Television favourites

by 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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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 65,465

2. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Pigeons from Hell (1961)

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.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Boris Karloff, Brandon De Wilde, Crahan Denton, Ken Renard

Votes: 247

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 »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Votes: 2,090

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.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 6,701

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.

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 42,698

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.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 68,875

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.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 18,501

8. Hollywood (1980– )

676 min | Documentary, History

The history of the American film industry in Hollywood during the Silent era.

Stars: James Mason, Viola Dana, Byron Haskin, Colleen Moore

Votes: 630

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.

9. Police Squad! (1982)

TV-PG | 24 min | Comedy, Crime

Sight gags and non-sequiturs dominate this spoof of police dramas. The six episodes formed the basis for the very successful "Naked Gun" film franchise.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton, Ed Williams

Votes: 14,683

10. Unknown Chaplin (1983– )

156 min | Documentary, Comedy

Using in part rare out-take footage, the film-making methods and techniques of Charles Chaplin are explored.

Stars: James Mason, Hans-Joachim Kulenkampff, Virginia Cherrill, Jackie Coogan

Votes: 496

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.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 92,143

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.

Stars: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy

Votes: 22,358

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.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 45,688

The 2nd & 3rd Blackadder are okay, but I think most fans agree - this is the series which drives the show's continued popularity.

14. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 12,300

15. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings

Votes: 80,231

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.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 47,856

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.

Stars: Jon Lovitz, Nick Jameson, Maurice LaMarche, Nancy Cartwright

Votes: 7,173

Sadly, it was at least a decade ahead of its audience.

18. ReBoot (1994–2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the inner computer world of Mainframe, a guardian program sprite and his friends defend the system from threats from viruses and the User.

Stars: Michael Donovan, Kathleen Barr, Garry Chalk, Michael Benyaer

Votes: 4,827

19. The Tick (1994–1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An invulnerable, somewhat dim, superhero protects The City from all manner of evil-doers.

Stars: Townsend Coleman, Micky Dolenz, Rob Paulsen, Cam Clarke

Votes: 8,492

20. Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The last son of the planet Krypton protects his adoptive home of Earth as the greatest of the superheroes.

Stars: Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany, David Kaufman

Votes: 12,797

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.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 121,965

This program changed my understanding of Hollywood's "Golden Age." It's an outstanding tale.

23. History Bites (1998–2008)

Comedy, History

Important periods of history humourously illustrated in a television format.

Stars: Rick Green, Ron Pardo, Bob Bainborough, Jeremy Winkels

Votes: 249

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.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards

Votes: 61,484

25. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 47,816

26. Black Books (2000–2004)

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.

Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech

Votes: 51,259

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 »

Stars: Errol Morris, Michael Stone, Charles Butler, Andrew Capoccia

Votes: 322

28. The Amazing Race (2001– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Family, Game-Show

Multiple teams race around the globe for $1,000,000 to 'amazing' locations.

Stars: Phil Keoghan, Joyce Agu, Uchenna Agu, Jet McCoy

Votes: 12,984

29. Justice League (2001–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever.

Stars: Carl Lumbly, Phil LaMarr, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern

Votes: 38,427

30. Undergrads (2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The misadventures of a group of childhood friends who keep in touch even while they go to separate colleges.

Stars: Pete Williams, Josh A. Cagan, Rob Tinkler, Jene Yeo

Votes: 2,522

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.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 233,768

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.

Stars: Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Fred Ewanuick, Eric Peterson

Votes: 5,308

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.

33. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
Episode: In a Mirror, Darkly (2005)

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.

Director: James L. Conway | Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 1,195

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.

Stars: Dan Bakkedahl, Bill Hader, Greg Hollimon, David Rakoff

Votes: 44

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.



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