In which we discuss which televisions are most reliable in terms of quality.
I don’t necessarily mean the best shows, by the way, or even your favorite ones. My all-time-favorite show is probably a three-way tie between Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Doctor Who, but all three of those have a large number of clunkers mixed in with the great episodes (though with Xena one can always just skip to a Gabrielle scene, turn off the sound, and watch Renee O’Connor being awesome). All three are great, but they’re not consistent.
For consistency rather than greatness, the first show that comes to my mind is the Jack & Anita Program, better known as the original Law & Order. While it did vary somewhat in quality over the years, it never failed to be interesting, was rarely stupid, and never inspires one to hit pause on the DVR, quickly make some popcorn, and come back so you can throw the popcorn at the scene. L&O is my benchmark for predictable quality.
But that’s just me. I’m sure you guys have your own opinions.