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14th Nov '16 4:47:47 PM dlchen145
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* The muthafrakkin' ''Series/TheATeam''! The concept was absolute brilliance, four BadAss Special Forces buddies unleashed against every crook and mobster in 1980's America. Ass-kicking and pithy one-liners abound. And people can bash the "cartoonish" all they want. Those action scenes were cooler than some of the stuff in the movies. Long live the A-Team!

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* The muthafrakkin' ''Series/TheATeam''! The concept was absolute brilliance, four BadAss badass Special Forces buddies unleashed against every crook and mobster in 1980's America. Ass-kicking and pithy one-liners abound. And people can bash the "cartoonish" all they want. Those action scenes were cooler than some of the stuff in the movies. Long live the A-Team!



* Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine was the most human of the ''Treks'' for good reason -- it wrote interpersonal relationships deftly, dealt with the consequences of its actions, had a ton of supporting cast who were all written with depth, had [[MagnificentBastard Cardassians]] every which way, actually dealt with religion and did it well, had an actual friggin ''war'', the first same-sex kiss on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', while still managing to be damned hilarious, and wasn't above taking potshots at itself. ''Deep Space Nine'' was the very best of all the Treks and it had an awesome cast and writers whose love of ''Trek'' showed. Ron Moore cut his teeth here and on ''TNG'' years before ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' and you can see parallels between the two shows, with the aforementioned wonderful supporting cast and lots of moral gray areas. It had amazing, fully-developed characters on this show, including both the main characters and the outstanding ensemble cast. They all have real, believable backstories that actually go with the characters' personalities (Kira pulls off coming from a CrapsackWorld, being a ChildSoldier in LaResistance, and learning firsthand that WarIsHell without a single drop of {{Wangst}} and plenty of BadAss and becomes one of the best characters on the show, and even Dr. Bashir's InsufferableGenius-ness ties in with the rest of his character) and most of them are just plain AWESOME. And as for the supporting cast's amazingness. Garak. Just... Garak. Also, Batlithe duels, Klingon mythology, and Worf/Jadzia, a great BattleCouple. And Quark, and all his scheming and comic relief mixed with his moments of Badassery when his family is in danger. Great show! It attained the perfect balance between the sometimes overly-optimistic Roddenberry vision of the other Treks and the sometimes overly-pessimistic Ron Moore vision of [=BSG=]. Just enough darkness to tone down the lightness of Trek and make it real, combined with long arcs that allowed for deeper story and character development, resulted in a great show that made all of its parts greater than they had any business being. Watching [=DS9=], more so than any of the other Treks, was like watching real people and true stories. Everyone was incredibly flawed without being overly messed up or unlikable, all of their relationships were suitably complicated, and there were "always" two sides to every argument, conflict, plot, and character. The heroes were good without being right all the time and the villians were anything but pure evil--admit it, you were sad when Weyoun was gone for good. Just like real life, this show was hilarious, emotionally draining, complicated, depressing at times, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

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* Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine was the most human of the ''Treks'' for good reason -- it wrote interpersonal relationships deftly, dealt with the consequences of its actions, had a ton of supporting cast who were all written with depth, had [[MagnificentBastard Cardassians]] every which way, actually dealt with religion and did it well, had an actual friggin ''war'', the first same-sex kiss on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', while still managing to be damned hilarious, and wasn't above taking potshots at itself. ''Deep Space Nine'' was the very best of all the Treks and it had an awesome cast and writers whose love of ''Trek'' showed. Ron Moore cut his teeth here and on ''TNG'' years before ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' and you can see parallels between the two shows, with the aforementioned wonderful supporting cast and lots of moral gray areas. It had amazing, fully-developed characters on this show, including both the main characters and the outstanding ensemble cast. They all have real, believable backstories that actually go with the characters' personalities (Kira pulls off coming from a CrapsackWorld, being a ChildSoldier in LaResistance, and learning firsthand that WarIsHell without a single drop of {{Wangst}} and plenty of BadAss badass and becomes one of the best characters on the show, and even Dr. Bashir's InsufferableGenius-ness ties in with the rest of his character) and most of them are just plain AWESOME. And as for the supporting cast's amazingness. Garak. Just... Garak. Also, Batlithe duels, Klingon mythology, and Worf/Jadzia, a great BattleCouple. And Quark, and all his scheming and comic relief mixed with his moments of Badassery when his family is in danger. Great show! It attained the perfect balance between the sometimes overly-optimistic Roddenberry vision of the other Treks and the sometimes overly-pessimistic Ron Moore vision of [=BSG=]. Just enough darkness to tone down the lightness of Trek and make it real, combined with long arcs that allowed for deeper story and character development, resulted in a great show that made all of its parts greater than they had any business being. Watching [=DS9=], more so than any of the other Treks, was like watching real people and true stories. Everyone was incredibly flawed without being overly messed up or unlikable, all of their relationships were suitably complicated, and there were "always" two sides to every argument, conflict, plot, and character. The heroes were good without being right all the time and the villians were anything but pure evil--admit it, you were sad when Weyoun was gone for good. Just like real life, this show was hilarious, emotionally draining, complicated, depressing at times, heartbreaking, and uplifting.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'' was taken from us too soon. Tracey Kibre is a gorgeous, fiery, brilliant lead character, Kelly Gaffney is walking cute with a side of BadAss, and there is something so ''fascinating'' about seeing the legal side of the system in the L&O 'verse. Also, LesYay. Piles and piles and piles of Les Yay. And all those clingy tops Creator/BebeNeuwirth walks around wearing and Amy Carlson's fuzzy sweaters... It was made of pure awesome. It had all the Les Yay you got from Alex and Olivia, the insane CourtroomAntics of The Mother Ship, [[Series/BostonLegal Shirley Schmidt]] was a judge, [[Series/{{Cheers}} Lilith]] was TheDeterminator, Lennie Briscoe was still ambling around being affable and it had my favorite DA ever, magnificent GoodOlBoy Arthur Branch. It was friggin' MadeOfWin, and it still got cancelled. Creator/{{NBC}} are morons.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury'' was taken from us too soon. Tracey Kibre is a gorgeous, fiery, brilliant lead character, Kelly Gaffney is walking cute with a side of BadAss, badass, and there is something so ''fascinating'' about seeing the legal side of the system in the L&O 'verse. Also, LesYay. Piles and piles and piles of Les Yay. And all those clingy tops Creator/BebeNeuwirth walks around wearing and Amy Carlson's fuzzy sweaters... It was made of pure awesome. It had all the Les Yay you got from Alex and Olivia, the insane CourtroomAntics of The Mother Ship, [[Series/BostonLegal Shirley Schmidt]] was a judge, [[Series/{{Cheers}} Lilith]] was TheDeterminator, Lennie Briscoe was still ambling around being affable and it had my favorite DA ever, magnificent GoodOlBoy Arthur Branch. It was friggin' MadeOfWin, and it still got cancelled. Creator/{{NBC}} are morons.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is awesome. It has an original story line with twists on fairy tale characters. There's this resurgence in the interest of folklore and fairytale, and it's not all done in the tweeny sort of way either. There is the amazing [[EvilIsHammy hammy-ness]] of Rumpelstiltskin who is just fucking awesome, and the Evil Queen also. Prince Charming is a {{Badass}} and [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething a royal who actually does something]]. This show also turned Literature/PeterPan into [[AdaptationalVillainy ''the ultimate evil'']], and it made it work ''so well.''

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is awesome. It has an original story line with twists on fairy tale characters. There's this resurgence in the interest of folklore and fairytale, and it's not all done in the tweeny sort of way either. There is the amazing [[EvilIsHammy hammy-ness]] of Rumpelstiltskin who is just fucking awesome, and the Evil Queen also. Prince Charming is a {{Badass}} badass and [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething a royal who actually does something]]. This show also turned Literature/PeterPan into [[AdaptationalVillainy ''the ultimate evil'']], and it made it work ''so well.''
5th Nov '16 3:09:58 PM nombretomado
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* One of the greatest show ever aired is ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries''. The partnership between Lynley and Havers is exquisite, the lead characters are human, the mysteries are actually ''mysteries''... It gave the world cranky, foul-mouthed, fiercely independent, heartbreakingly vulnerable, sweetly romantic Barbara Havers, one of the best character ever created in the history of everything, ever.

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* One of the greatest show ever aired is ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries''.''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries''. The partnership between Lynley and Havers is exquisite, the lead characters are human, the mysteries are actually ''mysteries''... It gave the world cranky, foul-mouthed, fiercely independent, heartbreakingly vulnerable, sweetly romantic Barbara Havers, one of the best character ever created in the history of everything, ever.
30th Oct '16 3:55:27 PM nombretomado
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%% * A long-standing addiction to ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', and its spin-off ''Series/YoungHercules''.

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%% * A long-standing addiction to ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', and its spin-off ''Series/YoungHercules''.
12th Oct '16 5:56:06 PM CoolPopper
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** [[DramaBomb "Ozymandias"]] from Season 5 is not only rightfully considered of the best, if not the best episode of the show, but also one of the '''''[[SoCoolItsAwesome best episodes ever made in television history.]]''''' Watched by over 6 million viewers (that's a huge increase of viewers from their previous episode by 1 million), it ''still'' maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on Website/IMDb, even with over 80,000 reviews, both by critics and fans of the show, with many praising the acting, directing, and writing, and has overall influenced a huge increase in popularity on the show. GOD DAMN. If there is an episode from the show that deserves its own place on here, it's this one.

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** [[DramaBomb "Ozymandias"]] from Season 5 is not only rightfully considered of the best, if not the best episode of on the show, but also show. No doubt. The acting is superb, the writing is flawless, the drama is anxiety-inducing. You really see how much Walt has lost control of his life to Heisenberg. If that's not enough, take a look at how both fans and critics are calling it one of the '''''[[SoCoolItsAwesome best episodes ever made in of television history.]]''''' Watched by over 6 million viewers (that's a huge increase of viewers from their previous episode by 1 million), it ''still'' maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on Website/IMDb, even with over 80,000 reviews, both by critics and fans of the show, with many praising the acting, directing, and writing, and has overall influenced a huge increase in popularity on the show. GOD DAMN.ever made. If there is an episode from the show that deserves its own place on here, it's this one.
12th Oct '16 5:48:46 PM CoolPopper
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** [[DramaBomb "Ozymandias"]] from Season 5 is not only rightfully considered of the best, if not the best episode of the show, but also one the '''''[[SoCoolItsAwesome best episodes ever made in television history.]]''''' Watched by over 6 million viewers (that's a huge increase of viewers from their previous episode by 1 million), it ''still'' maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on Website/IMDb, even with over 80,000 reviews, both by critics and fans of the show, with many praising the acting, directing, and writing, and has overall influenced a huge increase in popularity on the show. GOD DAMN.

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** [[DramaBomb "Ozymandias"]] from Season 5 is not only rightfully considered of the best, if not the best episode of the show, but also one of the '''''[[SoCoolItsAwesome best episodes ever made in television history.]]''''' Watched by over 6 million viewers (that's a huge increase of viewers from their previous episode by 1 million), it ''still'' maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on Website/IMDb, even with over 80,000 reviews, both by critics and fans of the show, with many praising the acting, directing, and writing, and has overall influenced a huge increase in popularity on the show. GOD DAMN. If there is an episode from the show that deserves its own place on here, it's this one.
2nd Oct '16 2:03:28 PM CoolPopper
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** [[DramaBomb "Ozymandias"]] from Season 5 is not only rightfully considered of the best, if not the best episode of the show, but also one the '''''[[SoCoolItsAwesome best episodes ever made in television history.]]''''' Watched by over 6 million viewers (that's a huge increase of viewers from their previous episode by 1 million), it ''still'' maintains a perfect 10/10 rating on Website/IMDb, even with over 80,000 reviews, both by critics and fans of the show, with many praising the acting, directing, and writing, and has overall influenced a huge increase in popularity on the show. GOD DAMN.
7th Sep '16 6:14:28 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' took a goofy, over-the-top genre like the '60's Spy Movie and used it to make an iconic, intelligent exploration of Individuality vs. Conformity. It raised questions that are still being asked 40 years later. It also showed us just how much fun, infuriating, and thought-provoking MindScrew endings could be. During the [[GainaxEnding finale]] it took an already pretty surrealistic series, completely ran it off the rails, and made no apologies. Not even an ''attempt'' to explain anything we had just seen. It was a conscious attempt to burn conventional storytelling to the ground. Some people who watch it believing they're entitled to answers may feel ripped off, but it was in a way truly amazing. It was uncompromisingly intelligent and compelling, even ''before'' the finale. It's the sort of show that requires the ''viewer'' to think long and hard about it, but rewards those who do with some truly great television. You will be impressed with the complexity of its plots, the cleverness of the dialogue, and the philosophical depth of its themes. And of course, Patrick McGoohan's acting and characterization of Number Six is exceptional. He's one of the best protagonists in television history.

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* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' took a goofy, over-the-top genre like the '60's Spy Movie and used it to make an iconic, intelligent exploration of Individuality vs. Conformity. It raised questions that are still being asked 40 years later. It also showed us just how much fun, infuriating, and thought-provoking MindScrew endings could be. During the [[GainaxEnding finale]] it took an already pretty surrealistic series, completely ran it off the rails, and made no apologies. Not even an ''attempt'' to explain anything we had just seen. It was a conscious attempt to burn conventional storytelling to the ground. Some people who watch it believing they're entitled to answers may feel ripped off, but it was in a way truly amazing. It was uncompromisingly intelligent and compelling, even ''before'' the finale. It's the sort of show that requires the ''viewer'' to think long and hard about it, but rewards those who do with some truly great television. You will be impressed with the complexity of its plots, the cleverness of the dialogue, and the philosophical depth of its themes. And of course, Patrick McGoohan's [=Patrick McGoohan=]'s acting and characterization of Number Six is exceptional. He's one of the best protagonists in television history.
28th Aug '16 11:57:58 AM nombretomado
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* The DisneyChannel {{KidCom}}s can be GuiltyPleasures, but the Disney XD shows always end up being somewhat actually decent. PairOfKings has very good character development and a cool setting, ''{{KickinIt}}'' is just plain fun and is quite sweet, ''Series/LabRats'' has a good premise, and well written story development, and ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'' is just plain funny. MightyMed is turning out pretty good too.1

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* The DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel {{KidCom}}s can be GuiltyPleasures, but the Disney XD shows always end up being somewhat actually decent. PairOfKings has very good character development and a cool setting, ''{{KickinIt}}'' is just plain fun and is quite sweet, ''Series/LabRats'' has a good premise, and well written story development, and ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'' is just plain funny. MightyMed is turning out pretty good too.1
26th Aug '16 8:38:11 PM dsneybuf
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** ''TheElectricCompany'' was one of the greatest children's shows of all time. It had witty humor, great songs, and a very talented cast. Not just MorganFreeman and Rita Moreno, but everyone. Them, the writers, the directors, everyone who worked on the show were people who knew what really entertained kids [[ParentalBonus and adults]]. Not to mention the graphics were cool. Most importantly, they taught a whole generation of kids how to read and to love reading. Nothing made afterwards comes close, not even ''Series/BetweenTheLions''.

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** ''TheElectricCompany'' ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' was one of the greatest children's shows of all time. It had witty humor, great songs, and a very talented cast. Not just MorganFreeman and Rita Moreno, but everyone. Them, the writers, the directors, everyone who worked on the show were people who knew what really entertained kids [[ParentalBonus and adults]]. Not to mention the graphics were cool. Most importantly, they taught a whole generation of kids how to read and to love reading. Nothing made afterwards comes close, not even ''Series/BetweenTheLions''.
27th Jun '16 10:55:58 AM MagnusForce
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* ''Series/UltramanMax'' is a fantastic entry. From its fun and likable cast to its excellent usage of some of classic monsters to its relatively solid SFX to its fairly lighthearted charm, there's something for anybody who loves {{Toku}}, {{Kaiju}}, or Ultraman as a whole. It's also a fantastic entry for newcomers to get introduced to the standard Ultraman formula without the troubles of adjusting to the more outdated effects of older series, being locked out of continuity and {{Homage}}s, or getting the wrong idea of the franchise's general nature. Unfortunately being sandwiched between grimdark franchise reboot ''Ultraman Nexus'' and nostalgia-fuelled MilestoneCelebration ''Ultraman Mebius'' keeps ''Max'' from getting as much attention as other series.

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* ''Series/UltramanMax'' is a fantastic entry. From its fun and likable cast to its excellent usage of some of classic monsters to its relatively solid SFX to its fairly lighthearted charm, there's something for anybody who loves {{Toku}}, {{Kaiju}}, or Ultraman as a whole. It's also a fantastic entry for newcomers to get introduced to the standard Ultraman formula without the troubles of adjusting to the more outdated effects of older series, being locked out of continuity and {{Homage}}s, or getting the wrong idea of the franchise's general nature. Unfortunately being sandwiched between grimdark franchise reboot ''Ultraman Nexus'' and nostalgia-fuelled MilestoneCelebration ''Ultraman Mebius'' keeps ''Max'' from getting as much attention as other series. [[AwesomeMusic Oh, and theme song is kickass.]]



* The original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is by no means bad. Carrying over the special effects magic of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies that made [[Creator/EijiTsuburaya Eiji "Master of Monsters" Tsuburaya]] famous, it's got lots of charm ([[NarmCharm the lovably cheesy kind included]]), genuine heart, and characters you can truly root for. There's no denying that it is rather outdated from the 60s values to the old-school practical effects, but the same old-fashioned feel adds to the retro charm like the phone that sounds like King Ghidorah or the wrestling-type battles. Of course, we have the real stars of the show - the monsters, of which the very best (Zetton, Gomora, Antlar, Baltan, Red King...) are worthy of the Master of Monsters' best Toho creations. All in all, the original ''Ultraman'' is the perfect show for anybody who loves old-fashioned television or Showa-era Kaiju flicks.

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* The original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' is by no means bad.deserves a lot more credit than it gets. Carrying over the special effects magic of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies that made [[Creator/EijiTsuburaya Eiji "Master of Monsters" Tsuburaya]] famous, it's got lots of charm ([[NarmCharm the lovably cheesy kind included]]), genuine heart, and characters you can truly root for. There's no denying that it is rather outdated from the 60s values to the old-school practical effects, but the same old-fashioned feel adds to the retro charm like the phone that sounds like King Ghidorah or the wrestling-type battles. Of course, we have the real stars of the show - the monsters, of which the very best (Zetton, Gomora, Antlar, Baltan, Red King...) are worthy of the Master of Monsters' best Toho creations. All in all, the original ''Ultraman'' is the perfect show for anybody who loves old-fashioned television or Showa-era Kaiju flicks. There is a reason why the titular red-and-silver giant hero is such a pop culture icon is his homeland, after all!
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