I was watching “Seinfeld” the other night — it’s become a nightly routine at 11 p.m. — as it’s one of my all time favorite shows and no matter how many times I’ve seen any given episode I still laugh my ass off. And I don’t care how many times people tell me to watch “Parks and Rec” or “Community,” nothing will ever compare to Jerry, George, Elaine and that asshole-in-real-life, Kramer. Wait. Actually there is one that compares, but it’s a relative so I’m not even sure it counts as a separate entity: “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” So those would be two of my favorite television comedies, but that’s not why we’re here today. We’re also not here to discuss my favorite drama (“Six Feet Under”) or my favorite science fiction (I can’t pick! Don’t make me!). We’re here today for one reason and one reason only, to name the single greatest all-around television show in history. One. Don’t give me a list of your top five. Don’t give me your favorite. Give me the best and only the best — of all time, not just the last decade. Think about it a minute or five.
I’m going to go with “M.A.S.H.” Phenomenal cast, great writing, trod the line beautifully between dark comedy, medical drama and a realistic picture of wartime. With indelible characters like Hawkeye Pierce, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar, Klinger and one of my favorites, Colonel Potter, we were taken to a place few outside the reality could imagine or understand. We saw how humor and alcohol could become necessities in their own ways, how a stolen kiss from someone never seen again could get a soldier through the next month and how harrowing every single hour of a day in a war zone can be.
What say you, Pajibans? What’s the greatest single television show of all time?