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Old June 23 2013, 11:31 AM   #46
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Re: Recommend to me some old TV shows

I thought the OP was after shows dating from at least prior to 1995. Other shows from that era I watched were

The Midnight Caller.
Moonlighting. (Bruce Willis before he became a big star)

Not sure how they would stand up today however.
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Old June 23 2013, 11:36 AM   #47
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Re: Recommend to me some old TV shows

MacLeod wrote: View Post
What about the two mini-series V and V: The Final Battle.


I wonder though how I would find many of the shows I watched during the 80's if I watched them today.

Dallas
L.A. Law
The Dukes of Hazard
Cagney and Lacey
Dempsey and Makepeace
I would agree with Dallas and L.A. Law but I would like to add the following:

Mannix
Cannon
Matlock
Love American Style
Happy Days
Lost in Space
Battlestar Galactica

and more to come.
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Old June 23 2013, 05:30 PM   #48
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Oh damn, how did I forget Moonlighting?

Yeah, it's a great show!
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Old June 24 2013, 01:18 AM   #49
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I watched the pilot of Rockford Files. It's interesting how the approach to plotting has changed in 30 years. The first hour of the show is just Rockford deciding whether or not he will take the case. If that was produced today, he'd be beating people up in the first five minutes. I'll definitely keep watching it.

Also I watched Red Dwarf. One more thing I'll add, if the show has a laugh track, it better be Seinfeld-level funny. I hate laugh tracks.

I have Hulu Plus too, so I'll check out Hill St Blues next. I have also seen Soap, that's a fun show. All its parody elements still apply to shows today. I'm definitely open to Buffy. I thought Firefly was decent and I loved Cabin In The Woods. Wheadon is great at genre fan-appeal. I have seen seasons 1-5 and 9 of Roseanne.
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Old June 24 2013, 03:26 AM   #50
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Hill Street Blues is awesome. It is to cop dramas what McCabe and Mrs Miller is to Westerns.

Would you guys recommend Bob Newhart, knowing that I hate sitcom style humor and laugh tracks, but like Seinfeld and early Roseanne?

I've only seen a handful of 30 Rock episodes. That show is the definition of power-watchable.

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Old June 24 2013, 04:08 AM   #51
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JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
Hill Street Blues is awesome. It is to cop dramas what McCabe and Mrs Miller is to Westerns.
Glad you like it.

Would you guys recommend Bob Newhart, knowing that I hate sitcom style humor and laugh tracks, but like Seinfeld and early Roseanne?
Candidly it does have a laugh track. And I haven't seen it in decades. That being said Bob Newhart is easily one of the funniest men who ever walked this earth. So I'd say give it a try.
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Old June 24 2013, 04:45 AM   #52
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The Prisoner.
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Old June 24 2013, 04:55 AM   #53
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JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
I watched the pilot of Rockford Files. It's interesting how the approach to plotting has changed in 30 years. The first hour of the show is just Rockford deciding whether or not he will take the case. If that was produced today, he'd be beating people up in the first five minutes. I'll definitely keep watching it.
Yeah, it's a different approach to pacing for sure. Remember they did have seven or eight extra minutes in an hour show. It's great for character stuff. As far as beating people up, Jim generally received a more beatings than he gave, really unusual at the time!

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Hill Street Blues is awesome. It is to cop dramas what McCabe and Mrs Miller is to Westerns.
It is very interesting for me to hear what people think, viewing shows I grew up with from a completely different perspective. "Hill Street" was "my" show back in the day, it was new and totally differnt from anything I'd ever seen, and I looked forward to "Roll Call" on Thursday nights more than any show ever. I've said it before on this board, but 30 years later I still haven't seen a show that handles as big an ensemble of characters as well as HSB did. Except maybe St Elsewhere.

Would you guys recommend Bob Newhart, knowing that I hate sitcom style humor and laugh tracks, but like Seinfeld and early Roseanne?
The laugh track is something you'll have to get used to, but if you like character-driven comedy, The Bob Newhart Show is one of the best. It has a lot of standard setup-punchline joke writing, but the characters are so unique and strong that they can carry even the rare weak episode. Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Bonerz and Marcia Wallace are wonderful, but Bill Daily and Jack Riley are amazingly funny.

I've only seen a handful of 30 Rock episodes. That show is the definition of power-watchable.
Agreed. And you see a lot of old TV show actors come through it!

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Old June 24 2013, 09:40 PM   #54
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As a drama, NOTHING beats ''Hill Street.'' And it was emulated by dozens of future shows.
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Old June 24 2013, 09:52 PM   #55
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There is also M*A*S*H
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Old June 24 2013, 10:02 PM   #56
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J.T.B. wrote: View Post
As far as beating people up, Jim generally received a more beatings than he gave, really unusual at the time!


It seemed like hardly a week went by that either Jim and/or his car didn't have some sort of havoc wreaked upon them.

Also, always enjoyed the weekly bit with the answering machine in the opening titles.
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Old June 25 2013, 08:23 PM   #57
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Has Quantum Leap been mentioned yet?
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Old June 25 2013, 08:27 PM   #58
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And of course if you like an interesting take on the cop show, here it is:



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Old June 25 2013, 10:15 PM   #59
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Quark
Space Academy
Starblazers
Space 1999
UFO
And anything produced by Irwin Allen
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Old June 27 2013, 09:06 AM   #60
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We have now suggested more hours worth of programming that this person can successfully watch in one lifetime without structurally sacrificing a healthy balanced quality of life.
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