My top five television programmes ever…
I do like a good old lie down on the sofa to watch television.
Every now and again a particular show will come along that knocks off my socks.
Before I list my top five. Here’s five that didn’t make the grade:
1. Breaking Bad.
I know, I know…My rationale for leaving it out is that, although seasons 3-5 are ‘top 5’ material, the first two are a little slow. I also found the ending a little weak and Walter’s wife irritated me.
The prequel, Better Call Saul, is good though.
2. Six Feet Under.
Haven’t seen it so it can’t make the list. From everything I’ve heard it could well force itself in there once I finally get around to watching it.
3. Boardwalk Empire.
Loved it, I really did. I just didn’t love it as much as some other shows.
4. Game of Thrones.
I’ve watched it, I’ve really tried but it’s just not my cup of tea.
I barely lasted 24 minutes of season one. Claptrap.
As for the five that did make the list:
1. The Wire.
A televisual masterpiece. Every series offered something different and the characters were so complex and multilayered. The ending was sad in that it painted a picture of a world we’re there would be no end to the circle of despair.
2. The Sopranos.
It’s hard to split ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Sopranos’ For me, ‘The Wire’ just shades it but, really, I just recognise that these are the two best television programmes ever made.
The ending was divisive. Some said they needed more questions answered, I think that was the point and it was brilliant.
Sometimes I want to go where everybody know my name. I don’t really, I want to go to Cheers and spend time with Sam, Woody, Diane, Cliff et al. Even if they don’t know my name. I’ll just sit in the corner and watch comedy perfection.
4. Mad Men.
A lot of people said they found Mad Men a bit slow. I found it a thing of beauty, another one that had an ending that was perfect.
I wanted to be Don Draper, to marry Betty and to work in Advertising in the late 50’s, early 60’s. I also wanted to marry Joan, I loved Joan. And Betty. I loved them both.
The ‘letters home’ episodes were some of the greatest stand alone pieces of television writing ever. Its finale; ‘Goodbye, Farewell and Amen’ was desperately sad but simply amazing.
I’d love to know if you agree with my choices? Am I overlooking something? It occurred to me as I was compiling the list that there are no British made shows included. I’m fairly sure I’m doing the British television industry a disservice here but I just can’t think of any that are better than the five on my list. Maybe you can?
I’ll leave you with a recommendation. Not sure it’s a genuine ‘top five’ contender yet but the ‘Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ is well worth a watch (Amazon original).
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