I hardly ever watch tv anymore. Most of it is so banal it’s insulting. (I don’t include A&E, History Channel, etc. I mean network crud.)
I’ll turn on the tube sometimes to watch Red Green and 3rd Rock. Oh, and Ben Stein’s Money on Comedy Channel; I’m addicted to that.
In the past, hey, what riches: MASH, WKRP (great writing and ensemble acting), Twilight Zone, Carol Burnett (w/ Tim Conway, at the top of their form), and some Sid Ceaser stuff I’ve seen rerun was the flat out funniest, sneakiest, cleverest stuff that ever hit the tube. Not to mention some of the Mobile Masterpiece Theater genre, when they wrote real drama for tv.
Oh, and Law and Order is okay if I happen to trip over it.
To be honest, my favorites are old, awful, grade B science fiction and horror movies. A big bowl of popcorn, some wine, a real bay-at-the-moon howler of a 1950’s SF movie and I’m happy.
Sorry, that isn’t really the intent of your thread, other than TV is the venue for this usually only on local features like “Creature Feature”, etc.