(CBS, 1978-91): Well, of course. If the new TNT update comes even half as close to being the hit the original show was,
Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman
-- who all return in this summer's version -- may be in for another long run as the saga of the oil-rich Ewing clan resumes. On his own, Hagman became an all-time television icon as J.R., his being shot becoming nothing less than one of the signature moments in the medium's history.
"Walker, Texas Ranger"
(CBS, 1993-2001): As long as
was around in the title role, it didn't seem there was much worry of lawbreakers not being caught. Of course, the martial arts star's feet and fists came into play, but his soft-spoken and generally laid-back style also was a big appeal of the show.
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"King of the Hill"
(FOX, 1997-2010): The misadventures of the animated Hill family fueled this animated comedy, with series creator Mike Judge voicing patriarch and propane company worker Hank.
(WB/CW, 2001-07): She'll get a chance to reaffirm her sitcom value next season in ABC's
but music superstar
made her humor value known with her long run as a mom and divorcee.
"Friday Night Lights"
(NBC/DirecTV, 2006-11): "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" was the mantra of the fictional Dillon Panthers high-school football team ... and of the devotees of this superbly written and acted drama series.
(FOX, 2010): It wasn't on the air long -- two weeks, to be exact -- but the caliber of its stars, including Oscar winner
(who didn't even get her episodes shown), suggests this serial might have merited a longer chance.
(ABC. 2012): Given its pedigree -- star
), etc. -- it's more than a little surprising that this comedy about a returnee (
) to a snarky group of church-abiding Texas women didn't have its life extended beyond its midseason run.