashenbo! I like Heroes too, but am finding a hard time scrumaging enough time to watch all the new and good shows out this season. Have you seen Dexter??

Christine said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of TT!!

I watched the first few episodes of Dexter and enjoyed them, but got really busy. I'm going to get caught up over Christmas. I loved MASH as a kids and still cry when I see the last episode.

Rashenbo said...

Thanks for the pop over Wylie... Watchers is one of my two most favorite Koontz books... Phantoms is my other one. I can't tell you how many times I've read the two of them.

We only moved to Minnesota a few years ago but we live in the Twin Cities. :)

OliviaDiane said...

Love, Love, love Nip/Tuck, Sienfeld and Lost!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, that Thursday Thirteen stuff looks fun -- I might add it to my blog, too, in time for next Thursday, that is. I'm about blogged out for today! ;)

Hubby and I watch Dexter. It's excellent. Warped and weird, to be sure, but excellently written and casted.

Wylie Kinson said...

Thanks for popping in Oliviadiane!
Nip/Tuck is bloody awesome, isn't it? no pun intended!

TL - I urge you to join the fun with Thursday 13. I've been wanting to for awhile now.
As for DEXTER, - totally hooked. Hubby and I have been watching 2 or 3 episodes per night trying to catch up - which means VERY LATE NIGHTS!!!

Anonymous said...

DEXTER: Didn't the season finale rock? 8-)

And yeah, I think I'll get going with Thursday 13, too. Looks like a lot of fun!

Milan-zzz said...

OH I’m total anti TV person so no comment about your list but I had to drop by when I saw that this week is your first TT week (I’m not the only newbie this week!)!

Happy Holidays & Happy TT!

ancsweetnsassygal said...

It's a great list and I'm with you all the way on Lost, Mash, Star Trek, and especially Happy Days. Joanie wasn't the only one who loved Chachi lol. Welcome to TT.

Merry Christmas!

Wylie Kinson said...

TL - I hadn't seen the finale when I originally read your post. Glad to say, I just watched the final three episodes and wowie! What a way to end it... when does it start again?

ancsweetnsassygal & milan-zzz -- thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Good question, Wylie, about when DEXTER will be back, so I checked out the Web site for Showtime. It says that "production is scheduled to begin on 12 new eipsodes next spring and will premiere on Showtime later in 2007."