Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pick 5: Television Shows

So the latest Facebook thing seems to be these "Pick Your Five" posts. Again, I'm not going to spam people there... so here are my Top 5 TV Shows:

1. Seinfeld
Bold statement: Easily the comedy ever. There are plenty of great comedies but none have the re-watchability as Seinfeld. Perfectly casted, Seinfeld is probably the only show in the world that can still make you laugh after seeing each episode 20+ times.

2. The Office (UK)

With all due respect to the American version (which I love), the original, Ricky Gervais version is head and shoulders better. The biggest difference? It was only 12 episodes plus a special feature length finale. If you haven’t seen it, rent it! The finale is one of the two or three best I’ve seen; from David Brent’s music video to the moment everyone was waiting for (no spoilers), it’s impossible to not enjoy it.

3. Extras (UK)
Gervais again. In the follow up to The Office, Gervais and Stephen Merchant again tackle issues like frustration and desperation for fame. Both geniuses play twisted versions of themselves. Big celebrities have cameos in each episode and are good sports, making fun of themselves.

4. Curb Your Enthusiasm

From the co-creator of Seinfeld, comes a similarly-themed, foul-mouthed HBO comedy. Larry David plays a fictional version of himself. With Law and Order-esque, cookie-cutter regularity, each episode goes something like this: Larry’s self-centered and impatient neuroses create awkward situations… everything falls apart in the end.

5. 30 Rock

The best comedy on TV right now, 30 Rock is legitimately the only show I will not miss. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan are all hilarious. A true story: a couple weeks ago Emily and I watched 30 Rock at the gym… it was the scene where Jack was naming the pocket microwave. When the scrabble tiles spelled “Hitler,” Emily burst. Everyone stopped to stare at the schmuck on the exercise bike. 30 Rock = Laugh out loud funny.

Also considered: The Office (US), The Simpsons, Arrested Development, Six Feet Under and Lost.


  1. Interesting that you picked all comedies, Schaible. But here's the real list.

    1. 24: I mean, come on. Season 1 of 24 is the best season of episodic TV I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot.

    2. The Sopranos: The ending sucked, but it's the best acted tv show ever and always great water-cooler fodder.

    3. The Wire: You should give this another shot. Truly epic stuff. The great American novel of the 21st century, except it was on HBO.

    4. Family Guy: The show has dropped in quality lately, but the first few seasons still make me crack up, even on the 25th time I've watched them. No show has ever made me laugh like this one.

    5. The West Wing: The first two seasons have some of the best dialogue I've ever heard. And all the characters are great.

  2. Yep... all comedies. And my movie list would be all dramas.