I’m not much of a TV guy. Given a choice between a good TV show or a good movie, the movie wins every time. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a television show’s ability to come into my home and make itself at home.
When I do choose a TV show or series, I have one criteria: Do I want to spend that much time with these people? To answer that question, I usually give the show one episode. Sometimes less. Fleabag fits that criteria. Very seldom more. If I watch three episodes that means I find these people worth my time. The Boys broke that rule. One season of it, and I was done.
With that in mind, I thought I would list the top ten TV shows I enjoyed spending time with. And would still spend more time with.
1.Jeopardy (1984-present), syndication. As far as I am concerned, Alex Trebeck and Ken Jennings are the cat’s pajamas. So much so I have a small shrine to St. Alex and St. Ken on the shelf below my television.
2.The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-present), Amazon Prime. Here’s a comedy that’s actually funny. And more.
3.Newhart (1982-1990), CBS. Dr. Bob moves to Vermont and gets a new wife. He’s running an inn with the help of handyman George and “My name is Larry. And this is my brother Daryl and this is my other brother Daryl.”
4.Mom (2013-present), CBS. You don’t have to be a member of Alcoholics Anonymous to enjoy this one.
5.Seinfeld (1989-1998), NBC. Who knew nothing could be so funny.
6.Northern Exposure (1990-1995), CBS. If ever there was a show about community, this tale of small town Alaska is it.
7.The Expanse (2015-present), Amazon Prime. One of the best science fiction series on television. Ever.
8.Lonesome Dove (1989), CBS. May be just about the best Western ever.
9.West Wing (1999-2006), NBC. Who knew that politics could be so interesting.
10.The Muppet Show (1976-1981), syndication. Jim Henson was a genius.
There are others like Gilligan’s Island and Dick Cavett which I remember fondly but these are the ones that have held up over the years, for me.
What about Game of Thrones? some might ask. The series was fun while it lasted. But no way am I going to do a re-do and sit through another Winter. Winter has come and gone and I’m ready for Spring.