Monday, January 14, 2019

The 25 Greatest Classic TV Series

Now in its seventh year, the Classic TV Blog Association recently undertook its biggest project yet: Selecting the 25 Greatest Classic TV Series.

To qualify for the list, a TV series had to air during prime time and its first season had to begin no later than 1989 to be considered “classic.” Association members nominated shows based on criteria such as enduring popularity, social impact, and influence on other TV series.

During the first round of voting, over 55 shows were nominated. That number was whittled down the 25 classic TV series below and four honorable mentions.

Do you agree with our list? If not, what TV series would you have included and which ones would you have omitted?

1.    The Twilight Zone
2.    I Love Lucy 
3.    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4.    Columbo
5.    All in the Family
6.    Dragnet
7.    Monty Python’s Flying Circus
8.    Star Trek
9.    The Prisoner
10.  M*A*S*H
11.  The Dick Van Dyke Show
12.  The Fugitive
13.  Dallas
14.  Doctor Who
15.  The Andy Griffith Show
16.  The Defenders
17.  The Golden Girls
18.  Perry Mason
19.  SCTV
20.  The Honeymooners
21.  Alfred Hitchcock Presents
22.  Hill Street Blues
23.  The Odd Couple
24.  The Outer Limits
25.  The Avengers

Honorable Mentions:  Get Smart, The Ed Sullivan Show, Leave It to Beaver, and WKRP in Cincinnati.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Classic TV Villain Blogathon!

Classic TV villains...they're so bad, they're good!

On February 18-19, the Classic TV Blog Association will pay tribute to some of television's best baddies by hosting the Classic TV Villain Blogathon.

It will feature killer robots, beautiful bad girls, a crooked sheriff, Bigfoot, an obsessed cop, a cowardly scoundrel, a clever con man, and much more!

So join us over the next two days as we show some love to many of classic television's most memorable villains!

February 18th
The Cybernauts from The Avengers - bare•bones e-zine
Roger C. Carmel - Captain Video
Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard - Comfort TV
The Cybermen from Doctor Who - Fire-Breathing Dimetrodon Time
Jack Cassidy's Villains from Columbo - Once Upon a Screen
Katharine Wentworth (Morgan Brittany) from Dallas - Realweegiemidget Reviews
Bigfoot from The Six Million Dollar Man/The Bionic Woman - Some Polish American Guy Reviews Things

February 19th

Top 5 Rankin/Bass Christmas VillainsChristmas TV History
Dr. Loveless from The Wild, Wild West - Classic Film & TV Cafe
Howard Cosell - Classic TV Sports
Dandy Jim Buckley from Maverick - The Horn Section
Lt. Philip Gerard from The Fugitive - It's About TV
Bette Davis as Madame Sin - Made for TV Mayhem
Dr. Smith from Lost in Space - Michael's TV Tray
The Meddling Monk from Doctor Who - Inner Toob

Here's a trailer for the blogathon, though it includes villains scheduled as of January 18th only (not the full schedule shown above):

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Terror TV Blogathon!

Classic TV can be scary!

That is, if you're talking about some of the chilling made-for-TV movies of the 1970s (e.g., Trilogy of Terror, The Night Stalker), classic horror series like Thriller, or Halloween episodes of non-horror shows like Route 66.

This Halloween, the Classic TV Blog Association is hosting a members-only blogathon devoted to Terror TV. It's frightening just thinking about it! Of course, there are also some very funny Halloween episodes of classic series to lighten the mood.

If you want to join the Classic TV Blog Association, it's easy and you'll meet (virtually) some fabulous--and knowledgeable--TV fans. Click here for details.

Saturday, October 29
Crowhaven Farm - Classic Film & TV Cafe
F Troop ("V Is for Vampire")Once Upon a Screen
Night Gallery ("House With Ghost") - Vote for Bob Crane
Green Acres ("The Ballad of Molly Turgiss") - Some Polish American Guy Reviews Things

Sunday, October 30th
Bonanza ("Twilight Town") - Comfort TV
Home for the Holidays Christmas TV History
The House That Would Not Die - Made for TV Mayhem
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ("The Bat Cave Affair") - The Flaming Nose

Monday, October 31st (Halloween!)
GargoylesThe last drive-in
The Horror at 37,000 Feet - Reelweegiemidget Reviews
The Munsters ("Munsters Masquerade")Once Upon a Screen
The Outer Limits ("The Bellero Shield") Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Celebrate the Holidays with A Very Merry MeTV Blogathon!

The Classic TV Blog Association and MeTV are collaborating on another classic TV blogathon--this time with a holiday theme!

Starting on Monday, November 16th and continuing through Christmas night, MeTV will air A Very Merry MeTV, a seasonal celebration featuring holiday episodes of classic television series every weeknight from 9:00 to 10:00 pm ET/PT.

A Very Merry MeTV will present a wide collection of holiday programs and episodes, including: The Brady Bunch, M*A*S*H, The Beverly Hillbillies, Cheers, Wonder Woman, Happy Days, The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, MacGyver, Touched By An Angel, Hill Street Blues, Father Dowling Mysteries, and more.

Members of the Classic TV Blog Association will write about their favorite episodes. Here's the schedule of posts (be sure to check back for updates):

Monday, Nov 16

Tuesday,  Nov 17

Thursday, Nov 26

Friday, Nov 27

Sunday, Nov 29

Wednesday, Dec 2

Monday, Dec 7

Thursday, Dec 10

Sunday , Dec 20
Thursday, Dec 24

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Summer of MeTV Classic TV Blogathon - 2015 Edition!

Welcome to the Classic TV Blog Association's third annual blogathon featuring reviews and articles about TV series appearing on MeTV's new summer schedule! From The Abbott & Costello Show to Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, you 'll learn fascinating facts and gain new insights about all your MeTV favorites.

What is the Classic TV Blog Association? It's a group comprised of former TV executives, television book authors, and couch potatoes that love sharing their passion for classic television. It's not affiliated with MeTV--although some members spend most of their days watching it! 

Here is the Summer of MeTV Classic TV Blogathon schedule:

Monday, May 25
Star Trek (Original) - Comfort TV

Tuesday, May 26

Wednesday, May 27

Thursday, May 28

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Classic TV Detectives Blogathon!

On February 24-26, members of the Classic TV Blogathon will pay tribute to one of the popular genres of the classic television era. From Peter Gunn to Christie Love to Columbo, classic TV detectives have headlined some of the small screen's most popular series. So, join us for our homage to the private eyes and plain clothes detectives who have kept crime under control for decades!

Here's the schedule of posts:

Tuesday, February 24

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Summer of MeTV Classic TV Blogathon!

The Classic TV Blog Association will host The Summer of MeTV Classic TV Blogathon on June 2-5. The blogathon will consist of blog posts about TV series on MeTV's summer schedule. The complete schedule is below; click on the TV series title to read the post.

If you interested in joining the Classic TV Blog Association, send an e-mail to:

Monday, June 2
Adam-12 - Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland
Bonanza Comfort TV
M*A*S*H - How Sweet It Was
Peter Gunn - It's About TV
Thriller - Classic Film & TV Café
Wanted: Dead or Alive - Christmas TV History

Tuesday, June 3
The Women of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - The last drive-in
Bosom Buddies - ImagineMDD
I Love Lucy - Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The Love Boat - Made for TV Mayhem
Petticoat Junction - TV When I was Born
The Saint - Silver Scenes

Wednesday, June 4
Land of the Lost - Michael's TV Tray
Get Smart - Classic TV Sports
Miss Kitty's Long Branch of the Law - Christy's Inkwells
A Mod Squad ChristmasChristmas TV History
The Green Hornet - Captain Video
Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)  - The Horn Section

Thursday, June 5
The Brady Bunch: An Appreciation of Alice - Embarrassing Treasures
Peter Falk's First Case as ColumboClassic Film & TV Café
Happy Days - Made for TV Mayhem
Mr. Lucky - Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
The Rifleman   - How Sweet It Was 
Star Trek--Where No Man Has Gone Before - The Old Movie House