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The Top 25 Conservative TV Shows of the last 25 Years
ExurbanLeague.com ^ | June 2, 2010 | Kevin

Posted on 06/07/2010 10:29:46 AM PDT by inkling

Television has been dismissed as a cultural wasteland, and for conservatives, it's a barren wasteland indeed, especially over the last quarter-century. Joe Friday doesn't save the world from hippies every week: Today, the hippies are the heroes and conservatives (especially conservative Christians) are the villains.

But there is still hope. There are still good conservative television shows out there, you just have to look for them.

The Rules

No miniseries.
Basic cable or broadcast TV only.
No documentaries.
No news or opinion shows.
No sports.

Ideally, it should have DVD sets available for purchase. Good TV. No "Highway to Heaven" or the like, they must be shows that you can talk about with some measure of pride.

25. Chuck
Adam Baldwin's Casey is one of the greatest scene-stealers in recent TV history. Any show with a character who keeps a picture of Ronald Reagan on his desk had to make the list.

24. Pitchmen
Hard-working, everyday Americans coming up with great ideas, and then working even hard to make them real. Capitalism at its very best, and a great testament to the American dream.

23. Hunter
Dirty Harry with an NFL star as the lead actor. Moral relativism? Rights of the accused? Talk to the .44, baby. Works for me.

22. The Goode Family
Ooooh so close. With Mike Judge at the trigger and the silliness of political correctness as its target, The Goode Family had the potential to be a cornerstone of conservative comedy. The director was willing, but alas, the scripts were weak.

21. Magnum P.I.
A show with a lead character who's a well-adjusted, happy Vietnam veteran...

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1 posted on 06/07/2010 10:29:47 AM PDT by inkling
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To: inkling

Simon and Simon was pretty good as well.


2 posted on 06/07/2010 10:31:24 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: inkling

I would add ‘The Wonder Years’ to the list.


3 posted on 06/07/2010 10:32:27 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I suffer from B.S. - Barack Syndrome!)
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To: inkling

24 is the clear first choice. The Unit should be high on the list.

SnakeDoc


4 posted on 06/07/2010 10:33:29 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Shut it down" ... 00:00:03 ... 00:00:02 ... 00:00:01 ... 00:00:00.)
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To: inkling
If it went back 35 years I'd pick Gunsmoke #1. (1975 was the last year of its 20-year run).
5 posted on 06/07/2010 10:34:00 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: inkling

I’d like to add, “Airwolf.”


6 posted on 06/07/2010 10:34:24 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I second that. Thursday night on CBS - Magnum @ 8, S&S @ 9.

The good ole days of TV...


7 posted on 06/07/2010 10:34:33 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I suffer from B.S. - Barack Syndrome!)
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To: inkling

Glad King of the Hill made it in there. I’ve always really liked that cartoon and thought it exemplified the Conservative values of most Texans. Mike Judge is a stand-up guy, in my opinion, even with Beavis and Butt-head under his belt.

Plus, any cartoon that makes most teenagers changes the channel must be doing something right.

And I couldn’t agree more with Mythbusters on that list. Those guys LOVE to play with their firearms, esp. being in Kalifornia, and they prove that having a gun around doesn’t mean instant death for anyone in the vicinity.


8 posted on 06/07/2010 10:34:53 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: inkling

Firefly and NCIS. Two of my personal favorites.


9 posted on 06/07/2010 10:35:15 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: inkling

Battlestar Galactica could also make the list, at least the first seasons. It showed the price of depravity and weak military, plus it was a 9/11 tribute for sure. It got less focused on that matter and suffered some as it went on, but still great message.


10 posted on 06/07/2010 10:35:45 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: GOPsterinMA; SnakeDoctor

What is your all-time favorite comedy series? Mine is “Sledge Hammer.” What is your all-time favorite drama series? Mine is “Knight Rider.”


11 posted on 06/07/2010 10:35:53 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: inkling

Why is this in News/Activism and who is Kevin?

I loved The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.


12 posted on 06/07/2010 10:35:56 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: inkling

King of the Hill


13 posted on 06/07/2010 10:36:24 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: inkling

>>South Park Maybe not pro-conservative, but definitely anti-liberal. Each new show grinds liberal icons like global warming, rain forest deforestation and GLBT rights into tasty, juicy hamburger

One of the SP guys was quoted as saying “we hate conservatives but we really f-—ing hate liberals”. Episodes like the “Harbucks” one have the kids comment that corporations are actually good (they give us cars, computers, canned soup; Harbucks started out small but were really good at what they did and expanded, etc. You know dude, I learned something today...)

When Parker and Stone did Team America: World Police many on the Left were disappointed; “dude those guys sold out!”
America...f-— yeah!


14 posted on 06/07/2010 10:37:10 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: inkling


15 posted on 06/07/2010 10:38:17 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (PALIN/MCCAIN IN 2012 - barf alert? sarc tag? -- can't decide)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Does The Red Green Show count?

That’s one I let the kiddies stay up on weekends & watch - my oldest (off at college, still watches when she’s home for a visit)


16 posted on 06/07/2010 10:38:21 AM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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To: PhilCollins

Drama is an easy one — 24. Burn Notice, The Unit, House and Law & Order: Criminal Intent get honorable mention ... but they’re not even close to 24.

Comedy is a bit more difficult. Depends on what kind of mood I’m in I guess — Seinfeld, Rules of Engagement, Andy Griffith, Family Ties, Dick Van Dyke, The Big Bang Theory.

SnakeDoc


17 posted on 06/07/2010 10:40:10 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Shut it down" ... 00:00:03 ... 00:00:02 ... 00:00:01 ... 00:00:00.)
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To: inkling; blam; Bokababe; MaggieCarta; stephenjohnbanker; rabscuttle385; mkjessup; AuntB; ...

No ‘Highway to Heaven’ types allowed LOL, I guess ‘Touched by an Angel’ is out too. My Mom loves those corny stupid shows. Another one is ‘Ghost Whisperer’, my sister put that on for her kids when I was visiting her and I almost puked. She stopped watching when they added stories about homosexual ghosts (what did she expect??)

To be fair #3 South Park is more of a libertarian show. It makes fun of liberals brutally but takes shots at Christianity too. It has been my favorite show for years.

Walter Williams just had Rand Paul on Rush’s show.


18 posted on 06/07/2010 10:40:37 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: inkling

Freaks & Geeks

WFB’s FIRING LINE

AMERICAN DREAMS

NCIS

BURN NOTICE


19 posted on 06/07/2010 10:40:55 AM PDT by Argus
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To: inkling

“I Led Three Lives,” a half-hour program featuring the adventures of Herbert Philbrick, who infiltrated the Communist Party for the FBI, aired from 1953 to 1956. I have some bootleg copies on VHS, but the sound quality is poor.


20 posted on 06/07/2010 10:40:57 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Same here. Now, if Joss could only follow up with something watchable! (and Dr. Horrible, being a very short exercise, does not count).


21 posted on 06/07/2010 10:40:57 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Ey, Paolo! uh-Clem just broke the Presideng...)
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To: Argus; All
BARNABY JONES Marcus Welby.... QUINCY..
22 posted on 06/07/2010 10:44:02 AM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: GOPsterinMA

What about Miami Vice(Michael Mann NOT Dick Wolf)?


23 posted on 06/07/2010 10:44:39 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: inkling

Gotta go with the “Fall Guy”.


24 posted on 06/07/2010 10:44:41 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Pander to me for a change!!)
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To: Tolsti2

“Battlestar Galactica could also make the list, at least the first seasons. It showed the price of depravity and weak military, plus it was a 9/11 tribute for sure. It got less focused on that matter and suffered some as it went on, but still great message.”

really? are you referring to the latest remakes? I found what i saw Liberal and annoying. i watched the opening of the miniseries where Adama makes a plea for moral relativism and that the cylons and humans should all just get along. made me want to vomit. i tried watching it here and there but everytime i did seemed like more lib crapfest.
now the original 70s with Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict was extremely conservative


25 posted on 06/07/2010 10:44:57 AM PDT by DM1
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To: inkling

Human Target’s main character, Chance (Mark Valley) is a West Point grad and veteran of the Gulf War (and born on Christmas Eve)....I’m just sayin’


26 posted on 06/07/2010 10:45:19 AM PDT by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: PhilCollins

My favorite TV show of all time is ‘The Wonder Years’. Then there are a bunch of other shows that would be difficult to rank that include: ‘Magnum’, ‘Simon and Simon’, ‘South Park’, ‘That 70’s Show’.

‘Sledge Hammer’ was hilarious - I actually have a few episodes on VHS. ‘Knight Rider’ was good too.


27 posted on 06/07/2010 10:45:26 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I suffer from B.S. - Barack Syndrome!)
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To: raccoonradio
Episodes like the “Harbucks” one have the kids comment that corporations are actually good (they give us cars, computers, canned soup; Harbucks started out small but were really good at what they did and expanded, etc. You know dude, I learned something today...)

"Vote for Proposition 10 or else you hate children....You...don't....hate....children....DO YOU?"

28 posted on 06/07/2010 10:46:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: inkling

Lassie


29 posted on 06/07/2010 10:46:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: inkling

Mythbusters.

The only show that CAN’T be liberal.


30 posted on 06/07/2010 10:47:07 AM PDT by kidd
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To: PhilCollins

Sledge is the best. A few years ago Alan Spencer was Ebaying posters from the episode where Sledge was wanted dead or dead. I got one. He left great feedback - “trust him, he knows what he’s doing.”


31 posted on 06/07/2010 10:48:09 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: inkling

Hogan’s Heroes

Capitalism at its best. From within the confines of a Nazi POW camp Hogan and his group were able to sell anything from nylons to whiskey, and made a nice profit.


32 posted on 06/07/2010 10:48:21 AM PDT by NavyCanDo (Palin will see the Potomac from Her House)
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To: TaraP

Loved Barnaby and Quincy both as a kid. Don’t forget William Conrad as Cannon.


33 posted on 06/07/2010 10:49:39 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: NavyCanDo

bump


34 posted on 06/07/2010 10:50:05 AM PDT by AdvisorB (Obamatude could be defined by Blago as something tangible, but not quite as tangible as JJJ's offer.)
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To: inkling

The rules did not stipulate that the show had to be American. By far, the best conservative show ever was “Yes, Minister” and its sequel “Yes, Prime Minister”. (Only the sequel qualifies, however, due to the 25 year limit.)

Even though this was produced by the BBC, it brilliantly and hilariously skewered the conceit of politicians and bureaucrats. It is some of the best political satire ever produced in any medium.

Wikipedia says it was Margaret Thatcher’s favorite tv show, which is a pretty good conservative endorsement considering that she was PM when the show was produced.

Netflix has it available for download.


35 posted on 06/07/2010 10:50:08 AM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: inkling
Adam Baldwin's Casey is one of the greatest scene-stealers in recent TV history.

Adam Baldin, it should be noted, is a good old Chicago boy who has nothing to do with the Hollywood Baldwin's.

36 posted on 06/07/2010 10:50:10 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: BelegStrongbow

Dr. Horrible may be short, but memorable. We LOVE Nathan Fillion. Didn’t know Neil Patrick Harris was so funny until Dr. Horrible (didn’t know he was gay, either).

The new NCIS’s are getting way too liberal for my tastes. I bet they make Gibbs cry next season.


37 posted on 06/07/2010 10:50:29 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: inkling; SnakeDoctor

Star Trek (original series), Bonanza, Leave it to Beaver, Bewitched, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Andy Griffth


38 posted on 06/07/2010 10:50:48 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: inkling

I gave up on network and cable shows over 25 years ago but I DO have a TV and a dvd player. These are the kind of shows I watch every night - all conservative:

Rawhide
The Virginian
Have Gun Will Travel
Maverick
Laredo
Laramie
Gunsmoke
Bonanza
Wagon Train
The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
The Rifleman

I must have at least a thousand movies, most every one pre-1965 films. An exception would be some of John Wayne’s westerns like Rooster Cogburn (75).

If you spend something like 25 years watching nothing but that old stuff you’ll kinda end up not being able to relate anymore to modernity.

Hey, that’s okay with me!


39 posted on 06/07/2010 10:51:32 AM PDT by Ammo Republic 15
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Sarah Connor Chronicles


40 posted on 06/07/2010 10:51:48 AM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: PhilCollins
What is your all-time favorite drama series? Mine is “Knight Rider.”

"Breaking Bad" is the best drama that I have ever watched on TV.

41 posted on 06/07/2010 10:52:19 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: wally_bert

Me too!

Quinn Martin was *KING* of 70’a Television....

I also was a faithful watcher of Unsolved Mysteries!
Robert Stack was awesome!

Now I watch *Forensic Files*


42 posted on 06/07/2010 10:52:37 AM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: LadyBuck

We let our daughter watch the Simpson’s, which was good satire for a long time. We didn’t let her watch Beavis and Butthead, though. She asked me one day if we thought she was so weak minded that she would run out and do something really stupid from watching a bad TV show? She had us there. Still didn’t let her watch it.


43 posted on 06/07/2010 10:53:28 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: inkling

Conservative TV? Really. I can’t think of any, but then I don’t watch network stuff anymore. My favorites were Harry O and Rockford Files, but all that does is date me. I would have to say today that Survivor is probably the best objective show on TV in that it reveals the truth in people versus our beliefs in people. Being objective usually qualifies as conservative in that it reminds folks of the limitations of humans.


44 posted on 06/07/2010 10:53:37 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Fiji Hill

I loved that show. Do you know where you can get a DVD of that show? “I Led Three Lives,” what an interesting show.


45 posted on 06/07/2010 10:54:20 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: inkling

No miniseries?
A waste of time.


46 posted on 06/07/2010 10:55:24 AM PDT by devere
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To: TaraP

Agree completely about QM.


47 posted on 06/07/2010 10:55:40 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The Keaton parents were unabashed liberal hippies.

Alex was the conservative. Great show.

48 posted on 06/07/2010 10:55:42 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: ReneeLynn

Briscoe County Jr. was another short lived great.


49 posted on 06/07/2010 10:56:15 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: inkling

Sons of Anarchy... O.k. maybe not family oriented but definitely manly oriented.

Sopranos.. O.k. maybe not family oriented but definitely manly oriented.

Deadwood... O.k. maybe not family oriented but definitely manly oriented.

The Man Show... O.k. maybe not family oriented but definitely manly oriented.

I give up...


50 posted on 06/07/2010 10:56:46 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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