Get PJ Media on your Apple

PJM Lifestyle

Is The Prisoner TV’s Greatest Cult Classic?

Where does the series rank for you? Which cool, counterculture, ahead-of-their-time shows are better?

by
PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates!

Bio

July 15, 2014 - 3:42 pm

In partnership with the new fiction publishing platform Liberty Island, PJ Lifestyle is going to begin promoting and co-hosting a series of debates and discussions about popular culture. The goal is to figure out what works and what doesn’t so that in the future we can promote and create better fiction and culture of our own. These are public brainstorming sessions for writers and culture advocates interested in developing a more vibrant popular culture. You’re invited to submit your answers to any of these questions — or a related one of your own! — that interests you:

A) in the comments

B) Via email to PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle.

C) at your blog, then let us know in the comments or via email. 

The most interesting answers may be linked, cross-posted, or published at PJ Lifestyle. 

Also check out yesterday’s question “Is The Prisoner Actually a Continuation of Secret Agent?” and Francis Poretto’s great essay today: Escaping The Village: Freedom And The Prisoner

Other potential out-there shows that might top The Prisoner?

Is Twin Peaks better?

What about Lost?

Or is The Prisoner without peer?

PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates Features a new prompt each weekday to weigh the good, the bad, the overrated, the unbelievable, and the amazing throughout the worlds of books, film, and TV. We can't figure out how to build a greater pop culture until we dissect the mess we already have. Want to contribute your perspective to the debate? Email PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle with your take: DaveSwindlePJM [@] gmail.com Image via shutterstock/ DarkGeometryStudios

Comments are closed.

All Comments   (11)
All Comments   (11)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
You want "ahead-of-its-time"? "Ahead-of-its-time???

Take a look at this episode list for 'Max Headroom'.

Max Headroom [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_(TV_series)]

When the show debuted in 1985 (UK), the computer mouse had been on market just one year. Windows, in so far as it existed, was a DOS interface. Few knew what a modem was, and a standard one would probably load this web page in about six hours. Cell phones for millionaires were the size of a brick. (Cue 'Wall Street' beach scene ref.) The Internet was eight years away.

Read that list, then let's talk about "ahead-of-its-time".
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
I almost did mention Max Headroom. Di9fferent era, but yeah, in it's own way a perfect surrealistic show for the time. "20 minutes into the future."
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
You see, you have to place it into context. If aired today, "The Prisoner" would be standard fare. But in the early 60's, it was weird, unusual, out of their normal experience. That's what made it so seminal a show.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
BTW, If anyone is wondering about "The Prisoner" mini-series that SciFi put out a couple of years back...
It's an homage, not a remake or a sequel.
It's mostly pretty decent, but not all that good. The last five minutes do a pretty good job of redeeming it, if you make it that long.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
If you can keep from being distracted by the dated technology, and see modern equivalents in its place, it is amazing how much the issues with which it deals are relevant today.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
Peerless.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Prisoner is without peer.

I note, that Burn Notice, turned rather Prisoner like at the end. Not bad guys!
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
I might have to go back and check Burn Notice out again.
I dropped it during the third season when the Conservation of Ninjutsu trope was invoked. At that point, I figured the shark had been well and truly jumped.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
As a fan of both shows, Firefly pales before The Prisoner.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
Is The Prisoner TV’s Greatest Cult Classic?

Err.... No. That would be Firefly.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
Is Firefly better than Twin Peaks or Lost? Certainly. Across all levels.
Is Firefly better than The Prisoner? No. Firefly had episodes that are genuinely top-notch (and The Prisoner had some episodes that were pedestrian at best), but taking it as a whole, it doesn't quite measure up.
Firefly also has to deal with the baggage of Serenity. There were a lot of Firefly fans who very strongly objected to a Western becoming a Superhero Origin via Deus ex Machina in the final minutes of the movie.
22 weeks ago
22 weeks ago Link To Comment
View All