My Top 113 Television Productions

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When I was asked years ago to rank television, I attempted my best to contain all the TV works I’d seen, finally putting it here for records sake. While 113 is a strange number to land on, it was just what I considered the ones I’ve seen that I’d say approach masterful, or at least highly entertaining status. So grab your TV dinners, turn off the hot plate, and enjoy!

  1. Seinfeld (1989-1998)
  2. Berlin Alexanderplatz (R. W. Fassbinder, 1980)
  3. Dekalog (K. Kieślowski, 1989)
  4. Twin Peaks (D. Lynch/M. Frost, 1990-1991, 2017)
  5. All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (A. Curtis, 2011)
  6. The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sergeant Bilko) (1955-1959)
  7. Ways of Seeing (J. Berger, 1972)
  8. La Commune (Paris, 1871) (P. Watkins, 2000)
  9. Our Hitler: A Film from Germany (H. Syberberg, 1977)
  10. The Lover (H. Pinter, 1963)
  11. Edvard Munch (TV version) (P. Watkins, 1976)
  12. The Face of Britain by Simon Schama (2015)
  13. Baseball (K. Burns, 1994)
  14. Boris Karloff’s Thriller (1960-1962)
  15. Fanny and Alexander (TV version) (I. Bergman, 1982)
  16. The Wire (2002-2008)
  17. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
  18. Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day (R. W. Fassbinder, 1972-73)
  19. Simon Schama’s Power of Art (2006)
  20. The World at War (J. Isaacs, 1973-74)
  21. Up Series (Paul Almond, Michael Apted, 1964-2012 [presented in 7 year intervals])
  22. Heimat series (E. Reitz; Heimat, 1984; Heimat 2, 1992; Heimat 3, 2004)
  23. The Honeymooners (1955-1956)
  24. Song of Summer (K. Russell, 1968)
  25. The Colbert Report (2005-2014)
  26. The Century of the Self (A. Curtis, 2002)
  27. Civil War (K. Burns, 1990)
  28. Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993-2009)
  29. The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960)
  30. The Great War (1964)
  31. Dance of the Seven Veils (K. Russell, 1970)
  32. The Red Riding Trilogy (2009)
  33. The Kingdom (Riget) (L. von Trier, 1994-1997)
  34. France/tour/détour/deux enfants (France/Tour/Detour/Two Children) (JL Godard, 1978)
  35. The Prisoner (P. McGoohan/G. Markstein, 1967-1968)
  36. The Larry Sanders Show (G. Shandling, 1992-1998)
  37. Blackadder (1983-1989)
  38. Angels in America (M. Nichols/T. Kushner, 2003)
  39. In a Land of Plenty (2001)
  40. Cold Lazarus (D. Potter, 1996)
  41. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (M. Cousins, 2011)
  42. True Detective (2014- )
  43. Wolf Hall (P. Kosminsky, 2015)
  44. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)
  45. Made in Britain (Alan Clarke, 1982)
  46. Abigail’s Party (1977)
  47. Civilisation (K. Clark, 1969)
  48. Rockpalast (1974- )
  49. Tanner ’88 (Robert Altman, 1988)
  50. Scenes from a Marriage (TV version) (I. Bergman, 1973)
  51. Drop the Dead Donkey (A. Hamilton/G. Jerkin, 1990-98)
  52. Peep Show (2003-2015)
  53. The Power of Nightmares (A. Curtis, 2004)
  54. Elgar (K. Russell, 1963)
  55. Up the Junction (K. Loach, 1965)
  56. One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (C. Marker, 2000)
  57. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965)
  58. Curb Your Enthusiasm (L. David, 2000- )
  59. In the Thick of It (2005-2012)
  60. Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-1974)
  61. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
  62. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995-1996)
  63. The War Game (P. Watkins, 1965)
  64. Mildred Pierce (T. Haynes, 2011)
  65. This is England series (S. Meadows; This is England ’86, This is England ’88, This is England ’90)
  66. Pee Wee’s Playhouse (1986-1991)
  67. Chapelle’s Show (2003-2005)
  68. Pennies from Heaven (D. Potter/P. Haggard, 1978)
  69. Cathy Come Home (Ken Loach, 1966)
  70. South Park (and Imaginationland) (1997- )
  71. Taboo (2017)
  72. The Outer Limits (original series) (1963-1965)
  73. Pendra’s Fen (Alan Clarke, 1974)
  74. The Death of Yugoslavia (1995)
  75. The Singing Detective (J. Amiel/D. Potter, 1986)
  76. Talking to a Stranger (J. Hopkins, 1966)
  77. Edna, the Inebriate Woman (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)
  78. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1993)
  79. Freaks and Geeks (P. Feig, 1999-2000)
  80. Culloden (P. Watkins, 1964)
  81. Newsroom (Canadian version) (K. Finkleman, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05, TV movie 2002)
  82. A History of Britain by Simon Schama (2000)
  83. The Leftovers (2014-2017)
  84. Fargo (N. Hawley, 2014- )
  85. Son of Man (D. Potter, 1969)
  86. Errol Morris’ First Person (2000-2001)
  87. The Sopranos (1999-2007)
  88. The Crimson Petal and the White (M. Munden, 2011)
  89. Black Mirror (2014- )
  90. Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996)
  91. Mr. Show (including W/Bob & David) (1995-1998, 2015)
  92. Get Smart (1965-1970)
  93. House of Cards (B. Willimon, 2013- )
  94. The Office (UK version) (R. Gervais/S. Merchant, 2001-2003)
  95. Louie (2010- )
  96. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (A. Jarecki, 2015)
  97. The Two Escobars (30 for 30 Series) (J. Zimbalist/M. Zimbalist, 2010)
  98. Danger Mouse (1981-1992)
  99. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (2012- )
  100. Mystery Science Theater (1988-1999)
  101. Get a Life (1990-1992)
  102. Later… with Jools Holland (1992- )
  103. X-Files (1993-2002, 2016- )
  104. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
  105. The Kids in the Hall (1988-1995)
  106. Saturday Night Live (1975- )
  107. M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
  108. Deadwood (2004-2006)
  109. Night Flight (1981-1996)
  110. Making a Murderer (S. Avery, 2015)
  111. Cheers (1982-1993)
  112. The Last Panthers (J. Thorne/J. Renck, 2015)
  113. Night Gallery (1970-1973)

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