Television Shows: Best-Ever

by Dom Nozzi

The TV shows found on this list represent what I believe are the best shows I have ever seen. They tend to be memorable, innovative, ground-breaking, sometimes painfully funny, and entertaining even after viewing over and over again for many years (and sometimes worthy of my buying a DVD collection for the show).

My list is largely or exclusively 70s and 80s shows. That is because I stopped watching TV shows after the early 80s. Like music, I believe TV has taken a big quality nose-dive since then, and is generally not worth my time to watch anymore.

Best Television Shows Ever

  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • Star Trek (original series)
  • Bugs Bunny/Road Runner cartoons
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • Batman
  • All in the Family
  • MASH
  • Happy Days
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Mission: Impossible
  • ABC’s Wide World of Sports
  • Carol Burnett Show
  • The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD
  • Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Bonanza
  • The Honeymooners
  • Faulty Towers
  • I Love Lucy
  • Leave It To Beaver
  • The Monkees
  • MTV (in the 1980s)
  • Welcome Back Kotter
  • The Odd Couple
  • Hollywood Squares
  • Sanford and Son
  • 60 Minutes
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Donahue
  • Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Bewitched
  • Hogan’s Heroes
  • UFO


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