Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Best Television of the last 25 years


Over at Scanners they're having a discussion about the best films of the last 25 years. Lots of great fodder for discussion.

But what about television?

I think there's a case to be made that we're entering a new age of great television. Over the past five years I think we've seen some of the best television ever... and, as it makes a kind of sense, some of the worst.

How 'bout it... what is your top TV pick from the last 25 years... Or your top five. Let's put this in a little perspective. 25 years ago tonight I could have been watching: One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, CHiPs... maybe looking forward to the ABC or NBC Sunday Night movie... A little later in the week my "must see TV" would include: WKRP, Mork and Mindy, Magnum PI, and that Saturday Night killer combo "The Love Boat" then, "Fantasy Island."

Canadian shows I'd watch during fall 1981? SCTV, for sure. The production values were getting really good and Martin Short was introducing all kinds of new characters to the show. This is the Law (the other quinessential canadian "game show" after Front Page Challenge). The Irish Rovers...what the hell? I wasn't a kid, but I definitely remember watching... and enjoying it! But not much in the way of "canadian drama." The King of Kensington...maybe... if I had to.

How's that for perspective.

That's the season where we begin. Let's start with the "best" or "most influential" or "favourite"... then we can follow up with the guilty pleasures, best canadian, etc.

For me, top ten. In no particular order:

Twin Peaks (season one)
Band of Brothers
Seinfeld (season four)
The Simpsons (season four)
Six Feet Under (season one)
Deadwood (season one)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The West Wing (season one)
The Office
Star Trek: TNG (season five)

And I haven't even got into Good Rockin' Tonight!

4 comments:

wcdixon said...

Okay, I'll play...though I find myself agreeing with a lot of your choices:

X Files (until Season 6)
Northern Exposure (first 3 seasons)
Buffy (all of it)
The Office
Larry Sanders Show
David Letterman
Seinfeld
The Soprano's (first 3 seasons)
Six Feet Under (first 2 seasons)

and SCTV to get something Canadian in there...

underwire said...

The usual S crew: The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Six Feet Under (I'll take all seasons, except the SFU finale.)
Weeds
The Office
Battlestar Galactica
Veronica Mars (season I)
Rescue Me (seasons I and III)
Deadwood (season I)
Hilarious House of Frightenstein
Peep Show
Freaks and Geeks
Twin Peaks
Rome

featsofclay said...

x-files (first 5 seasons)
nbc mystery movies - banachek, colombo, mcmillan and wife etc
robin of sherwood
house
the prisoner
the avengers
charlie's angels
all in the family (until Edith's death)
sonny and cher
the brady bunch

dave s said...

shit, yeah, okay...

1) absolutely fabulous
2) kids in the hall
3) the league of gentlemen
4) little britan
5) nighty night
6) the office (uk)
7) six feet under (all 5 f--king
seasons)
8) seinfeld
9) the simpsons
10) strangers with candy