I watch a powerful amount of crap on the TV, it has to be said. I’m determined to raise the quality bar and reduce the number of shows I watch to only the very best, primo fino alla fine that the medium has to offer. After all, I have a lot else to occupy my time what with Go, reading a cube-shaped book about Dickens, and living the simple, ascetic, minimalist life of a Taoist monk, if it was a Taoist monk that eats a lot of crisps.
So here is my list of allowable shows. Some of them I have already seen but it would be better to watch them again, than to waste my golden autumn years watching lesser forms of entertainmint.
- Six Feet Under
- The Sopranos
- Breaking Bad
- The Wire
- The Tudors
- Game of Thrones
- Jonathan Creek
- Generation Kill
- The Simpsons
- King of the Hill
- Black Books
- Father Ted
- Yes Minister
- Quality documentaries, especially about massive engineering, or space. Or massive space engineering which would be the best.
- QI which is basically like an evening with me, only with less surprising facts and not as funny jokes.
- Lavish costume dramas (especially Dickens adaptations.)
I obviously had to eliminate a lot of quite good things in my pursuit of the greatest and most culturally significant TV shows of all time. Basically if we were sending a space probe out to contact alien civilisations, and we put a DVD on board, it is the type of thing that would go on that DVD.
You may disagree with the contents of this list - indeed, you certainly will - and of course you are entitled to your wrong views. Comment if you think I have missed out on something fantastic, because obviously I will never be watching any new shows again, as the list has closed and will remain as it is, for ever. [Updated April 2013]