My favorite show of the past year was “The Walking Dead.” Even though I watched every episode as it aired, religiously, I went out and got the DVDs and I watch one a week. It’s a treat. I love what that show did. I thought it was sort of intellectual horror. I was really impressed with it.
And if you haven’t joined the bandwagon already, I think “Justified” on FX is a brilliant show with a great cast. I love Margo [Martindale] and Timothy [Olyphant] on that show. (Murphy (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times); ‘Walking Dead’ (AMC))
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” -- that’s a great show. It’s available on box set, I have one. The writing is perfect, it’s perfectly structured, the characters ... it’s great. In this day and age it’s a borderline museum piece. As far as a show I just devour, it’s “The Wire.” (Michael C. Hall (AP); Ted Knight & Mary Tyler Moore of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (CBS))
No. 1, and I’m being honest: You will not be disappointed if you watch any of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” It without fail puts me in a good mood. They are on Season 17 or something. I particularly recommend the animal extravaganzas episodes. I have all the seasons on DVD -- not all 17 years but a couple of seasons. If I’m talking serious TV, the first season of “Damages” from start to finish is one of the best television experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve never seen a thriller executed that way on television. (Kristen Bell (Getty Images); Glenn Close & Rose Byrne of “Damages” (DirecTV))
I just love “Frasier,” and now I’m working with Jane [Leeves], and that’s marvelous. It’s just great comedy. You know, actors take all the credit for things, but unless it’s well written they don’t laugh. I don’t think writers get enough credit. And “Frasier” is well written -- oh, goodness, yes. I just love it. I’m also a big “30 Rock” fan. Tina Fey is just pure gold. (Betty White (AP); “Frasier” (NBC))
For some curious reason, I missed the beginning of “Mad Men.” And the longer it went on, the more I realized I should be watching this show. So that’s gonna be my own treat. I want to go back to the start.
But if I had to get a show out of the trunk and watch it, it’d be “thirtysomething.” I thought it was so great. I think shows on TV work if you care about the characters in them. If you don’t care about that, then the special effects don’t matter. It was the end of the ‘80s, early ‘90s. But even that -- that’s nearly 20 years ago. It’s a period drama now. Time is a strange thing. (Julian Fellowes (ITV); Mel Harris and Melanie Mayron of ‘Thirtysomething’ (ABC))
“Deadwood!” I am a western fanatic, and for me this show was and is an obsession. The writing, the acting, the characters, the sets, the costumes are all so authentic-seeming, one can almost feel the dirt. I have watched it three times through and can’t wait for the fourth. It just gets better as you watch it! (Kristin Bauer (Getty Images); W. Earl Brown in “Deadwood” (HBO))
This summer I will be catching up on one of my favorite shows, “Damages.” It has such a talented cast, smart writing and is so captivating. Anyone who hasn’t seen this show should check it out! (Brooke Elliott (MCT); Rose Byrne of “Damages” (FX))
I love “Freaks and Geeks.” It was so ahead of its time, and I think that’s why it got canceled so quickly. It was so brilliant. All our favorite comedians now were rocking it back then -- Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and James Franco. When no one knew who they were. And they were hilarious. (Evan Rachel Wood (Associated Press); The cast of ‘Freaks & Geeks’ (NBC))