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  • 24Emmy
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    ABC NEWS AND PEOPLE MAGAZINE PRESENT: “BEST IN TV: THE GREATEST TV SHOWS OF OUR TIME WITH BARBARA WALTERS,” A SPECIAL EDITION OF “20/20”

    Television Fans Submit More Than a Million Votes in an Unprecedented Online Ballot

    Two-Hour Broadcast to Air Tuesday, September 18

    What are the greatest television shows of all time? Who are our favorite TV mom and dad? Who is our favorite television host of all time? It’s America’s turn to decide, as a collaboration between ABC News and PEOPLE Magazine gave TV fans the opportunity to vote online at http://www.bestintelevision.com for their favorites of all time. With more than one million votes cast, the results will be revealed during an unprecedented two-hour broadcast, a special edition of “20/20”, “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters,” airing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC, in conjunction with ABC’s broadcast of the Emmy Awards.

    The program will include fresh interviews with stars, directors and producers including Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay, Florence Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Warren Littlefield, Lorne Michaels, Muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Reiner, Ryan Seacrest, Keith Thibodeaux — aka Little Ricky — from “I Love Lucy,” Betty White and Dick Wolf.

    The special will also include classic clips from America’s favorite shows, as well as out-takes, screen tests and rare behind-the-scenes footage. In additiona, a panel of pop culture and television experts, including several editors and writers from PEOPLE, will weigh in with their thoughts and memories.

    Categories:
    Best TV Comedy
    Best TV Drama
    Best Legal or Cop Show
    Favorite TV Mom
    Favorite TV Dad
    Favorite Reality Show
    Best Talk Show Host
    Best Non-Human Character
    Favorite TV Variety Show
    Best TV Show of All Time

    PEOPLE will announce the winners in the Favorite Reality Show and Most Memorable TV Moments categories in the issue which hits newsstand on September 14. Winners in the Best TV Game Show, Favorite Soap Opera/Daytime Drama, Best Animated Show and Favorite TV Theme Song categories will be revealed online at http://www.bestintelevision.com in conjunction with the “Best in TV” airdate. While on the “Best in TV” site, television fans also have the opportunity to view clips, slide shows and interviews.

    Online Voting: Several dozen Emmy Award winning actors, directors and producers, along with several TV journalists, selected the nominees in each category by choosing their favorites from a list of hundreds of shows old and new. The “all star” panel included luminaries like actors Tim Allen, Valerie Harper and Jimmy Smits, and producers/directors/creators Stephen Bochco, Mark Burnett, Norman Lear, Warren Littlefield, Chuck Lorre and Shonda Rhimes, among many others.

    John Green is the executive producer of “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters,” which is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with stereo sound.

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    Laactingnyc
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    I hope i see these.

    Best TV comedy – Golden Girls, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Seinfeld, Maude, I Love Lucy, The Cosby Show.
    Best TV Drama – Murder She Wrote
    Best show of all time – Golden Girls
    Fav TV mom – Sophia Petrillo ( Golden Girls ), The Huxtable mom

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    Trent
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    TV Comedy – Seinfeld
    TV Drama – Hill Street Blues
    Legal or Cop Show – Law and Order
    TV Mom – Claire Huxtable
    TV Dad – Tough one. It will definitely be Archie Bunker, Al Bundy or Homer Simpson
    Reality Show – couldn’t care less
    Talk Show Host – Probably Regis or Oprah, maybe Ellen
    Non-Human Character – Brian Griffin
    Variety Show – SNL
    TV Show of All Time – Probably I Love Lucy

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    JayDF
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    #259882

    I started the DVR at the half point…hope I didn’t miss comedy series…just caught the variety section.

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    24Emmy
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    And the results . . .

    Best TV Show of All Time

    1. I Love Lucy
    2. M*A*S*H
    3. Seinfeld
    4. All in the Family
    5. Cheers

    Best TV Comedy
    1. I Love Lucy
    2. Seinfeld
    3. M*A*S*H
    4. The Cosby Show
    5. All in the Family

    Best TV Drama
    1. ER
    2. The Twilight Zone
    3. The Sopranos
    4. The West Wing
    5. Mad Men

    Best Legal or Cop Show
    1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    2. Law & Order
    3. Columbo
    4. 24
    5. Hill Street Blues

    Favorite TV Mom
    1. Clair Huxtable — Phylicia Rashad, The Cosby Show
    2. Carol Brady — Florence Henderson, The Brady Bunch
    3. Marie Barone — Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond
    4. Mrs. Cunningham — Marion Ross, Happy Days
    5. June Cleaver — Barbara Billingsley, Leave it to Beaver

    Favorite TV Dad
    1. TBD
    2. TBD
    3. TBD
    4. TBD
    5. TBD

    Favorite Reality Show
    1. Dancing With the Stars
    2. American Idol
    3. Survivor
    4. The Amazing Race
    5. Deadliest Catch

    Best Talk Show Host
    1. Johnny Carson
    2. Ellen DeGeneres
    3. Oprah Winfrey
    4. Carol Burnett
    5. David Letterman

    Best Non-Human Character
    1. Kermit the Frog, The Muppet Show
    2. Lassie, Lassie
    3. Spock, Star Trek
    4. Alf, ALF
    5. Miss Piggy, The Muppet Show

    Favorite TV Variety Show
    1. Saturday Night Live
    2. The Carol Burnett Show
    3. In Living Color
    4. American Bandstand
    5. The Ed Sullivan Show

    Best TV Game Show
    1. Jeopardy
    2. The Price is Right
    3. Wheel of Fortune
    4. The Hollywood Squares
    5. Family Feud

    Favorite Soap Opera/Daytime Drama
    1. General Hospital
    2. All My Children
    3. Days of our Lives
    4. The Young and the Restless
    5. Dark Shadows

    Best Animated Show
    1. The Flintstones
    2. The Simpsons
    3. The Looney Tunes
    4. Charlie Brown
    5. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

    Favorite TV Theme Song
    1. Friends
    2. Cheers
    3. Gilligan’s Island
    4. The Addams Family
    5. Mission Impossible

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    The Cosby Show in the top 5 comedies…for real?  I mean the first couple of seasons were well done…but the rest of it was pretty terrible.  TV themes…”Movin’ On Up” from THE JEFFERSONS is missing!!!  I didn’t see Talk show host…how is Carol Burnett in this cat???

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    JayDF
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    WOW – The Mary Tyler Moore Show completely shut out!  Cheers makes best shows of all time but replaced by the complacent Cosby Show in the comedy section???  America?
     

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    24Emmy
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    #259886

    Hmm, they skipped Favorite TV Dad for some reason . . .

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    Alijah Purdy
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    #259887

    Where is The Golden Girls?? It should be in Best Theme Song and Best Comedy.

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    Cheers should have been in the top five comedies. Seriously.  Scooby-Doo over South Park? Nah!!!!

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    Thank God no “Friends” for Best Comedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    FrozenBarbie
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    Favorite theme song… I would have voted for the theme to the Andy Griffith show, over Friends.  Didn’t realize people liked that one so much.

    Sorry, but I don’t think the Golden Girls should have been on the best theme or best comedy list. It wasn’t anywhere near as funny as Soap.

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    Thank God no “Friends” for Best Comedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    I also didn’t catch the animated section…but THE LOONEY TUNES???  I hope they at least mentioned that most of those shorts were made for the cinema and not for television.  The ones made for first showing specifically for TV are actually kinda awful…pale, pale, pale in comparison to the film shorts.

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    Hmm, they skipped Favorite TV Dad for some reason . . .

    I was watching GMA this morning and Barbara Walters listed the Top 5 with George Stephonolopolous but i forget the list…lol 

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