Not all TV shows are liberal. Some are, in fact, conservative — even if they don’t know it. It’s time to give credit where credit is due. Here’s a list of my top dozen conservative series in television history. These are not the most conservative shows in television history — they are the best shows that happen to carry conservative messages. My criteria, in order of importance: (1) portraying traditional American values in a positive light — values points; (2) taking on liberal sacred cows with total abandon — skewering points; (3) creating memorable conservative characters — we’ll call these sympathy points. They had to be good, too (sorry, Hogan’s Heroes). And no reality shows. I’ve tried to span the history of television (if we really did the top twelve conservative shows, the list would skew heavily to the 1950s). Also, I decided no creator could make two shows on the list. As you’ll see, many of the shows here are actually liberal. The fact that the top conservative shows in TV history lean left merely demonstrates the total domination of the television Left for the last five decades. You’ll see that many of these shows were also created by outspoken liberals — so this is a tribute to those gutsy liberals who didn’t toe the party line.
12. Lost (2004–10): I may be the only person on earth who believes that Lost skews conservative on political matters, but I’ll stick to my guns. First off, I had to put the show on the list because it is, in my humble opinion, the best show in the history of television. More than that, however, Lost had the temerity to avoid leftist political tropes. It spoke early and often about God and religion. (Spoiler alert: The show’s ending posited an afterlife in which we reflect on our earthly existence and come to terms with it.) It presented the notion of evil embodied. It believed deeply in repentance. And it presented several of the best conservative characters in TV history. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) was a drug dealer turned priest who used his “Jesus stick” (a stick marked with Scripture) to bring justice to the sinister Others. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) was a Republican who kicked ass and took names (in Season One’s “Outlaws,” Sawyer says he’s never voted Democrat). He toted guns with authority, bought and sold goods like Warren Buffett at a flea market, and mocked Communism. He’s pure tough — he rips a bullet out of his shoulder with his bare hands in Season Two. Locke (the magnificent Terry O’Quinn) is the most mystical character in TV history, a “Man of Faith.” He teaches ten-year-olds how to throw knives. His motto: “Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do.” Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams, and Carlton Cuse (sorry, Walker, Texas Ranger fans) are all liberal, but they’re insanely talented and clearly willing to leave their politics out of the script. The show wins big sympathy points for its characters and a few values points for its focus on religion.
11. Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001): Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas. Period. Plus, the show contained frequent Christian imagery and upheld traditional family values, all while punishing bad guys and upholding law enforcement. Big values points and sympathy points for the ninja cowboy.
10. South Park (1997–present): This show is really libertarian. It makes fun of conservatives for their social values, but it mocks liberals mercilessly for their social values, their foreign-policy beliefs, and their economic foolishness. Matt Stone and Trey Parker aren’t conservative or liberal — they are adamant that no one can label them or their show. “I look at it like this,” Parker told the Huffington Post. “I have a cat, I love my cat and it’s like someone coming in and saying, ‘Hey, is that cat a Republican or a Democrat?’ He’s my f***ing cat, leave him alone.” Nonetheless, liberals p*** them off more than conservatives, and it shows. Team America is vicious in its assault on liberal sacred cows, from Michael Moore to the Screen Actors Guild. South Park is even more brutal. They’ll even take on Muhammad and Comedy Central. (In Hollywood, it’s a fair question whether it’s more dangerous to take on Muhammad or Comedy Central.) My personal favorite is the tenth-season episode “ManBearPig,” in which Al Gore comes to South Park, declaring:
I am here to educate you about the single biggest threat to our planet. You see, there is something out there which threatens our very existence and may be the end to the human race as we know it. I’m talking, of course, about “ManBearPig.” . . . It is a creature which roams the Earth alone. It is half man, half bear, and half pig. Some people say that ManBearPig isn’t real. Well, I’m here to tell you now, ManBearPig is very real, and he most certainly exists — I’m cereal. ManBearPig doesn’t care what you’ve done. ManBearPig just wants to get you. I’m super cereal. But have no fear, because I am here to save you. And someday, when the world is rid of ManBearPig, everyone will say, “Thank you Al Gore — you’re super awesome!” The end.
That speech is super awesome. Huge skewering points overcome the show’s total lack of values points.