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Best TV Series & Shows M-Z – Classic Television List

All the Best TV Series of all time on TV. When did they first air and how many episodes were there? This sortable list of most popular Television Shows on British and American Network makes it easy to find out.

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Best TV Series M-ZGenre/sEpisodesFirst airedCountrySynopsisA=Actor (selection), AU = Author, D=Director, P=Producer
Magnum, P.I.Cop drama1611980-1981USAThe life and adventures of Thomas Magnum, a private investigator, based in HawaiiIdea: Donald Bellisario, Glen Larson. A: Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), Jonathan Higgins III. (John Hillerman), TC Calvin (R. Mosley), “Rick” Wright (Larry Manetti), Carol Baldwin (K. Lloyd)
Married with ChildrenSitcom2591987-1997USAFictional comedy surrounding a dysfunctional family set in a Chicago suburbIdea: Michael Moye, Ron Leavitt. A: Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill), Peggy (Katey Sagal), “dumb blonde” Kelly (Christina Applegate), Bud (David Faustino), Marcy (Amanda Bearse)
Miami ViceCop drama1131984-1989USAAdventures centered around two Miami vice squad detectives.Idea: Anthony Yerkovitch. A: “Sonny” Crockett (Don Johnson), Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Thomas)
Nanny, TheSitcom1461993-1999USARomantic comedy centered around nanny to three children of a rich British widower.Idea: Peter Jacobson, Fran Drescher. D : Fran Fine (Fran Drescher), Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy), Maggie (Nicholle Tom), Gracie (Madeline Zima), Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury)
Quincy, M.E.Medical drama1481976-1983USAAdventures centered around medical examiner Dr Quincy set in Los Angeles.Idea: Glen Larson, Lou Shaw. A: Dr. Quincy (Jack Klugman), Lt. Frank Monahan (Garry Walberg), Detective Brill (Joseph Roman), Sam Fujiyama (Robert Ito), Lee Potter (Lynette Mettey)
Remington SteeleCrime comedy drama941982-1987USACases of female private detective Laura Holt who invents Remington Steele then partners with an ex-con who assumes the role.Idea: Robert Butler, Michael Gleason. A: Remington (Pierce Brosnan), Laura Holt (St. Zimbalist)
Sex and the CityRom sitcom941998-2004USALive and adventures of four single women based in New York in the 90s.Idea: Darren Star. A: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York McDougal (Kristin Davis), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Mr. Big (Chris Noth)
SmallvilleSci-fi drama2182001-2011USATeenage adventures of superhero Clarke Kent (Superman) based in fictional town of Smallville, KansasIdea: Miles Millar, Alfred Gough. A: Clark Kent (Tom Welling), Jonathan (John Schneider), Martha (Annette O’Toole), Pete Ross (Sam Jones III.), Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack)
Star TrekSci-fi drama791966-1969USAAdventures of USS Enterprise starship and its crew set several hundred years in the future.Idea: Gene Roddenberry. D : Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley), “Scotty” (James Doohan), Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)
Star Trek TNG (Next Generation)Sci-fi drama1781987-1994USAAdventures of the new starship Enterprise set in the Milky way galaxy set around seventy years after the original series.Idea: Gene Roddenberry. A: Jean -Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Data (Brent Spiner), Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Klingon Worf (Michael Dorn)
Stargate SG-1Sci-fi drama2141997-2006USA / CanadaAdventures of military team that travels through stargates to alien worlds across the universe.Idea: Brad Wright, Jonathan Glassner. D : Colonel Jack O’Neill (Richard Anderson), Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Teal’c (Christopher Judge), Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks)
Starsky & HutchCop drama931975-1979USAAdventures of detectives David Michael Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson set in fictional Bay City, California.Idea: William Blinn. A: Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser), Ken Hutchinson (David Soul), Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas), Captain Harold Dobey (Bernie Hamilton)
TarzanFantasy jungle adventure571966-2002USAJungle adventure. Many films before TV series from 1966. Tarzan fled “civilisation” to return to the jungle where he had been raised by apes. Loved for his ululating yell “Aaaah Aaaaaah AaAaAa aaaah!”. Swinging through the jungle accompanied by Jane or Cheeta the mischievous chimpanzee.Book: Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912. A: Ron Ely, Johnny Weissmuller, Miles O’Keefe, Tony Goldwyn, Christopher Lambert (Tarzan). Maureen O’Sullivan Bo Derek,  Andie MacDowell (Jane). Plus too many animals, directors etc. to mention.
The Streets of San Francisco
Cop drama1191972-1977USACases of pair of police detectives set in San Francisco in the seventies.D: Edward Hume. AU: Carolyn Weston. A: Mike Stone (Karl Malden), Steve Heller (Michael Douglas), Lt. Lessing (Lee Harris), Dan Robbins (Richard Hatch), daughter Jean (Darleen Carr)
The Rockford FilesCrime drama1231974-1980USACases of private investigator Jim Rockford set in Los Angeles in the late seventies.Idea: Roy Huggins, Stephen Cannell. A: Jim Rockford (James Garner), father “Rocky” Rockford (Noah Beery Jr.), “Angel” Martin (Stuart Margolin), lawyer Beth Davenport (Gretchen Corbett)
The X-FilesSci-fi horror drama202 in 9 seasons1993-2002USACases of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (believer and skeptic) who investigate strange and unexplained events.Idea: Chris Carter. Music: Mark Snow A: Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish)
Upstairs, DownstairsDrama521972-1975UKThe lives of servants (downstairs) and family of their masters (upstairs) set in London around WWIIdea: Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins. A: Lord Richard Bellamy (David Langton), Lady Marjorie (Rachel Gurney) Elizabeth (Nicola Pagett), James (Simon Williams), butler Mr. Hudson (Gordon Jackson)
The Virginian (The Men From Shiloh) Western drama1711962-1971USAThe story of “The Virginian”, the foreman of a ranch in Wyoming set in the late 19th century.AU: Owen Wister. D: Charles Marquis Warren. A: Virginian (James Drury), Trampas (D. McClure), Judge Henry Garth (Lee Cobb), Betsy (R. Shore), Randy (R. Boone), Jennifer (Diane Red)
The WaltonsFamily drama2211972-1981USAThe lives and times of the Walton family set in rural Virginia between 1933 and 1946.Idea: Earl Hamner. A: John Walton (Ralph Waite), Mrs. Olivia (M. Learned), John -Boy (Richard Thomas R. Wightman later), Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor), Jim-Bob (David Harper), Ben (Eric Scott), Erin (Mary Elizabeth McDonough), Jason (Jon Walmsley), Elizabeth (Kami Cotler)

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