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Monday, September 20, 2010

Top Ten TV Shows - blogfest

At the right of my blog, you'll notice Alex Cavenough http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/ is hosting a blog hop today. I've never participated in one of these before, but I thought it might be fun to try. So here are my top ten favorite TV shows of all time.

I'm going to work backwards from when I was a child to current time (that's 61 years, folks).

10. The Donna Reed Show (I know, I know, it's probably the root of all my problems).
9. The Mickey Mouse Club (I had a crush on Spin from Spin and Marty, so I had to watch every day)
8. American Bandstand - who can forget rating the songs based on the beat and how well you could dance to it.
7. The Ed Sullivan Show - Who remembers watching the Beatles - I was bouncing up and down on the edge of the bed in my parent's bedroom (the TV was there) and I remember Dad saying, "Oh, they'll never last."
6. Thirtysomething - I think this was on in the 80's when I was in my thirties. Their angst made me forget mine for awhile.
5. The West Wing - the writing was so incredibly sharp on this show, as was the acting.
4. Brothers and Sisters - Sally Field is awesome in this.
3. PBS music shows of the 50's and 60's. My singing group is called Sugartime, after the famous McGuire Sisters song. I got to see them sing the song a few weeks ago. Lovely.
2 American Idol - although not sure I'll watch it anymore now that 3 judges have left at the same time.
1. Glee - it's not my favorite show of all time, but I'm loving the singing on it. Such talent.

What are your favorite TV shows and why?


Jules said...

I thought about ole' Ed but changed my mind. I love anything Disney.

Check mine out. :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great you selected some old ones. I didn't list Idol, but yes, I always watch it. Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love your list! So many joyous uplifting shows on there. I love music as well - love American/Canadian Idol. :)

Mason Canyon said...

Great list. So many wonderful shows from the past I had forgotten about. If only American Bandstand was back on like it once was, sigh.

Thoughts in Progress

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's quite a collection! My mom loved the shows on PBS.

Joanne said...

I used to love thirtysomething, too. Something about it seemed so real. More recently I really enjoyed Gilmore Girls. I thought the dialogue was really smart with lots of innuendoes and second meanings, and the show very comforting.

Gregg Metcalf said...

Ah, the Donna Reed show! She made my 10 top honorable mentions. I can't remember watching the Mickey Mouse Club, but I must have, didn't everyone?

Anonymous said...

I love musiv shows too. Used to watch the Midnight Special every Saturday night as a kid.

Stephen Tremp

Arlee Bird said...

Glee does have some real talent involved, but I don't know if the show has legs in the long run. But Ed Sullivan has been unsurpassed. Don't know why another similar show hasn't caught on.
Mickey Mouse Club was a real favorite when I was very young in the 50s.

Tossing It Out

Tamika: said...

I loved Thirtysomething! I may have been too young to appreciate their turmoil, but the drama was compelling no less:)

Helen Ginger said...

Love your list. Most of your would have been on mine. As for today's TV, I don't have any that I absolutely can't miss. I am sort of getting hooked on The Big Bang Theory. The dialogue is very snappy and I can't imagine being the lead guy and having to remember all those lines.


Unknown said...

I can't believe I've never seen Glee. I have to get into it, I guess.

Clarissa Draper from Listen To The Voices

Karen M. Peterson said...

The West Wing and Brothers & Sisters *almost* made my list. Those are both great. I enjoy Glee, but it's definitely not one of my ten best.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

You bought up some shows I haven’t thought of in years! Yes, I watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I also watched and loved Donna Reed, Mickey Mouse Club and American Bandstand.

I guess my current favorite show is Modern Family.

Jennie Bailey said...

I'm totally missing out on Glee. Everyone I know just loves that show. Try as I might, I can't get into it. What is wrong with me??? You have such a good list! I loved American Bandstand!

Summer Ross said...

whats crazy is I've never watched Glee. I loved the Mickey mouse club though!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

always crushed on donna reed...
such great choices, so many too choose from.

vic caswell said...

glee is super cute! so much talent! i only watched the first season, but i thought it was excellent! i'm suprised that your list is the first one i've seen it on!

Hart Johnson said...

Such an interesting list--I think the 'entertainer' shows maybe require some talent to appreciate fully (which I have none)--Liked Thirtysomething a fair bit, though I was in college, so it was rare to catch it. Bandstand was a staple from my grade school Saturdays, but I think half the people in America can say that!

Alex Ong said...

Kudos for American Bandstand!

Breakfast Every Hour

Ishta Mercurio said...

Oh, The West Wing was GOOD! And I like Glee, too. Yay! I also liked Arrested Development, which Glee reminds me of with its voiceover technique. Great list!

Kelly Polark said...

I need to get on the Glee bandwagon!
I thought Will and Grace would be on your list because Karen Walker was the best character on there!

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

What, "American Bandstand" but no "Soul Train"? That is just so... so... White.
;o) (I'm just kiddin' ya. Don't take me too seriously. Ever.)

>>Who remembers watching the Beatles - I was bouncing up and down on the edge of the bed in my parent's bedroom (the TV was there) and I remember Dad saying, "Oh, they'll never last."

Your Dad was right - they're gone.
;o) (Yeah, still just kiddin' ya.)

OK, seriously now, you have an interesting mix of the old and the new.

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Tabitha Bird said...

I hardly watch TV. When my kids are in bed I write, but if I watch it is usually life style programs. Great list though.

Anonymous said...

Glee is such a great, fun show. I'm really looking forward to the season premiere.

Angela McCallister said...

I've been told I have to watch Glee, but I'm still resisting. I've a weird taste in musicals (think Rocky Horror or Repo). Maybe if someone twists my arm enough. People here are hooked on it so it must be pretty darn good.

The hubs told me to watch The West Wing. He said it's extremely well-written. I'll have to try that one out next time I get back home.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Oh my goodness, I remember the Mickey Mouse Club... wow! Great list!
W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

Ann said...

I love BBC mini series. Great list Karen.

Ella said...

Damn, I forgot American Bandstand and Thirtysomething. I wasn't 30something when I watched it, but loved it~ Great List~

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