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Television used to seem like a joke; sitcoms were ridiculous and it was rare to find writing that was better than what one would find on the commercials in between. That said, the past few years have been rich with series that have proven better than film. So what's it for you: Survivor, Seinfeld, or the Simpsons?
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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom which was created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is a satirical parody of the middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its titular family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and it lampoons many aspects of the human condition, as well as American culture, society as a whole, and television itself.
The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for Fox, becoming the first Fox series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1992-1993). http://www.thesimpsons.com
The Office is a Golden Globe, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning American television sitcom airing on National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and developed by Greg Daniels. It is an American adaptation of the BBC series with the same name. Unlike many American sitcoms, The Office is shot in a single-camera setup, without a studio audience or a laugh track, and is made in the form of a documentary, or "mockumentary". It depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Although fictional and scripted, the show takes the form of a documentary, with the presence of the camera openly acknowledged.
The Office was adapted for American audiences by executive producer Greg Daniels, a veteran writer for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill and The Simpsons. Original series creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who wrote "The Convict" episode, have production credits. http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/
An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.
Although critically acclaimed, this hilarious serious was canceled after only three seasons. The Blooth's are a family of property developers that have fallen from grace. Their story is narrated by Ron Howard.
South Park is a two-time Emmy Award-winning, animated American television comedy series created and written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for Comedy Central. The series has been distributed and aired by Comedy Central since 1997. The show is well-known for its pop-culture parody, scatological humor, and satirical handling of current events.
Since its debut on August 13, 1997, the show has aired 174 episodes over 12 seasons. The twelfth season began airing on March 12, 2008, and the second half of season 12 will premiere on October 8, 2008. The show is contracted to produce new episodes through a fifteenth season, until late 2011. In 1999, South Park was made into a feature-length film titled South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. http://www.southparkstudios.com
Dexter is an American television drama series based on the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay and adapted for television by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter James Manos, Jr., who wrote the pilot episode. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a serial killer who works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood spatter analyst.
The main creative forces behind the show (showrunners) are executive producers Daniel Cerone and Clyde Phillips; Cerone left the show after its second season. The show premiered on the premium cable network Showtime on October 1, 2006.
Dexter has received considerable critical acclaim and has won two Emmys in technical categories, and has also generated public controversies concerning its content and promotion. http://sho.com/site/dexter
A collection of individuals, each with unique "gifts", are brought together in a wild ride that bounces all over the globe and throughout time. It's like watching a comic book: delicious, indulgent fun!
Futurama is an Emmy Award-winning animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening, and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox network. The series follows the adventures of a former New York City pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry after he is frozen, seconds after the start of a new millennium, on January 1, 2000 and is revived one thousand years in the future. http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/futurama/index.jhtml
Tina Fey's hilarious show on NBC - with Alec Baldwin lighting it up.
Six Feet Under is an American television drama created by Alan Ball that was originally broadcast from 2001 to 2005. It was produced by Alan Ball, Alan Poul, Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari. The series centers on Fisher & Sons Funeral Home, a family-run mortuary, and explores the lives of the Fisher family following the death of the family patriarch. It is set in modern-day Los Angeles. The title is a colloquialism for death, (six feet being the traditional depth at which a body would be laid).
Six Feet Under was produced by Actual Size Films and The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio. It first aired on HBO in 2001, and has been broadcast in syndication in the US by basic cable channel Bravo as well as in dozens of other countries. The series ended its five year run on August 21, 2005. http://www.hbo.com/sixfeetunder/
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My Top Five are as follows:
Heroes (1st Season ONLY!)
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Interesting list and I was also checking movies list on the website.
i love hero's
The good classics always
I enjoyed Heroes so much through the first season. I just wonder if it perhaps just doesn't work on a longer time-line. Lately I just don't really care what happens to the characters. Perhaps I need to give it another chance.
Fringe is item #76 on this list
Every week I'm in my pjs on monday waiting for heroes haha i love it! Although lately its lacking but still. Also love fringe but didnt see that show on the list above oh well.
So many great shows it gets hard to pick!
You can add it if you like. :-)
Where's underbelly in this list?
I haven't seen that one yet--so many good shows to watch. :-)
Well, I added George Lopez only because my wife and I bust a gut almost every time we watch it. Also, I must watch a LOT of TV, because I had a hard time voting for my favs because I have so many!
I like desperate housewives serial......
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
are my top five shows
My five are:
Hmm I love Heroes and House too, but Simpsons still trumps 'em all in my opinion haha.
Heroes.. hands down!
I love lucy
Gee.. none of my picks is at the top...
My 5 is
Great Teacher Onizuka
Attack of the Show!
Family guy, law and order, mash, taxi, ren and stimpy
These shows rock my world, I hope they give Pushing Daisies another season, that show was beautiful
This list is missing Underbelly (greatest ever Australian TV Show).
didn't notice Footballer's Wives the British TV show on the list.
Six Feet Under
Curb Your Enthusiasm
I'm surprised that Seinfeld is ranked as low as it is. It should at least be ahead of friends!
Dead Like Me
I love Canadian Television
These are shows most readers have more trhan likely
never heard of, but to me, formed a core of quality shows from my younger days.
Peter Gunn for the groundbreaking Mancini Jazz soundtrack, Banyon for Robert Forsters cool 30's noir
style detective, Nichols was Jim Garners effort as a laid back turn of the century small town Sheriff, One Step Beyond for giving insite into the paranormal
events throughout history (and host John Newland's experiment with Dr. Anthony Pruharich with Psylisybi Mexicanis mushrooms on camera showing increased
evidence of Psychic ability after ingestion) and Ripcord for the 57 T-Bird...the stories were good, too! Hard to pick just 5 though, because there are so many to choose.
These, though, formed a core group of shows that influenced my viewing habits. Rocky & Bullwinkle were better than the Simpsons early shows because they were just so darn
deep-witted ! That's my 2 (5) cents worth!
The simpsons jumped the shark a while ago, yes. And they have that immature, tired feeling associated with it now. If you like the simpsons you may seem less sophisticated or cultured etc.
But the earlier half of the series was profoundly, groundbreakingly, phenomonally well done. I think a lot of people know that deep down. It plays every weeknight at 6pm here and has been for as long as I can remember. I watch episodes I've seen a million times and for some reason I still find them highly entertaining. I find a new joke every time. The writing is amazing.
south park, futurama, and family guy have to be on the top 5!
Shawna, The Wire is an incredible show that runs on HBO.
here is a New Yorker article on it:
what is the wire i might have to check it out?
wha? The Wire didn't even make the list?
(would be my #1)
i love house but i feel it is getting way to perdictable, whats with that?! does anyone watch carpoolers it is very funny it is now one of my new favorites! but i hate the way the stations up and change the time and day it drives me crazy!!! bug anybody else? steve carell is soooo funny!!
I like Clean Sweep and Kid Nation
Common What about Family Guy and Futurama !!!
I'm with you Shane; that last five minutes was some of the most moving television I've ever seen!
Six Feet Under.
I bought it on DVD boxset after missing it on TV. Quite simply, it is the most powerful, memorable and watchable thing I have ever seen - TV or film.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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