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Someone on another forum I'm on brought up an interesting topic. Television shows without a single bad episode. Most shows have a few duds, but not all of them...what would you say was a show without any duds?

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I certainly would say none of the 6 episodes of sherlock had flaws, but that's hardly fair.

I can't think of a bad episode of Boardwalk Empire.

I can't think of a bad episode of Bones, but I'm sure there have been some.

Dexter has been pretty consistently awesome

(the english version of) Life on Mars

New Girl

Person of Interest

Lost (in the alternate universe where the show was cancelled after 1 season)

Pan Am

Dollhouse was going great until they had to speed everything up

Lone Star

Journeyman

Eli Stone

My Name is Earl

Sleeper Cell

Most of those were either planned to be short lived shows, or were cancelled before they had a chance to bomb

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Most of those were either planned to be short lived shows, or were cancelled before they had a chance to bomb

That seems to be the key...

Firefly

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Breaking Bad (what the fly episode off budget?)

Girls (10 episodes)

M*A*S*H (likely some duds, but can't think of one EDIT: at least until Radar left)

Rat Patrol (likely some duds, but can't think of one)

The Andy Griffith Show (likely some duds, but can't think of one)

The Dick Van Dyke Show (likely some duds, but can't think of one)

Freaks & Geeks (18 episodes)

The [british] Office (14 episodes)

No Soap, Radio (4 episodes)

Arrested Development (at least so far)

Seasons of The Simpsons

First season of Twin Peaks

Four seasons of The Wire

The Prisoner?

H.R. Pufnstuf?

Lidsville?

Long list of series that may not have stood the test of time so well, but possibly had 'no duds' from the past perspective including Mary Tyler Moore, Soap and first Bob Newhart. How many duds did Roseanne or Taxi have? Is Seinfeld gaining or losing duds over time?

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Top of my head....

The Office (English, haven’t seen American version)

The Wire

The Sopranos

Breaking Bad Seasons 1-4 (with the exception of the fly episode)

Luther

Seinfeld

Family Guy

South Park

The Inbetweeners

Fawlty Towers

The Royle Family

Blackadder

Friends

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+1 The inbetweeners. Liked the movie too and it seems US is coming with their own version http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1798695/

I would add Wilfred too but its dark humor it's not for every one. Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite series of all time but I think there was a few episodes so-so.

Every Bones episode I watched were boring, just another criminal csi show style.

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Actually, even though Dollhouse had better episodes and worse episodes, I would hardly say any of them were 'bad', so I'll stand by ... well, everything Whedon has ever done:

Buffy

Angel

Firefly

Dollhouse

Fawlty Towers

Twilight Zones (not just the original series, I like prety much anything put out under this name)

Outer Limits (ditto)

At this point I should add my qualification: notice, they did not say, 'mediocre'. They said, out and out, 'bad'.

That said, I'm not sure I've seen any other shows in their entirety. Saturday morning cartoons, perhaps?

Batman

Castle

(yes, it's just a procedural, but damn, it's the best procedural I've ever seen)

Driftwood

Veronica Mars

Mongrels

Archer

Deadwood

Sports Night

Liquid Television (yes, really)

Aeon Flux (technically, not its own show)

Beast Wars

Backyardigans (what can I say? I love childrens' television and movies)

Reboot

Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse (yes, really -- stands on its own)

...which puts me in mind of:

I'm surprised no-one has said Six Feet Under yet. (haven't seen it, myself)

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Can a show be 'dud-proof' if the duds (bad jokes/skits/episodes) are (x percent) anticipated, played with & repeated by creative team and thus enjoyed with the initial successes? If so...

Police Squad (IN COLOR!)

SCTV

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Comedies:

Fawlty Towers

Black Books

Stella (The State had some duds but not Stella)

Arrested Developement (3rd season was rushed, but no episode was a dud)

Party Down

Dramas:

Sherlock (So far)

The Wire

Breaking Bad (only seen 3 seasons)

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The Shield

Breaking Bad (though I'm not sure yet on this season... seems like Walt is swinging to the dark side really fast?)

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With guardrails on its structure, suppose the original Law & Order never really had a dud.

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Rake

Billable Hours

Wire in the Blood

Foyle's War

Wallander (both versions)

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RE black books: The episode where Manny

remains one of my favorite tv episodes to this date. Edited by Tari

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Rake

Billable Hours

Wire in the Blood

Foyle's War

Wallander (both versions)

That's impressive. Not only have I not seen any of these shows, I've never seen them referenced anywhere before.

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Australian, Canadian, Swedish and British, all brilliant in their own way. :)

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This thread delivers.

I don't watch a huge amount of tv, and most of my faves have already been covered, but I will add these:

Extras

Father Ted

Corner Gas

And I haven't seen the second season of Game of Thrones, and maybe it's too popular a show to even mention, but I thought the first season was, at worst, consistently not bad.

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