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Iconic and Memorable Roles: TV part III

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Sketches and Short Stories

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.
People who added this item 804  Average listal rating (547 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.9 
1. The Twilight Zone (1959)
Rod Serling as Narrator

What a great idea to let co-creator and co-writer Rod Serling to narrate and open each of the episodes. So many great directors, actors, and wonderfully creepy episodes.


This is from the terrifying episode "It's a Good Life"
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People who added this item 165  Average listal rating (115 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
2. The Outer Limits (1963)
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.
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People who added this item 249  Average listal rating (177 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.8 
3. The Outer Limits (1995)
Not quite the same as the original, but as good. Sometimes not as memorable, but occasionally more creepy than the original.

Beau Bridges as Dr. Simon Kress


I chose this episode because it is the first of the new show. I believe it helped to set the tone for the rest of the show, which lasted seven seasons.

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People who added this item 289  Average listal rating (171 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.8 
4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
Alfred Hitchcock as The Presenter


A very interesting show with Alfred Hitchcock providing the opening and closing commentary for each episode. Many of the actors on the show were well known.
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People who added this item 980  Average listal rating (691 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
5. Saturday Night Live (1975)
A very long running show with steady success. There have been multiple generations of comedians giving their varied talents to the show. There's no way I'm going to highlight all of them.

Dan Aykroyd as Disc Jockey


Steve Martin as King Tut


Gilda Radner as Roseanne Roseannadonna


John Belushi as Samurai Furtaba


Bill Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer


Chevy Chase as Chevy Chase


Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat


Martin Short as Ed Grimley


Michael Myers and Dana Carvey
as Wayne and Garth


Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton


Will Ferrell as James Lipton

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People who added this item 288  Average listal rating (186 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
6. MADtv (1995)
Nicole Sullivan as Vancome Lady


Debra Wilson as Bunifa


Will Sasso as Kenny Rogers


Michael McDonald as Stewart


Aries Spears


Mo Collins as Stewart's Mom


Alex Borstein as Miss Swan


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.
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People who added this item 195  Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
7. The Kids in the Hall (1988)
(from left to right)
Dave Foley-Mark McKinney-Scott Thompson-Bruce McCulloch-Kevin Mcdonald


I watched this show a lot as a kid. These guys were willing to play women, kids, old men, anything.
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People who added this item 434  Average listal rating (329 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
8. Chappelle's Show (2003)
Dave Chappelle as Tyrone, Prince, and Rick James




Charlie Murphy as Charlie Murphy


This show became successful and quickly ended after the second season.
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Friends and Family

Married couples, children, extended families, or a group of friends.
People who added this item 782  Average listal rating (603 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
9. Cheers (1982)
Ted Danson as Sam Malone


Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli


Shelley Long as Diane Chambers


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.
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People who added this item 718  Average listal rating (531 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
10. The Wonder Years (1988)
Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold


Dan Lauria as Jack Arnold


Josh Saviano as Paul Pfieffer


Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper


Alley Mills as Norma Arnold


Jason Hervey as Wayne Arnold


Olivia D'abo as Karen Arnold


The Wonder Years was a pretty good show about growing up during the late 60's. The characters were mixed together pretty well, and I remember being really into this show as a kid.
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People who added this item 4770  Average listal rating (3197 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
11. Friends (1994)
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay


David Schwimmer as Ross Geller


Matt Leblanc as Joey Tribbiani


Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green


Courtney Cox as Monica Geller


Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing


It seems like no one is on the fence with this show. They either hate it with the curse of a thousand screams, or love it to the point of a near romantic obsession.
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People who added this item 934  Average listal rating (694 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.1 
12. Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
Luke Perry as Dylan Mckay


Jenni Garth as Kelly Taylor


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh


Shannon Doherty as Brenda Walsh


Tori Spelling as Donna Martin


Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders


Gabrielle Carteris(left) as Andrea Zuckerman


Brian Austin Green as David Silver


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.
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People who added this item 2512  Average listal rating (1813 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
13. That '70s Show (1998)
Topher Grace as Eric Forman


Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti


Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart


Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde


Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso


Wilmer Valderrama as Fez


Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman


Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman


I'm sure most of you at least heard of this show or watched it. It was pretty fun, although like many shows, suffered from running one or two too many seasons.
Joseph Grey's rating:

People who added this item 528  Average listal rating (401 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
14. The Munsters (1964)
Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster


Al Lewis as Grandpa


Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster


Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster


I watched this show when I was young. I especially liked the Herman Munster character.
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People who added this item 649  Average listal rating (440 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
15. The Addams Family (1964)
John Astin and Carolyn Jones as
Gomez and Morticia Addams


Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy as
Uncle Fester and Lurch


Ken Weatherwax and Lisa Loring as
Pugsley and Wednesday Adams


I didn't see much of this show. I ended up watching the Munsters instead. You kind of have to pick one when you're young, it can get confusing if you try to watch both.
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People who added this item 1550  Average listal rating (1126 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.5 
16. Full House (1987)
Bob Saget as Danny Tanner


Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone


John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis


Lori Loughlin as Becky Katsopolis


Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen as Michelle Tanner


Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner


Candice Cameron as D.J. Tanner
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People who added this item 1546  Average listal rating (1179 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
17. Married with Children (1987)
Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy


Katey Sagal as Peg Bundy


Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy


David Faustino as Bud Bundy


Amanda Bearse as Mary D'Arcy


An interesting show that at times felt simplistic with its visual gags, but at other times seemed, somewhat insightful. This was a show that enjoyed as much success overseas as it did in the US.
Joseph Grey's rating:

People who added this item 745  Average listal rating (546 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
18. Bewitched (1964)
Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens


Dick York as Darrin Stephens




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.
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People who added this item 940  Average listal rating (726 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.5 
19. The Cosby Show (1984)
Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable


Phylicia Rashad as Claire Hanks Huxtable


Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable


Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theo Huxtable


Tempest Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable


Keshia Knight as Rudy Huxtable


Raven-Symone as Olivia Kendall




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.
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People who added this item 1205  Average listal rating (937 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 7.2 
20. Home Improvement (1991)
Tim Allen as Tim 'the Tool Man' Taylor


Patricia Richardson as Jill Taylor


Richard Karn as Al Borland


Earl Hindman as Wilson


Zachery Ty Bryant as Brad Taylor


Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Randy Taylor


Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor


Debbie Dunning as Heidi Keppert


This show may not be as well remembered today, but at the peak of its popularity, it was a very well regarded show, and Tim Allen was for a time the most well paid man in television.
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People who added this item 227  Average listal rating (162 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
21. Keeping Up Appearances (1990)
Patricia Rutledge as Hyacinth Bucket


Clive Swift as Richard Bucket


Mary Millar as Rose


Geoffrey Hughes as Onslow


Judy Cornwell as Daisy


Josephine Tewson as Elizabeth Warden


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.
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People who added this item 641  Average listal rating (475 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
22. Happy Days (1974)
Henry Winkler as Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli


Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham


Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham


Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham


Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham


Anson Williams and Don Most as Potise and Ralph


Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio


What a classic show with classic characters. It wasn't very deep stuff, but the show was funny, and had staying power. It ran for ten years, and spawned at least one spin off show.
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People who added this item 199  Average listal rating (155 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
23. Dallas (1978)
Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing


Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing


Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes


Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing


Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing


Susan Howard and Steve Kanaly as
Donna Culver Krebbs and Ray Krebbs


Charlene Tilton as Lucy Ewing Cooper



A show I haven't seen myself, but heard plenty about. Many people followed this show religiously during its run, and it was immensely popular.

People who added this item 1153  Average listal rating (867 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.8 
24. The Nanny (1993)
Fran Drescher as Ms. Francis Fine


Charles Schaughnessy as Maxwell Scheffield


Daniel Davis as Niles the Butler


Lauren Lane as C.C. Babcock


Benjamin Salisbury as Brighton Scheffield


Nicholle Tom as Maggie Scheffield


Madeline Zima as Grace Scheffield


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.
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Marooned: People Stuck Together

For one reason or another, these characters are either isolated by choice, or because they can't escape.
People who added this item 4403  Average listal rating (2779 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. Lost (2004)
Matthew Fox as Dr. Jack Shephard


Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah


Terry O'Quinn as John Locke


Evangeline Lily as Kate Austen


Josh Holloway as James 'Sawyer' Ford


Daniel Dae Kim as Jin Kwon


Yunjin Kim as Sun Kwon


Jorge Garcia as Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes


Emilie de Raven as Claire Littleton


Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace


Harrold Perrineau as Michael Dawson


Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlyle


Maggie Grace as Shannon Rutherford


Henry Ian Cusick as Desmund Hume


Michale Emerson as Ben Linus


Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko
(my favorite character)


Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia Cortez


A very popular show with plenty of characters and never-ending plot twists that reveal themselves like the peeling of an onion. I'm going to include the season one and season two cast.
Joseph Grey's rating:

People who added this item 159  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
26. Lost in Space (1965)
Guy Williams as Professor John Robinson


June Lockhart as Maureen Robinson


Jonathan Harris as Dr. Zachary Smith


Mark Goddard as Major Don West


Billy Mumy as Will Robinson


Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson


Angela Cartwright as Penny Robinson


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.
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People who added this item 306  Average listal rating (227 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
27. Gilligan's Island (1964)
Bob Denver as Gilligan


Alan Hale Jr. as 'The Skipper' Jonas Grumby


Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III


Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Lovey Howell


Tina Louise as Ginger Grant


Russell Johnson as Professor Roy Hinkley


Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers



A show that consisted of a shipwrecked Captain, first mate, and crew. Somehow, guest stars would find their way onto the island, but always manage to escape. The regular cast was not so fortunate.
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People who added this item 236  Average listal rating (166 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
28. Northern Exposure (1990)
Janine Turner as Maggie O'Connell


Barry Corbin as Maurice J. Minnifield


Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleischman


Elaine Miles as Marilyn Whirlwind


John Corbett as Chris Stevens


Darren E. Burrows as Ed Chigliak


Cynthia Geary as Shelley Marie Tambo


John Cullum as Holling Vincoeur


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.
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It's a work thing

Shows where much of the action happens at the workplace.
People who added this item 1595  Average listal rating (1184 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
29. ER (1994)
Laura Innes as Dr. Kerry Weaver


Noah Wyle as Dr. John Carter


Eriq La Salle as Dr. Peter Benton


Maura Tierney as Nurse Abby Lockhart


Anthony Edwards as Dr. Mark Greene


Alex Kingston as Dr. Elizabeth Corday


Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hawthaway


Goran Visnjic as Dr. Luka Kovac


Mekhi Phifer as Dr. Gregory Pratt


Geprge Clooney as Dr. Doug Ross


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.
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People who added this item 2026  Average listal rating (1385 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
30. 24 (2001)
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer


Carlos Bernard as Tony Almeida


Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian


James Morrison as Bill Buchanan


Elisha Cuthbert as Kim Bauer


Jack Bauer uses every trick he's ever learned to kill terrorists every way he knows how. He shoots, stabs, neck breaks and tortures, killing and revenging his way to the end of each season.
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People who added this item 3052  Average listal rating (2154 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.6 
31. Scrubs (2001)
Zach Braff as Dr. J.D. Dorian


Donald Faison as Dr. Christopher Turk


John C. McGinley as Dr. Perry Cox


Sarah Chalke as Dr. Elliot Reed


Judy Reyes as Nurse Carla Espinoza


Ken Jenkins as Dr. Bob Kelso


Neil Flynn as The Janitor


Another hospital show, but this time the staff are less dramatic and more funny than the staffers in ER. Although the laughs are pretty decent, the show might have run just a little too long.
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People who added this item 1175  Average listal rating (772 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.7 
32. The Office (UK) (2001)
Ricky Gervais as David Brent


Mackenzie Crook as Gareth Keenan


Martin Freeman as Tim Canterbury


Lucy Davis as Dawn Tinsley


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.

People who added this item 595  Average listal rating (455 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
33. Spin City (1996)
Michael J. Fox as Mike Flaherty


Barry Bostwick as Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr.


Connie Britton as Nicki Faber


Richard Kind as Paul Lassiter


Michael Boatman as Carter Heywood


Alan Ruck as Stuart Bondek


Victoria Dillard as Janelle Cooper


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.
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People who added this item 745  Average listal rating (561 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating
34. Baywatch (1989)
David Hasselhof as Mitch Buchannon


Pamela Anderson as C.J. Parker


Alexandra Paul as Stephanie Holden


David Charvet as Matt Brody


Yasmine Bleeth as Caroline Holden


Erika Eleniak as Shauni McClain


David Chokachi as Cody Madison


Gena Lee Nolin as Neely Capshaw


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.
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People who added this item 238  Average listal rating (162 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.9 
35. NewsRadio (1995)
Dave Foley as Dave Nelson


Maura Tierney as Lisa Miller


Phil Hartman as Bill McNeal


Stephen Root as Jimmy James


Vicki Lewis as Beth


Andy Dick as Matthew Brock


Khandi Alexander as Catherine Duke


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.
Joseph Grey's rating:

People who added this item 50  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.4 
36. The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
Karl Malden as Detective Mike Stone


Michael Douglas as Inspector Steve Keller


A great cops and crime show with Karl Malden, the experienced movie actor. Michael Douglas became big on this show, and eventually traded in his tv role for movie roles.
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You know, for kids

This section focuses on children's programming that aren't cartoons.
People who added this item 126  Average listal rating (87 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
37. Reading Rainbow (1983)
Levar Burton as Host


I loved this show. It helped me to appreciate books more as a child, and gave me the opportunity to learn about great stories, even while watching television.
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People who added this item 786  Average listal rating (562 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 8.3 
38. Sesame Street (1969)
Frank Oz as Bert


Jim Henson as Ernie


Caroll Spinney as Oscar the Grouch


Caroll Spinney as Big Bird


Kevin Clash as Elmo


? as Cookie Monster


? as Grover


Brian Muehl and Martin P. Robinson as Telly Monster


Great for kids, the characters talk slowly, and there's plenty of stuff to learn in each episode. This show has a special place in my childhood.


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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
39. Mr. Wizard (1951)
Don Herbert as Mr. Wizard


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.
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People who added this item 203  Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
40. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993)
Bill Nye as Bill Nye the Science Guy


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?'

Just watch it. Then you'll know what I mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e6h4zLC5U8
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People who added this item 1012  Average listal rating (774 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 8.6 
41. The Muppet Show (1976)
Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog


Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear


Frank Oz as Miss Piggy


Dave Goelz as Gonzo


I loved this show. I probably still do, although I haven't watched any episodes in quite some time.

And these guys were great. But grumpy.
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People who added this item 414  Average listal rating (298 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
42. Fraggle Rock (1983)
Gerard Parkes as Doc


Steve Whitmore as Sprocket the Dog


Jerry Nelson as Gobo Fraggle


Karen Prell as Red Fraggle


Dave Goelz as Boober Fraggle


Uncle Traveling Matt


Doozers


I watched this show even more than the Muppets. It had a great opening, and really fun characters.
Joseph Grey's rating:

People who added this item 145  Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.4 
43. Beakman's World (1992)
Paul Zaloom as Beakman


Mark Ritts as Lester


Alanna Ubach as Josie


Senta Moses as Phoebe


Eliza Schneider as Liza


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.
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People who added this item 119  Average listal rating (81 ratings) 3.3  IMDB Rating 3.6 
44. Barney & Friends (1992)
David Joyner as Barney


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.

People who added this item 230  Average listal rating (159 ratings) 2.4  IMDB Rating 3.2 
45. Teletubbies (1997)
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.
People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 8.2 
46. Rawhide (1959)
Eric Fleming as Gil Favor


Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates


I'll admit this isn't one I have seen much of. The cast is quite large, but Eric Fleming plays the trail boss, and Clint Eastwood is the most remembered cowboy in the series.

People who added this item 37  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
47. Gunsmoke (1955)
James Arness as Matt Dillon


Amanda Blake as Kitty


Dennis Weaver as Chester


Ken Curtis as Festus


Gunsmoke starred the massive James Arness as lawman Matt Dillon. He had a couple of sidekicks and a lady friend, pretty much everything you need in a western. Except the horse, gun, and hat.

People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.2 
48. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)
Steve McQueen as Josh Randall


Steve McQueen as the Bounty Hunter who tracks down criminals in the old west.

People who added this item 155  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
49. Bonanza (1959)
Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright


Michael Landon as Joseph Cartwright


Dan Blocker as Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright


Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright


A good western about a family living in Nevada. Three sons, all from different mothers, always seem to find themselves either helping out someone in need, or getting themselves into trouble.
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People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
50. The Lone Ranger (1949)
Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger


Jay Silverheels as Tanto (Pictured right)


A show that ran for years, and enjoyed great success. It started off as a radio serial that eventually made its way onto television.


 

This is the next list of iconic roles in television shows. The last of these (as in not this one) will probably be a list consisting mostly of your suggestions. Enjoy.

By the way, I realize it's not quite finished yet. But I've been working on it for two weeks, and it might take more than a week to finish it. So, I'll be updating it day to day.

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Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 12 14:44
Very good list, sir! Brought back a lot of memories watching my favorite TV shows.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 13 9:44
Very comprehensive list!!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 13 9:52
@Thumper & JPHOLT: Thank you. It'll be more comprehensive when it is finally finished.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 10 16:54
The SNL and MadTV part reminds me of just how good SNL was in its heyday. I think MadTV struck a chord because it came, IMN-SHO, at the start of SNL's decline and filled a void. Unfortunately, FOX was nowhere near the ratings fixture that it is now and the showed just faded away.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 11 3:27
@TrekMedic: Madtv was fresh when it came out. It felt like a new show, and there was a lot of comedy to be explored that SNL wasn't trying. Madtv didn't stay fresh for as long as SNL did, and so it couldn't survive. Some people swear by SNL even today, and I haven't watched the show recently enough to be able to disagree. I did enjoy the SNL of my childhood, watching Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman and the late 80's early 90's crew. It wasn't the best era, but it was enough at the time.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 11 8:26
Great work! I enjoyed several of those shows...
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 19 7:33
Comments, Part1

I respectfully disagree with your opinion that The Outer Limits was not as scarey as The Twilight Zone. I do admit Outer Limits was more Sci-Fi and less psychological than Twilight Zone, but I watched them as a kid and Outer limits always had a monster that would scare the hell out of me.
I haven't watched the newer version of the series, so I don't have on opinion on that, but the original Outer Limits was a true classic.

I remember Hitchcock as a funny host on his anthology show. Sometimes he was a bit corny, but I bet he got a kick out of doing it. I think he was just the host. I don't think he directed or wrote any of the episodes. Feel free to correct me if that is not correct.

What can you say about SNL? It is iconic and has gone through so many incarnations of Not Ready For Primetime Players, that it is hard to make a definitive statement about the show without specifying what seasons you are referring to. I was happy to see among the selected characters, you included one of my favorites, Nick the sleazy lounge singer.

I think Will Sasso was the break-out star of MadTV. That guy is just funny without doing anything, if you know what I mean, just a naturally funny guy.

I was suprized you didn't include Fridays. There was a time when SNL was in a transitional period and Fridays was consistently funnier than SNL during that period.

Cheers reminded me of Taxi, another great ensemble comedy.

The Wonder Years was another show I used to watch a lot. It was about growing up in the early 70's, not the late 60's, but I guess I'm being nit-picky by pointing that out.

I agree that Herman Munster was funny as the dumb and goofy head of a family of monsters, but I thought the Addams Family had their own charm as well. I admit I watched The Munsters more, but I think that is because it ran longer. If I am not mistaken, I think The Addams Family only ran for 2 seasons.

Bewitched is the classic example of a main character being replaced by a different actor. In 99.9% of the cases, the original is always best. Dick York was always my favorite, I never got used to that new Dick. The only execption to this rule that I can think of offhand, is when they replaced the original Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show. After the original appeared one time, they replaced him with Howard McNear and he became the definitive Floyd. Most people don't even remeber the other guy.

I loved Happy Days when it first came out. I think this is another show that suffered from running too many seasons. The first season was about Richie and his best friend Potsy going through their teenage years and coming of age in the 1950s. Fonzie was a minor character that appeared occasionally, usually as the voice of experience since he was older and more worldly than Richie and Potsy. Ralph was a cooler character as well. He was a friend of Fonzie's and tooled around Arnold's in a custom T-bucket hot rod. The look of the show was also different. They shot outdoors on the studio backlot for some scenes, like in the parking lot of Arnold's or outside the high school.
The Fonzie character became an instant hit, and the show expanded his part to cash in on this popularity. They started shooting in front of an audience on a sound stage, which changed the look of the Cunningham's house, Arnold's, and the whole show. Now everytime Fonzie would appear, you could hear the girls scream in the audience. He was made Richie's best friend, they paired Potsy with Ralph as 2 dumbells, and they traded his Harley Knukclehead for a silver Triumph. They really went over the top with Fonzie's ultimate cool, invincable image. They even wanted to change the name of the show to Fonzie's Happy Days, but Henry Winkler would not allow it. As the boys got older, they added Chachi as Fonzie's cousin for the younger fans. I never liked Chachi. They gave Richie a girlfriend he would eventually wed. When Ralph and Richie left the show, they had Potsy hanging around the Cunningham house trying to be buddies with Mr. C. I thought that appeared strange. They even made High School Dropout Fonzie a teacher at the school. This was not even the same show anymore. It needed to end several seasons before it did.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Nov 19 11:57
Comments Part2

The only thing I remember about The Nanny was that I was unable to watch due to the fact that I couldn't stand Fran Dresser's voice for 30 minutes.

Lost in Space was a very campy, fun show. It was similiar, in my opinion, to Batman in that way. It must have been on opposite another popular show, as I only remember watching it occasionally. But I have seen it enough times to know the characters pretty well. Irwin Allen had another show called Land of the Giants and it was almost an exact copy of Lost in Space in a different setting. They had a young boy, 2 strong heroic men, 2 attractive women, and a sniveling, cowardly older guy that would always get them in trouble. Instead of going from planet to planet, this crew was stranded on one planet that was almost exactly like Earth, except the people were like 50 feet tall. Everything was on a larger scale and the crew had to constantly hide and keep on the lookout for threatening things like giant bugs and snakes, not to mention the people of the planet.

I agree with your observation that everyone else seemed to have no trouble arriving and leaving Gilligan's Island except the castaways. There was always a creative way to have the guest star leave the island without saving anyone but themselves. Another popular observation was that the Professor was such a genius he could make a two-way radio out of coconuts, but was unable to patch a hole in the boat.
This show was very successful and had a long run. After it left the air in first run episodes, the reruns were so popular, several TV-Movies were made using the original cast for the most part. Producer Sherwood Shwartz attempted to create another hit for his star, Bob Denver using the same concept as Gilligan's Island. It was called Dusty's Trail and it was set in the western frontier. The premise was a scout and his assistant get two wagons seperated from a wagon train headed west and they are wandering around hopelessly lost. Each cast member co-responded to a Gilligan cast member. Bob Denver was Dusty, the assistant that got them lost-obvisously Gilligan. The Head Scout was played by Forrest Tucker of F Troop. He was similiar to The Skipper. In the first wagon was a very smart dude from the East who knew all about the geography of the land, the local Indian tribes and their customs, etc. And like the Professor, he could do just about anything except navigate them back on the main trail. Riding with him was 2 pretty girls who used to appear on Petticoat Junction. One was a pretty school teacher that was sweet like Mary Ann, the other was a brassy saloon dancing girl, who was proud of her looks and show biz experience like Ginger. The second wagon was very fancy and belonged to an older, rich couple like the Howells. I don't think it lasted an entire season. I have only seen a few episodes on the internet.

I used to watch Northern Exposure. I thought it was kind of a quirky, offbeat show. It had the sexual tension between Rob Morrow, the doctor and newcomer to Alaska, and the main female lead. The old man had a pretty young girlfriend, or was it his wife? The Zen radio DJ would read New Age poetry on the air, there was a indiguous Alaskan Girl, and a Texas Oil Millionare. I know she must have been born there and the Texan was probably supposed to have been speculating on new oil well sites. Nothing really much ever happened as best I remember. The thing I remeber most about it was that after it recieved good ratings, star Rob Morrow quit to pursue a movie career and you never saw him again.

For some reason, as a kid I thought Mr. Wizard was mean and I didn't like him. I thought he kept a mean look on his face and talked gruffly to the kids assisting him. I have no basis for thinking this. I am sure he is a very nice man and probably loves kids since he has dedicated his career to them. That is the reason I missed out on all the wonders of science he could have taught me.

Now Westerns are something I know about. I was always playing cowboys as a kid and most of the shows on TV back then were westerns.
Rawhide was a favorite of mine. It told the tale of men on a catle drive and each episode was an incident they ran into on the trail, or nearby town during the drive. It had a great theme song by Frankie Laine, who was famous for singing the High Noon theme. The show was very similiar in structure to Wagon Train, which told the story of people travelling on a wagon train and things that happened to them along the way. Rawhide was tougher and more hard edged than Wagon Train, though. Clint Eastwood was the ramrod, second in command under the trail boss. He was seen on this show by Leone Sergio, who offered him the lead in Fistful of Dollars based on his performance on this show. He agreed and made the film during a break in filming of the TV show.

Gunsmoke is another show that got its start on the radio. Matt Dillion was voiced by actor William Conrad, who later starred as Cannon on TV. The role of Doc was played more comically by Howard McNear, who would later play Floyd the Barber on Andy Griffith. The role of Chester was played by character acter Parley Baer, he was an older character than on the TV show and was part Indian, with the last name of Proudfoot instead of Goode as it was on the TV show as played by Dennis Weaver. When they wanted to try the 'new' medium of television, the networks wanted John Wayne to play Matt Dillon. Wayne, of course, turned down the part. He recommended James Arness, whom he had worked with and admired. Wayne even filmed an introduction that was shown before the first episode. The role made Arness's career and he played the role from 1955 until 1975, then repeated the role in a couple of made for TV Gunsmoke movies. When Dennis Weaver left the show as Chester, they broadened the part, too much, some say, to Festus played by veteran western actor Ken Curtis. Ken had been a part of John Ford's stock company and appeared in many of his westerns, along with John Wayne, Ward Bond, and many others. Curtis was also a singer and a one-time member of the Western singing group, The Sons of the Pioneers. He was also once John Ford's son-in-law. There always seemed to be sexual tension between the marshall and Miss Kitty, the owner of the Long Branch Saloon. I think they made her the owner, so there could never be any doubt that she may have been a 'working' girl in the saloon. It was always inplied that she had feelings for Matt, but he always seemed oblivious to them. Some speculate this was because he didn't want her involved in the dangerous nature of his job. Of course, shwe got involved plenty of times just being a friend of the Marshall's.

Wanted Dead or Alive was an early role for movie star Steve McQueen. He played bounty hunter, Josh Randall. It was one of the westerns that had the gimmick of a special gun used by the star. Like Have Gun Will Travel had Palladin's custom-made weapons, The Rifleman had Lucas MaCain's special rapid firing Winchester with the custom ring for easy spinning, and Wyatt Earp's Buntline Special, Josh Randall had a Mare's Leg strapped to his hip. The Mare's Leg was actually a Winchester Model 1892 44-40 carbine with a barrel shortened to 12 or possibly 9 inches and most of the butt stock removed. It could be worn in a large holster and used with one hand. He had a specail Gunslinger rig setup and was able to draw and fire the big gun very fast, sometimes even faster than opponents with smaller guns. In spite of all this, he was no gunslinger. The character of Josh Randall was a Confederate veteran and bounty hunter with a soft heart. He often donated his earnings to the needy and helped his prisoners if they have been wrongly accused.

Bonanza was another very popular western TV show. It ran for 14 seasons. Gunsmoke is the only western that ran longer. It ran in color from the first episode in 1959. It was about a rich cattle baron living on a huge Nevada ranch on Lake Tahoe with his three adult sons. As you pointed out, each sone was different and had a different mother. Poor Ben was widowed 3 times. There were three seperate flashback episodes telling the story of each mother and the birth of each sone. Adam was the oldest and the son of a woman from a seafaring family in New England. Ben, himself was a sailor when he was young. Adam was college educated back east and often flaunts his education on the other sons. Hoss, the middle son, was a mountain of a man. His mother was of Swedish descent, and was killed by Indians on the trip west. Despite his huge frame and powerful strength, he was lovable and kind-hearted. The youngest, 'Little' Joe's mother was French-Creole from New Orleans and he inherited her impetuous, hot-headed nature. I watched this show with my parents every Sunday night. It was like a tradition. The family TV night. We stayed with NBC all night. We seldom got to see all the shows, but by the time Bonanza was on at 9pm, everyone was usually there. The early episodes had the Cartrwights more clannish and distrusting of strangers on their land and the miners and townspeople. The term Bonanza referred to a large deposit of ore. Most commenly referred to as the Comstock Lode, a huge silver strike in that area around this period in history. In the later episodes, they became more friendly to peopl crossing their land, allowing them to camp, and towards the townspeople. The sheriff became one of their best friends and Ben served on many Virginia City committees as a successful local businessman. The boys seemed to have the same luck with women that their had. Whenever you see Adam, Hoss, or Joe get friendly with a girl you can bet she will die by the closing credits. I think the writers wanted to keep the men single for the female fans or something, but the word in Virginia City should have been out that the Cartwright boys were the kiss of death. If you see them coming, run for your life. Looking back, it was really more of a western soap opera.

I used to watch the Lone Ranger when I was real young. It was one of the children's westerns, like Roy Rogers, The Cisco Kid, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy and shows like that. Of coruse everyone know The Lone ranger orignated on Radio and moved to TV. The Ranger was a firm believer in being a role model. He shot bullets of solid silver, forged in his own mine. He rode a big white steed, wore a big white hat, and only fired to wound or capture. He never shot to kill. The silver bullets were a symbol of how precious your shots are and not to shoot wrecklessly. The legend goes that he was with a company of rangers that were led into an ambush in a box canyon by a traitor in the ranks. The Butch Cavendish gang left the rangers for dead, but Tonto, an indian, and sometimes implied to be a childhood friend found the lone ranger that was still breathing and nursed him back to health. He donned the mask hide the identity of the lone ranger and dedicated his lifr to righting injustices along with his faithful indian companion. I enjoyed the show until I got older and wanted to watch more adult westerns.

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