What is your favorite “Classic” TV show?
I suppose that will all depend on your definition of classic TV. Wikipedia’s definition of a classic is “something old that is still popular.” Okay, great, but what’s officially “old,” and what’s officially “popular?” A lot of it is up to one’s personal taste, as Wikipedia admits.
So I’ll just decree that an “old” TV show is anything that first aired before 1990 or earlier. This will let me consider shows that I actually remember watching, such as Cheers and Star Trek TNG rather than those that I’ve heard more of than actually seen, such as The Carol Burnett Show or All In The Family. This is not to say that I’m totally ignorant of pre-1980′s television. I’ve seen classics such as MASH, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. This was courtesy of re-runs on the local low-budget broadcast station and cheap parents who wouldn’t spring for cable.
The clear winner is, perhaps obviously, classic Star Trek. One summer, the local TV station aired each episode of the original series in order, and I had coincidentally found or been given a book containing a synopsis of each episode. I was quite the Trek trivia buff by the end of the summer.
Now I’ve gone and done it, haven’t I? I’ve mentioned both TOS and TNG in the same blog post and have actually chosen one over the other. Do I get some kind of Nerd Prize? Do I at least get a flame war started in my honor? No? A nasty comment thread?
Man, the classic Internet would have been all over that.