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Best ensemble cast?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Started talking about "Newsradio" with the wife last night and got to thinking how insanely talented that cast was and how well they all clicked together. None of them ever really went on to become superstars, but almost all have had a presence in TV and movies in the 15 years since the show was on. Hell, even Joe Rogan has made something of himself.
    So, is that one of the best ensemble casts ever in a TV show? What were some other great ones?

    For the purposes of this discussion, let's exclude Saturday Night Live. It's a different beast, and the thread would quickly devolve into one about best SNL casts, which if we haven't had one already would be worth its own thread.

    And, for the definition of ensemble cast, let's call it a sitcom or drama with four or more regular cast members where none of them are the focal point of the show on a weekly basis.
  2. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Number one for me is the "The Andy Griffith Show".

    Honorable mention to goes to "Friends", and "Big Bang Theory" has also developed very nicely as an ensemble cast.
  3. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    We're viewed as ensemble when they aired, but when you think about what the cast of each show grew into, you could consider it ensemble...

    HAPPY DAYS -- Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross... to name a few

    CHEERS - Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Allie, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer

    SEINFELD - Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Hard to say Andy wasn't the focal point in every episode.

    Newsradio, at least the first season or two, were great despite really terrible stories. Friends, obviously. The Wire, even though I didn't love the show as much as most. Parks and Rec.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Gotta put M*A*S*H in the discussion.
  6. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    West Wing?

    Also The Wire
  7. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Mary Tyler Moore Show, Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family.
    Barney Miller.
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    West Wing, yes.
  9. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    West Wing, for sure.
  10. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    Of recent vintage - Party Down.
  11. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Carol Burnett Show
    Mary Tyler Moore; just wow, MTM, Valerie, Asner, Knight, Betty White
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Saved By the Bell, the original group.
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