Friday, February 6, 2009

In John's Opinion: Best Television Show

Awards panelist John J. Joex has some unusual choices for Best Television Show on Hulu:

Best Television Show (Scripted):
Unfortunately, I cannot pick from all of the television shows available on Hulu in this category as it has been condensed down to the finalists from the television categories we previously voted upon. This means that I cannot nominate Babylon 5 and Picket Fences because for reasons well beyond my understanding they did not advance to the finals in their categories. So consider them my ghost picks number one and two. For the actual nominations, I could just focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy because that’s really my thing, but I have to acknowledge some of the non-genre options in this category because of their importance to the medium of television. Here are my picks:

1. Firefly – I’ve said it before and I will say it again, FOX committed one of the greatest injustices in the history of television when it cancelled this show (and yet somehow some ABC executive have seen fit to give both Cupid and V a second chance).
2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents – This kicks of a Hitchcock trend that will continue into one of the categories below. A masterful series of horror and suspense stories.
3. Barney Miller – One of the all time great television comedies (I feel I would debase it if I referred to it as a sitcom).
4. The Bob Newhart Show – Second only to Barney Miller on my list of the comedy series included on Hulu.
5. Battlestar Galactica – A hard-hitting series that brings drama to Science Fiction. It’s on its way toward its grand finale and Hulu will follow it to the end.


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2 comments:

The Rush Blog said...

". 5. Battlestar Galactica – A hard-hitting series that brings drama to Science Fiction.


Are you kidding? STAR TREK and TWILIGHT ZONE first achieved that back in the 60s. And a lot of other Sci-Fi shows did the same in the ensuing years.

johnnyjay said...

No question that the original Star Trek and Twilight Zone brought drama to television sci fi. But so many other shows in the genre descend to easily into melodrama or overly-intellectual stoicism. Too often, Science Fiction television (even some of the better shows) fails to realize the dramatic potential of its stories and concepts. Babylon 5, was another show that did a good job at injecting some drama into its stories, but unfortunately it didn't make it to the finals. And you can't argue about the dramatic merit of the BSG remake.