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#1 Posted on 27.5.04 2141.16
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This one is from TV Guide. It is a list of "The 25 top cult shows ever". In reverse order...

25. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
24. Absolutely Fabulous (1994-present)
23. Forever Knight (1992-1996)
22. H.R. Pufnstuff (1969-1970)
21. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1975-1978)
20. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
19. Dark Shadows (1966-1971)
18. Doctor Who (1963-present)
17. The Avengers (1966-1969)
16. My So-Called Life (1994-1995)
15. Quantum Leap (1989-1993)
14. Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)
13. Babylon 5 (1994-1998)
12. Family Guy (1999-2002)
11. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999)
10. Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991)
9. Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)
8. Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
7. The Prisoner (1967-1968)
6. The Simpsons (1989-present)
5. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)
4. Farscape (1999-2003)
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
2. X-Files (1993-2002)
1. Star Trek (1966-1969)

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#2 Posted on 27.5.04 2153.55
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Damn...pretty accurate list...I'm not a fan of many of the shows, with Simpsons and a few others being examples...but I can see the other ones.
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#3 Posted on 27.5.04 2208.34
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In what way was the Simpsons, which knocked the Cosby Show from it's cosy spot as the top comedy in America, a cult show? The whole enterprise, merchandise, syndication contracts and all, is worth a billion bucks. That's not a cult, it's a full-fledged religion.
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#4 Posted on 27.5.04 2215.11
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    Originally posted by Hogan's My Dad
    In what way was the Simpsons, which knocked the Cosby Show from it's cosy spot as the top comedy in America, a cult show? The whole enterprise, merchandise, syndication contracts and all, is worth a billion bucks. That's not a cult, it's a full-fledged religion.


I kinda agree on that point. Let me type TV Guide's reason for its "Cult-ability".....

"People see themselves in those characters," says singer Tom Jones. If such casting is not cultworthy, what is? The comedy has sold more than 5000 products (including asthma inhalers and Chia Pets) and has made Bart's weekly chalkboard messages the most deciphered scribbling since the Rosetta stone.
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#5 Posted on 27.5.04 2235.27
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I'm surprised Brimstone wasn't mentioned.
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#6 Posted on 27.5.04 2349.46
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Really a weak showing for British Sci-fi, which has always had more of a cult following in the U.S. than anything else.

Specifically, Blake's 7 and Red Dwarf, and if we're really talking about cults, Dr. Who should be higher. I somehow recognized the theme on some horrible British comedy show a few months back. A cult show should require more of its viewership than simply watching the Sci-fi network.

And Pink Lady and Jeff should be on there.

And

never mind. I cold go on forever about shows that have more of a "cult" following than half those shows.
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#7 Posted on 27.5.04 2354.06
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#8 Posted on 28.5.04 0503.31
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    Originally posted by Hogan's My Dad
    In what way was the Simpsons, which knocked the Cosby Show from it's cosy spot as the top comedy in America, a cult show? The whole enterprise, merchandise, syndication contracts and all, is worth a billion bucks. That's not a cult, it's a full-fledged religion.


I always thought the Simpson's is like wrestling. You got the casuals and you got the hardcores, who can and will recite everyline from every episode.

Now where in the hell is Married With Children, you have a character that broke down the walls of oppression and inspired legions of followers to publicly grope themselves.
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#9 Posted on 28.5.04 0647.06
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WKRP In Cincinnati anyone?
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#10 Posted on 28.5.04 0658.46
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Good to see MST3K on there, but of course to me it is the number 1 show of all time (not just cult). It is great that Freaks and Geeks got on the list as well.
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#11 Posted on 28.5.04 0710.56
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Woudl've thought that the Critic could at least crack the Top 25. There were lots of people who waited for a long time for it to come out on DVD...
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#12 Posted on 28.5.04 0725.33
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Damn right, they put Pee-Wee's Playhouse on there. I was all about that show when I was a kid. I had the playset, the action figures and everything. I think the only thing I've got remaining now from that playset is Cowboy Curtis... who used to get the shit kicked out of him by my Star Trek Gowron character on a regular basis.

I want to say it ended up being Cowboy Curtis vs. Gowron in the first Arena Games final... Curtis having advanced that far mostly due to heel shenanigans... but in the final, Gowron completely and utterly destroyed him. Hit him with a pain stick and everything.

Oh, um...

Anyway... they need to come out with a “Greatest 'Greatest Lists' of All-Time” issue. Either that or they need to stop doing it already, stopitstopitstopitstopit, because I can't look at a magazine rack without someone plugging a “Greatest Something of All-Time” list.
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#13 Posted on 28.5.04 2037.59
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The Simpsons is way out of place. Even if you were to concede that it's a cult show, how in the hell does it come in behind The X-Files (which came around later, didn't last as long, and never reached the same peak in popularity), Buffy (which has fans because 17 year old boys think SMG is hot), and Farscape (what the hell is Farscape)? 25 years from now if there's one TV show from this era that's still getting run and everybody remembers fondly, it'll be The Simpsons. A definite slight job there.
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#14 Posted on 28.5.04 2228.38
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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    WKRP In Cincinnati anyone?









It deserves it just for 'I Swear, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly.' Also, for Loni Anderson circa 1979.
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