Top 50 TV Series

There’s a trick some folk can do where they tuck the top of their ear lobe into their ear canal, place a skittle or M & M on it and then wait until the ear tip pops out and the candy (as the Americans call it) catapults across the room.

I’ve never been able to do it, despite for some mysterious reason making several attempts to try. At a certain point in everyone’s life they’re forced to admit the truth of where their real abilities lie.

I’m now comfortable saying I’m no painter of portraits, can’t disassemble a car engine (without a stick of gelignite) and I’ve never come close to solving a Rubik’s  cube or for that matter crocheting a woollen blanket.

Two things I have always been pretty handy at however are riding a bicycle hands free (apart from that time in the 5th grade when I came off while going down a Mt Everest-sized hill at 50km/hr while a dozen friends watched from the top) and viewing  television.

The list that follows is dedicated to the countless hours I’ve spent over the last numerous decades perfecting the latter.

If it’s true what they say about one test of  love is the ability to watch someone else’s boring tv programs, then best prepare yourself now for a mixed bag of shows perfectly suited to probably no one else’s taste except my own.

Given that this list is dominated by shows from my impressionable youth, it goes to prove the idea, I think, that nothing dates a person more than their taste in television. And that ‘nothing’ includes both music and movies, the two of which are frequently reincarnated under the same names for newer generations, which admittedly sometimes also happens in the world of television, but to a far lesser extent.

Sadly, I couldn’t find a way to squeeze into this list such staples of 20th century pop culture as STARSKY AND HUTCH, MORK AND MINDY or LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY. I also felt pretty bad about not including hall of fame Australian shows from yesteryear such as BLUE HEELERS, MATLOCK POLICE and AEROBICS OZ STYLE. (Possibly joking about the last one) Even SKIPPY got culled to the B-list when the tough decisions had to be made to create this personal treasure list.

Anyway, that’s the introduction and explanations out of the way. Time now to get on with the show…er, shows!

The moment has arrived to lower the chequered flag and let this who’s -who roll call of square-eyed nostalgia go hurtling gloriously back down memory lane from whence it came.

Watch!

 

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Eleven Seasons – 255 Episodes – 1974 -1984  (USA)

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Three Seasons – 83 Episodes – 1965 – 1967 (USA)

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Five Seasons – 138 Episodes – 1965 – 1969 (USA)

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Three Seasons – 63 Episodes – 1972 – 1975 (USA)

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Three Seasons – 98 Episodes – 1964 – 1967 (USA)

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Five Seasons – 99 Episodes – 1974 – 1978 (USA)

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Five Seasons – 152 Episodes – 1962 -1966 (USA)

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One Season – 14 Episodes – 1974 (USA)

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One Season – 64 Episodes  – 1981- 1982 (Australia)

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Seven Seasons – 74 Episodes – 1969 – 1973 (Britain)

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Five Seasons – 82 Episodes – 1977 – 1982 (USA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Seasons – 51 Episodes – 1968-1970 (USA)

 

 

 

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One season – 30 Episodes – 1966 – 1967 (USA)

 

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Three Seasons – 79 Episodes – 1966 – 1969 (USA)

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Five Seasons – 117 Episodes – 1969 – 1973 (USA)

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Seven Series – 54 Episodes – 1972 -1976 (Britain)

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Three Seasons – 120 Episodes – 1966-1968 (USA)

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Eight Seasons -1114 Episodes – 1976 – 1983 (Australia)

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Three Seasons – 58 Episodes – 1976 – 1978 (USA)

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Nine Seasons – 207 Episodes – 1998 – 2007 (USA)

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The Third Doctor – Jon Pertwee – Four Seasons – 128 Episodes – 1970 – 1974 (Britain)

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Three Series – 23 Episodes – 1973 – 1978 (Britain)

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Eight Seasons – 582 Episodes  1977 – 1984 (Australia)

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Five Series – 38 Episodes – 1976 – 1979 (Britain)

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Ten self-contained Story Arcs – 128 Episodes – 1962 -1965 (Japan)

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Four Seasons – 95 Episodes – 1975 – 1979 (USA)

 

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Eight Seasons – 172 Episodes – 1977 – 1984 (USA)

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Eight Seasons – 692 Episodes – 1979 – 1986 (Australian)

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Seven Seasons – 176 Episodes – 1982 -1989 (USA)

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Seven Seasons – 301 Episodes – 1969 – 1975 (Australian)

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One Season – 6 Episodes – 1981 (Britain)

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Nine Seasons – 202 Episodes – 1976 – 1985 (USA)

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Eight Seasons – 178 Episodes – 1973 – 1980 (USA)

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Six Seasons – 144 Episodes – 1978 – 1974 (USA)

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Four Seasons – 138 Episodes – 1962 – 1966 (USA)

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Twelve Seasons – 510 episodes – 1964 – 1977 (Australian)

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Five Seasons – 150 Episodes – 1964 – 1969 (USA)

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Six Seasons – 40 Episodes – 1973 – 1976 (Britain)

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Six Seasons – 118 Episodes – 2005 – 2010 (USA)

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One Season – 8  Episodes – 2011 – 2013

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Four Season – 55 Episodes – 1968 – 1972 (Britain)

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Five Seasons – 114 Episodes -1970 -1975 (USA)

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Five Seasons – 88 Episodes – 1995 – 1999 (USA)

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Five Seasons – 62 Episodes – 1989 -1996 (Australian)

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Eight Seasons –  254 Episodes – 1964 – 1972 (USA)

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Four Series – 25 Episodes – 2006 – 2010 (Britain)

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Five Seasons – 121 Episodes – 1972 -1977 (USA)

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Two Seasons – 12 Episodes – 1982 -1984 (Britain)

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One Season (So far) – Six Episodes – 2017 (Britain)

 

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