#96. The Munsters (1964-1966)
It’s hard to believe that this iconic show was only on for two seasons. So much of this show is a part of pop culture and from only 70 episodes. In his 40 year career, Fred Gywnne will forever be remembered as Herman Munster.
Notable Performance: Al Lewis as Grandpa
Memorable Episode: Season 1 Episode 19: Eddie’s Nickname
#95. America’s Most Wanted (1988-Present)
John Walsh, a father of a murdered child, developed this show in hopes of capturing fugitives and prevent other crimes from happening. After 23 years the show is responsible for capturing over 1,100 fugitives. It is an amazing show and has much more heart and meaning being helmed by John Walsh.
Notable Performance : John Walsh as Himself
Memorable Episode: Season 23 Episode 22: America’s Most Wanted 1,000th Episode Special Edition
#94. Las Vegas (2003-2008)
Las Vegas might be the ultimate guilty pleasure show. Being about Las Vegas, I guess it is very fitting. All the glitz and glamour of Vegas comes through. The show focuses on the surveillance team of the Montecito Resort and Casino. Of course, crazy things ensue, as they usually do in Vegas.
Notable Performance: James Caan as Ed Deline
Memorable Episode: Season 1 Episode 13: The Night the Lights Went Out in Vegas
#93. Home Improvement (1991-1999)
The quintessential sitcom of the 1990’s. Tim Allen’s “man” show took off from the get-go. Based on Tim Allen’s stand up comedy, Home Improvement centers on the Taylor family as well as Tim’s local tv show “Tool Time”. His signature grunting and fantastic guest stars, including Bob Vila, George Foreman, and John Elway, made it cool for guys to enjoy this sitcom. Yet, it had great heart and dealt with family subjects that made women love it too.
Notable Performance: Earl Hindman as Wilson Wilson Jr.
Memorable Episode: Season 2 Episode 25: The Great Race
#92. That 70’s Show (1998-2006)
A great cast helped this show take off in the late 90’s with a look at the 1970’s from teenage perspective. The careers of Ashton Kutcher,Topher Grace and Mila Kunis all started here. It depicted the 70’s brilliantly from the clothing to the language.
Notable Performance: Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Foreman
Memorable Episode: Season 3 Episode 13: Dine and Dash
#91. Candid Camera (1960-1967) (1998-2004)
Allen Funt’s genius of a show paved the way for many reality shows after it. A hidden camera captures innocent people in practical jokes to see how they respond. Hilarity ensues. It is a concept that worked in 1960 and just as well 40 years later.
Notable Performance: Allen Funt as Himself
Memorable Episode: Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot
#90. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971)
The Beverly Hillbillies had an amazing 9 season run. Jed Clampett and his backwoods family, strike oil and move to Beverly Hills. Obviously, they do not blend in real well with the wealthy Californians, but they don’t care. An extremely popular show in the 60’s, the Hillbillies had strong characters that were really funny and the jokes still hold up to this day.
Notable Performance: Irene Ryan as Daisy Moses a.k.a Granny
Memorable Episode: Season 1 Episode 1: The Clampetts Strike Oil
When In Living Color came on the air in 1990 it was so fresh and new, people loved it. The characters were so creative thanks to the actors who were brave to play them. Jim Carrey at that time was fearless, he was at the top of his game, and we were lucky enough to watch it happen. This would be the Wayans Brothers’ greatest accomplishment. They have tried to recreate the magic they had with In Living Color, but never really got there again.
Notable Performance: Damon Wayans as Homey D. Clown
Memorable Episode: Season 2 Episode 14
A really great comedy from the producers of The Cosby Show, Roseanne and That 70’s Show. Four aliens are living as humans while they are on an expedition on earth. John Lithgow is outstanding as Dick Solomon the High Commander, winning three Emmy’s for his role. Kristen Johnson won twice for her role as Sally Solomon. Rounding out the cast is Jane Curtin a colleague who Dick falls in love with.
Notable Performance: John Lithgow as Dick Solomon (Emmy Winner 1996, 1997 & 1999)
Memorable Episode: Season 2 Episode 11 : Dick Jokes
When I first heard that there was a show called this I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a joke, until I watched it. It is surprisingly addicting. It is also fun to see celebrities out of their comfort zone. There have been some really great celebrity dancers in the past six years, and it is fun to root for your favorites. Sometimes it is just nice to watch a show that doesn’t require a lot of thought.
Notable Performance: Tom Bergeron as the Host
Memorable Episode: Season 4 Episode 6
#86. Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In (1967-1973)
Before there was Saturday Night Live, there was Laugh In. It just oozed the aura of the 1960’s. Dan Rowan and Dick Martin created a show that poked fun at the politics and nonsense of the times. They did it with a crazy cast of characters and many, many guest stars that included Milton Berle, Bob Hope and Richard Nixon. Laugh In was the outlet that people needed during such and insane era to be living in.
Notable Performance: Lily Tomlin as Ernestine the Phone Operator
Memorable Episode: Season 2 Episode 1
#85. The Big Bang Theory (2007 – Present)
The Big Bang Theory is about a group of brilliant young physicists. Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki play roommates that work at Cal Tech. They are both too smart for the general public and are often in awkward situations, mostly with girls. Kaley Cuoco plays the girl across the hall and the “straight man” to all the nerds.
Notable Performance: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (Emmy Winner 2010)
Memorable Episode: Season 2 Episode 16: The Cushion Saturation