Essay:Greatest Conservative TV Shows

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The greatest conservative television shows

Title Original run Network TV rating Description
7th Heaven 1996-2007 The WB / The CW 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]
21 Jump Street 1987-1991 Fox NR Undercover cops do everything they can, do stop young people (teenagers) from their lives being ruined (mostly because of drug usage). Very anti-drug.
24 2001-2010 Fox TV 14 Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) protects America at all costs against all terrorists, whether Islamic, European, Communist Chinese, African, and even the US government. Followed by a 2017 sequel, 24: Legacy, with Corey Hawkins as main character and ex-Army Ranger Eric Carter, who battles Islamic terrorists planning attacks on American soil.
The 700 Club 1966–present Christian Broadcasting Network, Freeform, first-run syndication Christian-oriented news magazine show presenting musical performances, testimonies from guests, ministry, Bible study and current news, events, lifestyle reports and investigative reporting. Current hosts include Pat Robertson (the show's creator and original host), Gordon P. Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen and Wendy Griffith.
Absolutely Fabulous 1992-2012 BBC1 (UK) Shows the struggles of a responsible, hardworking teenager to succeed in life despite having a feckless liberal mother and an absentee liberal father. Strong anti-drug, anti-alcohol, anti-casual sex messages throughout.
Adam-12 1968-1975 NBC TV rating PG Spinoff of Jack 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. Same good examples as Dragnet. Was remade into a limited (Los Angeles and New York City) 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, (ex. they stayed married to their same wives, with nine children between them. Milner (who died in 2015 at age 83) had four, McCord had three and Boyett (who died in 2004 at age 77) had two and became a grandfather twice over). One episode, "Baby" in 1969, was said to be based on Kent McCord's own real life wife's birth of one of their own children that year.
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).
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1952-1966 ABC Long running comedy show epitomizing 1950s stable families and family values, featuring fictionalized versions of the real-life Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, his wife Harriet and their sons David and Ricky). The sitcom ran for 14 seasons and switched from its original black-and-white format to color in its final season in 1965. A sequel series, Ozzie's Girls, where David and Ricky were absent but two college girls move into the boys' old room as Ozzie and Harriet's boarders, aired in first-run syndication in 1973–74.
American Idol 2002-2016 Fox TV-PG Allows the best of the public to come to the fore musically.
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.
The Andy Griffith Show 1960–1968 CBS TV-G Andy Griffith stars as Andy Taylor, small-town sheriff and widowed father of young son Opie Taylor (played by Ron Howard), who keeps law and order in his hometown of Mayberry, North Carolina, assisted by his bumbling but well-meaning deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts). Andy and Opie's Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) lives at the Taylor house as a live-in housekeeper and mother/grandmother figure to Opie, and other friends and neighbors of Andy's include local barber Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), gas station attendant/mechanic and occasional deputy Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) and his cousin Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), town drunk Otis Campbell (Hal Smith), county clerk Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson), school teacher (and later Andy's love interest) Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut), Aunt Bee's best friend Clara Edwards (Hope Summers), Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn), repair shop owner Emmett Clark (Paul Hartman) and local farmer Sam Jones (Ken Berry).

The show focused on Andy's approach to enforcing the law in Mayberry as he uses common sense, mediation and conciliation to settle disputes among the townsfolk while taking on and defeating out-of-town criminals on occasion using practicality and understanding of each case (and, when necessary, a firearm), along with his home life as he raises Opie with Aunt Bee's help (showing the importance of family), and his social life as he hangs out with Floyd and other friends at Floyd's barber shop or takes out women he is dating (including Helen in later seasons) on picnics or for nights out for dinner and a movie or dancing. A spinoff series, Gomer Pyle, USMC, centered around good-natured bumpkin Gomer and his time spent in the United States Marine Corps, while Mayberry RFD, a sequel series to The Andy Griffith Show, focused on Sam Jones, his young son Mike (Buddy Foster) and many of Mayberry's citizens, with Andy and Helen finally getting married on that show's series premiere. A 1986 reunion movie, Return to Mayberry, brought most of the show's surviving cast members back together as Andy returned to Mayberry to run for sheriff again in a campaign against his former deputy Barney.

The Andy Griffith Show ran on CBS for eight seasons, with the first five seasons filmed in black-and-white before switching to color for the remaining seasons. It was a Top Ten performer throughout its run, finishing its final season as the number-one show on American television, and it continues to air in syndication to the present.

The Apprentice 2004- NBC NR Liberals stopped watching when they realized that Donald Trump might be conservative.
Beakman's World 1992-1998 CBS TV-G An eccentric scientist named Beakman teaches children about science better than the Department of Education ever could, the free market at work.
Bibleman 1995-2010 Direct to video Christian superhero defends Christianity against evildoers who seek to suppress it and its followers and turn them to lives of atheism and evil.
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.
Blue Bloods 2010- CBS TV-PG Conservative police officer show, that also promotes family. Stars conservative actor Tom Selleck as officer Frank Reagan (a possible name reference to Ronald Reagan). It also features Christian principles, with religion playing a fairly major role in several episodes, and each episode also ending with the Reagan family saying prayers before a meal (with such an overt depiction of Christian principles being rare on present-day TV).
The Bob Newhart Show 1972-1978 CBS TV-G A mockery of how insane people may become in a secular world.
Bonanza 1959-1973 NBC TV-G Western promoting good neighborliness, family values and the pursuit of just causes, with Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon, joined in later seasons by David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. Bonanza was the third-longest running Western series in television history with its fourteen-season run, behind Death Valley Days (at 18 seasons) and Gunsmoke (at 20 seasons).
The Brady Bunch 1969-1974 ABC TV-G Pro-family sitcom classic. The show is a 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.
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.
CHiPS 1977-1983 NBC TV rating PG Rick Rosner (California Highway Patrol member)-produced light motorcycle dramedy mix on mostly Los Angeles' freeways, beaches and streets, operating through L.A.'s CHP Central station.
Chuck 2007-2012 NBC PG A computer repair technician accidentally downloads numerous top-secret government files into his brain and is recruited by the CIA, seeing as he can help them crack their toughest cases with his ability to rapidly shuffle through and find images in his head relevant to particular elements of a mission. The show emphasizes family values, honor, and a respect for our nation's servicemen, with one character, the brutish but patriotic NSA agent John Casey, as an outspoken conservative and Ronald Reagan supporter.
Coming Home 2011–2012 Lifetime Shows American war veterans coming home to their families.
The Commish 1991-1996 ABC TV rating NR (PG ?) Former New York City PD detective Tony Scali (Michael Chiklis) moves upstate to a small town police department and uses creativity instead of much violence to fight crime in the fictitious city of Eastbridge, New York. He has the same amount of genuine concern (love) for his family as he does for his city and its police force.
The Cosby Show 1984-1992 NBC TV-G Long-running Bill Cosby sitcom promoting good family values.
The Critic 1994-1995 ABC, Fox TV-PG A comedy about a critic fed up with the terrible movies that are ruined by their Hollywood values (His catchphrase was "It stinks!"). It was released in an industry run by liberals, and that may be why it was cancelled before its time.
Dad's Army 1968-1977 BBC1 (UK) Portrays the determination of ordinary British people to resist the might of Hitler's liberal Nazi forces. Emphasizes the importance of never ever cooperating with an invader, not even giving them your name.
Daniel Boone 1964-1970 NBC G As the title music sang, "he fought for America, to make all Americans free", with Fess Parker in the starring role.
Death Valley Days 1952-1970 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. This was the second-longest running Western series in television history (behind only Gunsmoke), with new episodes aired from 1952 to 1970, followed by reruns (with new narration added) until 1975.
The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961-1966 CBS Pro-marriage and pro-family, this series launched the career of Mary Tyler Moore.
Dirty Jobs 2005-2012 Discovery Channel TV-14 Trade activist Mike Rowe isn't exactly liberals cup of tea.
Dog the Bounty Hunter 2004-2012 A & E TV-PG A public prayer to Jesus launches each new bounty mission; good guys enforcing law and order. Born Again Christian, Duane "Dog" Chapman, promotes American values as he hunts down criminals. After capturing wanted fugitives, Dog tells them that they need to give their life over to Christ.
The Donna Reed Show 1958-1966 ABC TV-G 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.
Dragnet 1951–1959; 1967-1970 NBC TV-PG Starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners (Ben Romero, Ed Jacobs and Frank Smith in the 1951 original, Joe Gannon in the 1967 revival) 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.
Duck Dynasty 2012-2017 A&E TV-PG Portrays the lives of the Robertson family, whom contain strong Christian beliefs, and are also active hunters.
Emergency! 1972-1977, with TV movie specials, "The Final Rescues", periodically from Winter 1978-Summer 1979. NBC TV-PG Webb's second spin-off from Dragnet is a medical drama about Station 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, its paramedics and the activities of Rampart General Hospital and its staff. Starred Robert Fuller, Julie London and Bobby Troup as the Rampart medics, Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as the Station 51 paramedics and Michael Norrell, Tim Donnelly, Marco Lopez and real-life fireman Mike Stoker as the Station 51 firefighters.
The Equalizer 1985-1989 CBS TV-PG 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.
Everybody Loves Raymond 1996-2005 CBS TV-PG Sitcom with sportswriter Ray Barone and his comical everyday life with his wacky but faithful family. Portrays family values in a positive way while overcoming obstacles in a comic fashion.
The Exorcist 2016- FOX TV-14 Television show based on the conservative film of the same name.
Family Ties 1982-1989 NBC TV-PG Dramedy series about how hardworking conservative children, e.g. Michael J. Fox, outsmart their liberal, ex-hippie, underachieving parents.
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.
Full House 1987-1995 ABC TV-G Family sitcom where after losing his wife to a drunk driver, a younger father has his brother-in-law and best friend move in with him, to help raise his three young daughters. Despite this, the importance of having a male and female parent is still encouraged. Starting in Season Two, Becky Donaldson (Jesse's girlfriend and later wife) becomes a mother figure for the girls. Followed by a more liberal-leaning sequel, Fuller House, which debuted on Netflix in 2016 and promotes more liberal values and politics (including the trashing of Donald Trump in the pilot episode) and shows them in a positive light, as well as looking very much like nearly every live-action Disney Channel show produced in recent years. Series star Candace Cameron Bure, who appears in both shows and was also a panelist on ABC talk show The View (acting as the conservative counterpoint to the show's heavily liberal panelists), is a born-again Christian and is socially conservative.
Ghost Whisperer 2005-2010 CBS TV-PG Antique shop owner Melinda Gordon helps restless spirits cross over to Heaven. Some episodes have Melinda also opposing evil forces who seek to interfere with her work and drag those same spirits into Hell.
The Glenn Beck Show Fox News Public affairs program.
The Goldbergs 2013- ABC TV-PG A television producer narrates his life growing up in the 1980s in a reverent throwback to the pro-family sitcoms of the decade. Though the kids seem to support Ronald Reagan's liberal rival Walter Mondale in one episode concerning the 1984 Presidential election, politics is otherwise downplayed in the series, and the kids do learn over time conservative values such as hard work and getting along with their elders.
Hand of God 2014-2017 Amazon Originals TV-MA Themes of overcoming corruption through faith in God. The main character believes he is the newly anointed Solomon following God-Given visions to take vengeance for his comatose son. Criticizes abortion, intimacy outside of marriage, drug usage, and supports family unity.
Hannity (formerly Hannity and Colmes) 2009- Fox News Sean Hannity's television public affairs program.
Hardcastle & McCormick 1983-1986 ABC TV-PG Los Angeles County Superior Court's Milton C. Hardcastle (Brian Keith) goes after about 200 cases who walked away on technicalities with the help of a former race car driver-turned-reformed criminal, Mark McCormick (Daniel Hugh Kelly).
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.
Hawaii-Five-O 1968-1980 CBS TV-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. A reboot of the series was launched in 2010.
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.
Home Improvement 1991-1999 ABC TV-PG A pro-family sitcom starring conservative comedian Tim Allen as Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, the host of the hardware-themed variety show Tool Time. Though the character is usually depicted as overconfident and accident-prone, he does try to maintain healthy relationships with his nuclear family.
House of Cards 2013–present Netflix original series TV-MA Shows Democrats as they really are - corrupt frauds and atheists, and shows Christians in positive light.
JAG 1995-1996; 1997-2005 NBC; CBS TV-PG / TV-14 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. Does include some ungodly behavior, including adultery as the series progresses.
John Adams (miniseries) 2008 HBO TV-14 Biographical miniseries on the life of the Founding Father and second President of the Untied States, based on the best selling biography by David McCullough.
Justified 2010- FX Network TV-MA Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, a 19th century-style tough cowboy lawman, enforces his own brand of justice when dealing with criminals of all kinds in the hill country of eastern Kentucky. His boss, the Chief Deputy US Marshal Art Mullen, is played by Nick Searcy, a noted conservative actor. The most recent season has frequent reflections on Christianity and being loved and saved by God.
Karol: A Man Who Became Pope 2005 Hallmark Channel TV NR (PG for some violence and adult discussions) Biopic of younger Karol Wojtyla, from World War II Resistance to his election as Pope John Paul II. Followed by a Canadian sequel, Karol: The Pope The Man (2006), which itself chronicled the events from his papal inauguration in 1978 to his death in 2005.
La notte della Repubblica 1989-1990 Rai 2 N/A Shows how Communism ruined Italy from the late 60's to the early 80's.
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.
Last Man Standing 2011-2017 ABC TV-PG Conservative show starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, a marketing director for a sporting goods store chain called Outdoor Man, who strives to keep his manhood (fishing, hunting, sports and camping), and promotes conservative values (including supporting the military), in opposition to his antagonistic liberal daughter Kristin (the oldest of three daughters Mike has with his wife Vanessa) and her equally-liberal husband Ryan, who often clashes with both Mike and Vanessa over political, cultural and philosophical issues. Unlike the similar and more vehement clashes between Archie Bunker and Mike Stivic in All in the Family where the latter comes out on top due to ignorance and lack of ability to make cohesive arguments on Archie's part, however, it is the often-clueless and hypocritical Ryan who ends up on the losing end of arguments with the more well-versed and level-headed Mike. On the other hand, Mike gets along very well with his youngest daughter Eve due to them sharing similar political views and interests, as he does with Boyd, Kristin and Ryan's son and Mike's grandson (and as expected, Kristin and Ryan are not impressed that Boyd has more in common with his grandfather than with them). Unfortunately, the liberal parent network ABC proceeded to cancel the series due to its pro-Donald Trump humor, despite it having high ratings.[1] This resulted in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker taking to Twitter to denounce ABC for the decision,[2] as well as a boycott against ABC and a petition demanding that ABC bring back Last Man Standing, the latter getting over 10,000 signatures within the night the petition was first made.[3]
Lawman 1958-1962 ABC John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop; Peter Brown as deputy Johnny McKay, and Peggie Castle as Lily; this Warner Bros. series sought to maintain highest script quality so as not to be "just another Western."
The Lawrence Welk Show 1955-1982 ABC; first-run syndication TV-G A family oriented variety show that appealed to Midwestern values. Cancelled by ABC in 1971 during the Rural Purge, the show quickly jumped to first-run syndication, where it would enjoy an 11-year run before ending in 1982.
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.
Life Goes On 1989-1993 ABC TV-G / TV-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.
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.
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.
Luke Cage 2016- Netflix TV-MA Based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name, Luke Cage promotes good pro-American and conservative values, which has annoyed many liberals.[4]
Magnum, P.I. 1980-88 CBS NR Crime/Drama TV show starring conservative actor Tom Selleck, the show has many conservative values such as having good character, being pro-second amendment, and being pro-America.
Mayberry RFD 1968–1971 CBS TV-G Sequel to The Andy Griffith Show, starring Ken Berry as widowed farmer Sam Jones (who was introduced in the previous series), who raises his young son Mike (Buddy Foster) in Mayberry while serving as head of the town council. Many characters from The Andy Griffith Show, including Aunt Bee, Goober Pyle, Clara Edwards, Howard Sprague and Emmett Clark, also appear as regulars on this series. Mayberry RFD spent its first two seasons at #4 in the Nielsen ratings and was still popular when CBS abruptly cancelled it in 1971 as part of its infamous Rural Purge.
McLeod's Daughters 2001-2009 Nine Network (Australia) Australian drama about two estranged half-sisters who inherit their late father's farm and must work together to bring the property out of debt. Stresses the importance of family and hard work. The show also eschews modern feminism, instead portraying the main characters as Scarlett O'Hara-type heroines. Also clearly anti-gun control.
The Middle 2009- ABC TV-PG Despite having a homosexual character (he's only a minor character though, and doesn't come out until later in the series), the show is clean cut pro-family sitcom, which has been lacking in recent years. As the kids grow up, they become more mature and learn the importance of taking on more responsibilities. Conservative actress Patricia Heaton stars as the family matriarch, who also narrates the series.
Mission: Impossible 1966-1973; 1988-1990 CBS, ABC TV-G / TV-PG Emphasizes teamwork, friendship, professionalism, and American ingenuity and exceptionalism, which can overcome any obstacle, with Steven Hill (in the first season), Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, Leonard Nimoy, Lesley Ann Warren, Sam Elliott and Lynda Day George. Followed by a two-season revival on ABC in 1988 and a series of feature films starring Tom Cruise (which are only loosely based on the original series, having little in common beyond the name and a remixed version of the iconic series theme).
NCIS 2003- CBS TV-14 Show about U.S. Navy investigators, voted America's favorite program in 2011; starring Mark Harmon and David McCallum. Does include some unneeded and un-Christian activity and language.
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide 2004–2007 Nickelodeon TV-G The show is about Ned Bigby, a middle schooler who has created a makeshift guide on how to survive school. Where every student has the opportunity to succeed or fail, and their results are based on the decisions they made. Many morals are shown, as the shows mainly promotes friendship, hard work, integrity, and personal responsibility. The show ran on Nickelodeon before they produced more liberal shows such as iCarly and Victorious.
On the Buses 1969-1973 London Weekend Television/ITV (UK) Britcom which made fun of the inefficiency of public transport, which most liberals are obsessed with.
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.
Parking Wars 2008- A & E TV-PG Demonstrates the offensiveness of overbearing government bureaucracy while maintaining a respect for law officers.
Pawn Stars 2009- History Channel/A & E TV-PG Centered on the daily activity of a family-owned pawn shop full of compelling artifacts, it shows how two parties can **mutually and fairly benefit** from a negotiated free-market transaction, independent of any government "assistance".
Pope John Paul II December 4 & 7, 2005 CBS TV-PG In this biopic miniseries, conservative actor Jon Voight portrays 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 in Part 2's end of Scene 16 (circa 1989). Part 1 covers his years as priest, professor, bishop and cardinal. Part 2 covers his 26-1/2 year pontificate from his election up to his death. Cary Elwes played younger Wojtyla in Part 1 from ages 19 to just before his pontifical election at 58, while Voight took over at the start of Part 2 in the title role.
The Pretender 1996-2000 NBC TV-PG Pro-life and with a message of charity and self-sacrifice as personal responsibility.
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.
Quincy, M.E. 1976-1983 NBC TV-PG Follows the now late Jack Klugman as Los Angeles County's Medical Examiner on suspicious cases (e.g. 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 bureaucracy. Begun as a segment of the NBC Mystery Movie, it proved popular enough to be spun off as a regular series.
Rawhide 1959-1965 CBS Pro-Western Culture led by none other then Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates, the ramrod of a cattle drive led by trail boss Gil Favor (played by Eric Fleming) in the post-Civil War American Southwest. Other prominent members of the drive included cook/medic G.W. Wishbone (played by Paul Brinegar), scout Pete Nolan (Sheb Wooley), drovers Jim Quince (Steve Raines) and Joe Scarlet (Rocky Shahan), wrangler Jesús "Hey Soos" Patines (Robert Cabal) and assistant cook Mushy Mushgrove III (James Murdock). During the cattle drive, the drovers often encountered people along the trail and get involved in solving problems they encountered, including dealing with parched plains, trouble with outlaws, anthrax affecting some of the cattle, predatory wolves or cougars, cattle rustlers and other situations. Rawhide was the sixth-longest running Western series in television history after Wagon Train (8 seasons), The Virginian (9 seasons), Bonanza (14 seasons), Death Valley Days (18 seasons) and Gunsmoke (20 seasons).
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
Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996-2003 ABC, The WB TV-G Live-action sitcom adaptation of the Archie Comic. Although Sabrina is a witch, the show does not actually glorify witchcraft, instead it promotes family, and Christian values. Morals include the importance of honesty and individualism, and the show also teaches that a reward is only good and enjoyable if it is earned. The show even stars conservative actress Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman. Also stars Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as Sabrina's aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman, and Nick Bakay as the voice of witch-turned-talking cat Salem Saberhagen.
The Six Million Dollar Man 1974-1978 ABC TV-PG This shows capitalism at its finest—technological advances improving life. Lee Majors plays Steven Austin, an astronaut who survives a near-fatal accident and is reconstructed as the world's first bionic man, using his mechanical arm, legs, and eye to fight evil.
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.
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.
Storm Chasers The Weather Channel Demonstrates core conservative values such as courage and a thirst for practical, scientific knowledge.
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 Bros. 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.
S.W.A.T 1975-1976 ABC Respectful to our men in uniform, promoting good American values. A reboot of the series is planned for 2017.
'Til Death 2006-2010 FOX TV-PG Sitcom where are married couple still stay with each other even after all work that go along with being married.
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 the belief in "global warming".
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. Starred Roma Downey, Della Reese and John Dye, joined in the final two seasons by Valerie Bertinelli.
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.
Walker, Texas Ranger 1993-2001 CBS TV-PG / TV-14 Starring Chuck Norris and Noble Willingham as modern day Texas Rangers.
The Waltons 1972-1981 CBS TV-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.
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1958-1961 CBS Steve McQueen as a kind-hearted bounty hunter, Josh Randall, dedicated to the enforcement of the law in the old West. Numerous episodes have spiritual themes; a spinoff of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre. Remade as a feature film in 1987, set in the present day and starring Rutger Hauer as Nick Randall, an-ex-CIA agent turned bounty hunter and the descendant of Josh Randall.
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.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 1999-2002; 2002-present ABC; first-run syndication TV-G Game show whose 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. Hosted by Regis Philbin. The hour-long original ABC version in the US ran from 1999 to 2002, followed by a half-hour version which debuted in first-run syndication in 2002 and is still airing.
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 resistance of the bureaucracy.

Conservative Cartoons

Title Original run Network TV rating Description
American Dragon: Jake Long 2005-2007 Disney Channel TV rating Jake Long is chosen to be the first American Dragon, throughout the show, he learns how to use his powers from his grandfather. He also learns to responsibility of having supernatural powers, and how it deals with his personal life. The biggest villain of the show (though he is not the main villain) is the Dark Dragon, an evil dragon, who is trying unite magical creatures into wiping out the human race.
Animated Stories from the New Testament 1987-1995 N/A N/A The show's title is self-explanatory.
The Batman 2004-2008 Kids' WB TY-Y7 The young Caped Crusader begins his fight for justice.
Batman: The Animated Series 1992-1995 Fox Kids TV-Y7 Comic book hero Batman fights for justice and teaches kids good values. In one episode in particular, in "It's Never Too Late" Batman helps drug dealer Arnold Stromwell realize the error of his ways. His brother who's a priest also helps him see this as well.
Danny Phantom 2004-2007 Nickelodeon TY-Y7 Through an inter-dimensional accident, teenager Danny Fenton gains ghostlike powers and uses them to fight evil ghosts as the superhero Danny Phantom. The series also shows the consequences of using one's powers for personal gain.
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera 2007-2008 Nickelodeon TV-Y7 Unlike most superhero cartoons, Manny Rivera usually debates using his powers for good or evil. But in the end he ends up doing them for good. Throughout the cartoon he also learns how to a responsible adult. The show is also pro-family as Manny's father is seen as a positive role model. One of the villains is also named Che (a nod to the terrorist murder Che Guevara). The episode "Clash of the Titan" also shows Manny's father ending his partnership with Titanium Titan because he states his family was more important than his partnership. And although Grandpapi (Manny Rivera's grandpa) is a "villain", he's more of a comic relief character rather than an actual bad guy; on top of that, he is still regarded as part of the family.
Extreme Ghostbusters 1997 Toon Disney TV-Y7 Continuation of the Ghostbusters.
Fairly OddParents 1998- Nickelodeon TV-Y7 The main protagonist, Timmy Turner, commonly wishes for things that aren't the best, but he almost always learns his lesson in the end. Exposes the dangers of wishing things for your personal gain at the expense of others.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 1983-1989 First-run syndication Do we really need to explain?
Jimmy Neutron 1995 (semi-lost pilot), 1998-2006 Nickelodeon TV-Y7 Jimmy Neutron usually does what he believes is right. Similarly to Timmy Turner, he learns the consequences from his not-so-good actions. The show overall does a decent job at promoting family and friendship values.
Kikoriki (known in Russia as Smeshariki) 2004-2012 CTC and Russia 1 (Russia) TV-Y Despite being a Russian cartoon, this is an example of a children's cartoon done much better than many in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. Children can learn some valuable lessons and even some educational ones from watching this, and also contains content that adults will enjoy as well!
Legion of Super-Heroes 2006-2008 Kids WB TV-Y7 Based on the overlooked DC comics team of the same name. A private non-profit organization led by Superman helps those in need. One episode in particular "Lightning Storm" has a group of super "heroes" who taxes people for their service (big government) as opposed to helping people for the greater good.
Liberty's Kids 2002-2003 PBS TV-Y7 Does the title not say it all? Three young reporters witness the era of the American Revolution and its aftermath through their innocent eyes and learn what America represents.
The Little Mermaid (TV Series) 1992-1994 CBS TV-Y Prequel TV series based on conservative animated Disney movie, very pro-family as well.
Ozzy & Drix 2002-2004 Kids WB TV-Y7 Cartoon that portrays white blood cells as police officers who fight germs (anthropomorphized into hoodlums). Not only does it give a positive portrayal of law enforcement, but it's also educational as it teaches kids about human anatomy better than the Department of Education ever could.
Popeye the Sailor 1933-1957 (theatrical); 1960–1962 (TV) First-run syndication TV-G Popeye is a U.S. Navy sailor who is known for protecting his girlfriend, Olive Oyl, from the infamous philanderer, Bluto (later Brutus in the TV cartoons). He also stands up for the little guy and defends them against bullies who seek to impose their will solely through intimidation and brute force. Also promotes healthy eating through Popeye's consumption of spinach to gain superhuman strength and defeat villains.
Private Snafu 1943–46 Warner Bros. (produced for the United States War Department) N/A Instructional cartoon shorts, ironic and humorous in tone, that were produced between 1943 and 1945 during World War II. The films were designed to instruct service personnel about security, proper sanitation habits, booby traps and other military subjects, and to improve troop morale.
Rambo: The Force of Freedom 1986 N/A TV-Y7 Cartoon from the conservative film series.
The Real Ghostbusters 1986-1992 ABC TV-Y7 Cartoon version of the conservative film Ghostbusters.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series 1994-1998 Fox Kids TV-Y7 Spiderman uses his superpowers to help those need (voluntary charity).
Teen Titans 2003-2006 Cartoon Network TV-Y7 A private non-profit organization led by Robin and super powered teens use their powers for good.
T.U.F.F. Puppy 2010-2015 Nickelodeon TV-Y7 This cartoon takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals mirroring the Cold War era in the late 1950s. A dog and a cat work as secret agents working for an organization based on the CIA called T.U.F.F. The antagonist animals work for an organization called D.O.O.M., which is based on the KGB.
Veggie Tales 1993–Present Direct to video, NBC, Netflix TV-Y The adventures of anthropomorphic vegetables, where the stories are all based upon moral themes based on Christianity (excluding the NBC episodes, which were edited by the network to remove the religious messages).[5]
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald 1998-2003 N/A NR The adventures of characters based off Capitalist fast-food company McDonalds.
X-Men: Evolution 2000-2003 Kids WB TY-Y7 Unlike the liberal movies, the cartoon follows what the comics were originally about (civil rights), as Charles Xavier leads his private school for mutants to help is students learn to use their superpowers for good. The show also states that government should say away from the social issue involving discrimination rather letting society accept them for what they are.

Debatable whether conservative

Title Original run Network TV rating Description
Antiques Roadshow PBS Shows the real value (financial and historical) of handcrafts and traditional, old-fashioned things and memorabilia. One of the rare conservative shows to air on the ultra-liberal PBS.
Ash vs Evil Dead 2015- Starz TV-MA Despite its unrealistic views on demons, it at least portrays them as evil. And while the title hero does smoke weed (only once), it does show the disastrous results and consequences of his actions. It also portrays gun ownership in a positive light. Show's creator Sam Raimi is also a Republican[6]
Ben 10 2005-2008 Cartoon Network TV-Y7 Ben Tennyson finds a super powered watch called the Omnitrix which allows him to turn into different alien superheroes for a brief amount of time. Using this gift, he uses it to help those in need. But the later episodes later had his cousin Gwen using witchcraft, however the show portrays them in a neutral manner as two villains named Hex and Charmcaster also use witchcraft for evil.
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962-1971 CBS Although silly, the show is powerful in illustrating how material possessions are not what define a person. Buddy Ebsen stars as Jed Clampett, patriarch of the Clampett family, who became a multi-millionaire virtually overnight after striking oil on his land in the Ozark Mountains and moved with his family to Beverly Hills, California, yet the Clampetts never let their newly obtained wealth affect who they are as people, maintaining moral and simplistic lifestyles throughout the show's run. Also stars Irene Ryan as Jed's mother-in-law Daisy May "Granny" Moses, Donna Douglas as his beautiful, tomboyish and animal-loving daughter Elly May Clampett, Max Baer as dimwitted yet good-natured Clampett cousin Jethro Bodine, Raymond Bailey as unscrupulous banker Milburn Drysdale and Nancy Kulp as Drysdale's secretary Jane Hathaway. Popular throughout its run, The Beverly Hillbillies fell victim in 1971 to CBS' Rural Purge, but has remained popular in syndicated reruns ever since and led to the 1981 reunion TV movie Return of the Beverly Hillbillies, a 1993 TV special titled The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies and a feature film remake of the series that same year, starring Jim Varney as Jed, Erika Eleniak as Elly May, Cloris Leachman as Granny, Diedrich Bader as Jethro, Dabney Coleman as Mr. Drysdale and Lily Tomlin as Miss Hathaway, with a cameo by Buddy Ebsen (in his final acting role) as his other famous TV character, Barnaby Jones.
Breaking Bad 2008–2013 American Movie Classics TV-MA 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.
Cops 1989- Fox; Spike TV-PG The good guys protecting the public from criminals, yet arguably promotes police state and big government. Filmed on location in many exotic and mundane locales with actual law enforcement agencies, both here in the U.S. and abroad.
Happy Tree Friends 1999- Mondo TV-MA A very bloody and gory animated flash cartoon featuring anthropomorphic animals. Despite its content, it shows the consequences and dangers of doing many of the things that lead to the deaths of the animals within the show in most of its episodes.
Justice League 2001-2006 Cartoon Network TV-Y7 A private non-profit organization lead by American icons Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other DC characters fight to help the helpless and fight for justice. However, the later episodes did start being left leaning (probably being bullied by left-wing producers) as there is an episode that the villain Chronos plans to go back in time to undo the Big Bang theory and become a God. Another episode, "To Another Shore", claims that "global warming" may be real.
Kim Possible 2002-2007 Disney Channel Although it was feminist due to the titular character Kim Possible tending to save the world and her sidekick Ron Stoppable generally being comic relief, it also was pro-family values, as it was notably one of the few Disney Channel shows where the fathers of the main characters (Kim and Ron) were not depicted as bumbling, buffoonish, childish, or as a jerk, and in many cases the fathers actually helped significantly to save the day. For instance, Kim Possible's dad James Possible is a friendly yet brilliant rocket scientist, and believes in family bonds, and often pushes his children, to follow also honor family. In addition, there were several episodes where Ron played a significant role in saving the world. It is also notable as being one of the few Disney Channel shows to actually break the 65-episode cutoff rule on the network.
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 and liberal political correctness.
The Larry Sanders Show 1992–1998 HBO TV-MA 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.
Law & Order 1990-2010 NBC TV-14 Police and court drama similar to Perry Mason in which the first halves of each episodes were the crimes, investigations and arrests of suspects and the second halves were the trials and aftermaths thereof.
MacGyver 1985-1992 ABC TV PG The title 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. Although this element overall was conservative, the creator Vin Di Bona implied a few times that it was meant to promote the anti-gun agenda, which the anti-Communist site "Discover the Networks" uncovered with it being said "MacGyver producer Vin Di Bona noted that anti-gun messages were a recurring theme in that program. When asked what he thought of conservative critics who claimed that Hollywood was overwhelmingly liberal, Di Bona responded: 'I think it’s probably accurate, and I’m happy about it.'"[7] A reboot of this series, with Lucas Till in the title role, debuted in 2016.
Malcolm in the Middle 2000-2006 FOX TV-PG Is both pro-family, but at the same time shows a dysfunctional family (containing a dimwitted father, a harridan mother, a slacker oldest son, a bullying and dimwitted second-oldest son and a weird younger son, with the genius title character, the middle of five sons, as the only sane person among the bunch) as funny.
Married...with Children 1987-1997 Fox TV-PG The show mocks liberal values, however it also portrays a dysfunctional family as funny. Also the Parents Television Council called it the crudest comedy on prime time television due to being peppered with lewd punch lines about sex, sexual stimulation, the homosexual lifestyle, and father Al Buddy's fondness for pornographic magazines and strip clubs.
The Office 2005-2013 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. Its later seasons were notably more liberal and offensive towards religion. 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 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.
Pokemon 1997- TVTokyo (1997-present; Japan only); UPN-69 (1998-1999); Kids WB (1999-2007); Cartoon Network (2007-2016); Disney XD (2016-present) The first few seasons showcased several conservative messages, including the strive to succeed even when the odds are considered insurmountable, as well as showing parental neglect and abandonment in a negative light in regards to the characters Brock and Misty, and to a certain extent one of the main villains Jessie. In addition, in the first season at least, there were also a few Christian references from Brock and Misty, and to some extent James. Also showcases pro-family values due to Misty becoming a mother to Togepi, and Brock also intending to aid his family when his parents weren't around due to the latter abandoning their children (or, in the case of the dub, the father abandoning them and the mother dying), only joining Ash after his father, Flint, returned and encouraged Brock to pursue his dreams. Was also anti-Hollywood Values as well, as the episode "Go West Young Meowth" showcases the more depraved nature of Hollywood, including at least one bickering couple, and does not treat it in a positive light, nor does Meowth's sweetheart, Meowzie, an epitome of Hollywood values, come across in a flattering light, with it also being heavily implied that this was the reason Meowth turned to villainy. One episode of DP also has an implicit condemnation of the homosexual agenda due to Brock calling Pikachu and Piplup (both of whom are confirmed male in an earlier episode) having an attraction to each other "unnatural." However, during later seasons, the conservative elements are pushed to the side and seem to promote more liberal agendas, including having the various female characters starting with May (most of whom are ten years old and thus still children) essentially act as sexual fanservice according to then-director Masamitsu Hidaka, as well as later on the story's refusal to allow Ash to win a league despite it being necessary to have him become a Pokémon Master (with the most infamous example of this being the Ash vs. Alain fight in the final round of the Kalos League, which had Ash losing against Alain despite the series, including the actual Japanese episode title for the battle in question, all but strongly implying the exact opposite), and eventually by Sun and Moon outright ignoring said goal altogether, thus resulting in a more nihilistic view of Ash's goal. In addition, a running gag since Hoenn and to some extent Johto has Brock constantly chasing women and trying to ask them out, depicting him as a womanizer in a more comedic light. In addition, the concept of friendships that was strongly emphasized in prior seasons eventually got phased out due to them essentially dropping characters after each season with barely a reference to them.
Police Woman 1974-1978 NBC While some may say it was made to popularize the feminist movement, it still does treat law enforcement with respect. Also, the episode "Flowers of Evil" did seem to anger liberals as it had a trio of lesbians who run a retirement home who rob and murder the elderly residents (an action that could never be shown on TV in the current age of political correctness).
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! 1969-1970, 1978 CBS; ABC TV-G Although it does teach kids conjugated thinking skills, most of the villains are businessmen which some could argue is an anti-capitalism statement. In addition, the theme song was meant to subtly promote a pro-drug message.
The Simpsons 1987-1988 (The Tracey Ullman Show); 1989-present FOX TV-14 Many businessmen are made out to be dumb, Republicans have at times been depicted as evil, and family values aren't necessarily put in the best light. However, it still mocks liberal values as well as political correctness (including even showing the Democrats, via Springfield mayor and JFK wannabe Joe Quimby, as the corrupt and incompetent politicians they really are, although that being said, the character Lisa Simpson has occasionally been used as a soundboard for the more liberal views of the show.), and although Bart Simpson causes a lot of trouble, he is painted out to be a "punk" rather than a "cool dude". This show is also known for being not as bad as the wretched Family Guy. The show was originally a series of short skits on The Tracey Ullman Show.
Smallville 2001-2011 The WB; The CW TV-PG / TV-14 Some conservative themes are present in the show and some liberal themes are present. Biblical undertones are present such as main character appearing as a Christ-like figure.
SpongeBob Squarepants 1996-present Nickelodeon Like with Smallville above, some conservative themes are present in the show, and some liberal themes are present.
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, March 24, 1961)[8]
  • "The Mirror" (episode 71, October 20, 1961), a scathing criticism of Communism and the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba; starred a pre-Columbo Peter Falk as Ramos Clemente, a Latin American Communist revolutionary-turned-dictator based on Castro.


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