Day 23 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : Ten On Tuesday: 10 Favorite English TV Shows
As promised in the comments of my previous Ten-On-Tuesday post ("Ten On Tuesday: 10 Pick-Me-Ups"), I'm listing my top 10 favorite English TV shows that were aired in India in the 90s. Which of these were in your favorite list too?
1. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Kevin Arnold takes us on a journey through his growing up years in the 60s in a typical American suburb, with his two siblings, parents, best friend Paul and childhood-crush-turned-girlfriend Winnie. This was one of the first English TV shows I saw, and I loved the whole concept of an adult Kevin narrating his early years. I was also impressed by the acting of the young Kevin Arnold.
2. Small Wonder (1985–1989)
An American science-fiction TV serial, featuring the family of a robotics engineer, Ted Lawson, who creates a robot, nick-named Vicki, that looks like a real human girl, and then tries to pass her off as his own daughter. The highlights of the show: Vicki's monotonous voice, inability to display emotions, her "cabinet" in her "brother" Jamie's bedroom, and their nosy neighbor's daughter Harriet!
3. I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
Another American TV show with the best fantasy concept one could ever dream of -- having their own personal Jeannie! Loved this show completely! Jeannie's impishness was so visible in her eyes, and yes the way she would blink her eyes to materialize anything, and how she kept getting her "master" Tony Nelson, in trouble, because of her over-eagerness to help! Hilarious!
4. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
This was the first TV show adaptation of Hank Ketcham's comic strip by the same name, featuring the adventures of the child menace, Dennis Mitchell, and his usual victim - their next-door neighbor Mr. Wilson. I didn't watch it as regularly as the first three, but whatever I did watch, I liked it... especially Mr. Wilson!
5. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
The story of a widowed millionaire from Manhattan, who adopts the two orphaned black children of his late housekeeper. I used to really like this show back then, but couldn't watch too many episodes of it (don't remember why now). So the images are not as clear in my mind.
6. Full House (1987–1995)
Danny Tanner raises his three little girls - D.J., Stephanie and Michelle - with help from his brother-in-law Jesse and best friend Joey. This was by far our most favorite English TV show! ("Our" meaning my sister's and mine.) We followed it for the longest time I guess. The girls were too cute... so was Jesse actually! LOL! :P One of these days, I'm going to hunt down the torrents for all 8 seasons of it, and download it all!
7. Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993)
The story of the 16-year old genius doctor, Doogie Howser, and his best friend Vinnie Delpino. If we have teenage guys in the show, we will obviously also have their girlfriends, right? So there are Wanda and Janine in the show. My favorite part of this show was actually Vinnie. And yes, Doogie's parents were perhaps the most sensible parents I have ever seen, even in fiction! I downloaded this entire series earlier this year, so I have watched it completely.
8. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
This is yet another serial that my sister and I were crazy about. The entire concept of having a male housekeeper (and such a good-looking one too, sighhhhh!) was so novel that we fell in love with it from the very first day we saw it. Tony and his daughter Samantha, Angela and her son Jonathan, and the icing on the cake - Angela's man-crazy mother Mona Robinson! Funny and cute. I finished downloading and watching all 8 seasons of this show just before I started with the blogging marathon here in April.
9. Remington Steele (1982–1987)
Ahhh! One of those fictional characters I had a serious crush on! And to think that he was originally a fictional character in the show as well... the fictitious "boss" of private detective Laura Holt, who one day, to the surprise of his creator, shows up in real! Couldn't watch this one for too long either, but it's on my to-download list... if only I can find an active torrent for it!
10. The Crystal Maze (1990–1995)
An amazing British game show that, for some reason, didn't become quite as popular here, but I used to love it! It was a game show for the common people... no celebrities, no brainiacs, no physically-skilled people. Just common men and women. The puzzles were creative and stimulating, and most found me on the edge of my seat too. Richard O'Brien was brilliant as a host, with his harmonica and his "mumsie", and the theme music was so catchy, I still remember it after all these years! I have searched for this series for so long, but could only find two episodes! :( If any of you know where I could get the whole series from, please do let me know.
Apart from these top 10 TV shows, there were a few more that I liked, but didn't follow as religiously as the above. Two of them were Blossom (1990 TV Series) and Bewitched (1964 TV Series). I wish they'd dedicate an entire channel just for showing the re-runs of these popular old sitcoms. Wouldn't that be just great?
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