10 Best TV Series That We Miss

How many of you TV geeks do not know the fun of watching back-to-back episodes of all the seasons of your favorite show? While it may be hard to do so with shows that are on air, it is the best way to watch series which are no longer running. Here are our

1. Friends (1994-2004, 2014?)

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Duh! Who does not just love this gang of the funniest people ever? They make for the best back-to-back watches on lazy afternoons, weekends…actually, anytime! This author confesses to religiously watch the 10 seasons once annually…at least! Fans of the show would give anything to have this show back on air. Apparently, NBC confirmed the launch of a new season in 2014 – however, it is still unsure if all 6 original actors will accept the deal. We can’t wait!

2. Lost (2004-2010)

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One of the most nail-biting shows in recent times, Lost aired for 6 seasons from 2004 to 2010. Coupling mystery to science fiction as well as supernatural, Lost had so many references to literature and mythology that fans could not wait for one episode to end before rushing off to the online fan forums to dissect each episode to bits! Critics have echoed the sentiments of Lostaways or Losties, as the fans are called – and the show stowed away a number of awards in its kitty before bidding goodbye. (Image Credit: wordpress (dot) com)

3. Arrested Development (2003 – 2006, 2013)

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It is probably cheating to put this sitcom on the list here, as the creators are bringing back the Bluth family to our TVs seven years after the show supposedly ended! Fans were highly disappointed when that happened, as this Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning show was a breath of fresh air among the single camera setup sitcoms. With hand-held camera shots and very quirky characters, this show received a massive cult following. (Image Credit: fanpop (dot) com)

4. Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-1974)

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This was a show before our times, and for those who do not know, the comedy group Monty Python was the Beatles of comedy. With surrealism, risquÃÃ, innuendos and observational sketches, the makers wanted their show to be impossible to categorize – hence the birth of the term ‘Pythonesque’. Satirizing political and professional life of England, this show went on to air 45 episodes. (Image Credit: musicstack (dot) com)

5. Death Note (2006-2007)

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This Japanese manga series proliferated into the animated TV series, novels , anime films and games. For anime geeks, there is hardly any other show they would put above Death Note. With the power to kill anyone by writing their name on a supernatural notebook, the protagonist Light Yagami becomes no less than a god. The series, though popular, has been highly controversial because of its influence on young kids and copycat murderers. (Image Credit: geektyrant (dot) com)

6. Scrubs (2001-2010)

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A medical comedy-drama that ran for 9 seasons, Scrubs received 17 Emmy nominations and numerous other awards. John ‘J.D’ Dorian and his friends learn about life, love and friendship as he starts out as an intern in the Sacred Heart Hospital. With frequent daydreams and some eccentric senior doctors, this made for a very watchable show. (Image Credit: fanpop (dot) com)

7. That 70’s Show (1998-2006)

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One of the best period sitcoms, this show catapulted present day stars like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis to Hollywood fame. Based on a group of friends and their parents, all with very different personalities – the show’s various themes highlighted the issues in USA in the 1970s, generational conflict and teenage drug use being the most common. It ran for 8 seasons, and we could do with number 9, please! (Image Credit: fanpop (dot) com)

8. Will & Grace (1998-2006)

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One of the most popular sitcoms which had principal gay character, this one went on to claim 16 Emmys and 83 nominations! This too ran for a total of 8 seasons, even as the creators and NBC fought out a long legal battle in the middle. Take a normal gay guy, another quirky gay guy and add a crazy girl – the recipe made for a very humorous show indeed! (Image Credit: fanpop (dot) com)

9. Ally McBeal (1997-2002)

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The genre is surreal dramedy – surrealism mixed with legal drama and comedy. Centered on a young lawyer and her close set of friends and colleagues who are constantly dealing with some comic professional or personal dramas. In the ‘New Classics List’ published by Entertainment Weekly, this show was placed on #48. With actors like Lucy Liu, Robert Downey Jr. and Regina Hall (of ‘Scary Movie’ fame), it ran for only 5 seasons and was aired in India in the channel Star World. (Image Credit: hollywire (dot) com)

10. Tom and Jerry (1940-1972)

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The last one of our picks is Tom and Jerry because, you know, this one was probably one of our most favorite cartoons as we were growing up. And it is still very popular with cartoon lovers. The oldest show on the list, this one aired first way back in 1940 – and after being rechristened as ‘The Tom & Jerry Show’ in 1975, went on to be aired till 2005. However, the number of episodes actually was 163. Present day animation shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy have a number of spoofs and references of this lovable cat-and-mouse duo. (Image Credit: tomjerrynew (dot) blogspot (dot) com) Curl up in your bed, surround yourself with snacks and goodies and press ‘play’. These shows are the some of the best ones that gives an ‘all-nighter’ a completely different and fun meaning!

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