I will be counting down my favorite TV shows from number 50 to number 1 in groups of ten. Here are the first ten (Mostly comedies but don't worry the dramas are coming)….
50.) THE MONKEES – Surreal, kooky perhaps a bit dated in terms of style but the music and some of the jokes hold up.
49.) I DREAM OF JEANNIE – Writing isn't everything in a sitcom. Casting is also important and this was just the right ensemble. Barbara Eden was the focus of my schoolboy crush.
48.) BARNEY MILLER – Another great ensemble show featuring the humanization of cops and a fantastic cast.
47.)SOAP- Fabulous parody of soap operas….Insane plots….Richard Mulligan in particular stood out.
46.) ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT – The Bluth family is one of the greatest comic creations in TV history.
45.) THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW – Really picked up once Tim Conway joined….Harvey Koreman’s crack-ups were the best.
44.) LOST IN SPACE – You can have Star Trek. This show with its totally absurd plots and creatures was better. Dr. Smith is one of the greatest characters in TV history.
43.) MISTER ED – What made this show great wasn’t the premise but what they did with it. Mr. Ed was like Satan and he tormented poor Wilbur.
42.) THE ADDAMS FAMILY – This show perfectly captured the offbeat humor of Charles Addams' cartoons. Again, casting helped.
41.) THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – The sitcom as arbiter of hipness, Mary Tyler Moore as fashionista. What I notice about this show now is that Dick Van Dyke wasn’t only a straight man he was often the focus of the humor.