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)
so successful they even released an LP
2. Mind Your Language (1977–1986)
30 min | Comedy
Barry Evans plays 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 ... See full summary »
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 »
4. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)
TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.
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.
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.
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 »
11. The Pink Panther Show (1969–1976)
TV-G | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The Pink Panther is a heroic, moral cartoon cat with pink fur and the manners of an English aristocrat. He only becomes flustered or angry at obtuse or offensive humans who try to disrupt ... See full summary »
12. The Road Runner Show (1966–1973)
TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Comedy
The desert in the U.S. southwest is the natural habitat of the Road Runner, a high-octane, cartoon bird who runs so fast on the desert's roadways that he leaves a trail of flame or causes ... See full summary »
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.
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.
their 'overdubs' were legendary in them days...
18. D'Artacan y los tres mosqueperros (1981– )
30 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.
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 »
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.
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 »
very short lived in the UK but very funny
28. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
60 min | Comedy, Drama
The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and... See full summary »
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 »
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.
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.
38. Ivor the Engine (1975–1977)
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 »
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
41. Batman: The Movie (1966)
PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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.
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.
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.
44. Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (1971–2001)
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 »
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.
46. The Hit Man and Her (1988–1992)
At 4 am on a Sunday morning this wasn't the most taxing of programs as you debated whether it was good dancers who weren't attractive or nubile dancers who weren't good at dancing. The ... See full summary »
50. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A modern revival of the classic science fiction horror anthology show The Outer Limits (1963). Episodes often have twist-endings and involve aliens. Sometimes, a story from one episode continues in a later episode.
51. Jack the Ripper (1988– )
TV-PG | 190 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen.
52. WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975–2001)
60 min | Action, Sport
This nationally syndicated pro wrestling series ran from 1975 to 2001. Launched by producer Jim Crockett Jr., the show was initially shot at the studios of WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North ... See full summary »
53. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.
56. Flash Gordon (1936)
Approved | 245 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.
57. It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)
30 min | Comedy, War
The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.
60. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.
61. Danger Mouse (1981–1992)
TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans.
63. Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1983–1985)
30 min | Comedy
James 'Jim' London becomes a man of property when a relative dies, leaving him the run-down Victorian abode of 17 Railway Terrace, in Elephant and Castle (south London). He's troubled by ... See full summary »
64. Home to Roost (1985–1990)
50 min | Comedy
John Thaw is Henry Willows, a middle-aged man in middle-management who has been divorced from his wife for seven years and is perfectly happy with the arrangement. Apart from his prudish ... See full summary »
65. No Place Like Home (1983–1988)
30 min | Comedy
When Arthur and Beryl Crabtree are set to begin a quiet life at last, their four grown-up children return home one by one. With a son-in-law and neighbours always popping in as well, the quiet life never gets started.
66. Dick Turpin (1979–1982)
30 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy
The eighteenth century, swashbuckling adventures of Britain's legendary highwayman. When he returned from military service in Flanders, Dick Turpin discovered he had been cheated out of his... See full summary »
at the beginning of the 1980's, a saturday night in Britain wasn't complete without watching an episode of 'Dick Turpin'
69. Noel's House Party (1991–1999)
50 min | Comedy
Set in Noel Edmonds' fictitious grand house in the equally fictitious town of Crinkley Bottom, the show centres around games involving the studio audience and special guest celebrities. ... See full summary »
71. The Sky at Night (1957– )
20 min | Documentary
the most shifted around TV show in the history of the schedules
76. It's a Knockout (1985–1987)
"It's a Knockout" was a loud, colourful and downright silly game show that was a hallmark of 1980s Australian television. Small town representatives from Victoria, New South Wales, South ... See full summary »
77. The Waltons (1971–1981)
TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.
the ultimate 'Sundays' TV show
82. No 73 (1982–1988)
Saturday morning magazine show based around a busy house in Maidstone, Kent - No. 73 - featuring star guests, music, cartoons and fun. The twist to the show was that its presenters played ... See full summary »
94. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.
96. Ulysse 31 (1981–1982)
25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
To return home and restore his cursed crew, a great hero of space and his child companions must find the Kingdom of Hades against all evil opposition.
epic cartoon series that went on for ever!
97. Opowiadania Muminków (1977–1982)
9 min | Animation, Short, Adventure
A stop-motion animated children's television series, often referred to as the Fuzzy Felt Moomins, based on the stories and illustrations by the Finnish author Tove Jansson.
98. The Kenny Everett Video Show (1978–1981)
30 min | Comedy, Music
This show featured music set to imagery, just prior to MTV. Most of it was concert footage though some had effects and a theme. It had a choreography segment featuring dancers known as "Hot Gossip".
100. Sons and Daughters (1982–1987)
30 min | Drama, Romance
Dramatic incidents in the lives of the wealthy Hamilton family and working class Palmer family, linked by the long-ago secret affair of David Palmer and Patricia Hamilton and the offspring ... See full summary »
surely the most addictive, yet mind-numbing soap ever