If you read the blog from yesterday you know that today is the first of a series of “Top 5” lists I will be posting this week.
Today’s post, Top 5 TV shows is a very hard one to start with, in part because I simply don’t watch a ton of TV. But in thinking about the actual list do I go top 5 of all time or top 5 current? Can I make the list more specific by going top 5 comedy or top 5 drama? Of course I could, but I won’t. Part of the controversy with these lists (even in my own mind) will be to argue the length of the show (how many years it has been on), the strength of the show (were the early years better than the last years?), and the returnability of the show (meaning, could I return to this show after not seeing it for five years).
Because of these three areas I can already think of shows that I liked that are now off the list, for instance, Prison Break was one of my favorite shows, in fact, I think season one of Prison Break may have been my favorite TV season ever. So, the strength eliminates this one, whereas a reality show I have followed is Survivor, but there is NO returanability with a reality show, so it is eliminated.
The way I went about making this list was to think of it in terms of DVD’s of the series… would I want the complete box set of this series after the show was off the air. So, without further ado, here we go.
Five: Cheers. This is a surprise entry to me actually, as I thought about this show with the criteria that I set, I can honestly say this is one of the DVD series I would pick. Cheers had a great run as a show, and even spun off a show, Frasier, that had an equally strong run. This show had a couple classic openings that I still chuckle about just thinking about them. And you gotta love Norm!
Four: The Office. No doubt this is the one show I expect will make a run up the charts over the years; however, it is still young and needs another year or two of consistent awkwardness to propel its way up.
Three: 24. Jack Bauer could kick any other character’s back side, but as a whole there are still two shows that top it. Two of the seasons of 24 (of the seven so far) have been a little weaker, whereas a couple seasons would compete with Prison Break for the best one year ever.
Two: M*A*S*H. This one may seem like an odd choice, but just last night I found myself watching back-to-back episodes on TV Land. Hawkey, BJ, Colonel Potter and Radar were a few of my favorites on the show.
One: Seinfeld. Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine take the cake. I find myself quoting way too many episodes to not put it in the number one slot!
I am sure there are a few shows I am missing and perhaps a comment or two will re-shape my thinking, I am not opposed to revising my list, but make your argument, convince me that I am wrong, I will make changes, but now it is up to you, the reader, to let me know if you agree, disagree or want some changes!