Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

I remember one time in the Sixties when our TV went on the blink. We were desperate because it meant we would miss out on our favourite TV show – Lost In Space. The neighbours across the road heard about our predicament, and kindly invited my three sisters and older brother over for dinner and a special ‘neighbour’s got no TV working’ viewing of that week’s episode. Of course, my younger brother and I were mortally pissed off that we didn’t get an invite. I guess the neighbours either figured we were too young, or they didn’t want too many Fordens over. Anyway, when my siblings came back we made sure we got the full blow-by-blow description of the episode we’d missed (FYI it was the one with Strother Martin as a prospector and the statue that comes to life – remember it?). It’s weird how TV can sometimes have such an importance in your life.

My considered opinion about television today though is that there’s a hell of a lot of crap on it – and it’s just as well! Imagine what it would be like if there was nothing but quality programming. We’d spend so much time watching television that we’d never have time for a life. (Of course, the lack of quality programming has never stopped me from watching it – as some of the examples below will no doubt attest to.) Me, I have some favourites, new and old, and I have to admit I have followed some to the point of obsession – like Buffy The Vampire Slayer. But mostly, in keeping with the above opinion, I try to watch TV in moderation. Honest (!).

Of course, mobile phones, the internet and streaming services have changed the game of how we watch tv completely. Honestly, I can’t keep up. I actually cancelled my Netflix subscription when I needed more time because I was swamped by work. And it didn’t help when I became obsessed by anime. By the way, find my list of favourite anime shows here. I wanted to keep it separate.

Northern Exposure

Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek: the Next Generation

Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Babylon Five

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


The Flintstones

Veronica Mars


The Expanse

Blake’s 7

Red Dwarf



The Walking Dead

Stargate: Universe

Battlestar Galactica (both versions)

Brideshead Revisited

Pride and Prejudice

Six Feet Under

True Blood


Band of Brothers



Star Wars: the Clone Wars


Doctor Who

Please Sir

Squid Game


Game of Thrones

The Newsroom

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet




Boston Public

Hill Street Blues

The Six Million Dollar Man

Kung Fu


H.R. Pufnstuff

Drop The Dead Donkey

Gilligan’s Island

Lost In Space


The Wonder Years

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

The Goodies

The Monkees

Degrassi High/Junior High

The Fugitive

Race Around The World

Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman


The Invaders

The X Files

Herman’s Head

The Simpsons

The Untouchables


The Benny Hill Show


Media Watch

The Brady Bunch

The Partridge Family

The Thunderbirds

The Herculoids


The Bugs Bunny Show

On The Buses

Will Shakespeare

Twin Peaks

The Good Life

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

The Young Ones

The Twilight Zone

The Outer Limits


My Favourite Martian

Hogan’s Heroes


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