Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't on Ken Tucker's ''TV's 20 Best Golden Oldies''

By EW Staff
Updated August 17, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Mail from our readers

Screen Gems
I have been reading your magazine since its beginning and I really enjoy it. Now, thanks to Ken Tucker’s list of shows to watch again and again (July 20) I have a reason to write. I’m so glad someone has finally realized that The Rockford Files is one of the best shows that has ever been on television. I knew it when it was on originally and I appreciate it even more now that I can watch it again (and again). Keep up the good work.
Kathy Downey
Tucson, Ariz.

I really enjoyed your article on TV treasures and was pleased to see Crime Story as one of the top 20. I have been a fan of this cult classic for a long time and I’m thrilled that it is back in syndication. Unlike other cop shows, Crime Story was well filmed, well acted, and very energetic.
Robert Edward
Staten Island, N.Y.

I couldn’t wait to read ”TV’s 20 Best Golden Oldies.” Then I read it, and for a moment I thought it was a joke! The Love Boat a television treasure? Only in the mind of Ken Tucker, I assure you. What about The Danny Thomas Show, All in the Family, Bewitched, and Green Acres?

What are Mr. Tucker’s qualifications? Does he own a TV set?
Colleen C. Conwell
New York

Oh, stop it. The Brady Bunch, The Love Boat, Good Times, and Gilligan’s Island are timeless TV classics? Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show is unworthy of a mention? Incredible. Why didn’t you include Silver Spoons and What’s Happening? While you’re at it, why don’t you establish the Linda Lavin Lifetime Achievement Award?
Michael Schlichter
St. Paul, Minn.

Shazam! Your article on TV treasures was as refreshing as a trip down to Myers Lake in the middle of the summer. Many people are just beginning to return from their long excursion in Mt. Pilot and enjoy the gems of the The Andy Griffith Show. Aficionados of Mayberry have known for years that this timeless production was the best program ever to grace the small screen. What took everyone else so long to realize that Andy Taylor’s veranda was the best spot for entertainment this side of Raleigh?
John Meroney
Editor, ”The Mayberry Gazette” Clemmons, N.C.