Former NBC entertainment topper admires comedies old and new

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8:00:
The Dick Van Dyke Show
“The Dick Van Dyke Show” taught me about TV. The show itself was one of the greatest and featured potentially the best comedic partnership ever in television with Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.

8:30:
“Cheers”
“Cheers” always made me laugh, and continually refreshed its extraordinary talent base.

9:00:
“The Office”
“The Office” consistently makes me laugh harder than any other sitcom in the purest, deepest way.

9:30:
“MASH”
“MASH” taught me that morality and humor need to win out, even in the most difficult environments.

10:00:
“The Sopranos”
As for “The Sopranos,” Sunday nights have not been the same since this seminal show went off the air.

Ben Silverman has been nommed for four Emmys, winning once.

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