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Best TV resumés

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Jake_Taylor, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Yes, another TV thread, but I was reading Alan Sepinwall's book and thinking about the RIP Gandolfini thread and thought it might be interesting. Who out there -- actors, writers, producers, etc. -- have the greatest bodies of work in television? How does one great role or show weigh against multiple solid ones?

    Tossing out a few names to get it started: Steven Bochco. He developed Hill Street Blues, LA Law, Doogie Howser and NYPD Blue, among others. He also hired David Milch, which eventually resulted in is seeing Deadwood, Luck, etc. Speaking of Deadwood, Timothy Olyphant already had leading roles in Deadwood and Justified and it young enough there could be more ahead for him.

    Obviously you can go back decades and talk about Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Norman Lear and many, many others. Who else ya got?
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I'll watch pretty much anything Graham Yost is involved in.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Peter Krause has the lead role in three of my 25-or-so favorite TV shows ever, though he's not my favorite actor in any of them.
  4. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I'll take Bob Newhart and give you the field.
  5. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Jack Klugman - Odd Couple, Quincy
    Tom Selleck - Magnum PI, Closer, Friends, Blue Bloods
    Ted Danson - Cheers, CSI, Becker, Damages
    James Garner - Rockford Files, Maverick
    Harry Morgan - MASH, Dragnet

    I honestly cannot think of any females for this list.
  6. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Danson deserves credit for Curb Your Enthusiasm if Selleck gets credit for Friends.
  7. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen him on CSI and Becker was mediocre, but Cheers, Curb and Damages make a nice list. One of the best scripted comedies ever, great semi-scripted/improve work and a fantastic dramatic turn.
  8. Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell

    Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell Active Member

    Bob Odenkirk - writer for SNL during the late 80s/early 90s (wrote the "Van Down by the River" skit), The Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Mr. Show, Breaking Bad
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Jeffery Tambor - Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Two supporting roles before the 10th post. I didn't think we'd sink so low so quickly.
  11. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Anthony and Joe Russo may be the best at directing TV comedies, particularly coming in early and setting a tone visually and with pacing. They got started on Lucky, which was short-lived, but a show that helped establish what FX is doing now. Since then they've worked on Arrested Development, Happy Endings, Community and others.
  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    James Burrows wins this category without question. Shows he directed: Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi, NewsRadio, Friends, The Bob Newhart Show, Wings, Frasier, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dear John, Laverne & Shirley, Will & Grace, The Big Bang Theory, etc.
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