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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/08 20:01:50 (permalink)
Mary Hartman Mary Hartman  the finest quirky show of the 70's or maybe it was the 80's.  Why does it seem foggy?
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 01:25:11 (permalink)
Freaks and Geeks
 
Sarah Connor Chronicles (I'm 40 and this show was too good for television in my opinion. I almost cried when it got cancelled.)
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 06:45:46 (permalink)
Am I the only F-Troop Fan?

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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 08:51:05 (permalink)
F Troop-----it was a favorite of mine-----but in my dotage it's memory had slipped to the back of my mind.  Great Cast---
 
Larry Storch was a stand up comedian--seen often on the Toast of the Town with emcee Ed Sullivan.  Storch did a routine I loved, but can't remember. 
 
Bob Steele was the old soldier from the Alamo----he had been my favorite cowboy hero ---- great in "B" movies.
 
And Forrest Tucker was supposed to be the "Biggest" swordsman in Hollywood.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 08:52:29 (permalink)
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Oh, that's easy.  That would be Manimal, a series about a Dr. who could change into any animal to help solve crimes.  It lasted for 8 episodes.

 
Simon MacCorkindale passed away last month and until I read his biography "Manimal" was the only show I knew him from.
 
Frankly, I'm surprised that Here's Boomer isn't getting any love here.
 
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 09:08:01 (permalink)
I don't know why but I was always fixated on Coronet Blue as my all-time favorite TV series. Maybe because it ended before a conclusion.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 09:33:56 (permalink)
Northern Exposure
China Beach
 
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 09:51:38 (permalink)
Coronet Blue!  I didn't know anyone other than myself knew that show.
 
This may seem weird but my crushes were on both Frank Converse and...  Forrest Tucker.  Yes, I also watched F-Troop.
 
Later I heard that Frank Converse beat his wife so that ended that for me.
 
When I was young I loved Our Miss Brooks.  I saw it again a few years ago and couldn't believe how badly Mr. Boynton was treated!  
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 10:42:13 (permalink)
Married with Children- no doubt about it one of the greatest sitcoms of all time.
 
It was revolutionary at the time it came out (1987) because when it first came out it was one of the first comedies in a long time  that  was just ridiculously silly " without needing a social message and it was without   serious overtones that needed "a very special episode" which many of the sitcoms had thoughout the 70's (beginning with All in the Family) and into the 80's.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 11:00:44 (permalink)
Feel obligated to mention Sid Ceaser's Your Show of Shows, which had Imogene Coco, Howard Morris, Carl Reiner & others in the cast & writers that included Doc Simon, Mel Brooks & Woody Allen. Reiner turned his experiences here into The Dick van Dyke Show and it was also the basis behind the movie My Favorite Year. 
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 11:10:49 (permalink)
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F Troop-----it was a favorite of mine-----but in my dotage it's memory had slipped to the back of my mind.  Great Cast---

Larry Storch was a stand up comedian--seen often on the Toast of the Town with emcee Ed Sullivan.  Storch did a routine I loved, but can't remember. 

Bob Steele was the old soldier from the Alamo----he had been my favorite cowboy hero ---- great in "B" movies.

And Forrest Tucker was supposed to be the "Biggest" swordsman in Hollywood.

I had to laugh last May when my grandson went to Fort Knox for training as a cavalry scout. He was assigned to F Troop.

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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 12:06:47 (permalink)
The Wire, and Futurama.  /giggling at the 'Manimal' reference
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 12:07:15 (permalink)
I think of this more as an event that brought the concept of Television to an unexpected forefront...than an actual scheduled program or series.
 
I am speaking of the Assassination of John F Kennedy and the coverage of the event and the following days activities by the major networks all over the USA.  I don't think anything, up to that point, had made the impact that those days had on the nation as a whole. Very few events since have equaled that, although each of the major networks has attempted to pattern its coverage of disasters in the pattern established in November of 1963.  The 9/11/01 tragedy may have equaled it, but The shock of the JFK event and the presentation of the information relative to it was, for me, the most revolutionary media presentation in my life.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 12:58:01 (permalink)
Pee Wee's Playhouse
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 13:04:13 (permalink)
Where's the raised eyebrow emoticon?
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 13:07:55 (permalink)
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I am speaking of the Assassination of John F Kennedy and the coverage of the event and the following days activities by the major networks all over the USA.  I don't think anything, up to that point, had made the impact that those days had on the nation as a whole. Very few events since have equaled that, although each of the major networks has attempted to pattern its coverage of disasters in the pattern established in November of 1963.  The 9/11/01 tragedy may have equaled it, but The shock of the JFK event and the presentation of the information relative to it was, for me, the most revolutionary media presentation in my life.

 
I agree Al, I was a senior in High School and it was broadcast over our school's intercom system during school. When we got home everyone was glued to the TV watching the events. When it was time for the funeral, TV broadcast people passing by the casket well into the night, it was mesmerizing as was the entire funeral.
 
Other major news events I remember like that were watching Kennedy's inauguration, the first trip to the moon and then the landing on the moon, just captivating. Can you imagine what that all would have been like in high def? 
post edited by kland01s - 2010/11/10 10:04:56
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 13:16:12 (permalink)
I was a little girl, watching "Queen for a Day", Mom was upstairs vacuuming-I heard the vacuum turn off, and went upstairs to find my Mom crying. I asked her, in my own little girl  knowledge, what was wrong-she told me Presidant Kennedy was shot and not expected to live. I will never forget that day.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 17:04:30 (permalink)
Davydd and mar52, I too remember Coronet Blue and even have an episode in my DVD library ( really bad video quality but that's what you get when you trade with other TV collectors. ) Most of my favorites are well known shows ( Leave It To Beaver, Dragnet, Bonanza, The Big Bang Theory and a couple of dozen others ), but one is an hour-long ABC drama from the early '60s that is virtually unknown today and doesn't deserve to be. The series is called Target: The Corruptors, and it starred the late Stephen McNally as a journalist whose syndicated column was dedicated to exposing graft and corruption in corporations, unions, the government etc. The scripts were well written and hard hitting, and their high quality attracted many name actors as guest stars ( the pilot episode featured Peter Falk and Walter Matthau. ) Unfortunately, the show was in the same time slot as The Twilight Zone, thus Target: The Corruptors ended up being a "one season wonder". A real pity, as it was one of the best dramatic series of the 1960s.
post edited by Carolina Bob - 2010/11/10 11:25:20
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 17:19:09 (permalink)
mar52

Where's the raised eyebrow emoticon?

LOL

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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 18:04:10 (permalink)
Pee Wee's Playhouse ?
Who was Pee Wee playing house with, or was he all alone?
In whose playhouse was PeeWee playing? 
 
I have no idea who would vote for Peewee---so I must erase that
vote and go on to Cav's comment on the Sid Caesar/Imogene Coca Show of Shows----a must see in the good old days---and the best group of writers of all time.  Way to go Cav. 
 
There was a show I think it was called the Comedy Hour on Sunday Nights ----1952 I think---It had a different comedian every week until 2 guys named Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did a Sunday.  That was it--they were on every Sunday from then on.
 
And speaking of comedy----how about Milton Berle---Mister Television himself.  The texaco Star Theater starring--------every Tuesday night.
 
And, don't forget that "The Honeymooners" was only a once a month part of the weekly Jackie Gleason show on Dumont.  ----And away we go !!!!
 
Boxing---the Gillette Friday Night Fights.
And wrestling was big back in the good old days. 
Ah yes, I remember it well.
 
As far as the birth of TV viewing-----The Joe McCarthy Hearings with Senator Estes Kefauver were on every TV in the nation---all 206 of them.
1950 or 51-------that really was the first nationwide news event covered live. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 18:49:04 (permalink)
Early TV wrestling featured Geogeous George, Lou Thesz and Antonino Rocca.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 19:26:47 (permalink)
really? Really??
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 19:51:10 (permalink)
Mash(of course)
or
 The Twilight Zone
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I Love Lucy(of course)
Leave It To Beaver
Ed Sullivan
and
The Milton Berle Show(Mr. Television, himself)
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/09 20:08:44 (permalink)
Recently, it was "My Name Is Earl" which was hilarious and the old, "Have Gun, Will Travel."
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/10 02:51:38 (permalink)
Obviously for me, I Love Lucy. It's so tasty too! Off the air before I was born but it seems less dated.
 
House.
Hollywood Squares. Paul Lynde was a riot.
James At 15.
The Odd Couple.
 
 
 
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/10 07:50:27 (permalink)
I wish I could lump all the 'workplace comedies' from the '70s into one show so I wouldn't have to pick one from Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart (Chicago), Barney Miller, WKRP, or Taxi. Maybe their progenitor, The Dick Van Dyke Show, should be my choice.
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/10 09:14:53 (permalink)
Every time I check this site out I find that someone has added
a show that I loved and omitted from the list because I forgot.
 
Joe Rogo throws in McHale's Navy-----excellent choice Joseph,
 I second the motion------- all in favor say ---- aye, aye sir..
 
Tasty Too selects The Odd Couple which isn't odd at all. Great show and tasty also.
 
and Vince digs up The Bob Newhart show where he is a shrink who shares a receptionist with Painless Potter, a dentist. A
really good show ----and also Barney Miller--the Keystone Kops moved up into the detective squad-----and Taxi, another bunch of nuts.  -----Very fine stuff Vince.
 
It's amazing how many good shows there were. 
 
 
 
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/10 10:52:31 (permalink)
Trying to look at the lists posted thru the eyes of a SoCal 50's era boy is difficult !!   I Ignored the 'Leave It To Beaver' show, pretty much, but watched, green with envy, "The Adventures of OZZIE and HARRIET" !! Rick Nelson (in those years) was my hero ! Later, When I met him in person at one of the 6 Flags concerts in NJ in the mid-seventies, he was a totally different personality from the 50's show character. Not bad, just beat down from the pressures of the career he had chosen. 
 
Of the Westerns I think Gunsmoke held my interest the longest time. When the Lone Ranger transisitioned to TV from Radio I saw the first episode and was disappointed at losing my imaginary setting and images from the radio show. Steve McQueen in Wanted: Dead or Alive was anther of the fairly short-lived series that made me dream of being a bounty-hunter.  My folks watched Maverick, religiously !
 
Sports? I was never a big sports fan...but watching Roller-Derby, especially the ladies teams was a fun-time for me!
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Re:What was the greatest TV Show of all time? 2010/11/10 11:17:03 (permalink)
How on Earth has this thread survived to
date without even a single mention of:
 
 
 
"Big Joe's Polka Show" -- featuring Nebraska's
favorite son, Joseph Siedlik -- is so popular that
RFD-TV broadcasts it four times a week!
 
Seriously, what is wrong with you people?
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