Sunday, 19 April 2009

My US TV heaven

Apropos nothing, when you think about all the American TV shows you've known and loved, there's bloody tons of 'em! A late night troll on BooTube can uncover some gems. I've been compiling this list of US TV shows I've watched over the years for weeks now and I got to 48 and thought I should make it a round 50. Below, in a sort of chronological order (hence all the cartoons in the first third) are my most treasured shows' theme tunes. Just clicky on title. In today's fragmented digital/boxset world, I miss out on a lot of new stuff from the States, probably because it isn't given the mainstream platform anymore - the terrestrial channels have so many offshoots that US drama and comedy tend to get lost in a haze of previews and catch-ups. Maybe there should be channel just for me showing back-to-back episodes of all my favourites. Now there's an idea.

Hawaii Five O
Scooby Doo
The Banana Spilts
Rockford Files
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Hong Kong Phooey
The Waltons
The Six Million Dollar Man
Little House on the Prairie
The Bionic Woman
Starsky and Hutch
Charlies Angels
Happy Days
Fantasy Island
Laverne and Shirley
Hart to Hart
The Red Hand Gang
Mork and Mindy
The Space Sentinels
The Littlest Hobo
Knots Landing
Cagney & Lacey
St Elsewhere
Hill St Blues
Lou Grant
Kate and Allie
The Equalizer
Golden Girls
The Tracey Ullman Show
Twin Peaks
The X Files
Sex and the City
Will and Grace
Ally McBeal
Desperate Housewives
Ugly Betty
Brothers and Sisters

Now, of course, seminal stuff like Larry Sanders, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld could all be in there too, but EVERYONE has them on their list so I left them off. I mean, where else would you get Knots Landing and Twin Peaks appearing together?


Paul said...

oh i am with you on so many of these. Knots Landing of course increased in brilliance when it decided that in its universe, Bobby Ewing was still dead. Amazing. And I never tire of Friends even though you can whiz through the entire show in about 3 months on E4!Loved St Elsewhere, Dynasty, Fame, Dallas et al. No Blossom?! No Party of Five?!?! And you really should try Freaks and Geeks :) OR at least Welcome Back Kotter!

Adem With An E said...

Cybil! Twin Peaks! Golden Girls! Most of them!