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Old October 19 2012, 03:20 AM   #31
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Re: Is TOS the best sci-fi TV American series until 1985?

For my money, the only show that was in the same category as Star Trek, up to the late 70s, was the original Twilight Zone. Most other sci-fi offerings, though fun, were cheesy and well, not top-notch.
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Old October 19 2012, 04:27 AM   #32
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I always thought "The Starlost" had a promising premise, though it was a bit slow at times. The concept was pretty interesting though.

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Old October 19 2012, 05:44 AM   #33
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Re: Is TOS the best sci-fi TV American series until 1985?

Wow...someone else actually watched the Starlost. It was a bit bleak, but I really liked it.
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Old October 19 2012, 04:41 PM   #34
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For my money, the only show that was in the same category as Star Trek, up to the late 70s, was the original Twilight Zone. Most other sci-fi offerings, though fun, were cheesy and well, not top-notch.
Agreed, although I think the original OUTER LIMITS deserves an honorable mention. It was considerably lessy cheesy and juvenile than, say, the Irwin Allen shows. At its best, say, "Demon with a Glass Hand," it rivaled TZ.

And I admit it terrified me as a kid . . ..
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Old October 19 2012, 04:56 PM   #35
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Re: Is TOS the best sci-fi TV American series until 1985?

1) TZ
2) Trek
3) Buck Rogers
4) Space Rangers
5) Voyagers

6) Space 1999
7) The Outer Limits
8) The Ray Bradbury Theater - It's the TZ in color
9) One Step Beyond
10) Amazing Stories?
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Old October 19 2012, 05:42 PM   #36
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Re: Is TOS the best sci-fi TV American series until 1985?

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No.

The original Twilight Zone is.
This would be my answer too. TOS is a strong second for me, and its my favorite of the Trek series, but TZ has it beat.
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Old October 19 2012, 06:12 PM   #37
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It kind of occured to me that in the first 4 decades of TV TOS was just about the best there is and not until Star Trek was revived were there any serious challengers. I believe regular TV broadcasts began in the US in 1946 in NYC.

So I chose a round figure 1946-1985 that, yes, happened to be just before Trek was relaunched.

And seriously does anybody think--that with the exception of TLZ--there are any real challengers?

Yes, this is a Trek site and certainly 99% of folks here like it, but I also trust the honesty of the posters to say that something from that era was better. A few have.

That was my point--I love TOS, but I wouldn't say it's the best as a partisan---I honestly think its the best.

If there are Lost in Space fans out there on their website who say they think thaty show is the best of that era---i salute their passion, but I doubt their taste and their honesty.

I love Next gen and DS9 even Voyager, but I would readily admit that X-Files might be better from that era
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Old October 19 2012, 06:29 PM   #38
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If there are Lost in Space fans out there on their website who say they think thaty show is the best of that era---i salute their passion, but I doubt their taste and their honesty.
Agree. And, yes, I am a LIS fan.
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Old October 19 2012, 10:01 PM   #39
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To this day, I don't think Star Trek: The Original Series and The Twilight Zone have been topped.
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Old October 19 2012, 10:29 PM   #40
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To this day, I don't think Star Trek: The Original Series and The Twilight Zone have been topped.

To me only X-files comes close, but saying that makes me really feel like I'm just being biased against other good sc-fi.

Were they really that good or is a huge part of it nostalgia?
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Old October 19 2012, 11:59 PM   #41
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To this day, I don't think Star Trek: The Original Series and The Twilight Zone have been topped.
Excluding any of the Trek spin-offs, no love for Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica Farscape, Firefly, or The X-Files?

Widening to comedies, I'd also point to Futurama and Red Dwarf, although the latter is a British series and out of bounds of the discussion here.
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Old October 20 2012, 12:04 AM   #42
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In terms of surpassing Trek TOS? No.

Farscape, Firefly and Buffy are probably my favorite skiffy shows since Trek TOS, though.
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Old October 20 2012, 12:18 AM   #43
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Re: Is TOS the best sci-fi TV American series until 1985?

Other than Star Trek, I really liked Farscape, Babylon 5 (loved that show) and I'm a new convert to Firefly.

So since the original series, I'd rank them (including some of the Trek spin-offs):

- Deep Space Nine
- Babylon 5
- TNG/Farscape/Firefly (tie)

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Agreed, although I think the original OUTER LIMITS deserves an honorable mention.
I saw very little of that for some reason, so I can't really judge. I'll take your word for it, though.
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To this day, I don't think Star Trek: The Original Series and The Twilight Zone have been topped.
Excluding any of the Trek spin-offs, no love for Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica Farscape, Firefly, or The X-Files?

Widening to comedies, I'd also point to Futurama and Red Dwarf, although the latter is a British series and out of bounds of the discussion here.
I've liked other shows, but I don't think those shows topped TOS or Twilight Zone.
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Old October 20 2012, 12:30 AM   #45
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To this day, I don't think Star Trek: The Original Series and The Twilight Zone have been topped.

To me only X-files comes close, but saying that makes me really feel like I'm just being biased against other good sc-fi.

Were they really that good or is a huge part of it nostalgia?
The seventies and early eighties were a dark time. But, as others have already pointed out, there's been plenty of good stuff since: the Trek spinoffs, Farscape, Firefly, etc.

And there's even more if you broaden the net to include stuff like Buffy, Xena, Warehouse 13, etc.
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