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Top Ten TV Shows
#41
(01-26-2019, 06:53 PM)bionicbob Wrote: True.

Though sometimes you don't realize how bad a show has gotten until it is too late LOL.
Or you keep watching out of loyalty, hoping it will improve.... and it doesn't.... Tongue

...some things you just can not unsee....
Or sometimes you watch a show and the decline in quality is so fast and so drastic that you figure it must be a fluke, and commit to watching all of it as the quality just drops exponentially. And you never realize that no, the few good parts at the beginning were the flukes and awful is the baseline.

NBC's Heroes. Never forget. Never again.
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#42
(01-26-2019, 08:43 PM)addiesin Wrote: NBC's Heroes. Never forget. Never again.

Amen brother!
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#43
The TV Western.... it is American mythology, the rough and tumble pioneer spirit battling for independence, justice and the dream of a better future.  Love them!  In the 1959 television season, there were over 30 Western tv series spread over the 3 US Networks!  I suppose it was only a matter of time the genre imploded from over saturation.  Now Westerns are a rarity.  But let's now return to those simpler days of yesteryear......

MY TOP TEN FAVE WESTERNS:
10. THE LONE RANGER (1949-1957) simplistic and straight forward, good versus bad, heroism and justice... corny and dated to some, but I think the world could use more of it.

09.  THE WILD, WILD WEST (1965-1968) The 60s spy craze comes to the Old West, it a show that borders on steampunk and sci-fi.  A fun romp.  There were two sequel tv movies and an atrocious big screen movie that is only worth watching for Salma Hayek. Wink

08.  THE BIG VALLEY  (1965-69) Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck as the family matriarch in this much edgier Bonanza style show.  Plus, future bionic man Lee Majors as the bastard son Heath!!

07.  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1998-2000)  A great cast and reimagining.  A series with so much potential but was cancelled too soon.

06.  ZORRO (1957-1961) Walt Disney brought cinematic production values and serialized storytelling to this fantastic series.  Ahead of its time and still a joy to watch.

05.  LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (1974-1983)  Grew up with this show.  Own the entire series on dvd.  Introduced my daughter to this show at age 5, she loves it.  Maybe she will introduce her family to it one day.  Timeless.  Perfect.

04.  DEADWOOD (2004-2006)  An amazing short lived HBO series that is currently filming a sequel!

03. MAVERICK (1957-1962)  James Gardner, a movie star who did tv.  Always likeable and endearing.  He could play the scoundrel like no one else.  The series spawned a couple of sequel series and an excellent big screen version with Mel Gibson.

02.  GUNSMOKE (1955-1975)  There is a reason this was the longest running tv western, it was simply excellent.  It was told stories most other tv shows viewed as taboo.  It could be ruthless at times.  It was always earnest.  And Justice was always paramount.  It later spawned a few reunion tv movies.

01.  KUNG FU (1972-75) this show challenged every Western trope and cliche.  It was philosophical, it was trippy, it was COOL!!!  Carradine rocks the role of Caine, an on the run Shaolin monk searching the West for his half brother, and helping all those he encountered with compassion and powerful slo-mo martial arts.  The series spawned a reunion movie and a modern day sequel series.  It is da BEST! 

This list would incomplete if I did not mention the GREATEST TV WESTERN EVER produced, except it was not a regular series, but an epic Mini-Series....

LONESOME DOVE (1989)  an adaption of the amazing novel by Larry McMurty, it starred Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall.  It is television at its finest.  It spawned multiple spin-off tv movies, some good, some bad, and a syndicated tv series.

Hi-yo Silver, away!!!! Big Grin
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#44
I've been thinking about my favourite TV shows recently, and I've decided to compose the list. It's been pretty hard to do so, since almost all shows go down-hill at some point, so I am only going to be counting the good seasons to make it easier:

1: The X-Files (seasons 1-8)
2: The Prisoner (1960's version)
3: Farscape
4: Blake's 7 (series 1-3)
5: Thunderbirds
6: Doctor Who (completely random periods)
7: The Sopranos 
8: Game Of Thrones (except season 5)
9: Firefly
10: American Gods
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#45
(01-27-2019, 12:13 PM)bionicbob Wrote: The TV Western.... it is American mythology, the rough and tumble pioneer spirit battling for independence, justice and the dream of a better future.  Love them!  In the 1959 television season, there were over 30 Western tv series spread over the 3 US Networks!  I suppose it was only a matter of time the genre imploded from over saturation.  Now Westerns are a rarity.  But let's now return to those simpler days of yesteryear......

MY TOP TEN FAVE WESTERNS:
10. THE LONE RANGER (1949-1957) simplistic and straight forward, good versus bad, heroism and justice... corny and dated to some, but I think the world could use more of it.

09.  THE WILD, WILD WEST (1965-1968) The 60s spy craze comes to the Old West, it a show that borders on steampunk and sci-fi.  A fun romp.  There were two sequel tv movies and an atrocious big screen movie that is only worth watching for Salma Hayek. Wink

08.  THE BIG VALLEY  (1965-69) Screen legend Barbara Stanwyck as the family matriarch in this much edgier Bonanza style show.  Plus, future bionic man Lee Majors as the bastard son Heath!!

07.  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1998-2000)  A great cast and reimagining.  A series with so much potential but was cancelled too soon.

06.  ZORRO (1957-1961) Walt Disney brought cinematic production values and serialized storytelling to this fantastic series.  Ahead of its time and still a joy to watch.

05.  LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (1974-1983)  Grew up with this show.  Own the entire series on dvd.  Introduced my daughter to this show at age 5, she loves it.  Maybe she will introduce her family to it one day.  Timeless.  Perfect.

04.  DEADWOOD (2004-2006)  An amazing short lived HBO series that is currently filming a sequel!

03. MAVERICK (1957-1962)  James Gardner, a movie star who did tv.  Always likeable and endearing.  He could play the scoundrel like no one else.  The series spawned a couple of sequel series and an excellent big screen version with Mel Gibson.

02.  GUNSMOKE (1955-1975)  There is a reason this was the longest running tv western, it was simply excellent.  It was told stories most other tv shows viewed as taboo.  It could be ruthless at times.  It was always earnest.  And Justice was always paramount.  It later spawned a few reunion tv movies.

01.  KUNG FU (1972-75) this show challenged every Western trope and cliche.  It was philosophical, it was trippy, it was COOL!!!  Carradine rocks the role of Caine, an on the run Shaolin monk searching the West for his half brother, and helping all those he encountered with compassion and powerful slo-mo martial arts.  The series spawned a reunion movie and a modern day sequel series.  It is da BEST! 

This list would incomplete if I did not mention the GREATEST TV WESTERN EVER produced, except it was not a regular series, but an epic Mini-Series....

LONESOME DOVE (1989)  an adaption of the amazing novel by Larry McMurty, it starred Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall.  It is television at its finest.  It spawned multiple spin-off tv movies, some good, some bad, and a syndicated tv series.

Hi-yo Silver, away!!!! Big Grin

Wait, wait... where's Star Trek!?
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#46
(01-27-2019, 02:48 PM)Canon Editor Wrote: Wait, wait... where's Star Trek!?

Coming soon...  Big Grin
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My Top Ten Fave SCI-FI Shows....
(clarification, my definition of Sci-Fi are shows that are in space/future and/or feature aliens or robots; sci-fi does NOT include shows that feature magic or supernatural, completely different category for me lol)

10.  THE X-FILES (1993-2001, 2016, 2018) Seasons 1-5, plus the first movie are amazeballs. Seasons 6 & 7, the show hits the shark ramp.  Season 8 and 9, the shark eats the show.  Season 10 and 11, the shark shits out the show onto the fans.  

09.  STARGATE ATLANTIS (2004-2009) Great cast, great action and a wonderful balance of drama and fun.  Damn you MGM for letting it end on a cliffhanger!

08.  STARGATE SG-1  (1997-2007) I literally watch this show everyday!!!  Seasons 1-8 epic goodness.  Season 9-10, still good but too villain centric.  If only MGM hadn't collapsed, we might still be watching Stargate to this very day, along with the planned big screen spin off movies.

07.  THE EXPANSE (2015 - present) Hard science fiction mixed with war and politics, aptly dubbed the Game of Thrones of sci-fi.  This show is incredible and anyone who is remotely a sci-fi fan needs to be watching this!!!

06.  TERMINATOR:  THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (2008-09)  Better than all the movie sequels combined.  

05. BABYLON 5  (1994-1998)  Lord of the Rings done space pulp style, an amazing accomplishment.

04.  STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999)  Boldly taking Trek where it never went before.  Everything Discovery attempted to do in their season one, DS9 already did it and did it better.

03.  STAR TREK (1966-69)  Kirk. Spock. McCoy.  The Holy Trinity of Sci-Fi.

02.  BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (1978)  I have praised this show multiple times in other threads, sufficient to say, this is my Star Wars!  Still rewatch regularly, still holds up... a great cosmic space opera.

01.  THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN (1973-78) What did you think I would say?  My user name is BIONIC!!! lol.
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#48
Your descriptions of The Expanse and Babylon 5 make me want to watch them.
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#49
(01-28-2019, 08:30 PM)jrWHAG42 Wrote: Your descriptions of The Expanse and Babylon 5 make me want to watch them.

You definitely should.

B5 may feel a bit dated, particularly in the CGI department, and creator's JMS's pulp stylings and dialogue take a bit getting used to, plus it takes almost the first full season to get the story rolling... but once it does, look out!!!  Seasons 2, 3 and 4 spectacular.  Season 5 is still good, and the show has one of the best written series finales in television history.

THE EXPANSE is utterly incredible.  It is gorgeous in the FX department.  It is rich in characters, and has very intricate world building.  The first half of season one is a slow burn, but then the fuse ignites fully and it is a rocket racing to the stars!   In my opinion, it may be the best science fiction television series in the last 20 years.
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#50
I've heard of B5 before, but I've never looked into it. I assumed it was just a 70s Star Trek ripoff, but obviously I am very wrong. I will most certainly look further into it.

I must add, I've never watched any kind of sci-fi television series.

The Expanse, I've never heard of. I suppose I should add, I've never watched a proper fantasy series either, so when you compare it to Game of Thrones, I am only familiar with what I've heard of it, not the series itself. That being said, I do get the gist of what you're saying.
I will definitely look into this further as well. 

Thank you again for your insight, I really appreciate it.
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