Top Ten Television Shows Blogfest

It was easy deciding to participate in Alex J. Cavanaugh’s TV show Blogfest because I’ve always been an avid television viewer.  What wasn’t easy was narrowing the list down to just ten because there are so many others deserving to be recognized.  (Why do I suddenly feel like I’m giving away a blog award?)

Anyway, after much angst and internal debate, here’s the ten that made the top of my list.  They are listed here in completely random order, and yes, I cheated with the Star Treks.  Sue me!!

  1. Lost
  2. NCIS
  3. Law & Order (original)
  4. Star Trek (Original, TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager)
  5. Friends
  6. ER
  7. Magnum PI
  8. Cheers
  9. The West Wing
  10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

There was one other show that I had in my list until the very last cut, but ultimately I removed it because technically it didn’t complete one full season.  Those of you who’ve seen the show will understand just how much of a colossal mistake FOX made when they cancelled this show!  Anyway, even though it didn’t make my top ten, I couldn’t in good conscious upload a post about excellent TV without mentioning it.

Bonus entry.
  1. Firefly
There’s one common element in all of these shows that stands out and I hope makes you realize what drew me to them.  Good writing.

51 comments

  1. Good shows! I cheated with Star Trek as well. (Otherwise it would've sucked up five of my choices.) Plus I had a bonus show. My blogfest, my prerogative!
    Thanks for participating.

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  2. One of my favorite writing Podcasts (Writing Excuses) repeatadly referes to Joss Weadon as a writing genious! And who can fault Star Trek, eh?OK, lots of people can fault Shatner, but other than that...

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  3. Great list! We have a couple in common. I have got to check out Firefly. It keeps coming up on everyone's list. I guess I was living in a bubble when that one came out!

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  4. Great List and I did see Firefly. I tend to pick shows that don't make it thought :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  5. Good picks. Yes, I am a Star Trek fan and I, too, got hooked by the whole slayer thing. ";-)

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  6. Wooooo for Law and Order. Gotta love old school Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterson. MY fav.

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  7. Like the nostalgic Tom Sellek pick. Higgins was my hero.

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  8. Glad to see NCIS and Magnum P.I. made it on someone's list. All good shows on your list.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  9. haha! I don't think the Star Trek thing is cheating. And yay!! Another Joss Whedon fan!! *virtual high five*

    LOL! I used to watch Magnum PI!! It was never a fave but I did enjoy it thoroughly. :D Oh, the 'stache!

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  10. BOO where is Seinfeld?

    No problem with Star Trek. It's only depends on the captain you like.

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  11. With a sick puppy in need of tending, I spent a lot of time last weekend at home watching the final season of Buffy for the billionth time. I miss that show so much and can't believe that it's been seven years since it ended. The writing was truly amazing.

    And I guessed Firefly before I scrolled down for the bonus answer. :)

    I don't watch much television anymore, and the absence of shows like Buffy (and the overwhelming prevalence of cop shows) made that choice much easier.

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  12. Seriously, what is this with Firefly? I have to look for the series now. Great list.

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  13. I am loving reading everyone's tv show blogfests!!!

    What a great list...wow...hadn't thought about Magnum PI in a long time, but loved that one too!

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  14. I like 5 & 8 too. I want to see #10. I didn't at the time. But I'll probably have to join Netflix unless I want to buy them.

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  15. Yay for Friends and Buffy!!! Oh, and I also put in an eleventh choice on my list. Firefly totally deserves that extra spot :)

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  16. Very interesting list. I never saw a Star Trek. I too am curious about Firefly since 1) I have heard of it and two it is showing up on almost every list.

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  17. Buffy was an AWESOME show! Did you know the guy who played Angel is from my area? Yeah, that's right. :D

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  18. great list! (the star treks are def not cheating!!) and FIREFLY! :) whedon is genius! :)

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  19. Good writing is right! I love so many of them. I forgot about West Wing.

    CD

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  20. I love your list. We share many favorites, including Lost, ER, and the original L&O. I put Firefly high up there, too, though.

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  21. Cheers to Lost and Buffy, and great for recognizing Firefly! That show should never have been canceled. I'm still angry.

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  22. buffy was so good. Are you reading the season 8 comic?

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  23. That's a good list! I love BUFFY. I still need to see Firefly, I've heard good things about it.

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  24. Excellent list! I don't know how everyone put it down to just 10 (or 11) it's too impressive! I'll know that you had a ton more you'd like to have listed :)

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  25. Nice list. NCIS is an awesome show. And at least Firefly made the bonus entry.

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  26. Buffy is great! I'm actually surprised it was something you enjoyed! I learn something new about you every time you post :)

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  27. such great choices, so many too choose from.
    :)........
    iZombie

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  28. I knew Magnum PI and Cheers.Did you know that in Malaga Spain thery have a replicia of the bar used in Cheers? When I lived there my son took me there.
    The others I am not familiar with.
    Loved the post.

    Yvonne.

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  29. I love that you clarified which Law and Order for us! I also enjoy SVI. I completely forgot about Buffy. She should at least get an honorable mention on my list! I may have to pull out the DVDs later!

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  30. Warning: Your love of mystery is showing! ;)

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  31. Your blog is the first I've seen mention Lost! Also one of my favorites. And friends. And Seinfeld. Awesome list!

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  32. I've watched (or am watching - only into season 3 of Buffy) all the shows on your list except for Law and Order. I've seen a few episodes - not my cup of tea. I might replace that with LA Law (I really liked that show, but had problems staying up until 11:00 to watch it when it came on - young mother, full-time worker, tired person!).

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  33. DS9 was always my favorite, even though I know most Trek fans didn't like it. Glad you included it with the other Treks!

    Even if you did forget the Monty Python...

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  34. I had Cheers on my list too. And I've never sen an epsiode of firefly, but clearly the demand is there to continue the series. I must have seen a dozen lists with Firefly on it today.

    Stephen Tremp

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  35. I have never seen Lost and I refuse to start watching it mid-story. Eventually I'll rent the seasons and have a marathon. :)
    I am amazed I forgot to include the Star Treks (although, for the record, I would not include Voyager).

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  36. LOVE Firefly - can't believe someone was too short-sighted to see how amazing it was!!

    So many of my faves on your list - ST, Lost, Friends, Magnum. I haven't watched Buffy yet - but I'm definitely going to pick it up!

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  37. I guess I've seen all of the original Star Treks a few times and I've seen a few episodes of Friends, but that's about it. I guess I really need to check out Firefly.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  38. 1, 3, 5, 6, and 8 are some of my favorites too.... I've got to meet this Alex guy...

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  39. Great shows. I'd forgotten all about Magnum PI. Another great show

    Lyn
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

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  40. So funny! The second I read "Magnum PI" all I could think of was the theme song.

    Great picks here, too! Love Buffy (the movie, too--Paul Reubens was pretty funny when he dies).

    I've said it numerous times already, but I have got to see Firefly now. It's like the sleeper hit of this 'fest. Yes, I expected Star Trek and X-files on a bunch of them, but this one is surprising.

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  41. Yes to "Friends"! If I had stumbled upon this blogfest sooner, my list would comprise mainly cartoon series! :P

    P.S.: Drop by my site for a blog award!

    http://jc-martin.com/fighterwriter/awards/

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  42. Will - Whedon is genius!

    clp3333 ~ Magnum was so much fun, and entertaining!

    Kristi ~ It appears that Magnum is surprising a lot of people.

    Amparo ~ LONG LIVE FIREFLY! *sigh*

    Kelly ~ Don't get me started about what FOX did to FIREFLY.

    Budd ~ No, I haven't read the comic yet, but I want to.

    Sara ~ RENT FIREFLY!!!! You will not be disappointed, however, you will be frustrated once you discover that such a great show was cancelled so early.

    Bry ~ NCIS is a staple with me. Love the interaction between the characters...the mysteries...not so much.

    Summer R ~ LOL Buffy would be near the top of my list! :)

    Julie ~ I've been surprised as well how many lists DO NOT include LOST. ????

    Stephen ~ RENT FIREFLY NOW!!!

    Erin ~ With a last name like yours, how could you forget Star Trek?

    J.C. ~ Avatar the Last Airbender was a cartoon series I could have included. Great TV for the whole family!

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  43. Great list, DL. Sorry I missed it yesterday.

    I have an award for you at my blog today! :-)

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  44. Some mightily cool choices! Got to love all the Star Treks.

    Top Ten TV Blogfest

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  45. Some mightily cool choices! Got to love all the Star Treks.

    Top Ten TV Blogfest

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  46. love seeing ER, FRIENDS and STAR TREK on your list :)

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  47. You seem to like more intense TV shows but thats not bad i like the older ER and friends was great and not that intense :)

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  48. I'm loving these lists, but it's becoming apparent I don't watch much Prime Time

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  49. Yes! Another West Wing fan. High five! :)

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  50. I just love to read TV show blogfests and i like your list my favorites are lost and firefly.

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