Fav TV show from before you were born?

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#1  Edited By BisonHero

Due to a random reference I think @video_game_king made, I've been thinking about All in the Family lately, and how glad I am that I happened to catch a bunch of episodes of it on a cable channel that played a bunch of old syndicated shows. The show was well before my time, but it's cool to see a show that so directly addressed the differences between two generations and their clashing views on race, gender, religion, politics, you name it, while managing to still be lighthearted and not a complete downer. While I'm at it, I should probably get around to catching some episodes of Till Death Us Do Part, which All in the Family was loosely based on.

It always strikes me as sad that only a certain number of shows even qualify for syndication, and even then only the huge megahits garner enough viewers to be worth broadcasting years or decades after they conclude, so there are entire eras of TV that it's somewhat difficult to ever be exposed to through cable. And even on the Internet, you're not going to watch those shows unless you specifically know the name of old shows that you've been told are worth it. Channel surfing has exposed me to a number of great old shows that I don't think I would ever have watched were they just a suggestion that popped up on Netflix, or were a DVD boxed set that I'd never buy, or a torrent that I'd never think to search for.

So what shows have you enjoyed from before your own era?

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What if I'm older than TV itself?

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MASH is still one of my favorite TV shows to this day. I can watch just about any episode and enjoy it immensely. It's ability to combine drama with comedy was second to none.

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#4  Edited By SarcasticMudcrab

TOTP2. Ye I'm that old.

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Star Trek, the crown prince of television.

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Fawlty Towers.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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The Prisoner and Wild Wild West are up there but Trek #1 with a bullet.

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The Twilight Zone.

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#10  Edited By myke_tuna

First show that comes to mind is The Cosby Show.

So I guess I'll go with that...?

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The Twilight Zone, Dr. Who, and Monty Python are frontrunners.

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#12  Edited By BisonHero

@flappy said:

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

OH GOD I'M SO OLD

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Twin Peaks. Came out right before I was born. That show is the greatest of all time.

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I'm going to feel so old from this thread. Twilight Zone, nice variety, clever design for each story

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@myketuna said:

First show that comes to mind is The Cosby Show.

So I guess I'll go with that...?

yeah I can't think of anything else.

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@flappy said:

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

OH GOD I'M SO OLD

It happens to the best of us! Besides, I can't be that far behind you.

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#17  Edited By JohnnyAutoFire

Definitely The Cosby Show. It's like the comfort food of TV shows.

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I was 2 when it was on but just watched it last year and loved the hell out of Twin Peaks, probably the oldest show I've watched. My wife and I after we finish watching Dexter are going to watch all of Cheers which might be the oldest series I will have ever watched when it is all said and done.

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@flappy said:

@bisonhero said:

@flappy said:

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

OH GOD I'M SO OLD

It happens to the best of us! Besides, I can't be that far behind you.

Yeah, I was alive for the entire run of Fresh Prince, though not by much.

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Probably Monty Python's Flying Circus

@flappy said:

@bisonhero said:

@flappy said:

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

OH GOD I'M SO OLD

It happens to the best of us! Besides, I can't be that far behind you.

Yeah, I was alive for the entire run of Fresh Prince, though not by much.

Jesus Christ, I was in elementary school when that show started and was in high school when it ended.

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I agree with a lot of the already mentioned shows, so I'll just throw this one out there: I really enjoyed watching I Love Lucy when I was growing up.

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I really dont watch or like alot of shows from before i was born.

Though The twilight zone is pretty awesome. Monty Python seems pretty good, though i've only seen lots of clips of it. OG star trek is alright, though a bit boring and drawn out.

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Twilight Zone

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Looney Tunes for sure.

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Twilight Zone and Lupin the 3rd.

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Another vote for Twilight Zone. That show was incredible, and shockingly rewatchable for a series that relied so heavily on twists.

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@coafi said:

Twilight Zone and Lupin the 3rd.

I was wondering how long it would take for our first old anime inclusion.

I want to go back and watch some anime from the 60s-80s. Is it weird that my primary motivation is to see older character designs, with the appropriate fashion and haircuts of the era? Lupin the 3rd is a great example of what I'm thinking of.

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Well Twin Peaks would be my answer. It started before I was born but I was alive by the time it ended. So it might not count. Other than that I can definitely echo the Twilight Zone answer. I also really like Star Trek The Original Series.

Well if we are going to count anime into this. I would have to say Zeta Gundam as it is definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. I also hold the original Gundam in high regard. It holds up much better than anything with that dated level of animation has any right to.

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#29  Edited By Coafi

@bisonhero: Yeah, Lupin the 3rd is great show. It all takes place in the 70's so you get the fashion and the old school animation. Also, it's pretty damn funny, the translation is too good. It's one of those few shows where I forget it's an anime and get fully immersed in the story.

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Yeah, definitely All in the Family. That show was the perfect balance of funny, serious, and sweet.

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I Love Lucy

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The Prisoner. Batman the Animated series probably came out a year before I was born but it can't beat out the Prisoner.

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When I was younger I would love watching Happy Days on Nick at Nite. Right now I'm enjoying the 1966 Batman.

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I loved watching a lot of B&W shows when I was a kid. The Andy Griffith Show is the first to come to mind.

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I was born around the time when Eddie Murphy made it big, but old old Saturday Night Live is great.

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Just from the title I was thinking All in the Family before I clicked. Though going through the comments Star Trek, Twilight Zone, and the reminder of old school anime (Astroboy is still a fave) make this pretty tough.

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Columbo

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@bisonhero: The Dick Van Dyke Show, don't know why but I love it.

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Hmmm short list

  • Star Trek TOS
  • Monty Python's Flying Cirucus
  • Thunderbirds
  • The Twilight Zone

Batman the Animated series probably came out a year before I was born

Fuck...

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#40  Edited By TheManWithNoPlan

It's a dead tie between the Dean Martin Variety Show and Macgyver. Yeah! Anybody remember this?

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I watched a ton of older shows as a kid. A few other favorites that come to mind

  • I love Lucy
  • The Andy Griffeth Show
  • All in the Family
  • Sanford and Son
  • Mash
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#41  Edited By Omega

Get Smart

The A-Team

MASH

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Three's Company. The first harem anime.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation has to take it. There are plenty more, though.

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Born in 92, and from the very few shows that I have seen from before I was born, I would go with Police Squad as a favourite. I also really liked a show called Soap. There are probably other shows I'm not thinking of but that will do.

Some posts in here are reminding me that I need to watch Twin Peaks, which I own all of. It will probably be on this list by the time I get around to it.

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Loony Tunes.

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#46  Edited By BisonHero

@twisted said:

Born in 92, and from the very few shows that I have seen from before I was born, I would go with Police Squad as a favourite.

Wow, that's a deep cut. I've never heard of that show, and apparently it was cancelled after 6 episodes? Did your family have it on VHS or something? I never knew that this show was more or less the prequel to the Naked Gun movies.

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I love a ton of old British comedy from waaay before when I was born ('89), and Monty Python's Flying Circus is my favourite.

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Not before I was born but I was too young to even know what it was: Twin Peaks. My all time favorite show.

Honorable mention: Star Trek and Twilight Zone

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It's got to be Star Trek, but Twin Peaks is pretty close. I can also get behind some Kolchak:The Night Stalker, if only for the historical context.

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Fawlty Towers!