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Best TV series ever. [Nov. 8th, 2007|04:08 am]

Slightly along the lines of publicansdecoy's Arsehole of the Year competition, I want to find out what you lot think is the best TV series ever.

We start with nominations; please nominate here. Any TV series is eligible, whether it's shown in the UK, the USA, Wales, Brazil, whatever. Soaps, documentaries, cooking shows, current shows, shows that were last seen in the seventies. Everything that gets nominated will get entry into the final poll, unless there are more than 200 nominations, in which case some form of triage will take place.

The final poll will be posted during the weekend of 1-2 December 2007. It will be a radio button poll, because otherwise counting the votes would be tedious. Note: this means that in the final voting you'll only get to vote for one series. Voting will close some time during the weekend of 29-30 December 2007.

There is an extra competition to guess which series I think is the best ever. Go on, have a go.

I think Kake thinks the best TV series ever is...


[User Picture]From: dj_alexander
2007-11-08 04:53 am (UTC)
I remember I was completely obsessed by Alias for the first 2 or 3 series... Lost also, but to a lesser extent.
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From: mrs_leroy_brown
2007-11-08 05:36 am (UTC)

My best series.....

Arrested Development, the Sopranos, Seinfeld, South Park, CSI, Futurama.

I need to think more about which I think you'd like :)
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[User Picture]From: drplokta
2007-11-08 05:46 am (UTC)
I nominate Edge of Darkness.
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[User Picture]From: djm4
2007-11-08 09:57 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: emmacrew
2007-11-08 06:31 am (UTC)


My poll reply was actually random typing by my 16 month old.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-11-08 06:47 am (UTC)

Re: oops.

Wm is 16 months old already! Blimey. Time really really does fly.
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[User Picture]From: emmacrew
2007-11-08 07:06 am (UTC)

Re: oops.

I know. It's horrifying and cool at the same time.
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[User Picture]From: ramtops
2007-11-08 07:38 am (UTC)
I voted for West Wing, but I'd like to also give an honourable mention to GBH.
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[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2007-11-08 08:14 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. How many can we nominate?
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[User Picture]From: nou
2007-11-08 08:22 am (UTC)
As many as you like!
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[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2007-11-08 08:42 am (UTC)
Ok then. :D

Life On Mars, Brass, This Life, Jake's Progress, GBH, Blue Peter (yes), Dexter, Friends, Coupling, American Gothic, Twin Peaks, Frasier, Life on Earth, Planet Earth, Soap, Spaced, Black Books, Tenko, The Goodies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Blackadder, Nightingales, Monty Python's Flying Circus, M*A*S*H...
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[User Picture]From: imc
2007-11-08 01:43 pm (UTC)

Shaun the Sheep.
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[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2007-11-08 01:51 pm (UTC)
I put that on my original list, in fact, but removed it again for some reason. :D

And I just plain forgot Heroes, although it isn't perhaps as good as some of the other things I named; give it time.
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[User Picture]From: djw
2007-11-08 08:43 am (UTC)
Oh dammit, that's what happens when you fill in polls with insufficient sleep and too much monte carlo.

I meant to propose Northern Exposure as the best TV series ever. I'm doubtful that you agree with me, so consider my poll submission retracted :)
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From: mzdt
2007-11-08 08:48 am (UTC)
I'd nominate Great British Journeys as the best series of this year, which wasn't the question. I just want to mention it as no-one else I've asked about it had even heard of it.
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2007-11-08 08:57 am (UTC)

Also Father Ted: a programme with 0 bad episodes, sadly not enough of them.

If you'd asked me five years ago I would have probably still said Red Dwarf. Now this series fills me with SHAME.
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[User Picture]From: mockduck
2007-11-08 09:11 am (UTC)
Frasier and Pipkins.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2007-11-08 09:32 am (UTC)
Sopranos, Twin Peaks, Buffy, South Park, Futurama, House M.D. I realise that's a very modern US-centric list, but I can't really remember older stuff very well.
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[User Picture]From: sulkyblue
2007-11-08 11:20 am (UTC)
The West Wing, Firefly, Planet Earth, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (new), Doctor Who, M*A*S*H, Yes Minister, Top Gear

There are a number of newer shows that I was tempted to recommend, but I almost think that to be "best show ever" a show has to have actually finished so you can judge the whole thing. There's at least 2 shows (Heroes and Friday Night Lights) that are only a season old that I think have the potential to be great, but could also be 1 season wonders (*cough*lost*cough*). I added Battlestar because it's almost done and has at least a few years under it's belt.

This is slightly similar to something I tried to do (although I didn't get enough results to make it worth looking at). I was most curious about whether you get different results if you ask people for their top show vs their top 3 and compile the results. Also if people distinguish between "best" and "favourite". It's possible I overthink these things ;0)
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[User Picture]From: lnr
2007-11-08 11:40 am (UTC)
I've not really hugely got into many TV series, but things I have enjoyed in no particular order are:

Press Gang
The Simpsons
Red Dwarf

Am currently watching Angel and CSI on DVD from lovefilm.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-11-08 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yes (Prime) Minister
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[User Picture]From: shreena
2007-11-08 01:01 pm (UTC)
That was me, sorry.
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[User Picture]From: imc
2007-11-08 01:51 pm (UTC)
Quantum Leap ought to go in too, though it won't win.

Everything that gets nominated will get entry into the final poll, unless there are more than 200 nominations

I think our mission should be to ensure that there are more than 200 nominations. >:->

There is an extra competition to guess which series I think is the best ever. Go on, have a go.

I didn't even know you watched TV. There's not much info to go on really — I've no idea what kind of programmes you like.
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2007-11-08 02:30 pm (UTC)

i've probably forgotten loads of stuff...

in (some sort of order)...Buffy, Doctor Who (do you want to differntiate between ancient or modern?), Deadwood, 'The Phil Silvers Show' [also called Sgt Bilko], Firefly, Monty Pythons Flying Circus, The Prisoner, I Claudius, Angel, Battlestar Galactica (DEF the modern version!)

honorable mentions (but no nominations) to Tomorrows World, most stuff by David Attenborough, Gangsters (a surreal TV show in my young adulthood) etc etc...

p.s. i 'ave NO idea as to your fav show.
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[User Picture]From: sbp
2007-11-08 05:17 pm (UTC)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No other.
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[User Picture]From: glassstrider
2007-11-08 10:24 pm (UTC)

Police Squad!, Frasier, Knightmare, King of the Hill, Father Ted, Tommorrow's World, The Crystal Maze, Ultraviolet (Which I remember as being very good but I have yet to watch the DVD's), and Batman : The Animated Series. Red Dwarf was good, before they tried to bring it back, and that was terrible. The first few series of My Hero were cool, before everything became so focussed on Ultronian stuff.

Shortland Street I liked very much, and A Country Practice, but the best actor in Shortland Street was always the spider that wandered into the hospital one week and got everyone in a tizzy.

I like Doctor Who, and I like Robin Hood, but really I know that they're just about watching a personification of Dramatic Causality charge around Hungaria / Cardiff and save the world for no more real reason than it being 1900 on a Saturday, and I could probably watch pretty much anyone doing that and be happy.
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