What Does Your Taste in Classic TV Shows Say About You?

By: Allison Lips
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
What Does Your Taste in Classic TV Shows Say About You?
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About This Quiz

Television became popular in the 1950s. Throughout the rest of the 20th century and into the 21st century, it was and remains an incredibly popular medium. Even if you don't watch TV on a television, you still have an opinion, because between Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon, you can find pretty much anything. 

While many people feel we are in the Second Golden Age of Television, others feel TV peaked in the '50s and that television will never be as good as it was at the beginning. Even more feel that it's unfair to write off anything past 1959 and that the '60s and '70s hold their own against I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show

If you grew up during a time when there were fewer than five channels, you probably have strong opinions about what the best show was and remember which show you rushed home to watch. However, it's just as likely that you became familiar with many of these classic shows through the endless reruns on Nick@NIte, TV Land, Game Show Network, Antenna TV, MeTV and the myriad of other television stations dedicated to making sure that new generations continue to discover classic shows.

Since you're so passionate about classic television, are you ready to find out what your taste in it says about your personality? 

Who do you believe is the most brilliant television innovator?
Mark Goodson
Milton Berle
Jack Benny
Ernie Kovacs

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Which show with a female funny lady is your favorite?
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
"I Love Lucy"
"The Golden Girls"
"The Carol Burnett Show"

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Which classic game show would you have appeared as a contestant on?
"What's My Line?"
"Beat the Clock"
"Family Feud"
"Match Game"

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It's 1972. Which television show are you telling all your friends to watch?
"M*A*S*H"
"The Wonderful World of Disney"
"The Odd Couple"
"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"

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Which modern classic do you wish Nick@Nite would add to its schedule?
"30 Rock"
"Malcolm in the Middle"
"Seinfeld"
"Freaks and Geeks"

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Which detective show is your favorite?
"Columbo"
"Magnum, P.I."
"Barney Miller"
"Get Smart"

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Which classic British show do you watch repeatedly?
"Yes, Minister"
"Top Gear"
"Doctor Who"
"Mr. Bean"

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Which talk show host was your favorite?
Dick Cavett
Johnny Carson
Mike Douglas
Steve Allen

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In its heyday, which sketch comedy show did you watch every episode of?
"Saturday Night Live"
"Mad TV"
"SCTV"
"The State"

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Which superhero show was the greatest of all time?
"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
"The Green Hornet"
"Adventures of Superman"
"Batman"

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Everyone loves Betty White. Which show from her long career is your favorite?
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
"Hot in Cleveland"
"Golden Girls"
"Life with Elizabeth"

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Who was the cutest TV couple?
Jeannie and Major Anthony Nelson
Monica Geller and Chandler Bing
Rob and Laura Petrie
Jesse Katsopolis and Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis

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What do you consider to be the best music show of all time?
"American Bandstand"
"TRL"
"The Partridge Family"
"The Monkees"

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Which legendary game show host do you consider to be truly the master of ceremonies?
Allen Ludden
Tom Kennedy
Bill Cullen
Gene Rayburn

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Which show do you wish hadn't been canceled in the rural purge?
"Lassie"
"The Ed Sullivan Show"
"Hee Haw"
"Hogan's Heroes"

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Who do you believe is the most trusted man in news?
Edward R. Murrow
Mike Wallace
Tom Brokaw
Walter Cronkite

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Which currently airing show will be considered a classic in 20 years?
"Law & Order: SVU"
"Modern Family"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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What is your favorite show from NBC's Must See TV Thursdays?
"Hill Street Blues"
"Will & Grace"
"Cheers"
"Night Court"

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Which era had the best television?
'80s
'60s
'70s
'50s

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Which television catchphrase do you find yourself frequently quoting?
"And that's the way it is."
"How you doin'?"
"It's gonna be legen - wait for it - dary."
"Come on down."

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What is your favorite show about the media industry?
"WKRP in Cincinnati"
"Sports Night"
"Murphy Brown"
"NewsRadio"

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If you could only watch one anthology series, which one would it be?
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
"CBS Playhouse"
"ABC Movie of the Week"
"The Twilight Zone"

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Who is your favorite 1950s TV star?
Red Skelton
Jackie Gleason
Lucille Ball
Sid Caesar

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Which children's show do you wish you could watch with your children?
"Mr. Wizard"
"Captain Kangaroo"
"Sesame Street"
"Bill Nye the Science Guy"

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Which TV failure do you wish had aired longer?
"Police Squad"
"My Mother the Car"
"Firefly"
"Cop Rock"

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Which animated show tops your list?
"Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist"
"Beavis and Butt-Head"
"The Simpsons"
"The Flintstones"

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Which show about animals are you most likely to watch?
"Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures"
"Flipper"
"Lassie"
"The Muppet Show"

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Which show is your favorite set in New York?
"Law & Order"
"The Nanny"
"The Honeymooners"
"All in the Family"

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It's 1968 - which TV show is appointment television for you?
"Bonanza"
"Bewitched"
"Ironside"
"Mayberry R.F.D."

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Of the following shows featuring the star's name in the title, which is a must-watch for you?
"The Danny Thomas Show"
"Roseanne"
"Everybody Loves Raymond"
"Newhart"

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