These are shows that don't have a continuous storyline. Each episode is separate from the last, and only in some cases are there recurring characters. I included sketch comedy shows in this section as well as self contained short story series.
A little more sci-fi and less scary than the Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits was still a great show, with many powerful episodes.
Martin Landau as Andros in The Man Who Was Never Born
A very emotional and artistic episode, 'The Man Who Was Never Born' has Andros going back in time in order to prevent the birth of a man who was destined to bring about the world's destruction.
I'm guessing that the people that love SNL hate Madtv, and vice versa. A different kind of comedy show than SNL, Madtv invested a lot of stock in being offensive. Sometimes gross, many times over the top, Madtv really was a 90's kind of a show.
John Ratzenberger and George Wendt as Cliff Clavin and Norm Peterson
Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd
Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Bebe Neuwirth as Lillith Crane
This show became quite popular in the mid to late 80's. It was a show that successfully balanced an ensemble cast without any of the actors becoming too big for their roles. A rare thing in television shows, and it remained a successful show until its final episode.
This show lasted ten years. 292 episodes, or so listal tells me. I watched the first couple of seasons, but didn't keep up. There were multiple departures and replacement cast members, but this was the original group.
Sam Stephens trying to make it through each day as a witch in an idyllic American household. Problem arose every time her family stopped by and she would end up using magic at the worst times. I liked this show. Dick Sargent also played the husband character Darrin Stephens, but wasn't as memorable as the original.
Did anyone not see the Cosby Show in the US? It was one of the most well known shows from the mid 80's until its end in the early 90's. It was a part of my childhood spent in front of the TV, as I'm sure it was for many of you.
As far as I know, Keeping Up Appearances was immensely popular in the UK, and even aired in the US. A very funny class comedy, starring Patricia Rutledge as the ever social and bossy Hyacinth Bucket, or 'Bouquet' as she calls herself.
This is probably one of those love it or hate it kind of shows. The one thing it had going for it was it was not your average 'who's the boss' or Mr. Belvedere' show about babysitting. Fran Drescher added her own eccentricities to her role as the ill equipped nanny to wealthy Maxwell Scheffield's children.
Joseph Grey's rating:
Marooned: People Stuck Together
For one reason or another, these characters are either isolated by choice, or because they can't escape.
Dick Tufeld as The Robot
No, this isn't 'Robby' the Robot. Robby was used in the movie Forbidden Planet, and guest spots on TV shows.
The Robinson family in space. As a kid, some of the episodes were a little scary. Yep, you had Mr. Smith the backstabber, and the family that hopped from one dangerous planet to the next. This is great stuff for any kid to see.
I guess the characters aren't technically 'marooned,' but some are escaping something, while others are just looking for a place to disappear. A pretty low key but watchable show about the residents in a remote town. That town was actually Roslyn, Washington, but I think the show was pretending to be set in Alaska.
Joseph Grey's rating:
It's a work thing
Shows where much of the action happens at the workplace.
Yeah, hospitals. Who decided that a place full of critically wounded people would be a good place to stage a show? Well, the doctors in this particular hospital have time to save lives and sleep around with the rest of the staff. Overall, the characters were pretty decent. Like a lot of long running shows, the cast revolved in and out, and many cast members joined as many others departed.
The Office follows a group of socially awkward office workers as they plod through their jobs and exercise long, uncomfortable silences. There's a lot more to it than that of course, but I haven't seen many episodes. Shows like this one work well when populated with a talented cast.
A work comedy which takes place in the fictional Mayor's office in New York. Great performances by Michael J. Fox and the rest of the cast. After Michael J. Fox left the show for health reasons, Heather Locklear and Charlie Sheen took over the lead roles in the show. However, it didn't last long after Michael J. Fox departed.
Baywatch. I found myself compelled to include this show, because it is both iconic, and memorable. Okay, the content of each episode is not memorable. But the slow motion running, the allergy to clothing suffered by most of the cast, that was memorable.
Joe Rogan as Joe Garrelli
(Joe Rogan used to act for a living)
NewRadio was a very enjoyable show about a news radio station and its eccentric employees. I watched the show when it came out and really enjoyed it. Phil Hartman was an important character in the show until his death in 1998.
I watched the 1980's rendition of the show, which was called "Mr. Wizard's World." The show actually began in the 50's with the same man, Don Herbert, displaying the scientific properties behind just about everything a kid would be into. Including fire. This was one my brother's favorite shows, and one of mine as well. I think any kid watching this show would love to be in at least one episode.
Bill Nye was actually a local (Seattle) comedian and part of a comedy show called "Almost Live" which aired in Washington in the late 80's and early 90's. So when I first saw "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" I said 'what the hell is he doing on a science show? Isn't that Speed Walker?'
Beakman's World was an offbeat science show for kids that contrasted quite a bit from Bill Nye, the Science Guy. I actually watched this show more often, and it's too bad it's not as well known as it could have been.
I was a little too old for Barney, so I saw almost none of it when it came out. However, I did know that it was immensely popular, and the merchandising for this purple dinosaur was out of control. I think it was a little too childish, even for kids, but then again I wasn't four of five when it came out, so I couldn't say how enjoyable it would have been for a young child. Parents seemed to love it though.
John Simmit as Dipsy, Nikki Smedley as Laa-Laa Pui Fan Lee as Po and Mark Heenehan as Tinky Winky
Yes, there are the Teletubbies. However, I don't know which one is which. I didn't watch this show, but from what little I know, there wasn't a lot in the way of content. But lack of content doesn't mean no one watched the show. It was popular at the time of its airing.
The Old West
I realized in my haste that I hadn't included a single television show featuring cowboys, lawmen, and bandits.
I'm going to have more items than this. I just need to brush up on my knowledge of Wild West TV shows.