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June 8, 2014

ED VASICEK: All-time favorite television shows

Tastes no longer tied to the times

One of my favorite jokes is particularly funny because many of us find it true. The joke goes like this: Have you heard of Cable TV dinners? Two hundred choices, but none of them are any good!

Between vintage TV channels (like ME TV or Antenna TV), the Internet (with Hulu, Netflix and YouTube) and the availability of DVD sets, we are no longer limited by “what’s happening now.” We can choose our favorite shows from the last 60 years — and probably find them!

The British say it well, “There is no accounting for taste.” Today, I am going to share my taste in television shows. You, my readers, are welcome to email me a list of yours, if you like.

No. 12, “Murder She Wrote.” True, it is hard to believe that a mystery writer with no connection to the police force or detective agency could stumble across a new body every week. But the program ran for 12 years with 264 episodes. That says something.

No. 11, “Jeeves and Wooster.” Fry and Laurie have the chemistry to highlight the light plots of this British comedy. The 23 episodes were produced during the 1990s.

No. 10, “The Munsters.” The show ran for two years with 70 episodes. A similar show, “The Adams Family,” is also funny, but not as funny as “The Munsters,” in my opinion.

No. 9, “The Honeymooners.” It is the gold standard for situation comedies. The show continued off and on over two decades; the mid-’50s version (with Audrey Meadows) is the most popular, but the hour-long, color version (with Sheila MacRae) features the June Taylor Dancers and songs by the cast. “The Flintstones” are pretty much a cartoon version of “The Honeymooners.”

No. 8, “Perry Mason.” It has to be one of the best mystery shows ever produced. With an amazing cast and plots that kept you glued to your seat, they have been in perpetual syndication.

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