Is there quality programming on network television?

That might seem like a silly question. Of course there is.It's just a little bit hard to remember that if you happen upon something like "Going Places," "Uncle Buck" or "Ferris Bueller."

But quality is an elusive idea. What exactly constitutes quality programming?

Viewers for Quality Television, an independent group formed to support good programming and help keep it on the air, polls its members to determine which shows to endorse. They also proffer tentative support to shows that members believe show high potential.

Here's a look at the 1990-91 VQT recommendations, in alphabetical order:


"Designing Women," "China Beach," "Cheers," "L.A. Law," "Life Goes On," "Murphy Brown," "Quantum Leap," "60 Minutes," "thirtysomething" and "The Wonder Years."


"Doogie Howser, M.D.," "Empty Nest," "Evening Shade," "Gabriel's Fire," "In the Heat of the Night," "Law & Order," "Lifestories," "Midnight Caller," "Northern Exposure," "Trials of Rosie O'Neill," "20/20," "Twin Peaks" and "WIOU."

"Quantum Leap" is the only show to join the endorsed list this season. "Murphy Brown" received the highest percentage of votes for endorsement - 91 percent. "China Beach" was second with 89 percent, and "Designing Women" third with 86.6 percent.

At the other end of the spectrum, 71 percent of the voters placed "Ferris Bueller" in the "Poor" category, followed by "Good Grief" (66 percent), "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (60 percent) and "Get a Life" (55 percent).

And "Star Trek: The Next Generation" received so many write-in votes it won a place on the next VQT ballot - the first time a first-run syndication show has been considered.

You see, Mr. Spud isn't alone when he tells you these are good shows.

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