Top 5: American TV Shows

Cast of the West Wing

In the same vain Channel 4 ends every weekend churning out another Top 100 program, I too have decided to start something similar - that is to say it’s cheap and requires little thought! So I bring you the first in a weekly series of Top 5’s, yet sadly missing the countless C-list celebrities talking through their behinds! So to start the ball rolling: American TV shows.

US television can be a mixed bag, but those programmes that are good, are usually exceptionally good, and being American, tend to have many dollars lavished on them with massive sets and great cast lists.

The same too can be said with many of their sitcoms. Whilst Americans are often noted as has not having the same sense of humour we do, when they produce a good sitcom, they can run and run without losing any of their appeal (think The Simpsons, Friends, Frasier…). It sometimes makes you wonder why they bother importing classic British sitcoms such as Man Behaving Badly, The Office etc… (before systematically destroying them)!

Anyway enough babble, cue Graham Norton…

1. The West Wing

Amazing cast, gripping story lines with great incidental comedy moments from this drama depicting life inside the Oval Office. The same cast has pretty much remained throughout it’s six seasons (although now without Rob Lowe), and so the relationships between the characters are even more believable; Sadly this has become a bit of a hidden treasure in the schedules at Channel 4, and whilst the US has already seen season 6, we’re still waiting for season 5 - well certainly on free-to-view television.

2. Columbo

Whilst my mum likes to refer to Peter Falke’s iconic detective character as ‘the unmade bed’, just one shoot of that rain-jacket and cigar and anything else on the box hasn’t got a look in! A timeless detective drama that beats Quincy hands down.

3. The David Letterman Show

This US talk show is closely followed by “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, not included only because I have watched many of David Letterman’s shows, where as I can only ever view the best chunks on the net for the Daily Show. I can’t stand Leno or any of the other big US talk shows, but by and large, Letterman hits the spot.

4. Frasier

Perhaps the most expensive sitcom ever made, this ‘intelligent’ comedy will be sadly missed.

5. Scrubs

A new series returning to British screens this Friday, and to be fair I haven’t watched enough episodes to perhaps warrant its place on this list. Those I have watched though have been witty, original and left me wanting more.

The also-rans (i.e. if I could have thought of a tenth, these would be in a Top 10!), in no particular order:

  • South Park
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • Friends
  • The Simpsons


6 responses so far. Go on, add yours!

 Gravatar#1 On May 16, 2005 12:55 PM, Jon said...

No 1 for me would have to be Futurama.

Okay, gotta say.... The site is looking good. Very good, but... The way that the preview window slows down writing of test in the commenst box is VERY VERY annoying. Also, you really need to sort out the tab order of the input boxes.

 Gravatar#2 On May 16, 2005 1:26 PM, Paul said...

I appreciate users comments on how to improve this site, and the commenting system is slowly being refined. This weekend I have highlighted which fields need to be filled in, and tabbing order has now also been fixed.

Not sure about your comments regarding a slow down though, on all machines that I have tested this on it works fine?

 Gravatar#3 On May 16, 2005 2:06 PM, Kris said...

Cant say that I have noticed any problems with slow loading.
As for the top TV......Malcolm In The Middle....come on? Seriously?
That Scrubs looks pretty funny though, must give it a try. I here Mathew Perry guest stars in the new series.

 Gravatar#4 On May 16, 2005 2:26 PM, Jon said...

also, it doesn't remember my details. MAN this is slow. Try firefox on PC. Although worked fine on Mac version. hmmm...

 Gravatar#5 On May 25, 2005 3:30 PM, Jon said...

Weekly ??? It's been 10 days paul.

 Gravatar#6 On May 26, 2005 6:48 PM, Darth Lawb said...

Columbo?!? Are you crazy, the man had one eye! How about Miami Vice, now were talking!

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