Television has a long and rich history and is always popular. Whether you are a fan of watching sport, documentaries, or soap operas over the years, the range of choice on offer has grown exponentially with the addition of many streaming services, including Netflix and prime.
For most people, evenings consist of seeing what is on the television and perhaps binge-watching a few new or classic television shows to pass the time. From the greatest bingo TV shows to comedies, drama and science fiction.
It really is quite hard to narrow down which are the best, but these are some we think might just make the cut no matter who is preparing the list.
Only Fools and Horses
Only Fools and Horses is a comedy first screened on British television in 1981. It had a successful ten-year run and included 16 episodes scheduled around Christmas.
The show centres around brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter, who are determined to make their millions from a starting point as market traders living in a council high rise in Peckham.
Generally, their endeavours lead to disaster in a highly comedic fashion that the audience can see coming long before it does. Determined to better himself, Rodney marries Cassandra, who is considered to be above him in social standing, much to her parents’ dismay.
With other regular characters appearing, you can’t help but love the unfortunate duo, and ironically, in the end, they do become millionaires, if only for a short period.
The hilarious pairing of Robin Atkinson as Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Baldrick meant that Blackadder was a huge British sitcom hit that began in 1983 and ran until 1989. There were four series, each of which were set in a different historical period of time. The two leading characters were generally down on their luck and never actually seemed to be able to get things right.
It was hilarious, and there were 24 episodes during the series’ lifetime. It was almost always an absolute riot until the famous episode where they parodied soldiers going over the top to the battlefield, which was poignant and incredibly well written and often comes to light around Remembrance Sunday.
American sitcom friends is a critically acclaimed show that ran for ten seasons starting in 1994. It was the making of Jennifer Aniston, Courtenay Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer as the six young and beautiful actors live out daily life as singles, marriage people, divorces, and more over the period of the decade.
It was something that every young person of the time could identify with as many people longed to have their life. It first aired on NBC but quickly became one of the best television shows ever seen and went worldwide.
After ten seasons and possibly rightly so, the writers felt that they had reached the limit of where they could go with the characters now that they were all pretty much grown up and paired off starting families of their own.
The adventures of the Doctor had spanned many generations, with a long break in the middle before it was revived in 2006. The Time Lord has the ability to regenerate when badly injured, and therefore it opened the door for many different actors and now actresses to take on the role.
It is a science fiction-based programme with famous alien enemies such as the Daleks, the Weeping Angels, and many more. It was an incredibly popular series the first time around and even more so when it was revived with the likes of Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and Jodie Whittaker playing the Doctor.
Whether you hide behind the sofa or look forward to being scared senseless, this is one of the best television series ever made.
Star Trek is another science fiction series based in space where we follow the crew of the Starship USS Enterprise and in the latter series other ships as they encounter alien species mapping out the universe. As the line states, the purpose of their mission is ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before’. Star Trek, the original series, had three seasons and 79 episodes.
Still, of course, it has been reincarnated many more times with Captain Janeway being played by a woman and Scott Bakula also taking his turn at the helm, as Captain Archer. A popular feature of many a Comic-Con Star Trek has a huge geek following, with fans regularly turning up dressed as their favourite heroes from the show.
It has never lost its popularity, and even now, new fans are turning up to watch old shows and loving them.
With an impressive 30 two seasons and 695 episodes, The Simpsons can officially claim the title of the longest-running American sitcom ever. Generations have grown up alongside the adventures of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer and Marge. Looking back from the first series to now, you can see how far animation has come as the cast has evolved from crudely drawn figures to a polished performance.
They first took to the screen way back in 1989 and still remain popular today. It seems to be a winning formula. They have also been accused of predicting political and world events with some strangely accurate depictions years in advance of them actually happening. They offer entertainment and comedy as well as tackling social issues in an accessible way.