The Council’s Ruling — Best TV Show

October 15, 2007, 12:00 pm; posted by
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This and every Monday, the Bweinh!tributors, having convened in secret for hours of reasoned debate and consideration, will issue a brief and binding ruling on an issue of great societal import.

This week’s question — What is the best television series of our lifetime?

The Council was unable to issue a majority ruling on this issue.

Djere offers this opinion, joined by Tom and MC-B:

The Simpsons. The show is consistently funny, enjoys long life and broad popularity, has A-list guest stars, is eminently quotable, and it’s rare when it’s actually offensive.


Connie offers this opinion, joined by Steve:

Survivor. It started the reality TV revolution, changing the way shows were produced and marketed, and as it begins its second decade, its staying power shows it was not a fad.


Chloe offers this opinion, joined by Mike:

Desperate Housewives — it taught me everything I know!


Erin offers this opinion:

I’m a die-hard JAG fan. Courtroom drama, humor, suspense, romance, and all of this without becoming a soap opera. Way to go!


Josh offers this opinion:

The Wonder Years made me nostalgic for childhood even while I was still in it, and watching it now it still captures that same perspective.


David offers this opinion:



Job played no part in the determination of this issue.

Next week: What is our favorite season of the year?


10 Comments to “The Council’s Ruling — Best TV Show”

  1. Aaron on October 15th, 2007 12:56 pm


    And there’s nothing wrong with that.

  2. Steve on October 15th, 2007 1:01 pm

    That was offered originally, but its proponent jumped ship to another answer.

  3. Dan on October 15th, 2007 7:20 pm

    I concur… Seinfeld is the best of our lifetime, though the Simpsons is a very close second.

  4. David on October 15th, 2007 8:03 pm

    I must have missed your lifetime. I wonder what I was doing…

  5. Jesse on October 15th, 2007 11:05 pm

    I have to agree with The Simpsons. It is by far the greatest. Not many people will agree with this, but I think Cheers is also one of the best shows of my lifetime so far. It was good, clean fun that touched on a lot of real life issues.

  6. Steve on October 15th, 2007 11:08 pm

    I liked Cheers. That and Murphy Brown were probably the first adult-oriented shows I ever watched regularly.

  7. Marcus on October 16th, 2007 8:41 am

    If we’re talking comedy, I am partial to Arrested Development. For cartoons I’d say Ducktales. Drama is tricky. Nostalgia is saying “Little House” or “The Waltons” but I find that they do not stand up to new viewings.

    For gritty, crime drama I think the answer, hands down, is Fraggle Rock. Illicit radish trading, Madam Trash-Heap’s rat mafia, the Doozers pushing their crystal (meth)… I think we ALL can agree that there was always something nefarious going “down in Fraggle Rock.”

  8. David on October 16th, 2007 6:09 pm

    Does no one remember the brilliance of Newhart?

    “Hi I’m Larry. This is my brother Darrel. This is my other brother Darrel.”

    Micheal & Stephany going to the mall to cite people for fashion violations?

    George the handy man?

    My Favorite scene:

    Dick writes “How To” books and someone has escaped from prison using one of his books. The police come to interview him, the town hears about it and goes into an uproar holding a book burning downtown to burn all Dicks books. Dick goes down to try to talk some sense in to the mob and is confronted by the two old guys who always hung around together. Dick makes the point to them that his book was not a “How Too” book on how to break out of prison and just because they used his book for that purpose doesn’t make his books evil. He states that people have probably used lots other books for that purpose and one of the guys shoots back:

    “Oh yeah well no one ever heard of someone using the Bible to break out of prison!’

    And before Dick can even answer the other guy turns to the mob burning the books and yells, “OH! Now Dicks comparing his books to THE BIBLE!!!”

    And the crowd roars and surges toward him.

  9. Steve on October 16th, 2007 6:51 pm

    I remember Newhart, but only vaguely, as a shadow.

  10. Djere on October 19th, 2007 11:36 am

    I’d like this post revised to note that The Simpsons maintained a plurality of voters.

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