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

Picard

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Babylon Five

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Angel

The Flintstones

Veronica Mars

Rome

The Expanse

Blake’s 7

Red Dwarf

Roots

Utopia

The Walking Dead

Stargate: Universe

Battlestar Galactica (both versions)

Brideshead Revisited

Pride and Prejudice

Six Feet Under

True Blood

Deadwood

Band of Brothers

Caprica

Dexter

Star Wars: the Clone Wars

Firefly

Doctor Who

Please Sir

Squid Game

Spartacus

Game of Thrones

The Newsroom

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Entourage

Californication

Scrubs

Boston Public

Hill Street Blues

The Six Million Dollar Man

Kung Fu

Shintaro

H.R. Pufnstuff

Drop The Dead Donkey

Gilligan’s Island

Lost In Space

Thirtysomething

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

Monkey

The Invaders

The X Files

Herman’s Head

The Simpsons

The Untouchables

Seinfeld

The Benny Hill Show

Frontline

Media Watch

The Brady Bunch

The Partridge Family

The Thunderbirds

The Herculoids

M.A.S.H.

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

Batman

My Favourite Martian

Hogan’s Heroes

 

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