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Old October 21 2012, 05:47 AM   #60
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Re: Is TOS the best sci-fi TV American series until 1985?

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For me, the last few Next Gen seasons epitomize that "safe", blander consistency. Their priority seemed to be not to make embarrassing mistakes rather than aggressively pushing the show into challenging, unknown areas.
There were exceptions: Forces of Nature, Dark Page, Lower Decks, and Relics, just to name a few. But overall, yeah, that was personally my impression of TNG's last -say- two seasons, as well.

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As to the OP's question. I'm going to concur, from the standpoint of writing (to pick an essential standpoint) that the original The Twilight Zone wins. I must fully disclose, however, that while I've seen most original TZ episodes, I haven't seen them all. What I have seen, though, leads me inescapably to conclude that there is a huge variety of solid, exceptional, moving, and memorable episodes.

Star Trek TOS is very definitely second.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...iction_sitcoms has a list of comedy science fiction shows. Personally, I'd add Get Smart and I Dream of Jeannie to that list.

Interesting also is that Saturday morning/children's shows seem to have been excluded from discussion. To name a few, off the top of my head:

Star Trek—The Animated Series
Land of the Lost
Far Out Space Nuts
The Lost Saucer
Space Academy
Jason of Star Command
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
Johnny Quest
Ark II
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Super Friends
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