Top 10 Must-Own TV Shows of All Time

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 1, 2017 07:10pm | Post a Comment

By Gabriel Wheeler

There are many great television shows, but what shows are actually worth watching over and over again? Here's the Top Ten of must-see and re-see television.

10. All in the Family (1971-1979)

In one of the rawest portrayals of an ignorant bigot, anti-hero Archie Bunker navigates serious issues of the '70s, often in opposition to those closest to him. The remains poignant while being hilarious. Topics like racism, rape, and drugs are but a few of the issues tackled in honest, funny, and thought-provoking ways. A must-watch for captives of 2017. 

All In The Family

9. Firefly (2002-2003)

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, brought us this epic cowboys in space sci-fi action/drama. Failing to find an audience during its tenure, it quickly became a cult favorite on home video and syndication. The show centers on the ship Firefly and its crew, as they travel the galaxy trying to make a quick buck in perhaps not-so-honest yet morally responsible ways. Funny and well-written, it’s a shame there are only two seasons.

The Shield

8. The Shield (2002-2008)

This one probably has a lot of people shaking their heads, but if you like over-the-top drama and action, this fast-paced series is one hell of an adrenaline rush. It revolves around corrupt cop Vic Mackey and his elite strike force as they attempt to fight crime and enrich themselves in the fictitious LA district of Farmington (think Rampart). This vastly underrated show has one of the best series finales of all time.

The Shield

7. Star Trek, The Original Series (1966-1969)

Tastefully remastered with digitally enhanced effects, yet smart to include the unadulterated versions as well. Join Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the crew as they boldly go where no one has gone before. See the origins of the entire Star Trek Universe unfold before your eyes. Fun fact: The first televised interracial kiss occurred between Kirk and Uhura in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren” in 1968, causing quite a controversy. How far we have come and how far we have to go.

Star Trek

Columbo6. Columbo (1971-2003)

Peter Falk as Columbo is one of the best murder investigators around. His brilliance in seemingly bumbling his way through investigations while letting his person of interest underestimate him is sublime. Falk’s performance is top notch. Take a break from Murder She Wrote and re-visit Columbo.


5. The Office (U.S., 2005-2013)

Worth many a re-watch. This show is sure to deliver some belly laughs. The hijinks and shenanigans never end, and Michael Scott’s ignorant evil is so sweet and uncomfortable.

The Office

4. The Simpsons (1989-present)

While the citizens of Springfield may have been best in the mid '90s to early oughts, The Simpsons still endure as one of the best sitcoms ever made.

The Simpsons

3. Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld’s classic sitcom explodes social niceties and social conventions into pieces. A blue print for awkward, uncomfortable comedy.

Twin Peaks
2. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)

"Who killed Laura Palmer?" was the new "Who Shot JR?" for the water cooler crowd in the early '90s. The secrets of this little northwest town were never totally revealed. Let’s hope that the new series will retain the magic and mystery of the original series. In the meantime, heed Agent Cooper’s advice and give yourself a present everyday by watching Twin Peaks.

Twin Peaks

1. The Wire (2002-2008)

A slow burn, but well worth the time. The city of Baltimore is the main character of The Wire. The show explores the city’s citizens mostly through cops, drug dealers, stevedores, journalists, teachers, and politicians. It unfolds more like a novel than a traditional TV script. The Wire thoughtfully explores tough issues facing the inner city and working class people without relying on stereotypes. A true masterpiece.

The Wire

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