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Best TV series, decade by decade.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 9:30 AM

THEGHOSTOFCHRISISALL


50's-
Twilight Zone

60's-
Star Trek (although The Prisoner was quite a ride)

70's-
Kung Fu

80's-
Remington Steele

90's-
Northern Exposure

00's-
Firefly


your turn

The ranking Chrisisall

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:04 AM

RALLEM


I wasn't around in the 50's and was only a child during the 60's, but I think either Star Trek or Lost in Space for the 60's.

For the 1970's I would say either Battlestar Galactica, or Space 1999.

For the 1980's I think Star Trek: The Next Generation even though it portrayed a sanitized future.

In the 1990s there was an awful lot to choose from as far as Sci-Fi goes, but I think I will say Star Trek Voyager, especially the first few years where things were not as sanitized and the crew had to struggle between its survival and its ethics.

For the naught years of the 21st century I say Firefly hands down.




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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:07 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by rallem:
I wasn't around in the 50's

Hey, neither was I, but I still saw stuff from then.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:22 AM

VERONIC


90`s
X-FILES

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 1:55 PM

MACBAKER


60's-
Star Trek

70's-
M*A*S*H*

80's-
Miami Vice

90's-
Buffy The Vampire Slayer

00's-
Firefly

I'd given some thought to movin' off the edge -- not an ideal location -- thinkin' a place in the middle.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 2:18 PM

VERONIC


Buffy better than X-files????
No, no, no

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 2:35 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by MacBaker:

80's-
Miami Vice


Mac, your other choices are fine, but no way Miami Vice beats out Magnum PI, St. Elsewhere, or Remington Steele, bro.

Nudge nudge

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 2:36 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by veronic:
Buffy better than X-files????
No, no, no

Buffy & X- Files better than Northern Exposure????
Well...maybe...

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:05 PM

KIRKULES


50's/60's- Gunsmoke

60's- Andy Griffth Show

70's- Archie Bunker's Place

80's- Star Trek NG

90's- Highlander and Sliders

2000's-Firefly

Not technically a series but the best of the 30's/40's/50's/60's- Three Stooges

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:09 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Kirkules:
50's/60's- Gunsmoke


Good one, Kirk.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:31 PM

MACBAKER


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Quote:

Originally posted by MacBaker:

80's-
Miami Vice


Mac, your other choices are fine, but no way Miami Vice beats out Magnum PI, St. Elsewhere, or Remington Steele, bro.

Nudge nudge

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

The laughing Chrisisall



Hey, loved Magnum, Higgins, and "the lads" (Higgins' killer guard dogs)! "Did You See The Sunrise" was probably the best single hour of TV drama during the 80s! Hell Miami Vice even blatantly ripped off the ending of that episode!

But......Miami Vice re-defined the look and feel of TV. As cheezy as it looks now. Vice was COOL! Eddie Olmos as Castillo, is still COOL!

I'd given some thought to movin' off the edge -- not an ideal location -- thinkin' a place in the middle.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:41 PM

MACBAKER


Quote:

Originally posted by veronic:
Buffy better than X-files????
No, no, no



Never was an X-Files fan. Sorry, but never could buy that Scully could somehow explain away anything that didn't fit into her world view. She saw to much weird ass shit, to not be a fellow believer with Mulder.

Yes, Buffy was better! Joss took the biggest cliche' in the horror genre' and turned it on it's head.

Can the blonde damsel actually be the hero? Yes!
Can a series with a name this silly, be mature enough for adults to watch? Yes.
Can it's obvious metaphors relate to teens more realistically than other non-genre shows like 90210 or Dawson's Creek could ever dream of? Hell Yes!
Is it the best series the late WB network ever aired? DUH!

I'd given some thought to movin' off the edge -- not an ideal location -- thinkin' a place in the middle.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:05 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by MacBaker:
"Did You See The Sunrise" was probably the best single hour of TV drama during the 80s!

The ep where Magnum had to tread water out in the ocean for what seemed like days was the one that really blew me away...and the one where he died...
Quote:


But......Miami Vice re-defined the look and feel of TV.

Recently bought & watched seasons 1 & 2, it was the cat's butt all right. Later seasons weren't as good though IMO.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:07 PM

RALLEM


I usede to like Magnum PI in the 80s and now I think Burn Notice is the Magnum PI of the 00s. I still prefer science fiction shows though.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:14 PM

FUTUREMRSFILLION


ChrisIsAll - no Dark Shadows? That show scared the bejesus out of me when I was little

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 6:48 PM

THEGHOSTOFCHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by rallem:
I usede to like Magnum PI in the 80s and now I think Burn Notice is the Magnum PI of the 00s.

Burn Notice RULES where Miami Vice once did.
If Firefly never was, BN would be the best of the 00's IMO!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 6:52 PM

THEGHOSTOFCHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by FutureMrsFIllion:
ChrisIsAll - no Dark Shadows? That show scared the bejesus out of me when I was little


DS was my Buffy back then...not that I was even alive in the sixties..........
Okay, yeah, I watched on my days off from school, so what, does that make me ancient or something?
Eff you mortals & your concept of time!!!

The pre-emptive age-sensitive Highlanderisall

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 9:22 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


50's - Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke.

60's - Star Trek, Big Valley, Outer Limits, The Virginian.

70's - Six Milkion Dollar Man, Emergency, Fridays, Charlie's Angels.

80'2 - Hill Street Blues, New Adventures of Beans Baxter, Magnum PI.

90's - Due South, Star Trek Voyager, Outer Limits, NYPD Blue.

00's - Firefly, Dark Angel.

I'd add TTSCC to 00's except I haven't seen much this decade.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2:16 AM

MANWITHPEZ

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50s - The Wonderful World of Disney/Zorro/Leave It To Beaver

60s - The Addams Family

70s - Barney Miller

80s - V/The Dukes of Hazzard/Magnum PI/Simon and Simon

90s - Batman: The Animated Series/Frasier

00s - Firefly/Battlestar Galactica/Pushing Daisies


I have a hard time picking favorites. Suffice it to say that my favorite from this list is probably The Addams Family.

See...didn't think I was going there, huh?

Kaylee: "What's so damn important about being proper? It don't mean nothing out here in the black."
Simon: "It means more out here. It's all I have..."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 5:16 AM

CLJOHNSTON108


50's - The Twilight Zone

60's - The Prisoner

70's - Kung Fu

80's - The Equalizer

90's - Babylon 5

00's - LOST

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:38 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by cljohnston108:


00's - LOST


*Falls violently off chair*

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:44 AM

CORNCOBB


not counting comedies, which are too numerous to list or choose from:

60's - Star Trek, Doctor Who

70's - ?

80's - Star Trek Next Gen, The A Team, The Incredible Hulk

90's - X-files, Buffy, Deep Space Nine

00's - Lost, Firefly, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica

"Gorramit Mal... I've forgotten my line."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:49 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Corncobb:


70's - ?


You never saw a seventies show in rerun, Corn?
Kung Fu? Six Million Dollar Man? All In The Family?
Say it ain't so!

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 7:15 AM

JONGSSTRAW


1950's - Honeymooners
1960's - Bonanza
1970's - All In The Family
1980's - Dallas
1990's - Babylon 5
2000's - Firefly

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 7:22 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Jongsstraw:
1950's - Honeymooners

Another good one.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:10 AM

CORNCOBB


It is indeed so

"Gorramit Mal... I've forgotten my line."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:46 AM

SUASOR


50's- Alfred Hitchcock Presents

60's- wasn't paying attention...

70's- too busy...

80's- still too busy, although I did catch a few STNG eps

90's- Twin Peaks

2000's-Firefly


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Friday, February 20, 2009 9:48 AM

IMNOTHERE


I'd like to say:

50s - Quatermass
60s - Doctor Who
70s - Doctor Who
80s - Doctor Who
90s - Doct... Aw, rats! (curse the BBC) Babylon 5 then.
00s - Doctor Who

...but I can't quite conjure that degree of monomania (and Dr Who pretty much sucked in the 80s).






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Friday, February 20, 2009 12:36 PM

WINDIE


90's has to be Brisco County Jnr

I liked the X Files and Buffy but this is the stand out show of the 90's.



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Friday, February 20, 2009 12:41 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by windie:
90's has to be Brisco County Jnr

I liked the X Files and Buffy but this is the stand out show of the 90's.






"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Friday, February 20, 2009 12:54 PM

STORYMARK


50's - Twilight Zone

60's - Star Trek

70's - M*A*S*H, Kung Fu

80's - Star Trek TNG, Magnum PI, Miami Vice

90's - Star Trek DS9, Highlander, Buffy, Babylon 5, Batman:TAS

00's - Firefly, LOST, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Deadwood

"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."

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Friday, February 20, 2009 1:48 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Storymark:
M*A*S*H, Kung Fu, Magnum PI,

You have excellent taste in the classics, sir.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Friday, February 20, 2009 2:08 PM

CLJOHNSTON108


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Quote:

Originally posted by Storymark:
M*A*S*H, Kung Fu, Magnum PI,

You have excellent taste in the classics, sir.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

The laughing Chrisisall


Oh, we can pick more than one?

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Friday, February 20, 2009 2:18 PM

KWICKO

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50s - Gunsmoke

60s - Star Trek

70s - MASH

80s - Star Trek - The Next Generation

90s - The West Wing

00s - The Shield

Sorry, Firefly, but I've got 7 seasons of The Shield versus a half-season of Firefly. And the worst episode of The Shield was still pretty damned good TV.

If I included premium-cable shows, I'd have The Wire on there somewhere, too.

Mike

"It is complete now; the hands of time are neatly tied."

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Monday, February 23, 2009 7:35 PM

TRAVELER


50's Hopalong Cassidy

60's Rawhide, Secret Agent A.K.A Danger Man

70's All In the Family

80's Cagney & Lacey

90's Babylon 5

00's Wonderfalls


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Monday, February 23, 2009 8:50 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by jewelstaitefan:
50's - Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke.

60's - Star Trek, Big Valley, Outer Limits, The Virginian.

70's - Six Milkion Dollar Man, Emergency, Fridays, Charlie's Angels.

80'2 - Hill Street Blues, New Adventures of Beans Baxter, Magnum PI.

90's - Due South, Star Trek Voyager, Outer Limits, NYPD Blue, South Park.

00's - Firefly, Dark Angel, South Park.

I'd add TTSCC to 00's except I haven't seen much this decade.


How did I forget South Park?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 6:00 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by cljohnston108:

Oh, we can pick more than one?

Well, that wasn't the plan, but then what I plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:29 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


While recently thinking about this thread, I realized there must not be many Fox Network fans in this thread.
Gunsmoke?
Bonanza?
Rawhide?
Kung Fu?
Zorro?
Hopalong Cassidy?
Firefly?

Aren't those, like, westerns?

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:02 AM

CHRISISALL


I did notice a lot of westerns listed.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:45 AM

NEEDY

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Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Quote:

Originally posted by cljohnston108:


00's - LOST


*Falls violently off chair*




I'm (not) sorry, but I'm right there with cljohnston
It is without a doubt the best show thats come along in a while. Ok, so theres the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, which I might have to agree on occasion is a better show - but LOST proves to be everything a good tv show should be
Emphasis on character, through the use of flashbacks and later flashforwards (i dont think thats a spoiler by now) was an ingenius way in getting into the heads of the characters
Plus its got an intriguing set of questions which are slowly being answered. Yes, I dont care that the show takes its time, at least we're getting the answers. In fact if theres anything bad to be said about these latest episodes its that things are going at so fast a pace, with lots of information being revealed, that i miss the days when it took its time.

I cant believe nobodys mentioned ANGEL(or maybe they've had and I missed it). IMHO it was a much stronger show than Buffy, which had most of season 5 and 6 producing duff episodes. Apart from a few missteps during season 4, it was consistently good. One of the best pilots, one of the best series finales, and a hell of a lot fantastic episodes in between. ANGEL (if it hadnt been for LOST and BSG, would have been my next choice)


I was born in the 80s and didn't really develop a passion for watching serialised tv until MY SO-CALLED LIFE in the mid 90s
However my choice for show of that decade undoubtedly belongs to THE X FILES. I was already a borderline geek anyway growing up with Star Wars and all its toys and comics, but X FILES brought out the obsessive fan, and collector in me. And it still holds up to this day
(pfff, Supernatural)

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:50 AM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by NEEDY:


I'm (not) sorry, but I'm right there with cljohnston

LOL, sorry, not even Dark Angel is better than Firefly.

"Thanks." -Hero, 2009

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:07 AM

TRAVELER


The 50's and 60's were heavy into westerns. I could not count them all. Roy Rodgers had his own show. It is not surprising that several got mentioned. Even Rod Serling wrote a western called the "The Loner".


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Thursday, February 26, 2009 12:14 PM

STORYMARK


Hi-five to Needy and cljohnston for the LOST love.

Firefly holds a special place in my heart, and I included it on my list for that reason. but I can hardly even count it as a "series" and consider it more of a mini-series.

LOST, and IMO BSG, are flat-out the best "series" on TV the last decade or three.

"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 5:36 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


I have watched 60s tv, its before my time but I enjoyed it. I think Trek beats the The Prisoner ...just. Also The Untouchables was great Mission Impossible was good and Scooby Doo works, Japan had a cult hit 'Speed Racer' and the old slapstick comedy comicbook Batman TV series of the 1960s, they had a cross over where the Batman fought The Green Hornet. I like some of the new-ish 'Dr Who' I tried to watch some old ones but can not, too dated for me.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021 7:50 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


For this newest decade, the pickins are quite slim, what with reality and all.

I have to go with Evil, for now.

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