Favorite Television Shows of All-Time

(All Time I say!)

A drunken conversation with my friends about my ten favorite South Park episodes eventually led us to listing our 10 favorite television shows. As insufferable a conversation as that sounds to have to listen to, here it is in written form! Enjoy.

Oh, and the qualifier is that there are no qualifiers. If you want to be a douche and list Sportscenter or Judge Judy, we allowed that. It’s why The Joy of Painting nearly made my list, had it not been for that horrible episode involving pea green.

Speaking of which, my list:

  1. The Wire
  2. South Park
  3. Seinfeld
  4. Coupling (the British version, of course)

That’s it. Four shows. Everyone else at the table had to try to narrow their lists down to ten. Me, only four. Which isn’t to say I don’t watch TV or I don’t have other shows I like. It just means I’m better than they are.

No wait. I enjoy Burn Notice and Psych and NCIS. The Sopranos was entertaining, at least the parts that weren’t dream sequences (so like 40%). I loved Deadwood for the first season or so. But a favorite’s list? I feel like that has to be something special. So The Wire made my list because it is something special. And South Park because it’s brilliant. And the other two made me laugh and I couldn’t think of anything I didn’t like about them (except maybe that episode where Jerry has an affair with the Super’s wife). And that’s it for me, really. If you notice, three of the four shows onĀ  my list are considered short-lived, by successful, television-show-standards. Coupling ran for just 28 episodes. Seinfeld ended Seinfield at the peak of its popularity. And The Wire was five seasons, all written before a single show was aired.

Hmmm. Maybe it just proves that unless you’re as brilliant as South Park, you should end on a high note and stop making your goddamn shows already, you douchey douchebags from Springfield, asshole motherfuckers. You’ve ruined the memory of a once great television idea. Aye Carumba! Or maybe I just didn’t have anything good to post about tonight. But I’m John, who the hell are you?!? And this is my list. Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb

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2 Responses to Favorite Television Shows of All-Time

  1. Bob says:

    I believe you included Coupling (the British version, of course) just to seem cool. My wife likes that show, so I have seen some of it and it’s kinda good. Also, I think Seinfeld was medium-lived as opposed to short-lived. Otherwise, you get 0.83 points for the tag on this post.

  2. JC says:

    Dude, I love Coupling. The sock gap? Giggle loop? Man with two legs? I think it’s funnier than Seinfeld, but not as culturally significant – for me – so I ranked it lower. The creator wrote an epilogue on a forum a few years back, I will send it to you.