After listing TVB’s ten worst dramas comes the listing of TVB’s best ten. Some of TVB’s most well-known and culturally-defining TV shows are the sitcoms, and one can’t say they’re a TVB fan without having watched at least one of these.
#1 War of the Genders <男親女愛>
Coming to first place is no other than the record-breaking War of the Genders, the only TVB drama to peak at 50 points in a non primetime broadcast slot. The 2000 sitcom about a lawyer and her paralegal took Dayo Wong’s (黃子華) career to new heights, and gave Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) her first TV Queen award, becoming the first and only Hong Kong actress to have won the “Big Three” acting awards (HKFA, Golden Horse, TVB). Dayo lost the TV King to Witness to a Prosecution’s <洗冤錄> Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華) that year, but that didn’t stop Dayo from being one of the biggest and highest-earning celebrities that year. Thanks to War of the Genders, “Siu Keung” became a popular nickname for the household cockroach.
#2 Virtues of Harmony <皆大歡喜>
The original 2001 sitcom is considered to be one of TVB’s biggest franchises of all time, spawning a long-running sequel, a play, and a chart-topping original album release. Virtues of Harmony took place in the fictional city of Chee Lik Kung Tsan, which is a play on the Cantonese word for the medical scanning technique MRI. Virtues of Harmony not only revived Nancy Sit’s (薛家燕) career, it also redefined Yvonne Lam (林漪娸), Bondy Chiu (趙學而), Cutie Mui (梅小惠), and Joyce Chan’s (陳彥行) acting careers.
#3 Family Squad <卡拉屋企>
The 1991 sitcom originally started off with a mild note—a fun, family show that was only meant to be relaxing and fun. Though it started off with decent popularity, the sitcom eventually drew in larger audiences as its style began to change: the ridiculous and exaggerated characters ultimately became a huge selling point of the show. The characters got so popular that Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chun Wong (秦煌) released an EP together as a musical duo.
#4 Off Pedder <畢打自己人>
The 2008 sitcom premiered to a great start, largely thanks to the success of its sister production Best Selling Secrets <同事三分親>. With a strong leading cast carried by Teresa Mo (毛舜筠) and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), and a relatable, touching script, Off Pedder came out to be an even bigger success than its predecessor. 337 episodes were produced for the show, and the finale, which aired on February 12, 2010, became one of the most-discussed topic online.
#5 A Kindred Spirit <真情>A Kindred Spirit became the staple show for Hong Kong’ers when it aired between 1995 and 1999. With a total of 1,128 episodes, it is TVB’s longest-running series. Lau Dan (劉丹) became a household name with his portrayal of “Char-siu Bing” and the show single-handedly shot Timothy Cheng (鄭子誠) to villainous fame.
#6 The Seasons <季節>
The 1987 sitcom was originally made to be a special segment for Enjoy Yourself Tonight <歡樂今宵>, but TVB answered requests to make it a full series due to popular request. The family sitcom starred veteran artists like Tang Pik-wan (鄧碧雲), Lo Hoi-pang (盧海鵬), Tracy Chan (陳嘉儀), Tam Ping-man (譚炳文), Meg Lam (林建明), and then-newcomers like Gallen Lo (羅嘉良). The show was both a light-hearted sitcom and an educational TV series.
#7 City Japes <城市故事>
At 455 episodes, City Japes aired from 1986 to 1988. It starred the late Tsang Kan-wing (曾近榮) as the father and Deric Wan (溫兆倫) as his eldest son. Their father-son relationship was one of the key themes of the show, and their relationship with their neighbors in 1980’s Hong Kong was also an important selling factor.
#8 Come Home Love <愛‧ 回家>
As the most recent sitcom on this list, Come Home Love broke a record for being TVB’s longest-running franchise. The original 2012 sitcom has spawned three different titles, including a second season and two sister productions. The sitcom is known for propelling Lai Lok-yi () to popularity, and the sitcom’s main cast of characters, the Ma family, is being touted as Hong Kong’s representative family. TVB also uses Come Home Love as a platform to introduce their newer artists.
#9 Hong Kong’ 81 <香港81>
Before Come Home Love was Hong Kong ’81, which spawned a new series each year. The sitcom franchise lasted for six years and totaled 1,330 episodes. The sitcom was the epitome of the Hong Kong entertainment industry’s fast-paced editing, as each episode was aired on the same day it was filmed: writing in the morning, filming in the afternoon, and editing at night. The sitcom was a platform for TVB to introduce new artists and feature well-known guest stars.
#10 Best Selling Secrets <同事三分親>
2007’s Best Selling Secrets had set the tone for future TVB sitcoms, which also followed a similar office theme. The show was Esther Kwan’s (關詠荷) first TVB drama after a long hiatus, and it solidified Tsui Wing (徐榮) as TVB’s sitcom king. Best Selling Secrets was not only a success in Hong Kong, but internationally as well—it won Bronze in the Best Sitcom category at the New York Festivals Awards.
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This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com