The Ultimate TV Lineup: 'Star Trek,' 'Cheers,' 'Buffy' & Much More
8:00 Freaks & Geeks
Wednesday is just as exciting as Tuesday. Instead of three hours of Whedon, viewers get an hour of Judd Apatow followed by two hours of J.J. Abrams. Instantly, hump day becomes the most anticipated day of the week! The fun starts at 8 p.m. with the Judd Apatow-produced "Freaks & Geeks," the critically beloved cult hit about high school in the early 80s that launched the careers of a host of young talent including Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and James Franco.
At nine, make the jump to college life with J.J. Abrams' first television series, "Felicity." A humorous, realistic and always entertaining look at going to school in New York City, "Felicity" is a worthy addition to this or any schedule. Cap off the night with another Abrams effort, "Lost," perhaps the most fascinating and complex television series ever created.
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Police Squad!
9:30 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
10:00 The Shield
Thursday nights would be home to a block of incredibly hilarious sitcoms followed by one of the grittiest and most engaging dramas of all-time. It all starts with "The Simpsons," reclaiming its early seasons' home (and early seasons' form). Next up is the hilarious "Police Squad!" because no TV lineup is complete without Leslie Nielsen. At nine is "Seinfeld," which deserves the slot because it dominated it like none other.
Next up is the little known FX comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which is beloved by its small and impassioned fan base but largely ignored by the general public. It works well as a lead-out to "Seinfeld" because in a lot of ways the characters on both shows are very similar in regards to their narcissism and one-upmanship. Finally, the night concludes with the always captivating Michael Chiklis in "The Shield."
8:00 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
8:30 The Twilight Zone
9:00 The X-Files
10:00 Twin Peaks
Friday has been a semi-successful home for sci-fi, fantasy and the occult for years, and that doesn't change here. The night starts with a pair of anthology series - the mystery/drama of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" followed by the sci-fi/overall weirdness of "The Twilight Zone." Good old Al and Rod Serling are both alive, of course. You just can't have "The Twilight Zone" without Mr. Serling (with apologies to Forest Whitaker).
The strange night continues at nine with "The X-Files" and concludes an hour later with perhaps the oddest primetime show to ever grace the airwaves, "Twin Peaks." What better way to wind down after a rough work week then by spending an hour in the town of Twin Peaks?
8:00 The Wild Wild West
9:00 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Saturday nights would be all Western, all the time. Apologies to "COPS" and "America's Most Wanted," but it is time to bring original scripted programming back to the Saturday night schedule. Things start at eight with "The Wild Wild West," the original science fiction Western (if you haven't seen the series please DO NOT judge it by the ill fated 1999 film adaptation). Following at nine would be the best science fiction Western, "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." Any night spent in the company of Bruce Campbell is a night well spent.
At 10, it is time to ship the kiddies off to bed and enjoy the most profane and starkly realistic Western ever made - "Deadwood." This combination of programs would be enough to keep even the wildest partier at home in front of the tube (or at least get him to set his DVR).
What shows would appear on your ultimate TV lineup? Comment and let us know!
Story by Derek Krebs
Starpulse contributing writer
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