Television favouritesby dusky-1 | created - 02 Mar 2012 | updated - 17 Sep 2012 | Public
A list of my favourite television programs, mini-series and some outstanding particular episodes.
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Pigeons from Hell
30 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Two stranded motorists and a local sheriff battle evil forces that inhabit a run-down, abandoned mansion in the middle of a swamp in the middle of nowhere.
An almost letter-perfect adaptation of the original story!
3. Combat! (1962–1967)
60 min | Action, Drama, War
Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show ... See full summary »
Strangely, this program was how I bonded with my mother growing up; it was (and is) her favourite program and after seeing "Duel" (Sgt. Saunders vs. a tank) as a youngster, then "Hills are for Heroes" as a teenager, I was hooked too.
4. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.
I think Twilight Zone produced a more even quality of programs than the Outer Limits, but when the Outer Limits was on full strength, it could match or beat the best of Twilight Zone. "Demon With a Glass Hand," "Soldier," "the Architects of Fear," "I, Robot" and "Nightmare" are my favourites.
6. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.
7. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History
Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
8. Hollywood (1980– )
676 min | Documentary, History
The history of the American film industry in Hollywood during the Silent era.
I gained a new appreciation and respect for silent cinema from this series, along with a fascinating history lesson about why Hollywood became the film capital of the world.
11. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.
12. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
In the not-too-distant future Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.
13. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
TV-PG | 175 min | Comedy, War
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.
The 2nd & 3rd Blackadder are okay, but I think most fans agree - this is the series which drives the show's continued popularity.
16. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.
My favourite Star Trek series. What, you wanna make somethin' of it?
17. The Critic (1994–2001)
TV-14 | 522 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
Jay Sherman is a New York film critic who has to review films he doesn't like for a living.
Sadly, it was at least a decade ahead of its audience.
21. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends.
American Masters (1985– )
Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood
TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography
This program changed my understanding of Hollywood's "Golden Age." It's an outstanding tale.
23. History Bites (1998–2008)
Important periods of history humourously illustrated in a television format.
Amidst the fantastic impressions and jokes, this series challenged my approach to world history; Green's belief that history changes but people remain the same seems very true.
24. Angel (1999–2004)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.
26. Black Books (2000– )
TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy
Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.
27. First Person (2000– )
Not Rated | 491 min | Documentary, Biography
Amazing series primarily using Errol Morris' invention the Interrotron for unusual people to tell their outré stories directly into the camera to the viewer. Almost every half-hour ... See full summary »
31. Firefly (2002–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
32. Corner Gas (2004–2009)
30 min | Comedy
The life, or lack thereof, of a proprietor of a gas station, which is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies.
Many types of people enjoy this show, but I think you need to have lived in a rural environment - and have some affection for rural living - to fully appreciate the series.
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
In a Mirror, Darkly
TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the mirror universe, the crew of the ISS Enterprise is fighting rebels who oppose the Terran Empire when they discover the Tholians have captured a vessel from the future.
This is a laugh riot - it almost single-handily justified the existence of this series. If Scott Bakula's hammy "the bridge is yours!" doesn't register at least a guffaw from you, then this probably isn't your type of entertainment.
34. Snake 'n' Bacon (2009 TV Movie)
11 min | Animation, Comedy
Pilot Episode: "Psst. Wanna See a Crime Scene?" Cold opening, followed by a visit to a crime scene. Later Snake and Bacon (Tim Lagasse) visit the district attorney (David Rakoff). Animated sketches interconnect within the overall plot.
On the one hand, the series wasn't made; on the other hand, it exposed people like me to the work of Michael Kupperman who might have otherwise never delved into his Tales Designed to Thrizzle.