Best TV shows by decade! 1950s to 2017!

Best TV shows by decade!

1950s
DRAGNET
GUNSMOKE
HONEYMOONERS
I LOVE LUCY
THE LONE RANGER
RAWHIDE
RIFLEMAN

1960s
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

RIFLEMAN
STAR TREK
TWILIGHT ZONE
GUNSMOKE
HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL
OUTER LIMITS
THE FUGITIVE (the template for decades of shows to follow, from THE HULK to WEREWOLF)
RIFLEMAN

1970S
SANFORD AND SON
GOOD TIMES
HAPPY DAYS
MASH
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
MORK AND MINDY
UFO
SPACE 1999

 

1980s

THE COSBY SHOW
SPENSER FOR HIRE
HILL STREET BLUES
MIAMI VICE
QUANTUM LEAP
THREE’S COMPANY
STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION
WEREWOLF (Starred the great Chuck Connors, this short lived series was great!)
ROBIN OF SHERWOOD (Best interpretation of Robin Hood ever!)

 

1990s
ER
FAMILY MATTERS
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR
THE SIMPSONS
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
MARTIN
SEINFELD
WINGS
STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE
BABYLON 5
X-FILES
HOMICIDE
NYPD BLUE
BUFFY

 

2000s

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
SPOOKS
BREAKING BAD
HUSTLE
TOP GEAR
TORCHWOOD
DOCTOR WHO (The Dave Tennant Years)
THE WIRE
FIREFLY
THE VENTURE BROTHERS
JUSTICE LEAGUE

2010s (There was a while in the 2000s where after the writer’s strike everyone was signaling the death nell of scripted television, as channels ramped up their reality tv programming. Thankfully the 2010s sees scripted television not only alive and well, but thriving on an unprecedented level. The rise of streaming TV has created an unprecedented production of shows to fill the VOD demand. 

With Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu becoming world class producers of content, the 2010s sees not only the quantity of Television options at the highest it has ever been in the history of the world (with exoosure to the best TV shows of other nations), but the quality of the programming exponentially better. 2010s is a golden age of TV.

 

 

 

HEMLOCK GROVE
BATES MOTEL
PENNY DREADFUL
ROME
SPARTACUS
BLACK MIRROR
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
HOUSE OF CARDS
DAREDEVIL
RIPPER STREET
LUKE CAGE
JESSICA JONES
SUPERNATURAL
GREEN ARROW
IZOMBIE
ELEMENTARY
THE FLASH
THE GOOD WIFE
LONGMEYER
WALLANDER
THE AMERICANS
LEGION
LUTHER
BADLANDS
ALPHAS
COSMOS
BEING HUMAN BBC 1ST 3 SEASONS ONLY
TEEN WOLF
BLACKLIST
STRANGER THINGS
TOPGEAR BBC ONLY
NARCOS
THE 100
MARCO POLO
GLITCH
SHERLOCK
RECTIFY
HAWAII FIVE-O
LEVERAGE
THE CLONE WARS
ZOO
HELL ON WHEELS
AGENTS OF SHIELD
ASCENSION
CRIMINAL MINDS
TRANSPORTER
BURN NOTICE
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
BROADCHIRCH
HELIX
INSPECTOR POIROT
JACK TAYLOR
HINTERLAND
THE MAGICIANS
LIFE
YOUNG JUSTICE
DOLLHOUSE
BEING MARY JANE
PERSON OF INTEREST
FRONTIER
THE MESSENGERS
ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS
DARK MATTER
MARSEILLE
THE CLEVELAND SHOW
BOONDOCKS

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MOVIE OF THE DAY : 1000 ON THE BLACK

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The era of the Spaghetti Western was a prolific and profitable one, running from the mid 60s to the late 70s.To be expected the dreck outweighed the winners. 1000 ON THE BLACK aka BLOOD AT SUNDOWN is one of the winners. Recommended. Catch it courtesy of Amazon Prime.

 

 

Coffin for the Sheriff/Blood at Sundown

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6 Best and 3 Worst Free Channels/Apps on Amazon Fire!

I’ve been trying out the Amazon Fire lately.  It’s interface takes a bit of getting used to if you are used to the Roku, but for the most part is very navigation friendly.

It allows the easy install of the three must have paid channels, NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME, and HULU; however it also offers a selection of excellent free channels. Not as extensive as Roku, but it has a solid selection.

 

So without further preamble, The best free apps/channels for Amazon Fire are:

 

  • CRACKLE – It’s selection can use updating, but offers a nice feature of being able to watch a show while searching their list of titles
  • TUBITV- arguably the best selection of content on any free channel, including notables not available on the paid channels
  • SNAGFILMS – It’s selection needs updating, but highligts  a few movies that may fall through the cracks of the other channels
  • For the most part the above channels are easy to load  and navigate, offer good content, and keep the ads to a minimum. Three things that the below apps/channels fail to do, and hence end up in our hall of shame.
  • YOUTUBE and VIMEO – convenient for staying abreast of movie trailers and finding short films and other hard to find content
  • PLUTO TV- The cable experience, without the cable price

 

The worst Amazon Fire Channels/Apps are:

  • KINO LORBER – Horrible navigation issues, mediocre content
  • GO INDIE TV – Navigation issues, and more mediocre content
  • SCREAMBOX – You’ll be screaming at what a waste of time this channel is. Lackluster content, poor navigation menu
  • COMICBOOKCAST2 – is basically a podcast with static pics, Not worth the time to download.

So there you go,  the best and worst channels on Amazon Fire. Feel free to comment with your picks for best and worst!

Roku TV Watching Guide : 15 Favorite TV Shows on Netflix April/May 2016!!

15 Best TV/Cable Shows on Netflix

 

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RIPPER STREET Seasons 1 to 3 – Hands down the best BBC show, and one of the best TV shows period. Ranks up there with GRIMM and THE GOOD WIFE as television’s greatest

DAREDEVIL Seasons1 to 2 – Season 1 is a game changing masterpiece, season 2 stumbles a bit, but still very good

ARROW Seasons  1 to 3

HOUSE OF CARDS Seasons 1 to  4

BURN NOTICE Seasons 1 to 7

BLACKLIST Seasons 1 to 2

AGENTS OF SHIELD Seasons 1 to 2

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PERSON OF INTEREST Seasons 1 to 4 (Season 3 Ep 11 is television at its best, but you can’t just watch it without watching the previous episodes. You have to build naturally to that episode, but it is well worth the journey)

ALPHAS Seasons 1 to 2

WALLANDER (Swedish) Seasons 1 to 2

AKA JESSICA JONES Season 1

LONGMEYER Seasons 1 to 4

CLONE WARS Seasons  1 to 6

SPARTACUS Seasons 1 to 4

HELL ON WHEELS Seasons 1 to 4 – (9TH episode of season 1, is among one of the finest hours of television. Series jumped the shark with Season 4, but those first three seasons are television at its finest.)

 

Four honorable mentions:

MARON Seasons 1 to 3

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SUPERNATURAL Seasons 1 to 10 – Jumps the shark after season 5, but those first 5 sessions are a lot of fun

ZOO Season 1

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MESSENGERS Season 1

 

FAVORITE (and least) Netflix and Amazon Shows Discovered or Watched in 2015!!

GREAT

 

  1. DAREDEVIL
  2. RIPPER STREET Season 1,2
  3. AGENTS OF SHIELD Seasons 1, 2
  4. HOUSE OF CARDS Season 1,2,3
  5. STRIKEBACK Seasons 1,2
  6. WALLANDER
  7. ARROW
  8. FLASH
  9. CHOPPED
  10. IRON CHEF AMERICA
  11. TOP GEAR
  12. LONGMIRE
  13. PENNY DREADFUL
  14. HEMLOCK GROVE
  15. AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (Season 2 of the series works in a way that Season 1 and 3 does not)
  16. PERSON OF INTEREST SEASONS 1-3 (The mid season break, episodes 9 to 11 of Season 3 are great television, with the preamble to Episode 11 being one of the great moments of tv I saw this year. On Par with BABYLON 5’s NO HIDING PLACE and HELL AND BACK’s )
  17. GRIMM SEASONS 1-4
  18. JESSICA JONES
  19. ROSEWOOD
  20. THE PLAYER
  21. BLACK LIST
  22. THE GOOD WIFE
  23. ALONE (This History Channel story is one of the few ‘Reality’ shows that I considered must watch TV in 2015)
  24. KEY AND PEELE
  25. CLONE WARS
  26. SMALL SPACE BIG STYLE
  27. MARON
  28. SHARK TANK

GOOD

 

  1. SUPERNATURAL SEASONS 1-10 (Seasons 6 -onward, lose steam and are in the solidly Don’t Care for Pile)
  2. ZOO
  3. TRANSPORTER Season 1 -2
  4. BANSHEE
  5. MARY JANE
  6. HELL ON WHEELS (1ST 3 seasons are great, 4th season isnt)
  7. DOOMSDAY PREPPERS
  8. STAN LEE’S SUPER HUMANS
  9. RECTIFY
  10. AMERICA’S GOT TALENT

 

DIDNT CARE FOR

 

  1. SENSE8
  2. BITTEN
  3. CONTINUUM
  4. PARALLELS
  5. JUSTIFIED – I have tried to like this show, but it just fails to captivate in any way

    A painting is always quite moral when it is tragic and it gives the horror of the things it depicts.

    – Barbey d’Aurevilly, opening caption, Les Diaboliques

  6. VIKINGS– The above quote sums up my moralistic  issue with shows like VIKINGS and HANNIBAL and DEXTER that want to retrofit horrendous monsters as heroes. The VIKINGS  sent drugged to the gills raiding parties to rape and pillage and impale and enslave anything they found. They would bash childrens heads againt walls, so they were very not nice people.  So to have a show that white washes this and paints the vikings as in touch with their feelings, profeminist superteam good guys, is an issue for me.  Akin to having a show called NAZIS, that paints them as a band of people you should root for. The filmmaker in doing this thing, this prettifying of monsters, fail’s the test of Barbey’s definition of morality… they fail to give the horror of the things it depicts.
  7. HANNIBAL – I love Michael Mann’s MANHUNTER, it is the first and best of the many cinematic Thomas Harris adaptations, and the rare movie that transcends the book.  SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was a worthy follow-up, but the films went down hill from there. And now we have the TV show. Like Vikings it is visually stunning, but like Vikings it is morally untenable.

 

Shows in GREEN I watched via Netflix, in Orange AMAZON PRIME and in Purple via Free Digital Antenna or applicable free Roku Channel!

 

 

Currently Watching : Netflix’s JESSICA JONES

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Netflix continues to just hit it out of the park these days. As smart and succesful as Marvel Studios has been crafting the most succesful movie Franchise in history, Netflix is making those kinds of historic strides in the area of streaming entertainment.

The quality of the projects they produce and they purchase is just phenomenally high. They know how to pick and make great projects, from HOUSE OF CARDS to LONGMEYER to DAREDEVIL they have not just made good shows for a streaming channel, they are making great and groundbreaking television… by anyone’s definition.

JESSICA JONES, the 2nd of their Marvel Universe properties, continues that midas touch streak. Three episodes in and I’m loving it. It’s a different beast from DAREDEVIL, perhaps not as compulsively brilliant, it’s more of a slow burn, but so far that’s working out just fine.

Brian Michael Bendis, the writer whose graphic novel ALIAS this series is based on, and the producer on this series, should be justifiabbly pleased. This series so far is doing justice to his acclaimed graphic novel, while being distinctly its own thing.

If you are not watching it yet, my recommendation is to start. It is very good. Oh, and for mature viewers only. 🙂