I cannot even begin to express how much I love Night Court. All the characters were funny, and the ensemble just worked so well. There were lots of now-famous actors and comedians who made guest appearances on this show so, yeah, it was kind of a big deal. Harry Anderson was like the Matt Smith of judges. He was young, quirky, strange, funny, and wore a bow tie. It was a great show that lasted a while and, sadly, like some others on my list, is no longer in syndication.
80s and 90s TV show honorable mentions: Newhart (I absolutely adored that show too) and The New Scooby Doo Mysteries
Of all the M shows, My Two Dads is one I remember watching a lot when I was a kid. It was a ridiculous story, of course, but the studio apartment where they lived was pretty cool. Also, this was Paul Reiser before his role as Burke in Aliens – and we all know how much I love that movie.
80s and 90s TV show honorable mentions: MacGyver, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Magnum P.I., Mama’s Family (I watched this in syndication because it was the only thing on certain times), Miami Vice, Mickey’s Christmas Carol (my favorite Christmas movie ever), Major Dad, and Mad About You (the other Paul Reiser show I watched.)
This is one of my favorite shows of all time. Just hearing little Laura Ingalls begins her narration for the pilot episode to Little House on the Prairie, gets me emotional. It was such a good show – good characters and good moral values. I still watch it on Sony channel here in the UK. It never gets old. It’s the show that made me want to live in a small community, made me want to be a teacher, and made me want to be a writer. It’s a pivotal part of my childhood and one day I hope to see Laura Ingalls Wilder’s real homes.
80s and 90s TV show honorable mentions: L.A. Law, Late Night with David Letterman, Looney Tunes
Kate and Allie use to be on in syndication early in the morning and it was a welcome relief to the usual junk that plays after non-college kids go to work. I always liked Jane Curtain and it was nice to see her in a regular sit com.
Knight Rider had the best intro song too. Who didn’t want a car that talked? I was such a fan of this as a kid.
Just the Ten of Us was one of those shows they don’t talk about that much anymore, but I really liked it. A large Catholic family full of girls and a basketball coach for a father at their high school. It had its intense moments with “issue” episodes, and it really wasn’t given the credit it was due in the sitcom hall of fame.
80′s TV show honorable mention: The Jeffersons, The Jetsons, Jeopardy.