Monday, November 23, 2009

Top 10 Favorite TV Shows

Mon: 230 lbs.

So, i don't really watch that much television, although i will go through spurts, and i was pretty much glued to the screen when i was a kid, but i thought i'd do some serious soul searching and tally up the programs that i absolutely adore (in an i can watch them over and over type way). And here they are in no particular order:

1. "MTV's The State"
The State is quite possibly my favorite show of all time. It started when i was 14 or 15 years old and molded my sense of humor into the absurdist retard throwing rocks that it is today. Only The Simpsons rivals it's all out effect on me and the random references i make in everyday conversation. "I wanna dip my balls in it," indeed.
2. "The Simpsons"
This should be fairly obvious. 20 years later and it's still fucking hilarious. And i can't really think of any other show that is still brilliant even in it's off years (I'm looking at you Saturday Night Live).
3. "Twin Peaks"
So fucking weird, but so fucking good. This is David Lynch's masterpiece. Fuck his films (and that's really hard for me to say), Twin Peaks is practically perfect, and will drive you insane since it was cancelled on a cliffhanger.
4. "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"/"Angel"
So i'm cheating a little by putting these 2 shows as one selection, but come on. Characters moved from one show to the other, instances on one show would have ramifications on the other, and while the themes and moods of the shows varied, the sense of humor and brilliance of Joss Whedon shines on both equally.
5. "Freaks and Geeks"
Only 18 episodes of glory. We all overlooked this gem (myself included) and that only makes cancellation harder to swallow. Judd Apatow. James Franco. Seth Rogen. Linda Cardelini. Busy Phillips. Jason Segel. Martin fucking Starr! Everyone on this show was the shit. And we're all finally realizing it.
6. "South Park"
South Park will eventually rival The Simpsons for it's longevity and consistency. 12 years later, i still laugh my ass off, and we need someone to constantly push the boundaries of good taste. I can think of no other show that would have the balls to shove Paris Hilton up some one's ass, mock Christopher Reeve, use the word "fag" over and over again to prove a point, or put 2 crippled kids in a fist fight. Fuck yeah!
7. "Quantum Leap"
Going back to childhood for this one. My absolute favorite show as a kid, i waited every week to see who Sam was gonna be this time. They may have jumped the shark when he leaped into Lee Harvey Oswald, or a vampire, or Dr. Ruth, or a 16 year old version of himself, but dammit, it was fun.
8. "Mr. Show"
Continuing in the tradition of The State, absurdity reigns supreme. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross continue to make me laugh now, but cock ring warehouse commercials, shitting at a restaurant dinner table, and a sausage-bodied super fan declaring himself the coolest kid in the world are still some of the funniest sketches i've ever seen.
9. "News Radio"
Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Phil Hartman, Andy Dick, Maura Tierney, Joe Rogen, Vicki Lewis, and Khandi Alexander did some of the best work of their careers on this show. It's still funny 10 years later.
10. "Lost"
I thought this show was gonna be stupid, but i watched the first episode out of mere curiosity. I've been hooked ever since. One more season to go, and i really don't need answers. Just give me some hints.
There are plenty of runners up, but i don't feel like listing them. Well, okay, "King of the Hill," "Arrested Development," and "The Muppet Show." You're all good too.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, so I agree with almost all of your list. Except I am too old for The State, so I will swap them out for Arrested Development and trade The Muppet Show for NewsRadio and COME ON WHERE IS FAMILY GUY! Of course this wouldn't be a post from me without the obligatory "Buffy/Angel should be number one" rant.