On March 17 2012 05:42 Mrvoodoochild1 wrote: This thread is far too general. How can you possibly judge what is the best TV show ever is when no objective criteria exists to judge shows that fall into different genres. It makes no sense to compare shows like Seinfeld and the Wire because they have almost nothing similar in plot, characters, writing, audience etc. You MIGHT be able to determine the best show in a particular genre but generalizing the best show of all time seems kinda stupid to me.
At that point personal tastes kick in. We don't consider the best show as universal best show without a doubt. We choose according to the tastes of TL.net which would be the best and that is why there is a [D] in front of the thread.
On March 17 2012 04:16 ViceRoyce wrote: The Vampire Diaries and Moonlight, no doubt!
Firefly definitely had potential to be one of the best shows of all time, but the fact of the matter is that it was canceled after only 1 season. There wasn't enough time for the show to really develop and reach its full potential (or completely bomb). As such I can't really call it "the best show of all time."
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EndOfTime88 Austria. March 17 2012 09:29. Posts 259
On March 17 2012 09:39 Cel.erity wrote: I voted Game of Thrones. The list is very modern-centric, but I guess that makes sense, since current shows are largely better than older shows.
A few other notable shows that were ahead of their time: -The X-Files -Frasier -The Shield
Frasier (and to a greater extent, Cheers) are both very underrated in this thread. I don't know how I forgot Cheers in my top 10 list. Also, I only saw about 10 episodes of the X-Files but I did like the show a lot from what I saw, even though I was watching it at what many fans apparently consider the low point of the series (the John Doggett era). Eventually I'd like to go through and watch it all.
Also, not to crap on opinions, but I can't believe I have seen the name The Walking Dead in this thread. It's not a bad show, but there is just SO much wrong with it (acting, writing, character development... aka 3 of the most significant factors on a show's greatness) that I can't see how one could put it in contention for the best show ever.
I was just about to write something like this! Shame about their lack of money in the final season but it was a brilliant show...
i also think b5 is the best scifi show. it sucks that so few ppl have seen it. b5 is truly an epic narrative and it nailed a lot of popular scifi themes like authoritarianism vs libertarianism, the nature of war, the limits of human potential, etc. when i listened to gkar's speech about the "infinitely" powerful and myserious unknown and the relation to humans and ants i knew i would love the show.
My personal Top 1.Breaking Bad. 2.House 3.Full Metal Alchemist/Death note
Tho i never seen The Wire or Madmen. Going to be looking into that.
I don't watch alot of tv because its mostly crap. Same goes for anime. I really only watch something if it has really good writing in my opinion. I cant stand shows like Lost or Heroes that try to cover bad writing with epicnes or drama.
FrostedMiniWheats United States. March 17 2012 17:53. Posts 11614
This one's really hard for me. I guess I'd have to split them between drama, and comedy. For Drama my tops are definitely The Wire and Rome, but they attack different sensibilities and interests in me. If I was forced to pick I'd probably go with Rome, if only because The Wire fell off a cliff in the last season trying to wrap everything off and Rome was shorter but the quality never dropped for a second. The Wire Season 4 is my favorite season of any show ever, probably. After those two Breaking Bad comes in above anything else and then it gets a bit grainy from there.
For comedy, I'm really on board Archer, That show makes me laugh non-stop and I just love every bit of its referential humor and crazy characters. Special mention to Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development, though I find they're a bit overhyped.
Special shoutout to Avatar the Last Airbender. It's kind of in a nebulous place between comedy and drama and was probably the most surprising show I've ever watched given the amazing quality in both animation, character evolution and worldbuilding while somehow being marketed to children. It was an all around delight to watch and I'd be remiss if I didn't give it a mention, as it's one of the very very few television series I've gone back and watched multiple times (Only the finished Wire and Rome come close. I'll probably also rewatch Archer and Breaking Bad when they come to an end).
xavra41 United States. March 17 2012 18:07. Posts 220
I voted for Deadwood because I absolutely love the dialogue and characters. Also the setting really interests me, seeing how different types of people act in a settlement that is far enough in the frontier that it is not bothered by the laws of the land. Plus I have a soft spot for westerns.