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50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« on: July 07, 2007, 11:43:17 PM »
Here's how it works!

You were asked to send me a list of your 25 favorite television shows of all time. 9 ballots were received, and shows were ranked on a point system allowing 25 points for a #1 choice, 24 for a #2, and all the way down to 1 point for #25. The points were added up, and what follows are your selections.

Tiebreakers work like such: If two shows have equal pointage, the show that appeared on the most lists ranks higher. If those shows appeared on the same amount of lists, I went with whatever ranked highest on the individual list. A show that was someone's #4 beats another person's #6, for example. And then if they still were tied I just picked.

What we don't want: your entire lists posted, cloggin' up yer thread
What we do want: everything else. Bitch/kick yourself/pontificate as much as you want, because that's the point!

The countdown begins now. Let your conversations begin!
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2007, 11:49:57 PM »


50. One Foot In The Grave - (1990) - 14 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #12 TripeHoundRedux)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098882/

One Foot in the Grave is a BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. The show ran for six series, with several specials, over a ten year period, from 1990 to 2000. In addition, four episodes were remade for BBC Radio 2 and the series also inspired a novel.

The series featured the exploits of Victor Meldrew, an irascible pensioner with attitude. In the first episode, Victor, played by Scottish born actor Richard Wilson, was prematurely retired from his job as a security guard. From then on the series followed his struggle to keep himself occupied, often with little success. In particular, Victor fell victim to surreal misfortunes, bad luck and coincidences, which led to his oft-imitated catchphrase "I don't believe it!". His long-suffering wife Margaret, played by Annette Crosbie, was often left exasperated by her husband's many misfortunes, although it was always made clear that the couple had a strong relationship. Although there is no explicit reference that Victor and Margaret had children, the episode "Timeless Time" contained a melancholy, ambiguous reference to someone called Stuart; the suggestion was that they once had a son who had died as a child.

A number of complaints were made during the series' run for its depiction of animal deaths. For example, in one episode a dead cat was found in the Meldrew's freezer; in another a tortoise was roasted in a brazier. However, this was later cited as a positive feature of the programme's daring scripts in Britain's Best Sitcom by its advocate Rowland Rivron. The programme was censored, however, for a scene in the episode "Hearts of Darkness" where an elderly resident was abused in an old people's home, and following complaints, the scene was slightly cut when the episode was repeated. Another controversial scene saw the Meldrews visit Ronnie and Mildred on the understanding that Mildred had gone upstairs during a game of Happy Families and not returned; Ronnie then shows her feet hanging outside of the window, implying that she has committied suicide. The Broadcasting Standards Commission complained to the programme for this scene.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2007, 11:56:56 PM »


49. Speed Racer - (1966) - 14 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #12 Minnesota)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061300/


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2007, 12:01:21 AM »
wow, thats WAY more ballots than I assumed you would get (looks like the 'top ten 2007 movie' thread is back on... lol very few participated in last years ;) )

also wtf 50 ft in the grave?! huh?  Who said British shows were allowed ;D


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2007, 12:01:54 AM »


48. Pee-Wee's Playhouse - (1986) - 14 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #12 GregMcduck)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090500/

Pee-wee's Playhouse is a children's television program starring Pee-Wee Herman. The playhouse is styled as a wacky, off-beat interior, wherein many objects are anthropomorphic.

The Pee-wee Herman character was created by comedian Paul Reubens and was an almost exact copy in clothing and persona of 1950s children's TV show host Pinky Lee. One commentator described the character as combining "a transgressive sexuality, unabashed materialism, obsessive neatness, and a sly anti-authoritarian pose, dressed up in a distinctive costume of white shoes, white socks, red bowtie, tight plaid suit, rouge, and lipstick."

At the beginning of each show, viewers were told the day's "Secret Word" and were instructed to "scream real loud" every time a character on the show said the word, which was given to Pee-wee by Conky. Immediately after receiving the Secret Word, Pee-Wee would try to demonstrate the usage of the word by usually trying to trick someone in the playhouse into saying it, usually followed by Pee-Wee accidentally saying the word himself. The word was always used continuously throughout the episode, and Pee-Wee always said it right before he got onto his scooter at the end of the show.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2007, 12:04:22 AM »
wow, thats WAY more ballots than I assumed you would get (looks like the 'top ten 2007 movie' thread is back on... lol very few participated in last years ;) )

Oh, WHOOPS!

Sorry, I copied and pasted that description from another forum I did this on. I actually got nine ballots, not 36.

Those guys were a lot more fun then you guys.  :P


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2007, 12:06:00 AM »
figures, thanks for the cool thread regardless


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2007, 12:11:21 AM »


47. Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist  - (1995) - 14 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #5 rocket9)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111942/

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist was an animated series that originally ran on Comedy Central and starred Jonathan Katz. It was computer animated in a crude, easily recognizable style called Squigglevision, in which all persons and animate objects are colored and have constantly squiggling outlines, while all other inanimate objects are static and usually gray in color.

The show focused on the title character, Dr. Jonathan Katz, who was voiced by, and visually based on, the comedian of the same name. Dr. Katz was a professional psychoanalyst who had famous comedians and actors as patients, usually two per episode. The comedians' therapy sessions generally consisted of them doing their onstage material while Dr. Katz offered insights or simply let them rant. Meanwhile, therapy sessions featuring actors and actresses offered more interpersonal dialogue between Katz and his patient to better suit their predisposition.

Much of the show's content, particularly dialogue between Katz and Benjamin, was improvised through a process called "retroscripting", in which a vague outline is developed but the actual dialogue is ad-libbed. This style, as well as Squigglevision, would reappear in Home Movies, a cartoon that features many members of the Dr. Katz cast and crew.
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2007, 12:20:56 AM »


46. Star Fleet (aka X-Bomber)  - (1980) - 15 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #11 TripeHoundRedux)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0307741/

X-Bomber is a marionette tokusatsu TV series. Created by manga master Go Nagai, the show, produced by Cosmo Productions and Jin Productions, aired a total of 26 episodes (counting the pre-series pilot episode). This show was billed in Japan as being filmed in "Sūpāmariorama", a puppeteering process similar to Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation works. X-Bomber was renamed Star Fleet and dubbed by English speaking actors for broadcast in the UK. The show was broadcast there on Saturday mornings and it first aired on the 30th October 1982. Due to its broadcast slot, the advertisements shown before, during and after each episode frequently included children's Public Information Films.

The year is 2999 and the Earth is at peace following the Space Wars. The tranquility of the human race is ensured by Earth Defense Force (EDF). Shortly before the turn of the fourth millennium the peace is broken by the appearance of a gigantic alien battle cruiser. Powerless to defend itself, the EDF's Pluto base is completely destroyed and the evil Commander Makara reveals the same fate awaits the Earth unless the mysterious F-Zero-One is handed over to her. Oblivious to the existence of F-Zero-One, and fearful of Makara's terrible retribution, the EDF presses into action a new and untested weapon, the X-Project from its hidden moon-base.

The series then follows the adventures of the crew of the X-Bomber as they discover the nature of the F-Zero-One and try to protect it from the increasingly desperate and unstable Makara and her demanding overlord, the 'Imperial Master'.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2007, 12:24:19 AM »
say it aint so greg... pee wee made your list?!


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2007, 12:26:32 AM »
Hey, man. Pee-Wee's awesome. No dissing Pee-Wee in my thread.  ;)


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2007, 12:30:10 AM »
fair is fair, just never mention that show ever again
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2007, 12:32:44 AM »


45. Babylon 5 - (1994) - 15 points
(2 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #7 mrbasehart)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105946/


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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2007, 12:43:05 AM »



(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #5 AmazingThor)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319969/


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2007, 06:28:20 AM »
also wtf 50 ft in the grave?! huh?  Who said British shows were allowed ;D

Oh and I have more than just British shows, there's two Japanese ones and a Irish one too. Cool three of mine have already turned up :) (I didn't rank B5 as highly as Mrbasehart)