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Rated 297 points - posted 10 years ago by bigdog in category Television.
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Miami Vice Report Abuse
This iconic cop show began with perhaps the greatest pilot ever seen, and continued to raise the bar for all that followed - both in production values, excitement, superb acting by Don Johnson, fascinating stories and love scenes that pushed the boundaries. Crockett's unshaven sensuality became the norm for men world-wide and continues to this day.
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The West Wing Report Abuse
This show did two things incredibly well: it brought the White House into full as a day-to-day entity, and it got 50% of Americans through at least part of George W’s presidency.
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Law & Order - Criminal Intent Report Abuse
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Remington Steele Report Abuse
Pierce Brosnan went on to become a movie star, including the role of James Bond.
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C.S.I : Miami Report Abuse
Horatio Caine is the best
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Columbo [1971-1978 ] Report Abuse
Peter Falk
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MillenniuM Report Abuse
One of the most atmospheric and fascinating series on TV
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Law & Order Report Abuse
Unlike a lot of crime/whodunit shows that came before – Law & Order was the show that launched a thousand episodes, more or less. If the L&O franchise isn't there yet, it will be with 4 spin-offs and one, L&O: SVU arguably more popular than the original, which has been a hard series to kill. Ripped from the headlines, they keep bringing what’s going on “out there” into our homes.
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Ed Report Abuse
Funny,serious,sad and quirky, this show was very entertaining. Produced by David Letterman. Unfortunately was cancelled after 4 seasons.
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Everwood Report Abuse
This drama ran for 5 seasons and contained constantly good storylines and fine acting.
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Little House on the Prairie Report Abuse
Cherished for its wholesomeness at a time when television was sprouting its raunchy legs, the show brought wholesome entertainment while addressing a wide range of family and economic issues that translated from its frontier setting right into modern times, sometimes with great seriousness with issues such as unemployment, child molestation, family tragedy and class conflict issues..
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The Wire Report Abuse
The most realistic, harrowing and best written show ever. What was amazing was how they could create so many "minor" characters and make them so memorable:
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Doctor Who Report Abuse
You may say 'It's a sci fi' but no, it's a sci fi drama, so primarily a drama, and in it there truly is some wonderful drama and characters over its large history.
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Pretty Little Liars Report Abuse
On the hunt to find A and Ali's killer
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Law & Order: S.V.U. Report Abuse
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Lost Report Abuse
-29 points - added 10 years ago by bigdog - 1 comment
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One of the best story ever told. Great actors, amazing plot and surprising ending. It should be #1!
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Northern Exposure Report Abuse
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ER Report Abuse
Recently ending its run with the highest viewership of a series finale since 1995 (16.4 million viewers); numbers don’t lie.
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The Sopranos Report Abuse
HBO’s amazing series that combined the weight of The Godfather with the humanity of any well-done series, making deeply flawed characters likable. Let’s face it – it’s not easy to like mafia types and unlike every mafia storyline that came before, we liked Tony for his vulnerable and venerable humanity.
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