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TV meme (another one)

TV meme, shamelessly nicked from several people on my f-list. Behind a cut, because it's me, and I can't not waffle.

Name a TV show of which you have seen every episode at least twice:

The A-Team, some episodes of which I've seen so often that I probably ought to be able to quote them verbatim! Mind you, that's only if I'm allowed to pretend that season five never happened. Which it didn't. Otherwise... I don't know. Babylon 5 I suppose must count.

Name a (current) show you can't miss:

Currently airing, I don't know. I wouldn't like to miss The Musketeers, I suppose. If I can count current shows that are presently off air, then it would have to be Sleepy Hollow. Hurry up, autumn!

Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:

As a teenager, my love of Monty Python drew me, in a wonderful flurry of discovery, to Brazil, Jabberwocky, Ripping Yarns, A Fish Called Wanda, and the utter marvel that was GBH. So I might choose Michael Palin. He was also responsible for Around The World In Eighty Days and Pole To Pole, although some of the sequels were rather lacking. Python also gave me A Liar's Autobiography, courtesy of Graham Chapman, which is one of my favourite books, and rather a lot of fun history from Terry Jones, so it's been a good provider all round. Terry Gilliam is usually worth keeping an eye on too. Just don't mention Eric Idle's Nuns On The Run...

Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:

David Jason. He hasn't done anything I've liked yet.

Name a show you can, and do, quote from:

Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:

Thunder In Paradise. The rest of the world is an unfathomable entity with lousy taste. :)

Name a TV show from which you've been known to sing the theme song:

I whistle or hum quite a few, but I'm having trouble thinking of one with words. The Fall Guy, I suppose, and The Dukes Of Hazzard.

Name a show you would recommend everyone watch:

Sleepy Hollow.

Name a TV series you own:

Um. One?

What is your favourite episode of your favourite series?

I don't have a favourite series. Or not one of them anyway. Since it's the series I revisited most recently, though, I'll go with Adam Adamant Lives!, and the episode "Beauty Is An Ugly Word". It's just perfect. Wonderfully enthusiastic heroics from Adam, a great set of bad guys, some fine dialogue, and really just a splendidly entertaining fifty minutes.

A show you mean to watch, but you just haven’t gotten around to yet:

I don't know. I keep thinking I should give Law & Order UK a go. I used to quite like the American version. They keep trailering the UK one during the Kojak repeats on ITV4, and apparently it stars Peter Davison, Freema Agyeman and Paterson Joseph. It's like cult TV heaven. Plus Bradley Walsh, of whom I've always been oddly fond. And yet... I don't know. I'm not sure I could be bothered.

Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?

Yes, several times. Most recently was True Detective, which I can't stand, but seems to be the most popular TV show for years according to the internet. What do I know?!

Name a show you aren't interested in watching, not in the least:

Pop Idol, etc.

Name a show that's made you cry multiple times:

There isn't one.

Oldest TV show you like?

Not sure which is oldest of The Colgate Comedy Hour and I Love Lucy. Both date from 1951. I suspect CCH just has the edge, but not by much. I only watch the Dean and Jerry episodes of that though, so maybe that doesn't count.

Newest TV show you like?

Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow

What do you eat when you watch TV?

I don't, although I might sometimes have a cup of tea.

How often do you watch TV?

Not sure. If I have a DVD playing while I exercise, it might be a couple of hours a day. Otherwise, a couple of hours a week.

Do you have a favorite talk show?

No. I used to watch Late Night With Conan O'Brien pretty religiously, but admittedly that was mostly for Max Weinberg and the Max Weinberg 7. I don't watch any now. Might catch Graham Norton's show if there's somebody on it that I like, but it irritates me, so I can't really count that.

What's the last TV show you watched?


What's your favourite/preferred genre of TV?

Telefantasy. Possibly not a genre per se, but far easier than picking something more specific.

What's your least favourite genre of TV?


What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?

Oh heck. Maybe Battle Of The Planets? Or possibly Barnaby The Bear, which was the first show I wrote fanfic for. In 1979, when I was four. :D But in proper terms, I guess Bonanza.

What TV show do you wish you never watched?

I don't think there is one. Lost ended spectacularly badly, and I do sort of wish I'd not bothered with the final season, but I wouldn't like to have missed the earlier stuff. Besides, if a show's that bad, you just stop watching it. Why carry on, and then wish you hadn't?

What's the weirdest show you enjoyed?

Define weird. I don't know. Probably Danger 5, a comedy show from Australia that has World War II being fought in a 1960s spy/adventure show. Nazi dinosaurs rock.

Fig a: A Nazi dinosaur:

What TV show scared you the most?

I don't believe I've ever been scared by a TV show. Apparently I was afraid of the Incredible Hulk when I was two, and I do vaguely recall being seriously freaked out by Worzel Gummidge. My apologies to Jon Pertwee there. I think it must have been the make-up. Oh, and there was a 1977 adaptation of Treasure Island (it must have had a repeat showing a year or two later), but I'm loath to include preschool viewing, as it feels like cheating.

What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?

Ouch. Tough choice between I Love Lucy and Joking Apart, both of which have, at times, caused pain from laughing.

Which do you think is the best TV series ever made?

Goodness knows. What a question! Either The A-Team or Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Angel or The West Wing or Babylon 5 or Torchwood or Robin Of Sherwood. Probably. Or Doctor Who. And if we're counting mini-series, then maybe Return To Treasure Island or Sleepers or GBH or Edge Of Darkness...

Better put the kettle on. This could take some time.


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Mar. 27th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Thunder in Paradise....

May pinch this meme.
Mar. 28th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
Yes, do it! I'm sure your answers would be interesting.
Mar. 27th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yay for Kojak! That show gets zero love and I've always adored it.
Mar. 28th, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
"Kojak" is terrific. I first saw it when I was about sixteen, and it aired very late at night. I was completely hooked. Kojak, Stavros and Crocker are great characters. Captain MacNeill too. And it's so well written. It really stands out above most police procedurals. Haven't seen it in years, and I'm having such fun watching it again.

We're on season three now, so the popularity of the show is really showing in the wardrobe sponsors! Kojak is suddenly strutting around in the most amazing threads. How he affords them on a lieutenant's salary I have no idea!
Mar. 28th, 2014 08:49 am (UTC)
Yes! I only started watching it a few years ago but I love it. Crocker is awesome. He was always my favorite.

Haha, awesome. :D
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Have you seen "Ironside"? I can't remember if that's a show that we've ever discussed before. If you haven't seen it, I think you'd like it. Clear shades of "Kojak"; it ran from 1967-74, and "Kojak" appears to borrow from it at times. Aside from the nicely done cases, I think it would appeal to you because of the glorious chemistry between the four main cast members - particular Ironside himself, and his protégé Ed Brown. Similar dynamic to the Kojak/Crocker friendship, except that Ed was a little older and more experienced than Crocker. The actors, Raymond Burr and Don Galloway, were tremendously good friends in real life, and it shows. I particularly liked how Ed was gradually turning into Ironside as the years went by.
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
I have, but only once and years ago. My grandmother was a huge Perry Mason fan so I sort of got Raymond Burr burnout watching it constantly as a child (I didn't care for the show) that I've never moved past. Maybe someday I should give Ironside a proper try and see if I like it better. That's cool that the actors were friends, too.
Mar. 28th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
No, I never took to "Perry Mason" either. Not my sort of thing, I suppose - although I did quite like the movies in the nineties. Mind you, that was more down to Billy Moses than Raymond Burr. "Ironside" is very different, but we can't all like everything. :)
Mar. 28th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
They cancelled Sleepy Hollow on German TV after the 4th episode ... *grumbles*
Mar. 28th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
That sucks. Four episodes isn't nearly enough to let a show build up a fan base, so it's silly to axe something that quickly.
Mar. 28th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
Well - what do they expect showing it at 22.15 after a re-run of some boring girly show???
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
Argh. Some people shouldn't be allowed to run television channels...
Mar. 28th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
I may have to borrow this meme too.

Didn't you like 'Do not adjust your set?" that had David Jason and Pythons in it?

I keep meaning to give Law & Order a try, for the cast but I don't like courtroom dramas on the whole.

I've never heard of True Detective! So much for popularity;D
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes, do the meme. It's interesting seeing all the different responses.

I do like "Do Not Adjust Your Set", yes, but David Jason is hardly in that. He only really did the superhero sketch, which was rubbish. Sorry, David Jason. It's nothing personal, honest...

"True Detective" just finished in the States. It was a police miniseries starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and critics are going loopy over it. I was bored rigid ten minutes into the first episode, and didn't make it past the first half hour.
Mar. 29th, 2014 10:47 am (UTC)
Ah, yes I have heard of True Dectective, now you mention Woody Harrelson, but I don't like anything popular;p
Mar. 28th, 2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
The Nazi dinosaurs do make that category a walkover. *gazes at the pic in a kind of awe*

Mar. 28th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Nazi dinosaurs rock. Haven't you met them before? Here, have a trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z09bNgSeMI
Mar. 29th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
David Jason is in Porridge which was great, but you're right apart from that actually. I'm sure he's very nice, he's just a bit dull at tv.

I do love Danger 5, I really should watch more of it.

I don't understand how much people love True Detective, I don't understand how they could even watch it when it was so draining I nearly died after just twenty minutes. tv is not meant to be that painful.
Mar. 29th, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
"Porridge" is excellent, you're quite right. He only did a couple of episodes of that though, so I don't really count it as being one of his shows. I was really meaning ones where he's a star, like "Open All Hours", "Only Fools & Horses" and any drama he's ever done on ITV.

Everybody should watch "Danger 5". Damned shame it costs so much to get the DVDs from Australia.
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