Which of these shows do you consider ''classic'' television?

What makes a series a classic?

Here at MeTV, we like to throw the word "classic" around to describe television, music, and movies. But what does that word even mean? According to Merriam-Webster, " classic " means "serving as a standard of excellence: of recognized value." Also included in the definition is "historically memorable." However, language is obviously open to interpretation, and we each might have our own slightly different meanings of what we find to be "classic." So here's a chance to put that to the test and see how your own opinions of classic television measure up to other viewers! I'll give you a television show, and you tell me if you consider it to be "classic television."

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  1. All In The Family (1971-1979)
  2. I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
  3. Full House (1987-1995)
  4. Cheers (1982-1993)
  5. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971)
  6. The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)
  7. The Brady Wives (1981)
  8. The Carrol Burnett Show (1967-1978)
  9. Dallas (1978-1991)
  10. The Golden Girls (1985-1992)
  11. M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
  12. Star Trek: TOS (1966-1969)
  13. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
  14. Family Ties (1982-1989)
  15. Gilligan's Island (1963-1967)
  16. The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
  17. Happy Days (1974-1984)
  18. Laverne and Shirley (1976-1983)
  19. The Lucy Show (1962-1968)
  20. Seinfeld (1989-1998)

Which of these shows do you consider ''classic'' television?

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Karellen 24 hours ago
Hope this means The Muppet Show will be coming soon to METV
Dexzac 1 day ago
90% Messed up on Laverne&Shirley and Family Ties I said not classic.
Lillyrose 4 days ago
50% similar. I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show are definitely classic.
FloridaTopCat 5 days ago
Oh, and when they did the original "Dick Van Dyke Show", the decision was made to keep ALL politics out of it. Made a show that can still be watched today - unlike, say, Murphy Brown, where they were still making Nixon jokes 15, 20 years after his resignation in 1974.
FloridaTopCat 5 days ago
Nothing from Leftist Norman Lear (All in the Family, etc) is classic! They were all opportunities for fellow leftists like Rob Reiner to be the good guys, and Archie to be the evil one. In reality, the truth is much, much, closer to the middle!
nerakr 11 days ago
65% similar. If it's older than I am or almost as old, it's classic.
GioLovesMash 12 days ago
75% similar why full house is there fh is coming back in 2024?
bmoore4026 13 days ago
To those of you who don't think Star Trek: The Next Generation is a classic show, let me say that show has held up better than some of the sitcoms on MeTV, especially Hogan's Heroes.
Hogan’s Heroes holds up very well especially considering why many of the actors played the parts. it was also one of the first shows, before Star Trek, that gave a major role to a black actor. Ivan Dixon does not get the credit he deserves.
Bapa1 FestusFan2312 12 days ago
I read that in the first year of HH, some stations in the south refused to air it because of Ivan Dixon. But they eventually relented. Dixon became a respected director.
Coldnorth Bapa1 12 days ago
I never knew why Ivan Dixon left Hogan
I'll tell you why Ivan Dixon isn't remembered for his contributions. Because Hogan's Heroes is a terrible show with an offensive premise. A comedy set in prisoner of war camp during World War 2!? That's an insult to the men who suffered in those places! It's disgusting! It is because of the Godawful show Ivan Dixon's accomplishments are ignored Nichelle Nichols' are lauded.
Zip 13 days ago
70 % similar.

The shows I like are classic, and the shows I don't like are not classic.
Karellen Zip 24 hours ago
Same here
Pacificsun 14 days ago
I understand the point of the quiz us to compare opinions, and that makes it fun!

However, being that this is the website of "Classic TV" what you're watching here, folks. IS Classic TV. Why? Because the time period is the definition as in the "Golden Age" of television. A common term used to differentiate original Series (or concepts) or those from Radio. They were also infused with classic dramatic principles (like you'll see in Alfred Hitchcock stories taken from Short Stories).
Wendy57 14 days ago
60% similar.
Classic to some is just fill in to others.
BradBeall 15 days ago
I had to give "Family Ties" the classic vote, only because I thought the show was always a "class act". it never depended on anything other than intelligently written scripts. That being said, I also had to give the thumbs-down to "All in the Family", simply because I can't stand to watch it for more than a minute or two. People constantly arguing gets old really quick.
WilliamJorns BradBeall 14 days ago
I enjoyed "All in the Family" despite the arguments because the show's producers and cast were satirizing bigotry and ignorance in every episode. On the other hand, the "Mama's Family" segments on "The Carol Burnett Show" and the series "Mama's Family" itself just turned me off because of the arguments. Don't ask me to explain it; I can't. Perhaps it's because Mama, Eunice and their relatives were just another dysfunctional family? I don't know.
Bapa1 BradBeall 12 days ago
My daughter about twenty years ago had to write a report on 'All in The Family' when she was in Middle-School. They were showing episodes on TV Land at the time, so she watched some. Her response was: 'I don't understand anything they're talking about" and 'Why is everybody arguing and shouting?"
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