THE best TV shows I have seen...in no preferential order!

by chilla-black | created - 14 Nov 2011 | updated - 22 Nov 2011 | Public

the 1970's-2000's were the golden years of TV!

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1. Tiswas (1974–1982)

Family

Anarchic Saturday morning children's fare which starred Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry and Sylvester McCoy.

Stars: Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Sylvester McCoy, John Gorman

Votes: 148

so successful they even released an LP

2. Mind Your Language (1977–1986)

30 min | Comedy

Jeremy Brown is a put-upon language teacher who tries to make a living by teaching English to immigrants. With pupils from India, France, China, and many other countries, his lessons do not... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Evans, George Camiller, Jacki Harding, Zara Nutley

Votes: 7,046

velly funny

3. Rentaghost (1976–1984)

25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Harold and Ethel Meaker live in South Ealing and run 'Rentaghost' where they rent ghosts out to the public. Over the years many ghosts came and went but the main Rentaghost crew consisted ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Staniforth, Edward Brayshaw, Ann Emery, William Perrie

Votes: 432

mental!

4. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 6,471

watching an episode on a 50p pay as you go B&W TV at Birmingham Airport in 1978 was quite a unusual experience.

5. Brookside (1982–2003)

30 min | Drama

The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.

Stars: Alexandra Fletcher, Diane Burke, Steven Pinder, Vince Earl

Votes: 591

the soap that quite literally had the lot!

6. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Peter Brace

Votes: 11,996

7. Metal Mickey (1980–1983)

30 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Metal Mickey was a robot built by young Ken to do chores around the house. Ken was the eldest child of a typical British family--well, almost typical. Metal Mickey was endowed with a number... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Stainton, Georgina Melville, Ashley Knight, Lucinda Bateson

Votes: 160

8. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 7,297

9. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 6,892

10. Picture Box (1966– )

Family

Enduring ITV schools programme with Alan Rothwell introducing short films from around the world.

Stars: Dorothy Smith, Alan Rothwell

Votes: 21

11. The Pink Panther Show (1969–2011)

TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A classy, resourceful panther has plenty of hilarious misadventures, outwitting those who annoy him with his clever tricks.

Stars: Rich Little, Paul Frees, Dave Barry, Mel Blanc

Votes: 15,159

12. The Road Runner Show (1966–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

A scheming coyote, constantly at odds with a swift and clever roadrunner bird, uses various gadgets and devices to try and catch his longtime rival.

Stars: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Paul Julian, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 8,355

13. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (1977–1980)

TV-G | Animation, Comedy, Family

The adventures of a superhero caveman and a trio of female amateur detectives.

Stars: Mel Blanc, Gary Owens, Laurel Page, Marilyn Schreffler

Votes: 2,973

Always said I would love to see the blokes face as he makes the Cavey sound!

15. Eurotrash (1993–2016)

30 min | Documentary, Comedy

A 30-minute magazine-format programme in English. Despite being a big-budget show, it was surreal and had a deliberate low-budget feel.

Stars: Antoine de Caunes, Maria McErlane, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lolo Ferrari

Votes: 252

their 'overdubs' were legendary in them days...

16. Crown Court (1972–1984)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama

Courtroom drama, each case takes three episodes. At the end of the third episode, a jury of "ordinary people" comes to a verdict on the evidence presented.

Stars: Peter Wheeler, Joseph Berry, Richard Colson, David Ashford

Votes: 172

17. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,472

18. Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (1981– )

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In 17th century France, young Dogtanian travels to Paris to fulfill his ambition to become one of the King's Musketeers. He befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis and falls in love with Juliette. A doggy version of the tale.

Stars: Eduardo Jover, Gloria Cámara, Manuel Peiró, Jesús Nieto

Votes: 2,129

19. Whirlybirds (1957–1960)

30 min | Adventure

One hundred eleven episodes of this syndicated show were produced between 1956 and 1959, debuting in the US in January 1957. Chuck and P.T. own a helicopter company that is hired to perform... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, Nancy Hale, Sandra Spence

Votes: 262

20. Automan (1983–1984)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A computer-generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in the city.

Stars: Desi Arnaz Jr., Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 1,526

21. Top of the Pops (1964–2019)

30 min | Music

A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

Stars: The Ladybirds, Pan's People, Jimmy Savile, Legs & Co

Votes: 752

22. Eat Bulaga (1979– )

PG | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

Add a Plot

Stars: Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Allan K, Tito Sotto

Votes: 91

24. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 11,056

25. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 11,264

26. Monkey (1978–1980)

Action, Family, Adventure

An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

Stars: Masaaki Sakai, Masako Natsume, Shunji Fujimura, Gareth Armstrong

Votes: 1,342

27. Make Me Laugh (1979–1980)

30 min | Game-Show

A comedy game show in which the object was not to laugh at the comedians. Various comedians would have one minute each to make the contestant laugh. If the contestant were able to keep a ... See full summary »

Stars: Bobby Van, Billy Barty, Bruce Baum, Richard Belzer

Votes: 67

very short lived in the UK but very funny

28. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 2,748

29. Murphy's Mob (1982–1985)

Drama, Family, Sport

Murphy's Mob is a British children's television series aired on ITV for four series between 1982 and 1985. Mac Murphy takes charge as manager of a struggling fictional Third Division ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Beadle, Lynda Bellingham, Ken Hutchison, Sonesh Sira

Votes: 43

30. Tucker's Luck (1983–1985)

30 min | Drama

The further adventures of Tucker Jenkins and his former class mates from Grange Hill. Follow Tucker and friends, as they duck and dive their way through love and life during a time of high unemployment in the 1980's.

Stars: Todd Carty, George Armstrong, Paul McCarthy, Hilary Crane

Votes: 79

31. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 1,111

32. The Russ Abbot Show (1986–1991)

45 min | Comedy

Comedy show starring Russ Abbot in his many guises including Basildon Bond, C.U. Jimmy and Cooperman.

Stars: Russ Abbot, Bella Emberg, Les Dennis, Tom Bright

Votes: 82

33. Bullseye (1981– )

30 min | Game-Show

Contestants test their darts skills and general knowledge and battle it out to get to Bully's Prize Board.

Stars: Jim Bowen, Tony Green, Nick Owen, Eric Bristow

Votes: 263

34. V (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.

Stars: Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside, Jane Badler

Votes: 9,997

35. The Lenny Henry Show (1984–1985)

Comedy

A sketch show featuring many different characters and spoofs.

Stars: Lenny Henry, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Debby Bishop, Dawn French

Votes: 95

36. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 20,791

37. Play School (1964–1988)

20 min | Family

Stories, fun, and things to make and do for pre-school children.

Stars: Brian Cant, Rick Jones, Julie Stevens, Carol Ward

Votes: 84

38. Ivor the Engine (1976–1977)

5 min | Animation, Family

In the 'top, left hand corner of Wales' runs an archaic railway line staffed by such characters as Jones the Steam and Dai Station. Their pride is Ivor, the steam engine with a will of his ... See full summary »

Stars: Olwen Griffiths, Anthony Jackson, Oliver Postgate, David Edwards

Votes: 289

39. Button Moon (1980– )

11 min | Family

Mr Spoon and his family live on Junk Planet. He travels in his baked bean tin spaceship across blanket sky to Button Moon. There he meets many strange characters and watches stories unfold on other planets using his telescope.

Star: Robin Parkinson

Votes: 581

40. Wacky Races (1968–1970)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The participants of an unusual car race compete around America.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Daws Butler, Don Messick, John Stephenson

Votes: 5,609

41. Batman (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 28,890

42. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Mark Twain's 1851 story about two runaway friends, a fostered white boy and an escaped black slave, who sailed on a raft down the Mississippi River in search of freedom and adventure.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Tony Randall, Eddie Hodges, Archie Moore, Patty McCormack

Votes: 1,274

43. Jamie and the Magic Torch (1976–1979)

10 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

When Jamie shines his Magic Torch on the floor of his bedroom a hole appears, leading Jamie and Wordsworth the sheepdog to the psychedelic fantasy world of Cuckooland.

Stars: Brian Trueman, Kate Murray-Henderson

Votes: 295

44. Larry Grayson's Generation Game (1971–2011)

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Making a fool of the contestants as they try to copy professionals who have strange jobs. To win some prizes the contestants play for points until there is a winner. They then watch prizes ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Forsyth, Anthea Redfern, Larry Grayson, Isla St. Clair

Votes: 144

45. EastEnders (1985– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.

Stars: Adam Woodyatt, Steve McFadden, Pam St. Clement, June Brown

Votes: 7,334

46. The Hit Man and Her (1988–1992)

Action, Music

7.3