Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Greatest Television Shows Ever? A Personal List

Here are a few of the TV programmes that have touched me in some way, shape, or form. Needless to say this list reflects my biases and my ignorances--I haven't had the opportunity to see a lot of global television something I think is a sad commentary on US TV. The geographical limitations on viewing global TV over the web are truly annoying. This list is in no particular order other than geographical. For the most part I haven't included shows still in production for the obvious reason--we have no idea what will happen with them. This list, of course, remains in progress...

CANADA
Anne of Green Gables
Degrassi
Ramona
Due South (especially season one)
Slings and Arrows
Being Erica

UK
The Up series (7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49)
Dr. Who (the classic series)
Upstairs, Downstairs
Are You Being Served?
The Naked Civil Servant
I, Claudius
The Good Life (US: Good Neighbors)
To the Manor Born
Butterflies
Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister
All Creatures Great and Small
Rumpole
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
House of Cards
A Very British Coup
David Attenborough's documentaries
Edge of Darkness
Widows (particularly series one)
Prime Suspect
Morse
Lewis
Inspector Lynley
If You See God Tell Him
Ballykissangel
Father Ted
Mr. Bean
Blackadder
Vicar of Dibley
Cracker
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (ITV)
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (and subsequent Theroux documentaries)
Goodnight Mister Tom
Foyle's War
My Family and Other Animals (both versions)
White Teeth
Absolutely Fabulous
Bleak House
Little Dorrit
Pride and Prejudice (1995 version)
Emma (2009 version)
Northanger Abbey
Persuasion
Miss Austen Regrets
Lost in Austen
Wuthering Heights (2008 version)
Jonathan Creek
The Worst Week of My Life
Clocking Off
Cold Feet
Life on Mars
Wallander
Collision
Deep Water
Thick of It
Outnumbered
Spaced

NZ
Forgotten Silver
Eating Media Lunch
Jane and the Dragon

GERMANY
Berlin Alexanderplatz
Heimat

SWEDEN
Scenes from a Marriage
Saraband
Fanny and Alexander

DENMARK
Forbrydelsen

FRANCE
Maigret

POLAND
Dekalog

ETATS-UNIS
Have Gun-Will Travel
The Rifleman
Gunsmoke (black and white 30 minute)
Twilight Zone
Dick Van Dyke Show
Alias Smith and Jones
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Wonder Years
My So-Called Life
Married...with Children (with original musical openings)
Northern Exposure (with the original music)
X-Files
Ally McBeal
American Family
King of the Hill
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Angel
Firefly
Dollhouse
Dead Like Me
Friday Night Lights
Jeopardy
Password
$10,000 Pyramid
An American Family
Bill Moyers Journal
Independent Lens
POV
Frontline
American Experience
Nature
The Education of Shelby Knox
Storm over Everest
Bush's War
Inside the Meltdown
Carrier

US AND UK
Tales of the City

I am sure I have left some things out. I am also sure that what I would want to put on this list or take off it may change when I wake up tomorrow.

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