1001 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die (2015)

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This is the 1st edition (October 2015) and the latest addition to the bestselling and highly acclaimed 1001-series.

"From "Leave it to Beaver" to "Breaking Bad", "The Honeymooners" to "Homeland", this compilation of important and groundbreaking television shows is packed full of trivia and will be sure to make you want to pick up the remote or start streaming. Selected by an international team of experts and covering a worldwide spectrum of programs from the classics of the 1950s to the cutting-edge shows of today, 1001 TV Series is one of the most comprehensive books ever published on the topic of television."

This volume is virtually impossible to finish (as you have to watch every single episode of every single entry). Not to mention many of the shows are still running this very day.

If the authors instead chose to focus only on TV-series/TV-Mini-series/TV-movies you might have had a chance, but unfortunately, TV shows - including Game shows, Reality and Talk shows - are also included.

NOTE: the book contains some TV-movies or stand-alone episodes from TV-series, but the vast majority of the entries are either TV-series, TV-Mini-series or TV shows.

The genres are:

Action/Adventure: 43
Animation: 13
Awards show: 3
Biography: 1
Comedy: 246
Comedy/Drama: 31
Crime: 1
Crime/Mystery: 101
Documentary: 18
Drama: 226
Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi: 107
Game show: 26
Historical drama: 60
Music/Musical: 13
Reality: 31
Soap opera: 28
Sports: 2
Talk Show: 16
Variety: 22
Western: 13

= 1001

TV-series/shows/movies that, according to the introduction by Robb Pearlman, "could not be included" (it is never argued why):

The Winds of War (1983)
Lonesome Dove (1989)
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) [???????]
Sybil (1976)
Gia (1998)
Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Duel (1971)
V (1983)
Recount (2008)
Game Change (2012)
An Early Frost (1984)
And the Band Played On (1993)
Brian's Song (1971)
Mildred Pierce (2011)
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001).

Some entries that most likely will cause some problems in terms of checking them are the Awards shows: Academy Awards (#17), Golden Globe Awards (#50), MTV Video Music Awards (#365) as well as "Eurovision Song Contest" (#32). Instead of adding every single annual event for these shows, I decided to add only the earliest entry I could locate on IMDb (as if you care about those shows and/or will finish this list anyway).

TV-Series/Shows featured in the book that currently aren't on IMDb:

Súper Sábado Sensacional (1968-present)
Attenti a noi due (1982-83)
Bauer sucht Frau (Bäuerin) (1983)
Indietro Tutta! (1987-88)
Nummer 28 (1991).

NOTE: "1001 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die" and "1001 TV Shows You Must Watch Before You DIe" have identical entires (1948-2015) - as well as the same page total (960) - although they're two different books. Generally speaking, the only differences between the two books are:
- the introduciton is longer in "Shows" (an introduction by Robb Pearlman) whereas "Series" have a much shorter introduction and instead have an additional index (Index by Genre). The "Index by Genre" is not featured in "Shows".
- "Shows" is in hardcover whereas "Series" is in paperback.
- The front and back cover are different.

If you spot any errors (or if any of the abovementioned series/shows I've listed earlier has been added to IMDb), or if you have any questions about the entries or the list as a whole, please don't hesitate to PM me.

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  1. 1 new

    Toast of the Town

    1948, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hopalong Cassidy

    1952, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Lone Ranger

    1949, in 0 top lists Check
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    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show

    1950 — a.k.a. "The Burns and Allen Show", in 0 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    The Jack Benny Program

    1950, in 0 top lists Check
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    What's My Line?

    1950, in 0 top lists Check
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    Your Show of Shows

    1950, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dragnet

    1951, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dragnet 1967

    1967, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dragnet

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dragnet

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    I Love Lucy

    1951, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sua Vida Me Pertence

    1951, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bandstand

    1952, in 0 top lists Check
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    This Is Your Life

    1952, in 0 top lists Check
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    Adventures of Superman

    1952, in 0 top lists Check
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    The 25th Annual Academy Awards

    1953, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Quatermass Experiment

    1953, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Good Old Days

    1953, in 0 top lists Check
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    Make Room for Daddy

    1953, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fabian of the Yard

    1954, in 0 top lists Check
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    Father Knows Best

    1954, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tonight!

    1953, in 0 top lists Check
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    Dixon of Dock Green

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gunsmoke

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
  27. 27 new

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
  28. 28 new

    The Benny Hill Show

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
  29. 29 new

    The Honeymooners

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    Was bin ich?

    1955, in 0 top lists Check
  31. 31 new

    The Phil Silvers Show

    1955 — a.k.a. "The Phil Silvers Show: You'll Never Get Rich", in 0 top lists Check
  32. 32 new

    The Eurovision Song Contest

    1956, in 0 top lists Check
  33. 33 new

    The Nat King Cole Show

    1954, in 0 top lists Check
  34. 34 new

    Hancock's Half Hour

    1956, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Price Is Right

    1956, in 0 top lists Check
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    The New Price Is Right

    1972, in 0 top lists Check
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    Emergency-Ward 10

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Il musichiere

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Leave It to Beaver

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Maverick

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Perry Mason

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Army Game

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zorro

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wagon Train

    1957 — a.k.a. "Major Adams, Trail Master", in 0 top lists Check
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    The Sky at Night

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zum blauen Bock

    1957, in 0 top lists Check
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    Canzonissima

    1958, in 0 top lists Check
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    77 Sunset Strip

    1958, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Donna Reed Show

    1958, in 0 top lists Check
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    The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards

    1963, in 0 top lists Check