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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #45 on: July 10, 2007, 12:24:57 PM »


28. Quantum Leap - (1989) - 20 points
(2 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #13 GregMcduck)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096684/

Quantum Leap is an American science fiction television series. In the near future (1995), at a highly classified U.S. government-funded research facility somewhere in the desert of New Mexico, physicist Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) is working on a grand experiment to prove his time-travel theory. Sam is working alongside Gooshie, the lead programmer of Project Quantum Leap. Gooshie also works the controls for the imaging chamber. However, the funding for the project is about to be cut. Sam's colleagues protest that they're not ready, but in a last-ditch effort to prove that his theories are correct, Sam steps into the project's "accelerator chamber" too early and vanishes.

Sam appears in the past with no memory of who he is or where he is. This side-effect of uneven amnesia is called Swiss-cheesing or (as a technical term in the show's universe) magnafluxing, which prevents him from remembering most of the details of his own life. His friend from his original time, Albert "Al" Calavicci (played by Dean Stockwell), appears to him as a holographic projection from the "imaging chamber", usually only visible and audible to Sam, but also small children, and animals ( Al often jokes "blondes" too). Al is the project observer and a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral. It is revealed that Gooshie made a frantic call to Al when Sam vanished in the project accelerator and called him in to work on the situation. Gooshie continues to work alongside Al in Sam's original time. Along with the (possibly) sentient supercomputer named Ziggy, Al is able to help Sam "set right what once went wrong" before he leaps out into the next person. At the beginning and end of nearly every episode, as Sam leaps into a new person and speaks his catch phrase. Another notable exception is in the episode "Dr. Ruth", in which the leap is shown from the leapees' point of view rather than Sam's. When the leap takes place, we are with Dr Ruth in the waiting room, and see her character transform into a man who resembles a vampire, who smiles and laughs in order to show his fangs.

The series (created by Donald Bellisario) is somewhat unusual in that it has a science fiction premise, but little science fiction- or fantasy-oriented storytelling, instead focusing on the personal journeys of Sam Beckett and those he encounters. Even in its final episode, the show refuses to resolve many of its own technical and holistic questions, choosing instead to leave things open-ended and focus tightly on what is arguably the series' overarching message: that a single person can change the world one life at a time. Some feel the bartender in this last episode portrays God and what he tells Sam is that his project was messed up for a purpose: to change history for the better.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #46 on: July 10, 2007, 12:37:52 PM »


27. House - (2004) - 20 points
(2 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #2 mrbasehart)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412142/

House, also known as House, M.D., is a critically-acclaimed American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. House stars British actor Hugh Laurie as the American title character, a role for which he received the 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Awards and 2007 Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor in a Drama. Dr. Gregory House is a maverick medical genius, who heads a team of young diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. Most episodes start with a cold open somewhere outside the hospital, showing the events leading to the onset of symptoms for that week's main patient. The episode follows the team in their attempts to diagnose the illness.

The team arrives at diagnoses using the Socratic method and differential diagnosis, with House guiding the deliberations. House often discounts the information and opinions from his underlings, assuming their contributions to miss relevant unconsidered factors. The patient is usually misdiagnosed two or three times over the course of each episode, almost always including such diseases as sarcoidosis, and treated with medications appropriate to those diagnoses that cause further complications. Often the ailment cannot be easily deduced because the patient has lied about symptoms and circumstances. House frequently mutters, "Everybody lies", or proclaims during the team's deliberations: "The patient is lying", or "The symptoms never lie." Even when not stated explicitly, this assumption guides House's decisions and diagnoses.

An apparent in-joke in the series is that one condition, lupus, is suggested as a cause of the patient's symptoms in many episodes, although invariably this is quickly dismissed. In one episode, House produces some of his secret Vicodin stash from inside a hollowed-out Lupus textbook; by way of explanation, he says, "It's never lupus." Lupus is one of the medical conditions known as the Great Imitator, because it can present with a wide variety of symptoms.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #47 on: July 10, 2007, 12:40:27 PM »
WTF?! (My first time using that abbreviation,)
How did Eureka make it on this list?! It's got a great little concept, but the actors only know how to express sarcasm! No other emotions! Scifi Channel acting talent killed this show, and people are trying to prop up it's rotting corpse as #35?
AAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!

Well Eureka was my 3rd favorite choice so I guess I'm the one you hate.  Personally I love the show.  I really don't see the acting as that bad other than Taggert's bad accent.  The concept is great and I'm really looking forward to the second season premire tonight.  Everyone get's their own opinion and that's mine.  Plus it's not like 35 is that great on the list especially since only 9 people contributed.  If it's any consolation to you I bet it would be lower if more people participated.  Nevertheless I think it's great.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #48 on: July 10, 2007, 06:35:30 PM »
^

I like Eureka as well, though I didn't include it in my list (I don't think -- I honestly can't remember what I've chosen!), because I think it still needs a bit more time to grow.  Hopefully this upcoming season will sort everything out.
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #49 on: July 10, 2007, 06:43:51 PM »
Well, I'm glad other, less easily annoyed people were able to enjoy it.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #50 on: July 11, 2007, 12:40:00 AM »
I also like Scrubs, not familiar with 'freaks and geeks' but high school drama/comedy crap doesn't usually rate very high on my radar.

Call Freaks & Geeks crap and I hit you with a tube sock full of doorknobs.

Anansi Boys

Good casting, although I don't see it ever happening. I always thought Brock Peters would be perfect for Mr Nancy in an American Gods movie. Unfortunately he died a couple years ago.

Uh-oh. I smell a fantasy casting thread coming on...

I thought that was the same Sharktopus on the IMDB board. I'll continue this discussion in hmm Books 'n Readin' I think.

Uh-oh, I've been spotted. That's the only time I've ever lowered myself to posting in that godforsaken cesspool. Gaiman fans usually don't have their heads up their asses, thankfully.
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #51 on: July 11, 2007, 12:54:01 AM »
meh, in the world we live in pre-judging shows is essential. If its about 'high school students' I'm not giving it a second glance, just not my cup of tea


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #52 on: July 11, 2007, 12:59:53 AM »
meh, in the world we live in pre-judging shows is essential. If its about 'high school students' I'm not giving it a second glance, just not my cup of tea

I can't stand 90% of television, but trust me, dude. Do you have Netflix? Put this on your queue.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #53 on: July 11, 2007, 01:10:59 AM »
If you insist, I'll check it out on youtube, netflix spots are far too coveted. Hey Shark did you get to vote in this TV thread? something tells me we share'd the same number one choice, thats gotta count for something ... even if the rest of your tastes may or may not suck ;D


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #54 on: July 11, 2007, 04:28:34 AM »
this thread reminds me. i need to go buy a new hammer tomorrow.
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #55 on: July 11, 2007, 10:23:38 AM »
this thread reminds me. I need to go buy a new TiVo tomorrow.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #56 on: July 11, 2007, 08:45:58 PM »
If you insist, I'll check it out on youtube, netflix spots are far too coveted. Hey Shark did you get to vote in this TV thread? something tells me we share'd the same number one choice, thats gotta count for something ... even if the rest of your tastes may or may not suck ;D

Sadly, I never noticed it. (Sorry Greg.) I'm guessing the number one spot is probably a certain cowtown puppet show, considering the voters. I'm not sure what my #1 vote would go to. It's hard to compare, oh, say, Futurama and Homicide. Freaks & Geeks would be in my top ten, by the way.


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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #57 on: July 11, 2007, 08:57:46 PM »
*coughfuturamacough* I'll leave it at that, don't want to ruin anymore of the suspense(... but sadly mst3k didn't break my top 5.)
edit, actually I was mistaken Futurama was only number 2 ... okay I better shut up now least I incur the wrath of greg ;)
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #58 on: July 12, 2007, 11:16:24 AM »


26. Buffy The Vampire Slayer - (1997) - 21 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #5 TripeHoundRedux)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series. It was created by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy. The series narrative follows Buffy Anne Summers (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women chosen by fate to battle against vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. Like previous slayers, Buffy is aided by a Watcher, who guides and trains her. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends who become known as the "Scooby Gang."

The concept was first visited through Whedon's script for the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which featured Kristy Swanson in the title role. The director, Fran Rubel Kuzui, saw it as a "pop culture comedy about what people think about vampires." Whedon disagreed: "I had written this scary film about an empowered woman, and they turned it into a broad comedy. It was crushing." The script was praised within the industry, but the movie was not. Several years later, Gail Berman, a Sandollar Productions executive, approached Whedon to develop his Buffy concept into a television series. Whedon explained that "They said, 'Do you want to do a show?' And I thought, 'High school as a horror movie.' And so the metaphor became the central concept behind Buffy, and that's how I sold it." The supernatural elements in the series stood as metaphors for personal anxieties associated with adolescence and young adulthood. Whedon went on to write and partly fund a 25-minute unaired Buffy pilot that was shown to networks and eventually sold to the WB Network. The latter promoted the premiere with a series of History of the Slayer clips, and the first episode aired on March 10, 1997.

Buffy has inspired a range of official and unofficial works, including television shows, books, comics and games. This expansion of the series encouraged use of the term "Buffyverse" to describe the fictional universe in which Buffy and related stories take place. The spin-off Angel was introduced in October 1999, at the start of Buffy's fourth season. The series was created by Buffy's creator Joss Whedon in collaboration with David Greenwalt. Like Buffy, it was produced by the production company Mutant Enemy. At times, it performed better in the Nielsen Ratings than its parent series did.
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Re: 50 Best TV Shows Countdown!
« Reply #59 on: July 12, 2007, 11:25:12 AM »


25. The Adventures of Pete & Pete - (1993) - 21 points
(1 of 9 lists. Highest ranking - #5 GregMcduck)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105933/