Top Ten Favorite Classic TV Shows of All Time (not necessarily in order of faveness)
• Mickey Mouse Club
The original series redefined children's TV, taking it to a more
polished studio-produced level and, after Rick Nelson helped initiate
TV's teen pop star phenomenon. Honorable mention: Sesame Street, The
Sophisticated, charming and sparkling in ways for which is deserves
more acclaim, no other series captured fantasy or enchantment like this
series or its star, though Jeannie came close in a decidedly more
• I Love Lucy
Still the blueprint of all great three-camera, audience TV sitcoms.
Worthy inspirations: Laverne & Shirley, The Mothers-in-Law
• The Flintstones
Hanna-Barbera's first half hour and TV's first prime time animated
series with characters you could care about. Derivative of The
but takes it to a completely different dimension. Love The
, too, which predicted more about modern life than Nostradamus.
• H.R. Pufnstuf
Nothing else like it on TV before; nothing else quite came close to its
magic since. The ultimate fantasy/musical/vaudeville/comedy
• The Archie Show
If for nothing else than making it possible for Ron Dante and company
to hit the number one spot for the year of 1969 with "Sugar, Sugar,"
this series reignited the venerable comic series and made cartoon pop
hotter than it would ever be again.
• The Honeymooners
Every character and almost every life experience Jackie Gleason had
rolled into one, an almost operatic comedy/tragedy of circumstances and
self-issues as well as Art Carney's ability to make even a single word
• The Flying Nun
Who hasn't dreamed they could fly? Attention critics and snarkers: get
over the first-glance silliness of the premise and see how adroitly a
skilled cast, good writing and even some catchy songs made this series
soar. A personal favorite from childhood that holds up very well, thank
• The Alvin Show
Actor/songwriter Ross Bagdasarian gave three speeded-up voices distinct
personalities and, as David Seville, launched a franchise that is still
going strong decades after his untimely passing. This series used the
style of UPA to redesign the original characters and really set the
stage for their media dominance in the ensuing years. I love Rocky
too, but the music gives the Chipmunks a paw up.
• The Dick Van Dyke Show
A celebration of the sheer joy of life, creativity, possibilities and talent.
I posted this on a Facebook group called the Classic TV Preservation Society