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(Short List)   Not the best, not the most popular, but the 50 coolest TV shows ever. Nobody made fun of you for watching these   (shortlist.com) divider line 197
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2012-02-06 11:23:47 AM
They missed a bunch. West Wing* and Northern Exposure for starters.

*"We will raise the level of debate in this country, and let that be our legacy."
 
2012-02-06 11:26:25 AM
List fails without Quark, and without pre-Sheldon Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (it jumped the shark when Rip Taylor came on board).
 
2012-02-06 12:25:43 PM
If they were going to take the time to specify the original 1951-1959 Dragnet run, they could have found a picture from that run instead of using one from the campy 1960s show.
 
2012-02-06 12:29:22 PM

namegoeshere: They missed a bunch. West Wing* and Northern Exposure for starters.


I had Northern Exposure on my "they missed it" list. Also had X-Files, M*A*S*H, Cheers and Police Squad! (In color).
 
2012-02-06 12:34:59 PM
The Short List is not aptly named.

A lot of those are intentionally and decidedly un-cool. Or does that make them cool? I can't tell any more. Where's The X-Files? 24? And Knight Rider but no A-Team?
 
2012-02-06 01:24:24 PM

Mugato: The Short List is not aptly named.

A lot of those are intentionally and decidedly un-cool. Or does that make them cool? I can't tell any more. Where's The X-Files? 24? And Knight Rider but no A-Team?


And no Airwolf.

Diss. A. Point.
 
2012-02-06 02:18:45 PM
www.tvshowsondvd.com
 
2012-02-06 02:19:56 PM
Parker Lewis can't lose.
 
2012-02-06 02:20:16 PM
Mother of God - its a wall of thumbnails for a 50 slide craptacular slideshow about crappy TV shows...

/ won't some farker please translate into a nice summarization sans slide format.
 
2012-02-06 02:20:57 PM
The facts are these:
i139.photobucket.com
was awesome
 
2012-02-06 02:22:06 PM

Elzar: Mother of God - its a wall of thumbnails for a 50 slide craptacular slideshow about crappy TV shows...

/ won't some farker please translate into a nice summarization sans slide format.


Something along the lines of you suck?
 
2012-02-06 02:22:27 PM
Columbo. Rockford Files. Quantum Leap.
 
2012-02-06 02:24:13 PM
Is Heatvision and Jack on the list?
 
2012-02-06 02:24:45 PM
1) You damn right "Miami Vice" made the list.

2) "How to Make it in America" did not belong on the list.

3) Absent from said list:

The A-Team
Riptide
Simon & Simon
 
2012-02-06 02:25:36 PM
I can remember when Miami Vice appeared on tv. I thought that was the coolest show ever. Watched it a few months ago, the magic was gone.
The test of time makes a big difference in lots of television shows.
 
2012-02-06 02:25:55 PM
Holy shiat, I forgot Nathan Barley even existed.
 
2012-02-06 02:27:45 PM
What about M*A*S*H?
 
2012-02-06 02:28:55 PM
My parents use to let me stay up with them to watch China Beach.
/yeah, i was a weird kid.
 
2012-02-06 02:30:14 PM
No "tales of the golden monkey" ? or Space above and behond.
 
2012-02-06 02:30:17 PM

Crewmannumber6: The facts are these:
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was awesome


*sigh* I loved that show.

Also, Freaks & Geeks was awesome. I think I was the only person actually in high school who actively tried to regularly tune in while NBC was f*cking with its scheduling.
 
2012-02-06 02:30:39 PM
In terms of coolness, there was Homicide: Life on the Streets, and then everything else.
 
2012-02-06 02:30:45 PM
images.quizfarm.com

"I am super unsatisfied to be replicated omitted in this way. SUPER-unsatisfied!"

/same goes for Cartoon Planet.

-Red Dwarf, Aeon Flux, B&B in its 90s run, and KitH as well.
 
2012-02-06 02:30:52 PM

Evil Mackerel: No "tales of the golden monkey" ? or Space above and behond.


I'm pretty sure Monkey was listed.
 
2012-02-06 02:31:34 PM
West Wing
Northern Exposure
All in the Family
Golden Girls
Mash.
The Jackie Gleason Show
Combat!
The Red Skelton Show


List f**king sucks.
 
2012-02-06 02:31:59 PM

Elzar: Mother of God - its a wall of thumbnails for a 50 slide craptacular slideshow about crappy TV shows...

/ won't some farker please translate into a nice summarization sans slide format.


I just hope the fall guy is on there.
 
2012-02-06 02:32:30 PM
No Bosom Buddies?
 
2012-02-06 02:32:49 PM
And not even close without Andy Griffith either.
 
2012-02-06 02:34:21 PM
i295.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-06 02:34:45 PM
The Dick Van Dyke Show was cooler than a dozen Seinfelds or Fresh Princes.
 
2012-02-06 02:36:30 PM
I second the inclusion of Quark.
Love them Bettys!
 
2012-02-06 02:36:36 PM
No Rat Patrol for us boomers?
 
2012-02-06 02:38:10 PM
Glaring omissions...
cache.gawkerassets.com
media.screened.com
pdxretro.com
 
2012-02-06 02:39:10 PM
Nice to see Spaced and Bored To Death on there. List fails without Arrested Development.

Also, I really tried to get into Portlandia. I love nonsense humor, but it just tries too hard. The characters are so odd that we hardly feel anything for them, so it comes across as nothing more than a glorified sketch show.
 
2012-02-06 02:40:24 PM
www.timstvshowcase.com
 
2012-02-06 02:40:37 PM
I'd like to second (or third) M*A*S*H, Quantum Leap, Cheers and Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

But I'd like to add SOAP.

The list was very good with its inclusions, however.
 
2012-02-06 02:41:35 PM
No Twin Peaks, no Northern Exposure, no X-Files, no Buffy.

Shortbus once again fails to deliver on their lists.
 
2012-02-06 02:42:11 PM
www.dualityentertainment.com
 
2012-02-06 02:42:37 PM
NewsRadio???
 
2012-02-06 02:43:16 PM
If they do this list next year, Louie and Archer will show up on it.

I noticed The Office wasn't there. Either version.

/Animaniacs?
 
2012-02-06 02:43:43 PM
The Tick. That's one I forgot. Good job.
 
2012-02-06 02:43:58 PM

KatjaMouse: Evil Mackerel: No "tales of the golden monkey" ? or Space above and behond.

I'm pretty sure Monkey was listed.


Not monkey , Tales of the golden monkey, its was a kind of a raiders of the lost ark show.
 
2012-02-06 02:45:04 PM
I wonder how much the producers of "Misfits" paid to get their unwatchable crap added to that list.
 
2012-02-06 02:46:28 PM

DrippinBalls:
Combat!


My ol' man was a combat veteran and as a rule, HATED any war movie or TV show with a passion. But for some reason he liked Combat! and watched it every week with my brother and me. He once mentioned it was the only show that featured what he remembered most: walking endlessly in the mud, never having enough of anything, never having a clue as to what was going on, and trying to figure out where his next meal was coming from. It was also the first show to show what we now call PTSD, where a squad member (someone like Fess Parker) simply dropped his rifle and started plowing the fields of an abandoned farm. They just left him plowing and figured the medics would come for him eventually.

And as a special "get off my lawn" comment: it went to hell when they switched to color.

/lawn, off
 
2012-02-06 02:47:18 PM

Snapper Carr: No Twin Peaks, no Northern Exposure, no X-Files, no Buffy.


DeltaPunch: Nice to see Spaced and Bored To Death on there. List fails without Arrested Development.


Um.... both AD and Twin Peaks were on there.

Having recently finished Spaced, this list has some things going for it.
 
2012-02-06 02:48:03 PM
api.ning.com
 
2012-02-06 02:48:17 PM

I_Am_Weasel: Rockford Files.


First thing I went looking for. And I've never been cooler than when I was watching Northern Exposure.

State of Play, while amazingly brilliant, was a mini-series, not a TV show.
 
2012-02-06 02:48:47 PM

Snapper Carr: No Twin Peaks


It's on there, as it should be.

Also short-lived without a bad episode:

My So-Called Life
Liquid Television
Undeclared
The Job
Louie (still running but so good it's doomed)

Portlandia is the best comedy on TV right now.
 
2012-02-06 02:49:31 PM
How could any list of "coolest shows" miss out on The Prisoner?
 
2012-02-06 02:49:52 PM
In reverse chronological order:

Portlandia
How to Make It IN America
Community
Bored To Death
Misfits
Eastbound and Down
Party Down
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Flight of the Concords
Life On Mars
30 Rock
The IT Crowd
Nathan Barley
Deadwood
Arrested Development
State of PLay
Firefly
The Wire
Six Feet Under
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Freaks and Geeks
The Sopranos
Spaced
This Life
Our Friends In The North
The Day Today
The Larry Sanders
Twin Peaks
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Seinfeld
The Simpsons
The Singing Detective
Miami Vice
The Young Ones
Knight Rider
Magnum, PI
Monkey
The Muppet Show
Saturday Night Live
Starsky and Hutch
Happy Days
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Joe 90
The Prisoner
Batman
The Man From UNCLE
The Avengers
Top Cat
Dragnet

 
2012-02-06 02:50:27 PM

jiaxiaobo: My So-Called Life



Are you kidding me? If I wanted to watch a show about mopey teens in the 90s, all I had to do was show up to high school the next day.
 
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