Thursday, August 9, 2012

Five Crazy Things: TV Shows

Barbara: In the spirit of yesterday’s spirited conversation (you guys ROCK!), I thought it might be fun to name our favourite shows for our ages. 5 might be hard, but here you go!
1. Gilligan’s Island (this from my childhood—I’d watch the reruns after junior school every single day)
2. 30 Something (ironically, when I was 20-something)
3. Twin Peaks (need I say more?)
4. Friends (in my 30s)
5. Game of Thrones (right now. I love magic realism, and this baby has awesome characters of ever age, although the older ones are by far the most interesting)

1. I love Lucy
2. The Dick Van Dyke Show
3. Andy Griffith
4. Twin Peaks
5. Friends
6. Six Feet Under
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
8. 30 Something
9. Friday Night Lights
10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
11. Gidget
Yes, I know, couldn't stop myself. 

What are yours?


  1. 1. Gidget
    2. Bewitched
    3. Beverley Hillbillies
    4. Greys Anatomy
    5. Downton Abbey

    1. Can't wait to see Downton Abbey!

    2. I LOVE Downton Abbey. :) I don't think it comes back until January though. :(

  2. 6. Mary Tyler Moore
    7. Get Smart

  3. 1. The Monkees
    2. SeaQuest DSV
    3. Whose Line is it Anyway
    4. Doctor Who
    5. The Dick Van Dyke Show

    1. Of course we have to have our lovely WLiiA, don't we? Awesome show!

    2. You're a Whovian too???????? Here's something for ya ;)

    3. WliiA - no show has made me laugh harder. I laugh until my sides hurt and my eyes water. I made the mistake of trying to eat a bowl of cereal while watching an episode and managed to snort quite a lot of milk through my nose.

      Shalaka, I'm a newly converted Whovian. Only about 3 months, but it has become one of my favorite shows. I LOVE it!

    4. I know...isnt it cool? lol Yeah Ive snorted so many things outta my nose because I used to watch it whilst having dinner!

  4. OH GOODNESS!!! I can't keep a list because there's too many (not in order of most favorite)

    1. ER. It's american. Been watching on and off for a couple years now. Terrific.
    2. SHERLOCK. Only been watching since end of July. BRILLIANT! AWESOME. WATCH IT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!
    3. Of course Whose Line. Actually haven't watched for a while.
    4. Frasier. Always good. :D
    5. Watched Smallville till the end of its run (last May). Haven't watched ever since.

    I'm currently now going through The Office (the UK one. Did not fancy the US one). It's amusing :]

    1. Sherlock <3

      You're watching the office because of martin?

    2. Of course Becki! ;) gotta get in our Tim time! lol!! we're pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. We're pretty much

  5. Firefly
    Big Bang Theory
    The Edison Twins
    Mr Dressup
    Star Trek

    PS: Canada Women's Soccer team won bronze. Score of 1-nil over France!!!

    1. How could I have forgotten about Firefly and Big Bang Theory? :(

    2. Oh my goodness, the Edison Twins, from the 80's? I haven't thought about that show in ages. Fun show.

  6. I'm listing mine from what I loved as a child to what I watch now. I love that Deb and Barb both listed Friends cause that was on opposite Whose Line : D

    1. BONANZA
    2. Starsky and Hutch
    3. Simon & Simon and Magnum PI
    4. Whose line is it Anyway (taught me to laugh again after Sam died)
    5. Blue Bloods

    PS: There's a new show coming to ABC that I'm very excited about called Nashville and stars one of my favorite (you're right up there Colin) WLIIA alumni. I can't wait!

  7. Oh no that's a mean question. I'm addicted to tv shows!

    1. Bonanza (Give me some Little Joe and my heart melts)
    2. The X-Files (Scully and Mulder - perfect couple)
    3. Supernatural (hot boys - sorry :P and sooo awesome people, I've met some of them)
    4. Twin Peaks (because it's awesome - except for the ending)
    5. Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (Good Times, Bad Times, that's a german soap opera and I watch it every day since 1995 or something like that)

    Other great shows: Whose Line (of course), Dexter, Stargate, Sherlock, StarTrek, MacGyver, A-Team, Merlin, Teen Wolf, Haven, Queer as Folk, Emergency Room.... Blabla better stop now before I name every show I've watched.

    1. OMG THEY'RE SO HOT!.... ;) I STARTED WATCHING IT AGAIN.....And YOU MET THEM.....saw the pics...I'm SOOOO jealous of you!!!!

    2. I'm glad you're still watching it! :D

      Awww...don't be jealous. Maybe you'll meet them, too one day.

  8. From Anne:

    Bachelor Father
    My Little Margie
    Whose Line Is It Anyway
    Burn Notice
    Memphis Beat (which was cancelled.... arrrggghhh!!)
    Republic of Doyle

    ... and a gazillion others, but I'll stop now.

  9. Oh difficult to only choose 5, but here they are, in no special order:
    National Geographic Specials,
    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (American version)
    Carol Burnett Show
    Dick Van Dyke Show

    Honorable mention:
    Battlestar Galactica/Caprica
    Bugs Bunny/Warner Bros cartoon shows

    Man, I could keep going on and on. Add "The Walking Dead", "Downton Abbey", " Falling Skies"
    Five shows per genre would be easier, but still difficult. ;)
    Remember when there were the weekly plays like "Goodyear Playhouse" and "The United States Steel Hour? They had big named stars like Paul Neuman. Soooo very good.


    1. how did I FORGET BUGS?????? :(

    2. Noodles!! And "Soap," but I've only seen it as a DVD set, not during its original run

    3. Karen -

      I love Animaniacs!!! :) "Wheel of Morality, turn turn turn. Tell us the lesson we must learn." "Lather. Rinse. Repeat."

  10. 1. Friends (Because lets face it its awesome!)

    2. Whose Line is it anyway (Coz...Well...DUH!?!?!)

    3. Doctor Who (coz its.....THE.MOST."FANTASTIC" series....EVER!!!!)

    4. Castle (Because its really interesting...and I LOVE Nathan <3)

    5. The Big Bang Theory (Well who doesnt love Sheldon?)

    6. Supernatural (Sam and Dean...and Cass!!! )

    7. Full House (Michelle!!!! I watch it for her...and for the cuteness of the series)

    8. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Deb, you'll love this one)

    9. Nigella Lawson (I she feels about food. So Inspiring!)

    10. Seinfeld (coz its just friggin funny!)

    11. The Simpsons ( for the impeccable STUPIDITY of Homer!!)

    12. Man v. Food (Its amazing HOW MUCH ADAM CAN EAT?!?!!?!)

    13. Masterchef (the Australian version. Although I LOVE Gordon Ramsey)

    14. C.S.I (all of them! Just AMAZING! I love Horatio!!!)

    15. Tom and Jerry (I know exactly whats about to happen, yet I still hope Tom will stop being sucha dumbass XD...and I watch it for Nibbles)

    I got TEEENSY BIT carried away there... watch Game of Thrones?!?!??!!?!?! My best friend's been nagging me to watch it... Well now that YOU watch it, I'll think about it ;) (lol. I'm not biased...its just this guy has tried to make me watch SAW too...So I'll like to double check :D)

  11. K...I have more (thanks to Karen xo)

    All the Hanna Barbera and WB Classics!!!!! Bugs, Porky, foghorn, Daffy...ALL OF THEM!!
    And also Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff girls, Heidi!, Legends of the hidden temple!! and...many more... XD

    1. OMG I loved Legends of the hidden temple!!! and figure it out, and double dare : )

    2. YES...YES FIGURE IT OUT and Double dare TOO.. Oh I loved when they "slimed" the contestants!!!! Loved it.

    3. Hanna Barbera!!! I do love me some old school Scooby Doo! The ones from the late 60's-early 70's!

      I can't stand the current What's New Scooby Doo? cartoon. Ugh!

      Velma was always one of my role models as a geeky little kid. lol

    4. Hey Shalaka whtch this....Skip to 1:50......Have you seen this yet? I am sure you will love it : )

    5. Rigel, I know...!! The new cartoons are so bad! I wish they brought the old Cartoon network back....LOVED SCOOOBY!!!

    6. OMG KELLY...I WAS SEARCHING FOR THIS?!?!!?!?! I KNEW HE WAS IN FIGURE IT OUT...actually I was gonna ask you if you had it...THANKS SO MUCH.. I LOVE IT! xo

    7. AND YES......THEY SLIMED HIM!!!!! Gosh he is so funny!

  12. Basically the same as Kelly. Our TV shows are a big part of our sister time. We blog about them frequently. :)

  13. 1.whose line is it anyway( i,love this show and i still on youtube all the time).
    2.gilligans island. I have.all the dvds of that show.

    3.csi new york

    4.full house

    5. Storage wars. I love that show..

    1. Kelly and I used to watch Full House on ABC Family. I think I've seen every episode at least 5 times!! lol

      "How RUDE!"

    2. lol....I LOVED...the "HOW RUDE!" and ofcourse Michelle's every word when she was a baby!

  14. I keep hearing great things about Game of Thrones, but it isn't on any of the free channels over here yet. D: Anyway, some of my absolute faves are (in no particular order - just the way my brain spews them out):

    1. Friends
    2. Whose Line (both UK and US) - seriously that show kept me sane through some tough times, and still does! Guaranteed to have me crying with laughter.
    3. The X-Files
    4. Star Trek TOS and TNG (geek alert!)
    5. Supernatural
    6. The Simpsons (because they just rock!)
    7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seriously, so much awesome in one show. And girl power!)
    8. Stargate SG-1 (more geekiness, but I adored that show)
    9. Doctor Who (but only with David Tennant, because he IS The Doctor)
    10. And my new favourite is the BBC's 'Sherlock'

    Okay, I know that's way more than five, but Deb cheated so I figured I could too! :D

    1. Star Trek! How could I have forgotten that?

      Every time I read a list, I realize I forgot something! LOL


      Martin and Benedict.......*dies*

    3. Dawn, I know, I'd forgotten a whole load! They keep popping into my brain - like Blackadder, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, House, and Scrubs. So many great shows out there!

      Holly - Sherlock is fabulous, isn't it? :D Brilliant writing and, yes, those guys are just perfect together. I can't wait for the next series!

    4. Starting filming in January. Gotta get through The Hobbit first! :D

  15. I hope my post comes through. Coulda sworn I posted it. :(

  16. Take 2. Sigh...

    All-time top 3 (the order moves around based on what I'm watching at the time)
    1. House
    2. Whose Line
    3. M*A*S*H

    By generation (more or less)
    1. PBS-Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, The Electric Company (early Morgan Freeman work!)

    2. Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three's Company, Love Boat, Fantasy Island

    3. M*A*S*H, Cheers, Friends

    4. House, WWE wrestling (Raw), channel-surfing a LOT

    5. Nowadays, I watch a LOT of true crime shows, especially on ID-Investigation Discovery channel. Also Food Network--Chopped, Sweet Genius. Others: Dance Moms, Storage Wars
    My daily schedule includes Maury, Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos, Judge Judy, Cops, World's Dumbest. Occasionally game show network, and Jeopardy.

    1. And "Lock-Up." More of that "true crime life" stuff. I also find a lot of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and "L&O:SVU" reruns on USA. I've JUST discovered reruns of "CSI: New York" and am sorry I didn't watch it when it was on regularly. Catching up now. (Love me some Gary Sinise.)

  17. Ok I love so many of the ones already listed! I'll try for a few new ones I could watch again and again:
    Kids In The Hall, Mr. Bean, Roseanne, Simpsons (the older seasons), Mash.
    and just for fun 5 I've actually been watching recently:
    Boardwalk Empires, Burn Notice, QI, It crowd, Olympics!

  18. Hmm...thinking...
    1. Whose Line/ Improvaganza/ TUWYL/ Improv shows in general!( I actually remember being a kid and staying up late to watch Whose Line. It was my first time seeing improv. I fell in love with it.)
    2. Suits (stumbled across it a month ago and feel in love with it)
    3. Perception (a show that actually requires thought!)
    4. I Love Lucy and Golden Girls (my grandmother got me started watching these when I was a kid and I love them!)
    5. House, ER, and Gilmore Girls (all finished and all have special places in my heart)

    1. Oh, and I like A Game of Thrones too. Have you read the book, Barbara?
      I also liked The Tudors. I am a bit of a history buff.

  19. The one show I wish hadn't been cancelled so soon was Homefront on ABC in the early 1990s. Great writing, great characters, fabulous actors.

    I watch pretty much anything shown on Masterpiece Mystery. (Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock, Zen, Foyle's War, Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, Case Histories)

    And Masterpiece Classics (Downton Abbey, Cranford, Larkrise to Candleford...)

    If I had to take one set of DVDs with me to that deserted island, it would be the full set of Dick Van Dyke Shows. No question.

    1. I love Cranford and Larkrise to Candleford! Both so fantastic and beautiful. Love Masterpiece Classics!

    2. Me, too, Steph. These days I rarely watch TV with an American accent. Except major league baseball and Big Bang Theory!

  20. Hey ladies, can the next 5 crazy things be MOVIES???!! :D

    1. YAY!!! YES!!! But, of course, it'll end up being more than 5! :) LOL

    2. HA! yes...please, pretty please?

    3. Lol...And Rigel...I mean....DUH!?!

    4. Maybe we could narrow it down to a specific genre, or movies starring a specific actor we like. Otherwise, a general "favorites" list could go on and on and on and on and on... etc.

    5. Well OF COURSE it'll be more than 5. Garsh I have lots of fave movies!!!

    6. Movies aren't as difficult as tv shows for me :P

  21. Ummm, I don't know so much "by ages." A lot of my favorites now are my favorites from different thens. Plus, Eddie and I don't have TV channels. Our viewing is all streaming online or DVD's.

    My favorite shows through the ages (1970's-2000's):

    Electric Company

    Super Friends Justice League (the late 70's version, the version with the Wonder Twins and Gleek) (Wonder Woman was my wee childhood hero. She was my all that until Princess Leia came onto the scene.)

    The Love Boat

    Spider Woman (Saturday morning cartoon)


    Barney Miller

    Double Trouble (I always liked the NYC episodes better than the Iowa episodes.)

    Misfits of Science

    3-2-1 Contact



    Quantum Leap

    Night Court

    The Equalizer

    Forever Knight

    Star Trek (original series) (I <3 Spock!)

    The Vicar of Dibley

    Antiques Roadshow

    History Detectives

    Whose Line Is It Anyway?


    Many of these, even the older ones, I still watch quite often.

    1. Oh, and, of course, Firefly.

      But, I never watched it on TV so I don't know if we can count it. I only came to it after the fact via streaming. And, of course, I fell firmly under Nathan Fillion's spell! :D

    2. Oh, and I've got to add The Avengers! But, only the Emma Peel seasons.

    3. Obviously, ST:TOS and The Avengers, I got hooked on as reruns. I wasn't born yet when they were really on.

    4. Eeeeek! Barney Miller! Loved that! I wouldn't be able to put up with Wojo nowadays, though. :)

    5. I say we can count shows no matter what media we're using to watch them. I'm watching "CSI" now, and it's all in reruns because I never watched it in its first-run life.

    6. I watch nearly every show online...because it takes ages for them to air in Germany (if they air that is), and I hate dubbing...

    7. Dawn -

      When it comes to Barney Miller, I am ALL about Gregory Sierra's portrayal of Chano Amenguale! That's why the first 2 seasons are my absolute favorites.

  22. 1. Barney ( I was always watching this as a kid, We still have like 50+ VHS tapes of Barney episodes. I have no idea what we plan on doing with them as no one has a VHS player anymore but we still got them : ) )
    2. Bones
    3. WLIIA
    4. Friends
    5. Three Stooges ( Love these three!! )
    OK I will keep it at five......for now : )

  23. janey for someone who doesn't watch all that much tv i can sure come up with more then my quota of what i like to watch .

    1: star trek the next generation. i did mention yesterday i love sir Patrick Stewart . this is the show that started my interests in his work

    2: mythbusters

    3: house . more for the relationships within the hospital then the medical puzzles . House and Wilson were so good together.

    4: real rescue shows such as helicopter heroes . this show follows the work of the Yorkshire air ambulance in the UK and is really interesting .the only time a famous person is involved is introducing each segment or doing small interviews with the air crew .it is mostly just the air ambulance crews going to or from accidents and the accident victims talking about what they are doing or what happened to them . there are also others like highland emergency , 24 hours in a and e and sea patrol UK . all based on filming the real rescue services or hospital staff going about there work and no famous people involved .

    5: Monty Python / whose line UK and USA and Drew Carey's improvaganza . well if i am going to watch comedy it is going to be the best comedy i can find !

    6: red dwarf

    1. ermahgerd. I love mythbusters!!! GREW UP watching The Stooges. The movie looks AWFUL!!!

    2. I'm just home now and trying to catch up on all these amazing lists, but had to stop here specifically because Kelly I am on the floor: are you "ermahgerd"ing and "garsh"ing?! And whyyyyy do I find this sooooo funny???

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  25. Lassie
    My Little Margie
    I Love Lucy
    Family (with Billy Crystal)
    30 Something

    These came to mind first but I know there are others.

  26. Everybody's shows are great! Cannot believe I missed Firefly and then Madge came up with My Little Margie! Madge do you remember December Bride? Loved it. I could go on and on............

  27. 1. The Partridge Family (childhood)
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (adolescence)
    3. Knots Landing (young adulthood)
    4. Degrassi Junior High/Degrassi High (30s)
    5. Law and Order (40s)
    6. Downton Abbey (50s)

  28. Ohhhh, excellent lists, you guys! Bringing back some great memories. Thanks to many of you who added Canadian shows here. Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays was so so good!

    1. I would have if I'd actually been able to watch any! :)

  29. Oh, dear. Just 5 shows? I don't think I'll be able to narrow it down that far...

    1) The Disney cartoons of the 80's/90's (Gummi Bears, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, etc.) I loved watching those as a kid!

    2) M*A*S*H - Cause who didn't love that show?

    3) Jeeves and Wooster - They used to show it on PBS on Saturdays. That was my first look at the genius of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. :)

    4) Whose Line is it Anyway - World's coolest show. End of story.

    5) Top Gear - For someone who doesn't drive, I really love shows about cars!

    There are many others (Doctor Who, Star Trek, House, and so on), but I think these are my top 5.

  30. The ultimate top 5, not counting other favourites...
    In no specific order:
    1) The Golden Girls: I remember watching these in all states of my life. A real classic that I wish will be on TV for many years to come.
    2)Whose line (UK and US): Ah, those memories of "family" night. This was one of the series that we watched. Not all so nice nights, but at least everyone could enjoy the show.
    3)Walker, Texas Ranger: I watched this because my dad is a Norris look a like :)
    4)Gilmore Girls: Do I even need to explain myself. Just wonderful show.
    5)The Pretender: Just because of the idea that you can be anything you want.


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