Scrubs is, for my money at least, the best television show on today, and in my top 10 all-time list. It's been a long time (probably since The Wonder Years) that a show could make me laugh so hard AND bring me to tears all in the same episode.
For those who haven't experienced the show, it's a half hour comedy (NOT shot in front of a live studio audience, though) that revolves around a group of young doctors who work at a hospital. And while the hospital is the setting, the show isn't really about the hospital, or medicine. It's about a group of very different people dealing with the slings and arrows of life--their own personal lives, but also the lives of the patients they treat.
And the comedy. EXACTLY my sense of humor. I don't know how to describe it other than offbeat, off the wall, sometimes slapstick, very imaginative, and freakin' HILARIOUS.
Seriously...you should watch it. Everybody should.
Now that's gotten me to thinking...what would I call my top 10 favorite shows of all time? This is off the top of my head, just brainstorming, and are in no particular order...in other words, it's a working list that's subject to MUCH revision. For the sake of clarity, I'm leaving out shows that I LOVE like The Daily Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway? that, while brilliant, don't really have storylines and characters and such. And...these are my favorites, and not necessarily the BEST shows of all time...just the ones that for whatever reason spoke to me the most. Unfortunately, there's a lot of good TV out there that I've just never had the opportunity to watch (for example, The West Wing). So, with those caveats, here goes:
The Wonder Years
The Muppet Show
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Twilight Zone (the original one)
Moonlighting (except for the final season...an unfortunate case of a series hanging around too long)
The Carol Burnett Show
Everybody Loves Raymond
Well, I guess that's ten. I bet I'll be doing some revising in the next couple of days after more thought, but there you are...my knee-jerk top 10 list.