Networks battle for
Must See TV
- OLD AND NEW. The NBC hit sitcom is one of the few shows that has
survived the cancellation axe year after year, and haircut after haircut.
Over the years, NBC
has considered its Thursday lineup to be "Must See TV," thanks
to shows like The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld
and Friends. But those were just single shows; what network has
the strongest night from top to bottom? Here are the best five nightly
5) FOX Tuesday: That '70s Show, Grounded for Life,
Two good sitcoms topped off by the always unpredictable 24. Great
action, drama and unintentional comedy. Dennis Hopper trying to speak
with a Serbian accent will never be topped.
4) NBC Wednesday: Ed, West Wing, Law & Order
Two years ago, this would've been #1. Ed has always been a decent
third wheel, but the other two have lost a step. West Wing is
now merely one of the best shows going, instead of the undisputed champ.
After 13 years, Law & Order is finally starting to lose it. Blame
it all on having to split good scripts amongst the L&O spinoffs,
and the terrible acting of Elisabeth Rohm (she makes Pam Anderson look
like Meryl Streep).
3) NBC Thursday: Friends, Scrubs, Will &
Grace, Good Morning Miami, ER
How the mighty have fallen. NBC's two cornerstones, Friends and
ER, are running on fumes, though at least Friends is
still pretty good. Will & Grace looked like it would be NBC's
next major hit, but it has really fallen off in the past couple of years.
Scrubs has taken over as the next big thing, and it's nice to
see NBC pushing a genuinely funny and innovative show. We can ignore Miami,
the TV equivalent of scurvy.
2) CBS Thursday: Survivor/Star Search, CSI, Without
CBS's quality beats NBC's quantity. CSI has become a flagship
for CBS, and Trace is a quality new show about an FBI missing
persons squad. It should be noted that the number 2 ranking only applies
when Survivor is in season, since nobody is impressed by a two-bit
talent show. Survivor is still the best reality show, though
the last series was kind of dull. I'd like to point out that I picked
Brian, the ex-porn star/used car salesman, to win all the way back in
September. He should've been on Star Search, along with his many
1) FOX Sunday: Futurama, The Simpsons, King
of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, Andy Richter Controls
Good comedies are hard to find, which is why is it is amazing that FOX
has so many on Sunday. You've got a bona fide classic, two other very
good animated shows and the funniest new show that nobody watches in Andy
Richter. I think Malcolm is horribly overrated, but most
folks enjoy it, so I'll submit to peer pressure. To quote Homer, "What's
more important than popularity?"