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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

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51 posted on 06/07/2010 10:56:56 AM PDT by Azzurri
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To: DM1

Adama certainly did not try to get along with the Cylons! He was a little bit less crazed than Admiral Cain in the new one, but he was ‘kill em all’ until the very very end when the fight was basically over.


52 posted on 06/07/2010 10:57:31 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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“Thuuuu Rifleman....starring Chuck Connors....”
Bum bum de da da da....


53 posted on 06/07/2010 10:57:47 AM PDT by Maverick68
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54 posted on 06/07/2010 10:58:21 AM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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awww crap, that was more than 25 years ago...sorry...


55 posted on 06/07/2010 10:58:38 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: inkling

If it went back 50 years, I’d pick “The Andy Griffith Show”. (with the caveat and understanding that both Andy and Opie turned into linguini spined libs, gaga over the kenyan in ‘08)


56 posted on 06/07/2010 11:00:24 AM PDT by albie
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To: stansblugrassgrl

You’re right on all counts (I did know Neil was gay. Never mind, he’s got a great voice, should go to Broadway now, do not pass GO). I’ve been revelling in the old seasons of NCIS on USA, having discovered it because I got overtired of Bones (just one channel away at TNT). The problem with both shows is part of the downside of what made them rich in the early middle: when they opened up the metanarrative to relatives, friends, etc., you start getting soapy. If you keep it tight (as Bones did with Max, for instance), then it works and only makes the show better. When you do it as a stunt (like casting Zooey as a Franklin-obsessed ninny), then it looks dumb. I think the current Mexico thread has real potential, but only if they really put people in the true amount of danger involved. ‘Rule 51’ punked out, for instance, IMHO.


57 posted on 06/07/2010 11:00:59 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Ey, Paolo! uh-Clem just broke the Presideng...)
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To: wally_bert

Highly underrated, short-lived great. Wonderful characters, humor and imagination there.

If anyone hasn’t seen it check it out on DVD.


58 posted on 06/07/2010 11:01:14 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: Maverick68

Oh yeah! Since 1985!

TV was on the slouch by then....Although I loved Unsolved Mysteries....


59 posted on 06/07/2010 11:02:19 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: albie

Yes but Andy Griffith lived his life as a Conservative.....

He just got Old.....


60 posted on 06/07/2010 11:03:47 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: inkling

An off-the-wall honorable mention here: Star Trek, The Next Generation.

The first couple of seasons were painfully New-Agey (and sometimes just plain painful), but later eps had several outstanding episodes touting conservative themes.

One of my very favorites was the two-parter “Birthright”, in which Worf refuses not only to give up his values and way of life to fit in with the touchy-feely, kumbayah Romulan-Klingon prison camp, but also works to undermine the camp itself.


61 posted on 06/07/2010 11:04:10 AM PDT by DemforBush (There's another old saying, Senator: Don't p*** down my back and tell me it's raining.)
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To: inkling

62 posted on 06/07/2010 11:05:25 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Pander to me for a change!!)
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To: NavyCanDo

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.

Oh! and F-Troop
Sarge and Agarn could teach Donald Trump a thing or two about capitalism.


63 posted on 06/07/2010 11:06:03 AM PDT by NavyCanDo (Palin will see the Potomac from Her House)
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To: Tolsti2

Before the cylons attacked in the pilot of the miniseries he was at some ceremony or other - something to do with the decommisioning of the Galactica. The woman who was education secretary who became president was there. He went off on his speech about Moral Relativism and maybe the Cylons were mean because the humans were - made me sick to my stomach. That President chic stood up and clapped awwww. Adam changed his tune after the attack there was a funny interaction when he called the President “that school teacher”.
again after the pilot i watched an episode here and there and all i kept seeing was liberal parables.
maybe i caught it at off times but i did not see one iota of conservatism


64 posted on 06/07/2010 11:08:29 AM PDT by DM1
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To: inkling

“Burn Notice”. How can you argue with a show where the female lead says, “Well, in my experience, if something seems to good to be true, it’s best to shoot it just in case?”


65 posted on 06/07/2010 11:09:55 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: ReneeLynn
I loved The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.

That was a fun show. The complete series is available via Netflix.

66 posted on 06/07/2010 11:10:34 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberal Logic: Mandatory health insurance is constitutional - enforcing immigration law is not.)
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To: DM1

Well, I liked that his ‘goody times’ speech was blasted literally out of the sky. Remember, this was a post 9/11 show from the start. It happened to echo the first show as well, a bolt from the blue attack after years of peace and people got complacent just like we did. That’s how I took it at least, it had mixes of both lib and con, but a balance of con/lib and mostly con kept them going.


67 posted on 06/07/2010 11:11:01 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: inkling

I’m probably gonna get booted for this but here goes...

How about Kitchen Nightmares by Gordon Ramsay? Granted, he’s a foul-mouthed, crude SOB and it’s certainly not for the kids BUT looking past all that, he’s a true free-market capitalist who’s not above holding others accountable for doing a half-assed job.

ok, I’m running for cover now.


68 posted on 06/07/2010 11:11:15 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue
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To: SnakeDoctor

24, Firefly. And The Big Bang Theory is ROFL funny.


69 posted on 06/07/2010 11:11:40 AM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: stansblugrassgrl

I remember when the writers of NCIS went all pro-muslim
on one episode. The bad guy was an evangelical christian
brother who killed his older brother who had converted to
muslim (religion-so called). Not so conservative in my
opinion.


70 posted on 06/07/2010 11:12:38 AM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever)
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To: TaraP

While Quincy was cool on a CSI level, it almost always seemed like he was on a mission to get more government control/intervention (rafts on airplanes, drunk driving laws, etc...) not more personal responsibility. Of course, as a kid, I didn’t know any better, I just liked the show.


71 posted on 06/07/2010 11:14:33 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Liberal Logic: Mandatory health insurance is constitutional - enforcing immigration law is not.)
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To: NavyCanDo

I can’t look at Bob Crane without thinking of him with his head bashed in. :(


72 posted on 06/07/2010 11:14:40 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I suffer from B.S. - Barack Syndrome!)
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To: DM1

It turned to crap with the third season. That’s when it became a parable about Iraq, with the Cylons as the US. They even had one say, “Did you think the humans would welcome us with hearts and flowers?” Even when they got back away from current politics, it was just not very good from that point until the end.


73 posted on 06/07/2010 11:18:30 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: US Navy Vet
I found Phillip Michael Thomas to be to smarmy. The show got silly when Crocket had amnesia. Ehh...

Like That 70’s Show, the last couple of seasons were sub-par compared to the first couple of seasons.

Outside of this discussion, one show I like and catch it when I can on RTV is ‘It Takes A Thief’. There was an episode where Robert Wagner, Ricardo Montalban and Bill Russell (yes that one - the Celtic) were in it. Wow, what a combo!

74 posted on 06/07/2010 11:18:55 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (I suffer from B.S. - Barack Syndrome!)
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To: LadyBuck
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)

Red had some of the best lines in all of television

Harold! You gotta stop reading those history books that were written by Joan Biaz."

"This tire went flat when it drove over a nail or a yawning animal or something."

Plus he made a zamboni out of a K car

75 posted on 06/07/2010 11:19:29 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: inkling

I’m not sure Family Ties was trying to be conservative. They let Alex have some good moments here and there, but his views were usually shown to be cold and incorrect. Plus, I knew he wasn’t a real conservative when he was in a sweat trying to decide whether his ultimate conservative hero was Reagan or Nixon.


76 posted on 06/07/2010 11:20:38 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: ReneeLynn

I got the DVDs not long after release. My wife learned to love the series too.


77 posted on 06/07/2010 11:21:33 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: BelegStrongbow

NCIS: Get rid of the lawyer (ick), get back to supporting the US military. I think the writers are trying to attract the Oprah crowd, forgetting about us folks that cling to our God and guns. (By the way, our daughter classifies programs and movies by a ratio of GUNS, GUTS and GUYS).


78 posted on 06/07/2010 11:21:40 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: inkling
My conservatism is less pro "law and order" and more "limited government."

Tour of Duty is missing from that list. I'd make an argument for The Sentinel as well. Human Target looks promising from what I've seen so far.

I'd call 24 more balanced than conservative until its most recent years where it tilts left. The most conservative part of 24 and what it did best is the dealing with the bureaucrats. I thought Jack himself was apolitical, a soldier.

Of the list, Magnum PI is about the best there was on that. It was respectful of veterans, the cast comes off as regular people.

79 posted on 06/07/2010 11:22:13 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I don't look for leaders. I follow my own path, my way.)
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To: DemforBush

I’d put Deep Space Nine in there. Sisko was the least PC of any captain other than Kirk. Plus, I might not have been a fan of what Ron Moore did with Battlestar, but he injected capitalism directly into the Star Trek world on DS9. Plus, religion finally got a somewhat fair shake, even if it wasn’t our own (though, Sisko’s father did something shocking on one episode—he quoted the Bible).


80 posted on 06/07/2010 11:24:39 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: ReneeLynn

I remember that show. I was sad to see it canceled.


81 posted on 06/07/2010 11:25:08 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I don't look for leaders. I follow my own path, my way.)
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To: ReneeLynn
I loved The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.

You should like his new gig on Burn Notice, as well. Second banana but very strong character.

82 posted on 06/07/2010 11:27:28 AM PDT by itsahoot (Each generation takes to excess, what the previous generation accepted in moderation.)
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To: TaraP

NO QUINCY.. that rotten SOB was as anti-gun as it gets. That is an immediate DQ from being conservative.


83 posted on 06/07/2010 11:27:39 AM PDT by Mr Inviso (ACORN=Arrogant Condescending Obama Ruining Nation)
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To: Mr Inviso
.NO QUINCY.. that rotten SOB was as anti-gun as it gets. That is an immediate DQ from being conservative.

And all of the villians were evil, greedy corporate types that had to be regulated into niceness by a new beuracracy.

BR>And Sam did all the work anyway.

84 posted on 06/07/2010 11:32:30 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: inkling

Two Words: COP ROCK!

*just kiddin'*

85 posted on 06/07/2010 11:33:30 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: raybbr; wally_bert

I have a theory that, for the majority of Americans who were born between 1937 & ‘97, their favorite shows were originally aired when they were teenagers. I took a poll of 15-20 people, and I was correct for about 2/3 of them. My siter-in-law was born in 1962, and her favorite show is “Mork & Mindy,” which was shown, 1978-’82. I worked with someone who was born in 1974, and his favorite show is “The Simpsons,” which has been shown since 1990. I worked with someone who was born in 1961, and his favorite show is “All in the Family.”


86 posted on 06/07/2010 11:35:05 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: SnakeDoctor

You would think that SnakeDoc ... :-)

Seriously, I wondered why “The Unit” wasn’t in the top 10 at least.


87 posted on 06/07/2010 11:35:50 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: Mr Inviso; IYAS9YAS

Yeah, I loved Quincy, but let’s not make him out as some crusading conservative. As the series aged, episodes were more likely than not to conclude with Quincy testifying in some hearing (or screaming at his bosses) about the need for regulation, etc. But I still loved the show.


88 posted on 06/07/2010 11:36:15 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: PhilCollins

Same works for music. The stuff you listened to in high school is the “good stuff” for your life. Sure, you can add more into the mix, but for me, the defining year is 1984, the year I graduated HS.


89 posted on 06/07/2010 11:36:44 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: inkling

I can’t believe no one has mentioned Babylon 5 yet.
Government taken over by an autocrat, after assassinating the President everyone liked? Check.
New administration creates an actual “Ministry of Peace” lifted directly from “1984” including the MiniPax nickname? Check.
Brownshirts: Night Watch? Check.
Secret Police: Psi Corps? Check.
And then you see the resistance against intrusive government. Always a high premium put on personal responsibility (Franklin’s drug use, Garibaldi’s drinking, both overcome on their own). Always a focus on the individual. The realization by the Minbari that fighting is sometimes necessary. The expulsion of both the Vorlons and the Shadows, as being representative of another form of controlling government.


90 posted on 06/07/2010 11:38:08 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: PhilCollins
I was born in '59. While I like a lot of the shows from my childhood "Breaking Bad" is the only drama that has me sitting up till 11 pm on Sunday nights waiting.

I do agree with your hypothesis, though. It makes sense to prefer the shows that you watched during your formative years.

91 posted on 06/07/2010 11:39:43 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Little Pig
(Franklin’s drug use, Garibaldi’s drinking, both overcome on their own).

I agree with your post except for that. Both had a whole bunch of support from friends. Unless I am reading you wrong and you are referring to gubmint help.

92 posted on 06/07/2010 11:41:22 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: inkling
2. Firefly

Browncoasts Forever !

93 posted on 06/07/2010 11:41:35 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: raybbr

They did have help from friends, though Franklin’s walkabout seemed to be the mechanism that really got him over his, but yes, overall, it was individuals, and not huggy-feely assistance programs that solved their problems.


94 posted on 06/07/2010 11:45:22 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

I agree, about music. I was born in 1967, and I like many singers who were popular between 1980 & ‘85, including Billy Joel, Styx, Foreigner, and Kenny Rogers. I dislike most music that was released since then.


95 posted on 06/07/2010 11:45:39 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: Little Pig
...and not huggy-feely assistance programs that solved their problems.

Of course, I haven't had a drink in almost 22 years due to one of those "huggy-feely" programs (AA) but you go ahead and discount them. 8^)

96 posted on 06/07/2010 11:48:18 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: thefactor
The Keaton parents were unabashed liberal hippies.

Yes, and at the conclusion of each episode, conservative Alex learned a lesson from his liberal parents.

I wouldn't call the show conservative, since liberalism nearly always trumped conservatism in the show.

Alex was nothing more than a younger, more educated Archie Bunker.

97 posted on 06/07/2010 11:49:21 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: US Navy Vet

Barney Miller, its in reruns and still good. Not dated and 30 years old....Becker is still a laughable old series...


98 posted on 06/07/2010 11:51:14 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: inkling
I know it just missed the 25 year cutoff, but Dukes of Hazzard has to be an honorable mention. It had everything that America stands for. Wise elders, fast polluting cars painted in a politically incorrect paint scheme, teamwork and hot smart country girls. All fighting against a corrupt and incompetent government.

99 posted on 06/07/2010 11:51:33 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: raybbr

You know I’m not talking about AA. I’m talking about the kinds of “all talk no action” social programs you always see from the government, where your problems are entirely the fault of someone or something else, so you’re not responsible. AA makes one admit that the problem is entirely one’s own fault, and that one must take responsibility for one’s own actions.


100 posted on 06/07/2010 11:52:53 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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