'Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time' Hosted by Barbara Walters to Air Tuesday, September 18 on ABC

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September 6th, 2012

via press release:






Television Fans Submit More Than a Million Votes in an Unprecedented Online Ballot


Two-Hour Broadcast to Air Tuesday, September 18

What are the greatest television shows of all time? Who are our favorite TV mom and dad? Who is our favorite television host of all time? It’s America’s turn to decide, as a collaboration between ABC News and PEOPLE Magazine gave TV fans the opportunity to vote online at www.bestintelevision.com for their favorites of all time. With more than one million votes cast, the results will be revealed during an unprecedented two-hour broadcast, a special edition of “20/20”, “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters,” airing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC, in conjunction with ABC’s broadcast of the Emmy Awards.


The program will include fresh interviews with stars, directors and producers including Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Tina Fey, Mariska Hargitay, Florence Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Warren Littlefield, Lorne Michaels, Muppets Kermit and Miss Piggy, Phylicia Rashad, Rob Reiner, Ryan Seacrest, Keith Thibodeaux -- aka Little Ricky -- from “I Love Lucy,” Betty White and Dick Wolf.


The special will also include classic clips from America’s favorite shows, as well as out-takes, screen tests and rare behind-the-scenes footage. In additiona, a panel of pop culture and television experts, including several editors and writers from PEOPLE, will weigh in with their thoughts and memories.



Best TV Comedy

Best TV Drama

Best Legal or Cop Show

Favorite TV Mom

Favorite TV Dad

Favorite Reality Show

Best Talk Show Host

Best Non-Human Character

Favorite TV Variety Show

Best TV Show of All Time


PEOPLE will announce the winners in the Favorite Reality Show and Most Memorable TV Moments categories in the issue which hits newsstand on September 14. Winners in the Best TV Game Show, Favorite Soap Opera/Daytime Drama, Best Animated Show and Favorite TV Theme Song categories will be revealed online at www.bestintelevision.com in conjunction with the “Best in TV” airdate. While on the “Best in TV” site, television fans also have the opportunity to view clips, slide shows and interviews.


Online Voting: Several dozen Emmy Award winning actors, directors and producers, along with several TV journalists, selected the nominees in each category by choosing their favorites from a list of hundreds of shows old and new. The “all star” panel included luminaries like actors Tim Allen, Valerie Harper and Jimmy Smits, and producers/directors/creators Stephen Bochco, Mark Burnett, Norman Lear, Warren Littlefield, Chuck Lorre and Shonda Rhimes, among many others.


John Green is the executive producer of “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time with Barbara Walters,” which is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with stereo sound.

  • Steve

    Would’ve been nice to have known about this before the polls closed.

  • TomSFBay

    My Picks:

    TV Comedy – Friends

    TV Drama – Lost

    Legal or Cop Show – NYPD Blue

    Favorite TV Mom – Carol Brady

    Favorite TV Dad – Howard Cunningham

    Favorite Reality Show – Survivor

    Talk Show Host – Johnny Carson

    Non-human Chracter – Alf

    TV Variety Show – In Living Color

    Best TV Show of All Time – Lost

  • Matt

    TV Comedy- Seinfeld
    TV Drama – ER
    Legal or Cop Show – NYPD Blue
    Favorite TV Mom- June Cleaver
    Favorite TV Dad- Al Bundy
    Favorite Reality Show- Survivor or American Idol
    Talk Show Host- Johnny Carson
    TV Variety Show- The Carol Burnett Show
    Best TV Show of All Time- I Love Lucy

  • Nick

    My choices-

    Best TV Comedy – Modern Family

    Best TV Drama – Lost

    Best Legal or Cop Show – Castle

    Favorite TV Mom – Frankie Heck, The Middle

    Favorite TV Dad – Howard Cunningham, Happy Days

    Favorite Reality Show – MasterChef (What can I say?)

    Best Talk Show Host – Oprah

    Best Non-Human Character – Dick Solomon, 3rd Rock from the Sun

    Favorite TV Variety Show – n/a

    Best TV Show of All Time – Modern Family

  • Nick

    Everybody forgot; in the paragraph:

    Best TV Game Show – MasterChef

    Favorite Soap Opera/Daytime Drama – General Hospital

    Best Animated Show – Dora the Explorer :-D

    Favorite TV Theme Song – Dancing With the Stars’s “Ba Ba Ba”

    Amend my previous pick:

    Favorite Reality Show – Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

  • Justin121

    Dynasty, Desperate Housewives, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Bold & The Beautiful, The Good Wife

    Friends/Seinfeld/30 Rock

    Ally McBeal

    The Black-Smoke Monster, Oceanic Flight 815, The Island, Greendal Community College, TGS, The Office, Wesitria Lane.


  • Flame

    Best TV Comedy – Frasier

    Best TV Drama – MacGyver

    Best Legal or Cop Show – Magnum PI

    Favorite TV Mom – Maggie Malone Seaver, Growing Pains

    Favorite TV Dad – Al Bundy, Married with Children

    Favorite Reality Show – Amazing Race

    Best Talk Show Host – David Letterman

    Best Non-Human Character – Homer Simpson

    Favorite TV Variety Show – The Muppet Show

    Best TV Game Show – Blockbusters

    Favorite Soap Opera/Daytime Drama – a German one, Lindenstraße :)

    Best Animated Show – Futurama

    Favorite TV Theme Song – Barenaked Ladies, “History of Everything”, TBBT

    Best TV Show of All Time – Frasier

  • Glenn Marshall

    Best tv comedy – Simpsons
    Best tv drama – Dallas
    Best Legal or Cop Show – In the Heat of the Night
    Favorite tv mom – Roseanne Conner – Roseanne
    Favorite tv dad – Homer Simpson – Simpsons or Fred Sanford – Sanford and Son
    Favorite Reality Show – Hockey Night in Canada
    Best Talk Show Host – Tie – David Letterman, Johnny Carson
    Favorite TV Variety Show – Saturday Night Live
    Best TV Game Show – Jeopardy
    favorite Soap Opera/Daytime Drama – Young and the restless, but not into that stuff much
    Best Animated Show – Simpsons
    Favorite TV Theme Song – probably Jeffersons or Good Times
    Best TV Show of All Time – Saturday Night Live

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