Saturday, April 4, 2015

30 Days of Television - Day 04

Your favorite show ever

This is difficult because I have periods where my favorite shows are the last thing I want to watch, and I'm having a hard time pinning down which one is my favorite of all time. No doubt no matter what I choose for this prompt I'll press "publish" and immediately regret my choice. Ha!

M*A*S*H, though, has been a constant favorite. I own all 11 seasons on DVD, and yet as I type this I'm watching it through Netflix (which is annoying because it's the broadcast versions so some scenes are missing!). It's my favorite kind of "sitcom" - it's funny but has some real world situations that they take seriously. Even though it has strongly liberal leanings in many of its characters and episodes - and for the first five seasons makes the conservative character the villain - their stance is one that is shared across the board.

Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pearce was perfection. I love Alda in anything he does, but Hawkeye was the perfect character for him (later when he was in West Wing and then The Blacklist I realized he could be a mean SOB!), I'm also a big fan of David Ogden Stiers who played Charles E Winchester - the Bostonian Republican (they exist?!). BJ Honeycutt is my favorite of Hawkeye's besties (Trapper's good, but I prefer BJ)... and who doesn't love Radar?

The wit and situations are timeless - while the issues are set during the Korean War and the show was shot at the end of the Vietnam war they still hold true to the issues of today (some things never change). The show is timeless, endearing, and one I love to watch over and over.

Honorable mentions go to:

The Big Bang Theory


Law & Order

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