Neil Posted January 20, 2014 Report Share Posted January 20, 2014 In order: The top 15 were MTM, All in Family, I Love Lucy, MASH, Dick Van Dyke, Honeymooners, Barney Miller, Cheers, Bob Newhart, Taxi, Phil Silvers, Andy Griffith, Get Smart, Soap and United States (United who???). I never got into "Soap"'s humor. "United States" must have been a short-lived critical success/ratings failure that was pretty recent in 1985. Also listed: the actual responses from the individual TV columnists polled--which also includes their WORST 5 list. The most common is "My Mother the Car" which was not as bad as its reputation. Also making TWO individual lists of worst: "The Mothers In Law"!! (including the LA Herald-Examiner) Maybe they were confusing it with "My Mother In Law, the Car". #7 "best" Barney Miller made one critics worst list. "Green Acres" made one critic's best list and another's worst. I was glad to see one critic acknowledged Burns and Allen on their best list because I think it's under-remembered and under-appreciated. Luckily this was the season BEFORE Life with Lucy. Other notable worst entries: Ken Back of The Tennessean didn't like "Maude". Ken Clark of the Chicago Tribune: Ozzie and Harriet. Jerry Coffey of the Ft. Worth Star: "The Debby Reynolds Show". David Cuthbert of the New Orleans Times "I Married Joan" Gus Stevens of San Diego "Car 54" and Tom Shales of Washington Post "My Little Margie". Lackluster ratings of first year shows that were renewed:Dick Van Dyke 80th place (no wonder they wanted to cancel it)MASH 46thCheers 75thBarney Miller 70th Didn't realize the MTM's last year did this badly; 39th place (which makes Here's Lucy's last season 29th place look better). Also Bob Newhart's last two season 45th and 67th place. Somehow this author was able to get ratings info beyond the top 30. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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