Essay:Greatest Conservative TV Shows

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The greatest conservative television shows

Title Original run Network TV rating Description
The Brady Bunch 1969-1974 ABC TV rating G Wholesome sitcom, although highly unlikely, suburban Los Angeles blended family-a widow (Florence Henderson) with three daughters and a widower (Robert Reed) with three sons.
Family Ties 1982-1989 NBC TV rating PG Dramaedy series about how hardworking conservative children, eg. Michael J. Fox, outsmart their liberal, ex-hippie, underachieving parents.
Broken Arrow 1956-1958 ABC TV NR/PG A compassionate Indian agent, Tom Jeffords, played by John Lupton, forges a friendship with the Apache Indian Cochise, portrayed by Michael Ansara; set in Arizona
Sugarfoot 1957-1961 ABC NR/PG Will Hutchins plays young "do-gooder" Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster, a novice lawyer who roams the Old West "on the side of law and order," according to the theme song of the Warner Brothers series; Sugarfoot eschews guns until pushed to the brink and even refuses alcohol and instead orders "sarsparialla with a dash of cherry" when he enters a saloon.
Death Valley Days 1952-1973 Syndicated NR/PG Historically-based dramatic western presentations hosted at different times by Stanley Andrews, Ronald Reagan, Robert Taylor, and Dale Robertson. It ran at times under other titles, such as Trails West, with Ray Milland.
Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town 1951-1952 CBS Once a daughter-in-law of Franklin D. Roosevelt and a wife of Skitch Henderson, Faye Emerson presents the most memorable songs associated with various cities, mostly in the United States; in its day, this was one of the most expensive programs to present to the public.
Lawman 1958-1962 ABC John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop; Peter Brown as deputy Johnny McKay, and Peggie Castle as Lily; this Warner Brothers series sought to maintain highest script quality so as not to be "just another western."
Black Saddle 1959-1960 ABC Peter Breck plays Clay Culhane, a gunfighter-turned-lawyer who seeks to help those in need of legal representation; co-starring Russell Johnson as Marshal Gib Scott
Laramie 1959-1963 NBC NR John Smith and Robert Fuller portray ranch partners Slim Sherman and Jess Harper; many episodes focus on their close friendship, which also extended off the set; Hoagy Carmichael appeared the first season as their housekeeper; Spring Byington filled that role in the last two seasons.
State Trooper 1956-1959 Syndicated NR Rod Cameron adventure/drama anthology series, forgotten to most today, based on case files of the Nevada state troopers; law and justice always prevail. Many episodes have surprise endings and unusual titles.
Our Man Higgins 1962-1963 ABC G Stanley Holloway plays an English butler for an American family in a situation comedy with a dose of "culture clash". Frank Maxwell and Audrey Totter played the parents, and Ricky Kelman was the son, Tommy MacRoberts.
The Office 2005- NBC TV PG Mockery of liberal ideology and political correctness in an office setting, without a liberal laugh track. The main character repeatedly encounters contradictions and absurdities as he tries to conform to liberal expectations. The show was most popular when its humor was conservative, and has declined in quality and popularity as its conservative humor has been diluted. Steve Carell played the main character for six years and was denied an Emmy Award by liberals every time despite being by far the funniest actor on television.
The Apprentice 2004- NBC NR Liberals stopped watching when they realized that Donald Trump might be conservative.
The Six Million Dollar Man 1974-1978 ABC PG Capitalism at its finest - technological advances improving life; starring Lee Majors
The Cosby Show 1984-1992 NBC TV G Promoting good family values.
Bonanza 1959-1973 NBC NR/G Western promoting good neighborliness and the pursuit of just causes, with Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, and Michael Landon
The Rifleman 1958-1963 ABC NR/G Western with emphasis on fair play and giving people a second chance; starring Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, and Paul Fix. The Rifleman
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1952-1966 ABC Long running comedy show epitomizing 1950s stable families and family values
American Idol 2002- Fox TV PG Allows the best of the public to come to the fore musically
Dog the Bounty Hunter 2004-2012 A & E PG A public prayer to Jesus launches each new bounty mission; good guys enforcing law and order.
24 2001-2010 Fox TV 14 Jack Bauer protects America at all costs against all terrorists, whether Muslim, European, Chinese, African, and even the US government.
Top Gear 2002- BBC TV PG A British TV show about all types of cars. It is a fun show which celebrates individual freedom, capitalism, and private-sector innovation. It is also often politically incorrect and pokes fun at global warming.
The Waltons 1972-1981 CBS G A family with strong Christian values overcomes hardship in rural America during the Depression and U.S. involvement in World War II and extends charity to strangers while also honoring military service; starring Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, and Ellen Corby
The Lawrence Welk Show 1955-1982 ABC; Syndicated G A family oriented variety show that appealed to Midwestern values
Chuck 2007- NBC PG Emphasizes family values, honor, and a respect for our nation's servicemen.
JAG 1995-1996; 1997-2005 NBC; CBS PG/PG13 Also emphasizes pro-military honor and respect. Title means Judge Advocate General, which deals with people charged with crimes committed while in the U.S. military.
Little House on the Prairie 1974-1983 NBC TV G A show that celebrates family values and the courage of the 1870s-1880s pioneers, starring Michael Landon and based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's books.
Highway To Heaven 1984-1989 NBC TV PG Michael Landon comes back to Earth as an angel to help many people, aided by Victor French, both from NBC's previous Little House on the Prairie"
Touched by an Angel 1994-2003 CBS TV PG A popular drama about an angel in human form who visited troubled people in crisis. It was highly ranked for four seasons and ran for nine seasons. Principal star: Della Reese
Life is Worth Living 1952-1957 Dumont TV; ABC TV G Emmy Award winning show dealing with moral issues hosted by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen; from 10 to 30 million people watched the show weekly.
7th Heaven 1996-2007 Warner Brothers TV PG The family of a Christian minister deals with moral and controversial themes, approached from a socially and politically conservative Protestant viewpoint. It has the distinction of having been the longest-running family drama in U.S. television history; starring Stephen Collins.[1]
Life Goes On 1989-1993 ABC G/PG Follows the experiences of a young man with Down Syndrome and recognizes the dignity of people with developmental disabilities and the joy and love they give to their families and others.
Dragnet 1967-1970 NBC TV rating PG Starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and his partner solving actual cases from the files of the Los Angeles Police Department. Great use of law enforcement jargon by the officers while educating the public on the Rule of Law. Showed fine examples of moral conduct, honor of self/others and sacrifice for the good of the public.
Adam-12 1968-1975 NBC TV rating PG Spinoff of Webb-produced "Dragnet", also based on actual cases and more than one per episode, this time focusing on LAPD street patrol officers Peter Malloy and James (Jim) Reed. Mostly more than one situation per episode. Same good examples as "Dragnet". Was remade into a limited (L.A. and N.Y.C.) syndication show in 1989-1991 with unknown main players, new characters and situations. None of the original series' three main players (Martin Milner, Kent McCord, William Boyett) ever fell victim to Hollywood Values, (e.g. they stayed married to their same wives, with nine children between them. Milner had 4, McCord had 3 and Boyett (who died in 2004 at 77) had 2 and became a grandfather twice over). One episode, "Baby" in 1969, was said to be based on Kent McCord's real life wife's birth of one of their own children that year.
Emergency! 1972-1977, with TV specials, "The Final Rescues", periodically from fall 1977-1979. NBC TV rating PG Webb's second spin-off from "Dragnet" is a medical drama about the Los Angeles County Fire Department, its paramedics and the activities of Rampart General Hospital.
Quincy, M.E. 1976-1983 NBC TV rating PG Follows the now late Jack Klugman as Los Angeles County's Medical Examiner on suspicious cases (eg. deaths) and medical mistakes that were previously thought to have been solved but later found to have had more about them than what was originally thought, but that these facts were often hidden by bureaucrats.
CHiPS 1977-1983 NBC TV rating PG Rick Rosner (California Highway Patrol member)-produced light motorcycle dramedy mix on mostly Los Angeles' freeways, beaches, streets, operating through L.A.'s CHP Central station.
Hardcastle & McCormick 1983-1986 ABC TV rating PG Los Angeles County Superior Court's Milton C. Hardcastle goes after about 200 cases who walked away on technicalities with help of a former race car driver turned criminal, Mark McCormick.
Parking Wars 2008- A & E PG Demonstrates the offensiveness of overbearing government bureaucracy while maintaining a respect for law officers.
Pawn Stars 2009- History Channel/A & E TV PG Shows how two parties can **mutually and fairly benefit** from a negotiated free-market transaction, independent of any government "assistance".
The Bob Newhart Show 1972-1978 CBS TV G A mockery of how insane people may become in a secular world.
Hawaii-Five-O 1968-1980 CBS PG Even in what might be expected to be a lazy, hazy paradise, the law is still the law, with Jack Lord and James MacArthur.
Daniel Boone 1964-1971 NBC G
Adam 1983 NBC TV NR TV made film on the abduction and murder of John Walsh's son Adam in 1981 and his crusade for missing and exploited children. Followed by a sequel, Adam: His Song Continues (1986).
America's Most Wanted 1988-2011 Fox TV TV NR/PG13 John Walsh hosts news documentary of well known suspects and fugitives, their crimes and captures. Was the real life father of above mentioned Adam Walsh and subject of above mentioned TV films named for him.
MacGyver 1985-1992 ABC TV PG The main character played by Richard Dean Anderson uses Yankee ingenuity to solve various problems and escape the clutches of his enemies; the series eschews violence until absolutely necessary.
The Equalizer 1985-1989 CBS TV PG-13 Spy drama follows Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) through New York City as he helps people in extreme situations against all odds of their success in overcoming these problems.
Walker, Texas Ranger 1993-2001 CBS TV rating PG/PG13 Starring Chuck Norris and Noble Willingham as modern day Texas Rangers
NCIS 2003- CBS TV 14 Show about U.S. Navy investigators, voted America's favorite program in 2011; starring Mark Harmon and David McCallum
Mission: Impossible 1966-1973; 1988-1990 CBS, ABC TV G/PG Emphasizes teamwork, friendship, professionalism, and American ingenuity and exceptionalism, which can overcome any obstacle, with Peter Graves, Martin Landau, and Barbara Bain
Storage Wars A & E Emphasizes capitalist and free market values. Plus on another level, it illustrates the importance of personal responsibility; the lockers that are being auctioned off belonged to people who decided not to pay their bills.
The Prisoner 1967-1968 ITV TV PG Classic British TV show about a secret agent who is sent to a strange "village" in order to determine the reasons for his resignation. The Prisoner is a metaphor for the Individual against the Collective. The series ran for only seventeen episodes.
Yes, Minister!'Yes, Prime Minister! BBC Classic British sit-com about the political machinations of being a cabinet member in the British government, and then eventually as Prime Minister. A recurring theme is that of the struggle of politicians to make the desired changes despite the resistence of the bureaucracy.
Storm Chasers The Weather Channel Demonstrates core conservative values such as courage and a thirst for practical, scientific knowledge
The Pretender 1996-2000 NBC Pro-life and with a message of charity and self-sacrifice as personal responsibility
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961-1966 CBS Pro-marriage and pro-family, this series launched the career of Mary Tyler Moore.
The Donna Reed Show 1958-1966 ABC Situation comedy of an upper middle-class family in Hillsdale (state not given), with Donna Reed in the role of Donna Stone, wife of a pediatrician, played by Carl Betz.
Wagon Train 1957-1965 NBC/ABC Western with conservatives Ward Bond and John McIntire playing trailmasters Seth Adams and Chris Hale, respectively; the struggle of pioneers seeking a fresh start in the American West. Robert Horton and Robert Fuller also starred in the series.
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1958-1961 CBS Steve McQueen as a kind-hearted bounty hunter, Josh Randall, dedicated to the enforcement of the law; numerous episodes have spiritual themes; a spinoff of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre
Who Do You Think You Are? NBC NBC in USA (in other countries also) with famous people showing how to research relationships and histories of our ancestors. We owe them so much, whether horse thieves or royalty, they gave us our lives, and in some cases fought in the American Revolution.
Coming Home ABC Shows American war veterans coming home to their families
Legends of the Hidden Temple 1993-1995 Nickelodeon TV Y Game show that uses a conservative elimination format (ensuring only the most meritorious players survive to play the final round) and is unyielding in difficulty. Also, it refuses to succumb to liberal beliefs in archeology that keep historical sites and artifacts off limits, instead promoting the conservative Indiana Jones persona
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1999-2002 ABC TV G Game show, uses a conservative elimination format (ensuring only the most meritorious players survive to play the final round) and is unyielding in difficulty. The format for qualifying to be on the hot seat entirely depends on knowledge, not having the stereotypical game show contestant persona. The show unashamedly rewards people who know the most. Host Regis Philbin.
Karol, A Man Who Became Pope 2005 Hallmark Channel TV PG Biopic of younger Karol Wojtyla, from World War II Resistance to his election as Pope John Paul II. Followed by a sequel, Karol: The Pope The Man (2006), which itself chronicled the events from his papal inauguration to his death.
Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II December 1, 2005 ABC TV PG Thomas Kretchmann played the late pontiff, from his non-violent resistance to Nazism and Communism to his elevations as priest, archbishop, cardinal and his life as the titular pontiff. Includes his confrontation of El Salvador's archbishop Oscar Romero about Romero's leftist liberation theology, just before Romero's tragic assassination.
Pope John Paul II December 4 & 7, 2005 CBS TV PG In this biopic miniseries, conservative actor Jon Voight portrayed Pope John Paul II, who was influential in Part 1's non-violent resistance to World War II's Nazism and the subsequent Cold War's Communists, eventually defeating Communism. Part 1 also includes his years as priest, archbishop and cardinal. Part 2 covers his 26-1/2 year pontificate from his election up to his death. Cary Elwes played younger Wojtyla from ages 19 to just before his pontical election at 58.
The Glenn Beck Show Fox News Public affairs program
Hannity (formerly Hannity and Colmes) 2009- Fox News Sean Hannity's television public affairs program

Debatable whether conservative

Title Original run Network TV rating Description
The Twilight Zone 1959-1964 (original run) CBS A recurring theme is that the selfish and the self-centered eventually lose what they sought to gain; hosted by Rod Serling. Examples of conservative episodes include:
  • "The Prime Mover" (episode #57, 3/24/61)[1]
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962-1971 CBS Though silly, the show is powerful in illustrating how material possessions are not what define a person. Buddy Ebsen stars as Jed Clampbett.
King of the Hill 1997-2010 Fox TV PG Despite cartoonish nature, shows the struggle of a hardworking, traditional American family against "alternative" modern cultural movements.
Law & Order 1990-2010 NBC TV PG13 Police & court drama similar to Perry Mason in which the first halves of episodes were the crime and ivestigation and arrests of suspects of and the second halves were the trials and aftermaths thereofs.
Antiques Roadshow PBS Shows the real value (financial and historical) of handcrafts and traditional, old-fashioned things and memorabilia
The Larry Sanders Show A dark comedy based around the background of a Hollywood talk show, showing a great deal of liberal and celebrity hypocrisy and mocking them for their behavior.
Breaking Bad American Movie Classic A previously law-abiding chemistry teacher gets involved in the drug trade and destroys himself and his family. Each immoral decision leads him further along the path of destruction. The evildoers all suffer for their actions.
The O'Reilly Factor Fox News Bill O'Reilly is like "Archie Bunker": cranky, critical, and wants government to push people around and lock 'em up. O'Reilly rarely espouses true conservative values, and was extremely vicious towards pro-life Cardinal Bernard Law. O'Reilly alienates millions of young people.
Cops 1989- Fox TV rating PG The good guys protecting the public from criminals, yet arguably promotes police state and big government. Filmed on location in many exotic locales with actual law enforcement agencies, both here in the U.S. and abroad.


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