My favourite TV shows

by louiseculmer | created - 23 Jan 2016 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

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1. Sword of Freedom (1957– )

25 min | Adventure, Family

In Sixteenth Century Florence, Marco del Monte, a dashing Robin Hood-like figure, leads the Republicans against the tyrannical Duke of de Medici and his minions.

Stars: Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson, Adrienne Corri, Roland Bartrop

Votes: 18

2. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 33,448

the classic years only for me, don't care for the new ones at all.

3. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,313

4. Dad's Army (1968–1977)

30 min | Comedy, War

A ragtag group of Home Guard volunteers prepare for an imminent German invasion during World War II.

Stars: Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn, John Laurie

Votes: 5,031

My all time favourite sitcom

5. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 61,305

uneven but often hilarious sketches. some misses, but many hits.

6. Up Pompeii! (1969–1970)

30 min | Comedy

Lurcio is a much-put-upon slave in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. More often than not, Lurcio finds himself keeping his owner's family members apart, in order to keep them together.

Stars: Frankie Howerd, Elizabeth Larner, Kerry Gardner, Jeanne Mockford

Votes: 224

7. Catweazle (1970–1971)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Catweazle is a magician from the time of the Normans who is cast into the future by magic. With the help of two boys he uses magic in an attempt to return to his own time.

Stars: Geoffrey Bayldon, Robin Davies, Gary Warren, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 692

Enchanting timeslip comedy, with a wizard from norman england finding himself in the modern day, with great confusion caused all round. geoffrey Bayldon superb in the lead.

8. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 24,265

Columbo is a great character, and watching him track down his suspects is a joy.

9. Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store.

Stars: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Frank Thornton, Wendy Richard

Votes: 6,311

hilarious preposterous sitcom

10. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 47,301

11. Porridge (1974–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,862

wonderful prison comedy, with strong performances from all the cAst.

12. Good Neighbors (1975–1978)

28 min | Comedy

The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington

Votes: 2,457

the long suffering leadbetters next door to the crazy Goods were the real stars of this sitcom About self sufficiency in Surbiton.

13. The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976–1978)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Motley Hall was built in 1577 and was home to the Uproar family. Empty of living inhabitants, it is home to Five Ghosts from different periods of the Halls history who are compelled to get ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur English, Freddie Jones, Nicholas Le Prevost, Sean Flanagan

Votes: 98

14. The Professionals (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Bridget Brice

Votes: 2,314

Suspence, action, comedy, and very strong performances from all three leads. they made a great team.

15. Minder (1979–1994)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »

Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster

Votes: 1,662

great comedy and action, with a wonderful relationship between the two stars

16. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms, or so he thinks.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 11,048

17. Bergerac (1981–1991)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Mela White

Votes: 1,114

18. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 16,328

joyously improbable mystery series with a crime novelist stumbling on bodies wherever she goes, and always with unruffled calm as she outsmarts the police every time.

19. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,396

20. The Children of Green Knowe (1986– )

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A young boy goes to live with his great-grandmother. While she tells him stories of his ancestors, he begins to see the spirits of children who lived in the house during the reign of Charles II.

Stars: Alec Christie, Daphne Oxenford, George Malpas, Heather Ramsay

Votes: 134

21. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 8,869

22. My Family and Other Animals (1987)

30 min | Drama

Young Gerald explored his passion for the animal kingdom with his inspirational tutor, Dr Theodore Stephanides. The backdrop was sunshine, happiness and the love and laughter of a doting, slightly eccentric family,

Stars: Darren Redmayne, Hannah Gordon, Brian Blessed, Anthony Calf

Votes: 170

23. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of eccentric but sharp Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 33,882

the earlier episodes especially were delightful, some of the later ones not so good. but there's enough good episodes to keep me happy.

24. The Piglet Files (1990–1992)

30 min | Comedy

While taking a walk, Peter Chapman and his wife, Sarah, are followed by two bungling spies, Dexter and Lewis, who find it difficult to take photos of their quarry. Peter, an Electronics ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Louise Catt, Clive Francis, Michael Percival

Votes: 155

delightfully silly series about incompetent MI5 agents.

25. Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)

TV-PG | 55 min | Comedy

Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws, Richard Dixon

Votes: 11,174

26. Framed (1992– )

60 min | Crime, Thriller

A cat-and-mouse game between a charismatic and manipulative criminal and his interrogator, played out over the four episodes of the miniseries.

Stars: Timothy Dalton, Timothy West, David Morrissey, Annabelle Apsion

Votes: 290

27. The Detectives (1993–1997)

50 min | Comedy, Crime

In the never ending, high tech war against crime, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs are the Scud missiles of the police arsenal of intuition, hunches and inspired guesses... ... See full summary »

Stars: Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, George Sewell, Frank Windsor

Votes: 1,191

more incompetent bungling, in the police force this time. how did Briggs And louis ever get to be detectives? Who knows.

28. Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

45 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

Dr. Mark Sloan has a knack for getting into trouble, negotiating the twists and turns of mysteries and solving crimes with the help of his son, Steve, a homicide detective.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell, Charlie Schlatter

Votes: 5,767

the first two series in particular i enjoyed, in this hosptial where you're more likely to be murdered than die of natural causes.

29. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran Detective Chief Inspector and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 20,368

glroiously improbable mystery series, where bodies pile up in idyllic rural settings. wonderful.

30. Top Gear (2002– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Ben Collins

Votes: 102,301

i know nothing about cars, and care less, but this show is just so funny it doesn't matter.

Engrossing non fiction series in which a group of historians and archeologists recreate a year on a 17th century farm in Wales. fascinAting. Wonderful to see how ingenious people were in past times, managing without technology.

32. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 9,334



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