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Old 02-15-14, 03:31 PM
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Best TV series of all time?

This is for the TV lovers out there. Non TV watchers need not comment.

When considering storyline, writing, acting, directing and camera work, what is the best television series of all time?

Hands down in my mind, it has to be The Twilight Zone. I always though the storylines were interesting and sometimes a relevant view of society (be it some sometimes in allegory). I always thought their camera work in B&W was well done.


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So many good ones come to mind. M*A*S*H would be a strong contender. HBO's prison drama Oz left an impression if we're including premium/cable TV.
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So many good ones come to mind. M*A*S*H would be a strong contender. HBO's prison drama Oz left an impression if we're including premium/cable TV.
Early MASH, I would probably agree that it should be up there. Alda ruined it when he stated directing. I should have been more clear when I specified the camera work category. I wanted to use cinematography but I did not think that was the right word since TV really isn't cinema. So lets go with artistic film work. While a worthy candidate for best series ever, I think that MASH had nothing special in the film work category.
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Yeah, if we're talking overall quality over a long period of time it's probably MASH. I regularly watch reruns and I'm amazed how well it holds up.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Early MASH, I would probably agree that it should be up there. Alda ruined it when he stated directing. I should have been more clear when I specified the camera work category. I wanted to use cinematography but I did not think that was the right word since TV really isn't cinema. So lets go with artistic film work. While a worthy candidate for best series ever, I think that MASH had nothing special in the film work category.
I disagree I think they made some brave choices for the time, remember the POV episode, the dreams episode, the B&W episode.
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I choose the Rockford Files, with a close second to the Midnight Special.
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Lost, use to turn off all the lights watching it. What a awesome escape.
Breaking bad, the greatest season ever on TV was season 4.
Twin Peaks the first season, what a shocker.
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I couldn't pick just one. Didn’t have a tv growing up either. In college it was The Larry Sanders show and Sex in the City, then Arrested Development and House and now Game of Thrones and Girls.

Thrones and the new True Detective have some great cinematography
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Loved Quantum Leap. Haven't seen it ages but it'd probably come across as a bit hokey now. However, like The Twilight Zone, it started basically from scratch every episode.
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Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
Yeah, if we're talking overall quality over a long period of time it's probably MASH. I regularly watch reruns and I'm amazed how well it holds up.
Honeymooners and All in the Family probably fall into that category. Aside from the period references, the situations could pretty much apply today.
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The Simpsons...

For real people, MASH has to be up there, very high. Love that show!
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Nova on PBS. Since 1974 giving you a real education about your world, and the universe. No show can touch it.
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MASH. U.F.O., The Unit.
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Nova on PBS. Since 1974 giving you a real education about your world, and the universe. No show can touch it.
For miniseries you could say Cosmos. I loved that show as a kid.
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If you don't take longevity into account(*grumble* Foxed up *grumble*) Firefly(and Serentiy) deserve a mention, I think.
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20/20 was excellent before they went paparazzi and did too many star stories.
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Best TV series of all time?

When's the last time anybody watched "test pattern"?
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When's the last time anybody watched "test pattern"?
I ran a C-band satellite dish with horizon-to-horizon tracking for many years. The last time I watched a test pattern was in Sept of 2006.
Telstar 7 Transponder 24 anyone?
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Really? As much as I like Tamsin I find GW u watchable.
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Hill Street Blues as well as the other Bochco hit - NYPD Blue. Early Law and Order

Carol Burnett Show. Who can forget the Gone with the Wind scene. One of the funniest moments on TV.

Cheers, SNL in the first few years, Taxi, Barney Miller, Mary Tyler Moore, Monty Python, Wings, Friends

That's about when I stopped paying attention.
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I ran a C-band satellite dish with horizon-to-horizon tracking for many years. The last time I watched a test pattern was in Sept of 2006.
Telstar 7 Transponder 24 anyone?
Here in Rural Land in the time BSD (before satellite dish), local VHF programming went off the air at 2am and back on at 5am as I vaguely recall (from the early to about mid 70's) & test pattern was always there. We got all of three stations by our reasonably tall (say 30') fancy antennae (complete with motor rotation), barely KING (Seattle) and KGW and ? out of Portland. Cable didn't show up till late 70's.
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