Top 20: List Your Favorite TV-series of all time - the results are in!

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  1. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator Staff Member Original Member Since 1998

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    ARGH! I forgot to add 'League of Gentlemen'!!!!
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  2. Karin Schill

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    Don't worry I'll add it to your list when I calculate the results. It will probably be done over the weekend. So anyone else who also want to take part in this has until then to do so. :)
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  4. Karin Schill

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    Finally I've been able to caculate the results. It wasn't easy to do since 17 members have listed 223 tv-series over the past couple of months and many of the shows were new to me. So I've been using IMDB and Google to try to figure out which shows you mean when you haven't stated the years in brackets. The shows without years are shows that are named the same as some other show and I don't know which show you are referring to. Those members who find their favorites among the ones without years can feel free to tell me which show you were referring to. I apologize in advance for any errors in the results. If you find a show listed twice do tell me and I will fix it.

    Anyway we have a result. Our top twenty favorite Tv-series are:

    1. Dallas – (1978-1991)
    In this classic drama series we'll get to follow the Ewing family through their trials and tribulations over 13 years. They live in Texas and are in the oil industry and also have cattle on their ranch Southfork. JR is the oldest son. He is married to Sue Ellen, a former beauty queen. Bobby is the youngest brother. He is married to Pamela Barnes, who's brother Cliff Barnes is in a feud with the family. JR and Bobby often compete for their father's approval and both want to be president of Ewing Oil, which is the company their dad Jock founded in the 1930s. Miss Ellie is the matriarch who is trying to hold her dysfunctional family together. Jock also had a fourth son out of wedlock named Ray Krebbs. He is married to Donna. Then there's the middle brother Gary who's moved to Knots Landing with his wife Valene, but they've left behind their daughter Lucy in Dallas. Lucy is a teenage rebel who is often unlucky in love. The series was created by David Jacobs.

    Here's an episode teaser and opening credits:

    You gave it a total of: 241 points.

    2. Knots Landing – (1979-1993)
    This classic drama series centers around the neighbours living on a cul-de-sac in California. Fourteen years passes by and some of the neighbours leaves and other moves in instead. But the friendships between the Ewings and the Fairgates/McKenzies families remains. The series was created by David Jacobs.

    Here's a German trailer:

    You gave it a total of: 197 points.

    3. Dynasty – (1981-1989)
    In this classic drama we meet the wealthy Carrington family. Alexis Carrington was banished from Denver many years ago when her husband Blake divorced her. Now she is back to patch up the relationships with her grown children Fallon, Steven and Adam. She is also making life miserable for Blake's new wife Krystle.

    You gave it a total of: 95 points.

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    4. Falcon Crest – (1981-1990)

    In Tuscany Valley there's a wineyard called Falcon Crest. Angela Channing thinks it is hers by birthright. But when her brother dies she has to fight her nephew Chase Gioberti for control over it.

    You gave it a total of: 75 points.

    5. Dallas [TNT] – (2012-2014)

    21 years has passed since the Ewings left our screens and in this brief continuation we get to catch up with JR, Bobby, Sue Ellen and also see how cousins John Ross and Christopher are rivals in both business and in love.

    Here's a trailer:

    You gave it a total of: 69 points

    6. Friends (1994-2004)
    Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe are a group of friends in their 20s who live in New York City. They share apartments, they support each other through the ups and downs of their careers and love lives and they hang out at the local coffee house Central Perk.

    You gave it a total of: 65 points.

    7. The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

    This sitcom centers around four older women who share a home in Florida.

    You gave it a total of: 63 points.

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    8. Coronation Street (1960-present)

    British Day time soap opera that follows the neighbours living on a street.

    You gave it a total of: 59 points

    9. Cagney & Lacey (1982-88)

    The show is about two police women who are collaborating at work but who led very different lives.

    You gave it a total of: 56 points.

    10. Peyton Place (1964-1969)

    This is the first American primetime soap opera.

    You gave it a total of: 53 points.
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  5. Karin Schill

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    11. Brookside (1982-1989) 50 points

    12. Lost (2004-2010) 49 points

    13. Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983) 47 points

    14. Soap (sitcom/satire, 1977-1981) 41 points

    15. Twins Peaks (1990-1991, 2017) 39 points

    16. The Walking Dead – (2010-present) 39 points

    17. Doctor Who (British sci-fi, 1963-1989, 2005-present) 37 points

    18. Game of Thrones (2011-2019) 37 points

    19.Wentworth (2013-present) 37 points

    20. Seinfeld (1989-1998) 34 points

    So that's our top 20 favorite Tv-series. :)
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  6. Karin Schill

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    Then here's the rest of the list:

    Sons and Daughters (1982-87) 33 points
    Columbo (1968-78) 32 points
    The X-files (1993-2002, 2016-2018) 32 points
    Desperate Housewives (2004-2012) 32 points
    Return To Eden – (1983-1986) 28 points
    Melrose Place – (1992-1999) 26 points
    Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000) 24 points
    Fawlty Towers (1975-1979) 23 points
    Fame (1982-1987) 22 points

    Absolutely fabulous (1992-2012) 22 points
    Frasier (1993-2004) 21 points
    The Avengers (1961-1969) 21 points

    At Twenty Points:
    Charlie’s Angels – (1976-1981)
    Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95)
    Six Feet Under (2001-05)
    Dexter (2006-13)
    Downton Abbey (2010-15)
    Gunsmoke (1955 to 1975)
    Another World (Daytime soap opera, 1964-99)

    At Nineteen Points:
    Twilight Zone (1959 to 1964)
    Thirtysomething (1987-91)
    Tenko (1981)
    Brooklyn Nine Nine (2013- present)

    At Eighteen Points:
    Glee (2009-15)
    Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 to 1966)
    Brideshead Revisited (1981)
    The Thorn Birds (1983)
    Prisoner Cell Block H (1979-1986)
    Bobs Burgers (2011-present)
    Undercover (2016-present)

    At Seventeen Points:
    Miami Vice – (1984-1989)
    Smash (2012-13)
    Andy Griffith Show -- (1960 to 1965)
    The Gentle Touch (1980-84)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
    NYPD Blue (1993-2005)
    The Shield (2002-2008)
    Miranda (2009-2015)
    Mum (2016 – present)
    Stranger Things

    At Sixteen Points:
    Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)
    Vi på Saltkråkan (We on Seacrow Island) (1964)
    Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-75)
    Dynasty II - The Colbys (1985-1987)
    Angel (1999-2004)
    One Tree Hill (2003-2012)
    Broadchuch (2013-2017)
    EastEnders (1985 – present)
    Mom (2013-present)
    The Crown (2016-present)

    At Fifteen Points:
    Howards’ Way (1985-90)
    American Horror Story (2011-2014)
    Monty Python's Flying Circus (British sketch comedy, 1969-74)
    Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 - 1977)
    Poldark (1975-1977)
    The High Life
    The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-present)

    At Fourteen Points:
    Benson (sitcom 1979-86)
    Police Woman (1974-1978)
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
    Police Squad (1982)
    Battlestar Galactica (2004-09)
    Last Of The Summer Wine (1973-2010)
    24 – (2001-2010)
    Homeland (2011-present)
    Orange is the New Black (2013-present)
    Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries

    At Thirteen Points:
    Are You Being Served? (1972-85)
    Batman (1966)
    Mama's Family (sitcom 1983-90)
    Growing Pains (1985-1992)
    Kavanagh QC (1995-2001)
    Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013, 2018-present)
    Grey's anatomy (2005-present)
    The Office US

    At Twelve Points:
    Magnum P.I. – (1980-1988)
    Murder She Wrote
    Oz (1997-2003)
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979)
    Match Game (Game Show, 1973-1981)
    Happy Ever After/Terry & June (1974-87)
    Moonlighting (1985-89)
    'Allo, 'Allo!' (1982-1992)
    Cheers (1982-1993)
    Cracker (1993-1996)
    Brothers and Sisters
    Blake’s 7

    At Eleven Points:
    The Phil Silvers Show (1955-1959)
    Jewel In The Crown (1984)
    Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-1987, comedy-adventure)
    Ever Decreasing Circles (1984-89)
    Hunter – (1984-1991)
    Nighty Night (2004)
    Svensson, Svensson (1994-1996, 2007-2008)
    Sense 8 (2015-2018)
    League of Gentlemen (1999-2017)
    Full House (1987-1995) / Fuller House (2016-)
    Black Mirror (2011-present)

    At Ten Points:
    I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970)
    The Galton And Simpson Playhouse (1977)
    The Bionic Woman – (1976-1978)
    The Young Doctors (1976-1981)
    Traffik (1989)
    Highlander (Adventure, 1992-98)
    Hunderby (2012-2015)
    Lost In Space

    At Nine Points:
    Mad Men (2007-2015)
    Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969-1970)
    Good Neighbors (British sitcom, 1975-78)
    Malcolm In The Middle (2000-2006)
    Futurama (1999-2013)
    Army Wives (2007-2013)
    The Simpsons (1989-present)
    Line of duty (2012-present)
    The Fall (2013-present)
    30 ROCK

    At Eight Points:
    The Waltons (1971-1981)
    Scarlett (1994)
    G.P. (drama in ABC Australia 1989-1996)
    Murphy Brown (sitcom, 1988-98)
    Third Rock From The Sun (1996-2001)
    Rederiet (1992-2002)
    Alias (2001-2006)
    Smallville (2001-11)
    The Shield (2002-2008)
    The Missing (2014-present)
    Will & Grace (1998 – 2006, 2017-present)
    The Inbetweeners

    At Seven Points:
    Eight is enough (1977-1981)
    Sapphire & Steel (1979-1982)
    Empty Nest (sitcom, 1988-95)
    Seinfeld (1989-1998)
    McLeod’s Daughters (2001-2009)
    Family Guy (1999-present)
    GameFace (2017-present)
    Prime Suspect

    At Six Points:
    Crossroads (1964-1988)
    Some Mothers Do ‘ave ‘me (1973-1978)
    To the Manor Born (British sitcom, 1979-81)
    Miss Marple (1984-92)
    Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001)
    That '70s Show (1998-2006)
    Roseanne (1988-1997, 2018)

    At Five Points:
    The Good Life (1975-1978)
    G.B.H (1991)
    Homicide Life on the Street (1993-1999)
    The Nanny (sitcom, 1993-99)
    Queer As Folk – (2000-2005)
    Damages (2007-2012)
    Solsidan (2010-2015)
    Bones (2005-2017)

    At Four Points:
    Revenge (2011-15)
    The Edge of Night (soap opera, 1956-84)
    Auf Wiedersehen Pet (1983-2004)
    Step by Step (1991-1998)
    Rosemary & Thyme (2003-2006)
    Nip/Tuck (2003-2010)
    CSI (2000-2015)
    Hannibal (2013-2015)
    Orphan Black – (2013-2017)
    The OA (2016-present)

    At Three Points:
    Wonder Woman/The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman (1975-79)
    Logan’s Run (1977-1978)
    George & Mildred (1976-79)
    North & South (1985-1986)
    MacGyver – (1985-1992)
    L.A. Law (1986-1994)
    The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998)
    Law and Order (1990-2010)
    Ghost Whisperer (2005-2010)
    Foyles war (2002-2015)
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-present)
    The Handmaid's Tale (2017-present)
    Dinner Ladies

    At Two Points:
    Dark Shadows (1966-1971, 1991)
    The A-Team – (1983-1987)
    Walker Texas Ranger (1993-2001)
    Carnivale (2003-2005)
    Medium (2005-2011)
    Clocking Off (2000-2003)
    The Sopranos (1999-2007)
    NYPD New York

    At One Point:
    De Familie Knots (1980-1984)
    Knight Rider – (1982-1986)
    Waiting For God (1990-94, British sitcom)
    90210 (2008-2013)
    Modern Family (2009-present)
    Unforgotten (2015-present)
    The Office

    Honorable mentions:
    Bewitched (1964-1972)
    The Good Life (1971-1972)
    Man About The House (1973-1976)
    The Cosby Show (1984-1992)
    Neighbours (1986-1988)
    Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
    Lovejoy (1986-1994)
    As Time Goes By (1992-2005)
    Planet Earth (2006)
    Home and Away (1988-present)
    Our World
    Father, Dear Father

    Thank you to everyone who's taken part in this. :)
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  7. Emelee

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    Thanks for the tally-up, Karin!
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  8. Payton Cross

    Payton Cross Soap Chat Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @Karin Schill for your time and energy to put this top 20 together, I really enjoyed putting my top 20 together. :)
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  9. Karin Schill

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    You're welcome Emelee and Payton Cross. I am glad you enjoyed this. :)

    Also if anyone wants to discuss the results or missed taking part in this and wants to post their list of Top 20 Shows feel free to do so. :)
    All late lists won't be included in the results however as I won't change it.
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  10. J. R.'s Piece

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    I remember having a sleepless night as a child when I remembered Columbo in 1974 declaring that he had been on the force for 15 years and then in 1990 (the 1989-2003 run) stating that he had been on the force for twenty-two years. Maybe he had a break in between. I remember not being that keen on Last Salute to the Commodore from the 1970s run but that was the only 70s one I had a problem with. I do remember being troubled by the reference to Mrs Columbo and a water bed in Murder, Smoke and Shadows.

    I can’t really have a top 20 but I think Public Eye (ABC/Thanes) starring Alfred Burke would be in it.
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