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The Best Series Ever Made


Chase - Posted on 29 June 2009

Here's a random list of the best shows ever made IMO. I decidedly don't like shows that others like such as the livid limp I LOVE LUCY and the horrid LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY. I also know the value of but never became a fan of such shows as SEINFELD, FRIENDS, and wanted to become a fan of but just couldn't of WILL AND GRACE. Other shows start off funny and interesting but phase out such as THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN. Other shows have great ideas behind them but not one truly good episode such as LOST. Others start off GREAT but end up terrible such as HEROES. I may or may not put some of these on the list.

 

here goes AND in on order:

 

LAND OF THE GIANTS

LAND OF THE LOST

LOST IN SPACE

THE TIME TUNNEL

SPACE:1999

DOCTOR WHO of course

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

VOYAGERS!

STAR TREK, the original series

STAR TREK the animated series

FANTASTIC VOYAGE

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

ANGEL

TRUE CALLING

THE X FILES

MILLENNIUM

BRIMSTONE

REAPER

THE FLINTSTONES

THE ODD COUPLE

ALL IN THE FAMILY

ROSWELL

UFO

THUNDERBIRDS

BLAKE'S 7

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

CHILDREN OF THE STONES

THE OMEGA FACTOR

THE TRIBE

OCEAN GIRL

ODESSEY

THE STARLOST

EARTH 2

SEAQUEST

SUPERMAN

LOIS AND CLARK

SMALLVILLE

BATMAN

WONDER WOMAN

THE INCREDIBLE HULK

the animated AMAZING SPIDER MAN

MTV'S SPIDERMAN

AARON STONE

POWER RANGERS

THE LITTLEST HOBO

JOHNNY QUEST

SCOOBY DO

LOGAN'S RUN

THE MAN FROM ATLANTIS

GRAND STAR

ARK 2

SHAZAM

ISIS

SPACE ACADEMY

THUNDERSTORM

STORMWORLD

VAMPIRE HIGH

XENA

HERCULES

THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW and their movies

BONES

GHOST WHISPERER

MEDIUM

CSI: the first four to five years of each series

LAW AND ORDER: the first six years of each series except CRIMINAL INTENT

RAINES

MONK

THE 11TH HOUR (both versions)

SEA OF SOULS

STRANGE

HEX

AFTERLIFE

BEING HUMAN

SAPPHIRE AND STEEL

KUNG FU and KUNG FU THE LEGEND CONTINUES

CONAN and THE YOUNG WARRIORS

CONAN

SINBAD

CE2030

CYBERGIRL

THE TRIBE SPINOFF called NEW BEGINNING

the new LAND OF THE LOST show from 1991

DARK SHADOWS, both versions

HART TO HART

IRONSIDE

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

BEYOND BELIEF

GODZILLA and GAMERA movies

THE LITTLES

THE REAL WORLD

MTV'S DEAD AT 21

KING KONG

FRIDAY THE 13TH THE SERIES

THE SIXTH SENSE tv show

THE TWLIGHT ZONE

THE original OUTER LIMITS

AS THE WORLD TURNS

GENERAL HOSPITAL

GALAXY EXPRESS 999

GASUKEN HEAVEN

KYO KARA MAOH

SAINT SEIYA

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR

DEVIL MAN, the ova only

YOMA

BARNABY JONES

THE FLYING HOUSE

STARGATE

KOLCHAK THE NIGHT STALKER

THE NIGHT STALKER  remake

MIRACLES (totally underrated!)

THE BEST YEARS

BEYOND THE BREAK

DEGRASSI

WHAT I THINK ABOUT YOU

TARZAN (all versions including Ron Ely, Wolf Larsen, and New Adventures, and CW)

DEAD LIKE ME

DEAD LAST

THE OTHERS

HAUNTED

PETER BENCHLEY'S AMAZON

STARMAN

FANTASTIC JOURNEY

YOUNG HERCULES

LADY BLUE

SISTER KATE

DAY BY DAY

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

HOME IMPROVEMENT

GEORGE LOPEZ

LEGEND OF THE SEEKER

THE LOST WORLD

MUTANT X

BEASTMASTER (what a great show!)

ROBIN HOOD (the 1980 version, the 1990 version and the current version!)

MERLIN

DEMONS

SPACE GIANTS

SEALAB 2020

HR PUFNSTUFF (God that was bad though)

SIGMUND AND THE SEA MONSTERS

HAPPY DAYS

WESTWIND

THE RED HAND GANG

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL

HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

FOREVER NIGHT

ANNE RICE'S VAMPIRE PILOT (I don't know the name but should have been a series!)

WILD WILD WEST

GET SMART

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

THE MUNSTERS

BEWITCHED

I DREAM OF JEANNIE

MAUDE

PIRATE ISLAND

ROUND THE TWIST

MOWGLI: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF THE JUNGLE BOY

STARGATE ATLANTIS

FLASH GORDON (but ONLY the 1930s-40s serials)

SUPERBOY

SUPERNATURAL

KILLER INSTINCT

PREY

THE SURVIVORS --both versions

NIGHTMAN

GOOD VS EVIL

THE CHRONICLE

JOAN OF ARCADIA

CRIMINAL MINDS

FIRST WAVE

DRACULA THE SERIES

 THE GREEN HORNET

THE EQUALIZER

THE COMMISH

RESCUE ME

COVER ME: STORY OF AN FBI FAMILY

COVER UP

CHARLIE'S ANGELS

THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

THE BIONIC WOMAN

MI HIGH

MILE HIGH

DARK ORACLE

INSTANT STAR

WEEDS

TRUE BLOOD

BLOOD TIES

7TH HEAVEN (but only the first four years or so)

THE BIG VALLEY

BONANZA

GUNSMOKE

MARTIN MYSTERY

WOLF LAKE

NEARLY FAMOUS 

KNIGHT RIDER the new one only

MATTHEW STAR

SOUTH OF NOWHERE

LEVERAGE

SEEING THINGS

DANGER BAY

15

NCIS

VERITAS THE QUEST

DINOTOPIA

24

PRISON BREAK

THE AVENGERS

THE NEW AVENGERS

THE PRISONER

CRACKER

FLIPPER

THE NEW FLIPPER

GHOSTWRITER

IN A HEART BEAT

ANIMORPHS

ELIDOR

THE CHANGES

JUNJU ROMANTICA

FALLEN

SAMURAI GIRL

RENEGADES

THE RENEGADE

STILL STANDING

H2O

RELIC HUNTER

GOOSEBUMPS

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK

SUMMERLAND

SO WEIRD

WEIRD SCIENCE

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS

THE FUGITIVE, the original only

STATIC SHOCK

TEEN TITANS

JIMMY NEUTRON

KARATE KID

MYTH QUEST

THE GASKUEN (Japanese mob princess wants to teach JDs)

JAYCE AND THE WHEELED WARRIORS

ULYSSEUS 31

THE MUMMY ADVENTURES

JOSIE AND THE PUSSY CATS

MARTIAL LAW

SECOND NOAH

EVERWOOD

EARLY EDITION (newspaper of tomorrow arrives today)

TEXAS RANGER

LANCER

DUDLEY

ADVENTURE INC

SKIN

SHAMELESS

SKINS

REGENESIS

YOUNG DRACULA

HIDDEN PALMS

REUNION

TOUCHING EVIL

BURN NOTICE

ODD MAN OUT

COMPLETE SAVAGES

BOY MEETS WORLD

SAVED BY THE BELL

SILVER SPOONS

MR BELVEDERE

PARADISE/GUNS OF PARADISE

TRAVEL;S OF JAMIE MCPHEETERS

THE OUTSIDERS

21 JUMPSTREET

BOOKER

GHOST STORY/CIRCLE OF FEAR

FREAKY LINKS

ALL SOULS

THE THIRD EYE/ INTO THE LABYRINTH/HAUNTING OF CASSIE PALMER/UNDER THE VOLCANO

COLD CASE

JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000

MYSTERIOUS WAYS

LET'S KILL UNCLE (really a movie but on tv so much in the 70s and 80s)

PROFILER

PRETENDER

JAKE 2.0

DEAD ZONE

FALCON BEACH

VANISHING SON

NORTHSHORE

NEON RIDER

HIGHER GROUND

HARDBALL

JAMES AT 15/16

LEVEL 9

WHIZ KIDS

WITCH

THE INSIDE

PSI FACTOR

POLTERGEIST THE LEGACY

LOVE MONKEY

POLICE SQUAD

THE NEW VOICE ( a PBD series about teens making a newspaper)

INSIGHT (a religious Twlight Zone)

SLIDERS

THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN

WHAT'S HAPPENING

MY SECRET IDENTITY

HYPERNAUTS

NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR

LIZZIE MCGUIRE

ZOEY 101

NAKED BROTHERS BAND

DRAKE AND JOSH

LEXXX

MISSION GENESIS

SPACE CASES

FAR OUT SPACE NUTS

KYLE XY

GRAVITATION

GIRLS IN LOVE

SHOEBOX ZOO

ARE YOU BEING SERVED

LITTLE MEN

ADVENTURES IN RAINBOW COUNTRY

MATT AND JENNY

ADVENTURES OF BLACK BEAUTY

K9 COP

BLACK STALLION

AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER (best show ever)

FOX'S PETER PAN AND THE PIRATES (best show ever!)

GRANGE HILL

THE HONEYMOONERS

THE TORKELSONS

EVEN STEVENS

LEARNING THE ROPES

BLOSSOM

WHAT A DUMMY

MARRIED WITH CHILDREN

WEREWOLF

BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS

SMALL WONDER

THE MOTHERS IN LAW

AEON FLUX

VENTURE BROTHERS

FAMILY GUY

SKIPPY THE BUSH KANGAROO

CHILDREN OF THE NEW FOREST  

WILLIAM TELL (the 1980s)

AMERICAN GOTHIC

BLADE THE SERIES

BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA the original show ONLY

BEYOND REALITY

BIG LOVE

BYRDS OF PARADISE

CLUBHOUSE

KIZUNA

FROST

CARNIVALE

PLANET OF THE APES

CHARLES IN CHARGE

CROSSING JORDAN

JUDGING AMY

THE CROW

CRUSOE

DARCY'S WILDLIFE

DINOSAPIEN

FLIGHT 29 DOWN

SCOUT'S SAFARI

SAILING AWAY

ENDURANCE

OUT THERE

STRANGE DAYS AT BLACK HOLSEY HIGH

STRANGE DAYS

DARK ANGEL

DARK SKIES

TUTENSTEIN

DREXELL'S CLASS

NICK FRENO

EUREKA

EARTH FORCE

FAME

SPIN AND MARTY

THE FLASH

JEREMIAH

GALIDOR

GTO

HIGHLANDER

WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE

HOLLYWOOD SAFARI

HIGH TIDE

HITCHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

HARDY BOYS

ONCE UPON A CLASSIC

WALT DISNEY PRESENTS

LAST OF THE MOHICANS

HULL HIGH

HARTS OF THE WEST

 

 

 

 

    

POINT PLEASANT

SLIDERS

PHOTON (okay it's cheesy but original)

KYLE XY

ROAR

KAMEN RIDER 

Doctor Whoovie's picture

Of the four hundred or so shows you mention, I have only ever followed about 20 of them religiously (i.e wouldn't miss an episode if at all possible). There are probably another 20 or so that I wouldn't turn off if I found them on (mainly american sit-coms).

However, the vast majority, I have either never watched, never heard of or have actively turned off, as mind numbing drivel!

Even many I watched as a kid (Logan's Run, The Six Million Dollar Man, Airwolf, Automan, Street Hawk) are dreadful when re-watched today. Even the nostalga factor cannot save them from their obvious awfulness. It is testament to the really good shows (Dr Who, Star Trek, The Avengers, Space 1999, UFO, Sapphire and Steel, Lost in Space) that they still seem to have merit today. This doesn't even apply to just the really old shows, I rewatched the first season of the X-files recently and thought it seemed pretty poor (and I was a fairly hardcore x-files fan in my time, at least for the first three or four seasons). 

One advantage of growing up in the UK with only three channels (which basically never showed re-runs) was that they sifted through the dross and typically only US shows of some merit (even if it was just in the things exploding catagory) ended up on TV.
This being said, BBC2 did pick up Quatum Leap for some unknown reason.

Rather than just listing everything made, why not recommend those series which are particularly worth watching (for their quality, not just nostalga reasons - particularly if you have rewatched any episodes recently just to confirm this fact). I for one like to be pointed to particular episode of exceptional quality, especially if they are availble on Netflix, or similar rental service.

 

Tardis-Knight's picture

Chase - I started to read through the list, and it just kept going and going and going and going!!

Surprised

 

Nothing Dies Of Old Age On Skaro!
Dr. Solar's picture

and the remake of Kolchack the Nightstalker wasn't that good in my opinion. 

it was badly written and missed the point of the original series. 

Man Of The Atom

TWIN PEAKS is an awful show, boring, repetitive, silly in all the wrong places, just boring and crazy i a bad way IMO of course.

As for the new NIGHT STALKER if you've watched the unaired eps and still feel that way, then I wil just accept to agree to disagree but the unaired ones were probably the best ones and most like the TWLIGHT ZONE and the old NIGHT STALKER with a touch of newness about them. I still think this New Night STalker would have worked if they didn't call it that and didn't name him Kolchak. 

Dr. Solar's picture

without twin peaks there wouldn't have been shows like Lost or The X-Files!

the show took chances and inspired other tv shows to do so. 

Man Of The Atom

Great list, for the most part... but, SCOOBY DO? Are you serious?!



X FILES is more likely owing to NIGHT STALKER and FRIDAY THE 13TH THE TV SERIES than TWIN PEAKS. TWINS is just boring.

X FILES has a readhead (F13 Micki) who is a skeptic (F13) paired with a man who likes comic books and hauntings and sci fi and conspiracies (F13 Ryan). Their adventures do not always end well and their is some sexual frustration and geniune scares. For a real F13 pre X files X Files see SCARECROW. As for NS, the makers of XF tell us that NS was an influence. Monsters of the week! All three shows have them. The only monster I ever saw on TWINS was the script and that silly midget thing. 

 

as for LOST, it sucked from day one right to the sad predictable ending. Horrible show. For a better show that was years ahead of LOST see PETER BENCHLEY'S AMAZON. Not a perfect show but at least it told an adventure and not some wandering, supposedly character driven (it wasn't) borefest like LOST.

Dr. Solar's picture

Small wonder? really? and Home Improvement? 

if you want a repetitive tv show then you watch Home Improvement

if you think those two are the best series ever made then i think your opinion on what are the best series ever made is questionable. 

Man Of The Atom

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