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Get in Here and Name Your Top 5 Teevee Shows of All Time

I often have this discussion — because it’s so hard to pin down the best teevee shows of all-time. We’re in the golden age of television and the production levels are movie quality, as well as the scripts. We can harken back to the days of Seinfeld or even before that, say All in the Family or Three’s a Company, and suggest they were the best shows — but that’d be a lie, especially since it’s untruthful.

As much as I loved Seinfeld, I like Curb Your Enthusiasm more.

I’ve consumed way too much television for any living man and know far too much about this subject than usual. This is part of the joys of working from home, blogging fast into the warm summer nights. I get to waste away in front of the tube, immersing myself into world’s that I do not belong in, distractions designed to placate and entertain. There are few joys in this world: love, laughter, intrigue, taste, scent, and equanimity — might as well enjoy them while we can.

Here are my top 5 shows of all time, skewed heavily with a recency bias. This does not include mini-series, such as Band of Brothers. My tell is whether or not I’d like to see repeats of these shows now, if they were on teevee.

Game of Thrones
The Wire
Eastbound and Down
The Office
Rome

Rome is a tough one to include, especially since it only lasted for two seasons. But for the two seasons it aired on HBO, it was by far one of the best shows ever aired on tv. Naturally, I left out a lot of fantastic shows, such as Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Crown, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, House, House of Cards, Peaky Blinders, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadwood, Supernatural, The Turn, Boardwalk Empire, Luther, Hannibal, Entourage, 24, Homeland, Twilight Zone, The Honeymooners, 30 Rock etc. Yes, I left out Sopranos on purpose.

What am I missing? VEEP? Never bothered to watch it.

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44 comments

  1. mspm

    I agree with most of what you mentioned. Two really good BBC shows I enjoyed were Broadchurch and The Fall….both I believe you would enjoy. Master of None on Netflix was very good, although wouldn’t make my top 10 but worthy of mention. Chance on Hulu is a nice dark drama- Hugh Laurie plays a psychiatrist and the show has its moments.

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    • Dr. Fly

      Holy shit. I didn’t even know about Chance. Will look

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      • cali24dog

        how is OZARK not on either of your lists?….for it’s time, the Honeymooners is the best ever. Sneaky Pete is pretty good too for a recent one.

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  2. toddinfl

    The Andy Griffith Show
    Little Rascals
    Seinfeld

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  3. gjackson2111

    The Sopranos
    Breaking Bad
    Narcos
    The Shield
    Ozark

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  4. mushroomz

    Best recent show: counterpart

    No one talks about it, but jk Simmons is a beast on it

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  5. georgiebest

    1. Faulty Towers
    2. Office (UK Version)
    3. Trigger Happy TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRwhLThNF_o
    4. Stella Street – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY4isQVSgDg
    5. I’m Allan Partdrige: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4T_4uLQ7e0

    Father Ted if 6 allowed

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  6. skulduggery

    The Bob Newhart Show
    Columbo
    Fawlty Towers
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes-Starring Jeremy Brett
    The Office (UK)

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  7. fryguy15

    Sopranos
    True Detective
    Breaking Bad
    The Simpsons
    Twin Peaks
    Mad Men
    Law & Order

    I can keep going

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  8. joshua

    californication season 1
    californication season 2

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  9. Dr. Fly

    Forgot Black Sails. Definitely one of my favorites.

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  10. juice

    Gilligan’s Island
    I dream of Jeannie
    Lost in Space
    Green Acres
    Beverly Hillbillies

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  11. soupbone

    Get Smart
    Rat Patrol
    Bugs Bunny

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  12. heckler

    The Wire
    Breaking Bad
    Sopranos
    Game of Thrones
    ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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    • moosh

      I just started season 2 of arrested development. It’s great.
      Does Chappell’s show qualify?

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  13. tradercaddy

    The Andy Griffith (‘”Nip it in the Bud”) Show
    Seinfeld
    Leave It To Beaver (“That’s a very nice sweater you have Mrs. Cleaver”- Eddie Haskell).
    I Love Lucy
    The Middle

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  14. Fidel Cash Grow

    Spartacus and the Last Kingdom are tight up there with the greats. So tough to narrow down to five. GOT and Sopranos are the only two locks for me

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  15. Fidel Cash Grow

    Money Heist was the best new show I watched in a while

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    • moosh

      Liked money heist. Best new shows is a different topic… taboo, dark, atypical, Ozark… giving maniac a go

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  16. gsofield

    Magnum PI
    NYPD Blue
    Sopranos
    Homeland
    Breaking Bad
    Do like many of your mentions as well.

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  17. cancel19

    The Outer Limits (original)
    Star Trek (original)
    Monty Python Flying Circus
    All in the Family
    Revolution

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  18. fryguy15

    Surprised no one said Lost yet.

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    • moosh

      Yeah, the first couple of seasons were dope. That was the last show I waited a week to watch

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  19. dchanko

    Using the repeat viewing test

    Better call Saul
    Father Ted
    GOT
    House of Lies
    The Wire

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  20. bennyhill

    If you like Rome at Game of Thrones you gotta check out Vikings.

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  21. uglyflint

    The Prisoner
    F Troop
    The Avengers
    Hogan’s Hero’s
    The Fugitive

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  22. cancel19

    This comment section has turned out a nice way to reveal the personalities of Dr. Fly’s readership. Brilliant!

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    • ferd

      …or a clever Fly trick to sucker boomers into a reveal that puts them on his ageist blacklist.

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  23. 'merica

    Lost
    Chappelle’s Show
    Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Friday Night Lights
    24

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  24. stringtheory

    Justified

    Not sure about my own list of 5, but Justified is number one for me.

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  25. emedtrader

    The shield has to be included in any top 5

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  26. jcvtwo

    Westworld, the obvious choice.

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  27. ferd

    Lots of good mentions in this thread …Looney Tunes, Simpsons, 30 Rock, Rome, first season of True Detective, Breaking Bad.

    Surprised no one mentioned Star Trek. Also, SNL (in the Belushi/Aykroyd days was groundbreaking and hip enough that youth would pause their night or debauchery and tune in …er, according to my ole Pops.)

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  28. ironbird

    Deadwood. Everything else is second tier. Fuck the Sopranos. Very clever Big Pharma advertisement tho.

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  29. chuck bennett

    Goodtimes
    Game of thrones
    Xfiles
    Sanford and son
    Chappell show
    East bound and down (its the best)
    Walking dead

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  30. The Alchemist

    Game of thrones
    Rome
    Deadwood
    Star Trek DS9
    West Wing

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  31. Phileo99

    Star Trek TNG
    Star Trek Voyager (I used the Voyager theme in my wedding reception)
    Justice League
    Three’s Company
    Black Mirror

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  32. tradingnymph

    Dexter
    6 Feet Under
    The Handmaiden
    Monty Python
    BBC Original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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