What's your favorite TV show of all time?

Aug 26, 2021
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Thanks to streaming, it feels like TV shows have been all that anyone can talk about online. And I've seen this debate everywhere on the web - what's the best TV show ever?

I'm talking anything that aired on either TV or streaming networks. Doesn't matter the genre.

For a while, my answer was The Sopranos - but now I think it's Mr. Robot. What an amazing show.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U94litUpZuc

No amount of trailers or recommendations can do it justice - its one of the best written, best shot, best directed, and best edited things I've ever seen.
Mr. Robot
Nice choice, it's on my watch list.

I'm not typically a gung-ho action fan, but 24 is probably my top. It was very innovative, had a large number of great well-developed characters, took brave plot decisions, and of course Kiefer just made Jack his own in one of those career-defining performances some actors are lucky enough to find. If it wasn't for the stupid daughter in S1 & S2, and S8 being lower quality, my 'probably' would be 'definitely'.

Other iconic shows:

Hill Street Blues
Criminal Minds
Happy Valley

Fawlty Towers
The Golden Girls
Monty Python
Still Game
The Norman Conquests

The West Wing
The Queen's Gambit

The Last Kingdom

The X-Files
The Twilight Zone

Band of Brothers
Foyle's War

Planet Earth
The Blue Planet
Simon Schama's Power of Art
Our Planet

Don't bother with "Why isn't…", I haven't watched much TV :)
But of course I'm forgetting a bunch, no doubt—so I reserve the right to add on as memory strikes.
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I get why people like talking about this and asking this question, but to me there's no way to fairly answer this, any more than one can say what "the best song of all time" is. TV shows, songs, games, books, etc., they've all got multiple purposes for multiple needs, and what you're looking from it will determine how well it fulfills that purpose or need. The people watching "Cop Procedural: NYPD" have different TV needs than the people watching "America's Got Too Much Free Time."

Even within my own TV-watching interests, I have shows I put on equal footing with each other without saying one is objectively -- or even subjectively -- better than the other.

That said, I think "ONE of the best" TV shows of all time was Black Adder, with Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richardson, and Stephen Fry (among others). I don't know if it was ever super popular, and may have even been a niche audience. I didn't love it the first time I saw an episode, but it slowly grew on me, until now decades later I can't count* the number of times I've used the phrase "a cunning plan" in conversation with a bad British accent.

(* - Mostly because I didn't keep track.)
The ones that stick out are X Files and Red Dwarf, mostly the older episodes. I love Blackadder, but I only watched reruns, I'm not sure when it was new.

The hype I felt for watching new episodes of x files and red dwarf was huge.
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BABYLON 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Agreed. @Krud is right that comparing TV shows to one another is often like comparing chocolate to aspirin - but I watched B5 until I almost memorized the whole show. (Well, except some of the parts of season 5 {ahem}) It had way more impact on me than any other show.

And now it's coming back in a reboot! Not a remake (which is good for me, as I already know the original story well enough). Not a continuation. Not a remaster. It's going to be more like the Battlestar Galactica treatment. And JMS will still be at the helm, so expect the futuristic outfits to have proper pockets.
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Difficult question cause there are so many.

If I had to decide with which tv shows I would be stranded on a lonely island with unlimited WIFI and unlimited electricity I would probably go for:

2 & 1/2 men - the ones with Charlie (my man!!!)
ALF the extraterestrial fleabag (I love cats and he looks like Garfield :ugly: )
Stranger Things (love the cast, especially the kids)
Maid was damn good but too depressing for a lonely island


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