I don’t know what it is that fascinates me so much about these photos. Maybe it’s the fact that Yao Ming seems like a good, cool dude just hanging out with all these tiny golfers like a boss. I mean, Tiger Woods looks like a toddler standing by him. Anyhoo, enjoy these photos of Yao Ming hanging out with golfers, one of whom is none other than Morgan Freeman. It’s a weird world, man.

Note: Please scroll down. You’ll thank me for it.








Whew. Well, that was difficult.

Anyone who’s a Walking Dead fan will tell you that last night’s Season 7 Premiere was absolutely gut-wrenching. I swear I felt as if I’d been punched right in the stomach. I was a little sleepy before the show started, but afterwards I was wired for hours. Just a brutal, emotional show that was difficult to get over.

You know a show has hit you hard when it’s the last thing you thought about before falling asleep and the first thing you thought about when you woke up.

Surprisingly (at least to me), it seems most of the reviews were pretty poor, with complaints about the negativity, the killings and the overall “bleakness” of the premiere. W-h-u-u-u-t? Uh, newsflash, folks. People are always dying in this show. It’s always had a lot of death followed by characters immersed in grief. If that’s not the definition of bleak I don’t know what is. And what the hell did you expect, for the characters to build a makeshift stage and start performing showtunes?

Good Lord.

But back to a couple observations about the show. Honestly, I only have a couple questions, and those are these:

  • Honestly, who sits there and lets somebody club them over the head with a barbwire-wrapped baseball bat? I know Negan had threatened them and told them not to move, but wouldn’t you go down swinging?
  • Was it me or did Rick have more than a couple chances to take Negan out in the RV? I guess we’re supposed to believe he was so distraught from the killings he was crippled mentally? Seems a little bit of a stretch, especially knowing Rick as we do. I know he witnessed a lot that night, but hasn’t he been through worse? I mean, he watched his son kill his best friend, watched his son get shot (twice), and experienced his son kill his wife Beth.

Finally, just a couple quick observations. It’s always pissed me off when I excitedly tell people about The Walking Dead and they come back with this:

“Ah, I’m not a fan of zombie shows. Sorry.”

Really? If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, the brilliance of The Walking Dead is not about zombies and it’s not about the violence, although both of those are an integral part of the show. From the beginning it’s always been about the characters. Real TWD fans know and understand this.

Perhaps the most amazing thing longtime fans have come to realize about The Walking Dead is that the true monsters are not the dead walking the earth, but instead, man. Chilling really, but in an apocalyptic world it makes perfect sense, right?

Bottom line? I loved the Season 7 Premiere. If you read the graphic comic this didn’t come as a shock. Hell, the death of Glenn last night was a mirror image of the comic. As a friend of mine messaged me a bit ghoulishly, the TV producers “hit it right on the head.”


Yep. Pretty much.

So, if you’ve a TV junkie but have never watched this show, I strongly encourage a Netflix binge party as soon as possible.

You’ll catch up in no time.


This haunting photo is of Otto Frank visiting the attic where he and his family, including Anne, hid from the Nazis for 2-years before being sold out by an informant. Otto was the only member of his family who survived the war.


Yeah, this pretty much was a combination of my emotions as well. On a related note, if somebody I was with yapped like that dude on the right I’d throat punch him.


Once again, pure comedy.



How in the  . . .?


Pure comedy.


Movie trailers were used to be shown after the movie, which is why they were called “trailers”. That practice did not last long, because patrons tended to leave the theater after the films ended, but the name has stuck. Trailers are now shown before the film begins.



Damn you, Canada.


Can’t fault the logic, man.



Not from that night, but pretty damn close.

Back in 1991 I was in my second year coaching varsity basketball. We had a really good team and we were playing another really good team from another league. Due to what occurred that night I’ll try and leave our opponent’s name out of the story. However, if you were there that night you’ll never forget what went down . . .

Like I said, we were a very good team that year, as we had been the year prior. We were about to play a team we’d beaten the year before, but they’d improved and really, really wanted to avenge that loss.

How badly? We had no idea.

Oblivious to what was waiting for us, we prepared for the game like any other. Game day arrived and we made the bus trip over the hills, into the next county and into our opponent’s gym.

Upon walking in though, we knew something was different. Although the reserve game was just getting started, the place was packed. In those days a full gym wasn’t that surprising though.

However, the emotionally charged atmosphere that hit us as we walked inside was an eye-opener.

As the home crowd stood and booed lustily, we looked around and there were signs everywhere. Some were of the generic variety, some decidedly not.

The gym we were in was pretty small, with maybe 15-18 rows one one side and a set of bleachers on the stage. On a related note, the crowd was decidedly 95% anti-Bearcats. We had a faction of small, but mighty and boisterous, fans in one corner of that stage.

It was then, as we were walking into the gym and towards our locker rooms, that I noticed a sign. Here’s what it read:


Uh . . . oh. Where had I heard that before? And then it hit me. After we’d beaten this team the year before, one of my quotes in the paper was this:

“I was glad to get out of there with a win. That’s a nasty place to play.”

I’ll swear to the day I die I never meant that comment as an insult to our opponent’s small gym. What I meant was that it was a tough place to win because they always had hard-nosed, well-coached teams with loud, loyal crowds. That’s what I’d meant by nasty.

Really, that’s what I meant.

At this point, however? Too late for explanations. I’d insulted their gym, their team, their school, and apparently their entire community, which incidentally was there en masse that night.

We went down to our locker room, which was at the bottom of some stairs under the bleachers. As we dressed we could hear the roar of the crowd, even during the reserve game.

The place was electric.

Eventually we took the floor, of course to loud boos and taunting from the crowd.

As the game progressed, the atmosphere only became more intense. The score was close throughout, which only ratcheted up the intensity. Objects were thrown from the crowd, usually at me, which to my recollection included pennies, candy (my managers loved that), and anything else folks could get their hands on.

At one point the game was stopped and an administrator made an announcement, something along these lines:

“Listen, no matter what the other coach said about our school, please try and stop throwing things at him.”

I swear it was something like that. Probably not the best choice of words, because they only amped the crowd up more.

And man, if you’d have heard some of the things being yelled at me from behind our bench your jaw would have hit the floor.

Anyway, as we entered the last quarter we were in trouble. We trailed a very talented team whose crowd wanted a win very badly. With around 5:00 remaining, we were down by 10-points.

But then, thanks to a timeout followed by a furious full court press, we made a run. Did I mention we had three of the best little defensive guards in the league in Todd Shoemaker, Casey McFadden, and Roman Diekan? All three were 5-10 and they would get after you defensively.

Not only that, they feared nobody. Not even hundreds of angry fans giving them Holy Hell from the bleachers. Shoot, it made my guys play harder.

Bottom line, we held our opponents scoreless the last 5:00 of the game, and eventually forced overtime. It was on.

As we readied for the overtime tip, the din of the crowd was deafening. But the real fun was about to commence.

The Bearcats got the tip, and it was then we made the decision to hold the ball.

Yep, you read that right. We decided hold the ball and go for the last shot.

Hey, we had three of the best guards, defenders and ballhandlers in the Scioto Valley Conference, we were playing in a hostile (to put it mildly) environment, so why not hold it and go for the win?

And that’s exactly what we did.

Todd, Roman and Casey dribbled and passed their way through the overtime, running a weave out front as our opponents tried desperately to regain possession of the basketball.

Wasn’t happening, man. And as you can imagine, this only amped up the tension higher with the crowd, if that were possible.

We burned the clock in that spread offense until there were about 5-seconds left, when Todd Shoemaker rifled a no-look, bullet pass from the top of the key to 6′-5″ sophomore (and future 1st Team All-Ohioan) Craig Kerns under the basket. Kerns was immediately fouled on the wide-open layup, giving him two free throws with 1-second remaining in the tied game.

It was then we called a timeout, and I told Craig to make the first shot (I had no doubt he would) and miss the second, giving the other team no time to get the rebound and call their own timeout and attempt a last second prayer of a play.

As Craig was lining up for the first shot, I saw Todd walk up from beyond the 3-point line and whisper something to him. He actually had his hands cupped over his mouth as he whispered in Craig’s ear. In retrospect I should have known something was up. Alas, in the heat of the moment I did not.

So, Craig made the first to put us up 1 and missed the second as directed. An opposing player grabbed the rebound threw up a desperation shot that missed, and we’d pulled off the big comeback win under very difficult circumstances.

One of the incredible final stats was that we held a very good team, including the last quarter and overtime, to zero points over the last 9-minutes of the game.

As I started to go over to shake hands with the opposing coach, I caught something out of the corner of my eye. As I turned to look, I saw Todd and Craig running towards the opposite wall. Then I saw them rip a particularly offensive sign off the wall.

Uh-oh. So that’s what they’d been talking about.

I can’t say it was the best decision they’d ever made, but they’d also been suffering through some pretty intense verbal abuse the entire game. Did I condone it? No. Did I understand it? Yes I did.

At that point, well, all hell broke loose.

People poured onto the floor and fights seemed to be breaking out everywhere.

My assistant coaches, Daron Myers and Pete Hollon among them, were fending off people trying to get at me, and at one point formed a circle around me as we attempted to get our team to the locker room.

I remember that Craig’s father Brad, our film guy, forgo the ladder that led to his little crow’s nest where he’d been filming and basically jumped down to join the fray.

Finally, we made it downstairs to the locker room. Once there, we could hear people at the top of the steps yelling nasty things down to us. A group of our parents actually stood guard at the top of the stairs. I told my players to sit tight, that we’d have to wait this out until things calmed down. Soon after that, a local policeman came to tell us the same thing, that they were calling in some more enforcement to clear the gym.

My players didn’t even change into their street clothes. They just sat there waiting to be told what to do next.

Over an hour later the gym was eventually cleared, but a lot of people were still waiting for us in the parking lot. Soon, a plan was hatched. Our bus left the lot it was parked in and was brought around to the other side of the school. With a large group of our fans forming a tunnel, we suck out through a side door and boarded our bus.

What happened next seems surreal even today. After we were all seated, the Sheriff of the county we were playing in got on the bus, stood at the front, and said this:

“You fellas better keep  your heads down until you get out of _______ County.”

Yep. That actually happened. I have witnesses.

On a related note, do you know how you can tell you have loyal assistant coaches? When, after hearing what the local sheriff just said, you have this discussion with one of them:

Coach Myers: “Coach, switch places with me.”

Me: “Why?

Coach Myers: “You’d better get away from the window. They’ll be aiming for you.”

That’s loyalty, folks.

As we pulled out we were escorted, front and back, by several cars and trucks from Paint Valley. Behind our fans, in the back, followed a lot of cars that were not from Ross County. When we crossed into Ross County, those cars turned around and went back from whence they came.

You may not be surprised to learn that I got several phone calls the next day, most from angry fans threatening to beat my ass but with a few death threats thrown in for fun as well.

Good times, huh?

Our twice yearly regular season games with that opponent were cancelled for the foreseeable future, although the very next year we happened to draw them in the sectional tournament. Again, they couldn’t beat us.

Thank God it was on a neutral court.

Note: Folks from the school and opponent in question will most certainly have a different perspective regarding what happened that night, and they are certainly welcome to chime in if they feel the need.



Image  —  Posted: October 21, 2016 in Maps, Politics, Things I Love

As kids we all had our favorite foods, right? No matter the age, we all have memories of eating certain things we loved when we were little ‘uns. Seems like Ramen Noodles are sort of a staple these days, but when I was a kid other foodstuffs were more common.

Heck man, I could tear through a box of Cheez-Its in 20-minutes if I could have done it without Mom catching me. On a related note, nothing worse than your parents buying groceries and then not letting you eat certain things. I remember having a 6-pack of Pepsi in the fridge with the instructions that it had to last the whole week between my two sisters and I. Brutal, man.

Anyhoo, here are a few of my staples as a youngster:

Cheez Whiz

Are you serious? I still love Cheez Whiz. That stuff is the best, man. I used to put it on crackers, bread, pretzels, and I even used it as chip dip. And yes, sometimes I just ate it right out of the jar, quite often with my fingers. And you know it helps to fend off cancer, right? Cheez Whiz is golden, man.


Peanut Butter Sandwich

Oh yeah. Straight up peanut butter on white Wonder Bread. And I loved both the crunchy and smooth. Jif and Skippy were my favorites, hands-down.


Suzy Q’s 

Sweet Mother of God I ate these babies like they were going out of style when I was a kid. I’d ride my bike down to Lance’s Store, buy a 2-pack, and have them finished off long before I got back home. Tastilicious.


American Cheese

Sure, it was processed cheese that tasted a little like styrofoam, but it was way too convenient to pull out a slice, rip that plastic off, and scarf that baby down.


Atomic Fireballs

Hey, any product that has a nuclear bomb on the box has gotta be good, amirite? I’d pop as many of these tasty little kerosene balls in my mouth as I could and let the good times roll. Woot!


Mallo Cups

Hell, I eat Mallo Cups today. As a matter of fact, my 5th grade students used to bring them to me a couple times a week. It seems as if the scrumptious cups are becoming harder and harder to find and that’s a national tragedy. Mallo Cups > Reese’s Cups, all day, every day, every way.


Wax Bottles

Remember the little wax bottles filled with God knows what? You’d bite off the top and drink them? I don’t know what was in there but I loved it. And I was hardcore man, I’d chew on and eat the bottle like a boss.


Vienna Sausages

Vienna Sausages in barbecue sauce, to be precise. That was my staple mid-afternoon snack right there, man. I lived with a dude in college that made Mac & Cheese with Vienna Sausages and it was spectacular. Still love me some Vienna Sausages.



Oh, hells to the yah! Nothing says heaven more than a couple sardines on a cracker, man. Oh, and they have to be in mustard sauce, that’s a no-brainer. I lived on sardines as a kid.


Oh, of course I had bologna and cheese sandwiches, frozen pizza, pizza rolls and stuff like that, but these were my favorites. Don’t judge, man.

Note: I have to give a shoutout to the greatest bubble gum of all-time, Bazooka. I followed the enclosed comic Bazooka Joe, too. No better gum, ever.


I was doing some research for another blog I was going to write when I came across several videos regarding the beginning of the internet, and I have to say they’re fascinating as hell. It seems like only yesterday when we actually had to write letters to communicate and go to the library to do research, ya know? And in the beginning, the internet was also known as “The Worldwide Web” or “The Information Superhighway.” Naively, there was no mention of the porn boom that was to come.

Anyway, what follows are the videos I found. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Let’s start in 1969, when people thought we’d all be living like The Jetsons by now. Honestly, this video wasn’t far off.

Next up we have this CompuServe commercial from 1989 that tells us we can “shop in an electronic mall!”. Priceless, man.

Next we have a video that actually features that screeching, whiney noise we all use to hear as our computer connected to “INTERNET.”  Ah, the cluelessness of the people in this video.

In this gem we have some doofus explaining that we can actually “get an electronic address for our computer.” They even talk about an “electronic mailman.” Good stuff.

And here’s a mention of that “Information Superhighway.”

Here’s a great commercial for Hotmail from 1999. You can access your mail from anywhere! You youngsters may not believe this, but we used to have email addresses that were only accessible from our home computers. Barbaric, I know.

And finally, I give you this absolute classic from The Today Show in 1994. It features Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric trying, in vain, to understand what this newfangled internet was all about.

Man, we’ve come so far so fast. Boggles the mind really. If you liked that last one, get a load of my last video submission.


The nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll was a series of 23 nuclear devices that were detonated by the United States between 1946 to 1958. Wild, man.


The longest study of humans ever conducted, the 75 years long Harvard Grant Study, found that professional success in life comes from having done chores as a kid.


4-5 years old boy cleaning carper - housework


We see you, 2014 UZ224.

NPR: A new face has been added to the solar system’s family portrait: Scientists have discovered a new dwarf planet looping around the sun in the region beyond Pluto.

The dwarf planet, called 2014 UZ224, measures about 330 miles across and is located about 8.5 billion miles from the sun, NPR reported today. For comparison, Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is about 750 miles in diameter, and reaches a maximum distance of about 4.5 billion miles from the sun.

Seriously? That’s the name we gave the sneaky little new planet? 2014 UZ224? How the hell do you even say that? “Hey, welcome to the solar system 2014 UZ 224!” That’s just awkward, man. Poor little guy. Especially since all the cool planets have names like Jupiter, Venus and Mars. And of course we can’t forget Uranus.

Anyway, you’re better than that, scientists. Get it together.

PS- Let me be the first to nominate a better name – Little Kevin. I like it.

PPS- Whenever I get a chance to slip a joke about Uranus in there I take it.

When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying “R2D2”. George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on.




Image  —  Posted: October 19, 2016 in Education, Maps, Politics, Things I Love


So the Rolling Stone came out with their Top 100 TV Shows of all-time list, and as usual it’s clear a bunch of morons voted. First off, The Office is #48? B-W-H-A-H-A-H-A-H-A-H-A-H-A-H-A! That, my friends is an absolute sin. Other sins include the following:

Inexplicably, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is ranked #30, well below #13 Late Night With Letterman. Hey, as much as I loved the original Letterman, Johnny was the King of Late Night. Betcha Dave would even agree with me.

And explain this one to me. There was no Andy Griffith Show listed. W-h-a-a-a-t? That’s just awful, man.

Other notable shows missing from the list were Benny Hill, The Carol Burnett Show, St. Elsewhere and Laugh-In.

And wait. What about Ozzie & Harriet? My Three Sons? WKRP in Cincinnati? The Outer Limits? Night Gallery?

The mind reels.

Trust me, when you see the list you’ll be stunned at the shows they picked ahead of these classics. Let us begin . . .

100. Eastbound and Down

  • Good show. Big fan of Kenny Powers.

99. Oz

  • I have never seen Oz, unless you’re counting the Michael Jackson version of the 1939 movie.

98. The Golden Girls

  • Wasn’t a fan. Plus Maude and her manly voice creeped me out.

97. Portlandia

  • Never saw an episode. Wouldn’t know where to find it either.

gunsmoke_thumb96. Gunsmoke

  • Great show. I remember everybody wanted Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty to get together. Alas, they did not. Gunsmoke was not my favorite Western, though. That honor would go to The Big Valley. Audra was smokin’.

95. Key & Peele

  • LOVE Key & Peele. Had no idea they had a show though. Bummer.

94. Jeopardy

  • Wait. Game shows are allowed? That’s weird. On a related note, Alex Trebek is a pompous ass.

93. Mystery Science Theater 3000

  • I absolutely loved this show. The humor was right up my alley. Should be way higher.

92. American Idol

  • What? Another game show? Bogus, man.

91. Broad City

  • Not only have I not seen Broad City, I’ve never heard of it until this minute.

90. The Dick Van Dyke Show

  • Really good show, but I can name 10 other sitcoms from the same era that are, in my opinion, better.

89. Homeland

  • I have never seen Homeland. Sorry kids.

88. Party Down

  • Party Down I’ve never heard of. Party Down South I have heard of. Man I feel out of touch.

87. Doctor Who

  • I watched Dr. Who back in the 1970s when it starred Tom Baker, and even he wasn’t the first to portray the doc. I approve, and I wish it were higher.

86. Good Times

  • Oh yeah! Good Times! It was dy-no-mite! Good Times was a spin-off of Maude, which is itself a spin-off of All in the Family. TV’s Golden Age, man. Great show.

85. The Real World

  • This is a reality show! No plots and no actors! I don’t get it. However, I did watch it.

84. Real Time With Bill Maher

  • I happen to like this show. What can I say, people arguing politics and whatnot entertain me endlessly.

83. House of Cards

  • Haven’t seen it, but my friends tell me I’d love it. I feel a binge viewing coming on soon.

82. The Jeffersons

  • Just a terrific show which was also a spin-off of All in the Family. George and Weezy were the best, man. Hilarity.

81. Dallas

  • Yeah, I watched it. I also watched Knots Landing and Dynasty, and I watched all because the woman I was dating watched them. Dynasty introduced me to the fetching Heather Locklear as well. Yowza.

80. The Fugitive

  • The Fugitive was an awesome show. After watching Richard Kimble fugitive_s3v1_dvd_front1chase the real murderer of his wife for 4-years (he was accused of it and was on the run), the finale was must-see TV. I distinctly remember watching it with my father.

79. In Living Color

  • Awesome show from the early 90s. From the Wayans boys to Jim Carrey, several actors went on from this show to make it big. Cutting edge for its time.

78. Thirtysomething

  • God, did I hate this series. It ran from 1987 to 1991, and it was 4-years of listening to whiny, self-absorbed weaklings bitch about their lives. Blech.

77. The Walking Dead

  • Hands down one of my favorite TV series of all-time. And if I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times – it’s not about zombies, it’s about the characters. Ranked far too low.

76. Late Night With Conan O’Brien

  • I like Conan. I think his show has some of the most intelligent humor of all the late night talk shows. I especially love his short films.

75. American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson

  • Pretty good series, but no way does it belong in the Top 100. Plus, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro was just creepy.

74. The Ren & Stimpy Show

  • Hey-O! Ren and Stimpy were out there, man. I can’t believe they got away with half the stuff they did. Legendary show.

73. Transparent

  • Never heard of it. Wait. Is this that show with Jeffrey Tambor about the transgender dude? Ah. Timely. Still, it’s been on TV for about a minute, does it deserve #73? It does not.

72. Girls

  • I swear to God I’m losing my mind over here. There’s a show called “Girls”? Even if I don’t watch I usually have heard of a show due to my relentless research for this site. Alas, nothing.

71. Mr. Show

  • I never watched Mr. Show, but it starred Bob Odenkirk so it had to have been stellar. That is all.

70. Roseanne

  • You know, I was never a fan really. I mean, it was OK I guess, but I was never really a fan of her whiny, rolling-eyes type of humor. Meh.

69. The Ed Sullivan Showed

  • How in the HELL dould Ed Sullivan be this low. Outrageous. This show brought Elvis and The Beatles to the American masses, man! These people are idiots.

68. The State

  • Apparently this was on MTV in the mid-90s for a couple years. It’s one position ahead of Ed Sullivan. I have nothing else to say.

67. The Odd Couple

  • Solid choice. It was perfectly cast with Tony Randall as the snooty neat-freak Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as the sloppy curmudgeon Oscar Madison.

66. Downton Abby

  • Not only have I never watched Downton Abby, I always thought it was Downtown Abby until about 3-seconds ago. Admit it. You did too.

65. Happy Days

  • Yes! One of the joys of my life from years 17 to 25 was watching Happy Days on Tuesday nights. Sadly, it got worse as it progressed. In fact, the phrase “jumped the shark” originated from the episode in which Fonzie jumped a shark. And what the hell happened to Chuck?

64. Chappelle’s Show

  • Funny show. Not Top 100.

63. The Wonder Years

  • Yeah, The Wonder Years was a good show. Very nostalgic. Fun Fact: The girl who played Winnie Cooper, Danica McKellar, is now a mathematician and education advocate. Cool.

62. Sex and the City

  • Never watched an episode.

61. Your Show of Shows

  • It was before my time, but the old clips of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca are classic.

60. Beavis and Buttheadbeavis_butthead

  • The boys that influenced a nation of teenagers. Poorly I might add. Funny stuff though.

59. Hill Street Blues

  • Never a fan and I’m not sure why. Didn’t some actor bare his ass on national TV on this show or something? Missed out on this one I guess.

58. Roots

  • I remember that the hoopla surrounding this mini-series was intense, man. Pretty ground-breaking for the 70s.

57. Fawlty Towers

  • Wasn’t this a PBS show or something? Really, other than Monty Python I’ve never been into the whole British comedy thing. Then again, I usually got a chuckle or two out of Benny Hill. Mr. Bean not so much.

56. 24

  • There was one reason and one reason only I couldn’t watch this show, and that was because of Kiefer Sutherland’s insufferable whispering. Ever notice that? SPEAK UP, man!

55. Six Feet Under

  • Barely remember it. Couldn’t have been that good.

54. The Muppet Show

  • Probably have seen 3 in my life, and those were the shows hosted by Alice Cooper, Vincent Price and Elton John. Good kid’s show I guess.

53. The Bob Newhart Show

  • Now we’re talkin’. I love this show and anything Bob Newhart has ever done. Bravo, greatest TV show choosers!

52. The Colbert Report

  • I cannot lie. I know it was the cool thing to do, but alas, I wasn’t a huge fan. So shoot me.

51. Fargo

  • I LOVED the movie, but for the life of me I couldn’t get into the TV series. Perhaps nobody could replace movie characters William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi and the rest, I d not know.

50. E.R.

  • Was this the one with Clooney? These hospital shows all run together, man. In my humble non-expert opinion, no medical series was ever better than St. Elsewhere. Period.

49. Taxitaxi

  • Oh, how I loved this show. Louie (Danny Devito), Elaine (Marilu Henner), Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd), Latka (Andy Kaufman), Bobby (Jeff Conaway), Alex (Judd Hirsch), Tony (Tony Danza), Simka (Carol Kane) they were all good and went on to stellar post-TV careers. The episode where Reverend Jim went to take his driver’s test is an all-time classic.

48. The Office

  • My favorite TV sitcom of all-time, period. That it’s ranked at #48 makes me want to hurt people, not even kidding. I’ve seen every episode multiple times, swear to God. Loved all the characters but none were better than Michael, played by Steve Carell. He carried the show. The humor was sometimes unsettling, uncomfortable, awkward and made you a little queasy. In other words, just the way I like it.

47. The Rockford Files

  • Great detective series about a PI who lived with his dad in a trailer on the beach and who happened to be excellent at his job.

46. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

  • One of the greatest casts in the history of television. Mary, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Valerie Harper, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Georgia Engel . . . come on, man. None better. And the Chuckle’s the Clown Funeral episode was TV Gold.

45. Battlestar Galactica

  • Not gonna lie, I’ve never been a big Star Trek kinda guy. All those outer space shows sort of run together for me. Sorry, space nerds.

44. Columbo

  • Columbo was great. You could always count on him stumbling around and looking like an idiot, then miraculously solving the case at the very end. Good stuff.

43. The Americans

  • I’ve never seen this show. I guess it’s about Cold War Era spies from Russia or something, and that sounds sort of cool I guess.

42. NYPD Blue

  • I always get this show confused with Hill Street Blues, perhaps because of the whole “Blue” thing. I’m easily confused, man.

41. The Honeymooners

  • Ah, The Honeymooners. Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, man. It was on before I was born but I’ve seen a ton of reruns. Hilarious stuff.

40. The Shield

  • I’m sort of shocked that this is rated so highly. Why? Seemed like another cop show to me.

39. Lostlost

  • Big “Lost” guy here. Watched it from beginning to end, even though I had no idea what the hell was happening the last couple seasons, Show totally lost me, not gonna lie. And the finale was just awful. Were they all dead? I never did figure it out.

38. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • Please. #38? These people are out of their minds.

37. Orange is the New Black

  • I’ve heard this is good but I haven’t seen an episode. Sorry.

36. Law & Order

  • Quite possibly the best cop show ever, period. That weird music alone should put it in the Top 50.

35. My So-Called Life

  • Good Lord. A show about teen angst? But see, the people at Rolling Stone probably watched this as teenagers so it makes sense. Then again, I have no idea who voted so there’s that.

34. 30 Rock

  • Loved 30 Rock. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan? Can’t go wrong with that cast.

33. South Park

  • Well, der. Of course South Park has to be on the list. It’s the second greatest cartoon in the history of television. They also killed Kenny by the way.

32. I Love Lucy

I LOVE LUCY Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. September 21, 1954. Copyright CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive.

  • The fact that “I Love Lucy” is rated this low is an outrage, a desecration, an abomination and an indignity to humanity. Nobody could have argued if this show had been in the #1 spot, amirite?

31. Sesame Street

  • Never a huge fan. Big Bird was rather terrifying to me.

30. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

  • Carson at #30 makes this whole list illegitimate, and no talk show should be ahead of him. Period, end of story.

29. Monty Python’s Flying Circus

  • I’ll tell ya, when we first got PBS on Channel 13 in addition to 4, 6 and 10 I felt like I’d died and gone to 7th Heaven (not on the list either, for good reason). For a young man, Monty Python was wild, man. Just crazy, off-color humor like you read about. As my dad once put it so succinctly, “What in the HELL are you watching?”

28. The X-Files

  • You how I’m into weird stuff, right? Then it might shock you to discover that I never watched an episode of The X-Files. Odd I know.

27. Arrested Development

  • Another show I simply never got into. Everyone says it was great, blah-blah-blah. I know it won Emmys and stuff, but I also know it got low ratings. What does that tell ya?

26. Friendsaniston

  • Yeah, I watched Friends. Because of Jennifer Aniston. Honestly, it seems like Friends doesn’t hold up with time, ya know? I watch it now and it seems sort of lame. Maybe it was a 90’s thing.

25. Veep

  • Have never seen it, don’t care about it, have no information on it. That is all.

24. Friday Night Lights

  • I know, I know, as a coach I should have liked this series. However, after watching a few episodes I gave up on it. Sorry everybody.

23. Deadwood

  • Western, right? Never saw an episode.

22. Louie

  • Another critically acclaimed show that I’m ambivalent about. Sorry not sorry.

21. The Office (UK)

  • As I mentioned, I loved the US version so I’m pretty sure I’d like this one, partially because I think Ricky Gervais is a riot.

20. Cheers

  • Ah, no we’re into the Top 20. Hallowed ground, man. As for Cheers, I watched it and liked it a lot. Woody and Coach before him, Sam, Norm, Cliff, Diane and the rest were awesome. There’s something about a neighborhood bar that’s intoxicating, you know? A place where everybody knows your name.

Larry David, man. Hilarious.

19. Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • One of my all-time favorite series, hands-down. Like The Office, it was often uncomfortable and awkward to watch. In other words, right in my wheelhouse. Larry David is great in this show, and I absolutely love it.

18. Star Trek

  • I watched Star Trek but was never obsessed with it like a lot of people. Plus, it seems like that stuff all started after the series was over. Loved the episode called “The Trouble With Tribbles” though.

17. Twin Peaks

  • I watched Twin Peaks. I thought it was a was a quirky little show with an odd way of filming scenes and whatnot. Plus it had Sherilyn Fenn, so there’s that. Yowza. Still, #17? For realz?

16. M*A*S*H

  • One of my Top 5 shows of all-time, hands down. Loved the dark, sometimes political humor. And the episode in which Colonel Henry Blake died was shocking. Never saw it coming.

15. The West Wing

  • I’m a pretty liberal guy but I could never get into this show. Not sure why, the characters just seemed way too smug for me.

14. The Larry Sanders Show

  • I absolutely loved this show. Still watch it in reruns when I can. The whole premise was unique for its time – a behind the scenes look at a late night talk show. Fascinating stuff and funny as hell.

13. Late Night With David Lettermanlate-night-with-david-letterman-1982-bill-murray

  • Not the “Late Show” that was on CBS from 1993 to 2015, but “Late Night” that ran from 1982 to 1993. In this one Letterman was more caustic, never smiled a lot, and was sarcastic as hell. It ran from 12:30 am to 1:30 am so he could be a lot more off-color. LOVED this show and taped it every night. Fun fact: I have every episode on VHS tape.

12. Game of Thrones

  • I haven’t watched a single episode of Game of Thrones, therefore I am appalled that it’s ranked this high.

11. Freaks and Geeks

  • Seriously, they’re just messing with us now, right? Freaks and Geeks ranked ahead of M*A*S*H and The Office? I’m dying a little inside.

10. The Daily Show

  • Let me tell you a secret about myself – I liked Craig Kilborne as a host of The Daily Show better than John Stewart. There, I said it.

9. All in the Family

  • Fantastic, controversial show that could never run in today’s politically correct world. It somehow made racism, anti-semitism and close-minded right-wingers funny. #9 may actually be a little low for this show.

8. Saturday Night Live

  • I’ve been off and on with SNL for years. I loved the early years, liked Eddie Murphy, and liked the late 90’s to early 00’s with Will Ferrell. Other years I’ve barely watched. Honestly, sometimes it can be excruciating to watch.

7. The Twilight Zone

  • Never missed an episode, and the “Living Doll” episode with Talking giphyTina still chills me to the core. And “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet“? Terrifying.

6. The Simpsons

  • Yep, I agree wholeheartedly. Just groundbreaking stuff. It’s amazing how much more you can get away with when the show features cartoon characters, ya know? My favorite scene is when Homer is being chased by a bear and he screams, “You can’t eat me! I have a wife and three kids! EAT THEM!”

5. Seinfeld

  • I was a fan of the show, but not a big a fan as some. I mean, I can’t repeat lines from the show and stuff, but the show was show iconic that we all repeat catchphrases like “close talker” and “yada yada.” And who can forget The Soup Nazi? Well, hell, maybe I’m a bigger fan than I thought. Whatever. It deserves the 5-spot.

4. Mad Menmad-men

  • My second favorite series of all-time. The clothes, the set designs, the way the characters talked, the plotlines, I loved every single thing about this show. And the ending was spectacular. There was only one show that could beat Mad Men, and that was . . .

3. Breaking Badbreaking-bad

  • I don’t know what first got me interested in Breaking Bad. Maybe it was the fact that the lead character was a teacher, I’m not sure. However, once I started watching I couldn’t stop. It was intoxicating, man. After the best-ever series finale I actually watched every single episode again. Incredible series.

2. The Wire

  • I’m sad to report that although many of my friends say I’ll love it, I’ve never watched The Wire. However, I shall do so post haste.

1. The Sopranos

  • I watched The Sopranos and I liked The Sopranos. I even enjoyed the finale, which seemed to upset so many people. However, it would not be #1 in my rankings. That honor would go to Breaking Bad. Sorry Tony.

I sort of feel like there should be different categories for drama, comedy, cartoons, talk shows and others though, you know? It seems odd comparing Letterman to The Simpsons or The Wire to Seinfeld. Totally different.

So, all-in-all the Rolling Stone list had some major omissions (no Andy Griffith or The Walking Dead?), some odd choices (Freaks and freaking Geeks?), some misplaced shows (Letterman ahead of Carson?) and quite a few shows that I’d simply never seen before.

I’ll give it a C+.

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